Working with five other authors (all who have written for Love Inspired Books) has been so rewarding and fun as we write and publish a collection of novellas (a mixture of contemporary romances, historical romances [one set in the 1950s] and romantic suspense) together.
This collection is titled First Kisses. We are already working on the second one titled Love Letters due out in a couple of months. In first collection I have decided to write about strong women in extraordinary situations. My first book is about a female bodyguard and I’m working on the second one about a female Texas Ranger. Going through this journey with five other authors has been a wonderful experience.
Below are some comments from the other authors about the process.
I am excited about doing the collection together simply because we are doing it together. I love working with friends! I love seeing how other authors take the same topic and do something completely different than I do. Writing is often a solitary occupation and I’m a ‘water-cooler’ kind of worker. I like to have others around — to bounce ideas off of, to plan with, to celebrate with! We do it all with the Inspy Kisses collections. ~ Janet Tronstad
I was over-the-moon to be a part of this group, which includes two of my writing mentors, Margaret Daley and Linda Goodnight. Without these ladies and their encouragement and help, I wouldn’t be published today. It’s definitely been a challenge trying to write to their level! I have loved reading Debra’s, Janet’s and Camy’s books, so I was also excited to write in this collection with them. I think what makes us unique is the mix of genres (historical, retro romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance) and it has been really fun choosing a subject (like our first collection, “First Kisses”) and seeing the individual stories develop around that theme. ~ Lacy Williams
I was so thrilled and honored when Lacy asked me to be part of this stellar group of writers, all of whom I deeply admire. Everyone’s enthusiasm and ideas have been very encouraging to me, and it’s really nice how all of us shoulder different tasks, although Lacy has the lion’s share right now. I’ve never before worked so closely with other authors in this way and I absolutely love it! ~ Camy Tang
Lacy Williams and I first met (over lunch at Panera) to discuss forming a group like this, and as excited as we were about the possibility, I could never have imagined the stunning results. After brainstorming a very select group of authors whose work we admired and respected, I knew we had something special. Working with these authors is exciting because they are not only professional, multi published, award-winning authors, they are smart, fun and just plain good people. Being on the inside of how they work and how they think and how they create has been a real treat. Our diverse talents and styles has created a collaboration that I think every reader can enjoy. Something for everyone, as they say! ~ Linda Goodnight
I’ve had so much fun joining up with this group of gals. We’re all like minded in our quest to give our readers quality, entertaining stories. I love the way we all work together and the diversity that we bring to the table. We’ve enjoyed ourselves so much and its turning out that our ideas for future collections continues to grow! I’m hoping our readers enjoy the books and future collections as we have. ~ Debra Clopton
Blurbs of the six novellas in the Inspy Kisses Collection #1:
The Rambler’s Bride by NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Linda Goodnight
In 1870’s Kansas, Widow Esther North will do most anything to save her land from her powerful cousin and the coming railroad-even kiss a stranger! The kissing cowboy, Jericho North is bent on revenge from his brother’s widow, and the will hidden in his pocket is all he needs to make it happen. But he hadn’t reckoned on a baby…and neither he nor Esther had reckoned on love.
Lovebirds at the Heartbreak Cafe by USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author Janet Tronstad
USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly Bestselling Author, Janet Tronstad, pens a brand-new Retro Café Sweet Romance starring a 1950’s truck driver (Buddy) and a waitress (Penny) who both have enough trouble without everyone in Webster’s Crossing thinking they are falling in love.
Her Mule Hollow Cowboy by #1 Amazon bestselling author Debra Clopton
Rescuing a beautiful cowgirl from being trampled has professional bull rider, Cliff Masterson, dreaming of romance, home, hearth and that first kiss…but Maddie Rose has had enough people in her life leave and she’s not willing to risk her heart on a rambling cowboy—Sparks fly when these two are near. Can the Matchmakin’ Posse of Mule Hollow help this couple find their happily ever after?
Deadly Hunt by #1 Amazon bestselling author Margaret Daley
All bodyguard Tess Miller wants is a vacation. But when a wounded stranger stumbles into her isolated cabin in the Arizona mountains, Tess becomes his lifeline. When Shane Burkhart opens his eyes, all he can focus on is his guardian angel leaning over him. And in the days to come he will need a guardian angel while being hunted by someone who wants him dead.
Necessary Proof by fan favorite Camy Tang
Alex Villa became a Christian in prison, and because of his efforts to help stop a gang producing meth in Sonoma, he has been set up for the death of a cop. Can computer expert Jane Lawton find the evidence that will prove his innocence before the gang eliminates them both?
Kissed by a Cowboy by fan favorite Lacy Williams
Former shy-girl Haley Carston is back in Redbud Trails, Oklahoma, to care for her dying aunt. She didn’t count on cowboy Maddox Michaels, her high school crush and the man who might just bring her dreams of marriage and family back to life…
I am giving away two e-copies of First Kisses in a giveaway for the people who sign up for my newsletter. You can find the button for my quarterly newsletter at http://www.margaretdaley.com/margarets-blog/. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me you want to enter the drawing for a copy of First Kisses.
On sale for a limited time (through March 22) for 99¢ First Kisses, Collection One from Inspy Kisses (Linda Goodnight, Janet Tronstad, Debra Clopton, Margaret Daley, Camy Tang and Lacy Williams)
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