Monday, December 07, 2015

Happy Book Birthday and the Thrill of Holiday Anticipation!

It's my book birthday! That's right. Today is the official release of MISTLETOE DREAMS, a sizzling holiday collection of three stories by Laurel Cremant, Drea Riley and myself.

The holidays have always been about anticipation. Whether it was awaiting Santa's sleigh as a youngster, or awaiting snow so I could be off from school as a teenager, the month of December has been associated with family, fun, and of course, the slow burn of anticipating something wonderful would happen.

As an adult, the holidays have changed yet again to being more focused on shopping, organizing family dinners, and working. I'm still anticipating what for me under the tree. With teenage boys, I never know what I'm going to get. One year my son made me a ceramic reindeer that had pooped--a lot. A pile of tiny ceramic poop balls were at the back of the reindeer.

So, even though my life is much more full as an adult, I'm still tightly wound with anticipation up until December 25th.

What are you anticipating receiving this year? Share with me in the comments.

About Mistletoe Dreams: There's no time like the holidays for love—whether you are rekindling an old love, finding love in strange places or just expressing a love of the ages. Follow these tales of love, laughter and holiday spirit in Mistletoe Dreams!

Winter's Guard. . .
Five years after a broken engagement, Vicky and James have met again. Forced to work together, Vicky hopes to show James that what they had wasn’t all broken. All she wants is time to prove that their hearts hadn’t lied five years ago—they may have fallen in love during a dark moment in their lives, but that doesn’t mean they don't belong together.

A Trick of Frost. . .

Two days before Christmas with her ex-husband, Rick, harassing her parents, Jaycee Froste needs a gift to lift her spirits. She stops in at her favorite restaurant, and it brings more than a hot meal. Jaycee finds herself seated across from one of the most annoying and handsome men she's ever met. She would even consider letting him taste her stew, if he hadn't stolen her reservation. With the holidays upon her, Jaycee decides the thing she needs to lift her spirits is J.C., a man who offers her so much more than she ever could have hoped.

Naughty Klauses. . .

Jessica and Nic have always loved the holidays and this year they are most definitely going to be on the naughty list. When you've got eternity on your side, it's nice to living things up with a little spice. You'll never look at Mr. and Mrs. Klaus the same way again...

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Cyber Monday-Sensual Cover Reveal-Mistletoe Dreams

Cover Reveal: Mistletoe Dreams

If you read my previous blog entries, then you know I'm not normally a Christmas holiday writer. Yes, I've written St. Patrick's Day, Valentine's Day, and Mother's Day stories, but until White Tiger Christmas, I hadn't written holiday romance stories. 

Part of my reluctance had to do with the fact that almost every romance author I know writes a yearly holiday story. I didn't feel I had anything new to add until White Tiger Christmas. 

But then Drea Riley had an idea and together we wrote, A Trick of Frost. Like, White Tiger Christmas, the story included paranormal and fantastic elements, I find difficult to resist when writing about the holidays. 

That story, along with a new story by Laurel Cremant, and a solo story by Drea Riley comprise the entirety of Mistletoe Dreams

Today, I share with you it's gorgeous cover by the talented and brilliant, Taria Reed. Cover models, Angelina Cavanaugh & Shawn Fejas, sizzle like an open fire! This cover is HAWT!
It's a perfect pairing to the three stories inside, making this one outstanding bundle to add to your holiday reading list. 

'Tis the season for reading. #Seasonsreading. Mocha Memoirs Press will be launching its Holiday Blog tour, Season's Readings, from 12/7/15 to 12/14/15. This is a great opportunity to get discounts on other holiday romances, win prizes, and discover your next favorite romance author. You can pre-order Mistletoe Dreams today!

~RaeLynn Blue

Friday, November 13, 2015

Dragons and Tigers for the Holidays

Dragons and Tigers for the Holidays

It all began the way many projects such as this start--with a question. I was online, minding my own business, when Shara Azod asked me to write a white tiger holiday story. I'd like to say she asked, but that's probably just the nostalgia. More likely, it went down like this:

Shara: Rae, you busy?
Me: Working on X project.
Shara: Stop that and write a white tiger Christmas story.
Me: But...
Shara: Now. I need it sent in by this important date...

The rest is history. I'm a writer, and I may be embellishing that interchange a little bit (a very little bit), but the main idea is that I wrote my first Christmas story. 

As my constant readers already know, I've written a bunch of holiday stories. For example, St. Patrick's Day stories (Touch a Four Leaf Clover, Forever Irish), Valentine Day's stories (The Concierge, Native Hearts), and even Mother's Day stories (Mother Lovers), but I have never written a Christmas story.

It isn't that I don't like the holidays. I do. Halloween is my favorite holiday, next to my birthday, but I don't have Halloween stories either. So, it isn't anything against Christmas per se. Until that fateful conversation with Shara, I just hadn't had any real reason to write one. 

But most of you know, a shifter story is right up alley. I love paranormals and fantasy romances, so of course when she added that it had to be a white tiger shifter tale, well, I went all in. The result was a story about a tiger shifter, Kento, in a love triangle with a dragon shifter, and a human woman, Zina. The results are exactly what you'd expect.

Since writing White Tiger Christmas, I have continued my dragon shifter series, Dragon's Keep. There are three stories in that series (Firebreather, Seadragon, and Earthen) with more planned for 2016-2017. If you haven't checked out the series, and you love dragon shifters, please get in with the first story, Firebreather. Or read a shorter introduction with White Tiger Christmas for only $1.99.