SMP Romance Holiday Blitz Author Bios and Social Links
Laura Trentham – Candy Cane Christmas
LAURA TRENTHAM is an award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance including Caught Up in the Touch, Kiss Me That Way, and others. She is a member of RWA, and has finaled multiple times in the Golden Heart competition. A chemical engineer by training and a lover of books by nature, she lives in South Carolina.
Emily March – Christmas in Eternity Springs
EMILY MARCH is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the critically acclaimed Eternity Springs series. Publishers Weekly calls March a "master of delightful banter," and her heartwarming, emotionally charged stories have been named to Best of the Year lists by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Romance Writers of America. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Emily is an avid fan of Aggie sports and her recipe for jalapeño relish has made her a tailgating legend.
Nancy Naigle – Christmas Joy
USA Today bestselling author NANCY NAIGLE whips up small-town love stories with a dash of suspense and a whole lot of heart. Now happily retired, she devotes her time to writing, antiquing, and the occasional spa day with friends. A native of Virginia Beach, she currently calls North Carolina home. Her books include Sweet Tea and Secrets, Mint Juleps and Justice, and Christmas Joy.
Mandy Baxter – It Must Be Christmas
MANDY BAXTER lives in rural Idaho. She's a part-time pet wrangler, a full-time sun worshiper, and only goes out into the cold when coerced. She loves black clothes, pink appliances and thinks junk food should be a recognized food group. In the summer, she can be found sitting by the lake, enjoying the view from her dock.
Donna Alward – It Must Be Christmas
While bestselling author DONNA ALWARD was busy studying Austen, Eliot and Shakespeare, she was also losing herself in the breathtaking stories created by romance novelists like LaVyrle Spencer, Judith McNaught, and Nora Roberts. Several years after completing her degree she decided to write a romance of her own and it was true love! Five years and ten manuscripts later she sold her first book and launched a new career. While her heartwarming stories of love, hope, and homecoming have been translated into several languages, hit bestseller lists and won awards, her very favorite thing is when she hears from happy readers!
Melissa Cutler – If Santa Were a Cowboy
Melissa Cutler is the author of The Mistletoe Effect and the One and Only Texas series. She knows she has the best job in the world writing sexy contemporary romances and romantic suspense. She was struck at an early age for an unrelenting travel bug and is probably planning her next vacation as you read this. When she's not globetrotting, she's enjoying Southern California's flip-flop wearing weather and wrangling two rambunctious kids.
Tara Wyatt – When Snowflakes Fall & Like Fresh Fallen Snow
TARA WYATT is a contemporary romance and romantic suspense author. Known for her humor and steamy love scenes, Tara’s writing has won several awards, including the Unpublished Winter Rose, the Linda Howard Award of Excellence, and the Heart of the West. A librarian by day and romance writer by night, Tara lives in Hamilton, Ontario with the world's cutest dog and a husband who makes all of her heroes look like chumps. Find her on Twitter @taradwyatt. She'd love to hear from you!
Opal Carew – Big Package
OPAL CAREW is the author of more than eighteen erotic romances for St. Martin's Press including Forbidden Heat,Pleasure Bound, Twin Fantasies, and other erotic romance novels. She lives in Canada and makes regular trips to the U.S. to speak at conferences and industry events.
Mary Connealy – Room at the Inn for Christmas
MARY CONNEALY writes fun and lively "romantic comedy with cowboys" for the inspirational market. She is also a bestselling author of full-length book series including: Wild at Heart, Trouble in Texas, Kincaid Brides, Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages, and Sophie's Daughters. Mary is a Rita and Christy Award finalist and a two time winner of the Carol Award. Mary is the author of 17 novellas besides her 28 trade fiction books.
Ruth Logan Herne – Silent Night, Star-Lit Night
Multi-published, best-selling author RUTH LOGAN HERNE likes nothing better than writing stories that warm the heart and ease the troubled soul. The author of more than fifteen Love Inspired contemporary novels, the “Double S Ranch” trilogy with PRH/Waterbrook and inspiring women’s fiction for Franciscan Media, Ruth has also become proficient in writing successful novellas for Zondervan, Summerside Press and several highly acclaimed novellas for the independent ebook market. Equally at home writing about small town folks or delving into the heart of big city neighborhoods, Ruthy lives on a farm in upstate New York, one of the snow-belt capitals of the world with her family, farm animals and pets.
Margaret Brownley – Do You Hear What I Hear?
MARGARET BROWNLEY is a New York Times bestselling author and past Romance Writers of America RITA finalist with more than 30 novels to her credit. Not bad for someone who flunked 8th grade English. Just don't ask her to diagram a sentence. Margaret and her husband have three grown children and live in Southern California.
Favorite Halloween Costume
Ruth Logan Herne
Crotchety Old Lady Slightly Sinister... :)
As little as possible. :) I confess I'm not really a Halloween person.
I was a roller derby girl for an adult Halloween party a couple of years ago. Everything was great until after a couple of drinks, I fell on my tailbone. Nothing was seriously hurt except for my pride though! The next year, my hubby and I went as bacon and eggs. Very safe (and delicious:)
Pocahontas! Easy to answer this one because I was Pocahontas for Halloween in the 2nd grade, the 6th grade, in junior high and even as an adult...twice. All with different costumes, and each more elaborate than the last. In the 2nd grade I was Pocahontas and my little brother (3 years my junior) was Chief Powhatan. My mom even made a wooden papoose for me and made my baby doll a matching Indian outfit complete with headband and a feather.
I might just have to find a costume party to attend. I'm in the mood to craft another Pocahontas outfit this year.
One year my six-foot-six husband dressed as the Jolly Green Giant and I was a can of peas. It took forever to apply the green makeup, but it was worth it. We took the top prize at every party we attended that year.
In college, I dressed up in a red fedora and trench coat and went as Carmen Sandiego. Where in the world am I? Eating all the candy. That's where I am.
Genie! I've always loved genies. I love the magic and the power play between the genie and the genie's master. I love the costumes because they're sexy and beautiful. (I used to do belly dancing and made several costumes for myself.)
The Uncle Sam costume we put on our beloved boxer, Doc. He was disgusted by the ordeal, but stoic. :)
Cowgirl (of course!)
Favorite Scary Movie
Ruth Logan Herne
None! I'm a writer, I get scared too easy! Too many what-ifs going on in my head!
Scary movies? No way! (Not since I was fourteen!)
I really, really hate horror movies! I was forever scarred by watching The Exorcist at the tender age of ten. Where were my parents?! Lol.
Scary movies creep into my dreams so I try not to watch them. I'm such a chicken that even the movie trailers they put on prime time television freak me out sometimes! I can't say that I'd call it a "favorite", but the scary movie that still gives me chills every time I think about it is. . .The Shining. Eek!
I'm a scaredy cat, so Casper the Friendly Ghost is about as close as I'll ever get to a scary movie.
Poltergeist. An oldie but a goodie! I love a good ghost story.
I don't typically watch scary movies, unless you count things like The Day After Tomorrow, Armageddon, and 2012. (Adam Lambert sang the theme song for 2012 and I’m a huge fan of his, so that was a delightful bonus!) I did watch Shaun of the Dead which I thought was fun and I enjoyed Cabin in the Woods, too.
I can't watch scary movies. I love happy endings!
Definitely Evil Dead and Evil Dead II. Not the remake, the classics with Bruce Campbell. They're a Halloween staple and a cult classic in my house.
What's on your wish list this year?
Ruth Logan Herne
Well, I'm a mom so peace and quiet would be good!
Books, yoga gear, and gift certificates for the Boxing Day week sales.
The holidays really are about the kids these days! If I could ask for more time, then I would. Otherwise, I want a comfy sweatshirt. See how easy I am? By the way, that's what I wanted last year too and told my husband. Instead, he bought me bags and bags of gourmet coffee and new mugs, which was super sweet, but inside, I really just wanted a sweatshirt!
To spend time with the people I love. Time is the very best gift -- giving and receiving.
To enjoy all the Christmas goodies my friends and family insist upon baking and not gain a pound.
Hmmm...I'm always really bad at coming up with wish lists. But a Keurig would be nice. I've also wanted a leather jacket for, like, ever.
World peace and abundance for everyone! :) For me, spending as many days as possible with by two sons and husband, seeing extended family and friends, and some fun new board games to play during our time together!
A healthy new grandson due in January. Hurray!
On my wish list this year is a new record player. My last one broke, but I have a huge record collection that I inherited from my father and I want to be able to enjoy it again soon.
I don't really have anything specific on my wish list. I never say no to new boots, though!