My favorite question: Where do you get the inspiration for your stories?

My husband would tell you that he’s the inspiration for everything I write. Perhaps there is a little bit of truth to that. The things I write about are often taken right out of the things I see around me. For example: The Butterfly MurdersI first got the idea for this when a story broke in my home town of Rochester, NY about funeral homes taking bones, replacing them with PVC piping, and selling the bone marrow. I thought, what if someone was murdering people who had received organ donation? I know, it sounds dark, and it is a little bit on the dark side, but this is really a romance. A second chance romance. One of my favorite tropes. It’s really about two people who for whatever reason, spent time a part, lived separate lives, and came back together to help solve a crime and save the hero’s young son. I just got chills!

I also tend to write about the places I’ve lived, or visited, that I have strong ties to and the biggest one is Lake George, NY. Do you every close your eyes and you think of your childhood, specific memories stick out? When I think of my summers spent in Lake George, I can see the clear crystal waters. Feel the chilly air in August against my skin. Smell the fire crackling while we roast marshmallows and tell ghost stories. And I remember the feeling of climbing on the back of a State Trooper’s bike at age 8 and going for a ride down to the country store for an ice cream. I can feel how the State Trooper Helicopter swooped down low over the lake when I was 10 and I saw the entire SCUBA team moon me! What a treat for a little girl, LO.

I wrote a 7 book series set in Lake George, NY: The New State Trooper Series. Every single book is based on a location that has very strong memories for me. The first book in the series I borrow from the servants house we rented and my best-friend’s home at the time. I write about a big white hotel (changed the name) in the middle of Lake George, and a pub that was in my backyard where I used to pick big, plump raspberries. Each book has slightly different location on the 32 mile lake, but each one holds something special in my heart.

 

But, I also get inspired by mine and other people’s emotions. Their strengths and weaknesses. Their greatest moments and those times in life that bring into a dark place. My contribution to Love, Christmas 2 came to me when I thought of my best girlfriend who lost her husband and everything she has done over the last four years to help her children cope with the loss of their father, something I also know a little about since my father passed away when I was 17. The premise is based on a Hallmark movie, but the emotions are raw.

It’s often said that writers bleed on the page. I believe that is true. A little piece of me, my life experiences, my emotions, my perception of my past and my dreams of the future, all end up in my stories.

Love, Christmas 2 Release Day! 26 Holiday Novellas

Today is the day!!! Release Day!!

At long last Love, Christmas 2 is available for sale—last year we had such fun celebrating all new holiday novellas that we decided to do it again! We have 26 award-winning authors in a collection so festive it will make your jingle bells ring. I’m a sucker for a Christmas story, no matter what time of year. What I love the most about them is the happy ending, no, the hope, no, the great feeling…what is your favorite thing about Christmas movies?

My contribution to this amazing set is Love, Actually By the Sea, #16 in my contemporary romance series, and I’ve dedicated it to Sarah Riddle—the winner in our Fresh Fiction contest who picked Love, Actually. Love Actually, minus the comma, is my all-time favorite Christmas movie, with Hugh Jackman dancing—gets me laughing every time. And the little boy saying that there is no worse agony than falling in love? Crying while laughing is a bonus. I need to watch it again!

Here’s a little about my novella,  Love, Actually:

One year ago, widowed Harper Philips closed her eyes and stuck her finger on the map to escape another holiday in grief—she landed in South Florida where she met a handsome stranger on the beach beneath the stars.

Agreeing to no names, they spend an intimate night so powerful neither can forget.

Jacob Orman credits his Christmas Angel for the courage to put all his worldly possessions on the line to turn job loss into an entrepreneurial opportunity. They’d agreed to be strangers—but, if they wanted, they could meet again at the bench by the sea in exactly one year.

Sometimes magic fades in the light of day. What if the memory of the person from a year ago can’t measure up to the reality? How could those feelings actually be love?

 

If you haven’t pre-ordered your copy of Love, Christmas 2 for just .99 cents, get it now! It will fill your heart with holiday joy 🙂

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KOBO ~ iBOOKS ~  NOOK 

Celebrate with us – it’s a party!! #Facebook #prizes #contests #mgtab @mimisgang1

Only 1 more sleep!! 😍 

I have no idea how Tuesday, October 16th can be almost upon us, but it is! In just one more sleep, LOVE, CHRISTMAS II will hit digital bookshelves everywhere, and you’ll have more reading pleasure ahead of you than you can even imagine, LOL. 
All 26 brand-new novellas are titled after favorite holiday movies. 
Stock up on yummy book-worthy beverages and snacks now!

If you haven’t pre-ordered your copy of 

Love, Christmas 2 
for just .99 cents, grab it today:

Release day is – Oct 16th!!  
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KOBO ~ iBOOKS ~  NOOK 

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Celebrate with us! 😍 

Don’t forget to join in the celebrations at our launch party on Tuesday, October 16 and Wednesday, October 17! A couple of you contacted me, asking what a Facebook Party is, so in case it’s new to you too, let me explain. 

In a nutshell, it’s an online get together on a pre-arranged date and special page on Facebook. People who want to “attend” click the link beforehand to say they’re interested, then click to say they’re going. 

Then, during the party hours on the party day, you go to the link again and it’s “live.” People (in this case, me and the other Love, Christmas 2 authors, in assigned 20-minute slots) post in real time and you reply and respond to posts as you feel moved. The prizes, of which there are TONS, are usually won via random draws. You get your name entered based on easy to answer questions or small tasks. 🙂 Don’t be intimidated. These kinds of events are very fun and very easy! You’ll figure it out, super fast. Still in doubt? Just come! You won’t be sorry. 🙂 (And if you really hate it, LOL, you can duck out right away. :D) 

I’m starting the party off at 12:00 noon PST (3:0 p.m. EST) on Tuesday and really, really hope you’ll join in on the fun at the:  

Facebook Party Extravaganza! 

See you there! 

P.S. Can’t make the party during the “live” event hours? Come by any time Tuesday after 12:00 noon PST until Thursday 7:00 p.m. and scroll around, make comments, get entered in draws and have a blast.

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I propose a CHALLENGE – with $100 Amazon gift certificate / or a Paypal payment as the prize.

As you know, we are trying to reach the USAT list with our new 99 cent Authors’ Billboard collection “Love, Christmas 2” and we need help in one area.

Of course it’s sales – but not just any sales. We need to sell as many books as possible to readers who support: B&N ~ Kobo ~ iBooks 

Therefore to encourage you, our readers, who buy books at those venues, if you reply with a link showing a purchase from any one of these 3 places, we will enter your name into the Giveaway. You can enter as many times as you have purchase slips. The draw will be picked on Oct 23rd.

Just email your proof of purchase to: authorsbillboard@gmail.com  

Thanks for your support, everyone!!

(No restrictions or purchases necessary to enter.)

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Announcing the winners for the September Fresh Fiction Contest! #mgtab @mimisgang1

♥ Sending a big thank you to the dear contestants who participated in the “The Christmas Movie (Box Collection) Contest” held by Fresh Fiction in September for the “Love, Christmas 2 Collection. Your support IS so appreciated.

Here is the final list of winners and their authors:

Mimi Barbour              Yvonne T. Cruz

Leanne Banks            Jennifer Beck / Donald Lee Beck

Aileen Fish                 SarahJane

Traci Hall                   Sarah Riddle

Susan Jean Ricci       Myrna Ray

Alicia Street               Candy

Natalie Ann                Rachel in memory of André

Stacy Eaton               Tina Ricci

Dani Haviland            Sally Scully

Rachelle Ayala           Tasha Handa

Ev Bishop                  Gaelen Schwindt / Angela Baldwin

Nancy Radke             Shirley Hegdal

Tamara Ferguson      Julia Deaton

Alyssa Bailey             Susan B.

Mona Risk                 Cissy Coleman

Katy Walters              Clare

Joan Reeves              Sandy Lamm

Jacquie Biggar           Tracy Petit

Stephanie Queen       Renee S Grandinetti

Taylor Lee                  Jennifer

Donna Fasano           Terri James

Cynthia Cooke           Sharon Henderson

Suzanne Jenkins        Author Viv Drewa

Jen Talty                     Hollie Donner

Rebecca York            Taylor

The 26 hard-working authors in this wonderful Christmas bundle belong to The Authors’ Billboard, a group dedicated to making the lives of these professional women a little bit easier.

Because we all work together and help each other to reach as many folks as possible, our goals seem more attainable, and we’re a lot happier not having to walk this lonely writer’s road alone.

We’d love to have you join us on our website to keep track of Love, Christmas 2 and the authors who’ve participated in the collection. Since our dream is to make the USAT list, we need a lot of good karma from you – our supporters.

If you haven’t signed up for our weekly newsletter and would like to, here is the sign-up link.

http://authorsbillboard.com/newsletter-sign-up

Thank you again for your support,

Everyone here at the Billboard wishes you good times and the very best for this coming holiday season, ♥ ♥

Mimi Barbour

~Founder – Authors’ Billboard~