New Year – New Goals

Happy New Year to all of you. I know many people vow to do a certain thing, like quit smoking, eat better, exercise more, spend time with family this time of the year. Personally, I think those are things you should vow to do everyday, but I don’t do those kinds of vows.

Instead, I create goals, especially for my writing. Last year I published 12 books, and like most people, it was a very rough year.

Besides the regular trials and tribulations of life, we had the Virus to deal with. Man did that wreck havoc with my depression and stress levels. I lost one of my fur babies in May and then had my father living with me for 13 weeks while I cared for him while he was on hospice, and then another month of grieving after he passed in September. That’s a whole lot going on with a busy writing schedule.

So this year, I have my fingers crossed that all goes a little smoother, and there aren’t as many emotional ups and downs as there were last year. My goals for this year are to finish writing eighteen stories, and have sixteen published in 2021. That doesn’t count the audiobooks that are underway, or the boxsets that I will join either.

I plan to finish up my Loving a Young Series, and start a spin-off series for them. Plus, I have a couple more Finding Love in Special Places short stories coming this year. There are at least two more Unexpected Series books coming out this year, a couple books in my Rise Again Warrior Series, and I’d at least two more Blue Blood Returns books. On top of that, I am looking at adding to my Pleasure your Fantasies Series, and starting a new series that has not been named yet.

So I have a lot on my plate for this year! Wish me luck!

Huntley is the third book in the Loving a Young Series and is Stacy’s Latest Release! You can grab a copy on Amazon!

The beauty of … celebration. @josieriviera, #mgtab

With Christmas only a few days away, it’s difficult not to notice the holidays feeling different this year. COVID has impacted our lives many ways, yet the spirit of the holidays has not escaped us. Many of us have adapted and changed while continuing to celebrate.

Many have put up the decorations and trees, earlier than usual. We’ve all needed to get the party started sooner, because we’ve earned it! Those happy traditions we cherish each year allow us to feel normal.

As we look forward to celebrating, I want to take a moment to wish you and those you love a holiday full of peace, light, and joy. And may 2021 arrive and usher in a year that is full of healing and hope.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Celebrate the holiday season with my newest sweet romance release,

A Chocolate-Box Christmas Wish

Only 99¢ for a limited time. Available in ebook, Paperback, and Large Print Paperback.

Where – and when – do you want to be this Christmas?

Pandemic got you trapped? How about a very economical (99 cents!) tour around the world with a few side trips back in time?
Dear Santa: A Christmas Wish is filled with NEW (and unique) stories from eighteen of The Authors’ Billboard ladies. None are the same. They don’t even take place in the same towns or eras.

How did we come up with our stories? I don’t know about the other authors, but my story, A PLATE OF CHRISTMAS COOKIES, was inspired by a real couple.

Many years ago, I witnessed two former high school sweethearts meet again for the first time in over thirty years. The magic – electricity, pheromones, or whatever it was – between the former teenage couple was both tangible and unforgettable. Two other items in the story: Mary’s obsession with the curlers in her hair and Jake’s discourse on what he was doing when they raised the flag for the second time on Iwo Jima, are real. Oh, and they really did get a happy ever after. Pre-order Dear Santa: A Christmas Wish and read all about it. It’s only available in digital format in this set.

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Dear Santa,

For Christmas, we wish for our latest box set to be a bestseller.

Thank you,

Dani Haviland and the other authors of Dear Santa: A Christmas Wish.

18 Diverse wishes for the Jolly Old Man. Can he fulfill them?

Chicago Hope by Carmen DeSousa

I love Christmas! I love the traditions, family, gifts…the food.

But I also grew up poor and, oftentimes, wondered why other kids got presents that I didn’t. As I got older, I saw the realities of the world, and realized how lucky I was. While I didn’t get the Barbie Dreamhouse I wanted, I did have a Barbie doll, and we always had a roof over our head and food on the table.

Some children aren’t so lucky…

When our boys were young, my husband, who was a police officer at the time, worked with the local community and knew the families who had rough breaks. The police department spent months collecting food and toys, and then took them to the hard-working families who needed help on Christmas. The faces of the beautiful children…and the tears of the appreciative parents were unforgettable. Our sons learned something, too. When they saw how wide-eyed a little boy was to receive a Tonka truck, they were more appreciative Christmas morning when they got their Nintendo or Sega…or whatever was popular that year.

Someone once said that if a group of people wrote their problems on a sheet of paper and tossed them in a basket and passed that basket around and traded problems, most people would choose to keep their problems. Obviously, no one can prepare for the tragedy that happens in the blink of an eye, but is it possible that we learn to deal with what we have—or don’t have?

When a good friend suggested I write a Dear Santa story, I wanted to bring to life a story of a woman who, like me, didn’t realize how lucky she had it…and forgot about her dreams…or assumed she wasn’t powerful enough to make her dreams come true—personally and professionally.

I hope you enjoy my story of hope. Hope for a single mother…her son…and the children who live on the poor side of Chicago.

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Book Description:

Aspiring journalist Maura Hall dreams of changing the world, but she’ll settle for Chicago.

Wanting to make a difference, Maura uprooted herself and her eight-year-old son from the Sandhills of North Carolina and planted roots in Chicago, Illinois. After three years of struggling to publish even one hope-filled article, her dreams begin to crumble and fade, much like her run-down tenement. She works a second job to make ends meet and struggles to balance parenting with work, while her journalistic responsibilities are reduced to correcting typos for her plagiarizing co-workers.

Rick Figueroa seems perfect: he’s handsome, smart, and appreciative of Maura’s vision for their media company. He’s also in a position to share her writing and ideas. Together they launch a Dear Santa project that has the potential to restore hope and Christmas cheer to thousands of children.

But things are not always as they seem… As Maura’s attraction to Rick grows, so do her questions about his identity and his intentions. Soon she is faced with a choice between love, career, and doing the right thing…all before Christmas.

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About Carmen: I write stories that overflow with romance, and suspense, a hint of humor sometimes and, of course, a few Kleenex moments. After all, what would a great story be without an emotional event setting the stage? All of my novels are sensual, but not erotic, gripping but not graphic, and will make you cry, laugh, love, and hope.

Visit my website to see what’s new: www.CarmenDeSousaBooks.com.