First off, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the Veterans out there who sacrifice so much to keep our country free. Thank you! We can never express our gratitude enough.
Earlier this year, the fabulous Malena Lott put a call out to authors interested in participating in a winter anthology. The stories were to be around 6-8,000 words in length, and must include a sleigh ride.
Confession time: I’d never written a short story before. But I’ve always wanted to, and having a deadline and a clear topic seemed like a good way to push me through that door.
Now, another confession: I’ve never been on a sleigh ride. Or even seen a sleigh for that matter. Unless of course, you count the end of the annual Christmas parade where Santa comes rolling by on his “sleigh” waving to the crowds (usually sweating in his Santa suit, since I live in Florida). But hey, just because I’m clueless has never stopped me before.
And in the end it all worked out because I wrote about what I know–living in Florida and yearning to see snow. There’s also a romance because I’m all about the happily-ever-after!
My story is called Noche Buena and it’s about a middle aged widow who has a huge crush on the guy who owns the local Cuban restaurant in her home town of Old Explorer’s Bay, Florida. Not much snow in Florida, but that’s okay, it all works out in the end.
Here’s a little bit more about the book and some awesome giveaways:
Seven short stories. Seven sleigh rides. Seven authors. Sleigh Ride: A Winter Anthology takes readers on a journey into the most wonderful season of all – where anything can happen. From drama to romance to adventure, Sleigh Ride sets the mood for the holidays. The Good Read/Good Deed project by Buzz Books USA will benefit the Alpha Chi Omega foundation for the domestic violence prevention cause. Award-winning writers include Megan Barlog, Maria Geraci, Malena Lott, Maggie Marr, Jenny Peterson, Dani Stone and Samantha Wilde. The book is available in trade paperback here (https://www.createspace.com/3703251) and on Amazon or as an ebook. For Kindle: http://ht.ly/7paVp
To kick off our launch, we’re hosting several fun contests, including a huge Sleigh Ride giveaway with books, a throw, coffee mug, Michael Buble’s “Christmas” album and Lady Antebellum’s “A Merry Little Christmas.” Meet the authors and win the ornament of the day and a chance to win a Starbucks gift card for seven days starting today over at www.buzzbooksusa.com.
I’ll also be giving away a print trade copy of SLEIGH RIDE. Just leave a comment below and I’ll let the random generator pick a lucky winner. Comments open till Sunday, November 13, 11p.m EST. Good luck!