Once Upon A Christmas
An Anthology by
Maggie Robinson, Tiffany Clare, J.K. Coi, & Elyssa Patrick
Release Date: November 1st, 2016
The holidays are a time for family, celebration—and the Dukes of Ravenglass to fall in love. Spend the Christmas season with the Wynter family, as the Dukes of Ravenglass find their happily-ever-afters in this delightful, heartfelt collection that spans from the Regency era to the present day.
In A Price Above Rubies by Maggie Robinson, set in the Regency era, paid companion Helen Lowe doesn’t know the man she shares her first-ever dance—and first-ever kiss—is Gabriel Wynter, a reclusive, notorious duke. When Helen flees after being exposed, she leaves behind something of far greater value than a glass slipper. Can Gabriel find her, return it, and finally open his heart?
In the Victorian-era set, Never Have I Ever Fallen in Love with a Duke by Tiffany Clare, Alexander Wynter has a problem—his best friend’s younger sister grew up. When he agreed to help Emily MacCallon make her debut, he didn’t expect the beautiful, alluring woman before him—or for her to lead him on such a merry chase. Alexander knows one thing: the only man she’ll be kissing forever and ever is him.
In the World War II-set, Loving Lord Spy by J.K. Coi, Winnie Jenkins, a combat nurse, and Lord David Wynter, an injured British spy, fall in love at the worst possible time. Each of them owes a duty to their country and must go their separate ways. They promise that when the war is finally over, they’ll meet in Hyde Park on Christmas morning…but agree that if one of them doesn’t make it, the other won’t seek out the reason why. Can they keep their appointment? Or will secrets, lies, and the perils of war keep them apart?
A missed connection gets a second chance in the present-day contemporary romance, Saved by the Belle by Elyssa Patrick. Seven years ago, Kit Wynter met the woman of his dreams. Even after all this time, he’s never been able to forget the American girl who captured his heart. When Belle Sweeney answers his ad—for she, too, never forgot him—it feels like there’s something still there. Spending the holiday at Ravenglass Abbey is the perfect opportunity to figure out if this is love.
Review by Melody’s Love 4 Books
Interview with Elyssa Patrick
I’m excited to present an interview with one of my very favorite authors. She is on my one-click list no matter what the book is. I love her quirky funny yet emotional style that can have me laughing and crying all in the same book. If you don’t know her yet, get to know her through this interview and start one-clicking her books today!
- When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing at a very young age (I think when I first started learning how to write, so maybe a little in kindergarten and first grade). I remember I wrote a Halloween story featuring Dracula, Frankenstein, and Wolfman all in a haunted house that I read aloud to my grandparents. In retrospect, this was probably a torturous thing for them to have to sit through, lol.
I’m not sure why I began writing—I just knew it was something I wanted to do and needed to do. Writing felt as natural as breathing.
- When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Probably when I was little! I wanted to write and be an author from a very young age but I wasn’t sure I could make it happen.
- Do you have a specific writing style?
I would say that my writing style is light, funny, mixed with heat and happiness.
- Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
For messages, I believe that is really up for readers to decide—what the book is for them. But I hope that this novella and my other books—especially my books going forward—that they make readers feel happy and feel those swoony feels.
- What books have influenced you the most?
So many! Seriously. I think I take a little something from every book I read. Little Women; Little House on the Prairie series; Anne of Green Gable series; Jane Austen’s Emma, Pride and Prejudice, and Persuasion; William Shakespeare; Julia Quinn’s The Bridgertons, particularly The Viscount and I; Julie Anne Long’s The Thief and I and What I Did for a Duke; Lisa Kleypas’ Dreaming of You and The Devil in Winter; Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Dream a Little Dream, Kiss an Angel, Match Me If You Can, Natural Born Charmer; Nora Roberts; Julie James; Toni Blake’s One Reckless Summer.
- Is there an author or mentor that you look up to?
Not really, but I have a lot of authors I love and admire. Besides the other authors in the anthology, I love and admire Nora Roberts, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Julie Anne Long, Julie James, Tamara Morgan, Lisa Kleypas, Jill Shalvis, Seanan McGuire, Jessica Clare, Shannon Stacey, Jaci Burton, Jen Frederick, and Meredith Duran.
- What book are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire and loving them. I’m on Book 6, and I highly recommend this Urban Fantasy series. I’m also going to read Julie Anne Long’s Wild at Whiskey Creek, Shannon Stacey’s Holiday with a Twist, and Jessica Clare’s Beauty and the Billionaire: The Wedding.
I also really, really want to read Lisa Kleypas’ 2017 release, Devil in Spring.
- Did you learn anything from writing and if so, what was it?
I think I learn something with every book/novella that I write. It differs with each one, of course. But with this novella, I finally learned to just be myself in the writing and to not feel like I had to write differently because of whatever reason. So, in Saved by the Belle, I feel like I allowed myself the freedom to really write what I want to write—and as a result, I absolutely loved writing the novella once I found my groove.
- Do you have any advice for other writers?
My advice would be to trust yourself—and what works for one writer/author does not work for all. If you’ve found your writing groove—whether it be pantsing or plotting or quilting, a combo, or something else entirely—don’t feel like you have to change it because someone else says it’s not the “correct” way to write. You write how you write!
I also think that I sometimes see authors and writers say, I wish I could be Nora Roberts (or other wildly popular name)—and in fact, I’ve been guilty of this in the past.
But I’ve realized that this can create a lot of bad feelings, because you’re constantly comparing. Nora Roberts is Nora Roberts. Lisa Kleypas is Lisa Kleypas. You’re you.
No one can be you. No one has your voice, the way you write how you write, the way you see and tell stories. Embrace that. Be true to you.
- If you were not a writer, what else would like to have done?
In college, I wanted to be an actress. That died very quickly after graduation.
- What weird or quirky thing do you do when you write?
What happens in the writing cave stays in the writing cave. 😉
Thank you to Elyssa Patrick for giving this great online interview. She’s not only talented, but a very gracious and sweet person all around.
Maggie Robinson – www.maggierobinson.net
Tiffany Clare – www.tiffanyclare.com
J.K. Coi – www.jkcoi.com
Elyssa Patrick – www.elyssapatrick.com