Friday, December 20, 2013

Here's a couple awesome deals to wish you a Merry Christmas! (And a big announcement)

     I have a few Christmas traditions that I look forward to every year but one of the biggest is watching Scrooge with Albert Finney.  It's really old and kind of laughable sometimes, but it's just not Christmas until I sit down with my kids and watch that movie.  We like to see who can do the best high kick afterwards.  My ten year old son totally won this year.  We sing along to all the songs and during the following week we enjoy calling each other 'Badjets'.  None of us know what the heck that is, but one of the street urchins calls Scrooge that and we think it's hilarious.  I know, we're kind of strange like that but that's a family tradition.  I was wondering about it this year and I realized that watching that old movie is so important to me because of the way it makes me feel afterwards.  I feel inspired and empowered to be better and do better.  And I think books, movies and music are incredibly powerful tools to either uplift or to bring down. 

   As a writer, I want to make sure that what I do in some way helps, or eases someone's day or lightens a burden.  That's why I wrote my 2 Christmas Novella's this year. At Christmastime it's so easy to get bogged down in the stress of presents and money and parties and expectations so it's important to take a few hours and unwind and re-energize yourself. 

    If you haven't had a chance to order Sophie's Christmas wish, here's the link.  It's a short story that picks up Sophie's story from my book Makeover.  My other Christmas Novella is called Allison's Christmas Carol.  Here's the link.  This story picks up Allison and Will's story from The Broken Road and deals with a marriage on the brink of divorce.  I have to admit I was inspired by Scrooge.

   Now those short stories are presents for yourself.  You're so busy spoiling your family and friends, don't forget to spoil yourself too.  You deserve it!  But if you're still stressing that long Christmas list, I'm here to help. I've put two of my best-selling books on sale for the next week at $.99.  Giving E-Books is the way to go this year.  Easy, no wrapping and super cheap.  Why give a gift to someone that you know they really don't want?  Why give a plate of cookies that will be forgotten in an hour?  Give a gift that will make someone FEEL something.  Give a gift that will uplift and lighten.  Give a gift that will be remembered. 

   My first book that I'm listing at $.99 is You Belong With Me.  Here's the link

I know, I know - you've already read this one.  But remember - it's a gift for that someone you know who  could use a good book to read by the fire.  
   My other book I'm listing for $.99 is actually a book written under my pen name Katie Lee O'Guinn called Werewolf Dreams.  It's a YA Paranormal book perfect for the teenagers in your life that are so hard to shop for.  Here's the link.

   And now for my big announcement:  My newest trilogy will be out soon. Well, the first book anyways.  Remember Rob from my Love and Dessert Trilogy?  The man who misjudged Kit so heartlessly but sort of made up for it in My Sweetheart by being so amazing with Jane? Well, he has 2 sisters and a restaurant.  How could I pass that up?  I've got my work cut out for me, but I'm going to redeem that man if it's the last thing I do.  
   In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the Christmas Season. Wrap your arms around your family and friends and remember to reach out and bless the lives of those around you who are suffering or sad or who have lost hope.  
Merry Christmas my friends!
- Shannon

Friday, December 13, 2013

Allison's Christmas Carol is HERE!!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

   It was so fun (intense) writing Allison and Will's Christmas story. When I decided to write a couple Christmas Novellas I knew immediately who I wanted to write about.  Sophie from Makeover and Allison from The Broken Road.  Sophie was a given.  Who doesn’t love Sophie?  But I had a lot of mixed reactions to The Broken Road.  The main reason being that Will was not the typical leading man.  Will was flawed.  He was far from perfect and he reminded people of your average every day guy who struggled with pride and forgiveness. But I have to admit, he’s one of my favorites.  
   Will came from a very poor background and struggled for everything he had.  That can really affect a person’s personality and motivations in life.  So I wanted to continue the journey with Will and let him continue the process of becoming a better man. Combining Will's issues with my favorite Christmas story of all time was a fun way to tell their story.  I think it would be fascinating if we all had that chance to peek into the past, present and future.  I'm sure our lives would be very different if we could.

   Here's a little synopsis:  Allison Carson put a lot of faith in Will when she decided to marry him, but a few years later she's more miserable than she's ever been. Will has decided to focus his life on business, money and power, leaving Allison alone and feeling abandoned. With their baby due soon, Allison sends a desperate prayer up to heaven. Please help Will to remember what is important. Allison is granted her request and Will is sent a very special visitor to show him aspects of his life that he was blind to. After Will sees what his future holds, he's desperate for a second chance. But sometimes second chances aren't enough.

   You can purchase a copy through Amazon here.

Enjoy my second and last novella for the year and have a wonderful Christmas!
   - Shannon

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

My First Christmas Novella is Here!

     I've never written a novella before so I was pretty excited but nervous too. So I hope you like Sophie's Christmas Wish. I went back to my girls from the Alpine Series because I loved them and missed them. I'm also in the middle of finishing up my second Christmas novella which is Allison's Christmas Carol. Her husband Will has been a little Scroogish if you get my drift. 
      The other exciting news is that Do Over was nominated for a Whitney Award! Thank you to everyone out there who voted for me. Cross your fingers that I make it to the next round because I'm up against a ton of amazing books. 
     I hope you're having a great December so far. I'm in the middle of Christmas shopping and getting the house decorated. We just had a huge snowstorm so my world is covered in white right now.  Perfect for curling up with a lap top and writing or relaxing with a good book. Let me know how you like the Novellas and have a great Christmas this year.  
- Shannon

When Sophie Kellen's son asks her for a little sister for Christmas, all the heartache from her infertility almost crushes her. With the support of her friends, Maggie, Allison and Iris she decides to leave it in the hands of God. She wants more than anything to make her husband and son happy but can she truly love a baby that isn't her biological child?

Coming Soon!