Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Very cool news...

I'm in a new anthology with some of my (your) favorite authors!! 


When I was asked to take part in a book with some of my favorite authors, I jumped at the chance! It's out today! Yep, 8 books by bestselling authors for just $.99!!

Draco’s Marriage Pact - Day Leclaire
When a one night stand results in a secret baby, can enemies become lovers by creating a marriage pact?

A Daddy for Nate - Karen Sandler
When Jameson leaves Folsom Prison, he returns to Hart Valley, the one place he'd ever considered home. Within minutes, Nina blows up his world when she reveals their one night of passion brought a beautiful little boy into the world. Jameson insists on being part of Nate and Nina’s lives despite the years of tragedy and personal sacrifice that separated them. Can their pint-sized miracle somehow unite them in love?

Never Say Never - Debra Salonen
Lisa loved Joe once upon a time. They had a moment. But Lisa chose to marry Joe’s brother, her son’s father. Or did she pick the wrong twin?

The Daughter He Never Knew - Linda Barrett
Jason loved her but left her after his twin brother died on the night of their senior prom. “Tell Lila not to wait…”
Nine years later, when Lila is ready to marry someone else and give her daughter a family, a new message arrives. “Tell Lila I’m coming home.”

Something Perfect - Holly Jacobs
They were the perfect couple…Until they weren’t.
Maybe true love can bring them back together.

The Unforgettable Sheikh - Barbara McMahon
Three thousand miles away and ten years ago was the last time Chloe saw the man. Now Sheikh Karif bin Shakirah is face to face with her and all she can think of is the daughter he know nothing about. Can they ever overcome the past or will heartbreak and betrayal be too strong to surmount?

Sweet Montana Secrets - Lisa Mondello
They say time heals all wounds, but time doesn't make you forget who you were.
Ten years ago, Hunter Williams' life was a mess. Even so, he hadn't expected to be completely taken by Julie Samuel, a beautiful young woman who took riding lessons at the ranch he worked at. But their love hadn't been enough to conquer his demons or the secret she carried. Ten years later, can their love survive the truth and be rekindled to the blaze it once was?

Texas Bad Boy - Jean Brashear
Everyone thinks Lacey DeMille is the next thing to royalty, a society girl with beauty, brains and money—but sexy Texas bad boy Devlin Marlowe knows better. Twenty years after being exiled in disgrace for daring to want her, the boy from the wrong side of the tracks has sweet revenge in his grasp...for only he knows that her whole life is built on a lie.
And revenge may be more costly than either of them can imagine.

I hope you'll check it out!! It's available for your Kindle and for Kindle Unlimited for just $.99!!!

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While you're shopping, please check out my '22 releases!



Signs of the Times
Available for Kindle and Kindle Unlimited



Chances
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A View to a Kiln: A Harry's Pottery Mystery

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

The HOLLYdays are Here!

 

For years I volunteered at my kids' schools. My longest stint was as the Kindergarten Story Lady. (I wrote about it in Carry Her Heart/Hold Her Heart...everything is fodder for my books! LOL) My second longest stint was as a PTA Mom. For years, I was in charge of the annual Feather Party's kids' games.  It was utter chaos...and utter fun. When I started writing my PTA Mom Holiday books, I knew there'd be a similar Thanksgiving event (there aren't many Thanksgiving books!). The heroine is a single mom with way too much on her plate, but she still finds time to volunteer...and maybe fall in love? 

My premise for the series was three PTA Moms miss the first meeting of the year and get assigned to the worst PTA Committee. They'll be in charge of the PTA holiday events. I'll confess, I'm very proud of the Thanksgiving play in Once Upon a Thanksgiving...I wrote it. Well, I didn't write a whole play, which is a shame because I've had school teachers reach out about it. One of these days, I may finish it.

The second book has a Christmas poem that was inspired by one of my favorite high school teachers. (Remember I said, everything is fodder!) She gave me a pipe cleaner spider for my tree and every year it's the first ornament I put up!  The heroine of Once Upon a Christmas is a single woman, raising her sister's child...a child who's father shows up on her doorstep.

Writing the third book, Once Upon a Valentine's, was...well a treat. In the first two books, I talk about the heroine being an accidental arsonist.  Her husband cheated on her...on a couch she bought. She asked for the couch in the divorce...but didn't want to sit on it. I mean, who would? She wanted to burn it...and took out a neighbor's shed along with it, by accident. In the third book, she is serving her community service and planning the most romantic event of the school year...the Valentine's Dance. She's not in a very romantic mood! LOL But sometimes love happens in its own time

The book bundle includes a short story featuring the PTA president as well!


The PTA Moms Collection is on sale for Thanksgiving. Just $.99 for the whole series!  If you've read them before, I hope you'll share the sale with friends! (And thank you!) If you haven't read them, I hope you'll give them a try!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Holly

PS Check out this year's releases while you're shopping!



Signs of the Times
Available for Kindle and Kindle Unlimited



Chances
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Kobo  
Apple Books 


A View to a Kiln: A Harry's Pottery Mystery

Kindle
iBooks
Kobo
Nook





Thursday, October 06, 2022

October 2022 Newsletter

Come home to stories of love and laughter.


The next two years will bring an Kindle-only (also available with Amazon Unlimited) ebook series, Around the Square! The first book, Signs of the Times is out today!!


Listen With Your Heart

Libby has one great love in her life…her daughter. As a business owner and the mother of a hearing impaired daughter, her life is busy. She doesn’t have time or any interest in romance. But when she’s teamed up with a new business neighbor, Josh Gardner, to plan a Christmas party, she finds herself reconsidering. Can a woman who doesn’t believe in happily-ever-after and a man who’s given up on love listen to their hearts?

Shop Now for Signs of the Times.
I'm so very excited about Around the Square! But there's a lot in my life that's exciting. This year's A View to a Kiln: A Harry's Pottery Mystery got a shout out on Jeopardy!! I didn't know that was a goal until a friend gave me the heads up! You can check out the video here

And for all of you who follow me on social media, the cottage addition is almost done! When it's finished, I'll make a final tour video, but in the meantime, here's a video of the almost-done renovations!  
I  know. Indoor plumbing. I'm soooo fancy!

It's been a crazy summer and I don't think things will be slowing down anytime soon! You can check out this year's releases:

A View to a Kiln: A Harry's Pottery Mystery
Kindle
iBooks
Kobo
Barnes & Noble

Chances
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BN 
Kobo
Apple Books

And then check out my Upcoming books:
Surprises in All Sizes: Secret Babies Bundle (I'm so thrilled to be included with all these amazing writers!)
By Design: Around the Square #2

That's it for now! I hope you all are safe (my friends in Puerto Rico and Florida have been in my thoughts) and healthy. Wishing you all a wonderful fall.

Holly

Thursday, July 21, 2022

If They Ban It—Read It



    I think I was very lucky. I grew up a voracious reader. My parents never checked on what I was reading. They never really noticed what I was reading—probably because I read all the time. Me with a book in my hand just sort of blended in to the fabric of their lives.

And so I read, uncensored and unfettered.

I read everything I could get my hands on. I read my grandmother's collection of Grace Livingston Hill books. I read my mom's Reader's Digest books. I read Scholastic books from the book fair. I read books from the school library. I read books from the bookmobile. I read The Hobbit for the first time in 3rd grade. I'm sure I didn't absorb all the nuances, but that's okay. I read it again the next year. And the year after that. I read LOTR before I left grade school. Teachers noticed my reading and passed me books. One teacher in high school noticed and after I finished the class assigned books, she'd assign me extras. At the time I thought it was unfair (I was working full time by my junior year and was sleep deprived a lot) but in hindsight she did me a favor. She introduced me to books I might not have read without her.

When I was in high school I did a research paper on WWII. I read bits of Mein Kampf. If ever a book should be banned, this would be one. A book written by one of the most reprehensible people ever born.  But it wasn't banned and reading it only showed me what evil looked like. That research paper helped me avoid falling under the spell of charismatic leaders who spend a lot of town preaching hate of "Others." My paper (which got an A+ btw) would have been less without the insights the book provided. I would have a more limited world view without knowing what evil lurks in the hearts of some men. I think it helped me find my firm belief that while I'm only one person, I can send positive energy out in the world. I can choose love. I can choose empathy. I can choose putting myself in someone else's shoes and try to see the world from their perspective. I think me free-range reading led me to my writing career.


So when I hear that school districts around the country have begun banning books, I feel a crushing sorrow.  Sorrow that people are so small minded that our country's history (messy as it is) threatens them. Sorrow that people are so small and scared that "Other" scares them.

Book bans make me sorry...and angry. Again, knowing I'm just one person and I fight back in what amounts to a pebble being tossed into an ocean. I buy banned books and I read them. I talk about them. I introduce them to my Minions. I bought I am Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer after I read a York PA school district banned it last year. I was sad that it was my state...and furious as well. One of the Minions just reread it the other day and we had a huge discussion on people being unkind because someone's a different race, or religion or has some other kind of otherness. The 8yo was furious. "I mean, he couldn't even get a drink of water from a white water fountain." With all seriousness, he assured me he'd have share his water. Out of the mouths of babes.

That. That is what the banners fear. That our kids will discover empathy. That they'll realize the US has a very checkered history, but—as I tell the Minions—we can make it better. It's our job to make it better. We can make it fairer. We can simply love others and realize their differences make us a stronger country. The banners don't want us to realize that our color, our religion, or sexual identity, our country of origin, our... They're all just facets of who we are. They're what makes us who we are. And who we are is absolutely perfect.

So, buy banned books. Read banned books. And even more importantly, read banned books with your kids. Make sure they have a diverse collection of books to read. Teach them to see all the diversity in the world...and realize how beautiful it is. Teach them about the troubled moments in our country's past...and present. But teach them they can make it better. They can help America live up to our ideals. 

Holly



Chances
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A View to a Kiln: A Harry's Pottery Mystery

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Have you missed any of my Hometown Hearts series? Here's the list:


Crib NotesHometown Hearts #1




A Special Kind of Different: Hometown Hearts #2





HomecomingHometown Hearts #3



 Suddenly a Father: Hometown Hearts #4


Something Borrowed: Hometown Hearts #5





Something Blue: Hometown Hearts #6 


Something Perfect: Hometown Hearts #7 





Something Unexpected: A Hometown Hearts short story 
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A Hometown Christmas: Hometown Hearts #8
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Monday, June 06, 2022

Jeopardy!!!

Please imagine my excitement when friends in Nebraska let me know Harry's Pottery was a Jeopardy answer. Uh, if in your imagination I was shrieking, you are right!

Here it is, in case you missed it!

It was a goal I didn't even know I had! 

Speaking of missing something, if you haven't checked it out yet, here are Harry's links!

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And while you're shopping, take a look at July's Chances. It's available for pre-order. A foster-mom, a troubled teen and a man who doesn't know what hit him.

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I've fired may first couple kilns this summer. I made some lovely plates and of course more face jugs! Oh, and I made some tiles for my new bathroom (after years of an outhouse) at the cottage! There are pics up on FB and Instagram.  I know, you're thinking, now that Holly's made it to Jeopardy she's fancy and needs indoor plumbing. LOL I hope your spring is going wonderfully!! As always, thank you for all your support!

Holly
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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

On Grief

 

I started my writing career writing comedies (I Waxed My Legs for This? anyone?). When I began writing more emotional books, some readers were surprised...and I'm so thankful they stuck with me. There was so much to explore in these stories about being human. One I've come back to again and again is grief.

Loss. 

We all carry some grief over a loss with us. As a writer, I have the luxury of writing my way through my grief. One of my most autobiographical books is Briar Hill Road. I had a very close relationship with my mother-in-law. She was one of my best friends. (We used to joke that if my husband divorced me, I was getting her in the settlement. Thankfully, we never had to test that one!)  Losing her...well, it left a hole in all our lives. I wrote Briar Hill Road as my way to work through that loss. The story is fictional, but there are so many layers of my truth in it.

I wrote Just One Thing as another side of exploring loss and grief. It was a book I knew was different. I mean, most of the book took place on Mondays. (Yep, it was my homage to my Monday Glee.) And it was a story told in reverse, through flashbacks. I had someone close to me who dealt with depression. That feeling of helplessness in the face of their pain...this was my way of dealing with it. And though I suspected it would be a hard sell, I still felt driven to write it. My agent kept getting..."We love it but..." rejections. But eventually it found its home and went on to be my bestselling book to date. And I've received so many touching notes from readers who found some comfort in the story. I can't tell you how much that meant and means to me.

I understand that when I'm writing a book, I own it. It's my journey from Once Upon a Time to The End. But the minute I type the end, that story lives a life of its own. It might change under editorial revisions, but I still own those revisions. And then it goes to the readers. Sort of like a train. (I'm using train because a certain family member is crazy for them.) My book is a train and the reader is the passenger. They bring all their own baggage with them when the board and they pick their seat...each seat might have a slightly different view. They own the story at that point. Whenever their view moves them to send me a note...well, I treasure that. And when I hear that a book helped them deal with their grief...it means even more.


Homecoming is a different type of book on loss. Learning to let go and open yourself to something new.  It was part of my Hometown Hearts series. Each of the books dealt with some kind of loss. From giving a child up for adoption, to dementia, to losing a friend... The series dealt with community and how they can help us heal. Having someone else believe in you when you're at your lowest point makes a difference.

I like to think that though my books are fiction, they represent real life. From laughter to love to loss. The whole of it. And each one of those come into play to different degrees in each of my books.

My July release, Chances, deals with yet another kind of grief and loss. One tragic accident changes my heroine's life. Despite her grief, she finds a new path that gives her...well, another chance. It's available for preorder now. And I hope you'll check out these...and my newest release, A View to a Kiln: A Harry's Pottery Mystery. 

Holly

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A View to a Kiln: A Harry's Pottery Mystery

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iBooks
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Have you missed any of my Hometown Hearts series? Here's the list:


Crib NotesHometown Hearts #1




A Special Kind of Different: Hometown Hearts #2





HomecomingHometown Hearts #3



 Suddenly a Father: Hometown Hearts #4


Something Borrowed: Hometown Hearts #5





Something Blue: Hometown Hearts #6 


Something Perfect: Hometown Hearts #7 





Something Unexpected: A Hometown Hearts short story 
Amazon

A Hometown Christmas: Hometown Hearts #8
Kindle 
Nook
AppleBooks
Kobo