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Secret Cravings Publishing Fall Party

Please join me and eleven other Secret Cravings authors today for the our Fall Party Event. The fun begins at 10:00 AM. Each guest author will be answering questions, serving up virtual treats, playing games, and giving away ebooks and other prizes.

Participating authors include Kathleen Tighe Ball, Vikki Vaught-McCombie, Shannon O’Connor, V. L. Locey, Susan Fisher Davis, Jean Joachim, Mageela Troche, Iryna Coombs, M. S. Spencer, Cindy McDonald, L. Marie…and me! I’ll be guest-hosting from 3:00 to 4:00 PM (Central Time), and I hope to see you there!

Secret Cravings Fall Party

LPartyI’ll be giving away an ebook copy of “No Regrets”, the latest release in my “Sunset” series of western historical romances. Plus…I’ve got another special prize I’ll be announcing at the party. Anyone who joins Christina’s Corner between now and the end of the party event will be entered into a drawing, but I’m not telling you what the prize is yet. Drop by the party today– from 3:00 to 4:00 PM — to find out!

Before the party begins, check out the trailer for No Regrets.

You can also read the opening chapter FREE at Snippets!

No Regrets – Chapter One

See you at the party!


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Don’t Forget!

Just a quick reminder to all my readers who are on Facebook. I’ll be one of the guest hosts Saturday at the Secret Cravings Publishing Fall Event.

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Secret Cravings Fall Party

I’ll be hosting from 3:00 to 4:00 PM (Central Time).  You can see the complete line-up of authors below.

10:00 – Kathleen Tighe Ball
11:00 – Vikki Vaught-mccombie
12:00- Shannon O’Connor
1:00 – Vicki Locey
2:00- Susan Fisher Davis
3:00 – Christina Cole
4:00- Jean Joachim
5:00- Mageela Troche
6:00- Iryna Coombs
6:30- M S Spencer Author
7:00- Cindy McDonald
8:00- Author LM Writes – L. Marie

Each author will be answering any questions you might have, and in addition, we’ll each be giving away one or more prizes.

I’ll be giving away an ebook copy of “No Regrets”, the latest release in my “Sunset” series of western historical romances. Plus…I’ve got another special prize I’ll be announcing at the party. Anyone who joins Christina’s Corner between now and the end of the party event will be entered into a drawing, but I’m not telling you what the prize is yet. Drop by the party on Saturday — from 3:00 to 4:00 PM — to find out!

Before the party begins, check out the trailer for No Regrets.

You can also read the opening chapter FREE at Snippets!

No Regrets – Chapter One

See you at the party…and don’t forget to bring a friend!

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Christina’s Corner

Did you notice the new page I’ve added to the blog? “Christina’s Corner” is where you can find information about my official “street team” — and how to join the fun.

The street team is new. It was formed a few weeks ago, and checking in with my team members has already become a fun part of my day.  I’ve shared a few excerpts from my work-in-progress, got some great feedback and ideas, and one team member recently won a spot in the next book’s dedication.

All readers who enjoy my romance novels are invited to join the team.  Here’s what you can get:

  • Sneak Peeks at new stories before release date. As an “advance reader” you’ll be among the first to read and review each new book.
  • Book swag — bookmarks, trading cards, and other promotional items.
  • Members only contests for gift cards and more!
  • Exclusive games and prizes available only to team members.
  • Friendship, fun, and more in Christina’s Corner, a special Facebook group where you can chat with other readers, ask questions about stories I’m working on, and share your thoughts on many different topics.

 

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I’d love to have you ‘in my corner”.

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National Cowboy Day

Grab your boots, girls! Saddle up those ponies and get ready to ride…right on over to the National Cowboy Day celebration on Facebook.

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Click HERE to join the event.

This fantastic event to celebrate “the heroes of the west” will be held on Saturday, July 25. It’s an all-day event, so drop in whenever you can.

OVER FORTY WESTERN AUTHORS have joined together to give YOU the opportunity to show your love for those hard-working cowboys and win great prizes, including a $200.00 GIFT CARD to BOOT BARN.

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Individual authors will also be doing giveaways, so you’ll have over forty opportunties to win prizes from your favorite western writers — including me!

Check out the list:

Victoria Vane

D’Ann Lindun

Susan Fisher Davis

Natalie Alder

Sidda Lee Rain

Lori King

Sylvia McDaniel

Lexi Post

Cheyenne Meadows

Kymber Morgan

T.J. Kline

Hildie McQueen

Callie Hutton

Tamara Hoffa

Desiree Holt

Kathleen Tighe Ball

Em Petrova

Amie Stuart

Gem Sivad

Christina Cole 🙂

Randi Alexander

Kathleen Rice Adams

Marie Tuhart

Rhonda Lee Carver

Donna Michaels

Amanda McIntyre

Steph BergetBochenek

Becky McGraw

Beth Ciotta

Kirsten Lynn

Holly Rutter Bush

Jacquie Rogers

Syneca Featherstone

Ken Farmer

Maddie James

Parker Kincade

Diane Nelson

Rebecca Schaefer

Caroline Clemmons

Michelle McLean

Beth Williamson

Jessie Evans

Sandy Lea Sullivan

Lilly Christine

Brenda Jernigan

Jacqui Nelson

Sara Walter Ellwood

Can you tell that I’m excited to be part of this special event? I am. I was thrilled to be invited as an author, and I’m looking forward to seeing many of my readers there. I’ll be posting early on Saturday morning, giving you a chance to win one of the books from my “Sunset Series”. Be watching and be ready to ride…off into the sunset with a handsome cowboy hero.


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Let’s Party!

Just a quick reminder that tonight is the night! It’s time to celebrate the release this month of “No Regrets”, the fourth book of my “Sunset” series.  What’s it about?

Well, what do you do with a “bad boy” character in a romance series? Of all the characters in my fictional town of Sunset, Willie Morse is probably the least-liked.

So, I found him a lovely young woman to fall in love with. I also put him through a lot and made him struggle to prove he was worthy of Hattie’s affections.

I hope you enjoy reading this story as much as I enjoyed writing it, and I do hope you’ll join me tonight at the Facebook “Launch Party” event.

NO REGRETS – RELEASE PARTY

 

No Regrets by Christina Cole

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE “No Regrets” for your Kindle

More than two dozen western romance authors are giving away ebooks, so if you love cowboys and the west, you won’t want to miss out on your chance to win. 


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Get Ready to Party!

PartyIt’s almost here! The official Facebook “Launch Party” event for No Regrets is coming up on Tuesday evening, July 14. The fun will begin at 6:00 PM CDT, and for the next three hours we’ll be playing games, listening to your favorite old country classics, enjoying “virtual” treats, and having a lot of laughs.

Of course, there will be prizes, too. Drum roll, please…because here’s the official prize list!

Cindy Caldwell The Chef’s Mail-Order Bride
Kathleen Tighe Ball Cinder’s Bride
Kirsten Lynn Ridin’ for a Fall
Kirsten Osbourne Married in Montana
Kristy McCaffrey The Wren
Lynda Cox Smolder on a Slow Burn
Margery Scott Emma’s Wish
Zina Abbott Resurrected Heart
Lacey Roberts Deadly  Secrets
Verna Clay Cry of the West: Hallie
Cara Copelin Katie and the Irish Texan
Penny Brown Estelle Jesse’s Find and Jesse’s Nightmare
Julie Cerniglia Lence Zanna’s Outlaw
Debra Parmley Dangerous Ties
Lily Graison Avery’s of Willow Creek – Boxed Set
Paty Norman Jager Improper Pinkerton
Winnie Duplessis Griggs Second Chance Hero
Amerlia Adams A New Beginning
Caroline Clemmons Winter Bride
Susan Fisher Davis Winner’s Choice of Ebook

UPDATE: More western romance authors have joined in to offer ebooks for winners!

Callie Hutton Choose Your Heart
Alexis Harrington A Taste of Heaven
Sylvia McDaniel Lipstick and Lead…Desperate and Deadly
Angela Raines Home for His Heart (Novella)

And more!

Janet Syas Nitsick Courtships and Carriages
Tamara Hoffa Circle Ranch Triology

In addition to these prizes, I’ll be giving away ebook copies of the following titles:

Not the Marrying Kind

Not the Marrying Kind by Christina Cole

Keeping Faith

Keeping Faith

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

And the grand prize winner will receive a 3-pack of body and bath oil. Fragrances include:

  • Lavender
  • Bulgarian Rose
  • Caribbean CoconutLavender Body Oil

I’d like to thank Amber Garcia from Lady Amber’s Promotions for setting up another great party. She always does a fantastic job hosting, and I’m looking forward to the event. I want to also thank each of the authors who have generously donated ebook prizes. Most of all, I want to thank you, readers, for your support. I’ll see you at the party!

No Regrets – Facebook Launch Party

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

6:00 to 9:00 PM CDT


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See You at the Petticoat Ball!

Just a quick reminder to my friends and readers…today’s the day!

Shanna Hatfield’s Petticoat Ball

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Fellow western historical author and good friend Shanna Hatfield is celebrating the release today of “Thimbles and Thistles”, and I’ll be guest-hosting from 1:30 -2:00 PM CDT. Please join me and many more of your favorite cowboy romance authors for the “Petticoat Ball” on Facebook.

I’ll be giving away an ebook from my “Sunset Series” — winner’s choice.  To enter, be at the ball during my guest appearance and you’ll have a chance to win. It’s that easy. Other authors will be giving away prizes, too. Don’t miss out on the fun!

To join, just click on the link!



DID YOU KNOW: The phenomenon of the “mail-order bride” began with a woman named Eliza Farnham. A widowed mother in California during the Gold Rush era, she was appalled at the uncivilized qualities of the men around her. To remedy the situation, she placed ads in newspapers inviting young women to come west and marry. Although more than 200 women responded to her ads, only three actually made the trip. Later, the idea caught on and many “matrimonial newspapers” ran photographs and ads to help men find suitable wives.


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This and That

this-n-thatI’ve got lots on my cluttered little mind this morning. First and foremost on the agenda is wishing my friends a very happy spring holiday. Whether you celebrate Easter, Passover, or the return of nature’s growing season, may you and your family be blessed.

We’re having a simple holiday, combining a bit of remodeling work with an easy cook-out — hot dogs on buns, coleslaw, chips, and dip. Probably some lemonade, too.

Next on the agenda is a little excitement. It’s always fun to log-on and find a new review. I loved the comments this reviewer made on her Amazon review:

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not has so much for a reader…mystery, love, amateur sleuthing, and twists and turns within the pages. I will definitely be reading the first two novels in this series…its just that good.

– Ashley Schoen

Yes, dear readers. Nothing brings a smile to an author’s face faster than a favorable review. Knowing that you’re enjoying my stories makes all the long hours I spend alone here in MLWR (My Little Writing Room) worth it. I’m not alone in that feeling. Every author I’ve spoken to has made similar remarks. We love hearing from you.

If you read and enjoy a story, please spread the word. Tell us about it, and tell others, too. Post a short review at Amazon or Goodreads. It means so much to an author.

What if you don’t enjoy the story? When that happens, we want to hear from you! Let us know where we let you down and what we could have done better. Without you, readers, we’re nothing. We need to know what you’re looking for when you pick up a romance novel.

Moving on…item 3 on the list. Don’t forget the Petticoat Ball coming up on April 9. Shanna Hatfield is celebrating the release of her latest western historical, Thimbles and Thistles. Joining her and sharing hostessing duties will be the following authors:

Julie Lence, Kathleen Ball, Rachel Rossano, Peggy Henderson, Kristin Holt, Karen Witemeyer, Kayla Dawn Thomas, and me! My scheduled time is 11:30 AM to Noon — PDT. Here in the KCMO area, that means 1:30 to 2:00 PM. No matter which time zone you’re in, please plan on dropping by to say “Hello”. I’ll be running a little giveaway contest, and you could win an ebook copy of any of my romance novels.

Now, last, but far from least, I’m asking all my blog readers to show their support for childhood literacy. If you missed yesterday’s post celebrating International Children’s Book Day, here’s a link:

INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY – REACH OUT AND READ

I’m a “Book Buddy” with Reach Out and Read, an organization which provides free books for children. I make a regular donation each month. During the month of April, I’m asking you to show your support by leaving a comment on this blog. For each comment, I will add $1.00 to my usual monthly pledge.

THANKS IN ADVANCE TO EVERYONE WHO COMMENTS!

Now, I’m heading off to work on the fourth book of “The Sunset Series”. No Regrets is due to the publisher in only a few weeks. It won’t be released until July, but you can begin reading it now on my “Snippets” blog. Let me know what you think!

Have a beautiful day!


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Spring is Here!

I’m so happy. We’ve made it through another winter, and spring has officially arrived, at last. I’ve shared Snoopy and his little happy dance on Facebook, and I’m going to share him again here. Since this is the first full day of spring, it’s definitely time to celebrate.

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The beginning of a new season is also a good time to do a little looking ahead. Life is a journey, so we always say, and it’s always good to know where we’re going — or at least, to have an idea of the direction we’re heading.

So, what’s on my agenda for spring?

  • First, I’ll be wrapping up “No Regrets” — Book 4 of “The Sunset Series”. Although the release date isn’t until later in the summer, the manuscript is due to the publisher at the end of April. I’m thoroughly enjoying this story. You’ll remember William Howard Morse, Junior, from previous books in the series. He’s been a troublemaker in the past. Now, it’s time to redeem Willie, teach him a few important lessons about life, and set him off on the path to happiness. Watching his transformation gives me a good feeling and affirms my belief that love is a powerful force in our lives. His quest to become a better man is spurred by a lovely, dark-haired young woman, Hattie Mae Richards. Readers first met Hattie in “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not“.  I’m sharing little excerpts from the story — along with the opening scene — at my “Snippets” blog. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
  • I’m also thinking — that’s the key word — about re-starting my newsletter. If you’re one of my subscribers, you’ve noticed that I haven’t been sending out monthly updates to “Keep Up With Christina”. I couldn’t keep up with myself, you see. Life has been busy over the last year, and dealing with too many pressures and deadlines was taking its toll on me. Something had to give, and I made the choice to put the newsletter on hold for a time. I love keeping in touch with readers, though, so I’m thinking — again, that’s the key word — about starting back up with the newsletter, not on a monthly basis, but perhaps four times a year. Again, I’d love to know your thoughts. Do you enjoy author newsletters? Would you be interested in special, subscriber-only offers on books or goodies?
  • Another idea I’ve been toying with is forming a Christina Cole “readers’ group”. For authors today, word of mouth publicity is essential. It’s important for me that I get people not only reading my romance novels, but talking about them, as well. Here’s what I’m considering. Before each new book is released from the publisher, I receive five “ARCs” — that means “Advance Review Copies”. Would you be interested in receiving a free copy of “No Regrets” shortly before publication? I’d like to get the story into the hands of five excited readers and then host an event where we can meet online and talk about the book. In exchange for the ARC, you’ll be asked to read the story, give me an honest review, and participate in the group event. Sound interesting? Right now, the idea is still in a formative stage. If this is something you might want to be involved with, please let me know. Just leave your name and email address — and any comment or suggestion you’d like to make. You’ll find a convenient contact form at the end of this post.
  • Throughout the coming months, I’ll also be taking part each week in “My Sexy Saturday” and the “Sneak Peek Sunday” blog hops. I’ll be a guest author at Shanna Hatfield’s “Petticoat Ball” next month, and I’ll probably be participating in other features and events during the spring. You can always find updates and information by visiting here or by stopping by my official author page on Facebook: Christina Cole’s Love Notes.

Yes, it’s going to be a busy spring, so along with writing and marketing, I’m also planning lots of relaxing, fun times to share with my family and friends. Once the weather is a bit warmer, I’ll be pulling my little sports car out of the garage, putting the top down, and doing a bit of cruising.  Gardening is another spring-time activity I’m going to enjoy.  I’m also going to enjoy kicking back with a tall glass of lemonade, listening to good music, and reading a few good books.

Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy day to visit with me.

It’s truly appreciated.

What will YOU be doing this spring?

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Put On Your Dancing Shoes…We’re Going to the Petticoat Ball!

Being a romance author today is lots of fun. Not only do I get the pleasure of spending my time doing something I truly love, I get to meet lots of great characters along the way. I’m constantly surrounded by handsome heroes, and I enjoy falling in love with each of them. I like getting acquainted with the heroines of my stories, as well. The women I write about have many different qualities, but most of them are clever, intelligent, and caring.

The fun extends into the real world, too, of course. I love getting to know readers, meeting you in person or forming friendships on line. It’s exciting to hear from you, to know you’ve stayed up late in the night reading one of my stories, sharing little bits of trivia with you about your favorite characters. I can’t tell you how many readers have commented on Cody Bradford. Yes, he was a fun character to write.  I had a lot of laughs while writing Not the Marrying Kind and even though he wasn’t the hero of the story, Cody was responsible for much of that laughter.

Another perquisite — a “perk” in modern parlance — of being a romance writer is sharing a strong bond of friendship with other authors. The community of western historical romance writers is especially strong. If you love reading the genre, you’ll want to check out Pioneer Hearts, one of the largest and most active readers’ groups on Facebook.

Through Pioneer Hearts, I’ve met and have become friends with many readers and with many other western historical authors. We all share a love of old-fashioned romance, cowboy love stories, and tales of the old west.

Next month, coming up on April 9, author Shanna Hatfield will be celebrating the release of a new western historical romance. We all love a good, old-fashioned shindig — hosted by new-fangled technology — so she’s planned a great event to launch the book. It’s the Petticoat Ball.

 

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On Thursday, April 9, Shanna will be celebrating the release of Thimbles and Thistles, the second book of her “Baker City Brides” series. There will be lots of giveaways, games, guest authors, and fun! The event begins at 8:00 AM CDT and will run for four hours.

I’m thrilled that I will be one of the guest authors. I’ll be stepping in at 9:30 AM CDT, hosting for about 20 minutes, and running a fun little contest during that time. Winner will receive a choice of ebooks from my “Sunset Series” of western historical love stories.

So, put on your dancing shoes…and let’s get ready to party! Mark your calendars now, and watch for more news about the event.

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