12 Days of Giveaways—Day 8: Cat Porter

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Today we welcome Cat Porter to the blog as she tells us about her favorite holiday things.

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Favorite Christmas Carol/Song:  “Oh Come All Ye Faithful”

Favorite Christmas Cookie/Holiday Dessert: my Tiramisu in my big glass trifle bowl!

Favorite Christmas/Holiday Movie: Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” and “The Christmas Story” for a tie!

Best Christmas/Holiday Gift: Years ago my husband got me the most perfect jewelry box—a blue velvet box with garnet beading and gold wire trim from my one of my favorite stores in New York City, ABC Carpet & Home.

Worst Christmas/Holiday Gift: when I gave my husband a huge pack of hangers which I’d gotten from a friend of mine who owns a clothing store. It truly was the perfect gift for him, because he really needed them and they were excellent quality, but they were still hangers. His face was priceless when he ripped open the wrapping paper. We had 3 small toddlers, I never got out of the house and there wasn’t much cash, so it was an efficient gift and at least he got to open something from me! LOL

Best Christmas/Holiday Tradition: Christmas Eve is my birthday, so I grew up spending the day doing something special with my parents in New York—a museum trip, lunch at a special restaurant, shopping, wandering around the city, sometimes the theater. Then we’d go to church, have my birthday cake after, and stay up late and watch classic film favorites like “The Red Shoes” or “Rebecca.”

Christmas Eve or Christmas Day for gifts?: I grew up opening gifts on Christmas Eve night, but now we open my birthday presents and go out for dinner on Christmas Eve and then Santa delivers his presents when everyone’s sleeping and the kids open them Christmas morning.

Funniest Christmas/Holiday party moment: When my sister-in-law thought she was whispering to me and her best friend - “I think I’m pregnant” - but she was actually talking really loudly over the music and her husband heard her and he flipped out.

Dream Christmas/Holiday destination: London! I went with my parents when we lived in Europe when I was ten, and it was perfection! Although now I think I’d like to do Scotland maybe…

Who is your Christmas/Holiday pass?: artist & model William Tyler.

What's at the top of your list? This year it’s an essential oils diffuser. And silver jewelry. Always silver jewelry.

What book boyfriend would you want to kiss under the mistletoe? Ethan Blackstone, baby! (and Joe Callahan!)





Cat Porter was born and raised in New York City, but also spent a few years in Europe and Texas

along the way, which made her just as wanderlusty as her parents. As an introverted, only child, she had very big, but very secret dreams for herself. She graduated from Vassar College, was a struggling actress, an art gallery girl, special events planner, freelance writer, restaurant hostess and had all sorts of other crazy jobs all hours of the day and night to help make her dreams come true. She has two children’s books traditionally published under her maiden name. She now lives on a beach just outside of Athens, Greece with her husband and three children, and freaks out regularly and still daydreams way too much, and doesn’t give as much of AF. She is addicted to the History Channel, her iPhone, her husband’s homemade red wine, coffee, and a bunch of other stuff she’d rather not discuss. Writing keeps her somewhat sane, extremely happy, and a productive member of society. At least on the outside.


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12 Days of Giveaways—Day 7: A.L. Jackson

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Let's welcome A.L. Jackson to the blog today who will be sharing her favorite things with us.

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Favorite Christmas Carol/Song: O Holy Night

Favorite Christmas Cookie/Holiday Dessert: Traditional frosted Christmas Cookies

Favorite Christmas/Holiday Movie: Christmas Vacation

Best Christmas/Holiday Gift: Jammies

Worst Christmas/Holiday Gift: Candy

Best Christmas/Holiday Tradition: Watching my kids dump out their stockings. I don't know what it is about it - I just love it.

Christmas Eve or Christmas Day for gifts?: Both 

Funniest Christmas/Holiday party moment: When my in-laws tree fell over. 

Dream Christmas/Holiday destination: I always want to be at home for the holidays. 

Who is your Christmas/Holiday pass? (famous person you'd pick for Christmas): Bahaha my husband says I'm allowed no free passes because I might actually try to make it happen ;) 

What's at the top of your list? This year, my Christmas present is remodeling my bathroom! Hopefully it will actually be done by Christmas.

What book boyfriend would you want to kiss under the mistletoe? My Lyrik West from Where Lightning Strikes


A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.

If she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out by the pool with her family, sipping cocktails with her friends, or of course with her nose buried in a book.

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12 Days of Giveaways—Day 6: Kim Holden

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Kim Holden is joining us on the blog today to tell us more about her favorite holiday things.

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Favorite Christmas Song: Elvis singing "Blue Christmas" always does it for me. "Carol of the Bells" is probably my all-time favorite though.

Favorite Christmas Cookie/Dessert: I loved making cookies every Christmas with my mom when I was little. We had cookie cutters in the shape of a tree, a bell, and Santa, and we used red and green food coloring to dye the frosting. My mom always bought sprinkles too (that was a BIG deal). I was always overly generous with the frosting and a bit aggressive on the sprinkles.

Best Christmas Gift: Best Childhood Gift: When I was ten Santa brought a foosball table. I have no idea how many hours my dad and I racked up playing over the years, but I would wager it was several hundred. We wore the thing out.

Best Adulthood Gift: Our son, Phoenix, made us a snowman out of paper plates and construction paper when he was in preschool. It gets hung on our refrigerator every year at Christmas. It's my favorite, even though it's nine years old now and looking a little ragged. I'll keep it forever.

Best Christmas Tradition: Every Christmas Eve for the past seventeen years, my husband, son, and I go out for dinner. We always try to pick a restaurant where the servers work their butts off but probably don't make a killing in tips and would rather be home with their kids and families.
Waffle House has been our go-to the past few years. We enjoy our meal and chat with our server and when we get our check, we pay with cash and then leave them a holiday card and a one hundred dollar bill for the tip. We hurry out before they get to it and then watch inconspicuously from the car. More often than not, they cry. And more often than not, I cry. Because that, to me, is the spirit of Christmas - showing some love and helping a stranger. I read a book called The Christmas Jar years ago and got the idea from it. We save up our spare change all year in a jar and then cash it in just before Christmas and use that for the tip. I look forward to doing it all year long.

Christmas Eve or Christmas Day for gifts: Always Christmas morning. It feels like cheating if anything gets opened on Christmas Eve.

Funniest Christmas/Holiday party moment: My grandma used to put carrots and raisons in her lime jelly, does that count?

Dream Christmas destination: Hawaii would be nice. I'm a Colorado girl, but I hate the cold. I would love to spend Christmas vacation somewhere warm and tropical just once.

What's at the top of your list? Honestly, there's nothing on my list this year. Just looking forward to spending the day with my husband and son and watching A Christmas Story on TV.

What book boyfriend would you want to kiss under the mistletoe? Easy peasy. Paul Hudson.


Some of my favorite things:

Reading (YA or New Adult), writing (especially on a productive day), the two coolest guys on the planet (my husband and son), my bicycle (hand built by my husband), Facebook (it’s an addiction at this point), iced coffee (hazelnut from McDonalds), and music (LOVE Sunset Sons, the 1975, Dredg, the xx, Balance and Composure, Teenage Bottlerocket, Manchester Orchestra, and 30 Seconds to Mars).

I also love dreaming. Big. Writing a few years ago was an elusive dream until I grabbed a hold of it with both hands and refused to let go. Keep chasing YOUR dreams …

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12 Days of Giveaways—Day 5: Amy Harmon

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Today, we welcome Amy Harmon to the blog!

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Favorite Christmas Carol/Song: Oh Holy Night

Favorite Christmas Cookie/Holiday Dessert: Thick frosted, soft sugar cookies

Favorite Christmas/Holiday Movie: It's a Wonderful Life

Best Christmas/Holiday Gift: Husband bought me a new wedding ring two years ago. So beautiful.

Worst Christmas/Holiday Gift: As a kid, I hated getting underwear. Now I don't mind. 

Best Christmas/Holiday Tradition: Christmas Eve at Grandma's

Christmas Eve or Christmas Day for gifts?: Christmas Day

Funniest Christmas/Holiday party moment: I switched nametags with my sister on a present she knew was hers. Her face when I opened it . . . ha ha ha.

Dream Christmas/Holiday destination: No place like home for Christmas

Who is your Christmas/Holiday pass? (famous person you'd pick for Christmas): Daniel Craig (James Bond)

What's at the top of your list? I don't want a single thing! I just want a few days of no work and long naps.

What book boyfriend would you want to kiss under the mistletoe? I'm a little obsessed with my newest leading man, Dr. Noah Andelin, from THE SMALLEST PART.

Amy Harmon is a Wall Street JournalUSA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in seventeen different languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.

Amy Harmon has written eleven novels - the USA Today Bestsellers The Bird and The Sword, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as From Sand and Ash, The Law of Moses, The Song of David, Infinity + One, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her latest novel, The Queen and The Cure, book two in The Bird and The Sword Chronicles, was released May 9, 2017.

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12 Days of Giveaways—Day 4: Mary Elizabeth

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Today on the blog, we welcome Mary Elizabeth!

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Favorite Christmas Carol/Song: Silent Night

Favorite Christmas Cookie/Holiday Dessert: I can basically eat pumpkin pie from the beginning of November through the New Year. I also have a soft spot for anything peppermint mocha.

Favorite Christmas/Holiday Movie: Charlie Brown’s Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer give me the same cozy feelings they did when I was a kid. You know it’s Christmastime when  those movies are on TV.

Best Christmas/Holiday Gift: My favorite gifts every Christmas are the ones my kids make me at school. We have a separate tree in our second living room dedicated to the ornaments and crafts they’ve made since preschool. It’s sentimental, and that’s what Christmas is all about.

Worst Christmas/Holiday Gift: Those tins full of popcorn are pretty awful.

Best Christmas/Holiday Tradition: Every Christmas Eve our entire family—brothers, sisters, and all of my nieces and nephews spend the night together so we can open our presents at the same time Christmas morning.

This is something we’ve done since before any of us had kids, so 15 years later, our tradition has definitely grown. 

Christmas Eve or Christmas Day for gifts?: Christmas Day.

Funniest Christmas/Holiday party moment: My husband and I were probably 20 years old. I was pregnant with our twins, so I couldn’t do much myself. Mr. Elizabeth was setting up a place for us to sleep at his parents house on Christmas Eve, like I mentioned above, our entire family spends the night together. So, Jason was carrying an inflated air mattress from one room to another when out of nowhere his younger brother literally karate kicked him. It sent my husband flying back until he fell with the mattress on top of him.

To this day that memory still gets to me. It was so unexpected, and I’ll never forget the way Mr. Elizabeth’s face looked when he was falling. I laughed all night. It’s such a happy memory.

Dream Christmas/Holiday destination: I was just telling my husband we should travel somewhere tropical for Christmas when our kids are grown and have their own families. Until then, I love being home for the holidays.

Who is your Christmas/Holiday pass? (famous person you'd pick for Christmas): I’d love to hang out with Will Ferrel for Christmas, just to have him dress as the Elf and tell me jokes all night.

What's at the top of your list? I’d really love a new laptop this year!

What book boyfriend would you want to kiss under the mistletoe? This is an easy one! Jacob Grace from Heart-shaped Hole. 



Mary Elizabeth was born and raised in Southern California. She is a wife, mother of four beautiful children, and dog tamer to one enthusiastic Pit Bull and a prissy Chihuahua. She's a hairstylist by day but contemporary fiction, new adult author by night. 

Mary can often be found finger twirling her hair and chewing on a stick of licorice while writing and rewriting a sentence over and over until it's perfect. She discovered her talent for tale-telling accidentally, but literature is in her chokehold. And she's not letting go until every story is told. 

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First Annual PLN Author 21 Days of Giveaways

Tarryn and I go back to before we published books and before we even knew what this book world was like. I love her and would do anything for her. ❤️ I also love the way she gives back to people—whether it’s people in need or other authors. If you’re not part of the PLNs yet, come join the tribe HERE.

I am excited to be teaming up with 20 amazing PLN authors to give you our First Annual PLN Author Blog Hop!

For the next 21 days, there will be giveaways each day on the different author's pages. Stop by and visit all of us, look around, check out our books—you might find a new author that you want to follow :)

After you visit, make sure you enter the giveaway. We have signed paperbacks, ebooks, advanced copies, and gift cards too! The blog hop runs from December 4th - December 24th and winners will be picked and notified after the holidays, so be on the lookout.

You can follow along the blog hop below by clicking on the author's name. Have fun exploring, commenting on the different pages—we look forward to chatting with you!

Wishing you and your families a very happy holiday season!


Author Blog Hop Date
Daisy Allen 12/4
Nicole Loufas 12/5
TL Fisher 12/6
A.D. McCammon 12/7
Fabiola Francisco 12/8
Brandi Aga 12/9
Elizabeth Hayes 12/10
Heather Bentley 12/11
HM Sholander 12/12
K. Moore 12/13
J.R. Rogue 12/14
Willow Aster 12/15
Kat Savage 12/16
Rebecca Kate 12/17
Holly Hall 12/18
Dominique Laura 12/19
Juliet Dillon 12/20
V.P. Ortiz 12/21
M.M Clem 12/22
Leah Parker 12/23
Whitney Barbetti 12/24

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12 Days of Giveaways—Day 3: Claire Contreras

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Today on the blog, we have Claire Contreras telling us about her favorite things.


Favorite Christmas Carol/Song: Santa Baby

Favorite Christmas Cookie/Holiday Dessert: Eggnog (does that count?)

Favorite Christmas/Holiday Movie: Home Alone

Best Christmas/Holiday Gift: anything thoughtful

Worst Christmas/Holiday Gift: I don't have one lol. I appreciate everything. 

Best Christmas/Holiday Tradition: Waking up on Christmas morning and having coffee while the kids open presents

Christmas Eve or Christmas Day for gifts?: Day. Growing up I opened everything on Christmas Eve, but I like the idea of waiting till morning. 

Funniest Christmas/Holiday party moment: I can't think of one, but I'm sure there are plenty

Dream Christmas/Holiday destination: I like being home for Christmas. I would love to be home somewhere cold and with a fireplace, though. That would be a dream for me :) 

Who is your Christmas/Holiday pass? (famous person you'd pick for Christmas): LOL damn... Ryan Gosling. Idris Elba. 

What's at the top of your list? This year the Beachwaver is the only thing on my list lol

What book boyfriend would you want to kiss under the mistletoe? oh damn . . . Kellen Kyle.


Claire doesn’t like to talk about herself. Because of this, she asked a friend of hers to write her bio. This is what she got:

Claire is caring, smart, witty, and funny as heck. Despite being a New York Times Best Selling Author of a popular contemporary romance series, Claire doesn’t read many romance novels. However, when she sits down to write, those are the ones that pour from her fingers. Much to her displeasure, we like to say she’s a romantic at heart.

She is a breast cancer survivor who lives in Miami with her good looking husband, two adorable boys, three bulldogs, and two stray cats that she refuses to admit are hers (even though they live on her porch and she continues to feed them). When she’s not writing, she’s always lost in a book (the more suspenseful, the better).

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12 Days of Giveaways—Day 2: Christine Brae

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Today on the blog, we have Christine Brae and her favorite things!

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Favorite Christmas Carol/Song: NSync Merry Christmas when I’m dancing around the kitchen but anything Pentatonix especially Drummer Boy gets me in the Christmas spirit

Favorite Christmas Cookie/Holiday Dessert: Can you believe, I don’t really eat dessert?

Favorite Christmas/Holiday Movie:  The Holiday!

Best Christmas/Holiday Gift:  When we were just starting out – An electric can opener

Worst Christmas/Holiday Gift:  When we weren’t starting out anymore – DVR player

Best Christmas/Holiday Tradition:  My family of five sitting around the fire, watching Netflix

Christmas Eve or Christmas Day for gifts?:  Eve!

Funniest Christmas/Holiday party moment:  I won the dance contest after only three gin and tonics.

Dream Christmas/Holiday destination:  Anywhere with my family

Who is your Christmas/Holiday pass? (famous person you'd pick for Christmas):  I just saw him

What's at the top of your list? Something blue, starts with a H and ends with a S

What book boyfriend would you want to kiss under the mistletoe? All of them

Christine was born and raised in the city of Makati, Philippines. She is a Certified Public Accountant with a degree in Economics and a Minor in Humanities. Christine is Executive Vice President of one one of the most respected advertising agencies in the country, and one of the largest agency networks in the world, with 85 offices and 9,000+ employees. (Multinational clients include Fiat, Samsung, Procter & Gamble, Kellogg’s, Altria, Coca-Cola, GM, McDonald’s and Pfizer.)

After experiencing a great loss in her life, Christine decided that it was time to channel her feelings on paper and see where it would take her. She never imagined that her words would touch the hearts of so many women with the same stories to tell. With an established fan base and a dedicated following, Christine has published four books: The Light in the Wound (2013), His Wounded Light (2013), Insipid (2014)., and In This Life (2016). 

In development for film by Emmanuelle Chriqui and Adrian Bellani – IN THIS LIFE.
The deal was announced exclusively by Variety.com in November 2016, who had this to say about Christine Brae’s recently published romance-drama:

The book, written by Chicago-based author Christine Brae and the actors, who reside in Los Angeles, were connected via social media after Chriqui and Bellani discovered an early version of the book. Chriqui’s credits include “Entourage,” “Supertroopers 2” and “Shut Eye.” Bellani’s credits include “Moneyball,” “Person of Interest” and “Passions.”

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12 Days of Giveaways—Day 1: Leylah Attar

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Today is the first day of my 12 Days of Giveaways and I am happy to feature Leylah Attar on my blog. I asked the 12 authors participating to answer some fun holiday questions and here is what Leylah had to say.



Favorite Christmas Carol/Song: George Michael's 'Last Christmas'

Favorite Christmas Cookie/Holiday Dessert: Fruitcake. One time, my parents left me with my aunt for a week. I agreed, but only if they got me fruitcake. And only if I was allowed to keep it under my bed. I could survive a zombie apocalypse without them, but a kid needs to eat, you know? Fruitcake is rich and nutritionally dense. Plus you can throw it at people.

Favorite Christmas/Holiday Movie: Home Alone

Best Christmas/Holiday Gift: Good Fruitcake

Worst Christmas/Holiday Gift: Bad fruitcake

Best Christmas/Holiday Tradition: It's not a tradition yet, but I'm working on it: getting someone else to do the dishes.

Christmas Eve or Christmas Day for gifts?: Since I get the gifts for everyone including myself, I'm usually ahead of the curve. Sometimes I open my gift in advance, like in August.

Funniest Christmas/Holiday party moment: A few years ago, I thought I'd found the perfect gift for my 8 year old niece: an air-swimming Nemo. It was this huge, remote-controlled helium balloon. When the time came to open gifts, hers came floating down the stairs towards her. She screamed and screamed, and was completely traumatized. It took us hours to calm her down. Obviously fish are meant to stay in the water, especially giant, shiny ones.

Dream Christmas/Holiday destination: So many! But some place warm, where you can't tell where the ocean ends and the sky begins.

Who is your Christmas/Holiday pass? (famous person you'd pick for Christmas): I refuse to choose, mostly because this changes every year. I am a fickle, fickle Christmas/Holiday Pass player.

What's at the top of your list? Duh. Fruitcake.

What book boyfriend would you want to kiss under the mistletoe? Christian Grey - not because I fancy being tied up in tinsel (okay, maybe a little mutual, contractual tangle), but because he's the one that got me back into books and reading.

Leylah Attar is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Best Selling author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction.  She is the recipient of the 2017 Indie Reader Discovery Awards for fiction. Her books, which include  Mists of The SerengetiThe Paper Swan53 Letters for My Lover (#1) and From His Lips (a 53 Letters novella #1.5).

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Black Friday SALE

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I am having a Black Friday weekend sale starting today until Sunday 11/26. All of my published books are on sale for only $0.99!!! 


True Love Story

Sparrow Fisher is transforming. No longer dressed up in antiquated clothes and ideals, she is finally trying on her freedom.

Before she moves to New York City, she meets Ian Sterling, a musician Sparrow has dreamed about since she first saw him. The attraction is instant, but their relationship isn't so simple.

Over a five year span, Sparrow and Ian run into each other in unusual places. Each time, Sparrow has to decide if she can trust him, if he feels the same for her, and finally, if love is really enough.

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Maybe Maby

I’m having a meltdown. Not the put-her-in-the-loony-bin kind, but the rock-in-the-corner-so-I-can-breathe kind. Maybe they’re one and the same and I really do need to be put away, but I think I just need a little air. I’m bone tired. My eyes look like I haven’t slept in weeks. I’m eating my feelings and developing a pudge that isn’t gonna go anywhere if I keep binging on chocolate, nachos and wine.

I’m 28 and everyone has left me. I have no friends. My boyfriend left. My mom died, so technically she left me too. I hate my job.

I get this overwhelming 'oh my God, is this what my life is gonna be?' feeling and I want to die.

Curl up and die.

And since I don’t feel my heartbeat fading or my breathing getting even slightly faint, I panic that I’m gonna have to live.

Maybe Maby is a heartbreaking, and at times, hilarious story about coping with loss, finding love in New York, and learning to recognize hope in the middle of it all.

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In the Fields

1971—In the tiny, backward town of Tulma, Tennessee, optimistic, bookish Caroline Carson unwittingly finds herself in the middle of a forbidden romance. Severely neglected by her family and forced to flee Tulma to protect her secrets, Caroline’s young life comes crashing down around her. She finds refuge in a new town, but the past always has a way of stretching around time and stirring up trouble.

When a new love comes into her life, she has to decide if she can give her heart to someone else, or if she will always be tied to someone she can’t have.

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Fade to Red

Dancing in pop superstar Beckham Woods’ entourage was the last thing Roxie wanted. Her life with little Leo was blissfully ordinary; she didn’t have time for the drama that stirring up old memories would surely cause.

But when Roxie took a spot on an international tour with Woods and rock icon Ian Sterling, the lure of financial security and her passion for dance pulled her into an emotional storm that threatened to spin out of control and hurt the ones she loved most.

Just as she began to adjust to her new life, it became apparent that danger was in the shadows, waiting for a chance to move...

***Fade to Red is a standalone novel featuring characters from True Love Story.***

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Whore Cover Reveal

I've been working on this book for a while now and it's ready. And I'm ready to finally share it with all of you. Whore is based on the story of Hosea and Gomer in the Bible—a story that has always fascinated me. God told Hosea to go marry a whore and he did. And while I used my creativity with this modern-day version, the common thread remains: this is a story of redemption and unconditional love.

I hope you enjoy it!



“I need a reason to exist.”

Beautiful, intelligent, independent, strong-willed, wealthy—Lilith Fontenot seems, by all appearances, to have it all. But that’s not how the highest paid prostitute in New Orleans sees herself.

A stain on society. A scourge. A waste. Outsider. Prisoner…

Any idyllic dream of the normal life she may have once imagined, Lilith buried long ago. Her only plan now is survival.

But mob boss Nico Santelli and community center owner Soti Christos have not given up on Lilith. Each has his own very specific, very opposing, plans for her, and neither will rest until it becomes a reality.

WHORE is a singularly bracing take on an ancient tale of tireless love, betrayal, and the possibility of redemption.

Release Date: December 26, 2017

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I'll be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card for this cover reveal celebration. To enter, go to my FB author page to comment, share the cover, and/or add Whore to your Goodreads TBR.

Thank you! 

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/willowasterauthor/

One winner will be picked November 15th. Good luck!



A Time to Weep, and a Time to Laugh

As soon as I committed to write a blog post a couple times a week, the heavens opened and all kinds of drama, heartache, and wonderfulness ensued.

I'll give you the bullet points.

I've recently changed my diet completely and am feeling SO much better!

My husband is wrapping up a project he's worked on for a couple of years. 

We went to a wedding and saw people we hadn't seen in forever. And we survived. No, really, I wasn't sure we would.

Our niece and her four kids had a fire in the house they just moved into a couple months ago. They lost everything, including their beloved dog. She runs a daycare out of her home, so everything is uncertain. 

A new beautiful baby nephew was born.

To say that we've gone through the full gamut of emotions would be putting it lightly. It's just a reminder to me to hold onto every good moment that comes my way, be thankful for what I have, and when it's taken away, be glad for the time I had it. The people in my life are EVERYTHING.


Writing Through Loss

This won't all be heavy, I promise.

When someone you love dies, and you’re not expecting it, you don’t lose her all at once; you lose her in pieces over a long time—the way the mail stops coming, and her scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in her closet and drawers. Gradually, you accumulate the parts of her that are gone. Just when the day comes—when there’s a particular missing part that overwhelms you with the feeling that she’s gone, forever—there comes another day, and another specifically missing part.” —John Irving

When my mom passed away, I took it hard, but I thought I was doing the work to get better. I talked about her, I cried all the time, I worked on my books as a form of therapy (if you haven't read Maybe Maby, that was in the thick of it), but it was almost as if the full barrel of grieving didn't unload on me until a couple of years later. I'd gotten through all the "firsts" and even when I lost my grandma and grandpa not long after my mother, I was still stuck on her. And in a season where I should kind of be better by now...

Good things came out of it too. I immersed myself in my family. I didn't go anywhere—that sounds like a bad thing, but it was exactly what I needed. I spent lots of time with my dad. I made a ton of cakes and pies and cookies, which I'm still trying to work off.

But I'd sit to write and just sit and sit and sit. And eat and sit. Common thread: I ate a lot. What used to be 1,000 word days turned into being a real feat if I could finish 100. This story I'd been so passionate about—I even knew the way it should go, start to finish!—just sat with me.

My mom never read my finished novels. She read some of In the Fields (which I worked on long before True L̶o̶v̶e̶ Story) and wanted me to finish it, but I didn't tell her when I did. My blog though—she was my biggest fan. It's why I had such a hard time going back to blogging afterward. So this post is a tiny bit of progress...

Maybe no one has died that you're close to, but a breakup or the loss of a friendship has derailed you. While the topic of grieving is vast and I won't be able to cover it all today, I do want to talk about some things that helped me write through the loss when I thought I might be stuck forever ... because as trivial as it may sound to think about writing when you're going through such pain, for all of us writers out there, writing usually always helps. So when that's not working either, the pain often has nowhere to go.

*Talk about your loss and that person as much as you need to, but...

*Avoid triggers that make you wallow in it. It's one thing to find it cathartic to remember someone and another to know you'll go in a downward spiral every time you look at certain pictures, go certain places, or do that one thing that always takes you down.

*Read an author who inspires you.

*Write something different from what you normally write, just for fun.

*Move! If the writing isn't coming, go live life for a while! Just don't avoid writing for too long.

*Write anyway. Even if it's 10 words, do it.

*Write as if no one will read it. It's a lot of pressure to keep up with all the authors out there, but more than that, it can be daunting to keep up with your past work. Put all of that out of your brain and just write.

*Once the writing comes, write all the words. Go with it as long as you possibly can, hopefully every day forever and ever amen.

The best part of being stuck is when you get unstuck. :) The gratitude is transcendent. 



I just returned from the Write or Die conference in Seattle and I'm inspired. Tarryn Fisher put together a great event, and I think everyone went home ready to get to work. There's something about being around like-minded people that stirs up the motivation. 

Here's what has stuck with me:

Write without fear.

Be consistent.

Dig deeper with your characters. (I spoke on this subject, as well as plot structure, so if anyone wants my notes, let me know)

The power of a plot twist...

I need a foreign rights agent.

So I've been working on a new book, but I also have exciting news about my newly completed book. I can't wait to show you the cover and blurb! Soon, I promise. Really soon. And pssst, my book will be out before the end of the year!



Starry Skies and Fireflies

Are you enjoying your summer? I decided since last summer I spent most of my days trying to finish Fade to Red, this summer I would take a break. I've had the best time with my kids and we've done a little bit of traveling, as well as lazy days at home.

But of course, the stories don't necessarily stop just because you want to take a break. I'm faced again with that constant dilemma: BALANCE.

As much as I want to master a healthy balance in my life, I can't seem to get it! I either go too far into slacking, or I work non-stop like a maniac, or I obsess about all that isn't getting done and work on all the wrong things...

How do you do it? I need a method to my madness. I want to look out at the night sky and see those stars and the dancing fireflies flying past me, but I also want a clean house, happy kids/husband/friends/family, and my career to be thriving.

If you've figured it out, please fill me in...

5,331 Miles

Every now and then I work on this between projects. I've posted several chapters on Wattpad. 

If you'd like to read more:  https://www.wattpad.com/myworks/34599324-5-331-miles-harry-styles


5,331 Miles by Willow Aster (all rights reserved 2015)


I’ve loved Harry Jackson most of my life. Before you assume I’m exaggerating, just listen. Our mums are best friends. There are pictures of Harry and me in the tub together when we’re like, one and two. The story goes (and goes and goes—I swear it’s been told every time our families are together) that we were happily playing in there until someone pooped in the tub. Okay, it was me. I know, so embarrassing. But it gets worse.

When I was in grade 8 and Harry was in grade 9, his family moved from England to California. His mum and mine couldn’t stand being apart and we followed six months later. 

We were best friends too, until he moved to the States. That’s when everything got weird. There have been snapshots of us over the years, but every time we’ve started to get close again, something happens to ruin it. 

He was my first kiss … I’ll have to get to that later. It’s hard for me to think about without dying a little more inside. He became the slut of high school, while I was the one hiding behind my glasses, book, and a donut. It was just as pitiful as it sounds.

After an extremely humiliating experience at our senior prom, in which I came to the conclusion that I will never love, or even like, Harry again, I’ve tried to disappear whenever he comes home from school. At first it didn’t work, but I’ve managed to not see him for two years now. 

But now he’s graduated from Berklee and is apparently home for good. 

And my mum is forcing me to see him … tonight, at his welcome home party.

The old me would have hidden and said ‘I hate my life,’ but the new me is ready to show Harry what he’s been missing. Not that I want him or anything. Just … aw, shit, I hate my life.


My mum stands in the doorway, watching me finish my makeup. “You look so pretty, babe.”

“I’m thinking about changing into jeans…”

“No! Your dress is perfect for the beach. Please don’t change, your legs go on for miles. Harry won’t know what hit him.”

“I’m not dressing for Harry, Mum.” I roll my eyes. 

Okay, maybe I’m kinda dressing for Harry. But, not in that way. I just want to look my best. That’s all.

“I know. Just … don’t forget a light jacket,” she says.

I grin. She says that every single time I go out the door.

“You ready? Dave is waiting on us.”

“Oh, I thought I told you—Justin’s picking me up.” I turn to look at her and see the disappointment on her face. 

Until I am pronounced someone else’s wife, she will be plotting for me to end up with Harry. My mum and I used to plot together, and she can’t understand why I ever stopped. I shake my head. I have to stop thinking about all that. Harry does not have any control over me anymore.

“You’re bringing Justin?” Her face scrunches up. “This just seems like a … I don’t know … more of a family thing, I guess…” 

“Justin’s my boyfriend, Mum. I wish you’d at least try to like him.” 

“He’s fine, he’s just not…”

“Don’t say it,” I warn her. 

“I wish you’d just tell me why you and Harry stopped being friends,” she says. “I thought we talked about everything.” Her eyes well up with tears and I panic. If she cries, I’ll cry.

“Please don’t cry … I just finished. Look,” I point to my eyes, “perfect smokey eye, please don’t let me mess it up.” I pat her on the shoulder and walk to the closet to get a light jacket. I hold it up for her and she smiles. And sniffles.

“And we do talk about mostly everything.” I mutter under my breath, “Just not that.” I kiss her cheek. “You better go, Dave’s waiting.”

She sighs. “Okay, but don’t be too late. Anne’s bringing the food out right away. You won’t want to miss the shrimp,” she says on her way out the door.


I used to have an issue with food. As in, I ate it whenever I felt sad, mad, depressed, lonely, or embarrassed. So, in other words, all the time. That pretty much describes my high school experience. 

My dad left not long after we got to California, so with him leaving and the huge culture shock, I was a mess. Thankfully, I had a late growth spurt at 16 and shot up four inches. At 5’1” there hadn’t been much room for the tons of junk food I ingested. Those extra four inches helped a lot, let me tell you. But it wasn’t until I met my best friend and roomie at UCSD, Maddie, that I started to get fit. She’s a yoga instructor and hopelessly optimistic. It’s hard to be sad around her. I’ve forced myself to exercise until I finally like it. I try to go to the healthy stuff when I’m down, instead of Reese’s peanut butter cups or salt & vinegar potato chips. I still indulge plenty, trust me, but I’m way more balanced than I used to be.

When my stomach feels the way it does tonight, though, all nervous and jumpy and nauseated, the last thing I want to think about is shrimp.

The doorbell rings and Justin is smiling when I open the door. He whistles when he sees me, taking my hand and twirling me around to see every angle.

“You look hot.” 

He’s a man of few words, but he looks so good, it doesn’t matter.  I take in his sun-kissed face and biceps and thank God for surfers. He fits the profile perfectly.

“You do too.” I step outside and walk to his jeep. 

Is it okay to admit that I really hate his jeep? It’s falling apart. Everyone and their brother can hear us coming. He keeps it all open, so my hair never stands a chance. I try to hold as much of it down as I can, but my hair is long and thick, so it still flies everywhere.

“Who’s this party for again?” he yells.

“Harry. We grew up together.” I look out the window and swipe my sweaty palms on the seats. My hands pick up some crumbs, so I spend the rest of the ride trying to get that off.

I wish I’d gone with my mum and Dave.

When we finally stop in front of Harry’s house, I hop out and stand in front of a tree (that Harry and I used to always climb) and try to salvage my hair.

 Justin puts his arm around my waist and nuzzles into my neck. Mmm, never mind, I’m glad I rode with Justin. 

“How long are we staying?” He whispers in my ear and then kisses back down my neck. 

I shiver. “Not long,” I promise. 

“Good.” He pulls me against him and puts his hands on my bum. I’m about to reach back to pull them up before someone sees us, when I hear my name. Or, rather, the name he calls me. 


I jump back from Justin and turn around. Harry is leaning against the gate, arms folded, and looking me up and down. And back up. And down again. You get the point. It’s a long pause and awkward. I can’t tell if he’s pleased with what he sees or angry with me.

“Hi,” I say quietly.

He stands tall. “You gonna feel each other up out here all night or you comin’ to my party, Mirabelle?” 

My heart drops out and I’m pretty sure I go red.  

He walks until he’s standing right in front of me.

“Well, when you put it that way, we might be out here a while, Harrison,” I say, standing as tall as I can. I’ve never been so glad to be wearing three-inch heels.

At first he just stares at me, jaw ticking. And then he wraps me up in a huge bear hug.

“I’ve been waiting—I heard you were coming.” He leans back and pushes my hair off one shoulder. “I was afraid you’d talk yourself out of coming in…”

I forget how well he knows me.

“You look so beautiful,” he whispers. 

My heart skips a few beats ahead and I step back. 

“This is my boyfriend, Justin.” I move my hands back and forth. “Harry, Justin. Justin, Harry.”

Harry nods and stretches out his hand. “Hey, man.” They do a guy shake.

“Hey,” Justin says.

This might be the first time I’ve wished for Justin to be … talkative. Or something just … more. Harry stands an inch or two taller than Justin, but besides their similar height, they couldn’t look more different from each other. Harry has curly, dark hair with green eyes and a constant smile. Justin has straight, blonde hair with brown eyes and it takes a lot to make him smile. 

Harry holds his hand out to me. “You don’t mind if I walk her in, do you, man?” He threads his fingers through mine and I think my ovaries just melted. “I just haven’t seen her in so long.”

Justin shrugs. “Sure.” 

I’m so gonna let him have it later.

Harry holds my hand up to his chest and smiles down at me. “Boyfriend, huh?”

I glare at him and try to take my hand away, but he grips it tighter.

“I’ve got you now, Bells, you’re not escaping this time.” He laughs his charming, perfect laugh, and I grit my teeth. 

We walk along the sand to the back of the house, tiki lamps leading the way. We go down a few steps and then reach the gorgeous beachfront. Their backyard has always been my favorite view. The party is underway. 

“Wow,” I tell him. “Quite the party.”

“You know my mum. She goes all out,” he groans.

It feels as if everyone sees us at once and freezes. Then my mum and Anne rush toward us, excited, but trying not to act too excited so they don’t jinx it. Anne is just as guilty as my mum in their ‘Mira & Harry forever’ fantasies. They’ve plotted our wedding since their pregnancies, when they found out what they were having.

“Oh, you look gorgeous, Mira. Doesn’t she look absolutely gorgeous, Harry?” Anne never takes her eyes off me.

“Her boyfriend and I have both told her how gorgeous she is, in our own way,” Harry says. He then has the nerve to kiss the back of my hand.

I want to pop the smirk off his face.

Anne’s smile widens and then drops a little when she sees Justin. She quickly props the smile back on. “Hi, you must be Justin. Vanessa was just telling me all about you.” She looks at my mum and back to Justin. “Why don’t you come with me and I’ll introduce you to everyone?”

I know what she’s up to and am sick of it. I let go of Harry’s hand and grab Justin’s arm. “That’s okay, I’ll make sure he gets around.”

I walk a few feet away with Justin and hear Harry behind me.

“I’m sure he already does,” he mutters.

I turn around so fast, my hair flies into my eyes. I toss it back and walk toward him, so close that only he can hear.

“Just because you’ve slept with the entire state of California does not mean my boyfriend has. Take your opinions and shove them up your ass.”

I walk without even thinking about where I’m going and end up in front of Justin’s jeep. It looks pretty good right now.

“Mira? We’re leaving?” Justin looks confused.

“Yes, please.” I get in, shut the door, and try to figure out how to avoid seeing Harry the rest of the summer. 


If you haven't seen the teasers for my new book Fade to Red on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, I thought I'd gather them in one place ... just a few for now. 

I'd love it if you put Fade to Red on your Goodreads TBR list! http://bit.ly/1TRKr6z

Also, we're doing a group read of True Love Story in my group on Facebook right now. It's early enough that you can catch up! We'll be discussing chapters 6-10 this Monday night at 7 CST. And you can go through the thread from last night to find out what we've already discussed. Fade to Red is a standalone novel but also has characters featured from True Love Story, so it's a good time to read TLS too, if you haven't. http://on.fb.me/1NYanhs



Hello! How's everyone in Book Land? I hope you all celebrated National Book Lovers Day with a life-changing book. 

It feels like celebration time, so I wanted to make sure I spread the word about the giveaways I have going on right now. One is just a small way of saying thank you to all of you who follow me on the various forms of social media. It makes my world so much better to have interaction with you. This rafflecopter is going on for a little longer, so make sure you enter: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/0cba4250125/

There's also a giveaway going on in my favorite new hangout. I have three more ebooks of The Paper Swan (or if you have that one, you can pick something else) to give away. Just click on the link to join the group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/870978829643191/

I'm about to put the finishing touches on my upcoming book, so I hope you'll stay tuned for updates. Surprises are just around the corner! :) XO