Merry Christmas! I can’t believe it is the holidays again. This year has flown by. My four granddaughters are growing up so fast. The oldest is now ten and the youngest twenty months. She just recently moved out of her baby bed into a big girl bed. And my three year old has informed me she isn’t scared of Santa anymore.
It is just starting to get cold here in Oklahoma. I love a chill to the air, Thanksgiving food and seeing friends and family. I am one of those people who love to listen to Christmas music. I’ll tell you a secret. Sometimes I do during the year. I hope each of you have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year. May 2011 be a great year for you.
This year has been a good one for me. I sold my 75th book in September. I am now writing for Summerside Press (a historical romance), Abingdon Press (a romantic suspense series) and Love Inspired/Love Inspired Suspense. My historical romance from Summerside will be coming out next September and will be part of the American Tapestry line. I will also have three Love Inspired Suspense books out in 2011—April, June and September—and one Love Inspired out in December of next year.
For the holidays I have two books coming out. I have A Daughter for Christmas, a Love Inspired, out this November. The blurb reads: Dr. Max Connors had no idea he’d fathered a child thirteen years ago. Or that his baby girl had been given up for adoption. He locates his daughter in a small Oklahoma town and moves there, hoping to become a part of her life. But when he meets her widowed mother, Max is unsure how to reveal his identity. As he helps Rachel Howard with her plans to homeschool the girl, he’s welcomed into the family. But with the holidays approaching, Max must tell Rachel who he really is. Can he make his dreams of family come true by Christmas?
My December book is a Love Inspired Suspense called Christmas Bodyguard, the first book in my Guardians, Inc. Series. The blurb is: Someone’s after wealthy Texan Slade Caulder’s daughter. Desperate to keep her safe while he determines the motive, the widowed father hires a bodyguard for Abbey. A female bodyguard, with the training to protect the girl–and an understanding of a willful teenager who keeps trying to outsmart her. Elizabeth Walker is the perfect combination of caring and toughness for her job. But as the holidays approach, the stalker’s threats escalate. And Slade finds himself willing to risk everything to keep his Christmas bodyguard by his side…forever.
For the holidays my recipe is Carrot Cheesecake Bars from http://www.kraftrecipes.com. These bars are delicious and easy for entertaining or taking to a party.
Ingredients: ½ stick of butter, melted; 1½ cups Honey Maid Graham Cracker Crumbs; 1 cup sugar; 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon; 3-8 oz packages of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened; 1 teaspoon vanilla; ¾ cup sour cream; 3 eggs; ¾ cup finely shredded carrots (about 2); and 1½ cups thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping.
Directions: Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Mix butter, crumbs, ¼ cup sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Then press onto bottom of 13×9-inch pan. Bake ten minutes. Beat cream cheese, vanilla and the remaining sugar and cinnamon in large bowl with mixer until blended. Add sour cream and mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each until blended. Stir in carrots and spread over crust. Bake 45-50 minutes or until the center is almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate four hours. Serve topped with Cool Whip.
Before you start writing, you need to know your main characters well. However you do it (through an interview, journal writing, a character chart), you need to know their background. What made them the person they are at the start of the book. Our past influence who we are today.
I am holding a drawing from now until December 31, 2010 for a $25 gift certificate. You can enter by getting another reader to sign up for my newsletter by sending a blank email to MargaretDaley_groupfirstname.lastname@example.org then having that person email me at email@example.com. That person will be entered into the drawing. She needs to give me your name, and you will be entered twice for everyone you recruit for the newsletter.
If you want a chance to win a free book in a drawing once a week, visit my blog at: http://margaretdaley.blogspot.com to enter the drawing. I host different authors and their books. I also take part in another two blogs. Check it out at:
If you want a chance to win one of my books from my backlist, please visit my web site which I update monthly and sign my guestbook. Also, I post on it excerpts from my new books coming out. My web site is http://margaretdaley.com.
A Daughter for Christmas, Love Inspired, November 2010
Christmas Bodyguard, Love Inspired Suspense, December 2010
Books still available at online bookstores and ordered from bookstores in your area:
Forsaken Canyon, Love Inspired Suspense, October 2008
A Texas Thanksgiving, Love Inspired, November 2008
What Sarah Saw, Love Inspired Suspense, January 2009
Poisoned Secrets, Love Inspired Suspense, March 2009
A Family for Tory/A Mother for Cindy, Love Inspired Classic, June 2009
Second Chance Family, Love Inspired, July 2009
Together for the Holidays, Love Inspired, November 2009
Merry Mayhem in the Christmas Peril analogy (with Debby Giusti), Love Inspired Suspense, December 2009
Cowboy Protector, Love Inspired Suspense, March 2010
Gold in the Fire/Light in the Storm, Love Inspired Classic, March 2010
Love Lessons, Love Inspired, April 2010
Heart of a Cowboy, Love Inspired, July 2010
* A lot of my books are now offered as an e-book, even ones not available in print anymore.
I wish the best for you and your family,