Thursday, December 30, 2010

Home for the Holidays

I first discovered Sarah Mayberry's books through the Blaze line. Hot Island Nights was one of my favorites of 2010. So when someone suggested we do Home for the Holidays this holiday week, I was all for it. This wonderful contemporary, set in Australia, didn't disappoint! Joe is a widowed dad with two kids who were old enough to be traumatized by their mother's sudden death in a car accident two years before the story opens. What I really loved was that the kids were very realistically drawn. They weren't just plot devices. They were critical to the story. Joe's daughter forms a bond with his new next-door neighbor Hannah, a rough-around-the-edges mechanic who has been shattered by the betrayal of her fiance, who hooked up with her SISTER! A month before the wedding. OUCH.

So when Joe and Hannah meet, both are recovering from loss and disappointment. Their relationship develops slowly and the focus for a long time is Joe's daughter's friendship with Hannah. Throughout the whole book, Hannah talks about her goal to ride her motorcycle around Australia. To be honest, I didn't think she'd really go once she formed the bond with Joe and his kids. So I was surprised when she actually got on her bike and drove away, leaving the three people she'd come to love. It doesn't take her long on the road to realize that she'd left her heart behind and she returns home to them.

They are on their way to happily ever after when Hannah discovers a lump in her breast. I gotta tell you, when the breast cancer thing came up, I was shrieking NO NO NO! I didn't think I was going to like that storyline, but after reading the ending, I loved what Sarah did with it, how Joe made the children part of the decision to keep Hannah in their lives and to confront her illness as a family. I also loved that Hannah came right out and TOLD him she had breast cancer rather than breaking up with him for some manufactured reason and then expecting him to believe that she really wanted to end it with him. That was very well done! Hannah was a terrific heroine who remained true to herself even as she watched her life spin out of control as she fell for Joe and his kids. I've since read The Best Laid Plans, and I really liked that one too. Sarah does something in her books that I try to do in mine: she keeps the couple TOGETHER for most of the book rather than constantly apart (a pet peeve of mine in a lot of contemporary romance these days). I love seeing them work it out together. I will definitely be reading more of Sarah's books!

I'm looking forward to welcoming Sarah today and to talking about Home for the Holidays and her other books. Sarah has graciously agreed to give away three books today: Hot Island Nights, Best Laid Plans and her upcoming February release, The Last Goodbye. Please join me in welcoming Sarah!

Find out more about Sarah and her books on her website!

For today's recipe, I give you Ronlyn's AWESOME Firecracker Marinade. If you haven't tried this, you are missing out!

Firecracker Marinade

1/2 cup BBQ sauce
2 Tbsp packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp olive or veg. oil
2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1-2 tsp red pepper sauce
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped.

Mix it all up and serve it over pork loin or whatever tickles your fancy. I've had it on pork tenderloin and it is AMAZING!

55 comments:

Marie Force said...

Welcome everyone! Looking forward to today's chat!

Ing said...

Welcome Sarah. Marie did such a great review that I will need to pick this book up.

I'm with you Marie I hate when the couple are kept apart for stupid things and not have them talk it out.

I've read two other books by Sarah (Anything for You and Her Best Friends). I really enjoyed those and keep forgetting to pick up more of her books. Thanks for the reminder. Going to go add more of her books to my Nook.

Happy New Year to everyone.

Sarah Mayberry said...

Hi Marie and Ing,
It's lovely to be here today! I'm so glad people are enjoying Home For The Holidays again this season - it was released for Christmas 2009 so it's awesome it's getting another spin! Marie and I have discussed this briefly via email, but one of the big things I think about when writing a book is showing that the hero and heroine are building a friendship and a relationship that will stand the test of time. It's not enough - for me, anyway - that there's passion and physical attraction. I need to feel that they are friends, that they like and understand each other. And I always try to show that in my books.

krisgils33 said...

What a great synopsis, Marie. I admit that I have not read the book, but will definitely put it on my list now. The part where the hero & heroine are together through the book is definitely a plus for me. I was just talking about this the other day...I was reading a book where the majority of the scenes were one or the other of the main characters and rarely both. It seemed like their relationship ended up being based solely on the physical. It's much nicer to see a relationship build on mor than just that.

Mary G said...

I rarely read series books anymore but Sarah's books are a rare exception. I loved this book. Besides Joe & Hannah, I loved the relationship between Hannah & Ruby. Ben's story was a heartbreaker. I love that the writing is hot, the people and the premises are believable.

It takes courage for a writer to go outside the box & throw in a HEA & life threatening disease. The other author I thought of is Steve's Story by Jess Dee. Must be an awesome Aussie girl thing LOL.

BTW I also read Anything For You & just finished Burning Up. All I can say is Holy smokes!! Both are amazing.

Marie Force said...

Hi Ing,
So great to see you here! Thanks for coming by. You will love Home for the Holidays. Come back over when you've read it and let us know what you think! I love author that keep the couple together and force them to work it out. Will check out the other two books of Sarah's that you recommend!

Marie Force said...

Hi Sarah!
Welcome to book club! So good to have you here!

It's night time down under, so Sarah will be back after she wakes up.

Marie Force said...

Kris,
I so agree that romances are so much more fun to read when the relationship is front and center--and not just the physical relationship! You'll love this book so make sure you check it out!

Marie Force said...

Mary,
I agree that the relationship between Hannah and Ruby was so awesome, as well as her bond with Ben and the way it developed. I loved the kids in this book. They were well-written characters who added so much to the story.

Looking forward to reading more of Sarah's books!

flchen1 said...

Hi, Sarah!!! Hi, Marie! Sarah is one of my very favorite writers of all time :) Anything for You is one of my favorite friends-to-lovers stories. Sarah does such a lovely job of building not just the romantic/sexual relationship, but of letting readers see how the two characters are connecting on other levels and believably becoming friends. I love that aspect of her stories.

I admit that I didn't read Home for the Holidays last year when it first came out, and finally dived in about a month ago--WOW. I enjoyed not just Joe and Hannah, but their families. It's very real to me how Sarah's characters are very clearly part of a bigger "world" and I also love seeing how she has those mesh as the characters grow closer together.

I've got Best Laid Plans on the TBR--not sure when I'm going to dive in yet; I know that once I start, I can hardly bear to put down one of Sarah's books, so I like to plan to read straight through...

Alison said...

Hi All!

This is my first book by Sarah Mayberry and I loved it!

I loved Hannah's honesty...I was worried what would happen when she discovered she had cancer and was going to break it off with Joe. I was so glad she told him straight up what was happening.

Ruby was a gem too...I loved their shopping trip!!

I liked how Joe and Hannah's relationship developed and how big a part the kids played in their decisions.

Kara C said...

Marie, I told you this book was 'headed my way' last week. Apparently, the library is having a copy sent directly from Australia. It's taking FOREVER. But, whenever it does arrive, I can't wait to read it. It sounds great. (Admittedly, I skipped over your post about the book in fear of spoilers.)
I have read Hot Island Nights, and thought it was terrific. I'd love to hear from Sarah what Februrary's book is about.

Aly said...

Hey there! Dropping in from the beach...well not really since the weather is yucky :(

I am not sure I have ever read a Sarah Mayberry book before this one but I will be sure to look for them in the future.

My take on this book is almost identical to Marie's -- The OUCH over the sister and the fiance, Hannah taking off for her trip and the discovery of Hannah's breast cancer.

My absolute favorite part though is the relationship between Ruby and Hannah. It was just so innocent and pure and it made the book that much better!

Sarah Mayberry said...

Hi everyone. I'm up and about now, and ready to go! MaryG, I got a few comments from reviewers not liking the illness at the end of the book. They though it deserved a story all of its own. Of course, there IS a whole book there, too! But I really wanted to give Hannah and Joe a moment to stop and understand how precious what they had discovered was. I know I bawled my eyes out writing portions of this book!

Sarah Mayberry said...

Hi Fedora! Lovely to see you here. We've had a quick chat about this one on email, I know, but I'm glad you enjoyed it. It's funny, but every book I write becomes my favorite after I've finished it, then they all sort of separate out into individual experiences and I get a bit more perspective on them. Best Laid Plans is currently very close to my heart - I hope you enjoy it!

Emmanuelle said...

This is indeed a great read !! You two ladies are among my favorite authors and I'm happy to spread the word whenever I can. Don't count me in this giveaway for I've already been a lucky winner this year (to both of you btw ;-).

I'm super excited about your respective releases. Sarah, "Her Last Goodbye"... really ?? I mean it's just the title and you're already breaking my heart (in a good way)... AGAIN !!! lol

Have a great day!

Sarah Mayberry said...

Hi Alison, I'm glad you enjoyed that shopping trip - I had a lot of fun writing it. I have a niece who is totally obsessed with pink and Hannah Montana, so I channeled her for those scenes. Poor Hannah having to dress up in all that clingy lycra! For some reason, that scene always reminds me of our poor and long suffering dog when we were children. Her name was Chi, and we used to dress her up in clothes and she would bear it and get this "okay,I'm enduring this but I'm not enjoying it" look on her face. That was how I imagined Hannah in this scene... enduring - just - but not a happy camper!

Sarah Mayberry said...

Hi Emmanuelle, great to see you here. I hope you had a great festive season. The Last Goodbye is actually my title - yay! I very rarely get to keep my titles, which is usually a good thing because often they are pretty sucky. Not my forte! But I liked this one and it has a dual resonance with the storyline. Kara C, you asked what The Last Goodbye is about. In a nut shell, it's the story of a man who learns that his estranged father is dying from cancer. He and his father have had a very troubled relationship and he has to make the decision whether to go and say his piece before his father passes, or to walk away. He learns about his father's illness via the woman who is housesitting next to his old family home. Ally is an advice columnist, and she realises after she's waded knee deep into the situation that maybe she should have left well enough alone! But by then she and Tyler are circling each other. Ally has some issues of her own - naturally! - and as she becomes more and more enmeshed with Tyler, her own problems come closer to the surface.

Marie Force said...

Sarah,
The new book sounds awesome! Can't wait to check that out!

Question for you: as you know Hot Island Nights was one of my favorite reads of 2010. It's a book that really stayed with me long after I finished it. I'm wondering what kind of research you did to prepare to write the PTSD storyline that was so prominent in that book. To those of you who haven't read it--the title makes it sound like a beach romp, but it's so much more than that. Be sure to check it out!

Marie Force said...

Hi Fedora,
You will love Best Laid Plans. It's a very timely book that a lot of older (late 30s) women will relate to. The ticking clock, no perfect man in site, what's a girl to do? Excellent story!

Hi Alison,
I so agree that I loved the way Hannah just put it out there for Joe and said, you're the last guy in the world who should be with a woman who is sick after what you and your kids have already been through. I loved that she did NOT play any dumb games and pretend there was another reason she was breaking it off with him. In fact, I was totally expecting her to make up some bogus reason for the break up like we so often see in contemp romances these days (sorry Sarah--LOL--I won't ever underestimate you again) and was very, very pleased by how forthright she was in that instance.

Kara, do let us know what you think once you receive the book. The beauty of online book club is that the meeting is always open! :-)

Aly, we are so goofy on how we always agree on stuff! :-) LOVED Ruby and Hannah. Loved it big!

Hi there Emmanuelle! So happy to see you here and thanks for the kind words toward your author friends. The title of The Last Goodbye does make the heart break a little, doesn't it?

Mary G said...

Not surprised about the reviewers Sarah. Reviewers & publishers need to give readers more credit fot intellingence & depth and to trust that we can handle all types of stories & HEAs.

Mary G said...

Sorry - meant "for intelligence"

Sarah Mayberry said...

Hi Marie. Yes, Hot Island Nights wasn't exactly a good indicator of the story for that Blaze! I think Blaze often struggles with balancing the provocative, fun aspects of the line (and hence the title) with a story that has some darker elements. In relation to your question, I did a lot of reading on PTSD. I knew a bit already, having worked on a medical drama series in New Zealand. We gave PTSD to one of the characters, poor guy! Some readers have commented that Nate's problems were so overwhelming they kind of took over the book. In hind sight, I can see how some readers might feel that, but I hate "using" something like PTSD and then giving it the Disney treatment. You know, glossing over the hard parts of recovery and symptoms etc. So sometimes my books don't always have a neatly packaged answer to all of life's problems. I figure life isn't neat, and while us romance readers are looking for the perfect love connection between characters, I think we also appreciate that that perfect love occurs in an imperfect world.

Marie Force said...

See, I didn't think that about Nate at ALL. His story got the proper amount of attention because it warranted it. He was dealing with a HUGE issue and BIG repercussions. Maybe the readers who wrote to you did so because that book seemed a little more like a Super than a Blaze, which tend to be lighter in tone. Despite that, it was an OUTSTANDING book and I thought you handled him and his issues with just the right amount of air time. Like you said, who wants the Disney version of such a big thing in his life? Not me!

Sarah Mayberry said...

MaryG, I totally agree with you about how smart romance readers are. I think publishers underestimate us all the time! Sometimes when you hear stories behind great books it makes you gnash your teeth when you learn how hard the author had to fight for elements that are a little outside the norm. How dull would the world be if we all only read the same cookie cutter stories over and over? Having said all that, my editor at Harlequin is a gem and she has never pushed me to make my stories more conservative or neat and tidy.In fact, she always pushes me to reconsider moments where I am leaning toward romantic cliches. I've found some of my favorite scenes that way. In Take On Me, a Blaze which is part of a trilogy set on a soap opera in California, there's a love scene where the hero and heroine having been at loggerheads, warring with each other in the workplace. It's a game of tit for tat, but when he finally pushes the heroine too far, she goes to his office (it's after hours),kicks the door shut and starts undressing. He starts undressing, too, even as they continue to fling insults at each other. Then they jump on each other and have wild monkey sex.I loved writing that scene so much - loved that the characters totally understood that one of the problems between them was this thwarted sexual desire and that they both disliked being in its power when intellectually they were not on the same page. The first version of that scene was pretty stock standard - she went to his office to fight, then when she went to leave he got in the way, wouldn't move and when they tousled it turned into sex. My editor simply said to me "you can do better", so I went back to the drawing board and now it's one of my favorite love scenes ever.

Sarah Mayberry said...

Marie, I think Superromance is probably a better fit for me than Blaze because of what you said about reader expectations. I suspect that a lot of Blaze readers are looking for something a little lighter than some of my stories - although I have done quite a few lighter stories, too! - and Superromance gives me the opportunity to go either way. There's a really broad cross section of stories under Super - light rom-com through to dark and serious - and as long as I don't go too nuts on the sensuality, anything goes. So I think I will be staying within Superromance for the foreseeable future - unless I get a smokin' Blaze idea I HAVE to write, that is!

Marie Force said...

Love the story behind the story, Sarah! I totally and emphatically agree with the underestimation of the romance reader. That is one of my biggest peeves with this entire business. Everyone is so busy trying to please the distributors and book sellers that they forget who their customer really is! The READERS!! Ugh, don't get me started on this diatribe. I had an editor tell me this summer that NO ONE wants to read about a super model--even if she is seriously flawed and a hot mess just like the rest of us. So hearing that I said, to hell with it, I will post True North on my own. Let me just say the numbers and reader reviews I'm seeing on that book are telling a different story than what that editor predicted. :-)

Cindy said...

Hi Marie and Sarah. This story hits a little close to home for me. My sister passed away from Breast Cancer in April. I was reading The Last Song while my sister was in the hospital and I had no idea what the story was about at the time and stopped reading it once I did. I just finished it recently. Home for the Holidays sounds like a great story, I'm just not sure if I'll be crying through most of it. I guess it all depends on how the story is handled. I think I'll trust you Marie and go for it.

Marie Force said...

I think it's safe to say, Sarah, that your loyal fans will buy you either way! I know I will!!

I hope you know that on the Blaze vs Super comment, I just meant that from the perspective of why readers might've had certain expectations--Blaze is so fluffy most of the time. Your stories bring weight and emotional depth that they probably aren't all that used to. :-) Keep doing what you do so well! It's working for all of us!

Marie Force said...

Cindy,
I'm so sorry for the loss of your sister. There just are no words. I'm sending you a big BIG hug and lots of Oreos to prop you up. Thank you for trusting my recommendation, but do wait until you feel ready to read about a character with breast cancer. It's actually a very small portion of Home for the Holidays, but it packs a wallop. Be sure you're ready for that before you read.

xoxoxo to you, hon.

Sarah Mayberry said...

Cindy, any time I write about issues that affect all of us in real life I always try to to justice to the stuff real people go through. I promise that the breast cancer is not simply glossed over - I have several friends who are battling this disease, and a step mother - but it's not the main story of the book. In fact, it only really comes up in the last 50 or so pages. My condolences to you for your sister - a tough loss, losing someone so close and loved and important in your life.

flchen1 said...

That makes a lot of sense, Sarah, about Supers possibly offering your stories a better "niche" than Blaze. What always impressed me from your first Blazes though was how each of your stories pretty much did it all for me--you always created very REAL, 3D characters, sometimes with very real weighty problems, and somehow told their stories without over-simplifying or pooh-poohing any of it. And you also avoided the other extreme--I never feel bludgeoned with the issue or made to feel that I was reading either a made-for-TV special or a tear-jerker (although you do often move me to tears!) You just created characters that pulled me in and wouldn't let go! In a good way!

Sarah Mayberry said...

Fedora, you're very kind, as always! And it's great that my stories work for you. When I'm writing, I sometimes sort of feel like an actor. I'm always putting myself in my characters' shoes and trying to imagine how I would feel if this happened to me/someone said that to me/etc. With male characters, I always try to remember how little men say about their feelings and how hard they are on themselves for being "soft" or "weak", but essentially all those characters have to come out of my head and my experience and observation of the world. I'm absolutely hopeless at what I call "what happens next" plotting - suspense stories and thrillers etc - but I feel as though I have a decent grip on emotionally driven, character driven stories. So that's what I write!

Marie Force said...

I write the suspense stories without a "what happens next" outline. Trust me when I say it's crazy-making! LOL

Sarah Mayberry said...

My hat is well and truly off to you, Marie. I absolutely suck at suspense stories. My plotting is always so clunky and obvious, I simply don't bother. I love to read them, however, and I have your first Fatal book on my ereader, waiting for my deadline to pass so I can have a life again! The book I am writing at the moment is the informal sequel to The Last Goodbye. One Good Reason is the story of Tyler's older brother, Jon, who returns to Australia after 10 years in Canada and just misses out on the chance to have it out with his dying father. The lack of closure is something that messes him up, big time - I'm half way through this story at the moment and things are starting to heat up!

flchen1 said...

ROFL, Marie! Hey, you make them work! :D

Sarah, I was just thinking, would you ever consider writing stories really based on real-life people? I haven't read any of the True Vows line yet, but am intrigued. Would that type of story-telling be something you'd enjoy doing, or do you prefer creating your characters yourself?

And out of curiosity, where do you find inspiration? Do you already base on real people? What's your writing process like?

Sorry to hit you with several big questions :)

Marie Force said...

Sarah, I love the sound of your WIP. I can't wait to read it!

Thank you for checking out Fatal Affair. I so hope you enjoy it! I spent ALL day today (a vacation day from the day job) getting ready for the launch of book 2 on Monday. Sigh... Promotion stuff is NOT always as fun as the writing!

Marie Force said...

Thanks, Fedora! I'm glad they work for you. My family has issues with the drooling I do for three days after I finish one. LOL!

Kara C said...

The new book sound amazing! Can't wait to read it, Sarah. Thanks for the preview!

Sarah Mayberry said...

Fedora, I love talking about writing. Which is just as well, since it's pretty much my life now. (writing, I mean, not the talking bit. Although I do love a good chat, too!) To answer your questions, I don't know how I would go writing "true life" love stories. I think I would feel honor bound to stick to the truth, which might cramp my style a little. I don't know. I should read one of those True Life books, eh? As for where I get my inspiration... There's a podcast of a phone interview I did with Malle Vallik over at Harlequin in their extras section(http://www.eharlequin.com/article.html?articleId=1547) where I talk about the inspiration for The Best Laid Plans, so I won't talk about that one again! But The Last Goodbye was actually meant to be a whole other story. It was supposed to be set in New Zealand and it was supposed to be about this park ranger and his summer trainee. I started writing it and it felt false and wrong and I realised I knew so little about New Zealand flora and fauna that I was going to spend HOURS googling every day. Worst of all, the characters felt false and constructed. So I rang my editor and told her I was throwing the book out and starting again, to which she simply said "okay" because she's heard this from me before! Then I sat down with a pad and pen and tried to come up with a story I wanted to spend two + months of my life writing. My husband asked me what interested me, what stories did I feel I hadn't told yet, and I came up with the scenario for The Last Goodbye. The domestic violence - the angry, abusive father - is key to the story, but so is Ally's background, which, in it's own way, is just as abusive. Generally speaking, I usually try to create characters who will both challenge and complete each other. Push all the right buttons to get the issues cooking, but also be there to help with the healing. As for basing them on real people... I guess I draw on people I have known or have seen. Definitely I think about character types or archetypes. But once you give them an outlook and attitude, they pretty much become their own person. As for my process - sorry for the loooong response - I tend to outline my books in a lot of detail. I think this is because of my TV writing background. I like to know I have a full book's worth of story before I start writing, and I like to know what I'm writing toward so I can pull all the threads together as I write. I can't imagine doing it any other way, but a lot of romance writers are "seat of the pants" plotters who plot as they write and they freak out when I tell them I write 12 page, single spaced outlines of my books! I think they feel that they lose some of the magic of the story if they've already told it once in outline, but I like knowing that I'm writing toward peaks and troughs, and knowing where I'm going leaves me free to find resonance and deepen themes as I write because the main story is taken care of. In terms of HOW I write, I write every day, from 9 to 4 or 5. If I get my word count down before 4, I'm allowed to read or go shoe shopping (or do housework, blurg!). And if I don't, I sign off anyway because otherwise my brain turns to mush. There. I bet you wish you'd never asked!!!

Marie Force said...

Awesome response, Sarah! I love reading how other people write. 12 pages. Single spaced. Wow. I am a seat-of-the-pantser who, just as you said, wants to discover the magic as she goes. :-) But what do we always hear: Your process is the one that works for you--and your process works for us, your readers! :-)

flchen1 said...

Wow, thank you so much, Sarah-- that was awesome to learn more about how you put all that together!! I love knowing a little about what's behind the magic (and truly, I feel like I must sound like such a suck-up, but your stories really are magic!)

So you're writing full time now, right?

(And are you all used to typing "husband" now? :))

It's amazing to me how each of you writers crafts so differently, yet your stories can touch and move readers in the end the same...

Marie Force said...

Ohhhh, does someone have a NEW husband around here???? Do tell!

Sarah Mayberry said...

Um, yes, that would be me with the new hubby. My man and I have been together for nearly 20 years, and he proposed when we did the final inspection on our lovely new house down near the beach. We got married in November, in our gorgeous back yard, with some close family and friends to share the moment.

Sarah Mayberry said...

And yes, Fedora, I'm writing full time. I split that between scripts for TV and my books, however.

Marie Force said...

What a lovely story! Were you surprised by the proposal?? And, when are you going to write that book? LOL! Congratulations!

Marie Force said...

Great meeting today! I will get with Sarah to choose some winners. I appreciate everyone who showed up to play during a holiday week!

Sarah, thank you for answering all our questions and for talking to us about your writing process. We'd love to have you back in the future when you have a new release--any time!

Next week, Lori Foster will be here to talk about Too Much Temptation, and Lori will be bringing gifts, too! So get reading!! See you then!

flchen1 said...

Thank you so much, Marie, Sarah, and everyone! Sarah--it is always a treat to read and to talk about your books :) Can't wait to be reading more :D And Marie, you're smack on top of the TBR, too :D Wishing you all a wonderful end to 2010 and a bright, exciting 2011!

Mary G said...

Congrats Sarah. Your real life story is romantic too.

Sarah Mayberry said...

Marie, I WAS surprised when my man proposed - at first I thought he was joking because we have teased each other about this a bit over the years. Then I saw he was serious and burst into tears. Thank you so much for having me here to play today, it's been lovely, and thanks everyone for taking the time to stop by. If anyone would like to read a bit of me for free, I wrote an on-line read for Harlequin this month (WorthThe Risk). I believe it should be up the first Monday in January - or maybe it even starts on the 1st of Jan?( I should know this, shouldn't I?) Any way, if you go to eHarlequin.com in January, it should be there on the front page where the on-line read links usually are. Happy New Year, everybody!

Marie Force said...

Sarah, that is right out of a romance novel! What a lovely moment! Thanks for sharing with us. Happy New Year to you and thanks for the tip about the freebie.

flchen1 said...

Oh, that is beautiful, Sarah! What a memorable moment for you both! And ooh... can't wait for your free read! :) Is it one of those daily serials? *rubbing hands gleefully in anticipation*

Marie Force said...

And the winners are.....

Hot Island Nights: ALY

Best Laid Plans: CINDY

The Last Goodbye: KARA C (coming soon when Sarah gets her copies)

If each of you could send your snail mail addresses to me at marie@marieforce.com I will get the info to Sarah.

Also, if anyone would like to be added to Sarah's mailing list, send me a note with your email address. I will send them along to Sarah.

Thanks again to everyone for coming out to play during the holidays. I'm glad we kept book club going! See you next week for our visit with Lori Foster!

flchen1 said...

Congrats and happy reading, Aly, Cindy, and Kara! And thanks again, Marie and Sarah!

Mary G said...

Congrats & enjoy winners.
Thanks Sarah & Marie. It was fun.