Author Guest Post
People often ask me how long I've been writing, or how I come up with my story ideas, but they rarely ask me why I write. Maybe that's because they figure the answer is obvious. You write because you love to. Well, true. I do. I have a great time sitting at my computer and spinning out stories.
But there are other reasons why I write. I call them writing bonuses. One of those bonuses is getting a chance to take pleasure in a job well done. When I read a funny scene I've written, when I make myself laugh, well, that's just plain fun. Rather like having a fabulous volleyball smash or hitting a golf ball long and straight. It's not so fun when I discover a mistake in a book that's already been published. Wah. Not so fun when I read something I wrote a couple years ago and think, I could have done that better. Double Wah. But for the most part, I enjoy seeing those words appear on my computer screen, and later, on paper. Once in awhile I'm downright profound!
Another bonus is the fun that comes along with a finished book. I think promoting a book is nearly as much fun as writing one. I've promoted my novels in any number of ways in the past, but the music video we made that goes along with Merry Ex-Mas has got to hit the top of the list for a great time. (Check out Merry Christmas Mama on YouTube and you'll see me in action.) That was quite the party. The Tracyton Pub allowed us to come in one Sunday evening and take over. And take over we did, redecorating and making the place look like Christmas in April (which is when we filmed). It was an unseasonably hot night and there we all were in our Christmas sweaters, sweltering. But what a hoot. That was some party and one I'll always remember with a big smile.
Speaking of parties, I love to entertain. So when I have a book out I get into a party mode. I have a great time thinking up games to play, finding party favors, and putting together gift baskets. And I have a great time visiting with readers.
And that brings me to the biggest bonus of all: readers. I can't think of anything more rewarding than getting a chance to visit with people who love books. And when someone tells me she loved mine, it makes my day. Yes, we writers love to write, but it's no fun to write without someone to write for. So let me just say thank you to all of you who put down hard earned money for a book, who take time out of your busy day to read the stories people like me dream up. You're the best bonus of all.
About The Author
When she’s not making public appearances or playing with her friends, she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.
Her latest book is Merry Ex-Mas.
Sheila Roberts' Merry Ex-Mas Virtual Book Tour Page On Pump Up Your Book! Virtual Book Publicity Tours
Merry Ex-Mas Music Video
"Merry Christmas Mama"
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Publication Date: October 23, 2012
Format: Paperback - 320 pages / Kindle - 415 KB / Nook - 323 KB
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Holiday - Christmas Romance / Women's Fiction
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Pump Up Your Book! Virtual Book Publicity Tours.
Cass Wilkes, owner of the Gingerbread Haus bakery, was looking forward to her daughter Danielle's wedding-until Dani announced that she wants her father, Cass's ex, to walk her down the aisle. Seriously?
Her friend Charlene Albach arrives at their weekly chick-flick night in shock. She's just seen the ghost of Christmas past: her ex-husband, Richard, who left a year ago when he ran off with the hostess from her restaurant, Zelda's. Now the hostess is history and he wants to kiss and make up. Hide the mistletoe!
And bring out the hot buttered rum, because the holidays aren't easy for Ella O'Brien, either. Ella, newly divorced, is still sharing the house with her ex while they wait for the place to sell. The love is gone. Isn't it?
Merry Ex-mas, ladies!
My Book Review:
Welcome back to Icicle Falls, Washington!
In this second book of the Life in Icicle Falls series, the reader returns to picturesque Icicle Falls, Washington and is reintroduced to the quirky townspeople that they met in the first book of the series, Better Than Chocolate. Merry Ex-Mas tells the story of three divorced women: Cass Wilkes, Charlene Albach and Ella O'Brien, and how they each deal with their ex-husbands over the Christmas holiday.
Cass's daughter Danielle is getting married the weekend before Christmas, and she wants her father, Mason, to walk her down the aisle. The very same man who has been an absentee father throughout her childhood. And to make matters even worse, Mason and his younger trophy wife will be staying at Cass's house!
Recently divorced, Ella is still living in the same house with her ex-husband Jake. They plan to sell the house and get on with their lives, but they both struggle with their feelings. She still loves the man who insists he never cheated on her despite evidence to the contrary; and he keeps sabotaging every attempt to sell the house when the realtor brings prospective buyers for a tour.
Charlene's ex-husband Richard cheated on her with one of their restaurant hostesses, took her money and moved to Seattle with the other woman. Now he's back in town, he knows he made a mistake and is asking for forgiveness and a second chance.
Merry Ex-Mas is the heartwarming story about love, heartbreak, family, forgiveness and second chances. In the true Spirit of Christmas, author Sheila Roberts weaves another fun story filled with drama, romance and humor. Written in the third person narrative, the story is told in alternating chapters surrounding Cass, Ella and Charlene's lives. Set in the picturesque village of Icicle Falls, Washington, the reader is welcomed back to the town and reintroduced to its townsfolk, while being invited to follow along with the family drama of three ex-couples who reunite over the Christmas holiday season.
Author Sheila Roberts brings the town of Icicle Falls to life with rich details and vivid descriptions. The reader is transported to the heart of the village with its quaint landmarks like Gingerbread Haus Bakery, Zelda's Restaurant, Sweet Dreams Chocolate Company, and the Breakfast Haus. Did I mention that the author teases her readers with some tasty food recipes and delectable treats throughout the story?
With a quirky cast of characters who are realistic and simply endearing, the author creates a story full of family drama and good old fashioned romance that will keep the reader captivated. The author captures the true essence of small-town life with its close knit community of townsfolk, especially within the close circle of women, who make this humorous story one heck of an entertaining read! When drama occurs in these three women's lives, and nothing seems to go as planned, you can be sure that there is plenty of laugh-out-loud moments in each household!
Merry Ex-Mas is a lighthearted romance story full of love, laughter and Christmas Spirit that will leave you wanting to return to Icicle Falls for another visit!
Be sure to look for the release of the third book in the Life in Icicle Falls series, What She Wants, which will be released on March 26, 2013!
RATING: 5 STARS *****