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Announcing Unwrapping Love – A Writing Wenches Anthology

Writing Wenches  Cover_SmThis past December 1st, a group of twenty-one authors (including yours truly) released Unwrapping Love. This anthology, a collection of holiday romance short stories, has already made it onto the bestseller lists, and early buzz is that it’s the perfect gift for under your Christmas tree.

So there’s the sales pitch. Hey, I’m an author. I’m supposed to sell books, right? And really, even if I wasn’t a part of this anthology, I’d think it was pretty darn good. But today, I’d like to tell you a little bit about how it came to be.

A few months ago, a group of women, along with one man they affectionately call “the barkeep,” wondered what it would be like to all contribute to an anthology. The idea went from inception to commitment in the space of about three hours, all of which took place while I was sound asleep.

So, how did I get involved?

Samantha. Also known as S.K. Wills. My partner in PageCurl, and a dear friend. I woke up, as I usually do, and picked up my cell phone (it’s also my alarm clock and my white noise machine, so it’s never too far away). The first message I saw was something like this (I’m paraphrasing this whole conversation, but this is pretty much what happened).

Samantha: “Where are you? Things are happening.”

Patricia: “Asleep. It’s like 8 a.m. on Saturday.”

Samantha: “I signed you up for this totally awesome thing.”

Patricia: “Um, sure?”

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Okay, so maybe that’s a little vague and doesn’t do the writers (or me and Samantha) justice.  EveTeaser

Unwrapping Love took months of coordination, effort, writing, editing, formatting, cover designing, and marketing. A few months after we decided to do this, PageCurl Publishing and Promotion, the company Samantha and I founded, decided to offer our services. We’d edit, format, and publish the anthology for free.

Why did we decide to do this? Well, the short answer is that our mission with PageCurl is to produce high quality content. We knew that these women (and one man) could produce high quality content. We also knew that not many of them had been published before and might need some hand-holding along the way.

I admit, there were days I regretted this decision. Not that I don’t love these women (and man). I do. They’re some of my closest friends. But wow. This was a lot of work. In the end, though, it was completely worth it.

So today, I’d like to present Unwrapping Love. My personal contribution to the anthology is On the Eve of Love, a sweet and steamy story about Marcus, a writer, and Gwen, a doctor. They find love in the most unexpected place this Christmas.

To celebrate the release of Unwrapping Love, I’m giving away another holiday story, Mistletoe and Mochas.

Devan Windsom has a problem. Someone’s trying to scare her into selling her coffee shop, Artist’s Grind, only weeks before Christmas. But Devan doesn’t scare easily. The shop is her life, and she’s proud of her coffee and the locally-made baubles she sells.

Mac Fergerson leads a solitary life – the only one he wants after being maimed on his last tour of duty. Unwilling to get close to anyone, he can’t help his interest when he walks by Artist’s Grind and sees the curvy, irreverent brunette cleaning graffiti from her shop window.

When the sparks start flying, will Mac turn tail and run? Or will he stop hiding from the world and take a chance at something special this Christmas?

Enter to win your very own copy of Mistletoe and Mochas here…for free!

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The following Writing Wenches are hosting a blog hop. Each of them is hosting a giveaway, and telling you a bit about her part in Unwrapping Love! You can stop by each website to learn more about the anthology and enter each individual giveaway, which will be posting over the next several days.

Kay Blake contributed Winter’s Gift. Her site is http://www.authorkayblake.wordpress.com

Christine Cacciatore wrote Noah Cane’s Candy. She blogs at http://poopwafoley.blogspot.com/ .

Patricia D. Eddy wrote On The Eve of Love. Her website is http://www.pdeddy.com/holiday-blog-hop.

C. S. Kendall is the author of Second Chance Girl. She would love it if you would visit her at http://www.cskendall.net

Tami Lund is the author of The Perfect Christmas. You can find her at http://tamilund.com/?page_id=91 .

Misti Murphy contributed Christmas Candy. Her site is http://mistimurphy.weebly.com .

Quenby Olson wrote First Position. You can visit her at http://quenbyolson.wordpress.com/ .

Keisha K. Page contributed Rhythm of Love. Her website is http://thewordmistress.blogspot.com/ .

Grace Ravel wrote Shut Up and Kiss Me. Her site is www.graceravel.com

Jennifer Ray wrote Declan’s Special. You can visit her at www.adventuresinjentopia.wordpress.com .

Jennifer Senhaji is the author of Angels in Disguise. You can find her at http://jennifersenhaji.blogspot.com/ .

A.E. Snow contributed Miles and Mae. Her site is at www.aesnowauthor.blogspot.com

Sheri Williams wrote Numb, and is sharing the blog hop from the Writing Wenches main website at www.writingwenches.com.

S. K. Wills wrote Hanley’s Secret. Her website is http://skwills.com/blog/ .

Allison Winfield is the author of Stay With Me. You can find her at http://alwinfield.com .

Other stories in Unwrapping Love were contributed by:

Melody Barber
Sonja Frojendal
Melina Gillies
Michael Simko
Beth Stanley
K.R. Wilburn

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