Sunday, December 28, 2008

Orchard Hill nominated for CAPA awards

Cora here, reporting from Orchard Hill. The nominees for The Romance Studio's CAPA (Cupid And Psyche Awards)were announced recently on the site's yahoo loop. I'm happy to say that a number of Kara's fellow Wild Rose Press authors were nominated for awards, including White Roses in Bloom members Cindy K. Green for "Relationship Rescue," Carol Ann Erhardt for Joshua's Hope and Cami Checketts for The Broken Path. The first two were nominated from Inspirational Romance of the Year and the last for a Psyche Award. The Psyche Award is a category for romances that did not meet the nomination criteria but that reviewers felt deserved special recognition. Friends Sarita Leone and Sandra Kay were nominated as well - Sarita Leone's Bay Leaves and Bundles for a Psyche award and Sandra Kay's Heart of Stone for Contemporary Romance.

Kara and Orchard Hill did pretty well, too. Seven of the Orchard Hill Romances were nominated for Inspirational Romance of the Year - Saving Gracie, Entertaining Angel, Considering Lily, Keeping Faith, Accepting Charity, Disrupting Harmony and Losing Patience. In addition, Kara Lynn was nominated for Favorite Author.

I talked to Kara earlier today and she was very honored to have been recognized in this way, among so many other wonderful authors. She asked that I include a huge thanks to her editor and cover artist, Nicola Martinez and added "Remember earlier this year when I complained about how much work this series was? mind."

Don't forget, a new free Orchard Hill story was recently posted on Kara's website - An Angel's Advice. Please stop by and enjoy this short holiday story.

Cora Applebaum

Monday, December 22, 2008

Merry Christmas from Orchard Hill

Well, with only a few days left to get ready for Christmas, almost everyone needs a break - but make it a short one because there's still presents to wrap and cards to mail and goodness knows what else to do.

In the midst of all that, Kara and I invite you to sit back and relax for a few minutes with a gift from Orchard Hill. The last Orchard Hill story, a free read has been posted at Kara's website. "An Angel's Advice" is the story of how Ian and Lily from "Considering Lily" finally get engaged. It involves a snowstorm, an angel, Santa Claus and a little glitter glue. I'm sure you'll love it.

And once you're finished, you'd better get going again. Those Christmas cookies won't bake themselves you know.

Wishing you peace and joy this Christmas,
Cora Applebaum

Sunday, December 14, 2008

A Year in Orchad Hill

Hello Everyone,

The tree is up, the gifts have been made and bought, there are Christmas cut-outs in my cookie jar. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

"Finding Joy," the final installment in the Orchard Hill Romance series has been released and we are officially coming to an end of our year in Orchard Hill.

But it's not quite over yet. I know Cora has a few things she'd like to say. Plus, some might have noticed that there's something missing. I wrote "proposal" stories for Gracie and Riley, and for Angel and Jeff. Ian and Lily still need to have their story told.

My goal was to have their story finished by Thanksgiving, but that is long past and I'm still not done. Some edits for a novel that's being released next year got in the way. My new goal is to be finished by the end of this week. So watch for an announcement about Ian and Lily's story being posted on my website. Plus, there may be a few other surprises coming.

If you haven't yet read the other free Orchard Hill reads, you can find Riley and Gracie's story "A Long Silly Love Chase" on my website at "Catching the Bouquet," Jeff and Angel's story is available at The Wild Rose Press. (I've also heard that WRP has some fabulous free Christmas stories availble.)

Enjoy this blessed season,


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I'm over at Cindy's

Hey everyone,
Come and join the Christmas Jubilee at author Cindy K. Green's blog. Every day this week she has excerpts, interviews, recipes and more from some great authors. My contributions will be up tomorrow.
See you there,

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Cindy K. Green's Christmas Celebration

December 8th to the 14th -- Come one, Come all to a special Christmas Book giveaway event. Make sure to pop in everyday for a chance to win. There will be lots going on everyday--all day long.

White Christmas Book Jubilee

14 Authors ~ 14 Holiday Book Giveaways

December 8th to December 14th

Free Books, Holiday Recipes, and Excerpts to warm you to the tips of your toes

Don’t miss the celebration!


Monday, December 8th – Rose Ross Zediker & Jan Scarbrough

Tuesday, December 9th – Pamela Thibodeaux & Linda Swift

Wednesday, December 10th – Cindy K. Green & Sarita Leone

Thursday, December 11th – Kara Lynn Russell & Anna Kathryn Lanier

Friday, December 12th – Marianne Arkins & Stacey Joy Netzel

Saturday, December 13th – Nan Jacobs & Teri Wilson

Sunday, December 14th – Stacy Dawn & Carla Rossi

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

White Rose Christmas Celebration

It's time to get out the tinsel and the mistletoe because the White Roses in Bloom are ready to celebrate Christmas! Watch for special posts all through the month on our blog in which your favorite White Rose authors share stories, tips, recipes and more to help you get ready for Christmas. You won't want to miss it. It will be much more relaxing than a trip to the mall.

Come back often this month to join in the celebration!