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These stories appear in the Snowbound Colorado Christmas collection:
Fires of Love by Tamela Hancock Murray
Thalia Bloom looks forward to her party except for seeing heartbreaker Maximilian Newbolt. Sparks fly, and Maximilian is waylaid by an allergy to a strawberry tart and illness means he must linger. Aunt Dorcas is even unhappier than Maximilian, discouraging any newfound love between the couple. Has God used a strawberry tart to free this couple from bondage of fears and insecurities so they can find true happiness in love?
The Best Medicine by Lena Nelson Dooley
When Thomas Stanton shows up at the holiday party of Rose Fletcher’s best friend, his appearance reminds Rose of the infatuation she felt for him when he worked on her father’s ranch. Although her heart wants to continue those long ago feelings, her mind reminds her that he doesn’t share her faith in God. Thomas can’t understand why Rose seems so standoffish. Will it take God’s intervention to show these two people just what He has planned all along?
Almost Home by Susan Page Davis
Patricia Logan leaves Thalia’s party and heads for home at her uncle’s ranch. Her ride is sidelined by the blizzard. A chance meeting with Jared Booker, an old friend, prompts Patricia to beg for a lift. They set out on horseback and become snowbound in a shack for two days with a crotchety midwife and their past. Can they rekindle their old camaraderie and see it transform into lasting love?
Dressed in Scarlet by Darlene Franklin
Natalie Daire, a rich young heiress, has a car accident on the way home from a friend’s holiday party and finds herself snowed in with the other guests at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver. Fabrizio Ricci, the mechanic who fixes her car, is also snowbound at the hotel. Can these two people from opposite ends of the social spectrum find true love?
An Interview with the authors:
What is the name of your novella, and where in the collection does it occur?
Susan: My story, Almost Home, is third in the collection. My heroine, Patricia, leaves the party with Darlene’s heroine, Natalie, who leaves her at the train station.
What other books have you had published?
Darlene: Two books are currently in print: a contemporary romance, Romanian Rhapsody (Barbour Publishing, 2005) and a cozy mystery, Gunfight at Grace Gulch, also with Barbour. Later this year Barbour will release the second book in my cozy mystery series, A String of Murders. And so far next year I have two books scheduled for publication: the third mystery in the Dressed for Death series, Paint Me a Puzzle; and a historical romance, Beacon of Love.
When you aren’t writing or spending time with your family, what is your favorite activity?
Tamela: One of my favorite activities is listening to music while I clean the house. I especially enjoy Southern gospel. The harmonies sound incredible, and the message is always wonderful!
What part of the country do you live it? And why do you like that part of the country?
Lena: I moved to Texas from Arkansas when I was in college. After I graduated, I married a Texan, so I’m still here. It’s actually 105 degrees here at 6 pm on a Sunday. Days like today, I might like to live near a beach, or on an island, or in Alaska. But when it is winter, I’m glad that we don’t have a lot of snow and icy roads. Living in the suburb of a large metropolitan area is the best of both worlds. My neighborhood has a small town feel, but we’re close to lots of things—museums, art galleries, eating places, libraries, parks, amusement parks, etc.
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About the authors:
A native Virginian, Tamela Hancock Murray has been writing all her life. She interned on Capitol Hill and at the U.S. Department of State before graduating with honors in Journalism from Lynchburg College in Virginia.
An award-winning, bestselling author, Tamela has over 20 fiction and nonfiction books to her credit. Upcoming releases include LOVE FINDS YOU IN MAIDEN, NORTH CAROLINA, and THE MASTER'S MATCH. She has discussed her work on radio and television. Her professional affiliations include Trois Riviere Fiction Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers. Tamela enjoys being an agent with Hartline Literary Agency, and she takes turns with her fellow agents writing a column for Christian Fiction Online Magazine http://www.christianfictiononlinemagazine.com/.
When she's not writing, Tamela spends wonderful times with her husband and their two daughters, as well as extended family and friends.
Lena Nelson Dooley holds a BA in Speech and Drama, and she completed many graduate hours as well. She has served as a drama director for several churches. In addition, she has been the administrative assistant to two different pastors.
Snowbound Colorado Christmas is her 18th book release. Four more books will release in 2009. She is often a speaker at women’s events, writers’ meetings, and conferences. She’s an award-winning, bestselling author. At present she serves as vice-president of DFW Ready Writers, the local chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. She has a website, www.lenanelsondooley.com . In the monthly newsletter, she gives away copies of her books and features reviews of her recent reads as well as what’s new that month in Christian publishing. Her blog, http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com , is popular with readers, because she promotes authors and their most recent works.
Susan Page Davis is the author of ten historical novels, six romantic suspense, and two young adult books. She has co-authored a cozy mystery series with her daughter, Megan Elaine Davis. Susan’s historicals have won awards in the Book of the Year and Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contests. She’s a homeschooling mother of six and grandmother of five. She and her husband Jim live in Maine, where Jim is a news editor.
Award-winning author and speaker Darlene Franklin resides in the Colorado foothills with her mother and her Lynx Point Siamese cat Talia. She is the mother of two children. Her daughter has gone ahead of her to glory; her son lives in Oklahoma with his family. She loves music, reading, and writing. She is the author of five novels, and has contributed more than 150 articles to numerous magazines, anthologies, and devotionals. She has also written curriculum for children’s Sunday school.