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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Romance is Bliss Event with Coleen Kwan

Meet Bliss author, Coleen Kwan.

Coleen Kwan has been a bookworm all her life. At school English was her favorite subject, but for some reason she decided on a career in IT. After many years of programming, she wondered what else there was in life — and discovered writing. She loves writing contemporary romance and steampunk romance.

Coleen lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys avoiding housework, eating chocolate, and watching Criminal Minds.

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I’ve been an avid bookworm since before I could read, and I love reading all kinds of genres—historical, mystery, thriller, sci-fi, women’s fiction. Regardless of genre, if a book has a great romance in it, then that’s what I tend to remember rather than the plot. I love the ebb and flow of emotions, the false starts, the impossible obstacles, the hopeless yearnings, the rocky road that must be travelled. The romance might be doomed never to end happily, but I still love following that journey.

We can’t always control our love lives, but when I write a romance, I can put my characters through all sorts of hell, knowing that in the end they will reach their happily ever after. Does that make me sound sadistic? I hope not! I only torture my characters and pull them apart because I know they will find a way to get back together. And I think that’s what readers want too. They want to experience that roller coaster of emotions knowing they will arrive at the end intact and satisfied. A romance where everything goes smoothly is all good and well in real life, but would make a rather dull book IMHO.

In my Christmas novella White-Hot Holiday things don’t go smoothly at all. While visiting Australia, Aaron gets stranded, and has to spend Christmas Down Under. Aaron always finds the festive season stressful, but now he’s stuck with a girl who’s nuts about Christmas. Newly single Naomi has sworn off arrogant, workaholic guys like Aaron. And even if there’s a white-hot spark between them, he lives in New York, and she’s just resettled in Australia. There’s no way anything can happen between them.

When writing this novella I got caught up in my characters, and even though I’ve moved onto other books, I still think about them fondly and wish them well. And that is the great thing about writing romance—the characters and their romance live on even after the story has ended.

Getting snowed in never felt so good as boundaries are crossed, opposites attract, and friends discovering more promise a Christmas no one will ever forget.

Loving Mindy by Karen Erickson

Mindy can’t believe she’s stuck with her ex–best friend—and the man whose heart she broke years ago—for the holidays, though the tension between them is more than enough to keep them warm. Josh Powers never forgot Mindy, but he can’t risk his heart a second time.

White-Hot Holiday by Coleen Kwan

Naomi’s sworn off men like Aaron—rich, cocky, and dismissive of holiday traditions. Aaron decided to spend Christmas in sunny Australia to avoid snowy New York, not to fall for the woman his best friend warned him away from. But when a volcano grounds him, Aaron and Naomi’s relationship becomes eruptive.
An Officer and a Rebel by Cindi Madsen

The last person police officer Nate Walsh expected to discover in a snowstorm is his brother’s ex and former town rebel, Kelsey Cooper. She’s his complete opposite and totally off-limits, but as they wait out the storm together, all he can think is how he wishes she’d stay forever.

Saving the Sheriff by Roxanne Snopek

Frankie Sylva was determined to free the captive reindeer, even if it meant risking her own life. Deputy Sheriff Red LeClair set out to save a stranger in a snowstorm, never expecting he’d be the one to be rescued.

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Check out what's up for grabs.

Up For Grabs:
  • 1 $5 Amazon Gift Card

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  1. I loved this book and Colleen's Christmas down under story was fantastic. I loved Aaron & Naomi

  2. The excerpt and the the covers have me hooked. Thank you for the chance.

  3. This anthology sounds great! Thank you so much for the post and giveaway. Fingers crossed. :-)

  4. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this book and it was awesome!!! Loved the stories!

  5. The books look really good and I love a good Christmas romance.

  6. Ms. Kwan, you are a new-to-me author and I can't wait to read White Hot Holiday. It sounds super yummy. I wonder what happened to make his best friend warn him away. Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to read this book!

  7. Your book sounds great! It's on my TBR list! Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. congrats to Coleen on the new release! thanks for sharing!

  9. Unusual to go from IT to writing. Usually it seems to be lawyer first then author. Writing is probably a less stressful profession! I used to be a programmer. That 24/7 on call was never fun.

    1. Ugh, being on call was the worst. My brain doesn't work very well at 3am...

  10. I have this added to my TBR stack. It sounds like an awesome read. Thanks for sharing :)

  11. Where is your favorite place to write?
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

    1. My favourite place to write is at my desk in my bedroom. I have a nice view over the back garden, and an a/c for when it gets too hot.

  12. I was just introduced to this series and after reading the synopsis I went and put the series on my TBR list. Thanks for giving me the chance to enter this giveaway.

  13. Congrats on the release, Coleen. Your story sounds wonderful; I can't wait to read it!

  14. This looks good; I enjoy snowed-in/stranded/trapped romances.

  15. I wish I could get snowed in with a hot guy... perfect scenario!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. I love it when it's not easy on the characters, but the connection is there.

  17. I like the tie-in with your title of White Hot and the story being in sunny Australia.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. You are a new to me author! I love finding them and their books. These sound amazing and I can't wait to read them. Thanks for the chance.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  19. I love anthologies - it's a good way to try out various authors. These all sound like really fun reads.

  20. I've got White Hot Holiday on my TBR list for this month & cannot wait to read it. I recently "liked" your author page on Amazon...added a lot of books to my Wish List! ;)
    Just wanted to say Thanks for the great escape your books provide!

  21. Thanks for the chance to win!
    I love reading anthologies!