Writing from the Trenches

Tips & Techniques from 10 Award-Winning Authors


You are not alone!


You've sat in front of your computer screen, great plots and characters twirling around in your mind, and thought, "I wish I had a best-selling author to teach me how to translate my random ideas into a compelling story." Wouldn't it be great to have a seasoned guide to show you how to transform your collection of plotlines and people into an extraordinary tale that readers will want to consume over and over again?


Here's your chance. But you not only get one bestselling author, you get TEN.


These award-winning and bestselling authors share invaluable tips and secrets they've gleaned the hard way, offering a broad range of insights and opinions on the best way to tackle subjects such as plotting techniques, research, characterization, villains we love to hate, dynamic dialogue, sigh-worthy heroes, and much, much more!

Christmas Comes to Bethlehem, Maine
ECPA Bestseller!!

This year, spend Christmas in Bethlehem, Maine, as the town prepares for annual living nativities. Will stepping into the roles of Mary and Joseph help empty nesters David and Kate Walters discover the joy of becoming parents again unexpectedly? Can a young pastor and a pretty choir member convince the town to be like three wise men of long ago when a devastating hurricane threatens tradition? Can veterinarian Leesa McElroy survive working alongside a man more at home with camels than Christians? Will the truth about singer Angeline Monroe’s abandoned career come to light at Christmas?

Christmas in Galway

From the beloved collection Christmas Lights and Romance.


It's been two years since a drunk driving accident claimed the life of Elinor Walsh's fiancé. Though she's forged on to create a thriving design business for herself, the past still haunts her. Prompted by her friends, she finally capitulates and schedules a flight to Ireland - a trip that should have been her honeymoon. Armed with just a list her fiancé wrote and the keys to a rental car, Elinor heads to Galway, never dreaming that the people she meets there will change her life forever. Confronted with a choice - her past with an old friend or her future with a new one - will she finally be able to move beyond her grief? Or will she cut her losses, and her trip, short and miss out on the one thing she never expected?

A Cozy Christmas Collection

Money saver! Buy all 3 novellas and save.


Three delightful holiday romances to warm your heart!

NOVELLAS

USA Today Bestselling Author and Speaker

Cold Creek Manor

From the USA Today Bestselling Collection Summer of Suspense


Peyton Briggs thought her five-year nightmare was finally over when she moved to Martha's Vineyard to escape her abusive ex-husband. But when Noah Ryland arrives in town, Peyton fears for her own life as well as her daughter's. Noah swears he's only come to warn her, but as her ex-husband's best friend and former police partner, Peyton isn't sure he can be trusted. She's even less certain when her ex-husband shows up. It's obvious he'll do anything to get what he wants. Can Peyton get her daughter to safety in time?

I'll be Home for Christmas
From the heartwarming collection Christmas Homecoming comes the single title I'll be Home for Christmas.

Writer Christmas Scheirer has been too ashamed to admit that her greed may have led to her grandfather's death. Wanting to make amends, Christmas returns to Boulder for her grandmother's wedding and comes across a slew of letters written by her grandfather. She's determined to see these missives published--even if it means battling with Marcus Taggert, the handsome guardian of her grandfather's estate. How far will Christmas go to put things right?

WRITING GUIDES

Elizabeth Ludwig


CHRISTMAS COLLECTIONS

MYSTERY COLLECTIONS

Christmas Homecoming
Debby Mayne, Elizabeth Ludwig, Elizabeth Goddard, and Paige Winship Dooly

Soar to new heights in this inspirational Christmas romance collection where four females encounter love amid the Colorado Rockies. A widowed grandmother, Carol Scheirer, is filled with angst, unsure that her family will accept the new man in her life. Wedding planner Noelle Evans wonders if the guy who once jilted her deserves a second chance. Old letters put writer Christmas Scheirer at odds with the guardian of her grandfather's estate. Missionary Holly Rivers finds she still has feelings for the man she left behind. Will mistletoe missives result in more than one Boulder bride?

One Holy Night
From the bestselling collection Christmas Comes to Bethlehem, Maine.

Veterinarian Leesa McElroy likes the idea of a living nativity, but when the plans include recruiting the help of widowed recluse Logan Franks and his exotic animals, she's not so certain. Logan has always seemed more at home with camels than Christians, so she's surprised when he agrees to supply not only the animals--he volunteers to play one of the shepherds. Will the nativity provide the backdrop for one holy night, or will Logan's bitter heart mean an end to the miracles in Bethlehem?

The Coffee Club Mysteries
Six Mysteries Are Brewing in Small-Town Kansas

The coffee shop on the corner of First and Main in Oak Grove, Kansas, seems to attract a series of mysterious events. Or perhaps it is the six women who frequent the shop for book club who are the magnets for trouble...

Morgan Butler, owner of the Coffee Perk, finds a project worker hanged at her shop. Evelyn Kliff discovers a church meal organizer dead. Harper Daggett is being stalked for an antique jade owl she bought. Baker Jeanine Gransbury's charity event money goes missing. Jo Anderson shares hazelnut coffee creamer, sending a man into anaphylaxis shock. Penny Parsons finds a gun in one of her beehives.

Join them as they unravel six unexplained events that have the potential to ruin business and spoil friendships if not handled with care.

Christmas Lights and Romance


Christmas contemporary romances sure to warm your heart during the Christmas season. Romance, mystery, suspense...this collection has it all!