I'm thrilled to announce the 2020 launch of the Indigo Bay world. The Indigo Bay Christmas Romances series features six books from Jean C. Gordon, Jeanette Lewis, Jean Orem, me, Elizabeth Bromke, and Shanae Johnson.

The Indigo Bay world has been written so readers can dive in anywhere in the series without missing a beat so grab a glass of sweet tea (or in this case a cup of eggnog or spiced hot apple cider!) and enjoy these sweet, heartwarming holiday romances…

The first release in our 2020 Christmas launch is SWEET NOEL by Jean C. Gordon!

About the book…

Amanda Strickland wants her first Christmas as mayor of Indigo Bay to be a civic success from the animal shelter fundraiser to benefit gala to the traditional tree lighting. And movie-star acquaintance Eric Slade may be just the ingredient she needs to pull it all off.

Eric wants to put the paparazzi off him and the young co-star of his last film—and protect his fragile relationship with the grown son he never spent much time with when his son was growing up. When he proposes a pretend holiday romance between him and Amanda, it seems like a win-win for them both.

But what will happen when the pretend romance turns real and snafus on both sides threaten to crush their Christmas plans and hearts?

Sweet Tidings is the first book in the new Indigo Bay Christmas Romances Series, but it and the other stories are standalone and can be read in any order.

Available at major eBook retailers, click here to read.

For more info about the previous releases in the series, click here.

An Excerpt…

Mayor Amanda Strickland slapped her desk. She held a Master’s degree in planning for heaven’s sake. So why was planning the Indigo Bay Christmas season getting to her? Three perfectly good reasons. She could tick them off like items in a to-do list. It was her first Christmas as Indigo Bay’s mayor. She wanted to do right by her adopted hometown that she loved. And because she was a perfectionist.

Her phone rang. “Hello, Mayor Strickland,” she answered with her title as usual. 

“Well, hello Mayor Strickland.”

It took Amanda a moment to identify the deep drawl on the other end. “Well, as I live and breathe,” she said in her best southern belle imitation. “Is this movie mogul, Eric Slade?”

Eric laughed. “The one and only.”

Amanda went back to her normal voice. “To what do I owe the honor?”

“I have a proposition.”

His words sent a shiver through her that they shouldn’t. They’d worked together during the last hurricane to hit Indigo Bay and usually went out to dinner or something whenever he was in town visiting Jeff and Sonja Brewster. Purely as friends. Anything more would be beyond what she’d want to handle. A disastrous secret engagement back in grad school had resulted in her mom giving her a piece of advice she followed to this day. Too bad her mom hadn’t taken it herself.

“What will Maya London think?” She shook her head. Why had she said that? It was admitting that she at least read the tabloid magazines’ headlines in store checkout lines. Which she did, and always had, although she wasn’t in the habit of buying them. Except on the occasions when the headline mentioned him.

“Hopefully, that I’m unavailable, no matter how much she stalks me,” he answered in a resigned voice. 

“She’s been stalking you?”

“What else could it be? She’s young enough to be my daughter.”

Amanda gulped a breath. She’d insulted him. “Sorry, I’m kind of stressed. What are you thinking?”

“I’m spending the holidays with Jeff and Sonja. “My thought is we hang out like we usually do, but make it look like a little more. Then, an amicable split after the holidays.”

“A fake holiday romance? Have you been watching Hallmark Christmas movies?”

“Hallmark? No!”

Amanda couldn’t determine whether his denial was pure disgust or a too emphatic protest. “I’m going to have to give your proposition some thought and let you know. Either way, I’m looking forward to seeing you again.” If her breathlessness was any indication, a little too much.

“I’ll have to be satisfied with that. But it could be fun. Even mayors are allowed to have fun.”