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Black Friday…eh Saturday? Sale and a Pre-Order

Who’s up for a Black Friday sale? But Nell, you say, Black Friday was yesterday! Yes, you’re right, of course, but I simply didn’t have the time to tell you about this yesterday. But lucky for us, JMS Books decided to extend the Black Friday sale into today, too, so there’s still time to buy cheap books.

And I’m not kidding when I say cheap books, because JMS Books offers 60% off all e-books, including pre-orders. So what’s better than to tell you that my Christmas story, The Santa Emergency, is now up for pre-order? 60% off means you can buy it for only $1.20. Wohooo, how cheap is that?

And a book up for pre-order means a book cover. Wanna see?

I have a Santa emergency and I desperately need your help.

Sigge isn’t exactly a grinch when it comes to Christmas, but he’s not a fan of the holiday either. So when his new neighbor Kristian shows up in a panic, begging him to help by donning a Santa suit, Sigge’s gut reaction is to say no. But Kristian is cute and funny, rendering Sigge powerless against his heartfelt plea—especially after a promise of spending more time together—so he agrees.

The instant connection deepens as they share mulled wine and conversation as easy as breathing. But is it just holiday magic swirling in the air, or is it something real? Something that will last into the new year and beyond?  


All my books are on sale, so check out the link to my author page if you have been waiting for an amazing sale to fill your e-library. Maybe some of my other holiday books since Christmas is just around the corner?

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Advent calendar @ M/M Euro Book Banter on Facebook

I’m not a huge fan of Facebook. I mean, I’m a member and I have an author page, but I don’t have my own group. I’m a member of a few groups, but I’m not very active because to be honest, I haven’t really understood the purpose of groups. Maybe it’s because I’m too introverted to be in huge group of people, even if this group is completely online and I don’t have to actually see them in real life?

But there’s one group where I’m trying a bit more to be active; the M/M Euro Book Banter. Have you heard of it? It’s a place to discuss books written by European authors, but anyone, no matter where they live, is welcome to be a member. It’s a great idea, and I want to support it, and that’s why I’m trying to do better, trying to interact more.

And now the mods have arranged a really fun thing: an advent calendar. It means that every day from December 1st through the 24th, one European author will take over the group for the day and post fun stuff. And most importantly: offer some kind of giveaway. Doesn’t that sound like a lot of fun?

And I’ve signed up to be a part of it.

23 wonderful authors and yours truly have signed up for the advent calendar in M/M Euro Book Banter

Look at this lovely group of people, wouldn’t you wanna come hang out with us? Maybe read about European holiday traditions, maybe get the chance to win something fun in the giveaways? Maybe find a new author you haven’t tried before?

If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, hop on over to Facebook and join the group! I hope I’ll see you there on the 22nd.

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One Week in the Life of a Writer on a Deadline

I’ve been writing a Christmas story for what feels like forever, but I’m still struggling to find time for my writing with the Day Job taking up so much of my time these days. Then suddenly the deadline approached rapidly: Christmas stories needs to be submitted by September 30, full stop. Which, you know, is completely understandable, because no one’s going to move Christmas just because a writer can’t make their deadline, amirite?

For a long time, I didn’t think I’d make the deadline, and I even started considering self-publishing to give myself time. But last Sunday, I said to myself, Stop with the whining, Nell. Millions of authors have a Day Job and manage to find time to write. Make time, princess!

So I did. I needed to write at least 4k words to make the lowest range of the word count, so come Monday morning last week, I packed my notebook and pens in my work bag and got to work.

Monday

My train ride to work is 35 minutes, so I claimed a spot in the quiet compartment and unpacked my pens. Yes, pens because everyone knows a self-respecting writer needs more than one fountain pen for a 30-something minute writing session.

Tuesday

I was tired on Tuesday and my headphones and the new Spotify playlist I’d recently made looked very appealing, but I gave myself a stern talking to and wrote more words.

Wednesday

I reached the end of the notebook (but not the story unfortunately) just as the train rolled into my station. It’s almost as though I’d planned it. 😁

Thursday

On Thursday, I worked from home, so I met up with my morning writing crew before work to transcribe what I’d written on the train. But I needed to work harder, so I sat down in front on the fire after I’d quit working for the day to continue writing. It was lovely and I got a lot done.

Friday

I worked from home on Friday, too, and woke up at 4:45 am, before the alarm even went off. But I couldn’t go back to sleep, so I started my writing session at 5:30 instead of 6am. It was pitch black outside my window (yes, there’s a window there behind the computer) and got a lot done. Gawd, I love these morning writing sessions and I miss the good old days when there were no Day Jobs interfering and we did this every day.

Saturday

My darling granddaughter turned one on Friday, so early Saturday morning we jumped into the car and I had to figure out a way of getting some writing done. So I came up with this mobile office: my shiny new Macbook Pro and a cushioned knee-laptop-tray, and I wrote in the car. I didn’t think it was going to work all that well, but I proved myself wrong. I wrote 2k words in the car and two of them was “The End.”

Sunday

The day after the big birthday party, I woke up in a hotel bed, and decided To heck with this, I’m writing in bed today. So I spent my morning writing session editing my manuscript one-handed (because my husband wanted to hold my hand in his sleep) before it was time to say goodbye to Ofelia and Ally and go eat hotel breakfast.

Summary

Somehow, I’d forgotten one important fact about myself: that I work really well under pressure. So when I decided to just do it, I got it done. I wrote 6k words, finished the story, and as I write this blog post (at 8pm Sunday evening) the story needs a bit more tweaking before it’s ready for betas, but it’ll probably be ready tomorrow. Or Tuesday the latest.

One thing I always told my darling daughter when she grew up was You can do anything if you set your mind to it. I won’t forget it again.

Oh, and the name of the Christmas story I worked so hard on last week is The Santa Emergency.

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Holidays at Nell’s: Day 31

Finally, it’s here. The day we’ve all been waiting for: the last day of 2020. I could go on and on about all the crappy things that’s made this year so awful, but I want to finish the year on a positive note, so I won’t. Besides, 2020 was the year I became a grandmother to the most adorable little baby, so there’s no way I can be sad and upset. ❤️

Instead, let’s get to today’s recommendation. Which, you’ve probably guessed, is my brand spanking new NYE story, Resolutions for an Arbitrary Holiday.

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Two strangers, a twisted ankle, an ancient stone ship, and a New Year’s Eve they’ll never forget

Petter sneaks out of the New Year’s party he didn’t want to go to and treks to an old burial site he’s dying to see. Alone. Without telling anyone on a freezing December night. Without cell service…a huge problem when he twists his ankle.

Someone passes by Isak’s house on the path leading to the stone ship. When the person never returns, Isak worries and sets off to investigate. What he finds is Petter, a pack of sparklers, and an instant connection.

Under a starry sky, they learn they have a lot in common. Will the attraction burn hot and fizzle out like the fireworks going off over their heads when they return to the real world? Or will it deepen, grow, and turn into something real? Something everlasting like the stone ship?

Bubbly and sparklers by the stone ship. Sounds like the perfect New Year’s celebration to me.

Quote from Resolutions for an Arbitrary Holiday

If you want to read about two guys who meet by an ancient stone monument on New Year’s Eve because one guy twisted his ankle and the other came to his rescue. If you want sparklers, bad tasting bubbly, and new year’s resolutions, both serious and not. If you want honest and intimate conversations about life, universe, and everything. And if you want to read about two guys with an instant connection and lots of delicious kisses, this is the story for you.

“I would’ve spent the night on the couch, watching crappy television, probably falling asleep a long time ago, if I hadn’t set out on the heroic quest to rescue you.”

That makes me smile. “Heroic quest, huh?”

“Definitely.”

“I don’t know. Don’t knights in shining armor usually ride to the rescue on a white horse?”

“You tell me. You’re the history nerd.”

Quote from Resolutions for an Arbitrary Holiday

Buy links

JMS Books | Universal buy link

And since I’m Swedish and it’s New Year’s Eve, I leave you with a Abba wishing you a happy new year! 🎉🍾🎆🎇

Happy New Year by Abba
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Holidays at Nell’s: Day 30

We’re nearing the end of the month and the year, and today I thought I’d talk about five old favorites that I’ve been gushing about here on the blog previous years, that are definitely worth a re-read if you’ve already read them. Or if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?? 🙂

Day 30 of Holidays at Nell’s: five old favorite reads

First of all I have to say that my favorites are a diverse bunch. Christmas is of course represented (The Mistletoe Kiss and Hope is the Thing with Feathers), but we also have Shab-e Yalda (Watermelon Kisses), Saturnalia (Revelry), and Hanukkah (The Remaking of Corbin Wale).

I really love all these books which is why I want to highlight again them even though I’ve recommended them already on the blog. So here it goes:

Watermelon Kisses (click the title if you want to read what I’ve previously written about the book) – if you want to read a story about an established couple where one of the MCs fled Iran to be with his now husband, and is carrying the trauma still in his heart. If you want a story full of emotion that will touch your very soul, if you want beautiful writing, and if you want to read a holiday story full of something different than gingerbread and Santa’s.

Esmail kissed Amir’s forehead and sighed. They leaned against each other, beard against beard, heart against heart.

Quote from Watermelon Kisses

The Mistletoe Kiss (here and here) – if you want to read a historical hurt/comfort book about a slow tender romance. If you want a perfectly imperfect hero like Mr. Fenton, who stands up for whats right, and a character like Christie who’s positive and happy and creative, and brings life and joy to his beloved Mr. Fenton’s, Lawrence’s, life.

He waited for him to resist, to pull away, demand to know what his game was…but he melted into him, buried his face in Lawrence’s neck, and let out a shuddering sigh that pierced Lawrence’s parched, lonely heart.

Quote from The Mistletoe Kiss

Hope is the Thing with Feathers – if you want two older guys in your holiday romance story (56 and 67) who’ll show you that some men get even better with age. If you want to read about a favorite turkey, and the Christmas present of dreams, Samuel’s dreams.

Too much. Too much information. Too much weirdness. Too much penis. God, penis. It had been so long. “You’re still naked.”

Quote from Hope is the Thing with Feathers

Revelry – if you want an obscure Roman holiday and a glittery sequined Dolphin Princess. If you want a nerdy professor and an adorable bartender. And if you want to read a book from a fabulous writer who has a magical way with words.

This was himself making Brian happy as well, he understood; and that understanding snagged his next breath and stole it away, like the shooting star returning, like a lifeline flung out that’d unexpectedly caught the sun.

Quote from Revelry

The Remaking of Corbin Wale – if you want something to take your breath away with its brilliance and pure magic.

Panic gripped Alex as he stared at the empty space and his own outstretched hands. He didn’t know what he’d done, but it had ripped Corbin from him, turning intimacy to distance, and pleasure to fear. He’d reached for something gossamer, and he’d shredded it with rough hands. The most beautiful kiss he’d ever shared had turned to dust in his mouth.

Quote from The Remaking of Corbin Wale

Buy links

Watermelon Kisses | The Mistletoe Kiss | Hope is the Thing with Feathers | Revelry | The Remaking of Corbin Wale