On December 1, a group of women, and one man they affectionately call “the barkeep,” who call themselves the Writing Wenches pulled off a pretty major accomplishment. They released an anthology collection of twenty-one holiday themed short romance stories, in a single volume, called Unwrapping Love.
It took months of coordination, effort, writing, editing, formatting, cover designing, and marketing to pull this off. In the end, they put together a project that was unique in its scope. The reviews have been amazing, and I’m really proud of this group, that had its start in the 10 Minute Novelists group.
When I asked them what led them to want to work on a project like this, I got a variety of answers, but most of them had one central theme: They had created a writing group based on common interests, even though they wrote in different aspects of the romance genre (paranormal, suspense, historical), and within that group was a support system that each had been looking for, some of them for months or even years. Working within that group to create the anthology seemed like a logical extension.
With 21 authors, there were bound to be some issues. There were group meetings to determine if they should release volumes or one large book. At 738 pages, this book is one of the largest I’ve seen. Key dates in the schedule were revised a few times, and a few authors had to drop out because of things going on in their lives.
But with a group of writers dedicated to the group dynamic, and the desire for a successful book launch, edits were completed, and many virtual hugs were given. For some of these authors, the anthology marked the first time they had worked with a professional editor, and that’s not always an easy process.
The book couldn’t have been completed without the help and guidance of PageCurl Publishing and Promotions. Unwrapping Love was published under their imprint, and they provided editing, formatting, marketing, and cover design services.
The following Writing Wenches are hosting a blog hop. Each of them is hosting a giveaway, and telling you a bit about her part in Unwrapping Love! You can stop by each website to learn more about the anthology and enter each individual giveaway, which will be posting over the next several days.
Kay Blake contributed Winter’s Gift. Her site is http://www.authorkayblake.wordpress.com
Christine Cacciatore wrote Noah Cane’s Candy. She blogs at http://poopwafoley.blogspot.com/ .
Patricia D. Eddy wrote On The Eve of Love. Her website is http://www.pdeddy.com/holiday-blog-hop.
C. S. Kendall is the author of Second Chance Girl. She would love it if you would visit her at http://www.cskendall.net
Tami Lund is the author of The Perfect Christmas. You can find her at http://tamilund.com/?page_id=91 .
Misti Murphy contributed Christmas Candy. Her site is http://mistimurphy.weebly.com .
Quenby Olson wrote First Position. You can visit her at http://quenbyolson.wordpress.com/ .
Keisha K. Page contributed Rhythm of Love. Her website is http://thewordmistress.blogspot.com/ .
Grace Ravel wrote Shut Up and Kiss Me. Her site is www.graceravel.com
Jennifer Ray wrote Declan’s Special. You can visit her at www.adventuresinjentopia.wordpress.com .
Jennifer Senhaji is the author of Angels in Disguise. You can find her at http://jennifersenhaji.blogspot.com/ .
A.E. Snow contributed Miles and Mae. Her site is at www.aesnowauthor.blogspot.com
Sheri Williams wrote Numb, and is sharing the blog hop from the Writing Wenches main website at www.writingwenches.com.
S. K. Wills wrote Hanley’s Secret. Her website is http://skwills.com/blog/ .
Allison Winfield is the author of Stay With Me. You can find her at http://alwinfield.com .
Other stories in Unwrapping Love were contributed by:
Melody Barber, Sonja Frojendal, Melina Gillies, Michael Simko, Beth Stanley, K.R. Wilburn
Check them out and get your copy of Unwrapping Love today!