Sunday, November 22, 2009

JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

LORELEI CONFER’s
CHRISTMAS STORIES!




This week I’m introducing you to a fellow Writer’s Chapter sister of mine - Lorelei Confer, a wonderful author, a woman of grace, romance and a talent for writing awesome books.

Lorelei lives on a peninsula in the mid west coast of Florida with her hero (hubby), 2 cats who love to pretend their CSI agents, and her long haired Chihuahua, AJ, who hates Christmas….no one knows why.

She started her writing career in the fourth grade in the form of a play which was produced by her teacher for parents and students. After her fast climb to success in the writing world, Lorelei continued her craft of writing and majored in English in College. Lorelei has several book written in several genre, below are two samples of her voice and style.


NO WHERE TO HIDE...MY HEART
Human Trafficking is a very lucrative profession. Women and children of all ages are abducted from their homes, the playground or neighbor-hood park, places of employment, even while shopping. But that only happens in third world countries, right?
Isabella Donnelly, a second grade teacher Cameron Lakes, Colorado finds out the hard way: a real life experience. She is befriended by someone at her local gym, goes to her house a 'girls night out, has pizza and drinks water. Drugged, she is transported across state lines within the United States. Her identity is stolen from her, she has no proof of who she is or where she came, and she is held captive for days.
Finally, making a successful escape, she literally runs into Wyatt Bowman, who has sharp blue nothing-gets-past-me eyes. He knows the law, has federal connections and is willing to help her once she convinces him she is telling him the truth and then only under his terms.
Together they pursue a safe place for her to hide until her kidnappers can be caught, except that they get 'caught up' in each others arms.
Reality soon sets in but not until she is hunted like an animal, a cop is murdered and she is forced to go under cover to get evidence against a gang boss.
Will Wyatt have enough strength to protect her without losing himself in her? Will he rescue her from her attackers early enough for her to implement the sting operation? Will he trust her soon enough and gain her trust in return?

A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS
Lisa and Jim Williams moved to the country to give their two boys the childhood Jim had been born and raised in--fresh air, hard work, and big rewards.
Two days before Christmas, Jim has to go to town to make a mortgage payment--they can't be late again--and leaves Lisa and boys with regrets but also certain he can make it back before Christmas and before the the area is hit with a huge snow storm.
Liza tries her best to keep the boys occupied while they wait patiently for Daddy’s return. They make homemade 'country' ornaments, cut out cookies, sing carols, and read Christmas stories. Anything to keep them occupied and their inquisitive minds off when their daddy would make it home. He has to be home for Christmas.
Jim has a hard time getting into town and back home due to snow-covered and closed roads.
Will he make it home? Will he make in back in time? Will he see 'their shining star?

Next week I’ll have an interview with Lorelei and a contest to win “Anthology”. The book has a compilation of FOUR uplifting and inspirational Christmas stories.

A Return to Christmas (Now available at
Smash Words
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/3794)

Story one - Christmas Salvation
Story two - A Country Christmas
Story three - Christmas Promises
Story four - Christmas Awakening

We hope you will join us for the next three weeks to discuss her writings and ask questions that Lorelei will be happy to answer or just hang out with us. As you all know – we will have fun! ;0) Please welcome my friend and author Lorelei Confer!

Hawk

91 comments:

Blodeuedd said...

I will be there :D
Have a great Sunday hawk!

Erotic Horizon said...

Thanks for the heads up Hawk... Sounds like a pretty cool seasonal read...

E.H>

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Blodeuedd,

Woo Hoo, you know you're always welcomed here with a hug! ;-)

I'm off to a Plotting Group to do a little work - you have a super weekend too, hon!

Hugs
Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

E.H.,

Yes I whole heartily agree...I think it's perfect timing and will be a great read for teh holidays!

Come back for the contest - it's up for grabs! ;-)

Hugs
Hawk

Cecile said...

**Book clutched to my heart as if it were my second skin...** I know how sneaky you women are...

You know I will be here to help welcome this lovely woman to our group of sisters!!! A friend of yours is a friend of mine! Her work sounds great! I can not wait to go find more!
I hope you are having a great weekend honey!

I just had to add this... this is my word verification:
hoozzymo - lmao!!!!

Eliza March Writes Red Hot Romance said...

This is a great seasonal read. It keeps the real spirit close to your heart. ~~ Eliza M

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Cecile? CECILE!! Put Lorelei's book down...you can't have it until you win it! There will be a contest next week to win it.

I have had a great weekend...and in the next few week I will be sharing it with you all!

OMG - ROTFLOL - hoozzymo??? Who comes up with these words!

Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Eliza - hey hon - so glad you made it over!

Girls...Meet my friend Eliza! She a sister for sure, go check her out at http://www.elizaMarch.com

Eliza's a writer friend of mine and she writes SIZZLING HOT ROMANCES! And I mean HOT! Woo Hoo HOT!
;-)

Your remarks about Lorelei's books are so true...The stories are touching! And the stories not only keep the true meaning of the season close to the spirit but reminds you (in these tough times we're in) the real reason for the season and what is really important to the soul.
Love, kindness and true hearts.

They're books that touch the heart and make our crazy world feel right!

Hugs
Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

HEADS UP!

OMG! Girls - you've got to go over to

catsplaceforwriting.blogspot.com/

It's so funny! It's related the Thanksgiving and spreading legs! I was spitting my coffee all over the place when I read it so be warned...but it's hilarious!

Hugs
Hawk

Pixie said...

This is a great read and really reminds us what the meaning of the season is. Cat

M.V.Freeman said...

Hawk, she has very strong writing!
How delightful that she will be featured here next week!

Cecile, I have some mulled wine...you can drink it as you read. :-)

May everyone here, find a moment of quiet thankfulness this week. Even if its just sleeping in for five more minutes!

Back to my insanity...:-P

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Pixie!

Hey Sweetie - Finally you made it over here...it's about time.

Because of the way our Econo is...times being as tough as they are...it's nice to have a book that helps us to remember the spirit of why we celebrate the holidays...but this time without the gifts, more like the olden days - we celebrate a reason and soul reason...for all our joys and good things in life no matter how simple they are. Love plays a big part in this as it does in these books.

Big hug
Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

M.V., YOU'RE ALIVE! Woohoo, Cecile didn't do you in! OMG! (((Hugs)))

Glad you're among the living and back in full swing!

}:-/ Hey, are you tempting Cecile {{8-O Wine?!!! OMG, didn't you have enough? You've been out for nearly two weeks from the last bottle!
OMG, you're worse than Cecile! BAD GIRL! Give me that wine! (Yanking bottle away - taking a gulp just to be sure it's wine...hummm, another gulp, yap, it's wine. Turn to walk away with bottle.)
OH BRAN!!!!

Evil grin
Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

OMG, I forgot to tell you what I came to tell you...M.V.

I got my quiet moment this morning - I did sleep in an extra five minutes...if was good.

And I'm so glad you've enjoyed Lorelei's book before...so you know what I'm saying about the spirit of her voice. I enjoy her style. Easy reading and relaxing with a nice cup of coffee.

Have a great day sweetie!
Hugs
Hawk

Lea said...

Hey Hawk:

How are you. Lovely selection of Christmas stories, just in time for the holidays as you mentioned.

Great post! Thank you for the introduction to this author's work.

I hope to chat with you soon!! Yikes, it's Thanksgiving for you south of the border already!!

((hugs))
L

Cecile said...

Hawk! I will just hold the book, you know for "safe" keeping, lol! You can trust me **batting eyelashes**
I was lmao when I saw that word = hoozzymo!!
I will be delighted to head on over to Ms. Eliza's place! And will also be heading over to catsplaceforwriting - reminding myself not to have liquids in mouth while there!!!


Oh, MV!! Wine, that is what we need! We have not had any in a while, lol!!
Damn Hawk for taking our bottle away... But what she does not know, is that I have hidden a bottle!!! Sneaky, I know!!! **evil wink** And she thinks she has Bran, that's okay... We have his brothers... yummy!!!!

Helen Hardt said...

Nice to meet you, Lorelei!

Hawk, thank you for visiting my blog -- it's great to meet you! I'll be back frequently.

Helen
www.helensheroes.blogspot.com

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Hey! Lea! (((HUGS))) I've missed you sweetie! Where have you been!?

Girl your input has been missed and there's no one to keep an eye on Cecile! And she's corrupting sweet little M.V., can't you doing something about this to help me control these girls!?

They've been drinking wine (M.V. was missing for a week after that one), eating M&M and Chocolate chips cookies as well as Banana Bread that Carol made. And they keep trying to take my Bran! :-(

O.K., that's it - I'm writing you a private e and you've got to help me control these girls! ;-)

Hugs
Hawk

My word Verification word was WINESsoc? LOL

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Cecile -

My word Verification word was WINESsoc? LOL

:-D

Hawk

Cecile said...

***hands up in the air*** I am not trying to take Bran from you... WE have his brothers!!!! LOL!!!!!
They gladly joined us for some wine and entertainment, hee hee!!!!

We don't need to be kept under control, we are doing fine... hee hee!!!!

Unwidal is my word... but I am so loving up your's!!!!

Lea said...

Huh???

As in um pardon? lol

((hugs)) back
L

Rosemary said...

I purchased and read Donna's Christmas Anthology and found it to be a heartwarming read- just in time for the holidays!

Nowhere To Hide... My Heart sounds like an action-packed story. Can't wait until it's published!

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Lea,

O.K., confused about the girl remarks on this blog or the friend remarks I made on your blog.

This blog's remarks - I need help and someone on my side...the gals are ganging up on me! Again! I give a contest and they're bringing wine and M&M's - OMG, don't tell me you're gonna be swayed to their side by the Chocolate chip cookies!

Your blog - you're a dear friend and always will be!
Simple as that!

Glad you're back to join in all this crazy the fun!
Hugs
Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Cecile...

I want to SEE his brothers. Come on put them up on your blog and let us all come see them!

Teeheheheheee - I thought you might like the word!

xox
Hawk

Cecile said...

Okay... I promise not to jump ship on you! I am always on your side!!! MV just had wine and I brought the cookies... and m&m's.... and it was sooo good!!!! hee hee!!

And you... with Bran... Uh-huh.. I know what two were doing... You were taking our wine from us... And sharing it with him... and our cookies and m&m's... And I know the saying for m&m's... "They melt in your mouth and not in your hand..." You sly woman you!!!!

I might have to put up those brothers at my place... hummm... I will have to see if they want to go public, hee hee!!! They like hiding in my bedroom though... hee hee!!!

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Rosemary!

If "No Where To Hide...My Heart, is anything like this Christmas book - OMG!
Good reading is on the way.

:-)
Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Helen!

I'm so glad you came by...please feel welcome to join us girls and all our craziness here at my blog! It's all in good fun

Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

OMG Cecile you're BAD! LOL, guess that's why I adore you so much! A true heroine at heart! ;-)A girl who dares!

Hugs
Hawk

Lorelei Confer said...

Helen: Thnak for dropping by. It's great to 'met' you and I hope you enjoy my book. I'll be here therest of the day so if you have any questions or comments, please be sure to let me know.

Lorelei Confer said...

Rosemary: Thanks for your kind words regarding Return to Christmas and Nowhere to Hide...My Heart. They were both so much fun to write and I have such great critique partners to add to the mix.

Lorelei Confer said...

Okay, so who is Bran you al are talking baout??? I have to know!

Cecile said...

Ms. Lorelei Confer ~ Look at the top of Hawk's page... the right side... the guy with long hair.. That is the guy that has Hawk's heart going pitter pat!!!! And not the mention other things going off... LMAO!! I could not resist!! She loves him... and she tries to sneak off with him when she thinks we are not looking!!! But we see that wicked look in her eye!!!! We know her all too well!!!!

Lorelei Confer said...

Cecile: I thought he (Bran) was available to all of us for our own enjoyment or amusement, etc. Now we're going to have to keep our eyes on her like a hawk so there's some of him left for us. Right?

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Lorelei!

OMG, thank you for coming by to visit with us girls!
This is awesome.

Oh BRAN is the sexy guy you see on my home page upper right of page...I love LOVE long haired guys!

Cough, cough! Cecile, be good! }:-/
Lorelei, don't believe everything Cecile says....Bran's just a friend. Teeheeehehehehe. Well, o.k., a close friend!
O.K.!!! I think he's a dream! OMG - he's awesome to look at...don't you think? (((Drooling))))


LOL
Hawk

Cecile said...

That is right!!!! That is my point!!! But you see, I have all his brothers at my place, hee hee!!! That is why Hawk is a little vixed with me!!!

**Holds hands up in the air** Well, what was I supposed to do, she took Bran from us.. she actually lured him with the wine she took from me and MV.... and the cookies and m&m... and the bread that Carol made... She lured him to her place... So she is not sharing, lol!!!

Houston A.W. Knight said...

OMG!!!! Et tu, Lorelei?

Lea? Can you pull that knife out of my back now?

What is this??? CECILE!!!! How do you always turn these girls against me!? I'm going to block you from this blog! Now I have to share Bran! All because of you!

Man-o-man!
An unhappy Hawk now!
}:-(

Cecile said...

Nooooooo. Hawk, you don't have to share... I am going to share the brothers... I would never hurt you honey, lol!! Never!!!
There are more brothers to go around then Bran... **evil wink**

Lorelei Confer said...

Hawk and Cecile: He is adorable. I'm having a hot flash here or something. I need a drink, too after all the talk about wine. Isi t too early? Oh, I don't think so!!! I'm not driving anyway!

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Hear ye, Hear ye...Bran is now for all to use as they wish...that or I have to block Cecile...what say all?
Bran or that little trouble maker, Cecile!

Hawk

Cecile said...

Ms. Lorelei Confer, oh he is absolutely freaking adorable!!! And I am glad that I am not the only one having hot flashes... and no it is never to early for Wine... Just don't let Hawk see you drinking it... She may try to take it away..!!! The little sneaker.. she is good at taking our wine away!!!

But I have more to share when she turns around!! hee hee!!!

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Cecile!

Ah, now you make me feel bad...after all, I should share... you did have him first...so I'm sharing him...now, let me see his brothers!

:-) Hawk

Lorelei Confer said...

Hawk: I'd take Bran any and I mean any day or night of the week.

Cecile said...

NO I beg on the mercy of the court... Do not block me... you know you love me too much!!!! **giving you sweet eyes** And besides read my last comment... I am going to share the brothers so you can have Bran all to yourself!!!

Houston A.W. Knight said...

LOL Lorelei - I've got the bottle already open...shall I pour you a glass?

Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Lorelei,

That exactly how I feel about him ---oh LA LA! He is sweet.

Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Cecile,

This Irish court says - It pleases the Queen to keep dear little Cecile...a sister can't turn her back on a sister - not for any man.

So, Lorelei can have him for now.
Cecile, let's go check out his brothers! Tehehehehehe

Hawk

Lorelei Confer said...

Hawk: The wine is delicious. Are Bran's brothers? I wouldn't mind a gander at them, that is if Cecile can share.

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Lorelei,

Now you know why I posted him on me blog....great eye candy!

Well, I'm off to get a wee bit of writing done!

Hugs to ya' all!
Hawk

Cecile said...

I promise you the brothers of Bran tomorrow... So make sure to check my place tomorrow... I will have to "persuade" them to go public... Some of them are a wee bit shy... They have been in my **cough cough** custody for some while now... hee hee!! But I do promise to share them...

((and I can not post right now... cuz I do not have their photos with me at this present moment,lol)) But when I go home, I promise to put them up... for all of us to look and drool over!!!

Thank you for keeping me Hawk, you know you love me too much!!! **evil wink**

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Lorelei,

As soon as she puts them up on her blog... you and me...we'll make a raid and check them all out first before - all the other girls get there...course Cecile, knowing her...she checked them all out through and through before any of us.

Glad you like the wine! ;-)

Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

evil wink back

Yeah, Ya' know I adore ya' darlin' but I won't be taking me eyes off ya' around the boys anyway! LOL

OMG - tomorrow we get to see Bran's brothers! Lorelei! O.K., we'll be there!

WooHoo - the love scenes I'll be writing tomorrow!

;-)
Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...
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Lorelei Confer said...

Oh, the sleepness night full of fantasies in wait for tomorrow. So much fodder for my latest book, too.

Can't wait til tommorrow!!!

Cecile said...

Oh... now the boys are really being shy... I will have to sweet talk them into coming out!! hee hee!! But they are willing... just shy!!

They are delicious though... and they are all sorts of shapes and sizes and color hair and eyes... oh my... just look at them... yummy...

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Lorelei,

I'm heading over to Cecile's around 3 a.m. you coming?

LOL
Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Cecile,

You're torturing us! We will be on your blog tomorrow! And these brothers better be HOT! Or I'm taking Bran back!

Hawk

Lorelei Confer said...

Hawk: I'll be there around 7 AM with bells on for sure.

Houston A.W. Knight said...

See Lorelei - she's yummying the boys already!

I'm telling you - you've got to watch her BUT she'd better watch out ...

Santa's coming to town and if she's too bad....she won't be getting your A Return To Christmas Book under her tree!

LOL Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

O.K., I'll be there then too!

Hugs for now!
Hawk

Cecile said...

My men are starting to feel a little pressure, but I assured them that they were worthy and were hot enough to satisfy you all... If they satisfy this hussy, then I know they will satisfy you. There may be some that is your type and some that might not be... but just be nice to them!!!!

My word... herwoove!

Houston A.W. Knight said...

HERWOOVE! ROTFLOL!

We'll be nice! (wink at Lorelei) Very very nice!

Hawk

Lorelei Confer said...

I'm looking forward to every minute of it.

M.V.Freeman said...

I'll bring the spiced wine! :-)

It's always good on cold nights.

Granted, I may be adding this post a bit too late...but ah well.

:-)

Lorelei Confer said...

Hi M.V.: Nice to meet you. I don't think it's ever to late to post aour wine, etc The spiced wine sounds delicious, too.

M.V.Freeman said...

Mulled wine, or Gluhwine...is divine...especially served warm. Its like a hot toddy.

And I am quite pleased to meet you too!

Cecile said...

Bran's brother's will come forward at 4:00 my time... In the morning!! Hope you ladies enjoy!!! =) I enjoyed coaxing them out of bed!!! hee hee!!!

elaing8 said...

Bran,wine,cookies and M&M's where have I been to miss this? LOL

Houston A.W. Knight said...

elaing8,

OMG I love your picture - way too cool!

Hon, you've missed a ton of fun...so I hope you'll be joining us from here on out!

Cecile...pass some wine and one of those sexy guys from you blog to Elaing8 who has just joined us!
Bran's still mine!

Elaing8 next Sunday will be a contest to win a free book by Lorelei Confer - it's four stories in one book and they're all touching Christmas stories. Her writing really reaches the soul. So come on back and join in the contest!

Hawk

Lorelei Confer said...

Elaig8: Glad to hear from you this morning. I wrote too late and drank too much wine after the girls got ne going on it early afternoon.

I love, love, love your picture on your blog. It is an 'eyestopper' for sure.

Lorelei Confer said...

M.V.: Your mulled wine sounds delicious. But none for me today!

Cecile said...

Now Ms. Lorelei Confer ~ Bran brothers are at my place!!! And some girls are already staking claim...

***waving frantically to Elaing****
Hey honey!!! Yea, this is another place to come and play.... hee hee!!! I often get in trouble here... You will like it here!!!!

Lorelei Confer said...

Cecile: OMG I had no idea you had so many to choose from. I will have to visit often to get some great eye-candy and bring a towel for drooling.

elaing8 said...

Hi HAWK and Lorelei,I'll definitely be sticking around :)

LOL..Cecile are you implying I'm trouble too ;)

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Elaing8,

No, what Cecile is telling you is...if you hang with her she'll get you into trouble!

She already got my sweet, innocent M.V. drunk and full of M&M's and chasing after men!

Beware! I've warned you!

LOL - so now let's have fun!

Hugs
Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Cecile,

Are you planning to get Elaing8 in trouble too?
You've done did it to M.V., poor thing's still trying to recover and you've corrupted our guest Lorelei with your blog this morning...WHAT NEXT!?

}:-/
Hawk

elaing8 said...

Cecile and I can cause alot of trouble together..I'm warning you now..lol.
But its usually Cecile who starts it**evil grin,winks at Cecile**..LMAO

Cecile said...

I do not always start the trouble!!!! LMAO!!! But Elaing and I are known for our causing trouble! hee hee!!!

Hey now... I am not a trouble maker.... **pouting** I just love lusting after extremely hot men!!! And I do share... Everything... wine, cookies, m&m's and men!!!!

I am never going to live passing the wine to MV down am I?? lol!!

M.V.Freeman said...

Nope Cecile...
and I am keeping the wine *EG*

Houston A.W. Knight said...

OMG Cecile and Elaing8 - you're picture are so deceiving...from them you'd think you two were sweetie little things and then THEN you jumps us and cause trouble...OMG, my blog will never be the same!!! (thank the Gods- teheheheheheeee)

Babes - my middle name is trouble...so bring it on! Hit me with your best shot! ;-)
This is going to be fun! A contest this Sunday and you TWO better be at the top!

Hugs even to troublemakers!
;-)
Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

M.V., I'll be writing you later today!

Until then HUGS
Hawk

Cecile said...

I did not think so!! But ya know what... At least you will always remember me, hee hee!!!! You never forget a trouble maker!!

That is why Hawk secretly loves me... cuz she knows she is a trouble maker too!!!! =)

Now I must go to see what new trouble I can come up with... OH wait... One of the brothers is stirring this morning in my bed.... Gotta go see....

elaing8 said...

Sunday at the top? Can I bring one of Cecile's men? ;)

Trouble? Me? Never!!**evil grin**

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Cecile,

I cannot deny your words...I do adore you! And I enjoy the trouble you stir up! I love brave heroines and you are surely that in my eyes.

Happy Thanks giving Babe!
Hugs
Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

elaing8...the minute I saw your cool name I knew you were going to be trouble...'Tis why I opened the door and let you in to my "hole in the wall" den of thieves...it's a home for others JUST LIKE ME! ;-)

I'm so glad you found me and I'm so happy you've come to stay! Welcome to the sisterhood, sweetie!

BTW - bring a couple of guys with you when you come.

Have a super great Thanksgiving!

Cyber hugs
Hawk

Vicki said...

Happy Thanksgiving Hawk!!

Houston A.W. Knight said...

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you as well!

Hawk

Eliza march said...

Lorelei keep up the good work, I'm looking forward to seeing those romantic suspense books in print.
I'm a sucker for a thriller...but then you know that, you've read my books. ;-) Eliza
hugs!!!!

Lorelei Confer said...

Eliza: Thanks for stopping by. I'm sure you'll enjoy the wine that flows freely, not to mention the eye candy to die for too.

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Lorelei & Eliza, what are you girls doing over here...you're back a week...ah, I see, you're talking about me eye candy and ya' didn't want me to overhear that, huh?

LOL
Hawk

Carol Henry said...

Boy have I missed a lot. First off, I'm sooooo delighted to finally meet Bran's brothers. Who knew he had two? So, while you're all fighting over Bran, I'll happily babysit the boys. That aside, I love christmas stories and have even written one, which needs oodles of editing, but that aside, I'll be looking for Nowhere to Hide when I go out searching for my Christmas reads! Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Carol, I'm moving this comment over to the up dated post for the girls to see!

Hugs
Hawk