Christmas Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology by Lucy McConnell, Cami Checketts, Rachelle J. Christensen, Connie E. Sokol, Heather Tullis:

We are so excited about this wonderful Anthology!

Let’s take a look at the 5 authors that put this together!

Rachelle J.

is a mother of five who writes romance and mystery/suspense and

solves the case of the missing shoe on a daily basis. She graduated cum laude

from Utah State University with a degree in psychology and a minor in music.

She enjoys singing and songwriting, playing the piano, running, motivational

speaking, and, of course, reading.

Rachelle is the award-winning author of six books, including

Wrong Number, Diamond Rings Are Deadly

and What Every 6th

Grader Needs to Know,
as well as the Rone Award-winning novella Silver Cascade Secrets. She and her

family live on a farm in Idaho.


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Connie Sokol is a mother of seven, and a

favorite local and national speaker for over fifteen years. She is a TV core

contributor “Studio 5 with Brooke Walker” and a national blogger for She is one of seven female hosts of

The Living Room, an online value-based radio show where they dish on life,

loving, and learning ( Mrs. Sokol is a bestselling author

who has written 14 books, including her fiction: Christmas Kisses: An

Echo Ridge Anthology,
and Caribbean Crossroads; and her

nonfiction: What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know, Faithful, Fit

& Fabulous, Simplify & Savor the Season
Create a Powerful Life Plan, and 40 Days with the Savior. Mrs. Sokol

marinates in time spent with her family and eating decadent treats. For her TV

segments, blog, podcasts and more, visit

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Lucy McConnell has always been a reader

and a writer. Once caught up in a story, she disappears into a cave until the

first draft is done. She writes fantasy, clean romance, Christian romance,

historical fiction, and cookbooks (under the name Christina Dymock.) Her

Christmas romance,

, was a top seller in seven Amazon categories on its own and

in thirteen as part of the

in Snow Valley Anthology

When she’s not writing, you can find her volunteering at the

elementary school or church; shuttling kids to baseball, soccer, basketball, or

football, depending on the time of year; skiing with her family; wakeboarding;

cycling; baking; cooking; or curled up with a good book.

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has been reading romance for as long as she can remember and has been

publishing in the genre since 2009. She has published more than twenty books.

When she’s not dreaming up new stories to write, or helping out with her

community garden, she enjoys playing with her dogs and cat, inventing new ways

to eat chocolate, and hanging out with her husband. 


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Cami Checketts is an idealist

who dreams of helping children around the world but can't keep up with the four

in her own home. Cami lives in a beautiful valley in Northern Utah where she

enjoys running, biking, and swimming during the two months of the year it isn't

snowing. A portion of the proceeds from Cami's books will be donated to The

Child & Family Support Center. For more information on this worthy cause,

please go to

"Christmas Kisses is a collection from

five bestselling and award-winning authors. Set in the snowy town of Echo Ridge

in upstate New York, these inspirational romances are sure to delight while you

sip cocoa by the fire and listen to Christmas carols."

Pick up your copy today!

Let’s get a sneak peek into one of

these great stories!

5 Random Facts about Rachelle and

her story

1.     Rachelle loves multi-colored

Christmas lights on the tree and as a child used to love getting under the tree

and looking up through the branches at the lights and ornaments.

2.     Her first visit to New York

state was when she was seven months pregnant with her fourth child and

attending a writing conference in Chautauqua. She also visited Niagara Falls.

3.     She met her husband on

Halloween at Utah State University.

4.     Rachelle loves chickens and

cats and they get along well together on her little farm in Idaho.

5.     She is brainstorming the next

novella for Echo Ridge and is super excited to tell the next love story from

New York.


snippet from Hope for Christmas:


Christmas tree,” she muttered. If it weren’t for Megan, she’d skip Christmas

altogether. The holiday was a slap in the face to someone like Anika— a

divorced, single mom with a deadbeat ex. She hadn’t been able to locate Jimmy

after he’d been released from jail the last time, but she was tired of hiding

from him. When she moved to Echo Ridge a year ago, she decided a fresh start

would be the best solution to her problems. The sleepy little New York town had

been full of promises and hope, but after losing her job two months ago when

Megan was hospitalized with pneumonia, everything had changed. Although the

state had helped pay for Megan’s treatment, Anika had fallen farther and

farther behind.


chest tightened when she thought about what was around the next corner. This

job was temporary, and Anika had run out of options. If she didn’t find

something soon, she’d be evicted from her one bedroom apartment.


pulled the tree trunk upright and began putting together the sections of the

tree. It took much longer than it should have with bits of the white flock

crumbling and sticking to her clothes. One of the branches refused to

straighten, the end was all twisted and it took her nearly ten minutes to

smooth out the kinks. Anika grumbled to herself about the fake tree and its

apparent mission to annoy her by not snapping together correctly. She fiddled

with the pre-lit strands that had to be connected in several places. There were

three different cords to test the lights, but she couldn’t get them all to work

together. The box said the lights were supposed to twinkle, but Anika couldn’t

even get more than one strand to turn on at a time. She grumbled and stepped

back— on Megan’s dolls. Anika’s foot turned, she gasped, and fell forward into

the tree with a shriek.


she could react to the fake evergreen needles poking her in the face, strong

hands pulled her back from the mass of lights and cords.


you hurt?”


blinked and looked up at the man who had spoken. Her mouth opened and closed,

and she shook her head. If Enrique Iglesias had come to her rescue then she was

definitely going to thank the blasted Christmas tree. She rubbed a hand over

her face and saw that he wasn’t Enrique, but with the shadow of scruff along

his chin and his slightly mussed black hair against caramel skin, he could be

Enrique’s younger brother. Anika shook her head. She was gawking, and hadn’t

answered his question. “I’m not sure,” she said.


get you away from this tree. I don’t think it likes you.” He cupped his hand

under her forearm, carefully lifting her off the ground.


winced when she put weight on her foot. “Ouch. I kind of twisted my ankle.”


down right here and I can take a look at it.” His dark hair matched his

chocolate brown eyes and Anika found herself wondering again if Enrique did

have a younger brother.


helped her sit, leaning next to the wood paneling of her checkout station. He

crouched down and held out his hand. “I’m Carlos Rodriguez. I’m a volunteer

fireman, so I have some medical training. Mind if I take a look?” He had a

Spanish accent, not heavy, but alluring, and Anika listened to him



it’s just my ankle. I’m sure it’ll be fine in a few minutes.” Anika winced

again when she moved her toes. “My name’s Anika Fletcher.” She held out her

hand and Carlos shook it, his grip firm, yet gentle at the same time. Anika

tore her eyes away from him and reached down to examine her ankle. It didn’t

appear to be swelling, but every tendon around the bone ached. Maybe she should

have him look at it. “Ugh, this is just what I didn’t need tonight.” She leaned

over and massaged the tender side of her ankle. It wouldn’t cost her anything

to have him look at it. “Okay, maybe I’d better have you look.” She moved back

so that Carlos could see her ankle.


leaned over and gently pulled her pant leg up. His fingers were warm, and he

pressed lightly around her ankle. Anika’s heart sped up— it was hard to ignore

the flutter in her stomach as he carefully examined her foot. He looked over at

her and smiled. “There might be a little swelling later, but it’s a good sign

that it’s not turning colors. You need to ice it and wrap it to stabilize the



let out the breath she’d been holding when he released her foot. “Okay, thanks

for your help. I was trying to get that dang tree figured out. It definitely

doesn’t like me and the feeling is mutual.”

Carlos walked over to the

tree, now standing almost ten feet tall, and shifted a few branches. Then he

crouched down by the electrical outlet. “You know, this could be considered a

fire hazard.”

And now a Q&A with the Author.

1.      What is your favorite part of writing?


love it when I'm excited about a new story! When I have a solid outline

and can speed through scenes that I've rehearsed in my head, I feel

like I'm on a writer's high. I love creating something new.

2.      Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?


Hope for Christmas, I wanted to show a different side of the holiday

from the point of view of Anika who sees Christmas as something to dread

rather than enjoy. I wanted her to feel like a real person--one that we

can be on the lookout for this Christmas.

3.      Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?


always loved writing. When I was a little girl, I would take a spiral

bound  notebook and sit in the horse pasture dreaming up poems and

stories. After I graduated from college and had a little free time to

write something other than essays and term papers, I rediscovered my

love of writing.

4.      Give us an insight into how your writing day/time is structured?


with me for just a minute because once upon a time, I had a thought

that I could have a structured day of writing in my lovely office at

home. Reality check with five kids means that I write in the car during

piano lessons, hole up in a hiding place for twenty minutes for a

sprint, and schedule write-ins at my parent's house to meet my goals. I

still kind of have a dream that life will settle down and work with my

"schedule". In the meantime, I squeeze in writing wherever I can.

5.      Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?


always learn so many interesting things from writing my books. I love

the little research gems that me and this awesome group of authors

shared about upstate New York, small towns, old-fashioned department

stores, soda fountains, and more.

6.      What

is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you

defeat it? I really struggle with my desire to have time to write down

all the ideas in my head. There's so much work involved with each book,

and it's not just writing. There's tons of marketing, promotion, events,

and other parts of producing a book that often aren't seen. Sometime I

go days without writing anything on my novel and I feel rotten about my

progress, but thank goodness I have an amazing husband who is very

understanding. He does his best to help me get time and keep things in

perspective. Together we work to make my writing possible and at the

same time I can feel good about spending time with my family and always

putting my family first. Hopefully, I have a lot of years left to write

so I'm working on balance and hoping the words will come out all right

in the end.


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