Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Fun - Real Family Ties

We're lucky to have Cheryl Harper here as she talks about family and the ties that bind us at the Pink Heart Society...

If you’re as lucky as I am to have had a second mother, one whose only claim on you was deep love instead of blood ties, you understand what a blessing they can be. Mine was my mother’s best friend, and I can name at least one area of my life that would be completely different if I had never known her. She remembered birthdays and Christmas and shared books and pool floats with me, and never once explained to me why I had to clean my room. My mother was awesome. It makes perfect sense that her best friend was, too.

When I start any story, the beginning scene unfolds in my brain. For “Never Say Never on New Year’s” I had this idea of a very polished woman marching up to the pet store door, a grumpy man yanking her inside, and a hunt for a guinea pig. As I got to know the characters, I realized they were old friends who’d been separated by diverging paths and one big loss. Chris lost his wife, and Ren her best friend. They remain connected through Sydney, Chris’s daughter who is driving him insane with her complete immersion in British pop culture. Ren left for London; his daughter is just counting the days until she can do the same and that threat is all Ren’s fault.

When her London dream falls apart, Ren isn’t as sad as she thought she’d be. Returning to Christmas Town means time with Sydney…and Chris. Finding their way through this new…whatever it will be takes some adjustment, some bravery, and the help of a teenage matchmaker.

What about you? Do you have a story about an aunt or a stepfather or a neighbor who made a difference in your life? I certainly hope so!

Whether she’s writing, reading, or just checking the items off of her daily to-do list, small-town girl Cheryl Harper loves her romance mixed with a little laughter. When she’s not working, you will find her ignoring housework, cursing yard work, and spending way too much time with a television remote in her hand.


This holiday season, warm your heart with 15 connected sweet, clean & wholesome holiday romances set in Christmas Town from 15 Harlequin Heartwarming authors who are USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors.

There are five connected books in A Heartwarming Holiday. That means each set of three novellas shares characters and storylines! This collection of PG-rated holiday romances are all set in Christmas Town, Maine, a location introduced in the 2014 Harlequin Heartwarming release Christmas, Actually. A Heartwarming Holiday will bring you laughter, tears, and happily-ever-afters.

Book 1: Once Upon a Holiday by Anna Adams, Anna J Stewart & Melinda Curtis:

Three former college roommates start a business to bring the magic of the holidays to everyone in Christmas Town.

Once Upon a Thanksgiving by Anna Adams, award-winning, USA Today bestselling, Harlequin Heartwarming author

Once Upon a Christmas by Anna J Stewart, award-winning, USA Today bestselling, Harlequin Heartwarming author

Once Upon a New Year’s Eve by Melinda Curtis, award-winning, USA Today bestselling, Harlequin Heartwarming author

Book 2: Holiday Heroes by Leigh Riker, Tara Randel & Cari Lynn Webb:

Three former Navy SEALs come together to restore an outdated resort.

Thankfully Yours by Leigh Riker, award-winning, USA Today bestselling, Harlequin Heartwarming author

Cooking Up Christmas by Tara Randel, Barnes and Noble bestselling, USA Today bestselling, Harlequin Heartwarming author

Countdown to Romance by Cari Lynn Webb, USA Today bestselling, Harlequin Heartwarming author

Book 3: 24 North Pole Lane by Carol Ross, Amy Vastine & Cheryl Harper:

Romance is being delivered to 24 North Pole Lane this holiday season.

Hers by Thanksgiving by Carol Ross, USA Today bestselling, Harlequin Heartwarming author

Peace, Love, and Baby Joy by Amy Vastine, USA Today bestselling, Harlequin Heartwarming author

Never Say Never on New Year’s by Cheryl Harper, USA Today bestselling, Harlequin Heartwarming author

Book 4: Magic Moments by Tara Taylor Quinn, Shirley Hailstock & Liz Flaherty:

Three different times, three different stories. They all bring magic to Christmas Town.

Christmas Past by Tara Taylor Quinn, USA Today bestselling, Harlequin Heartwarming author

It Only Happens in Christmas Town by Shirley Hailstock, Harlequin Heartwarming author

The Magic Stocking by Liz Flaherty, USA Today bestselling, Harlequin Heartwarming author

Book 5: Nutcracker Sweethearts by Dana Mentink, Roz Denny Fox, & Amie Denman:

As the stage production of the Nutcracker unfolds in Christmas Town, three couples find love with the help of a little holiday magic!

Thanksgiving Duet by Dana Mentink, Harlequin Heartwarming author

Christmas Curtain Call by Roz Denny Fox, Harlequin Heartwarming author

Set for New Year’s by Amie Denman, Harlequin Heartwarming author

If this boxed set appeals to you, look for our previous holiday anthology: A Heartwarming Christmas.

And don't forget, included in A HEARTWARMING HOLIDAY is an exclusive coupon worth $1.00 off any Heartwarming title from  Who doesn't love heartwarming romances?


  1. What a fun story, Cheryl! A missing guinea pig! LOVE IT!! Can't wait to read. :)

  2. Cheryl, so looking forward to reading your story.

  3. This sounds so good--and with London, no less! Can't wait to read.