The Naughty List Ladies & Giveaway!

I have a real treat on the blog today:  three fantastic authors for the price of one, and just in time for Christmas!  How is this possible, you might ask?  Well, take a look at today’s featured book.  It’s The Naughty List, a contemporary seasonal anthology with stories by three of my favorite authors, Donna Kauffman, Cynthia Eden, and Susan Fox.  I love Christmas anthologies, and this is a really good one.  It received a 5 blue ribbons review from Romance Junkies, which called it “a perfect feel good book for any time of year.”

Here’s the blurb for The Naughty List:

Naughty But Nice, by Donna Kauffman

Businessman Griffin’s never believed in luck…until sassy-sweet small-town baker Melody turns his world around. Except there’s a catch: There’s no way he’ll be able to build his empire and hold on to her. His new “lucky charm” could destroy all his dreams…or make this Christmas better than he ever imagined possible…

All I Want For Christmas, by Cynthia Eden

Good girl toy inventor Christie takes a walk on the naughty side when she sparks a no-strings fling with Santa—actually, sexy cop Jonas in a Santa suit. She loves her new “bad girl” persona, except as the holidays approach, she starts falling, and hard, for this known’ “love ’em and leave ’em” ladies man…

Tattoos And Mistletoe, by Susan Fox

Charlie returns to her hometown to fix up her aunt’s B&B, but she doesn’t count on LJ handling the renovations. Nerdy LJ pined for her in school, but now he’s grown into the town’s hottest bachelor. Charlie’s been burned before and won’t let him get close. But LJ’s determined to break down her walls and make her dearest Christmas wish come true.

Luckily for my readers, I was able to score an exclusive interview with the authors of this fun Christmas anthology.  Let’s see if we can get to know these ladies a little better!

Donna Kauffman

We all know that writing is hard work. What do you do to fill the creative well?

Donna: In addition to writing full time, my “play job” is freelance teaching arts/craft classes at a local craft shop here in northern Virginia.  My mom owned a craft shop while I was growing up, so it’s something that has always been a part of my life. I love the balance of creating things with my mind…and with my hands.  And teaching others has its own special joys as well.  (Plus it has the added benefit of getting me out around “non-fictional” folks for at least part of my week! 🙂  My other love is hiking.  I live right near the Potomac river and there are many wonderful trails literally in my backyard.  You’ll find me on them for some part of pretty much every day, year round.  I am also close to the Blue Ridge mountains and the Shenandoah Valley and hike there often as well.

Cynthia:  Writing is hard, but, to me, incredibly fun work.  When I need to replenish that creative supply, I talk long walks, watch some great movies (I am big into escapism) or head to the beach. I’m very fortunate because I live just 45 minutes away from the beach—definitely close enough for a creative excursion!

Susan:  The biggest thing for me is reading. I’m addicted! Other than that, I love watching a little TV, getting outside for a walk, exploring nature with my camera, and sharing dinner and a bottle of wine with a good friend. I try to exercise regularly and do my stretches, though that’s more about keeping in decent shape than filling the creative well. Man, I’m a pretty boring person, aren’t I?

Cynthia Eden

When you’re not writing “naughty” stuff, what do you like to read in your down time? Do you read in the genre you’re working in at the time, or does that mess with your head? What’s your favorite type of relaxation read?

Donna:  I read all sorts of things when I’m writing, which is pretty much all the time.  I don’t take any real breaks between books, so if I only read my own genre when I wasn’t writing it, I’d never have the chance to read it again. 🙂  It doesn’t mess with my head at all.  After 20 years in the business, I am very comfortable with my “voice” and feel confident that when I write it’s coming from my own well, and not influenced by anyone else’s work.  However, all reading, in all genres, definitely keeps me well immersed in the variety of storytelling that’s out there.  There are so many author’s voices I truly love and admire, across all genres.  If anything, reading their work only helps me define my voice even better.  You see how distinctly different we all are, and it helps me realize just how distinct and unique my brand of storytelling is.

For relaxation, my favorite kind of book is the kind I write, meaning “feel good” stories.  My editor once described my books as “humor with heart…and a lot of heat!”  Which…I’m good with that!  And that’s what I like when I sit down to read, too.  On my “anxiously awaiting list” is The Next Forever, the first in a new trilogy from Nora Roberts.  She’s been a friend of mine for more than 20 years now, so I am personally attached to this particular series as it’s based on her own Inn BoonsBoro, which I saw come to life in reality over these past couple of years.  I can’t wait to see how she’s brought something so dear to her heart into her fiction.

Cynthia:  I love to read paranormals, romantic suspense tales, and horror novels.  When I’m working on a particular story, I try not to read within that same genre (it just helps me to better distance myself). So I save all of those in-genre reads as rewards for when I finish my story. Once I’m done writing, I dive in for some prime reading time.  And my favourite type of relaxation read? I enjoy funny tales that can take me away.  Funny stories are great for relieving stress!

Susan:  Mainly, I read contemporary romance, women’s fiction, and romantic suspense—and then a smattering of everything else. At least everything else that’s fiction. I’m not much of a non-fiction reader. Give me escapism every time! But I do like to escape with characters and worlds I can relate to, so I’m not big on paranormal. When choosing what I’m going to read next, I like mixing things up. For example, I just read The Help, and now I’m on a gritty Lisa Gardner suspense novel, and I’m sure next it will be a romance. No, it doesn’t mess with my head to read the same kind of thing I’m writing. Reading is entertainment for me. I’m not analytical about it and I don’t compare other authors’ writing to my own. For a pure relaxation read—like to enjoy in a bubble bath at the end of a long day (which is sounding like a very good idea at the time I’m writing this!)—it will usually be romance or a more “lightweight” women’s fiction without a lot of angsty issues. Not that I don’t love those more angsty books, but not when I want pure R&R.

Susan Fox

If you were stranded on a desert island with just the basics for survival and you were allowed only one luxury item, what would it be?

Donna: Mark Harmon. 🙂   If he’s not available (given he’s been married forever to Pam Dawber and all…) then please substitute George Clooney.  He’ll always be single. 🙂

Cynthia:  Chocolate!  Oh, yes, that would definitely be my luxury item. I just can’t live without it!

Susan:  The longest book in the world! But no, I don’t count books as luxury items. For me, they’re necessities. So, how about a very fit, very hot, very smart guy? Or, no, maybe he falls more in the necessity category too. LOL. For pure luxury, I’ll settle for a fountain with an unending supply of chilled pinot grigio wine. Care to join me?

Vanessa, here.  Chocolate, men, and a glass of chilled pinot grigio…I like the way you ladies think!  Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today.  And I can’t wait to read The Naughty List.  Now that I know how y’all think, I know your stories are going to be lots of (naughty) fun!

And for my readers today, we’ll be giving away a copy of The Naughty List.  Just tell me the one luxury item you would bring to a deserted island.  One person who comments will win a copy of this fab book.


72 thoughts on “The Naughty List Ladies & Giveaway!”

  1. Wow thats easy. It would have to be Chocolate.

    Hi Vanessa! Thanks for hosting this blog today. Welcome to Donna, Cynthia & Susan. Works has been crazy busy and haven’t been able to drop in to say hi! My reading has be lagging as well. 🙁 Boo. But its been picking up a little. October is a busy month for me, preparing for the Zombie walk lol. Have a wonderful day!

  2. Vanessa, thanks so much for featuring our book and doing this interview. I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s desert island wishes. And, though our book’s about the Christmas holidays, I’d like to wish everyone a happy Canadian Thanksgiving from up north of the border, and of course a happy Columbus Day.

  3. First, I am working on getting on that naughty list. But If I was stranded on a deserted island, can I have the men’s underwear aisle from a department store? Airconditioned, and I only want to look.
    Hope that gets me on the naughty list!

  4. Wine… chilled…. lots of it!!!

    ps.. eli yanti — give up that avocado chocolate cake receipe and do it quickly… or I’ll have to find you & torture it out of you by waving chocolate under your nose….

  5. Hi ladies! Yay! What a great sounding anthology. Christmas themed books are my favorite.

    I’d bring rum and pretend I’m a stranded pirate. If Johnny Depp comes with the rum, that’d be fabulous. 🙂 Or peppermint mochas.

    ~Kati R

  6. Welcome, Cynthia, Donna, and Susan! The Naughty List sounds like a must read.

    If I were stranded on a deserted island, I would want to take a comfortable bed with me.

  7. Hi everyone! Thanks SO much Vanessa for having us here today! And seriously…I’m the only one who picks George over chocolate? I mean, knowing George, he’ll bring some chocolate with him…..right? :))

  8. I would have said it would have to be a book – or better yet a book series. I love to sit on a beach & read. But since you said guys & books are necessities, I’d pick dark chocolate as my luxury item.

  9. Donna Kauffman and I must have been separated at birth, because I too would like to take Mark Harmon or George Clooney. They are my all-time two faves for sure.
    Susan said the longest book in the world. Tell ya what. How about revising that to a solar-powered e-reader (is there such a thing?) that would pick up an unrelenting signal of free books of my choice (okay, it’s MY dream that they make such a thing; I’ll get on that patent right now).
    Vanessa thinks our stories might be naughty. Who, us? Nay, nay. I couldn’t be naughty! Well … maybe just a little bit. Okay, okay. Maybe a lot. Especially with George or Mark! (Shhh, don’t tell my husband I said this!)

  10. Ok, if we are talking luxury items as in “not something I would usually have access to in the real world or on a deserted island” I would probably have to invent a solar-powered kindle with an unlimited supply of books. If we are talking just something I would not have accessible on the island, that would be an easy answer, my husband 😉 and I second Cathy P’s comment, a comfortable bed!

  11. I will have to steal Susan’s idea of a fountain, but substitute wine for sweet tea! I am southern, and would die within five minutes without it 😉

  12. ok so most of you are bringing men in to the mix so IF chocolate wasn’t available I would love to bring along Vampire Eric. (Alexander Skaarsgar) Now he is pretty hot just the way he is but he is even hotter as Vampire Eric ssss. Wow. Maybe I need to be on that Naughty List now. Yeah no shhing to the hubby he already knows my sick obsession with my vamp hotty. lol

  13. Sounds like chocolate is a popular choice! I just hope it wouldn’t melt on us too quickly. 🙂 Of course, melted chocolate is still yummy!

    Vanessa, thanks again for the great interview!

  14. Dr Pepper would be my choice, for the benefits of caffeine, sugar and yes the chocolate in it . One item with three side effects that help to keep me going!

    Awesome stories by two authors that I have enjoyed for years and one new to me in Susan Fox so had to put my name in the hat .


  15. Hi Vanessa, Big fan of you books. These 3 are new authors for me and would love to win and read this book. Always looking for new books and authors to check out.
    Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.


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