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Saturday, January 2, 2016

2016, HERE I COME!

By Caroline Clemmons

Welcome 2016. I hope this New Year brings new opportunities, health, prosperity, and happiness for you and yours.

How has your year started? Are you happy to launch into the adventure of the coming year, or sorry to see the old year pass away?  I look forward to the New Year. In addition to writing, we have plans to do a little remodeling on our home, and our daughter with the severely broken leg is healing. She’s eager to go home, but is stuck at our house for now.

Next week, Geri Foster, Sylvia McDaniel, Kathy Shaw, and I will go to a house on a local lake for a writing retreat. There’s an amazing fireplace so we’re hoping for cold weather. We’ll plot new books, spend time writing, and—probably most of all—laugh and recharge. (Adult beverages and chocolate will be involved.) In spite of our silliness, we so look forward to these sessions and accomplish an amazing amount of work. Talking over plots and marketing with like-minded authors is wonderful for exchanging ideas and invigorating our dedication to rear-in-chair-fingers-on-keyboard.

Kathy Shaw holds the plotting board in
front of the fireplace at our 2015 plotting retreat

One venture in which I’m involved now is a project called the Glass Slipper Sisterhood. Fifteen authors (including moi) have joined to cross-promote our contemporary Cinderella-type stories. You can get the CINDERELLA TREASURE TROVE containing excerpts from these fifteen books, recipes, games, and party ideas for FREE! 

Each of the fifteen is a different take on the Cinderella theme and authors and includes:

Cinderella’s Enchanted Night by Amber Daulton – Annalise wanted just one night with Elijah, but will an antique locket and a bit of Cinderella magic fulfill her every dream?

Cinderella had it Easy by Jennifer Conner – Cami only has 24 hours in her Cinderella body. Will she keep hiding or can she learn how to live life?

Cinderella Series – The Collection by Kae Elle Wheeler – Said the fairy godmother, ”True sisters will always find their way, no matter.”

Cinder the Fae by Rebecca R Garniere – When Prince Rome’s father initiates a contest to win him a wife, Cinder finds herself having to fight sixty other females for his heart while trying to keep the evil vying for the crown from destroying them all.

Fairy Tale Flirts by Lisa Scott – She’s an unappreciated housekeeper with an eye for designer goodies. Can Cindi get her dream shoes and her dream guy? A sweet, funny modern take on Cinderella.

Fooling Around with Cinderella by Stacy Juba – What happens when the glass slippers pinch Cinderella’s toes? When Jaine Andersen proposes a new marketing role to the local amusement park, general manager Dylan Callahan charms her into filling Cinderella’s glass slippers for the summer.

Home Sweet Texas Home by Caroline Clemmons – This modern Cinderella encounters problems even a fairy godmother couldn’t imagine.

Nobody’s Cinderella by Joan Reeves – A lie and a wish on a Christmas star…uh oh! This Cinderella should have been careful what she wished for!

Pumpkin: A Cindermama Story by Ines Johnson – Having given up on fairytales after falling for her toad of an ex, Pumpkin is afraid to take a chance on town royalty Manny who believes she may be his soulmate.

Savage Cinderella by P J Sharon – Kidnapped and left for dead, Brinn Hathaway survives for years in the wild, only to be drawn out of hiding by a young nature photographer who steals her heart. Now, Brinn must decide if coming out of hiding is worth the hope—and the danger—that may await her.

Second Chance Cinderella by Sharon Kleve – Raven St. James only has 24 hours in her Cinderella body. What will she do with it? Will she become the confident, strong, flirty girl she wants to be? Will she get the guy she has always wanted?

Spellbound Cinderella by Angela Ford – If you had your dream body for only 24 hours… What would you do? One magical pendant gives Tess one wish to use before the clock strikes twelve.

The Cinderella Princess by Melissa McClone – A scandal-ridden prince must marry a royal if he doesn’t want to be disowned, but he falls for the American sent to find him a princess bride.

The Thin Person Inside by Rochelle Weber – Kristen Jensen never expected to fall in love when she finally decided to address her morbid obesity by seeking addictions treatment—let alone with a rock star.

Wishful Thinking by Lynette Sofras – A struggling single mother and a pop-icon turned Hollywood star meet in unusual circumstances. Fate drew them together, but the intrigue and trappings of stardom threaten to unravel love’s ties.

Some are sweet, some are hot. You choose. Better yet, choose to purchase all fifteen books! Find out about them when you get your FREE download of the CINDERELLA TREASURE TROVE at Amazon, and other online vendoes.

My book in this project is HOME SWEET TEXAS HOME. This is not a new book, but one I enjoyed writing. The setting is West Texas near where I grew up, so writing it raised a lot of memories for me.The heroine, Courtney, has a rags-to-riches experience that turns out much different than she expected. Even a fairy godmother couldn't have untangled Courtney's situation--she has to save herself. Her handsome neighbor Derek plays a major role in her story. Buy it at Amazon for $2.99. 

My plans for 2016 include western historical AMANDA'S RANCHER releasing on February 9, as well as stretching my fingers into multiple genres. I'll stick with the western historicals I love for DANIEL'S DETERMINED BRIDE, McClintocks book four, and for more of the Bride Brigade series. 

If you’re a member of my mailing list, I’ll keep you posted with new releases. If you’re not a member yet, you can join by clicking here and receive a FREE copy of the western historical novella, HAPPY IS THE BRIDE, for your effort.

In the coming year, I have plans for numerous contemporary and western historical romances containing humor, mystery, time travel, and always a happy ending. Does anyone know how I can get 36-hour days?


  1. Hey, Caroline, and Happy New Year. Thanks for mentioning our Glass Slipper Sisters and the Cinderella Treasure Trove. Good luck with the writing and the new releases.

  2. Happy New Year! I just picked up Cinderella Treasure Cove. Can't wait to start reading.

  3. Happy New Year! I just picked up Cinderella Treasure Cove. Can't wait to start reading.


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