Stephanie Worlton is an author, designer, gabber, and sugar addict! She was raised in the suburbs of Salt Lake City where she developed a passion for the creation of space, color, and design. Her love of design drove her to pursue a degree in architecture. Her love of family pulled her home to be a mom. She enjoys hanging out with her family, reading, writing, making massive project lists, doing remodeling and building projects, playing in the dirt, and snuggling with her dogs. She collects power tools, camera equipment, shoes (though barefoot is always best!), and books.
Ali Cross, the award-winning author of the Desolation Series, has always had a flare for the dramatic. As a child she organized backyard performances of classic plays and musicals and hosted tea parties for invisible friends and pets dressed in doll clothes. Her teens were a haze of boys, drama (of the real life variety), and music. So it really didn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the girl her family called a dreamer, ended up writing drama—with angels, demons, and other supernatural creatures thrown in for fun.
After university, Ali traveled from the Great White North to the Utah desert for love and now entertains her devoted husband, almost-grown twin sons and adorable yorkies with her wacky song renditions and random movie lines. As the only female in the house she considers this her right and her duty.
Never one to conform to expectations, Ali enjoys writing in multiple genres:
Ali Cross books for young adult paranormal romance; Ali Banks Cross books for middle grade adventures; and Ali M. Cross for inspirational romance. She promises to entertain you no matter which of her books you pick up.
TARA C. ALLRED
I had lots of imaginary friends when I was five years old, and I guess you could say some of those friends never left me. In fact along the way, I picked up some more imaginary friends who have had lots to say.
I love watching stories unfold. And some of those stories seem worth sharing with you.
So, I have written a few books. And have several more in the works.
Meanwhile, some of my books have won some awards. And even more importantly, my books have made friends with some wonderful and supportive readers. I absolutely love it when a reader connects with one of my stories.
Stacy Lynn Carroll has always loved telling stories. She started out at Utah State University where she pursued a degree in English, learned how to western swing, and watched as many of her fellow students became ‘True Aggies’. She then finished her BA at the University of Utah where she got an emphasis in creative writing.
After college she worked as an administrative assistant, where she continued to write stories for the amusement of her co-workers. When her first daughter was born, and with the encouragement of a fortune cookie, she quit her job and became a full-time mommy and writer.
Eight books and four small kids later, Stacy has truly learned the necessary skills of balance and time management. Dr. Pepper and chocolate also help. She and her husband live in Utah with their four children and three dogs. Bear Lake is her favorite place to write.
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Are you ready to fall in love?
Take the chill out of winter with four new multi-genre romances from best-selling and award-winning authors Tara C. Allred, Stacy Lynn Carroll, Ali M. Cross, and Stephanie Connelley Worlton.
From heart-warming traditions to heart-pounding suspense, this cozy collection of toe-tingling first kisses set in Utah’s North Pole (aka Bear Lake) will leave you feeling cheerful and bright.
"Kidnapped My Heart" by Stacy Lynn Carroll:
“You’ve never seen snow?” Candace asks. She rolls onto her side so she can see him.
“I’ve never been outside Nevada.”
“You would love it where I live,” Candace says. “It’s a teeny tiny town in Utah called Garden City. It’s right beside Bear Lake. Have you ever heard of Bear Lake?”
Jett shakes his head. “Nevada boy, born and raised.”
“It’s surrounded by breathtaking mountains, full of evergreens, and lots of other trees. And everything is blanketed in snow. I remember one year, it snowed so much, we had to snowmobile to the grocery store.” Candace chuckles at the memory. “One of the things I love most about living in the mountains is the wildlife. We see deer, and moose, and wild turkeys, and rabbits, and all kinds of things around our home.”
“Like a real moose?” Jett asks. “Wow, the only wildlife I’ve seen in Vegas are pigeons.”
Q&A With Stacy Lynn Carroll:
1. Describe yourself in 50 words or less.
I’m the mother of four. I write at night after my kids go to bed, which means I mostly run on chocolate and Dr. Pepper. I love the color pink, dogs, baking, and anything related to Disney. Hallmark Christmas movies are my weakness.
2. What do you love most in the world?
Spending time with my husband and kids at Bear Lake.
3. What inspired you to become an Author?
I've loved telling stories, ever since I was a little kid. I love reading to my own kids, and I wanted to contribute to the good literature in the world.
4. What is your favorite Winter / Holiday tradition?
Doing the twelve days of Christmas for my kids. They get a small gift in their stockings every morning, leading up to Christmas day.
5. What is your trick for getting past writer's block? And what advice do you have for other authors who are struggling to tell their story?
Take a walk. Take a shower. Stand up and get away from your story for a minute. I can't tell you how many times an idea has come to me, or a problem as resolved itself while washing my hair or walking my dogs.
6. Now that we've gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it's yours. What's your story?
I could smell the delicious vegetables cooking in the pot, and the fresh bread baking when I entered the kitchen. As my family gathered around the table to eat, we each discussed our days at school, and the busy work we had endured. I watched hungrily as the colorful vegetables piled up, until my bowl was too full to hold any more. The first bite was hot, but wonderful! It seemed the more I ate, the hungrier I got. I finished my first helping quickly, then dished myself some more. I added a touch of salt for flavoring, then I dipped a corner of my bread into it and watched as it filled with soup. As I bit into the now soggy bread it sent the delicious juices down my throat, where they happily settled in my stomach. As I scooped the next bite onto my spoon I noticed an interesting looking vegetable. It looked almost like a potato, but the color wasn’t right. It had a soft pink coloring to it. It almost looked like...
Then my brother’s cry came from down the table, “hey, where’s my gum?”
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