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“I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.” 
— Fred Rogers
With that in mind, we're bringing you more featured books!
Over the next month, we'll be highlighting new and discounted winter holiday titles alongside our usual new releases and audiobooks on sale.
Here's the first one!
Narrated by Stella Hunter in duet with Teddy Hamilton
This week's NEW RELEASeS
Narrated by Kelsey Navarro & Tim Paige
Narrated by Stephanie Németh-Parker & James Anderson Foster
This week's sales
This week's interview:
SFN: What are your writing rituals?
KL: Before I start a new book I have to clean off my desk. If it's too cluttered then I can't think clearly. (And by the time I finish a book, the desk is always way too cluttered! lol)
SFN: How long do you usually sit and write? How do you keep yourself present/fresh/awake...?
KL: This really depends on where I am in the process. The first third of the book usually takes me the longest. And when I'm working on that, I'll work 4-5 hours a day. Sometimes less. I need a lot of thinking time at that point, and I don't always think so well while sitting at my desk. (Or in my writing chair, which is an oversized chair with ottoman.) Late in the book I'll often work 10-12 hour days. I somehow can never get a book finished by working a regular, consistent schedule. I always end up pushing hard to finish, therefore the last couple of weeks often have me working late into the night.
SFN: What's your favorite part of the writing process?
KL: I love when I'm so in the flow that hours can disappear without me noticing. Especially when the scene turns out to be really good in some way...maybe whatever is happening is a great part of the book, or possibly the characters surprised me by doing something totally unexpected, or maybe it was just a really hot sex scene. :) When both those things align, and my fingers are flying across the keyboard, it's such an incredible adrenaline rush when I finish that scene. In fact, it can be pretty funny, too. If it's late in the book and I'm writing many hours a day...and if I finish one of these scenes when The Mister is home...I'll come up out of the scene, smiling, then rush into whatever room The Mister is in, babbling about OMG, what a great scene. Then I'll rush around doing whatever (getting a drink, taking a potty break, etc), still babbling every time I come back in the room with The Mister before finally rushing back to the computer to write more.
SFN: What is one trope or sub-genre you love but haven’t written yet?
KL: I absolutely love a good marriage of convenience, but I have never been able to come up with a plausible reason to "force" a marriage, lol. I'm too logical sometimes, so everything I come up with feels silly. (Yet when I'm reading a good one, nothing about it feels silly!)
SFN: Are you a planner or a pantser?
KL: I plot plot plot plot plot...and then plot some more. Yet at the same time, I always know the characters will do things I won't see coming, and I love when that happens. But I have to be able to see the "path" before I can make myself write anything.
SFN: It's the last day on earth, money is no exception, where are you going, what are you doing and who are you with?
KL: What a question! This one has me thinking. I asked The Mister, and he wants to just sit here in the living room with me. BOOOORRRRRING, lol. I'd want to spend it with him, but not sitting in the living room. It's the last day on earth! There are things to do! And strangely, my first thought was that I would climb a mountain, lol. I don't know why. Maybe to see the world from the top before it goes away? Kind of like Leo on the Titanic (before it was sinking). "I'm the king of the world!" (And I know the logistics of this doesn't play out quite right, but I don't care. Maybe I started climbing days ago. Maybe I had a helicopter drop me off. However it happened, I'm standing at that pinnacle, wind on my face, smiling as I take it all in.)
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