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Getting to know Annie Rains and Carly Bloom

This fall, Annie Rains and Carly Bloom are making their Forever debuts with Christmas on Mistletoe Lane and Big Bad Cowboy. While these romances couldn’t be more different, at the heart of each is a entrepreneurial heroine working her tail off to make a splash in her industry and a hero facing an unexpected fresh start full of surprises.

To celebrate, we’ve asked Annie and Carly about their new books, what TV is distracting them lately, and what romances they are recommending. Enjoy!

Meet Annie Rains

Annie is the author of Sweetwater Springs series, which features an adorable and quirky small town in North Carolina. The series kicks off with Christmas on Mistletoe Lane. Kaitlyn has left her life in the big city to claim her inheritance from her grandmother: a bed and breakfast. She’s surprised to learn that her grandmother has left half of the B&B to Mitch, a family friend and former Marine. Together, they have two months to make the inn a success. Filled with memorable guests, great pop culture references, and favorite end-of-the-year celebrations, you’ll be ready to pack up to visit Sweetwater Springs ASAP.


Annie Rains AuthorWhat are three words to describe Christmas on Mistletoe Lane.

Heartfelt. Christmas. Hope.

What do you like most about your heroine?

Kaitlyn Russo is such an optimist in the face of challenging situations. She’s determined to make the best of the situation she’s been given and she puts her all into what she’s doing. She’s sweet-natured and creative.

If you could pick a theme song for Kaitlyn and Mitch, what would it be?

Rascal Flatts’s Bless the Broken Road! I heard this song while I was writing the book and it represented both my heroine and my hero’s stories so perfectly. Mitch’s backstory even takes place on a bending mountain road! Once I found this song, I listened to it constantly while writing.

If you could be best friends with one person in your book, who would it be?

I’d befriend the heroine, Kaitlyn Russo! I admire her so much and I’d love to go hang out at the Sweetwater Bed and Breakfast, have a cup of coffee, and maybe help with the decorating. Kaitlyn and her best friend Josie are suckers for watching old romantic comedies. I’d love to join them for that too!

Last TV show you binged?

We love to binge watch shows on Netflix and Hulu. The last one we watched was The Handmaid’s Tale. I’m anxiously awaiting the next season!

A romance you are recommending to everyone?

Kristan Higgins’s If You Only Knew. I l adored this book and was sorry when I got to the last page. I didn’t want it to end! It’s the perfect blend of romance and women’s fiction. I laughed and cried while reading this book, which makes it an auto-recommend for me!


Meet Carly Bloom

Carly Bloom is the author of the Once Upon a Time in Texas series. Right in time for Halloween, Carly introduces us to Maggie and Travis.  They are two people in desperate need for a little fun and find it with each other at a costume party. They don’t think they’ll ever see each other again… until Travis realizes his landscaping business competition is the Little Red Riding Hood to his Big Bad Wolf. With lively supporting characters including Travis’s young nephew and lots of humor, Big Bad Cowboy will pair perfectly with your apple cider.


Carly Bloom AuthorWhat are three words to describe your Big Bad Cowboy?
Steamy, funny, and sweet.

What do you like most about your heroine?
She stands up for herself. She knows her worth and won’t let anybody diminish it. That doesn’t mean she’s full of confidence where men are concerned though. Especially since she’s considered a pal and a buddy by most of them.

What will surprise readers about your cowboy?
Ha! Well, Travis is described as an alpha male, but he can only pull it off when he’s wearing an actual dog/wolf mask. But then he really pulls it off. And takes it off. And well, gets off. At least one reader was surprised to learn he wears glasses. He’s pretty adorable.

If you could be best friends with one person in your book, who would it be?
JD Mayes! HANDS DOWN. And I bet everyone who reads the book will agree with me.

Last TV show you binged?
Does snoring lightly (like a sweet, fluffy kitten) while your husband man-crushes on John Krasinski count? If so, I’ve recently binged on Jack Ryan. Other than that, I might have watched all twenty billion seasons of Project Runway while trying to ignore a deadline. I’m not saying I have. I’m saying I might have. And my future binge plans include a total re-watch (and a re-read because I’m hardcore like that) of Outlander.

A romance you are recommending to everyone?
You mean that in the plural sense, right? I’m loving Alison Bliss’s Perfect Fit series. I also highly recommend True-Blue Cowboy by Sara Richardson. (I’m pretty sure her cowboys know my cowboys.) And because I have a soft spot for rock stars (soft spot means “the hots”), I just laughed my way through Pippa Grant’s Rockaway Bride. Oh! And Kristan Higgins’ Good Luck With That.