Publisher’s Weekly Names THE WINTER KING One of this Springs’s Most Anticipated Reads

Very cool news, my friends! My lovely editor at Avon, Tessa Woodward, just informed me that the reviews editors of Publisher’s Weekly have selected THE WINTER KING as one of this spring’s most anticipated reads! Whoot! You can see the full list at the Publisher’s Weekly website.

About C.L. Wilson’s THE WINTER KING

The Winter King

Wynter Atrialan, the Winter King, once lived in peace with his southern, Summerlander neighbors, but when the prince of Summerlea steals Wynter’s bride and murders his young brother, Wynter calls upon a dangerous Wintercraig magic called the Ice Heart and marches against Summerlea.

After three bitter years of battle, a victorious Wynter arrives at Summerlea’s royal palace to issue his terms of surrender. The prince of Summerlea stole Wynter’s bride and slew Wynter’s Heir. He wants the loss replaced. The Ice Heart is consuming him. Wynter hopes holding his own child in his arms will rekindle the warmth in his heart before he becomes the monster of Wintercraig legend, the Ice King.

The Summer King has three very precious daughters whom he loves dearly. Wynter will take one of them to wife. She will have one year to provide him with an Heir. If she fails, he will send her to face the mercy of the mountains and claim another princess for his wife. And so it will continue until Wynter has his Heir or the Summer King is out of daughters.

The plan is perfect—except for one small detail. The Summer King has a fourth daughter. One of which he is not so fond. And she is a fiercely passionate creature, with a temper as volatile as the forces of her weathergift, the power of storms.

This book will be released August 2014 from Avon.

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One Enchanted Season

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Like the ebook, the print version includes a sneak peak of C.L. Wilson’s forthcoming full-length fantasy romance, THE WINTER KING.

The Reading Cafe Interviews C.L. Wilson

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One Enchanted Season, the holiday anthology by authors C.L. Wilson, Erica Ridley & Elissa Wilds is now available in a print edition, as well as digital format. The trade paperback version from CreateSpace is on sale now at

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What Reviewers Are Saying

“C.L. Wilson’s imagination is right up there with the best in the business. This uplifting story is streaked with darkness, written in her beautifully lyrical voice, and is very different from her Fading Lands series, showing her versatility. It’s the perfect holiday story.”

~The Good, The Bad & The Unread, on Upon a Midnight (C.L. Wilson’s novella in One Enchanted Season), Grade: A

“…a story of healing, with a beautiful romance, as well as having dark elements. Very nicely done.”

~ The Reading Café on Upon a Midnight, C.L. Wilson’s novella in One Enchanted Season

C.L. Wilson Blog Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who came out to post on my blog in celebration of the release of ONE ENCHANTED SEASON, the magical holiday romance anthology featuring my novella, Upon a Midnight.

The winners of my giveaways (selected at random from the individuals who commented on the blog) are:

  • Rosa Perry – $10 Amazon Giftcard
  • Nicole – Autographed copy of MAMMOTH BOOK OF FUTURISTIC ROMANCE, featuring my short story, The Noah, and two angel ornaments.
  • Terri – Autographed copy of LORD OF THE FADING LANDS and an Ellysetta-Azreisa tairen kitling plushie

Thanks everyone for stopping by! Have a wonderful and happy holiday season

Chatting about the Inspiration for Upon a Midnight, in ONE ENCHANTED SEASON


ONE ENCHANTED SEASON was the brainchild of Erica Ridley, Elissa Wilds, me, and Diana Peterfreund/Viv Daniels (Diana/Viv couldn’t join us in this year’s anthology due to other commitments). We were kicking around the idea at a Novelists Inc writer’s conference a few years back. Elissa and I are conference roomies a lot (lurve those late night chats!) and we lucked out and ended up with the penthouse suite at the Tradewinds Resort & Spa on St. Pete Beach. We hosted a “party at the penthouse” to share our good lodging fortune with our friends, and somewhere between the second and fourth bottle of wine we got the absolutely brilliant idea of writing a holiday anthology together.

It took us a couple of years to get our communal act together, but we finally did and ONE ENCHANTED SEASON was the result. We each picked a Christmas Carol to inspire our novella.

I knew I wanted to write an angel story. I’ve been kicking around a contemporary angel series in my scattered ADD brain for a few years now, and this was my opportunity to visit the story world I’d been thinking about. I wasn’t entirely sure what the story was going to be about. But I knew one scene–and the emotion of that scene–and I built the story around that. The scene I envisioned was this: the heroine and the angel are together in a snow-covered wilderness, at night, surrounded by stars and silence and perfect stillness, listening to the song of the Host / the symphony of the universe.

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Two Christmas songs came to mind…the first was Still, Still, Still, which is an absolutely beautiful song. You can hear the Trinity Church choir sing it here. The second was It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, which had the benefit of having lyrics more fitting the story I ended up telling, and also is a more recognizable carol.

My first idea for the story was to write about an angel of death, but then I thought…Christmas, death…nah. Too gloomy! I wanted something more upbeat. So, perky me, what do I end up with? An abused heroine who moonlights as a domestic abuse counselor, a dead schizophrenic father, a looming apocalypse, and Hellhounds! ROFL. What can I say? I veer towards the dark and dramatic in my writing. (Hmmm. That could be why I keep getting assigned to the “Wildest Ways to Kill Off Characters!” panels at DragonCon!)

Those little dark touches aside, the story turned out to be lighter than it sounds, more a story about forgiveness and healing and Christmas miracles, which to my mind fits right in with the holiday spirit. Plus, I got to feature a hunky, super hot angel who makes a mean waffle! What more could a girl want, right?

All in all, I’m thrilled with how this story turned out, and even more thrilled to be able to do a project with friends I love. I hope you’ll give the book a try and I hope you’ll enjoy the stories inside as much as I have.


The Prizes

MAMMOTH BOOK OF SCI-FI ROMANCE & Angel ornamentsTairen plushie & LOFL

Because no release countdown or release celebration blog can go without prizes!

Simply answer the question of the day (below) in the comment section–or, if you’re not feeling inspired by my QoD, just post a comment about what brought you to the blog today.

Question of the day: If your own fabulous angel could grant you one wish this holiday season, what would that be?

And the prizes (to be awarded to three lucky commenters selected at random) are:

Guest Author Erica Ridley’s Blog Winners Announced

Thanks everyone who stopped by the blog to comment on Erica’s fabulous post yesterday. Comments to win are now closed.

***CORRECTION to my previous edition of this post. THREE winners will receive BOTH Charmed & Midwinter Magic.***

And the winners are:

  • Maya
  • Cicely
  • Shelby

Join me tomorrow to chat about Upon a Midnight, my contribution to the ONE ENCHANTED SEASON anthology. I’ll be giving away some fun prizes, including a plush tairen kitling or two.

Guest Author Erica Ridley Chats about ONE ENCHANTED SEASON

When the possibility of my friends and I doing a themed Christmas anthology came up a few years back (as Elissa said, the accidental penthouse was gorgeous and the wine was flowing…) I immediately was all in. I love the holidays, I adore my anthology-mates, and I am a huuuge sucker for theming of any kind. Sock hop? Zombie run? Steampunk bachelorette party? I AM SO THERE.

My only problem was whittling down the options. A favorite Christmas carol? I have twenty! I sent around so many “Maybe I’ll write about THIS!” email ideas that nobody had any idea what direction my story might take, least of all me. Historical? Futuristic? Contemporary? Alternate universe???

In the end, the answer was stunningly clear: Nobody puts Baby in a corner! (Or Erica in a genre box!) I could only choose D: All of the Above, final answer. The carol was Let It Snow, and snow it has . . . for six hundred years. The heroine? Positively medieval—and doomed to relive Christmas day after day for the rest of her life. The hero? A swashbuckling adventurer with a bounty on his head and an addiction to Candy Crush: Warlock Edition.

She’s from the past. He’s from the alternate future. And they’re both trapped inside an inescapable castle made of solid ice. To make matters worse, only the cursed princess will live to repeat Christmas all over again. As to the intrepid explorer? When the bells toll midnight, the snow will tumble down and the evergreen in the parlor will have one more figurine hanging from its boughs . . .

Tell me: If you were doomed to repeat the same day for the rest of your life, which day would you choose, and why?

Three lucky commenters will win free e-books of Charmed and Midwinter Magic, the first two books in the Nether-Netherland fantasy romance series.

Erica Ridley learned to read when she was three, which was about the same time she decided to be a writer when she grew up.

She is the author of two Gothic romances, Too Wicked to Kiss and Too Sinful to Deny, the vampire romance “Never Been Bitten” in the paranormal romance anthology Born To Bite, contemporary paranormal romances Charmed and Midwinter Magic, and the holiday romance Let It Snow.

When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.

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Guest Author Elissa Wilds’ Blog Winner Announced

Elissa Wilds - ONE ENCHANTED SEASON gift basket ONE ENCHANTED SEASON, anthology of magical holiday romance

Thanks to everyone who participated in the blog with Elissa Wilds yesterday.

Elissa’s son drew the winning name from the bowl, and the winner is: Phyllis Towzey. Congrats Phyllis! Elissa will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address.

Please join us next Monday when guest author Erica Ridley will be blogging about her inspiration for Let It Snow in our magical holiday romance anthology, ONE ENCHANTED SEASON.

Happy holidays! Have a magical weekend!