Opening Editorial by Tina Smith
Fall is brimming with new possibilities. Summer’s last bursts of heat fade and the autumn brings transition. It’s the season for change and new beginnings. I’ve always loved the spring and fall for those reasons. The symbolic nature of the time of year always works well with schools starting back up from a long summer break, and other events and projects seem to ebb and flow from that beginning.
We have some great new-to-us writers and some returning favorites. Many of the authors have a terrific fan base and we’re so lucky to have them appear on our pages. Our featured novellas this issue are Kayla Perrin’s One Night in Paris and Kathryn Nolan’s Queen Cleopatra and the Baseball God. We are so very excited to have Kayla, a USA Today and Essence bestselling writer in this latest issue. Kayla has written for Harlequin and we’re delighted to feature her breathtaking novella. And great news for Heart’s Kiss readers is that we plan to publish more stories from this series. In Queen Cleopatra and the Baseball God, Nolan showcases her ability to write fun and flirty characters that stick with you long after you read the last sentence. Kathryn Nolan is a rising star in indie romance. Her novels have quickly become romance fan favorites and we will not be surprised to see her on the bestseller lists very soon.
We also have three Heart’s Kiss regulars, with Olivette Devaux’s The Music of Loose Spring, David H. Hendrickson’s The Boy in Boxers, and Tonya D. Price’s In Tuscan Twilight. In The Music of Loose Spring, a small town local finds himself befriending two new arrivals, twins, and falls for one who swears to stay away from romance because of his health condition—but we all know love never quite works that way. Hendrickson’s story prepares us for the holiday season where a Swedish pastry chef makes a delivery to a family and ends up spending time with her perfect match, who happens to be in his boxers at the time of their meet-cute. Our readers were so delighted by Price’s Greek story, we brought her back for another destination love story, In Tuscan Twilight.
And, of course, with every issue we have some non-fiction articles for our readers to stay in touch with recent topics in the romance genre. Recommended Books will keep readers up-to-date on new releases as well as may-have-been-missed gems. Julie Pitzel has a new topic in her You Read That? column, this time covering the topic Saved by Romance.
Well, the winds are changing as I am outside writing this at my house on the west coast. Our summers tend to linger, but this week we’ve had a mild break. As I mentioned, autumn is the time of change and we have wonderful changes ahead for Heart’s Kiss. I will be stepping down as co-editor of the magazine to have more time for writing. I’m also taking more hours as counselor, as there is a need in our area after the Camp Fires in Northern California. I’m so excited for Lezli to continue the work we’ve both started here and I’m confident she will do fantastic running the magazine solo. I’ll be involved much less from this point forward, but Heart’s Kiss will always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you for reading and enjoying—I will soon join you as a fan of the magazine. Hold a place for me at the reading circle on the comfy chairs. I’ll bring the hot chocolate and blankets.