A Journey Back Through Books: 2020

By Anaiah Press Editorial Director, Kara Leigh Miller

Can you believe it’s the last day of 2020 already? It’s certainly been an interesting year, but despite all the ups and downs, Anaiah had another successful year, and I’ve edited quite a few books—as usual. So, I thought it would be fun to do a quick recap of the books I’ve worked on this past year and why I enjoyed each one. 

1000 Sacred Moments 
by Connie Ann Michael

This is the fourth and final book in the Thousand Moments Series, and it was so bittersweet to work on this story. I’ve been with Raven and Sawyer right from the start, and it made my heart happy to see their love story evolve into a true happily-ever-after. They both certainly deserve it. 

This is the fourth and final book in the Thousand Moments Series, and it was so bittersweet to work on this story. I’ve been with Raven and Sawyer right from the start, and it made my heart happy to see their love story evolve into a true happily-ever-after. They both certainly deserve it. 

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Murder Board
by Rosie Somers

This book blew me away! I absolutely loved the entire setup, plot, characters, and the big twist at the end. Don’t even get me started on the #TeamMaverick vs #TeamGhost dilemma…

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A Plan for Everything
by Beverly Varnado

Having grown up in a small town myself, returning to Worthville was like going home and visiting old friends. The romance in this book really jumps off the page and had me rooting for Michael and Connie, despite how they are polar opposites. It led to quite an interesting story.

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Deadly Connection
by Jennifer Pierce

As Jennifer’s first standalone book, this was every bit as exciting as her Small Town Guardians Series. It has humor, danger, and romance—the trifecta for any good romantic suspense. 

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Together for Good 
by Penelope Powell

Set in the small town of Glen Oak, it was nice to revisit this location and catch up with characters from the previous two books. Having met Laney earlier in the series, it was nice to finally get her story. And yes, she really is as nice and bubbly in this book as she was in A Powerful Voice

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Fortune’s Fall
by Katherine Barger

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this book. The first in a planned trilogy, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat with all the twists and turns she packs on the pages. Even though the author reminded me repeatedly that she’s not a romance writer, she made me swoon hard for Greer. 

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A Maple Valley Wedding
by Jerry Todt

In the sequel to A Maple Valley Christmas, we get to spend more time with Erica and Zack as they navigate their first Christmas together with family, friends, and an unwanted blast from the past. It was great revisiting these characters while meeting some new ones along the way. I have high hopes the author will give us some new stories where the secondary characters can shine. 

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The Mistletoe Contract
by Jennifer Chastain

This was the first Christmas story I had the pleasure of editing for our 2020 line-up, and it didn’t disappoint. With a marriage of convenience between two people who seem to hate each other, the sparks fly! This book combined two of my favorite tropes, and my favorite part was the banter between the characters. 

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A Season for Everything
by Beverly Varnado

We’re back in the land of alliteration! I absolutely love how all the businesses utilize alliteration in their names—it makes the town really stand out in a unique way. This time, though, there’s an out-of-towner giving our heroine a run for her money. Oh, and there’s birds, too! I actually learned a thing or two while editing this book.

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Christmas on Ocracoke
by Christina Sinisi 

Another one of our Christmas stories, this one is set on the island of Ocracoke, which was new for me. I’d never heard of this place before editing this book, but I found it fascinating—it has a rich history. That, combined with a woman on the run and a man who can’t seem to do anything but help her, this is a heartwarming romance that left me fulfilled. 

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Giving Grace
by Jennifer Pierce

A dog named Bob pees on the mailman’s boots. Need I say more? Filled with equal parts humor and sweet romance, this is a quick but satisfying holiday read. And it was a blast to edit, too, with how it constantly made me giggle.

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Northern Protector
by Laurie Wood

The second book in the Heroes of the Tundra Series, this book is just as good as, if not better than, the first book, Northern Deception. Like before, the setting and scenery is so rich and lush it felt like I was right there with the characters. And Laurie brings the danger again, too!

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Well, there you have it—all the books published in 2020 whose authors I had the honor of working with during. I can’t wait to dive into the books on my editing list for 2021. I promise we have some great ones coming up for you! 

Have a happy, healthy, safe and blessed New Year 😊

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