Monday, January 10, 2011

Rachael Phillips & Clash of the Titles "A Door County Christmas"

Clash of the Titles, Where Authors Compete and Readers Judge

Clash of the Titles got off to a strong start in the last quarter of 2010. With their new spin on book promotion within the Christian Fiction marketplace, you can't help but sit up and take notice. With us today is Michelle Massaro, Assistant Editor for COTT, to highlight another five featured authors.

Rachael: What do I enjoy most about COTT? It's fun--and instructive--to interact with the readers, meeting new friends who love Christian fiction.

Rachael's story is part of a collection called A Door County Christmas. Of her novella, Ride with Me into Christmas, she says:

Most romances involve a young heroine and hero, some of whom experience parental resistance. Instead, I created sixtyish widowed characters whose Grinch-y grown children had no intentions of letting their late-life romance bloom. I also made Joanna and Paul cyclists, sharing a pastime my husband and I learned to enjoy--after we actually learned how to ride our bicycle built for two. Like us, my characters learned lack of communication and cooperation can mean a crash! The cycling theme worked very well in Door County, as it boasts many scenic bicycle trails--the perfect setting for love on wheels.

Fun fact: Two of my novella partners were Wisconsin natives. I'm from Indiana--not too far away. But our fourth partner was from Texas and had never seen snow! We told her to leave her flip-flops at home and join us in Door County, which she did, in November 2009. We spent three crazy days (that included a power outage as we were writing) in Door County together. Not only did our meeting produce fun romance novellas, but close writing friendships that continue to endure. We're hoping to do it again sometime!

I look back over 2010 with a very full heart at all of the authors who have joined the COTT family. The Lord has been good to us. Readers and writers are being brought together, brothers and sisters are connecting, and I have made some good friends. I can't wait to see what's in store for 2011 and I sure hope you will join us- both as a reader and as a competitor. Authors can get information on participation at Come take part in the website where authors battle and readers judge!

Michelle Massaro is the Assistant Editor for Clash of the Titles website and an aspiring novelist. She and her husband Mike live in Southern California with their four children, two dogs, two cats, ten guppies, and one rat. They attend Living Truth Christian Fellowship where they teach origins science to the youth and where Michelle is involved in the worship ministry.


  1. I enjoy Christmas themed stories.

  2. I love Christmas stories!

    I'm a follower/subscriber

    dancealert at aol dot com

  3. Christmas stories are great the year round.Please enter me in this contest.

    I am a follower and subscriber.


  4. i am a follower /subscriber - i love Christmas stories - i love that this one is about the older generation! Would love to win.
    mitzi_wanham [at] yahoo [dot] com

  5. I also enjoy reading Christmas stories year round. I enjoy reading these novella's...I get in my jamies and snuggling under the sheets and blankets. Then I can read one of these and enjoy a beginning and ending in one sitting.
    Please include me!


  6. I love Christmas stories. I am a follower. Please count me in


  7. love Christmas stories. please include me thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  8. I love the story of how you got together to write this. Thanks for partnering with us, Rachael!

  9. Thanks, ladies, so much! Cynthia Ruchti, Becky Melby, Eileen Key and I had fun together writing these stories. Glad to meet so many Christmas lovers! I still have my tree up. Today I found a comfy writing place near it, watching snowflakes come down like feathers and listening to carols--mainly because I didn't have enough time to do it when it was actually Christmas :-)

  10. I follow:)
    Please enter me.
    I LOVE Christmas stories:)
    Charlotte Kay
    charsaltz at yahoo dot com

  11. Thank you, ladies, for your comments! Cynthia Ruchti, Becky Melby, Eileen Key and I had so much fun writing these novellas together. Glad to meet other Christmas junkies. I'm sitting by my Christmas tree (still up), writing on my laptop and watching the snow fall, listening to carols. Fun to enjoy the Christmas feeling I had little time to savor at Christmas!

  12. It's never too early to read a Christmas book! I'm an email subscriber.


  13. This looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance! I am an email subscriber.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net