Title: Maybe This Christmas
Author: Sarah Morgan
Format: mass market paperback
Imprint: HQN Books
Release date: Tuesday, October 28
"Uplifting, sexy and warm, Sarah Morgan's O'Neil Brothers series is perfection."—Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author
This winter, ex-skiing champion, reformed heartbreaker and single dad Tyler O'Neil has only one mission—making sure his daughter, Jess, has the best Christmas ever. The fact that his best friend, Brenna, is also temporarily moving into his chalet at the overbooked Snow Crystal resort is a delicious distraction he's simply going to have to ignore. Theirs is the one relationship he's never ruined, and he's not about to start now.
Ski pro Brenna Daniels knows all about the perils of unrequited love—she's been in love with Tyler for years. But living with him is absolute torture… How can she concentrate on being his friend when he's sleeping in the room next door? Then when Tyler kisses Brenna, suddenly the relationship she's always dreamed of feels so close she could almost touch it. Could this be the Christmas her dreams of a happy-ever-after finally come true?
The Interview With Sarah Morgan
With Christmas around the corner what do you hope to have under your tree this year?
I'm hoping to find books. You’d think that given that I spend my life around books, I’d like a break from them, but there is nothing I enjoy more than reading, especially when the weather is cold. No matter how busy the holidays are, I’m planning to spend some time curled up next to the Christmas tree with a cup of tea, a cinnamon cookie and a good book. I’ve sent my list to Santa!
What inspired you to start writing?
I always wanted to be a writer. I don’t think there was any particular inspiration; it was just something I was driven to do. I loved reading, and wanted to write my own stories. When I was working as a nurse I read a few medical romances and decided I wanted to try writing one, so I did. I sold the book to Harlequin, and that was the beginning of my career.
What made you write Maybe This Christmas?
Maybe This Christmas is the third book in my O’Neil Brothers series and right from the beginning of this series, I was excited about writing Tyler O’Neil’s story. Tyler is the bad boy of the three brothers, a medal winner downhill skier and single dad. Tyler’s fearless, adventurous nature makes him one of the sexiest heroes I’ve written. This is a friends to lovers story and my heroine Brenna has been in love with him her whole life, but Brenna is too important to Tyler for him to want to risk their friendship. He’s afraid of crossing that line and threatening everything. Watching their relationship develop was so much fun. Also, having written Sleigh Bells in the Snow, I wanted to set another book in the snowy mountains of Vermont. It’s the perfect setting for a holiday romance.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
When I write, I don’t think about messages. I focus on the characters and their story, but if there is a message in this book it’s probably about the importance of family and friends.
What is your favorite novel from all the books you have written?
It’s always the one I’m writing at the time, because those are the characters I’m living with on a daily basis. Having said that, Sleigh Bells in the Snow will always be special to me because it was my first single title, and Doukakis’s Apprentice also has a special place in my heart because that story won me my first RITA® Award.
What are your current projects?
I’m polishing my final draft of Some Kind of Wonderful, the second book in my new Puffin Island series, which will be out 2015. I’m also working on the proposal for the third book, and preparing to write it. It’s a Christmas story, so I’m adding a few sparkly festive touches to my office.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Some Kind of Wonderful is a lovers reunited romance. Brittany and Zach were married for just ten days, but haven’t seen each other for ten years. Here’s a tiny peep from a scene where she discovers her ex is back on Puffin Island.
‘You’re living here now?’
‘Is that going to give you a problem?’
It was going to give her a big problem.
After their relationship had gone south, she’d retreated to Castaway Cottage and watched the sun rise and set over beautiful Shell Bay. With the help of her grandmother, and later her friends, she’d pieced herself back together. She’d travelled the world, but still regarded Puffin Island as her home.
Her home, not his.
Finding him here was like discovering a fly on your food. It felt contaminated.
‘We haven’t seen each other in ten years, Zach. You’re not part of my life and I’m not part of yours. I don’t give a damn where you live.’
As long as it’s not on my island.
‘You’re sure?’ His gaze was steady on hers. ‘Plenty of women would be bearing a grudge.’
‘Why? Because you walked out on me ten days after our wedding?’ She managed a laugh. ‘You did us both a favor by ending it when you did. Instead of throwing my whole life away, I threw away a few weeks. I don't begrudge you a few weeks, Zach.’
‘It was a whole summer.’
‘I wasn’t counting.’ She’d counted every day. Every hour. ‘And talking of counting, my friend is paying you big bucks to fly me to the island so let’s do it. I’d hate for him to fire you.’
‘I don’t work for him, I work for myself. I decide when I fly. I pick the jobs and the people.’ Something flickered in his eyes. ‘Taking orders isn’t one of my strengths. You should know that.’
She did know that.
Zachary Flynn didn’t follow society’s rules
What book are you reading now?
I just finished Robyn Carr’s Four Friends and I’m about to start Heroes are my Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Philips.
Who are you biggest author inspirations?
For work ethic and professionalism, Nora Roberts. There are so many authors whose work I enjoy – in contemporary, some of my favourites are Jill Shalvis, Susan Mallery, Kristan Higgins, Sarah Addison Allen, Shannon Stacey and, of course, Nora Roberts.
Finally do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Hearing from readers is one of the highlights of my day. I love chatting about books (both mine and other people’s), and life in general. Readers are welcome to email me, or contact me via social media. I have a very active Facebook page and I spend a lot of time on there talking to readers. All welcome! https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSarahMorgan
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I'm a bookwhore, yes I said it, I have no shame, I will wander off with any old book I'm not even a little bit ashamed. Twenty Seven, Mum, SEND Teaching Assistant, general beauty hoarder and lover of the Irish.