‘Tis the season with Debra St John
With colder weather comes stories. October thrills us with ghost stories, November brings…what pilgrims and Indians? But December has my favorite holiday (no, not my birthday, though by now everyone should know when that day is so I expect lots of presents!). I’m talking about Christmas.
This week I have the uber talented Debra St. John. She’s one of my fellow Roses, too. Aren’t ya jealous? You know you are! I would be.
Well, guess what? She has a wonderful Christmas book out. Don’t we all have one, or wish we had A Christmas To Remember?
Welcome Debra! Have a croissant and coffee while you tell us about you and your book.
Christmas is one of my favorite times of year. I love the decorations, I love wrapping presents, I love the smells, I love the food, I love the music. Sliding that first CD of the season into the player is always such a thrill. When the house resonates with Christmas music, I know the season has officially arrived. (And I’m a stickler…absolutely no Christmas music until the Friday after Thanksgiving.)
Growing up we always had music playing when we decked out the house for Christmas. One of our favorite albums (And I do mean album…we had it on vinyl!) was Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s “Once Upon a Christmas”. As an adult I was thrilled to get a CD of the album as a gift. It’s still one of my favorites for the holidays.
The song “A Christmas to Remember” always struck a chord with me. Every year when I listened to the song I’d think…this is such a great idea for a story…I could practically see it unfolding in my head: the cozy ski lodge, a sexy and mysterious stranger, sleigh rides, ice skating, the works… But with the busyness of the holidays, I never got around to writing it. Last year, after the season, I decided the time had finally come. Determined to have it done before Christmas rolled around again, in January I sat down at my computer to write the story that had been dancing in my head for years. I finished in time to meet Wild Rose’s holiday deadline and sent it off. The result, a contract for the novella A Christmas to Remember.
Sam and Heather’s story has finally arrived. I hope readers enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. And I hope it brings to mind the wonders, memories, and wishes of the most festive of seasons.
Newly single, Heather Morgan gathers her courage and decides to take a Christmas ski vacation on her own. However, the festive holiday atmosphere reminds her how dispirited and alone she feels. When she meets a mysterious stranger, her lonely vacation take an unexpected turn.
Sam is at the resort at the urging of his brother, who thinks he needs to get out and have a little fun. Having no desire to get involved with anyone, Sam needs a way to get his brother off his back. The intriguing Heather seems like the perfect solution to his dilemma, so he makes her an offer she can’t refuse.
Sam restores the joy of the season to Heather. Their time together is magical, something she’ll never forget. Soon her feelings for him deepen beyond their romantic holiday fling. But Sam has a secret, one that could prevent the fantasy from ever becoming real.
As she turned to go, a deep voice spoke from behind. “I don’t mean to interrupt, but I couldn’t help but overhear.”
Heather pivoted. The man’s movie star good looks matched the sexy timbre of his voice. Thick lashes framed piercing blue eyes. Laugh lines fanned out from the corners, deepening when he smiled at her. Even white teeth stood out against his tanned, chiseled features.
“Would you like to have dinner with me?”
She opened her mouth, but no sound emerged. Was she having an out of body experience? Handsome strangers usually didn’t appear out of nowhere to extend a dinner invitation.
Before her mind could unscramble enough to form a coherent reply, he spoke again. “Like I said, I couldn’t help but overhear, and I thought maybe I could help you out. I was supposed to have dinner with my brother, but he found other, uh, companionship, so I’m on my own tonight. And I just happen to have a reservation for two.”
Heather shook her head. “That’s really nice of you, but I wouldn’t want to intrude.”
The man smiled and something about the curve of his full lips made her heartbeat quicken. “There’s nothing to intrude upon. Like I said, I’m all alone tonight.” His eyes twinkled at her. “I’d love some company. And I promise, I don’t bite.”
What a shame. At the shockingly inappropriate thought, Heather lowered her gaze and hoped the blush heating her cheeks wasn’t visible in the dim light.
“I’m Sam by the way.” He held out his hand.
She placed hers in it. His palm was slightly rough against hers. A pleasurable tingle skittered up her arm. “Heather Morgan.”
“It’s nice to meet you, Heather. And it would be my pleasure to have you join me for dinner.”
Heather hesitated. Of course she should refuse. But something made her want to say yes. The lingering shiver from the brief contact of their hands? The compelling look in his eyes? The interest of a handsome man acting like a balm on her bruised heart? Or maybe the adventurous spirit she’d discovered when she’d decided to take the trip alone?
Whatever the reason, she found herself returning his smile. “I’d like that.”
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Well thank you Debra for that wonderful peek into your holiday book, A Christmas to Remember. And one lucky commenter will win a copy chosen by Random.org, so be sure you leave your email address with your comment.
Posted on 11/04/2011, in Promotion, The Wild Rose Press and tagged #TWRP, Calisa Rhose, Debra St John, giveaway, guest, The Wild Rose Press, Writing. Bookmark the permalink. 35 Comments.
Liz – I am so amazed at how many people have that album! I guess it really is a classic.
Alyson – Congrats! I’ll be getting your PDF out to you ASAP.
Thanks, again, Calisa…this was one of my best blog tour stops ever!
Alyson Reuben… come on down! You are the winner of your very own PDF copy of Debra St. John’s, A Christmas to Remember!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!
Debra will be emailing you.
I love Christmas and all its “stuff,” too, AND that particular album. I don’t have it in vinyl, but I do have a cassette floating around! Anxious to read the book.
Thanks SOOOOOOO much for having me today. It’s been a blast! Thanks to everyone for stopping by. Let me know who the lucky winner is so I can send them their PDF of “A Christmas to Remember”.
I hope you’re feeling better soon!
Katherine – I still have my vinyl copy, too, I just don’t have a turntable to play it on (I’m always on the lookout at garage sales!), so it was great to get the CD a few years back.
Great excerpt. It left me wanting more. I hate to admit I still have the Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton “Once upon a Christmas” album – Yep, the actual vinyl album. I took it from my mother’s collection a few years ago when she was weeding out her records. She had a bunch 78’s that were my grandmother’s that she ended up getting rid of.
Hi LaVerne, The Snoopy Christmas song is the BEST!
Alicia, Elvis singing anything is wonderful!
Mary and Calisa, I have a sis-in-law with a Christmas Eve birthday…she always gets ripped off!
Jenna – Glad you liked the excerpt. Charming is always an awesome compliment!
I loved the excerpt, so I just might have to read the entire story as it sounds positively charming. And Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday, so it’s a win-win for me! Great cover too – the snow makes me think of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band song “Colorado Christmas”.
Good luck with sales!
Great blog ladies. I loved the excerpt. Christmas always gives me such a warm feeling, now the Scrooge I live with, Hmmmmm.
And another poor author with a Christmas birthday Calisa! Me too, I always hated it. No birthday parties, here’s your Christmas birthday present. I swear my parents did it on purpose to save money!! LOL! I love how you came up with the premise for your book. Its’ magic!
Good luck Debra and may you have sales galore!!!
Happy birthday to you Mary! Since meeting hubby he actually makes me wait that three extra days to celebrate MY day. I think I had seizures that first year he made me wait! lol Mom just gave me everything on Christmas, inc the cake. But then she had a reason… I was due on Christmas. lol
Thanks Alicia. I have to chime in here with my favorite Christmas music. I love country group, Alabama’s Christmas album. Some wonderful and fun songs. Being a huge fan that just combines the two best into one!
Congratulations on the release, Debra. I also love Christmas and Christmas stories and Christmas music. I had a Christmas book out last year with TWRP…so welcome to the garden! I love Dolly Parton and that CD, but my very favorite Christmas music is Elvis Christmas. 🙂 When I was growing up, and then when I was raising my kids, it was always tradition for us to listen to Elvis Christmas songs while decorating the tree. Your story reminded me of that. Happy times! 😀 Wishing you the best of luck with your release and an early Merry Christmas!
Hi Calisa…get better soon!
Sigh…this sounds wonderful. I’ve always loved the thought of a white Christmas. It is the middle of summer over in this part of the world at Christmas, and so we tend to have barbeques and games of backyard cricket. Snow and Christmas go together so beautifully – I’m jealous! : )
As to favourite Christmas song, I LOVE Snoopy’s Christmas and will sing it at the top of lungs everytime its on ; )
Hi Alyson, Country music is the best…there’s a story in every song!
Great post, Debra and Calisa 🙂
I’ve always liked listening to Dolly Pardon, Debra! So I know exactly what song you’re talking about. Love how the inspiration for this story came about. I need some Christmas stories to read for the upcoming holidays, and I’m sure I’d enjoy reading this one!
Hi Isabella and Nancy – Thanks for popping in to say hello!
Sarah and Mona – Christmas IS close, just around the corner, and I’m so not ready. I want to enjoy Thanksgiving first!
Rachel – Authors always have the intent, don’t we. I just found with the rest of the hustle and bustle of the season, there wasn’t time to write propery. January worked for me…I hope it works for you.
Karen – TWRP does the BEST covers. I’ve always been so pleased with mine.
Sometimes Christmas gets so hectic it’s hard to keep that Christmas spirit. It’s great to hear about someone who does!
I’ve been waiting for this book ever since I saw the great cover, Debra. I’ll have to get a copy.
Hi Calisa and Debra!
I had records, too and that very one. lol I love a Christmas tale to start the holiday season. I wish you the best success with the new release. By the way, you have a lovely cover, too.
Feel better soon!
Hi Debra, I’ve just emerged from Halloween with my granddaughters and now you make me think it should be time to get ready for Christmas. Lovely excerpt.
Calisa, I hope you get better very soon. Drink a lot of tea and soup while reading warm romances.
Hi Debra, hope you’re well!
Every year I say I’m going to write a Christmas story and never do – maybe this year, I’ll follow your strategy and write it in January before the mood changes, lol! I LOVE a Christmas story and yours sounds like the perfect romance. Yum!
Get better soon lovely Calisa – thinking of you x
Nice reason for writing a book and for getting right into it in January! The season of goodwill and all that…not quite over for you! Congrats on release- it sounds like one to add to my pile of TBRs.
Hi Calisa and Debra! Debra, A Christmas to Remember sounds like a great read! I can’t believe Christmas is right around the corner! So not ready this year!
Calisa – get better! Too demanding? lol Seriously, I hope you feel better soon. I’m just getting over a head cold and so I feel for you. hang in there.
It really is a great CD. There are some great two-steps on there for holiday dancing with your honey as well!
WOW, Deb…I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that CD. Every song on that album is a story waiting to be written. I SO agree with the one you chose. I, too, have a half of a story written with that song in mind.
Good luck with this book. I will have to read this one!!
Sounds great! Love Christmas romances.
Hi Christine, It’s nice to meet you, too!
Neecy, Jerrie, and Cathie – There’s nothing like a good Christmas romance to get you in the spirit. I had a lot of fun writing this one.
Joelene – Yike! I hope my rendition lives up to your daydreams! (And it was tricky this year thinking about Christmas ALREADY, but when you have a book to promote, what are you gonna do?!)
Thanks for that wonderful introduction and thanks for having me here today. I’m so sorry you’re not feeling well. Stay under those covers and get better!
Thank you Debra for being one of the last surviving believers that Christmas comes AFTER Thanksgiving! I have “A Christmas to Remember” on LP, cassette, CD, and downloaded on my iPod. Like you, I imagined myself sitting in the lobby of a ski lodge, raging fire crackling in a large stone fireplace, and someone with dreamy eyes sharing a hot drink with me, while large flakes fell silently outside. I’m excited to get your book and read your version of my daydream. Thanks Calisa for introducing Debra.
Lovely post, Debra. It gets you right into Christmas mood. Good luck with A Christmas to Remember. 🙂
Calisa, hope you’re better soon. Take it easy!
Thanks for coming by Cathie. I hope I am too.
Thank you for all the get well wishes my lovely friends. That alone makes me feel better.
Be demanding Sarah. Maybe this dang flu will go away! Hope you feel better, too.
Debra, geat post and excerpt! The novella sounds really interesting. One to cuddle up and read with a cup of hot chocolate and a roaring fire.
I too love Christmas and every thing that comes with that time of the year.
Calsia, get well soon.
Debra great excerpt. There’s nothing like a Christmas Romance story to get you in the Christmas spirit and yours sounds lovely.
Calisa, I hope you feel better soon. 😦
*runs in holding head* Hi folks! Thanks for being here Debra! The ranch is a greta place to stroll through and check out all the various corals. Buffet is set up with everything you could want and I’m looking for a chuck wagon chef who knows how to make pastry as good as this.
I have the flu. I tell you this because I don’t know how often I can check in today and I want everyone to have a great day with Debra while I huddle in the covers. Let’s party!
Nice to meet you Debra…and another great interview congrats to you Calisa! (thanks for the yummy croissant)
Enjoyed reading your excerpt. Sam and Heather’s story sounds like one I’d definitely like reading.
Congrats on your release and much success to you!