By USA Today bestselling author
Harlequin Desire; December 6, 2016
$5.25 U.S.; 224 Pages
‘Tis the season for a sexy holiday!
Single mom Joy Curran needs this temporary holiday housekeeping job working for a reclusive billionaire. But her sexy, aloof boss pulls at Joy’s heartstrings—and her long-denied desires—in unexpected ways…
Sam Henry never got over the loss of his wife and son, and he’s shut himself off from happiness, love—and the holidays. But Joy and her sweet daughter bring laughter into his life. And living with his new maid ignites a passion he can’t ignore. After one glorious night in Joy’s arms, will this beauty be the Christmas miracle that changes the beast forever?
MAUREEN CHILD is the author of more than 130 romance novels and novellas that routinely appear on bestseller lists and have won numerous awards, including the National Reader’s Choice Award. A seven-time nominee for the prestigious RITA award from Romance Writers of America, one of her books was made into a CBS-TV movie called The Soul Collector. Maureen recently moved from California to the mountains of Utah and is trying to get used to snow.
Bon Appétit and a Book: A delicious recipe to enjoy alongside the book with an image. SNOWBALL COOKIES
- 1 cup butter
- 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar for dusting, or as needed
- 1/4 cup finely crushed peppermint candy canes (optional)
- Add all ingredients to list
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Cream the butter with 1/2 cup of the confectioners’ sugar and the vanilla. Mix in the flour, pecans, and salt. Roll about 1 tablespoon or so of dough into balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake in preheated oven until bottoms are golden, about 15 minutes. Do not allow these cookies to get too brown: it’s better to undercook them than to overcook them. While cookies are still hot, roll them in confectioners’ sugar. Once they have cooled, roll them in confectioners’ sugar once more.
Song Playlist: A prepared playlist of songs that embodies the book’s characters and their love story. For me, it was all about the holidays and capturing that special, once a year magic that somehow makes everything feel like it’s going to work out. So I played a lot of holiday music while writing this book.
Christmas songs Silent Night, Winter Wonderland and at the end, Joy to the World. J
How-to Tips for Aspiring Writers: Tips for those looking to get their work published/break into the industry.
Read. Read everything you can get your hands on. All genres. You pick up so much of structure, storytelling, dialogue, just by reading. Then of course write. Find a critique partner if you can and go over each other’s work and be brutally honest. Polish it, work at it and the most important thing…never give up.
Writer’s Space: Photos and a brief description of the place where they do their writing
I work on a laptop so I write everywhere. Sometimes in the living room, other times near a window so I can look out at the mountains and most often on my deck because the view is just so beautiful. It’s a great job.
Love Lessons Learned: Real life romance lessons learned from the book.
I think it’s more like real life romance lessons I’ve learned and then put into the book. =) It’s about being patient, something I’m not very good at. It’s about finding someone you can laugh with. Someone you even enjoy arguing with. Someone who supports your dreams and your goals and understands when you’re having a really bad day.
Movie Star Cast: The author picks movie stars to play the characters in a movie.
Oooh, tough call. But if I have to, I’d say Amy Adams and Chris Pine…nice. J
A Grateful Holiday: The authors describes what they are grateful for this holiday season.
As always, I’m grateful for my family, and the good health we all enjoy. I’m grateful for my husband and the beautiful place we live. I’m grateful for my readers who allow me to tell stories for a living.