When Endless Love CEO Viola Bohannon hires Cyprus Kennedy, a.k.a. Miss Romance, in early December to arrange a dozen “perfect” romantic moments leading up to a Christmas finale to save her failing marriage, she adds the next to impossible challenge: base the moments on the Twelve Days of Christmas. Cyprus comes up with creative, unconventional romantic events in record time which seem to draw Viola and her husband, Kendrick, back together, even as Cyprus finds herself the focus of not one but two new beaus who couldn’t be more different men. Each successive holiday event unfolds surprisingly well under Cyprus’s close supervision, yet also sparking reflection on her own estranged family, lack of close friends, and unthought-of dreams of the future. Pressure mounts as the countdown to Christmas Eve nears, necessitating a choice between rural craftsman Tucker and police detective Mike, both of whom ask Cyprus for the date. Can Cyprus fashion not only a perfect Christmas for the Bohannons, but also devise her own perfect Christmas romance, possibly her own happily ever after?
A book lover, former college athlete, and Jane Austen fan, she crafts stories with the idea that anyone can find love.
When she's not writing, she spends time playing games with her kids, or shuttling them to and from their activities, watching Sanditon and Murdock Mysteries, or dreaming of future characters while she folds a mountain of laundry.
What inspires you to write?
I love crafting stories. I've always loved writing, but it wasn't until after I was married that I realized the value of writing. It's a creative outlet for me and when I take time to write, I feel a little more whole when it comes to the other aspects of life, i.e. being a wife and mother.
I also love giving people an escape from the daily grind, even if just a few hours.
Tell us about your writing process.
I wish I could say that I had my process streamlined. I always feel like I've got the process down and then the next book comes in and disrupts it all :).
I do a mixture of plotting and pantsing, usually figuring out at least until the midway point what's going to happen. Then I go back and edit and reread that section to make sure I get all the details right for the rest of the story. That first section usually helps me learn more about the characters so I can push and pull them where I need to toward the end.
How do you develop your characters?
I don't get full conversations about characters, but I get snippets of their life as I do normal, every day things. We were recently on vacation and I thought of a future character having a job in a hotel based on watching a woman where we stayed. I try to come up with some of the basics beforehand about each character, but usually don't get deeper until the story is underway.
What authors inspire you?
I have many author friends who inspire me to keep reaching higher. Elana Johnson is up there on that list, as well as Stephanie Garber, Sarah J. Maas, etc.
How do you keep going in the midst of distractions?
Well, I have 5 children, so there are plenty of those! I make sure to use the time I have doing book things. I usually have to set a deadline for myself and even if I'm off by a few days, that helps urge me on better than having nothing pressing for me.
What are your hobbies when you need a break from writing?
Reading, hiking, playing sports, playing board games and card games.
What romance genres do you write?: Sweet Contemporary Romance & YA Contemporary Romance (Baseball)
Do you write in genres that are not romance related?
Urban fantasy, but it has a minor romance element to it.
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Audiobook
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The Christmas season is in full swing and baker Regina San Valentino is up to her elbows in cake batter and cookie dough. Between running her own business, filling her bursting holiday order book, and managing her crazy Italian family, she’s got no time to relax, no time for any more custom cake orders, and no time to think about love. But when a handsome stranger walks into her bakery asking for her help, she can’t find it in her heart to refuse him.
Connor Gilhooly is in a bind. He needs a specialty cake for an upcoming fundraiser and has been told Angie’s Bakery is the perfect place to get it. He puts himself – and his company’s reputation – in Regina’s capable hands, and hopes for the best. What he didn’t plan on though, was loosing his heart.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I always wanted to write a holiday story about loss and the spirit of moving on around the holiday season.
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Christmas. Disney. Romance. No greater magic.
When Sophie’s eight-year-old niece, Ariel, asks Santa Claus for a single wish to honor her mom’s memory, Sophie knows she must grant it. Unfortunately for Sophie, Ariel’s wish is to ride her mom’s favorite ride on Christmas day, and it’s at the last place on earth Sophie wants to visit—Walt Disney World. It will be the first Christmas without her sister, and reliving childhood memories of her best friend is not how she wants to spend her holiday. Sophie’s only desire is to spend Christmas on the slopes with her reliable and stable beau, Darren, who has reluctantly agreed to postpone their trip until the day after Christmas.
But when Sophie runs into a charming stranger, who offers up his extensive Disney knowledge, he instantly becomes her hero. A wave of relief washes over Sophie—he may just be the one to give Ariel the magical experience she desires. And, even though Sophie doesn’t realize it, he may be exactly what she needs too.
Can a bit of Christmas magic help this ruggedly-attractive stranger win Sophie’s heart when she believes it already belongs to Darren? And will Sophie continue to allow her painful past to haunt her, or will she let it go?
A heart-warming holiday romance set in the “Happiest Place on Earth”.
After living in the carnival world, Polina Kominski is anxious to put down roots and build a life that includes a permanent home and, someday, a family. But first, she has to spend Christmas in Kraków, Poland to satisfy the final request of her late mother. Angry at having her strings pulled one last time, she’s resigned to follow the detailed instructions left to her, but refuses to believe the superstitions and allusions to magic Mom wants her to experience. And what’s with number eight on her mother’s itinerary, “Kiss a Stranger?”
To avoid facing his family’s sins, international banker, Rhys Linsey, will travel the lengths of the globe in his quest to regain the collection of ancient artifacts stolen from him years ago. When he runs into Polina on a Kraków street, he volunteers to help her experience the beauty of the holiday while sharing the history and folklore of this charming city. No matter how much she denies the existence of magic, he’s determined to prove her wrong.
Christmas in Kraków weaves a powerful spell, but Polina is running toward her future, while Rhys is stubbornly mired in the past. Can the magic of the holiday extend beyond December to bring Rhys and Polina full-circle to love?
For most people, Christmas is a time of joy and anticipation. But when a freak accident robs Gracie of her memory, the lines between reality and fantasy blur. Now there’s only one gift Gracie wants for Christmas and the only man who can bring it, is not Santa.
Remember makes a wonderful Christmas story. It embodies the Christmas spirit in the faith the characters try to hold onto, the hope that each character keeps within their hearts, and the love that is just waiting for the characters to see. Jessica L. Quiethouse Editing