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?
Oh Boy! Oh Bailey! You’re just trying to make something of yourself. You’ve got the grit and the gumption. Now you just need a some luck, and a little love wouldn’t hurt either. When your horoscope says the man of your dreams is going to knock on your door, you’re ready. But the one that shows up isn’t the man you want. Still, he might just be the man you need.
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How can Ann Jones be a widow before her husband’s even dead? Ann has a strange and foreboding glimpse of her future life—her beloved husband dies suddenly…and questionably, she finds love again and is deliriously happy. But at what price?
About Alex Bailey:
Alex Bailey was a bored writer/editor of documents as monotonous as vacuum cleaner manuals. She left that life behind to create more exciting worlds than the one she lived in. The Future Memoir of Ann Jones is the first book under her assumed identity. She also publishes children’s books under the name of Hoot N. Holler. When Alex is not listening to friends reveal wild stories about their future, she tends to her organic garden while belting out show tunes. Alex and her husband started the garden with the intent to donate fresh organic food to their local food bank, and so far, it has been a smashing success. Ironically, Alex does not have the patience to sit still long enough to knit. But, some of her favorite hobbies include: embarrassing her children in public with her rhythmically-challenged dancing, cleaning the small disc around the stopper of the bathroom sink, and dallying. She’d love to tell you more about herself, but as you know, she is incognito so as not to reveal the true identify of her friend, Ann Jones.
What inspires you to write?
I'm not inspired, exactly. More like, compelled. There's this deep driving force inside me, as if the stories themselves are forcing themselves out into the world.
Tell us about your writing process.
My process is all over the place. An idea is itching to be released. I have a sudden urgent need to write it down. Sometimes it's on the back of a grocery store receipt or a napkin. Then, I put it aside with the thousands of others and see which idea fights the strongest in the battle for next story winner. When it emerges, I try very hard to outline. Sometimes this works. Sometimes, the story wants to be told in a way that even I don't know the direction it's heading. When it takes over in this manner, I've learned to give in, it's not worth the fight, because I will give in eventually.
How do you develop your characters?
Well, since Ann told me the story about her future vision and described it in detail, the only person who 'spoke to me' was Ann herself. But for other stories, I usually have an inkling at the beginning of the story of where I want them to end up. And this lasts for a minute until they tell me to talk to the hand and go their own way. Characters can be so fussy like that.
Who are your favorite authors?
It's hard to say which is my favorite; I love many: Charles Dickens, JK Rowling, Cecelia Ahern, Stephen King, H.G. Wells, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, my daughters, J.R.R. Tolkien, Philip Pullman, Fredrik Backman, Ray Bradbury, Sophie Kinsella, Arthur C. Clarke to name a few.
What genres do you write?: Stories with a splash of magic (romance, mystery, suspense)
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print
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