Please welcome Faye Robertson back to Among the Muses! This time around, she's here to talk about her latest release from Entangled Publishing, Holly's First Noel!
Holly’s First Noel
A birthday at Christmastime...what could be worse?
For my December release from Entangled Publishing, Holly’s First Noel, I gave the two main characters—schoolteachers Holly Jones and Noel Coward—Christmas birthdays, and compounded the curse by making it the festive season from hell. Holly’s boyfriend announces the week before Christmas that he’s breaking up with her, leaving her with a tonne of Christmas food and a long holiday void of love and happiness. And Noel’s wife died on Christmas Eve from breast cancer three years ago. He’s spent the previous two Christmases alone watching mindless action movies and getting drunk. The two of them realise they can’t conform to the traditional idea of a perfect Christmas, and decide they’re going to Loch Ness in Scotland on a retreat until the season of goodwill has passed.
The idea for this story began when I was fretting as I planned the menu for Christmas Day, and I started wondering what my guests would say if I served them up beans on toast. Everyone has a stylised version of the festive season in their heads, and for many it isn’t perfect without the traditional roast dinner, the pudding and crackers, the same old films and the family around the table.
Without that idyllic festive model, can we still have an enchanting Christmas? I believe the answer is yes, because—without being too mushy—it’s what’s in your heart that counts, and love can turn any day into a celebration. Holly and Noel discover that even though there are no customary paper hats or tinsel—and their festive tea consists of chocolate spread sandwiches—magic and romance is waiting for them out in the snow.
About Holly’s First Noel:
Music teacher Holly Jones is in a festive predicament. Her boyfriend just dumped her the week before Christmas, so why is she only depressed he made off with the mince pies? When the charming science teacher next door overhears the dreaded call and suggests she accompany him on his Scottish holiday retreat, she accepts, eager to spend a quiet week rediscovering herself.
Noel Coward’s wife died on Christmas Eve three years ago. To bury the memories of that day, he spends the holidays getting drunk and watching action movies—which makes him perfect company for a fellow teacher in need of solitude. Except, instead of wallowing in his grief, Noel finds himself comforted by Holly’s presence, fascinated by her mind, and after one innocent kiss, on fire for her touch. As the snow piles up outside, the temperature inside soars, while together, they discover the human heart’s amazing capacity to heal…and love.
Enjoy Holly’s First Noel, a $2.99 Entangled Ever After!
Faye Robertson lives in the sub-tropical Northland of New Zealand with her wonderful husband and gorgeous teenage son. She writes fun, flirty, and sexy contemporary romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and hunky but approachable heroes. She’s won several romance writing competitions and is a member of the Romance Writers of New Zealand. She would much rather immerse herself in reading or writing romance than do the dusting and ironing, which is why it’s not a great idea to pop round if you have any allergies. She also writes romance under the name Serenity Woods.
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