Christmas is only 19 days away!!!! Yikes! lol
‘Tis the season when I start craving cozy Christmas reads. (Okay – I crave them all year round but now’s when I can get away with talking about them LOL) There’s something about the magic of my favorite holiday that makes me want to curl up with a mug of hot chocolate and a deliciously Christmasy book – it can make even the creepiest suspense novel feel warm and cozy haha!
I had so much fun with this series last year, so I decided to make it an annual thing 🙂 Continuing through the end of the year, I’m going to spotlight several new/recent Christmasy releases. So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
Today’s book is a romantic suspense novel with a woman who needs her US Marshal ex’s help as she runs for her life … and a great guest post from Laurie Alice Eakes on how cold weather plays a part in the novel! (Alice is a kindred spirit who loves the cold and snow as much as I do!)
Family secrets made her a target…
Can her ex provide a holiday haven?
When Lauren Wexler’s fugitive brother arrives on her doorstep, he has just moments to pass her evidence before his pursuers start shooting.
Now Lauren needs her US marshal ex’s protection. She left Chris Blackwell to shield his reputation, but her family’s secrets are darker than she knows.
With the truth revealed, can their Christmas wishes for safety and love still come true?
“Eakes has a charming way of making her novels come to life without being over the top,” writes Romantic Times of bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes. As a child, Eakes began to tell herself stories. Since then, she has fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author, with more than two dozen books in print. Accolades for Eakes’s books including winning the National Readers Choice Award and Rita finalist status.
She has recently relocated to a cold climate because she is weird enough to like snow and icy lake water. When she isn’t basking in the glory of being cold, she likes to read, visit museums, and take long walks, preferably with her husband, though the cats make her feel guilty every time she leaves the house.
If you live in the Northeast or Midwest, you are probably already sick of snow. We had a genuine blizzard here in Chicagoland on Sunday and Monday. I haven’t been in one of those in November since I was in college. We won’t discuss how long ago that was.
Yet here I have written a novel set in northern Michigan at Christmas time. Lots of snow. Lots of cold. Lots of both adding to the peril in which the hero, Chris, and the Heroine, Lauren find themselves encountering.
But snow and cold are so much more to me than a nice way to add to the excitement and danger for my hero and heroine, though I admit writing a snowmobile chase through snowy woods at night was rather fun. In truth, I love snow and cold.
When I lived in Texas a few years ago, lived there for seven years, I yearned for snow and cold. I think I was the only person in Brownsville and two years later in Houston, who was happy about the ice storms we had. I mean, one can dress warmer. One cannot … er … undress cooler.
Not dissing Texas. I know many people love the heat. I meet people here all the time who say they want to move there, at least in the winter.
But I digress.
I grew up in Michigan. Most of my favorite childhood memories are of playing in the snow. We ice skated in gym class in the winter. I owned my own sled, and my dad had a snowmobile he let me drive if he was right behind me and we were on the lake, so the area was clear of obstacles.
Oh, was sailing over the ice ever fun!
One time when snow was falling, my mom, sister, and I walked to the store to buy a few things. We also bought fudgesicles and ate them while walking home again. The snow stuck to them, so it was like a chocolate snow cone.
When I was a teen, I found walking through the snow with another teen of the male species at night terribly romantic. One gets positively frosty, then goes inside to sit by a fire and drink hot chocolate.
Warming up after being cold is part of the fun, or the pleasure of snow.
Now I don’t get cold much. I have a subzero coat with some high tech filling. I have Uggs that keep my feet toasty. I have cashmere-lined gloves for my hands, and an Angora beret for my head. I don’t like my ears covered, so let the beret keep my hair down over my ears, which is quite warm enough.
But what if one had to leave the house so fast one leaves the coat and boots behind? Sweat pants and flannel shirts are fine enough for a heated house, but not for a snowstorm.
So of course I had to send Lauren and Chris into such awful conditions. And it’s Christmas, which somehow makes being on the run that much worse. Christmas should mean being with family and friends and in a warm house.
Sadly, too many people don’t have these. Those people are often without loved ones to help them out or invite them in.
Neither do Lauren and Chris, or at least not loved ones they can go to without endangering them.
What Chris and Lauren discover along the way is that they are still in love despite the past hurts that tore them apart, and that can endure many trials.
I hope you enjoy reading this story of danger and love at Christmas time celebrating the greatest love all, the birth of the Savior.
Laurie Alice Eakes is giving away a copy of Perilous Christmas Reunion to one of my readers! (Winner’s choice of print – US only – or ebook) Void where prohibited by law. This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? Do you like the cold? Or are you booking trips to the sunny south this time of year?