I am delighted to welcome author Belle Calhoune to the blog today to chat about exciting things coming up for her novel An Alaskan Christmas!
What exciting things you might ask? Well, how about a MOVIE?!?!
Belle Calhoune is a Publisher’s Weekly best-selling author of inspirational and heartwarming romance. Raised in a small town in Massachusetts, Belle had the pleasure of growing up right across the street from a public library. Married to her college sweetheart, Belle has two lovely daughters and two very spoiled dogs. She is a member of the RWA Honor Roll and a recipient of the Angeline Bishop award for multicultural series. She’s published 40 novels with four additional books being released in 2020 and 2021 from Harlequin Love Inspired.
AN ALASKAN CHRISTMAS
SERIES: Alaskan Grooms #6
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Love Inspired
RELEASE DATE: October 1, 2017
Her Christmas Match
After inheriting a gift shop in Love, Alaska, single mom Maggie Richards is ready for a new beginning—while her little boy is ready for a new daddy! But Maggie has no time for love—she wants to open the shop in time for Christmas, something she’ll do with help from childhood friend Finn O’Rourke. Finn’s on board to help Maggie—but not with the romance rumors that swirl around them like snow. Like Maggie, he’s hiding too many secrets to ever wed. So why do Maggie and her little boy make him dream of finding an unusual gift under the tree—a ready-made family?
Hi Belle! Welcome to the blog!
Belle: I am a definite dog person. I’ve never owned a cat in my life. I grew up with dogs, and ever since we were married 26 years ago, my hubby and I have always had dogs. My daughters love dogs as well and are very appreciative that they grew up with dogs as pets. At the moment we have a mini poodle named Copper and a black lab named Beau. I think dogs are the most loyal animals in the world. All they ask is to love and be loved.
Carrie: I completely agree!!
Belle: This is a really tough one! I enjoy both, but if I had to choose it would be tea. What fascinates me about tea is all the various flavors. Picking different ones is really fun. My favorite teas are green tea and chamomile. In my latest series for Love Inspired (Home to Owl Creek) there is a tea house in Owl Creek called Tea Time. It was fun writing scenes set in the tea house because they are such enjoyable venues. I also find tea very relaxing and soothing. Last March my husband, two daughters and I went to Europe for a ten-day adventure, splitting our time between London and Paris. In London we went to a delightful tea place called Sketch. It was one of the highlights of our trip to enjoy an elaborate English tea-time.
Carrie: I keep wishing I would all of a sudden start liking tea because of all those fun flavors! And oh that European trip sounds delightful!!
Belle: Oceans draw me in. I feel totally at home at the beach, smelling the tangy sea air and taking a nice swim in the ocean. I would love to have a house right on the beach. My family had a summer house in Cape Cod during my childhood years (we still have it) and it was lovely to have a house by the ocean.
Carrie: My ideal place would be somewhere that had easy access to both!
Belle: I am a very tactile person, so I love the feel of a book in my hands. There’s nothing quite like it. I think ebooks are very convenient, but I prefer print books. It’s also really easy for a writer to sign their name to a reader in a print book. I even love the sound of pages being turned and the smell of books. I grew up across the street from a public library, so I’ve always loved print books.
Carrie: I’m the same – but don’t take my Kindle away 😉
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Belle: If I had a super power, it would be to fly. I’m a little nervous about flying in airplanes, so perhaps if I could fly myself this fear would dissipate. I love traveling, so if I could fly it would be really amazing to see and experience the whole world. I could bypass the whole airport experience and simply fly myself there. Now that would be really cool.
Carrie: That’s a great way to express the potential benefits of that particular superpower – love it!
Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Belle: I absolutely loved Jo March. She was smart, independent, feisty…and a writer. I just adored her. I loved her friendship with Laurie and it broke my little heart when he married bratty Amy. I’m still not over it! I think Louisa May Alcott created a brilliant character with Jo March. She really left an indelible impression on me.
Carrie: We are kindred spirits – i’m not over the Laurie-Amy-not-Jo thing either!!!!
Q: What’s the strangest thing you’ve googled while researching a book?
Belle: I have a book coming out on December 17th called Her Secret Alaskan Family. It revolves around the heroine, Sage, discovering on her mother’s deathbed that she was stolen at three months old from a family in Alaska. While researching the book I googled stolen babies, milk carton kids, fake birth certificates, stolen birth certificates from deceased babies and ways to enter the country with a stolen baby. If someone had seen those searches they might have suspected me of being up to no good.
Carrie: hahaha! (Also – i’m super intrigued by that plot line! Going on my TBR list…)
Q: What surprised you about An Alaskan Christmas or its characters as you wrote it?
Belle: In “An Alaskan Christmas” the hero, Finn O’Rourke is suffering due to childhood trauma and feelings of guilt due to his mother’s tragic death. Finn really burrowed himself into my heart and I acutely felt his pain and guilt. Finn was such a loving and caring man, but his past made him feel that he couldn’t love or be loved. The journey he went through during the course of the book was transformative. To this day he is one of my favorite characters. I’m so excited that the world will be able to see him on the small screen in the tv adaptation “Love, Alaska” to be seen on uptv on October 26th at 7 pm EST.
Carrie: I look forward to meeting him!
Q: What’s something that God taught you while you wrote An Alaskan Christmas?
Belle:With An Alaskan Christmas God taught me that we are all meant to love one another and that despite our past circumstances, we can always turn things around. And in reading this book I hope readers come away the understanding that we were all meant to be loved and cherished.
Carrie: truths our world desperately needs lately….
Belle Calhoune is offering a copy of An Alaskan Christmas to one of my readers! (US only) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
Don’t forget to tune in to UPtv on Saturday, October 26th at 7pm Eastern for Love, Alaska!