It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Northern Hearts (+ author interview)

Posted December 13, 2019 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, Christmas, contemporary, giveaway, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) 2019, Laurie Wood, mystery/suspense, romance / 14 Comments

today’s book: northern hearts by laurie wood

Christmas is only 12 days away according to Google (if we get to Dec 25th and we have days left over, blame Google, not me lol.), BUT now ’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) This year I’m continuing my annual blog series spotlighting new and recently-released Christmas reads, and I’m super excited! Christmas books make me happy!

So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your own bookish Christmas list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)

Today’s featured book is a follow-up novella to the author’s fabulous romantic suspense debut + Laurie Wood sits down with me for a chat!

Heroes of the Tundra #1.5
GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
PUBLISHER: Anaiah Press
RELEASE DATE: December 5, 2019

Wealthy socialite Kali McIntyre dreams of opening her own dessert bar, Sassy Sweets, in downtown Winnipeg—until her father crushes that dream when he cuts her off financially. He’s determined to get her to use her law degree to join the family’s high-powered law firm. She’s determined to do anything but that. And when an unknown-to-her aunt dies in Churchill, Manitoba, leaving her an unbelievable inheritance, Kali’s on the next flight up north to make her dreams a reality.

Chef Jake Miller has lived in Churchill for the past ten years, working hard to keep The Great Northern Lodge afloat through some tough times. But then his business partner dies unexpectedly, without telling him that she’d changed her will or that she had a niece who is set to inherit everything. Now, Jake and Kali have thirty days to work together and decide–who will stay and who will go–before Christmas rolls around. Secrets, attempted murder, and a new menu all add up to a Christmas unlike any other.


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Hi Laurie! Welcome to the blog!

Laurie: DOGS although along with our 2 dogs we have 2 cats as well

Carrie: I’ll forgive you for the cats 😉

Laurie: Definitely COFFEE and lots of it!

Carrie: lol i’m almost positive that’s a requirement to be an author lol

Laurie: Netflix for all the crime documentaries for research.

Carrie: oh that does sound fun!

Laurie: Board games – I love any board game but especially word ones like Scrabble and Scattergories!

Carrie: ooo i haven’t played Scattergories in years! I love that game 🙂

Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Laurie: If I had a superpower – besides writing, you mean? ? The superpower I would want to have would be being able to clean my entire house in under three hours. Or, being able to snap my fingers and have the house cleaned, just like that, snap!

Carrie: Writing is totally a superpower, and I want to have the cleaning superpower please.

Q: When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head first? 

Laurie: I go straight to “New Fiction” or whatever’s on the first table and check out the “Bestsellers”, then to the romance/romantic suspense section to check out my favourite authors.

Carrie: yep, that first table draws me in too 🙂

Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?

Laurie: This past year my husband bought me a glass ergonomic desk, with a pull-out tray that holds my keyboard at the right height. It’s been wonderful to have my own corner of the dining room and be able to keep my writing “stuff” contained to that space. I do sometimes write long hand, on the couch or in the library, and I’ve been known to write in “Notes” on my phone at the doctor’s office when I was without a pen. But I think it’s best to have your own space where you don’t have to put everything away and can just pick up again where you left off the day before.

Carrie: i agree!

Q: Which of your main characters is most like you?

Laurie: You haven’t met her yet because she’s Joy Gallagher, the heroine in NORTHERN PROTECTOR, which is coming out in June, 2020. Joy is an older heroine, a single mom of a six year old girl (not that I was a single mom), but she’s had a harder life than Kira Summers or Kali McIntyre and she’s got some life experience to offer the hero, Ben Koper. She’s feisty and a bit of a tough cookie. ?

Carrie: I cannot wait!! I loved Northern Deception so much!

Q: If Hollywood wanted to produce Northern Hearts as a movie, who would you want to be cast as the lead roles? 

Laurie: For NORTHERN HEARTS, my heroine Kali McIntyre would definitely be Kristin Bell, with longer hair. The hero, Jake Miller, would be Juan Pablo di Pace, who’s an actor who starred in Fuller House. They were my visual inspiration while I wrote the novella. I like to make Pinterest boards for my books. It’s helpful to have visuals to get my head back into the story. 

Carrie: most excellent choices 🙂

Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Northern Hearts?

Laurie: What I’d like readers to take away from NORTHERN HEARTS is that family is also the people God brings into your life, not just the people He’s given you at birth. There may be dysfunctional aspects of our family that need to be dealt with before we can heal and grow with hope. God will always provide the people in your life to bring about that hope and healing. He certainly has in my own life.

Carrie: well-said, i love that!

Laurie Wood lives in Central Canada and writes inspirational romantic suspense with an edge of danger. She’s also a military wife who’s raised two wonderful special needs children to adulthood. They’ve lived all over Canada and are still on that journey. When she’s not writing she can be found at her spinning wheel, knitting, or hanging out with her dogs in the garden. She loves to hear from readers and always replies so feel free to get in touch with her below.

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What about you? What interests you most about Northern Hearts? What’s something new you learned about Laurie Wood from this post?

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14 responses to “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Northern Hearts (+ author interview)

  1. Joan Arning

    That family is the people God brings into our lives. I am rarely with my “real” family on holidays but I have friends who are my family.

  2. Ms Barb, I wasn’t allowed to put any recipes in the book for copyright reasons, but one of the Lodge’s “signature” brownies is made with black beans. You can probably find such a recipe by googling it. They make brownies healthier as well as richer tasting and so yummy! But I would’ve liked to have that recipe in the back of the book, as well as a recipe for Polar Bear Paws, which are basically iced sugar cookies with chocolate chips for claws. 🙂

  3. Patty

    Sounds like a cute premise, two people who know nothing about each other, thrown together in a difficult situation.

  4. Brandi

    New to me author, sounds like a fun premise. I love Christmas stories, so throw in a dash of mystery, romance and baking, and you have to have a winner.

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