Welcome to the Blog Tour for The Doctor’s Christmas Dilemma by Danielle Thorne, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m delighted to have Danielle on the blog today to chat about her new book!
THE DOCTOR’S CHRISTMAS DILEMMA by Danielle Thorne
GENRE: Contemporary/Christmas Romance (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired
RELEASE DATE: October 24th, 2023
Home for the holidays…
Or home for good?
Once upon a time, Ben Cooper left his hometown to follow his dreams of becoming a big-city doctor. Now he’s back to run his father’s clinic and spend Christmas with his daughter, not to fall for McKenzie Price, the woman who broke his heart. But when McKenzie steps in to help Ben reconnect with his little girl, and old sparks begin to ignite, will Ben give up city life for a second chance at love?
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Hi Danielle! Welcome to the blog!
Danielle: Let it snow! It may be my Chicago roots, but I enjoy wintertime. We don’t get much snow in central Georgia, but I love cool air, warm sweaters and an evening by the fire.
Carrie: I am right there with you! I grew up in northern Illinois and now live just outside of Atlanta and we just never get wintry enough here for my taste! I would love a really good snow this year 🙂
Danielle: I’m going to make someone flinch, but I’ve never cared which way the TP faces. It’s a well-known secret that I’m terrible at refilling the roll, so who can expect me to put it a certain way? My dear husband, on the other hand, has his preferences and even folds the end into a little triangle…
Carrie: haha! I love that!
Danielle: Soup! I love my Insta Pot and make soups and stews all the time. They’re fast, easy, and nutritious. I eat them year around. Cauliflower cheese soup is my favorite.
Carrie: mmm now i want soup too!
Danielle: eBook. I’ve read eBooks for so long that I prefer the light tablet and easy to swipe pages. The only exception is when I read non-fiction. I like informative and instructional books in paperback. I’m a highlighter.
Carrie: i am the exact same way! Though i do love having print copies of my fave novels to hug when I get the urge lol. But I read almost exclusively on ebook these days.
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Danielle: If I had a superpower it’d be listening. I’m not much of a talker unless I’m with a friend and have something on my mind. I like to listen to people share their feelings and experiences. Everyone has a story, and listening helps us understand one another.
Carrie: i love this answer! ♥ This crazy world would be a much better place if we would all listen more and talk less…
Q: When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head first?
Danielle: I love almost all fiction genres. When I walk into a bookstore, I head for the bestsellers’ shelf to see what’s out in historical, suspense, and romance. I prefer historical romance unless it’s an uplifting, inspirational story. If there’s faith and family supporting the hero and heroine, I’m happy to read it whether they’re filled with cowboys, emergency responders, or small town characters with quirks and charm.
Carrie: yes please!
Q: If I sneaked a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?
Danielle: I travel light. All I took for two weeks in the U.K. was a carry-on the last time I hopped a plane, so the first thing you’d notice is I don’t have a big purse. It’s nice, but I got it off eBay because I don’t buy new if I can help it. If you peeked inside, you’d see I’m basic but prepared—wallet, hand sanitizer, lip balm, peppermints, and an allergy-free snack bar. If you search the pockets you’ll realize I’m also an essential oil junkie, and that I don’t keep up with my receipts very well.
Carrie: oh the bottomless pit of receipts… i know it well lol
Q: Which character in The Doctor’s Christmas Dilemma was the most difficult to write?
Danielle: I had a little too much fun writing McKenzie Price’s boss in The Doctor’s Christmas Dilemma, but toning him down was difficult. I needed a villain to create conflict at her job, but not all antagonists have to literally be bad guys. Taking a cue from Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice, I made Maurice Mayer pious and humorless. I also dressed him all in brown. There was a part of him that cried for a little sympathy so I tried to make him more clueless than cruel, but he definitely isn’t a fun guy which can be tricky to write in an uplifting romance. The moral of the story is: no one’s perfect.
Carrie: He sounds like a really layered character!
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from The Doctor’s Christmas Dilemma?
Danielle: I hope that readers put down this story satisfied with another sweet and tender romance and are more aware of how they balance their goals with their loved ones. I believe family is forever, and we start building our relationships now. Dreams and goals are important, but they must never get in the way of those who depend on our loyalty. We need to love our families, and that means taking care of them before ourselves when we’re in a healthy place.
Carrie: so very true!
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Danielle: I have two more Love Inspired romances coming out next year set in a brand new town! One has a beekeeping theme, and the other is an enemies to lovers trope with a set of twins. When not working on drafts and edits for those projects, I’m rewriting a piece of women’s fiction with a paranormal twist. It’s set in the South around a homemaker’s midlife crisis—quite different from what I’ve ever written before—but it was fun and therapeutic!
Danielle Thorne writes happily-ever-afters set in the South for Harlequin Love Inspired. A graduate of BYU-Idaho, she also writes stories about Regency ladies, pirates, and not-so-distressed damsels from her home south of Atlanta. Free time is filled with documentaries, too much yard work, and not enough travel. When not writing wholesome romances, Danielle hangs out with friends or chases cats. She enjoys the outdoors and serving in her church and community. Danielle’s been married to the same fellow for thirty years, has four sons, four bonus daughters and two grandbabies. She loves them more than life.
Connect with Danielle by visiting daniellethorne.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.
(1) winner will win an autographed print copy of The Doctor’s Christmas Dilemma, a bookmark, and a $25 Amazon gift card!
Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight November 7, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on November 14, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US/CAN only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.
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