1. Give us a Twitter-length description of your Christmas title, 12 Days at Silver Bells House.
Christmas, no snow. A heatwave & a problem with Santa. Will mistletoe magic still work?
2. Why did you set your story at Christmas?
Because I believe in enchantment and Christmas is the time of year we can attempt to acknowledge everyone who means something vital to us, and even to those we don’t know.
3. What is your favourite thing about Christmas time?
The 12 day ritual. The whole run-up, that’s where the real excitement lies for me; plus the day itself with lots of wrapping paper flung around as gifts are given and received; and the sense of relaxation and rejuvenation as the holidays continue – with platefuls of food and fine-stemmed flutes of bubbly – with no regard for counting calories.
4. What do you hope Santa will leave you under the tree this year?
A huge doll house. Sindy doll is my personal fave, but I’d give her (my) doll house over to Barbie and Ken, so I can re-arrange their lives (and the furniture) until they come to their senses and Barbie cuts her golden locks to a short sexy bob, and Ken stops looking like an action He-Man and actually gets down to the action.
5. Finally, are your characters naughty or nice?
Things happen in the bedroom and the door is open, but you won’t find Jamie or Kate from 12 Days at Silver Bells House anything other than active and provocative (they prefer to tease your senses…).
From the author of the internationally bestselling The House on Burra Burra Lane comes a Christmas story — country style.
Kate Singleton has twelve days to find herself. With Christmas Day and her thirtieth birthday approaching, the best thing a city-chic fashion designer who no longer has a raison d’etre can do is nullify herself in the country. With Chardonnay.
When trouble strikes, the country presents her with Jamie Knight — a gallant but uncommunicative He-Man who drives an excavator and arrives to rescue Kate, her shoes and her case of Chardonnay from a boggy field.
The adventure should be over — nothing but a good story to tell to her friends in the city — but her saviour turns out to also be an unexpected roommate, the new owner of Silver Bells House, Kate’s holiday home.
Forced together and dragged into the community Christmas spirit of the town, Kate and Jamie flounder their way through mistletoe, kissing games, carolling choirs, and a bone-deep yearning for community and acceptance.
Can the enchanting Silver Bells House and the holidays bind them together? Or will love get lost on Highway B23 back to the city?