Author Diane Burton hosted me and my latest book release on her blog last month, so I invited her here to share her new book with my readers. Take it away, Diane!
Christmas in August!
Thank you, Nancy, for inviting me to your blog. With temperatures well into triple digits in the U.S.’s southwest, I thought reading about snow and the holidays might help readers cool down. Sort of like the Hallmark Channel that runs Christmas in July specials. Feel good stories. Romances with happy endings.
I live close to Lake Michigan where we get lots of snow. Over 30 feet (not inches, feet) of snow fell our first winter here. It’s so beautiful when the white stuff covers brown lawns and decorates the evergreens. Because I love this area, I set a series of cozy mysteries in a fictitious town (Far Haven) that’s similar to resort towns along Lake Michigan. The Alex O’Hara Novels, feature a female private investigator. Romance Rekindled (a Far Haven Tale) is a spin-off from that series.
Abby Ten Eyck likes her life the way it is. She runs a successful business, has a well-adjusted teenage daughter, and has managed to keep men at bay since her divorce fifteen years ago. Just before Christmas, she’s hit with change. Her mother decides to sell the family home. Then she’s arrested, with an unknown man. Could this new man in her mother’s life create more upheaval? Or could his handsome son be just what Abby needs to revive her dormant feelings?
Sam Watson embraces transition from frenetic Wall Street to a small Michigan resort town. His health is worth moving close to his dad who seems over the moon in love. But it’s the daughter of his father’s girlfriend who fascinates him. Abby Ten Eyck reminds him of his driven self. He must help her slow down before she burns out. Like he did.
Abby stooped to retie the boot laces—although Sam couldn’t figure out why since they were going inside. As she rose, she let loose a round, white ball. Smack into his chest.
For a moment, Sam stood still near the snow-covered lawn, a patch of white decorating his leather jacket. “You know this means war.”
With an evil laugh, he grabbed a handful of snow and packed it well. As he threw it, she dodged. His aim wasn’t far off. The snowball clipped her shoulder.
“Bring it on.” She fired another ball and got his ear, before dodging to the left to avoid his next throw.
They flung a barrage of snowballs at each other. After her last throw that narrowly missed a vulnerable part of his anatomy, he lunged for her and brought her down on the lawn. Her fall was well cushioned by the snow.
“You will pay for that last one,” he said in a falsetto. “I plan to have children someday.”
Lying on the snow-covered lawn, she looked lovely, kissable . . . until she dumped a handful of cold stuff down the back of his neck.
“Someday? You’d better hurry. Someday is about to pass you up. Ooh,” she shrieked as his handful of snow went down the V-neck of her holiday sweater.
With strength that surprised him, she managed to roll him over then sat astride him. “Did you say war? You ain’t seen nothing yet, mister.” With a girlish giggle, she rubbed a handful of snow in his face.
“What are you two doing?” Abby’s mother stood on the front porch, hands on her hips. “Get up before someone sees you acting like children. What will the neighbors say?”
Abby scrambled to her feet then reached down to help him up. “Oh my yes.” She pursed her lips. “What will the neighbors say?”
When he clasped her hand, he noticed the twinkle in her eyes. “Can’t have that.” He scooped her up in a fireman carry and headed for the backyard.
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I hope that snowball fight cools our readers off. Again, thanks for inviting me to your blog today. As a special treat, Romance Rekindled (A Far Haven Tale) is on sale for 99 cents through the weekend.
About the Author:
Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides writing science fiction romance, she writes romantic suspense, and cozy mysteries. Diane and her husband live in West Michigan. They have two children and five grandchildren.
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