One Sweet Christmas
Sweet Contemporary Romance
It’s going to take more than a few pieces of chocolate to fill this Scrooge’s heart with Christmas cheer. Luckily Candice Cane has a whole shop full... Candice Cane is not proud of the way she acted after her last encounter with Jackson Frost. Sure revenge was fun, but it’s left Jackson standing, angry and looking for answers, on the welcome mat in her chocolate shop. Now he’s after some revenge of his own. Jackson returned to his small hometown for one reason and one reason only...so he’s not sure how he’s ended up in a Santa suit in the middle of a chocolate shop, at the behest of its beautiful owner, instead of high-tailing it back to the city as fast as he can.
Buy Links: coming soon!
‘You’re late.’ She shoved the bag at him. ‘Here’s your suit.’
He stepped back. ‘Wait, you don’t actually think I’m going through with this.’
‘If you ever want to be single again, you’ll take this bag and get changed in the washroom — now.’ The children were waiting, and lack of sleep made Candi in no mood to argue.
He stood still for several seconds and then, without warning, he closed the door behind him. Jackson grabbed the bag from her hands and tossed it on the counter.
Candi held a breath.
His eyes filled with longing. His chest expanded, as if he attempted to control his breathing. Every nerve in her body tingled in anticipation. The voice in her head demanded she flee, yet her feet remained cemented to the floor. She waited — hoping Jackson would pull her into his arms.
Children’s laughter echoed from the shop and broke his advance.
‘You and I need to clear a few things that are screwy in my head but, apparently, I have a job to do first.’ Jackson shrugged out of his coat and unzipped the bag.
‘You can change...’ Candi stopped. Did he have no modesty? Jackson whisked his blue, long-sleeved shirt over his head and stepped from his dark trousers. He stood in front of her in only a black T-shirt and matching boxers.
Candi’s cheeks burned, but she couldn’t look away. He was beautiful, even more than she remembered. The thin T-shirt stretched across the planes of his chest. His legs were long and muscled. If Jackson meant to embarrass her, his plan worked. Unable to tear her gaze away, she watched as he stepped into the red pants and slipped his arms into the coat. He strapped on the pillow-stuffed belly bag and fumbled with the buttons through the fake fur trim.
The pants were a bit short, but nothing the boots wouldn’t hide. The coat fit snug across his broad shoulders and the pants clung nicely to his butt. Candi sucked in a breath and passed him a wig and fluffy, white beard. Jackson rolled his eyes, donning the fake hair, and topped off the disguise with a floppy red hat.
‘How do I look?’
He would definitely win over the children, but a sinking feeling washed through her stomach when she envisioned the youngsters fighting their mothers to see who first sat on Santa’s lap. ‘Just like jolly old Saint Nick,’ she said. But much hotter!
About the Author:
An avid reader since childhood, Darlene loved to put a pencil to paper and plot out stories of her own. Her writing is a combination of contemporary romance with chick lit flare, and a main focus as a plot-driven page-turner. When Darlene isn’t writing, editing, or reading she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and Yellow Lab.
Contact links: Web Blog: http://findingthewritewords.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DarleneLF Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarleneLF
Darlene will be giving away a piece of Homemade Jewelry and a free PDF copy of her title One Sweet Christmas.
For those who don’t know much about you, can you tell us a little about yourself?
An avid reader since childhood, I loved to put a pencil to paper and plot out stories of my own. My writing is a combination of contemporary romance with chick lit flare, and a main focus as a plot-driven page-turner. When I’m not writing, editing, or reading, I enjoy spending time with my husband, daughter, and Yellow Lab.
Where did you get the idea for One Sweet Christmas?
I love the beauty and magic of the Christmas season and wanted to use that setting for the first book in the Redford Falls series. Combining tasty sweets was an added bonus.
What kind of research did you do? Do you enjoy the research?
The only research I had to do was to find delicious recipes for my heroine to bake in her chocolate shop. Testing the researched recipes was lots of fun.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on a family series titled, Daddy’s Girls. There are six books to this series. Each story has one of Joseph’s daughters finding their way back home, where she also finds romance and a happy ending.
What is your favorite quote from One Sweet Christmas?
‘No...no way!’ Jackson stepped back, colliding with the wall. ‘Candi, if you think I’m going to play Santa, you’re out of your damn mind!’
Are the names in your book special to you? How do you come up with the names for your characters?
The names of most of my characters in One Sweet Christmas have a wintery/Christmas theme. You may recognize some names (with a twist) from my favorite Christmas movies.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what is it?
Disclaimer: The contents of this story may have the reader running for a chocolate treat.
What are you reading now?
I’m reading The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jennifer Snow.
Do you listen to music while you write or read?
Music inspires my writing, so I can listen to it while writing, but not when reading.
What was the hardest part of writing One Sweet Christmas?
Trying not to get up for a snack, lol.
Who designed the cover?
My delicious cover was designed by Escape Publishing’s cover artist.
When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up?
What are your pet peeves?
I have so many, lol. I’m OCD with organization (self-diagnosed) so anything lying around must be put back in its spot.
Do you draw on personal experiences or purely imagination?
Definitely created from the imagination.
Jane Porter and Sarah Addison Allen
The Sugar Queen
Drive By (by Train)
Favorite eye color?
Favorite hair color?
Favorite place to read/write?
In my comfy chair in the living room.
Let’s have some fun. Answer the first thing that comes to you. No cheating!
Hot or cold
In or Out
Up or Down
Curled UP in a warm blanket
Boxers or Briefs
Night or Day
Toys or no toys
Depends on what you’re referring to? lol.
Chest hair or no chest hair
A little chest hair
Lace or No lace
Depends on where the lace is. lol!
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write when you can. Don’t pressure yourself with deadlines.
Where can readers contact you and find out more about your work?