Welcome to my stop along the Naughty or Nice Winter Blog Tour, hosted by Kismet Book Tours! I’m happy to welcome Kate Willoughby, author of Under the Spotlight, to the blog today to talk about her books and her love of Christmas ornaments! I collect ornaments from all the places I’ve visited, as well bookish and cat ornaments, so I understand and support Kate’s love. You’ll also get to learn about her newest book and have the opportunity to win copies of all the books on tour!
Ornament Lovers Unite!
A Guest Post by Kate Willoughby
I write hockey romance and hockey is a winter sport, so I often have important Christmas scenes in my books. In my last book, OUT OF THE GAME, the hero and heroine start their own tradition. At the beginning of the book, they go away together on a crazy whim and stay in a cabin just outside the Zion National Park. By the time Christmas rolls around in the book, they find themselves separated from family—Alex by choice, Claire by circumstance. So, they decide to spend Christmas together at “their cabin.” And what an eventful, emotional Christmas that ends up being! Anyway, they do end up repeating that cabin tradition one more time in the book and that trip is pretty special as well. It’s in the epilogue, so I’ll let you speculate as to what happens there.
In the next book from my In the Zone series, UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT (Dec. 14, 2015), I again have a Christmas scene: the first time Joe meets Christine’s family. Because Christine’s family is Hungarian and I am Chinese, I had to do some research on Hungarian Christmas traditions. It was fascinating. I wanted Joe to bring a hostess gift at Christine’s insistence, because let’s face it, a jock hockey player probably hasn’t even heard of hostess gifts. Because my heroes are usually nice guys, I wanted Joe to choose something more personal than a bottle of wine. He ends up making a traditional Hungarian Christmas ornament while on the plane travelling for one of his road trips and Christine and all the female members of her family fall in love with him.
It’s not surprising that I featured Christmas ornaments. I have a rather large collection of Santa ornaments that I love putting out every year. I’d love to hear about or see pictures of ornaments that are special to you. Please share them in the comments section below.
Stage actress Christine Caspary couldn’t care less about hockey, but when she first sees Joe Rutherford playing in a Barracudas game her mind goes to all sorts of dirty places. By happy chance, her work with Grant A Wish gives her an opportunity to meet him in the flesh.
Right winger Joe Rutherford saw Christine perform when the team went to see Chicago and was so taken with her, he secretly saw the show a second time, alone. When the gorgeous actress with spectacular legs contacts him out of the blue asking for a favor, it’s a no-brainer.
Their chemistry is off the charts. Things heat up quickly and they can’t keep their hands off each other. Soon they’re hooking up whenever their busy schedules allow and having hot phone sex every night at midnight when they don’t. But Joe’s time in the hockey spotlight is fading, just as Christine’s star begins to rise. When she gets her big break into a TV career, how will Joe take to being the arm candy for a change?
Thanks to the lovely people at Harlequin, we have a pretty awesome tour-wide giveaway going on that I KNOW you want to win! Best of luck!
One grand prize winner will receive:
• 1 print copy of The Harder You Fall by Gena Showalter, White Wedding Christmas by Andrea Laurence, A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe by Vicki Lewis Thompson, Wrapped in Red by Nana Malone and Sherelle Green
• 1 eBook copy of A Copper Ridge Christmas by Maisey Yates and Under the Spotlight by Kate Willoughby
• 100,000 Harlequin MyRewards points
• 2 Harlequin Classics limited edition notebooks
• 1 Brenda Jackson Westmoreland limited edition notebook
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