From December 7th until December 14th, Goodreads readers have a chance to win a signed copy of Twistmas – The Season for Love just in time to read for Christmas.
A few years ago, I set out to write a romance that took place at Christmas time. To start the story, I had to answer a few questions…
- Where would it take place?
- Who would be the characters?
- What twist could I put in the story involving knights?
- Should I make it serious or add a little humour?
The answers came fairly quickly…
- I’ve always wanted to write a story that took place in Cole Harbour and Dartmouth, and this romance offered the perfect opportunity. I was born and raised in Cole Harbour, a community just outside of Dartmouth. My family still lives there. Most of my work life was spent at various jobs in Dartmouth, so the female lead in this story does the same. The male lead lives in Bedford, another community just outside of Dartmouth.
- The female lead is Jan Cooper, a single mom raising her daughter alone because her husband just up and left. I wanted her to be strong and independent; what single mom isn’t? I’m all about family, so Jan has a great supporting family to help her through hard times and to enjoy the good times. The male lead is Delanie Taylor, a divorced man who also has a daughter. I burdened him with an overbearing ex-wife who constantly butts into his life. Bitchy ex-wives are great sources for conflict and trouble.
- When Jan was eight years old, she wished and dreamed for the popular doll of the era: Knight in Shining Armour. Although she was extra good as Santa Claus told her to be, she still didn’t get her heart’s desire for Christmas. Ever since, she hasn’t believed in Santa, and she feels her knight in shining armour will never find her.
- Serious? Life is already too serious. So I injected a little humour here and there. Although Delanie comes off as the perfect man, he’s not exactly. You’ll know what I mean if you read the story. He’s entertaining and unpredictable, but his heart is in the right place.
Here’s the cover blurb for Twistmas – The Season for Love.
Jan Cooper doesn’t believe in Santa Claus. The jolly old elf had failed to deliver the one true gift her heart desired. The single mom’s only wish is for Christmas to pass quickly, so life can return to normal, and she can forget about the two men who had disappointed her most: St. Nick and her ex-husband.
Delanie Taylor is regional manager for Dreamland of Toys. Divorced and struggling to control his teenage daughter and overbearing ex-wife, he has no time for romance. When he meets Jan’s daughter at the toy store searching for the perfect gift for her mother, he unknowingly discovers the perfect gift for himself.
This is an adult Christmas romance, so I wouldn’t recommend this book for anyone under sixteen though I’m sure there are younger readers who have read worse. Still, I’m old fashion, so I wouldn’t allow my kids under sixteen to read this because of the few short sex scenes in it. It does not contain violence or gratuitous sex.