Thank for having me here today to talk about my newest release, WE’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS. The book just came out and I’m really excited about it. It’s the third in my “Holloway” series, which references the fictional town where the book is set, Holloway, West Virginia.
With each book I write there is something about it that really stands out for me. It’s that almost undefinable thing that makes it special and sets it apart from other books I’ve written. Sometimes it’s a character. Sometimes it’s the tone or the plotting. Sometimes it’s my love of the genre or a character’s backstory. And, honestly, it’s not always easy to pinpoint what “it” is.
Thinking about this topic, I realized one of my favorite things about this book is the hero, Spence Thomas. He is book smart, has numerous degrees and runs a successful business. He’s an off-the-charts IQ type. He also works with his hands and is also a little rough around the edges. He’s not a pretty boy or the kind who never gets dirty (and feel free to read more into that). In fact, he often does and says what he shouldn’t. And, well, he is a tad clueless when it comes to interpersonal relationships. Probably more than a “tad” but I’m being nice here.
As with all of these things, his messed-up view about relationships comes from a serious history. His mom left when he was a kid. All around him are examples of women leaving. Despite his big brain, he develops this sense that relationships with women are temporary. Not that he wants them to be temporary – he’s not a commitment-phobe – but that they are and that’s a fact and there’s not much a guy can do about it.
Nora Roberts had a hero with some of those characteristics (not all), Ethan in RISING TIDES (part of the Chesapeake Bay series). He was a good guy, a little gruff, in love but twisted around by his upbringing. I’ve been hooked on this type of hero ever since. So, I thank Nora for inspiring me to write Spence. There’s just something really appealing to me about the guy who is sitting back watching life unfold and not totally getting it. It feels real and complex. But, to be honest, I like many types of heroes. I’m thinking one of my favorite things about writing and reading romance is the men. 🙂
No man likes having his bedroom skills described as forgettable, but that’s just what Lila Payne does when she runs into Spencer Thomas again. When she discovers that he’d lied about his name during their brief three-day romp a few months before, she’s so angry that she pretends she doesn’t remember him.
Spence regrets his deception, but not as much as he regrets that their time together didn’t last longer. When she shows up in his town, looking to revitalize her uncle’s mountain resort, Spence is determined to help. Maybe rescuing Lila from a hopeless renovation project will get him in her good graces—and back in her bed.
Lila has no interest in being rescued, and Spence is insulted by her stubborn rebuffs and her “faulty” memory. But when rehab work turns into an after-hours meeting, the two of them are in for a night that just might prove unforgettable…