Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A Happy Family Christmas? Guest Author, Barbara White Daille

I'm happy to introduce author Barbara White Daille and her yummy Christmas romance, The Lawman's Christmas Proposal! She and I are trading places today - while she's here, I'm visiting her blog!
Thank you to Patricia for inviting me to share part of your holiday week with you!

When I was growing up, we always had lots of family at our house for the holidays. Along with my parents and sisters, we had one set of grandparents, an aunt and uncle, great-aunts and great-uncles, and a handful of cousins.

Sure, sometimes an ornament or a new toy got broken during the festivities, or someone came down sick the night before and had to spend the day in bed. But other than incidents like those, we had a wonderful time with all that family around, plenty of noise and laughter, and very crowded dinner tables (not one, but two).

In the years since then, some family members have left us and many new ones have come along. But I’ll never forget those early holidays and always look back at them with love.

When I was working on one of the books in my latest series, The Hitching Post Hotel, I was asked to make it a Christmas story. I was thrilled by the request! And challenged by the request. lol

I write romance—and you know the course to true love can never go smoothly. When writing Mitch and Andi’s story, I had to build in conflict and tensions and problems much more serious than a broken tree ornament.

Jed Garland, who is Andi’s grandfather and the patriarch of the Garland family, has turned matchmaker and intends to marry off his three granddaughters. In The Lawman’s Christmas Proposal, Andi is next in line. Jed also wants his family near him at Christmastime and beyond. This makes him go above and beyond to bring together the couple that could be his biggest challenge of all. In this story, I gathered Jed’s family at Hitching Post to give him a wonderful family Christmas…and to relive my fun-filled holidays, too.

Unfortunately, even at their first meeting, former teenaged sweethearts Mitch and Andi don’t seem destined for the happiest of Christmas reunions....

The sudden faraway look in Andi’s eyes prompted Mitch into speech. “Jed tells me you’re staying at the hotel.”

“Temporarily,” she shot back.

He winced at the echo of his response when Jed had mentioned his coming home. Hopefully, he hadn’t sounded as defensive. Looked like Andi didn’t plan to stay around Cowboy Creek. Neither did he.

“I’m only here through the holidays,” she added.

“This is just a short visit for me, too.”

“And then you’ll go back to Los Angeles.”

She sounded as if what he did concerned her. He couldn’t trust that he’d read her right. But he would bet good money she hadn’t forgotten their summer.

He would never forget that day he’d looked across the barn to find the hottest girl he’d ever seen standing in the doorway, a blonde angel in a T-shirt, jeans and riding boots. He’d fallen head over heels and would have sworn she’d done the same.

Every day, once his work at the ranch was done, they had spent as much time together as they could. Until that one day she had just up and left without saying a word.

But here they were… 

And he had the feeling she was about to repeat history and walk off again.


Hope you enjoyed the clip.

I would love to have you share a Christmas memory, too!

About the Author:
Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom.
Barbara’s new series, The Hitching Post Hotel, features a matchmaking grandpa determined to see his three granddaughters wed. The series began with The Cowboy’s Little Surprise and A Rancher of Her Own, and The Lawman’s Christmas Proposal has just debuted. Additional books in the series will be coming up next year.

The Lawman’s Christmas Proposal:
Find Barbara online:
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1 comment:

  1. Patricia - thanks so much for helping me celebrate the holidays with a "double" Christmas blog post!

    Readers - again, I would love to hear one of your holiday memories.

    And please stop by to visit Patricia at my blog, too. http://bit.ly/Spotlight122215