I love this time of year. I’m a Hallmark Christmas movie junkie. I believe in the magic of Christmas lights. I listen to Bing Crosby and dream of a white Christmas the DAY after Halloween. I think a hot cup of coffee, a good book, and a warm blanket on a cold, snowy day can change your entire mood. If I could, I’d have a Christmas tree up in my house year-round. Thank God I married smart, because my husband wouldn’t go for it. He keeps me sane. (Just for full disclosure – It’s a full time job.)
So it was with great pleasure that I started working on the second book in my Mistletoe series, Married Under the Mistletoe. Sophie Edwards, Mel’s mom from Memories Under the Mistletoe, finally gets her chance at love after several years of choosing to be single. One of my favorite romantic tropes is undoubtedly a second chance romance, so I didn’t hesitate to dredge up a little surprise for my 53-year-old heroine.
Just after she finishes decorating her cafe for the holiday season, Sophie gets the surprise of her life when her ex-husband walks into her cafe on a cold, December evening.
It’s not the ex-husband everyone in Pine Grove, South Dakota recalls. It’s not the father to her four children. It’s her first husband–the one that absolutely no one in her immediate family knows about. Her six-foot-three, two hundred and twenty pound, teenage mistake. The same man she’d quietly divorced by command of her parents. She’d never told her kids about him, and those in the town who’d heard rumors about the marriage between the two teens have long forgotten.
Well, that’s about to change when he opens up a cafe right next door to hers.
People in town might not remember the details, but they remember one thing: Noah and Sophie had run away and eloped. Two months after the secret nuptials, Sophie was back in Pine Grove, finishing out her senior year of high school, and Noah never returned. Until now.
The forced proximity dredges up old feelings for Sophie. Since the tragic night their parents found them and forced them to part, she hadn’t allowed herself to think about the memories of eloping with Noah and spending two short months of married bliss–under the mistletoe. Now that he’s back, she can’t stop thinking about those days.
Married Under the Mistletoe will be releasing soon! FYI: There are no sex scenes, but there IS cursing. The characters don’t throw out F bombs, but don’t be surprised if one of them says, “Well, I’ll be damned.” Or one of then says, “Shit” under their breath. That’s why I’ve branded myself a semi-sweet author. I fall somewhere in-between the sexy and inspirational. I would say I lean more to the hot side, because my characters think about sex and some of my books have closed door sex scenes in them. I just wanted to point that out. 🙂
I’ll share excerpts here, and also on my social media accounts, in the upcoming weeks.
Until then, if you haven’t read Memories Under the Mistletoe, make sure that you do! You’ll meet the heroine of Married Under the Mistletoe in that book — she’s the heroine’s mother.