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Book: Christmas in Tahoe
Release Date: November 11, 2013
The Christmas To Do List
Thanks so much for having me join you as part of the Mistletoe Madness Blog event! I’m thrilled to be here! Some people say the days leading up to Christmas are the most wonderful time of the year (in some ways more exciting than the holidays themselves). There’s the anticipation of spending time with family, taking some time off work, maybe seeing some long-lost relatives, and of course, enjoying (and forging) unique holiday traditions.
But for the two characters in my latest release, Christmas in Tahoe, anticipation about the approaching holiday season brings mixed emotions. Ann Smith, a buttoned-down actuary living in Silicon Valley, hasn’t been able to restart her personal life since her fiancé died two years ago right before Christmas. And Chase Deckert, a bearded snowboarding instructor has his own challenges. He’s hiding out in Tahoe because he was burned professionally and can’t stomach the thought of going back to his old life.
Even though they don’t plan to be with their families, both Chase and Ann approach the holidays with a sense of hope and optimism. In fact, before he knew Ann was going to be joining him for Christmas, Chase made up his own to-do list for Christmas Day in Tahoe:
- Unwrap gifts—a new leash for Roxy (Chase’s black lab) and a new snowboard for himself.
- Swing by downtown Truckee to check out the town’s giant, lighted Christmas tree or head to Squaw to check out Gingerbread Village — it’s cheesy, but it’s tradition!
- Spend the morning snowboarding at Alpine. Keep an eye out for dudes in Santa hats.
- Take a hike up Eagle Rock with Roxy. Definitely worth the trek.
- Have an ice cold beer (or three) to relax after all of the fun.
- Take a good, long soak in the hot tub.
- Call Mom, Dad, and Tommy to wish them a Merry Christmas.
- Make pasta with Bolognese sauce (a Deckert Christmas tradition).
- Relax in front of a roaring fire. A real fire. None of that gas-lit crap.
- Spike some hot chocolate with peppermint Schnapps and think about how great it is to be in the most beautiful place in the world—Lake Tahoe at Christmastime.
The novella takes place over a long holiday weekend, and at first, Chase and Ann don’t quite realize how much they need each other. Fortunately, by the end, they finally figure out that they belong together. And love is what the holidays are really all about, right?
About the Book:
Silicon Valley actuary Ann Smith is an expert at calculating probabilities, but lately the odds haven’t been in her favor. Two years ago her fiancé died a week before their planned Christmas wedding, leaving Ann heartbroken and alone. When a friend suggests heading up to Lake Tahoe for a long Christmas weekend of skiing, wine, and relaxation, Ann thinks it might be just the thing to help get her life back on track. But Ann’s plans go awry when her friend cancels at the last minute, and Ann ends up driving to Tahoe with Chase Deckert, a sexy snowboarder who pushes all her buttons.
Chase Deckert is a man who lives by his own rules. A few years ago his business partner betrayed him by selling out their biomedical research for a quick profit. Chase left science far behind, and now spends his days snowboarding in Tahoe, wanting nothing to do with the dog-eat-dog world of Silicon Valley. Chase has closed his mind and his heart and only believes in one thing: fate. But fate seems to be in a giving mood, because joining him for Christmas is a brave, beautiful woman who shows him the true meaning of the season and helps him rediscover a part of himself he’d long forgotten.
Fueled by the mountain scenery, the season, and their unbelievable chemistry, Ann and Chase end up learning more about each other—and themselves—than they ever imagined possible. Can one long, steamy Christmas help them realize they’re meant to be together? Or when the holiday is over will they be right back where they started?
Elisabeth Barrett lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and spends her days teaching, editing, writing sexy contemporary romance, and enjoying time with her sometimes-bearded husband and three spirited children. She is constantly perfecting her home-work-writing juggling act, but in her free time she loves to hike open space preserves, grow orchids, bake sweet things her husband won’t eat, and sing in grand choruses.
Elisabeth is offering up one (1) digital copy of Christmas in Tahoe to one lucky commenter. To enter, just leave a comment letting Elisabeth know what your favorite holiday traditions are and fill out the Rafflecopter form, below! The giveaway is open to all, where not prohibited by law. Winner will be selected at random from the eligible entries. Giveaway open from December 7 to December 12, 2013 at 12:00 AM EST. Open to all readers, 18 years or older, who are legally allowed to participate in such a contest as allowed by their local laws. All federal, state, local, and municipal laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. By participating in the contest, participants agree to be bound by the decisions of the contest sponsor.
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