I love Christmas books! I love Christmas! I’m a disaster this holiday… gahhh!!! behind on my craftiness and gifting and stocked up on my stress so I NEEDED to curl up with Cheryl Harper’s new book Santa, Bring My Baby Back and relax. I LOVED it! Click HERE for my review.
Take a break from your hustle and bustle and enjoy our silly chat too. Oh! Make sure you enter her blog tour contest! *points down*
The Queen of Tarts
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Me: Hon! (((hugs))) Look ya’ll- Cheryl Harper is in the house! It was supposed to really be a “LooK!” interview, but technical difficulties derailed me. *sigh* Thank you Cheryl for playing with me anyways. <g> You’re not off the hook though! We are totally going to reschedule our Google Giggle playdate.
Cheryl: You bet! I’m happy to have the chance to chat with you and we’ll definitely reschedule.
Me: Phew! *Collapses on couch* Sit! Sit and help me eat these snacks pretty please. Cookies and brownies and candy oh my… I’d like to say it’s for the holidays… But I’m pretty much a sweets fiend all the time. 😛 *passes dessert tray to Cheryl* Do you go into holiday baking mode and bake treats?
Cheryl: I do! Christmas traditions are important to me so I try my hand at the once-a-year treats my grandmother and mother made. Since I’m not much of a cook, these efforts are totally trial and error, but I’m starting to get the hang of making candy like peanut butter fudge. Around my house, it’s not Christmas without peanut butter fudge.
Me: oooo Yum!
Speaking of treats! You had a book birthday this month and gave us a treat! Santa, Bring My Baby Back Home came out December 17th. Tell me about writing Charlie and Grace and the Rock’n’Rolla Hotel… and wedding dresses and hotel bills. 😀
Cheryl: Every book I write starts with a single scene. I don’t know the characters yet, but I can see them. This one started with an impatient man in a gold lamé jacket and a beautiful abandoned bride. Figuring out how they could go together was a lot of fun! Charlie, the too serious son of Willodean Jackson, has been watching for people who might take advantage of his generous mother for a long time and Grace seems to be dangerous, but all she wants is to find the place she really fits. After being a rolling stone for so long, it’s hard for her to contemplate stopping. That seems like settling and she’s used to working too hard to just give in. And there are all these other characters from earlier books and it’s Christmas and the hotel’s a pretty special place. I enjoyed writing them all, but this one was special.
Me: *sigh* I thought it was special too! I loved revisiting the hotel and seeing Charlie and Grace fall in love.
What are you working on next you crazy girl? You’ve had 3 novels and 1 novella this year in the Rock’n’Rolla Hotel series… We love you having so many book birthdays but. but! That schedule? Insanity! 😛 You Lol Have some more goodies. *passes candy bowl*
Cheryl: Well, I’m working on a few different things, but my next book coming out is a sweet romance with Harlequin Heartwarming. A Minute on the Lips (February 2014) is about a small-town sheriff who has to solve a break-in and run for re-election while dodging a too handsome newspaper editor who always shows up at the wrong place at the right time.
Me: Awwww Wants! *Couch Kermit Flail* YAY!!!
Ok… Before I let you get back to writing and holiday prep I just NEED to ask some important questions….
→ How could you compare your writing process to getting a pedicure?
Cheryl: Oh, man. Okay, in both, I spend a lot of time staring off into space? Or…no, maybe when I finish a draft, things are a real mess, but after a lot of trimming, filing away, and polishing, the story shines like a few coats of Ravishing Red.
→ I just made up a word hushine please make up a definition and use the word in a sentence. 😛
Cherly: Hushine: the way snow quiets everything and makes you think you’re the only person in the world
This hushine foot of snow means it’s way too quiet around here.
Me: Oh! love it. I like that hushine feeling too.
→ I’ve put together an sequence of words beginning with H. Would you rather be thought of as, Headstrong, Happy, Hirsute, Honest, Healing or a Hoyden ? You can only pick one and explain your answer (silly I know, but more fun for me :P)
Cheryl: Let’s see…all but one of those apply to me at different times. I’ll let you pick the one that doesn’t apply (pick hirsute, please). I want to choose the word I’d like to be, so I’m going with hoyden. It seems that a hoyden is headstrong and honest and does what she wants to be happy fearlessly. A lot of the time, I could use a more hoyden-like spirit!
Me:*nods* Great choice! I completely agree. 😀
Awww Cheryl. You rock! Thank you for hanging out with me in Tartlandia. We’ll reschedule and get our Google Hangout party started again…. After the new year.
Cheryl: Merry Christmas!
Me: Back at’cha hon