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Seduction in a Santa Claus suit? When millionaire Chaz Monroe goes undercover at the ad agency he bought, he has to figure out why his star employee, Kim McKinley, won't work on the very important Christmas campaign. He'll go to any length to get answers from the beautiful go-getter--if he has to kiss them out of her, so be it. Kim can't believe Chaz's nerve. So why is she always falling into his arms...and into his bed? Soon, this exasperating man unlocks her secrets just in time for a Christmas she'll never forget...and one he may never live down!
A Spicy Excerpt:
A shiver of annoyance passed through Kim McKinley.
She was willing to bet that this new guy was good at lording over people. He had that kind of air. Chaz Monroe was a devil in a dashing disguise, and if she didn’t behave, if she said what was really on her mind, she’d be jobless in less than ten minutes.
“Did you want something in particular?” she asked.
“I wanted to get acquainted. I’ve heard a lot about you, and I have a few questions about your file,” Monroe said, his eyes moving over her intently as he spoke. He was studying her, too. Maybe he searched for a chink in her armor.
She’d be damned if she’d let him find it…
Chaz Monroe got to his feet and walked right up to her.
She had to wince to keep from backing up.
He came very close. Obviously, he had no intention of preserving her tiny circle of personal space.
Then he invaded it.
Up close, he was even better.
is award-winning author of contemporary and paranormal romance novels for Harlequin's Nocturne and Desire imprints. Vampires, Werewolves and Spirits are the usual fodder for this writer, who also swears that the sheer magic of the Christmas season is equally as compelling for inspiration. Linda lives in the West, juggles teaching, writing, family, and caring for a ranch, and says that there are so many stories she wants to write, she types as fast as she can.
Jillian: How often to you get lost in a story?
Linda: I get lost in story nearly every day, either listening to audio books on my way to and from work, or in my writing. I’ve always loved books, and need a very long time to get to my list of want-to-reads.
Jillian: What’s the first book you remember reading?
Linda: The first books I remember LOVING, were the Nancy Drew series for young readers. I devoured those and still have the set.
Jillian: What’s your favorite fairy tale?
Linda: Cinderella. Always love the idea of a Fairy Godmother willing to help a girl out of a jam… and of course, the handsome prince scouring the countryside for his woman. *wink* I use versions of this idea from time to time in my books, minus the glass slippers. I mean – OUCH!
Jillian: What sound or noise do you love?
Linda: I love the wind in the trees, and the sound of running water. I also love the sound of soft wind-chimes. Most of all, though, I love the sound of my husband’s laughter.
Jillian: What would you say is your most interesting quirk?
Linda: I’m a real girly-girl. Spunky, yes. Fiesty, certainly ( I have been known to cuss like a sailor). But I love the color pink, and pastel-hued flowers, tiaras and pretty china teacups, fluffy wedding dresses, and lots of diamond bling. And I sleep on a Barbie pillowcase.
Jillian: Describe your favorite kind of hero to read/write?
Linda: I have a certain hero type I use a lot… the kind of man (no matter the species) that I just wouldn’t be able to resist. These guys, whether leather-clad or wearing a tux, have certain characteristics that knock my sox off. These are – soulfulness, loyalty to a cause, adherence to their principles, the ability to laugh, and a desire to help others in need. I also must mention here that the guys I write about are also beautiful on the outside. Tall, very masculine, and handsome to the max.
Jillian: Is writing or story-telling easier for you?
Linda: Writing. I love words, and collect them in notebooks. Having been a dancer in my early career, I love the rhythm of writing, and how to make my sentences flow. Stringing sentences and paragraphs together is like choreography to me. How things look on a page matters. The way a story unfolds matters. Not like putting a puzzle together, but making a story dance. I think that’s why some folks say I have more of a literary style than others in my genre. It’s all in the way words work for me.
Jillian: Do you write while listening to music? If so what kind?
Linda: Nope. Can’t listen to music when I write. I need complete silence. Oh, I can be influenced by some pieces of music, but I tend to want to choreograph movement when I hear something I like, rather than tapping it out on paper. That’s what being a dancer does. I think movement is in my DNA. So, I listen to my muse instead.
Jillian: What’s the first thing you do when you finish writing a book?
Linda: I close my eyes as soon as I type THE END, and take a moment to wonder how the heck I got all that done. It’s both a relief, and a sadness, since I like being inside those worlds I write about, and sometimes there’s a slight sense of loss at being removed from them. Then I call my husband and tell him – and we celebrate that night with champagne. If I have another deadline, I start on the next book right away, the next day, to keep the worlds alive.
Jillian: What question are you never asked in interviews, but wish you were
Linda: Does being a writer get old? Do I feel jaded after writing so many books? The answer, of course, it a resounding NO to both questions. I’m a writer. If I’m not writing, I’m thinking about writing. I get stressed when I can’t get to the keyboard, or don’t have time to get my ideas down. I have so many ideas I’d like to write up, and quite a few characters wanting their stories to be told. I want to write in all kinds of different genres… and follow wherever my heart leads. Writing is never a chore. I don’t diss the time I spend exploring the written word. And I hope, more than anything, that my muse likes it here.
Jillian: There really is something in the air during the Christmas season. What makes it makes it magical and romantic for your characters?
Linda: Ah…. The smells. The lights. The baking. The sudden sense of camaraderie. The giving, whether commercial or otherwise… All of these things make the season magical for me. That, and SANTA, of course.
Linda has a question for commenters: I’ve just written my first contemporary romance novel for Harlequin’s Desire line. It’s titled The Boss’s Mistletoe Maneuvers… (say that fast five times!) I think the reason the transition from paranormal to contemporary romance was easier for me because I wrote about Christmas and the magic of Christmas. What is it about Christmas that you love most?
And yay! Linda is giving away a copy of The Boss’s Mistletoe Maneuvers to one lucky commenter. (U.S. only)
Find out more about Linda and her books: Website: https://www.lindathomas-sundstrom.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LindaThomasSundstrom
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