Romance and Danger in the French Alps with Laura Boon

A book set in France, a dash of Alpine danger, and snow on the cover? I am so there! Welcome Laura Boon – whose debut novel The Millionaire Mountain Climber, out now, is clearly tailor-made for me.

About Laura...

Laura Boon stole her first romance from her father’s bookshelves as a teenager, The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss, and was immediately captivated. After holding a variety of positions in publishing, from bookseller to sales rep and publicist, she eventually found the courage to write her own stories. She was born in Zambia, grew up in South Africa, and went to university in America. She now lives in Australia with her husband and their adorable Pekingese Beau. When she is not reading or writing, she enjoys sleuthing for artisan chocolate and beautiful stationery, watching tennis, and walking alongside Sydney’s beautiful harbor. 

Connect with Laura via her website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads.

 When danger threatens a bona fide city girl, an adventurer is her only hope of rescue 

Mountain climber Matt Hanley is a former investment manager whose lean body and rugged good looks epitomize an outdoor adrenaline junky. When his business partner in their country hotel is injured, he needs an efficient replacement in a hurry.

Hailey Gordon lives a chic city life free of adventures and daredevils. She craves stability and security but loses her job and boyfriend on the same day. A holiday job in France is the perfect escape from her troubles.

Sparks ignite when Matt and Hailey meet, but she resolves to ignore the flame flickering between them. Aside from the fact Matt is her boss, she's convinced he is not her type. Matt is determined to teach Hailey to look beyond appearances. He needs to show her how good they are together, even if he must risk life and limb to do so.

Read a little...

Hailey drank in the landscape, noticing the clarity of the late afternoon sky and the way the snow-capped peaks glistened despite the fading light.

“Beautiful, isn’t it?” said Matt.  “Trending down the valley, you have the villages of Argentiere and Les Praz and the town of Chamonix. Behind Chamonix you can see the Grand Mama of all the peaks, Mont Blanc.”

“Yes, the pens––and the chocolates.” She shook her head. What hubris to name a pen after the magnificent towering peak, but what marketing genius.

Matt grinned. “Ah, you know the chocolates, do you? We’ll have to buy you some.”

“From the lips to the hips,” she murmured, “and I am sure they don’t do the mountain justice.”

“Come on, let’s get you inside before your face turns blue, and I earn a reprimand from Genie for chatting up scantily-clad women in sub-zero temperatures.”

“Really? You were chatting me up? I’m flattered.”

The smile turned wicked. “You’re welcome.” As he bent to pick up her suitcase, he dropped his head next to hers and murmured into her ear in a low, deep voice, sending shivers down her spine. “For the record, Hailey, your curves are perfect. A little chocolate won’t do them any harm.”

She blushed, and the fire of his words flickered all the way through her belly. When was the last time her ex had paid her a compliment? An appalling thought crossed her mind; she, the High Priestess of Order and Long-Term Planning, was ripe for the picking and contemplating a holiday romance.

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Let's Talk!

Avril: Tell us about your change from the business side of publishing to the author side. 
Laura: I loved working in publishing for two reasons. I got to meet many authors, most of whom are wonderful, inspiring, generous individuals. And I got to promote books, which I believe are a cornerstone of civilization. Since my early twenties I’ve wanted to write a book of my own, but always feared it would never be good enough. Then I had to learn how to do it. Working with my publisher was a wonderful experience. As an author, I couldn’t have asked for more. I do have this problem creature who followed me home from my day job, my publicity alter ego. She sits on my shoulders and nags me every day about what I haven’t done yet from a marketing, publicity and social media perspective – and no matter how much she whines, I just can’t get to everything! As an author, I’ve realized I have to set goals and then just try to get as close as possible. Being an author is still a surreal experience for me. I’m inspired and touched by the kindness of other authors and readers.

Avril: I love the idea of reading a romance set in the French Alps – what made you choose that setting?
Laura: I love to travel. These days I do it mostly from my armchair. I wanted that escape and thought other readers might enjoy it too. I chose the French Alps because I have been lucky enough to visit them, so I could picture the village where I set The Millionaire Mountain Climber. They’re beautiful, challenging, romantic. It’s also my experience that when you are off home ground, you are more open to new ideas and experiences, so it was a way to both test my characters and give them opportunity.

Avril: I understand your heroine is on the feisty side – are we going to see a few more feisty heroines from you in the future? 
Laura: Oh yes! Feistiness is an essential survival skill for a woman. My first romantic heroine was Jane Eyre and she was constantly called stubborn and sullen. I read into that ‘not a doormat’, opinionated, feisty and resilient.

Avril: What’s your favorite kind of hero?
Laura: I like an Alpha who is a Beta – or a Beta who is an Alpha – by which I mean a man who is confident, knows his own mind, and is good at what he does. He can sometimes be bossy, even arrogant, but he is never domineering and aggressive to those over whom he has power. And he has to have a sense of humor. If you can’t laugh at the world, days are dark indeed.

Avril: I know you’re a fellow Georgette Heyer fan – what made you choose contemporary over historical for your foray into fiction writing?
Laura: Ha! I was stupid enough to think a contemporary romance would be easier to write because I wouldn’t have to do research. Yes, I can hear all the contemporary romance writers in the universe doubling up in laughter. It didn’t take me long to work out how wrong I was, but by then I was committed, and my characters determined I would finish their journey. I’m still planning to write historical romance, but first I have a contemporary quartet to finish.

Avril: What’s your pet hate in romance novels?
Laura: First person heroes who describe their achievements in glowing terms. “I’m a ruthless, self-made multi-billionaire, the best in the business with the biggest dick that all the chicks love.” *Gags* I read one that was literally that bad, which is to say I started it, but when he answered the door to interview the heroine for a housekeeping job in nothing but a towel which he then dropped in the kitchen to display his ‘assets’, I fled through the front door alongside her, never to return. I think first person is hard to write for that exact reason; you’re permanently inside the characters’ heads but they absolutely can’t talk about themselves.

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Welcome to Snowflake Valley

BARBARA WHITE DAILLE lives in the sunny Southwest where she and her husband love the lizards in the front yard but could do without the scorpions in the bathroom. She also loves writing, reading, and chocolate. Come to think of it, she enjoys writing about those subjects, too! 

Barbara wrote her first short story at the age of nine, then typed "The End" to her first novel many years later...in the eighth grade. Now she's writing contemporary romance on a daily basis, with a current series from Harlequin Western Romance (The Hitching Post Hotel) and a brand-new series from Entangled Bliss (Snowflake Valley). 

She hopes you'll check out her stories and will drop by to say hi at any of these locations.


"Snowflake Valley is probably one of my favorite places in the world. :) After all, what’s not to love about a little town dedicated to celebrating Christmas 24/7/365?  

But seriously. . . I do love this town—and readers have told me they do, too—as well as the “bad luck” Barnett sisters who are featured in the books. Each sister has had a disastrous relationship that has left her believing she’ll never fall in love again. Luckily, fate and Snowflake Valley have other plans. "

Snowflake Valley, #2

Single mom Amber Barnett loves family, kids, Christmas…and unfortunately, her boss, confirmed bachelor Michael DeFranco. It's a crush she really needs to get over. Except, when she’s temporarily forced from her apartment, her only option is to stay at Michael’s private ski lodge, where she's the housekeeper. No problem. Her handsome boss rarely visits Snowflake Valley unexpectedly, plus he’s spending the holidays with his family. Or so she thinks…

A stormy Christmas Eve reunion leaves Michael seeking the solitude of his lodge, where he finds Amber in residence—and in trouble. Attempting to save her from her matchmaking family, he announces they’re a couple. His good deed backfires when they’re instantly included in each and every holiday event in town. So much for solitude. 

Only the more time he spends with the beautiful, cheery brunette, the more he yearns to make things real between them. But he and Amber want different things, and Michael could never be the family man she's looking for. 


Snowflake Valley, #1

Worst. Day. Ever.

After Lyssa Barnett’s sister tricks her into reprising her role at Snowflake Valley's annual children's party, she doesn’t think anything can be worse than squeezing into her too-small elf costume. Then tall, dark, and way too handsome Nick Tavlock shows up to play Santa...and an unexpected storm leaves them snowbound in the isolated lodge.

The last thing Nick wants is to spend a cozy Christmas Eve with a trio of kids and the woman who dumped him. But as much as Lyssa frustrates him, he can't stop thinking about her. And soon, he's fighting very un-Santa-like thoughts of kissing a certain sexy Miss Elf under the mistletoe. As Nick starts to fall for Lyssa all over again, he knows it will take nothing short of a miracle to have Lyssa in his arms on Christmas Day.

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Upcoming are two more books from my Hitching Post Hotel series, because Grandpa Jed, who owns the hotel and the ranch it sits on, is determined to live up to his title of matchmaker! These will be my first books for Harlequin’s Heartwarming line. And as mentioned above, I’m also working on a story about the third “bad-luck Barnett” sister, which will be book 3 in the holiday-themed Snowflake Valley series from Entangled Publishing.

I have no firm titles or dates yet for these releases, but my newsletter readers will get the big news first, so please sign up if you’re interested in these books and my writing life! Also, I love to chat, so look for me on social media, too.

BARBARA is giving away an autographed print copy (winner’s choice) of one of her current Snowflake Valley books.  U.S. residents ONLY 

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BARBARA WANTS TO KNOWSince we’re chatting about Christmas/holiday books, I’ve gotta know: what’s your absolute favorite holiday?  


Meet Hero & Rancher Tyler Blackwell

…whether they want to or not.

“I’m coming home…
With my bride-to-be.”

Tyler Blackwell just announced that he and Hadley Sullivan are getting married. And they’ve never even dated! Now she and her boss are in Montana so Tyler can sell his family ranch. Hadley only agreed to continue the deception in exchange for a promotion. But moving up the corporate ladder pales beside her growing feelings for Tyler. Will his past and Blackwell family secrets sabotage what Hadley wants more than anything—a real wedding?

AMY VASTINE has been plotting stories in her head for as long as she can remember. An eternal optimist, she studied social work, hoping to teach others how to find their silver lining. Now, she enjoys creating happily ever afters for all to read. Amy lives outside Chicago with her high school sweetheart husband, three teenagers who keep her on her toes, and their two sweet but mischievous pups.

ANGI:  Writing a continuity series takes a lot of work and cross-referencing with your co-authors. Is there any backstory you needed for your characters that either didn’t make it into the book (no spoilers) or that you needed to brainstorm from a co-author?
AMY: My fellow Blackwell authors and I did multiple brainstorming session. We talked a lot about what the boys were like when they were younger. I remember sending someone a list of things Tyler would have been into as a kid because her character was going to be digging around the attic. I imagined Tyler was into superheroes and had decks of playing cards because the boys used to play cards, pretending they were like their dad and grandpa who played poker with some of the ranch hands.

ANGI: What’s special about Tyler Blackwell, the hero of your book?
AMY: What makes Tyler special is that he’s driven to be the best but vulnerable at the same time. He spent most of his life feeling like there was nothing about him that made him stand out amongst his brothers. He makes a concerted effort to right his wrongs and not make the same mistake twice. Instead of holding him down, his insecurities drive him to better himself.

ANGI: What do you love about a rancher or a rancher’s life?
AMY: I am a city girl through and through. I am not a big fan of all the work that has to be done on a ranch. I don’t even like mowing my lawn! But the one thing that appeals to me about ranch life is the horses. I think horses are gorgeous creatures. I would love to be able to go riding whenever I wanted.

ANGI: Would Tyler take Hadley to a fancy restaurant or a picnic? 
AMY: This is a great question because I think that Tyler in the beginning of the story would take Hadley out for a fancy dinner because he would have thought he needed to wine and dine or show off a bit. In the end, though, he would have preferred the simple intimacy of a picnic. Tyler learns that being flashy isn’t as important as being genuine.

ANGI: Favorite TV rerun you watch every time you channel surf? 
AMY: There’s something about Friends that always makes me stop. I think I know I don’t have to watch long before I am chuckling. It was such a funny show!

ANGI: Worst thing about ranching (according to you or your hero)?
AMY: The absolute worst for me is the early morning work schedule. Ranchers have to get up and start working at first light. I am not a morning person. Sleeping in is my favorite thing to do!

ANGI: The most daring thing you’ve ever done… Care to share?
AMY: I am known for being one of the most cautious people around. I have always been that person who thinks about all the possible consequences of my actions before I do something. This leads to me not being very “daring”. I would say that deciding to put myself out there, entering Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest, and getting my first book published at the age of 40 was probably the most daring thing I have ever done. Sending my first book (which is very much like a child) out into the world to judged and possibly rejected was terrifying!

AMY’S GOTTA ANSWER: I don’t really have a set spot for writing. I take my laptop wherever I want. Sometimes I write at the kitchen table. Sometimes I sit on the couch. Sometimes I write while snuggled under the covers of my bed. No matter where I write, I need music playing in the background or the television on. I cannot write in silence. It’s actually more distracting to me for some reason.
Grace Note Records Series Book #4

I just signed the contract for Book 4 in the Grace Note Records series. I don’t have a release date yet but am excited to continue this series! Leave a comment and enter the Rafflecopter for 3 chances to win the first book in the Grace Note Records.

Coming next month… CHANCE


Melinda, Carol, Anna, Cari Lynn & Amy

AMY is giving away three (3) signed copies of The Girl He Used to Love. book #1 in the Grace Note Records series. (Paperback US only, ebook internationally)
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AMY WANTS TO KNOW: Tyler and Hadley are opposites when it comes to neatness. Hadley is kind of a slob and Tyler is very organized. Which one are you like - tidy like Tyler or messy like Hadley?