I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Now that we've eaten our turkey, I can start talking about Christmas and I won’t feel like I’m rushing the season.
I think I am more worried about this book than my debut, SOUTHERN COMFORTS. With SOUTHERN COMFORTS the book went through eight major revisions. People who had their fingers on it included, my critique group, contest judges, my agent and then finally my editor.
A SAVANNAH CHRISTMAS WISH hasn’t had that kind of visibility—so I’m hoping the lessons I’ve been learning about writing a compelling book have taken root! Who has seen it? My critique group read the beginning, one daughter has read the entire book— (she couldn’t put it down---I wiped my brow in relief after she let me know) and of course my editors.
So on December 1, 2015 my second book is heading out into the world. (Take flight book!) Okay, it’s apparently been out in the world via Harlequin’s book club, but beginning December 1st, the rest of the world can pick it up.
Here's a little bit about the series.
Fitzgerald House is a Savannah B and B, run by three sisters. They all provide a different expertise: Abby is a trained chef, Bess is a landscape architect, and Dolley is the technical/website/bookkeeper. When their father died he let them in so much debt, that their mother began turning their family mansion into a B and B to survive. Now that the sisters are running the B and B, they’re trying to finish the restoration work and open more rooms.
Here’s a little teaser from Book 2 – A SAVANNAH CHRISTMAS WISH
“Don’t shut me out. I’m here for you.” Bess took a deep breath. “I’m sorry I forgot our dinner.”
“That doesn’t matter anymore.” Daniel pulled her down an empty corridor and stopped by a small alcove.
Since they were alone, she hugged him. His arms hung at his sides and his muscles were rock. Her stomach twisted and turned like kudzu strangling a tree. What was going on?
“I need to be with my family.” Daniel put his hands on her shoulders and set her away from him. “We need to take a step back.”
“What?” Her hands shook. Couldn’t he tell how much she cared?
“We’re done.” His brown eyes were...dead.
This couldn’t be happening. Daniel needed her. She needed him. “I can help.”
“We got involved and look what happened.” His hands slashed, as if he was severing the ties between them. “I lost focus. I didn’t catch Nathan’s mistake. Now Pop’s in the hospital.”
“Daniel.” Her voice squeaked. “Please don’t do this to us.”
“I can’t keep all the balls in the air.” He shook his head. “I need to get down to basics, pare away the luxuries.”
“I’m a luxury?” She dashed away the tears backing up in her eyes. She refused to cry in front of him. “I can help.”
“Like you helped me the other night?” His voice was harsh. “I was waiting for you when I should have been making sure the plasterboard Nathan ordered was secured.”
“What?” She clasped her hands on her head. Everything was falling apart.
“Because of you, I failed to check the supply orders and deliveries.” His words were barbs jabbing into her body.
“But the plasterboard was Nathan’s responsibility.”
“But I didn’t check his work. Now Pop’s in the hospital.”
“Daniel.” She held out her hand. “Don’t.”
“We’re through.” He walked away and never turned back.
Her knees let go. She slumped against the wall. He blamed her for his father’s collapse? She loved him. Weren’t they better together than apart?
She held it together until she got to the elevator and punched the button. And stood. Her tears waited, held back by a floodgate. Not here. She searched for stairs, anything to get her off this damn floor.
There. An exit. She ran down the hall. Wetness streaked her cheeks and she swiped her sleeve over her face. She banged the door open and ran. One floor. Two. Three. Heading into the main section of the hospital, she sprinted to the exit.
Outside she stumbled, trying to find her car. Clicking open the locks, she slumped into the seat.
She pushed on the ache in her chest. She’d fallen in love and been slapped back—again. Fumbling her phone open, she started to dial Abby’s number and stopped.
Her breath shook. No one knew about them. Daniel had been her secret.
She had to bear this pain alone.
Here are the Buy Links for the eBook
Here is the Buy Link for the Paperback and eBook at Harlequin. If you purchase before November 30th - A SAVANNAH CHRISTMAS WISH is 30% off, all month long! Enter code XMAS1115 at checkout.
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