Monday, August 24, 2015

LOVE IN MISTLETOE SPRINGS - Ginger Solomon - One Free Book (or ebook)

Dear Readers, this is a Christmas novella collection with five authors, some of our favorites and some new ones—Ginger Solomon (our features author today) and these others: Gail Sattler, Lee Carver, Kimberly Rose Johnson, and Lee Tobin McClain. Ginger is offering a print book if the winner is in the US and an ebook if the winner is outside the US.

Welcome, Ginger. How did you come up with the idea for your story?
When the other authors and I started brainstorming, I decided I wanted the guy who loved to decorate for Christmas. And he needed to have a love interest who didn’t. Add on to that the fact that she’s his boss and doesn’t like animals, it made for some interesting conflict.

If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
Wow, there are so many wonderful authors I would love to invite. Only six. *sigh* Ruth Logan Herne for sure. She is always good for a laugh, and I love her books. I’d love to meet Valerie Comer in person, so I’d invite her. I’d also invite Carol Moncado and Elizabeth Maddrey for the same reason. All of them co-blog with me on Finally, Ronie Kendig and Lynette Eason. I love suspense and would like to know how they come up with some of their scenes. J

Now let’s do that for a party for Christian authors of historical fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
Karen Witemeyer and Jen Turano because I’d like to pick their brains on how to get quirky heroines who always mean well. Mary Connealy because I just love her cowboy stories, and I think she’d make us all laugh. I don’t read much Biblical fiction, but I’d love to meet Liz Curtis Higgs (and take one of her trips to Scotland…drool). I follow Kim Vogel Sawyer on Facebook, and she has such a sweet spirit. I’d invite her (with Clyde). Lastly, Julie Lessman. I’ve read several of her books and her romantic scenes up the heart rate without being unsuitable.

Many times, people (and other authors) think you have it made with so many books published. What is your most difficult problem with writing at this time in your career?
Time. All seven of my children still reside at home. Three have graduated and are in college, but I homeschool the other four. They are in 12th, 10th, 8th, and 6th grade this year. I am busy. During the summer months, I get more time to write, but that’s also when our garden, berries, and trees produce, so I’m also busy with those. My goal is 5,000 words per week, but some weeks I’m lucky to get 1,000. It is what it is. I like to say that my full-time job is homeschooling, and writing is my part-time job, neither of which pay much, except in the satisfaction of doing what God has called me to do.

Tell us about the featured book.
My novella in the Love in Mistletoe Springs collection is entitled Mr. Christmas and Miss Scrooge.  Mitch Silverton agreed to be in charge of decorating for the fundraiser. And he needs his boss, Margaret Holberg, to donate her family's vast array of decorations to make the day unforgettable. BUT ... She's not sharing. Christmas is not a holiday she wants to celebrate in July, and saving the animal shelter is not high on her list of important things to do. He wants her to share more than the decorations. He wants her heart. Will he succeed in changing Miss Scrooge into Mrs. Christmas?

Please give us the first page of the book.
Note: The prologue details the shelter meeting referred to here.

“What do you mean he’s not here?” A hysterical female voice screeched as Mitch Silverton entered Holberg’s Hardware after the shelter meeting. Todd Richards, his boss, had agreed to stand in for him for a few hours. They switched when one of them needed a few hours off for one reason or another. It didn’t happen often, but now he wished he’d skipped the meeting. It sounded as if Todd needed a little backup.

Mitch glanced at Sean, their part-time worker, who shrugged and mouthed, “Miss Holberg.”

With a nod, he headed toward the office. Meggy had come to visit. Her first that he knew of since he’d been hired six months ago after he returned home when his mom was diagnosed with cancer. Her parents took off on a year-long trip around the world a few weeks later, leaving her in charge of the company, which included two hardware stores and a lucrative online business. He hadn’t seen her since she was in braids and braces, and they both worked for her dad. He took a deep breath as he rounded the last aisle.

“Where is he?” Meggy asked, her volume down a few decibels from the first time.

“He asked for a few hours off to go to the emergency shelter meeting.” Mitch recognized Todd’s pacifying voice—the one he used for upset customers.

“That’s no excuse for him to be away from the store. He should be here, taking care of things.”

“Now, Margaret—”

“Miss Holberg.” Her voice held enough venom to kill.

I can’t wait to read the rest. How can readers find you on the Internet?

Thank you, Ginger for sharing this new collection with us. I love reading the Christmas novella collections. I know my readers do, too.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Love in Mistletoe Springs - Paperback
Love in Mistletoe Springs - Kindle

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Unknown said...

Oh I would love to participate. I live in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. (I hope this is international).

email: grabs64 (at) gmail (dot) com

Melanie Backus said...

Sounds like an enjoyable read!

Melanie Backus, TX

Anonymous said...

I love Christmas novellas and would enjoy reading this one as well.
Deanne in PA
Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

Tammy G. said...

What a great looking read!
Tammy in Texas

Ginger Solomon said...

Gaby, if you win, I will send you an e-book. Thanks for commenting.

Ginger Solomon said...

Melanie, we enjoyed writing it, and hope our readers enjoy reading it. Thanks for commenting.

Ginger Solomon said...

Tammy, thank you.

Ginger Solomon said...

Deanne, this is actually a Christmas in July set, but fun just the same. Love your e-mail. ;)

Patricia Kiyono said...

Sounds like a wonderful collection! I'm in Michigan.

Connie Porter Saunders said...

Oh, I love Christmas-themed stories, no matter the time of year, and this is a great group of authors. So nice to meet Ginger today and I appreciate the giveaway.
Connie from Kentucky

Ginger Solomon said...

Thanks for stopping by, Patricia.

Ginger Solomon said...

Hi Connie. Lovely to "meet" you, too.

scottsgal said...

Christmas themed books are one of my favorite genres - can never get enough of the feel good holiday stories. Count me in for this one!

Cheryl in IL

Ginger Solomon said...

I love Christmas themed books as well Cheryl. It's one of the reasons it was so fun to write this one. I've just finished another, actually about Christmas this time. It'll be out in November. Thanks for stopping by.

Linda Kish said...

Christmas in July sounds wonderful to me (if it brings some cold weather). Or, even just some fun stories. I'm in. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Merry said...

Bah humbug! I love a Christmas love story set in July! :)
Merry in MN

Mary Preston said...

A lovely interview & collection thank you.

Mary P


apple blossom said...

oh, this sounds like a fun book. I love Christmas and romance. thanks for the chance to win

I live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me for the paperback copy of your awesome giveaway!!
Conway, SC.

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

Looks and sounds like an interesting read!!! I would choose the paperback if I would win!!!

Sarah Richmond

Anonymous said...

Hi Ginger. Loved the interview with you. You sound like a very busy lady. I grew up in a family of 8 siblings. I loved it. I hope he is lucky in changing this lady he likes. it would be bad to not care for Christmas decorations. I love decorating my house and tree. Would love to win this Christmas Collection. I love those books.
Maxie from Texas ( mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Ginger Solomon said...

Linda, I'm with you on needing some cooler weather. Thanks for stopping by.

Ginger Solomon said...

Merry, hahaha. I'm so glad your Scrooge-y self is looking forward to Christmas in August.

Ginger Solomon said...

Thank you, Mary.

Ginger Solomon said...

Apple blossom, thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy it.

Ginger Solomon said...

Sharon, thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy it.

Ginger Solomon said...

Thanks for stopping by Sarah.

Ginger Solomon said...

Maxie, I am definitely busy, which is why I haven't gotten back here since Monday. :) Thanks for stopping by.

kim hansen said...

Sounds like a good book. North Platte Nebraska.

Emma said...

I am looking forward to reading this book. Thank you for the opportunity to win.PA.

Brenda Arrington said...

I love Christmas themed stories. This one sounds like a great read.

Brenda in VA.

sm said...

I really enjoy collections and all these authors are new to e except Kimberly Rose Johnson. Christmas themes are also one of my favorites! sm CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

rubynreba said...

I always enjoy novellas. The title and cover are both great!
Beth from IA