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Daniel is a modern day Scrooge, but when a beautiful angel shows up on his doorstep can he believe in a Christmas miracle?
Daniel Everett is having a bad day. Firstly, it’s almost Christmas and he’s convinced Scrooge had the right idea in the first place, secondly his latest nanny has left him to cope alone with his five year old daughter – and quite frankly he would rather deal with several cut-throat mergers before breakfast than one small child.
When the beautiful Laurel shows up on his doorstep she’s a gift from heaven – literally! Unbeknown to him, Laurel is a real life angel and his carefully ordered life is about to be turned upside down as she’s determined to help Daniel feel again and to reconnect with his daughter.
What neither of them bank on is the sparks that fly between them.
As Laurel starts to thaw Daniel’s icy exterior, can he learn to trust again and start to believe in the impossible – and can they ever overcome the obstacles of coming from two separate worlds?
He was aimlessly roaming round the kitchen when the doorbell rang. Daniel froze. He wasn’t expecting anyone, he never had business meetings at the house and he sure as hell didn’t have personal visitors here. A frown crossed his face as he strode through the house, flung open the front door, and felt his breath hitch.
The woman standing there was stunning. Her hair was burnished gold, tumbling in thick curls. Her face had that rare kind of classical beauty, and her eyes were an unusual deep violet that almost looked like it couldn’t be real. She was tiny and slender, but the belted coat she wore against the now heavy snow hinted at lush curves. She smiled at him, and a dimple peaked from her left cheek. C–t, she must be lost. Maybe a model. He’d dated some models in his time and while she didn’t have the stick-thin figure that seemed to be in fashion at the moment, she put them all to shame.
“Daniel Everett?” Her voice was low, husky and Daniel was shocked to feel a surge of desire shoot through him.
‘That’s me,” he replied, brisker then he’d intended, and the light in her eyes faded a little.
“I’m Laurel.” She held out her hand and Daniel took it before thinking better of it.
The minute their palms touched he felt a jolt of electricity and jerked back as though she’d burnt him. He saw the brilliant eyes widen in shock and for a moment she looked uncertain, biting down on her lower lip, which only made his gaze attach to it more. He shook himself. Christ it must have been a while since he’d got laid if he was reacting like this to some random, albeit gorgeous, woman who showed up on his doorstep.
“So, what can I do for you?” He tried to make himself sound casual, but was well aware it didn’t seem to be working.
She started slightly, as though she’d needed to collect herself, and those luminous eyes met his again. “I believe you need some help with your daughter.”
Complete relief flooded through him, and he almost sagged from it. “You’re from the agency? I thought they couldn’t find anyone for at least three days? You know what, never mind, come in, please.”
Daniel was almost giddy. Now he didn’t need to try and negotiate the minefield that was his daughter—he could get back to work without distractions. As that thought crossed his mind he paused and eyed the new nanny. Was the cure going to be more of a distraction? He dismissed the thought. While he might know nothing about kids, he knew lots about women. The over-the-top reaction was just due to the stressful day and the fact he hadn’t had a woman for a while. It would surely be simple enough to avoid her anyway. God knows he’d never had much to do with any of Rachel’s nannies before.
“Come in,” he repeated. “I’ll introduce you to Rachel.”
Shelli Rosewarne had always had a dream in the back of her head about wanting to be a writer, from the time she was handing in ten page stories at primary school and driving her teachers crazy. However, like with so many things, life and paying the bills got in the way and she worked in various jobs from call centers to shops to offices. She eventually realized that life is too short not to try and follow your dreams, and has since had her first stand alone novella published with Breathless Press, along with several submissions in anthologies, another novel contracted for later in the year and various works in progress in the pipeline. Yup, she’s having to pinch herself as well! She currently lives in Edinburgh with her long-suffering fiancé and slightly psycho cat. When not writing she loves reading, music and photography.
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Author Interview with Shelli Rosewarne
1. When did you first realize you wanted to be an author?
I loved writing at school. I was always the one who turned in ten pages for a story assignment. It was never really seen as a viable ‘career option’ though and I ended up going into ‘proper’ jobs for a number of years. I always had the thought in the back of my mind that I wished it was something I could do and after trying a creative writing class I decided it was time to take the plunge and give it a try.
2. How long does it normally take for you to go through the process of writing a book?
It varies drastically. I’m very much a pantser, I rarely plan out too much beforehand so I’ll just sit down and see where the characters take me. Sometimes I can hear them very clearly and the story just flows and sometimes it might take a while to get there or I might need to take a break and go back to them later.
3. What do you find is the hardest part about the writing process and why? What about the easiest?
As above, I’m not the best planner and will sometimes need to go back and check for ‘plot holes’ or loose ends I might have missed. I actually find names very hard, my other half frequently finds me on baby names sites – I think he’s getting worried! Oh, and titles are something I hate, I’ll often be sat there with the submission all neatly formatted and ready to submit and still have no idea what to call it.
Easiest, well when you’re having a good writing day and the story is just flowing then it’s a wonderful feeling. It makes all the tougher days worthwhile!
4. What other interests do you have outside of writing?
I’m a photographer as well, which I love. I also read a lot, as I think most writers do. Apart from that, try and squeeze in time with my long suffering family!
5. What is your favorite genre to write? To read?
I mainly read romance or fantasy and perhaps not surprisingly I love paranormal romance as it can mix the two. I try to write what I love, though sometimes it can be nice to have a change and I have done some shorts in historical fiction and crime, which I did enjoy.
6. In five years, where do you see yourself? Ten years?
Hmm, well in five years it would be lovely to be able to be in a position to live off my writing work. I don’t think anyone gets into this field for the money, but it would be wonderful to make a living doing what you love.
Ten years – well that’s perhaps getting a little scary. I’m not a forward planner!
7. With which character in your novels do you identify most and why?
Hmm, that’s quite a tough one. I think there’s probably a bit of yourself in all your characters and you have a soft spot for all of them – it’s like picking a favourite child! Laurel in ‘An Angel for the Tree’ was the first character I ever had published so she’s always going to have a special spot – but she’s probably a bit sweeter than me 🙂 In ‘A Chance at Love’ Suzanne is very much a no-nonsense, get on with things person, which is rather like me. She’s someone who’s become quite guarded and self-reliant due to past experiences and it’s hard for her to break through that to admit that she may need someone else around.