Please welcome back Barbara White Daille to my blog today. She shares a little experience she's had making Christmas ornaments, and her book, Snowbound with Mr. Wrong. Thank you, Barbara, for joining us!
Thank you to Connie for inviting me back to the blog!
I love the holidays and especially love decorating the Christmas tree and the house with all kinds of handmade ornaments. Uhh. . . handmade by other people, that is. LOL
A long time ago, I tried to get crafty at Christmastime. Really. At the time, I was a Brownie (the younger version of a Girl Scout) and our troop used to spend the November and December meetings getting ready for Christmas. Part of the prep involved making ornaments. Knitted snowmen. . . felt stockings cut out in fancy designs with the pieces hot-glued together. . . wreaths made of macaroni glued to paper plates and spray-painted. And everything I attempted turned into a disaster!
I’ve now passed along my unhappy experiences to Nick, the hero of my first Snowflake Valley book, Snowbound with Mr. Wrong. Nick is trapped in a mountain lodge with his ex and three unrelated kids. As you’ll see in the excerpt below, I put the icing on the cake. . . or should I say, the trimming on the tree?. . . by having the heroine rope Nick into making ornaments with her and the kids. :)
Thanks to my publisher, Snowbound with Mr. Wrong is on sale for 99 cents in e-book format at most etailers for the entire month of November. I hope you’ll check it out!
LOL, I remember those years when making ornaments with disastrous results! I've a feeling Nick is in for a surprise!
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.
Lyssa sat on the floor in front of the coffee table sewing her own stocking, making tiny, even stitches invisible to him from this distance.
Nick stared down again at the table and the two fabric pieces meant for his stocking. He still had no plans to join in on this sewing bee. He had flunked basket-weaving at summer camp and botched every project planned during every weekend retreat his parents signed him up to attend.
But somehow his skill in threading a needle had branded him an expert, at least in Tommy’s eyes. The little boy sat next to him on the couch and showed him every stitch he made.
“Do you think Santa likes my stocking?” Tommy asked.
The kid emphasized the word, as if someone here had already insulted his work. “I’m sure he’ll like it. In fact, you’re doing such a great job, I think you should make my stocking, too.”
“But Santa doesn’t—” The boy cut himself off and put his head down over his work again.
Across the room, Mollie gave a huge, exasperated sigh.
Till this morning, the little girl had seemed inclined to stick by his side. Since they had all returned to the living room, she had sat apart from them in his former Santa chair, stabbing her stocking-shaped piece of fabric with her needle as if it were some kind of voodoo doll. He pitied the person she was picturing as her target.
“When we get back to civilization,” he said, “we’ll need to make a shopping trip.”
That caught Mollie’s attention, though she looked up without a word.
It caught Lyssa’s attention, too, judging by the way her hand holding the needle had frozen in midair. Already he could tell she was forming objections to his plan. No matter what he did, he couldn’t seem to please her.
“Shopping?” Tommy asked. “What can we buy?”
“Christmas presents for all your parents.”
“But I told…I told Santa I made a card.”
“And that’s very nice. But there’s no reason you can’t give your mom and dad a present, too.”
“We’ll make ornaments,” Lyssa said.
“Make how?” Tommy demanded. “And what’s a ormer…that thing you said?”
“It’s a decoration for your Christmas tree. We’ll make them with a very special recipe I have for clay. We use flour and salt and glue and food coloring. Just like you do in school with Miss Barnett, right, Mollie?”
The girl shrugged and stabbed her stocking again.
This time, Nick didn’t blame her. The thought of having to make a stocking had been bad enough. And now, this?
Lyssa was going to great lengths to keep the kids occupied. He had a sneaking suspicion her efforts were also aimed at making sure he and she didn’t get to spend any time alone. After last night, he couldn’t blame her.
Yet even the fresh wave of guilt he felt now couldn’t keep him from wanting her.
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I will definitely have to get the book to find out how this goes......
Let's find out a little more about Barbara.
Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom. Barbara 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. Sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest in her writing life: https://barbarawhitedaille.com/newsletter.
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Thanks so much Barbara, for stopping by. I hope you have great success for your book.
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11/8/2018 08:26:08 am
Hi, Connie - thank you again for welcoming me back to the blog! And, yes, those disastrous memories do stick with us, don't they? LOL
11/8/2018 10:41:26 am
I'm still crafty, Barbara. This year I made--you won't tell, will you?--embroidered potholders. I've done tons of tea towels and pillowcases too. And have made snow globes. I make wreaths and can tie a very good bow, thanks to Mom. Happy Holidays to you and Connie. vb
11/8/2018 12:24:01 pm
Vicki - that's all so impressive! And no, I won't tell. ;)
11/8/2018 03:15:14 pm
I love all the holiday romances at this time of year! Mr. Wrong sounds wonderful!
11/8/2018 03:47:07 pm
Hi, Alina! I'm such a big fan of Christmas stories, too - romance, romantic suspense, mystery, I love them all. :)
11/9/2018 02:43:27 pm
What a great story. I was just totally pulled in.
11/9/2018 03:31:20 pm
Hi, Janice - thanks so much for the comment! I'm happy you liked the excerpt.
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