It always a delight to host a guest post on a publication day, so it’s fabulous to share with you today a post by JULIET ARCHER to celebrate Publication Day for the fabulous HOPE, MISTLETOE AND A CHRISTMAS PROMISE!!
Over to you Juliet….
RELEASE DAY POST: Hope Mistletoe and a Christmas Promise by Juliet Archer
It’s wonderful to be here on publication day – thank you for inviting me, Karen!
My new novel, Hope, Mistletoe and a Christmas Promise, has a few firsts going for it. It’s my first ever Christmas book, my first story with Hong Kong as a setting, and the first time a little girl features as one of my main characters. How are these firsts connected? Just read on to find out!
Have you ever made a Christmas promise – or compromise? Because Christmas is the time of year when many of us do what we feel is expected of us, willingly or unwillingly. That can become more challenging if our situation changes. When I started writing Pip and Ryan’s story, I thought about the sort of Christmas they were each facing because of their altered circumstances.
For a long time now, I’ve wanted to set a story in Hong Kong. My husband spent the first eleven years of his life in Kowloon, and I felt as though I knew the place – or his version of it – even before we went there in 2018 and 2019. For me, Hong Kong embodies the ultimate East-West culture clash – an idea that inspired Pip and Ryan’s first meeting at the airport.
Finally, to unsettle our romantic leads even more, I decided to introduce a child’s view of Christmas – which brings us back to promises and compromises, doesn’t it?
At its heart, this is a story about two people discovering the real meaning of Christmas, aided and abetted by a six-year-old.
I hope you enjoy it – and Happy Christmas to you all!
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When a Christmas promise becomes hard to keep …
Pip Smith knows she owes it to her family to hold on to the festive traditions that have been a comfort since the year everything changed – but this Christmas she’s going to need a miracle to keep everyone in her life happy.
After she’s dumped by her fiancé, an invitation to visit a friend in Hong Kong in the run-up to the festive season seems to offer Pip the perfect escape – and she’ll be home for Christmas, of course. Except her escape ends up becoming far more complex than she intended, when she becomes involved with arrogant American Ryan Hawke and his niece, Shelby – a little girl whose most heartfelt Christmas wish is for a proper family.
Will Pip keep her Christmas promise – or will it be more of a compromise, with the help of a little hope and mistletoe?
About the Author:
Juliet Archer writes award-winning romantic comedy for Choc Lit and Ruby Fiction. She has been known to spend many happy hours matching irresistible heroes with their equally irresistible chocolate counterparts – watch out for the dark nutty ones!
Her debut novel, The Importance of Being Emma, won the Big Red Read Book of the Year 2011 Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the 2009 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance. Her second novel, Persuade Me, was shortlisted for the 2011 Festival of Romance Best Romantic Read Award.
Juliet was born and bred in North-East England and now lives in Hertfordshire. Her non-writing career has spanned IT, acquisitions analysis, copy editing, marketing and project management, providing plenty of first-hand research for her novels.