I love writing winter stories and I’m more excited than ever about this year’s release because although I’ve written 65 books for Harlequin Presents and Harlequin Medical, Sleigh Bells in the Snow is my first full-length contemporary romance. It’s set in beautiful, snowy Vermont and is the first in a new series about the O’Neil Brothers.
Sleigh Bells is Jackson’s story. Jackson is one of my favourite heroes ever. He is tough, sexy and has a strong sense of responsibility. He is determined to save Snow Crystal Resort and Spa, a magical place that has been home to his family for four generations, but the business is in trouble so he employs PR expert Kayla Green to help him boost their flagging fortunes. Kayla is a city girl who has never seen a moose or worn snow shoes, but Christmas is her least favorite time of year so she agrees to come and spend a week at Snow Crystal, thinking it will be a perfect way of avoiding the festivities.
But nothing has prepared her for winter in Vermont, the warmth of the O’Neil family, or the chemistry between her and Jackson and soon she’s battling more than snowdrifts.
The O’Neil family loves winter and so do I!
Here are a few of my favourite things:
Log fires – they look pretty, and I’m never going to complain about soft romantic lighting. (Snow Crystal has plenty of log fires. And outdoor hot tubs. Jackson and Kayla make the most of both!)
Crisp, cold weather – Great excuse for snuggling close with someone hot and sexy and sharing that body heat? (Kayla and Jackson do a lot of that! It may be cold outside but these two know how to turn up the heat)
Snow – yes, I know it’s a nuisance when you’re trying to get somewhere, but it’s still pretty! (bad boy and gold medal winning skier Tyler O’Neil likes nothing better than getting from the top of the mountain to the bottom as fast as possible. Look out for his story in November 2014)
Hot soup – yes, you can make soup in the summer but it’s not the same as enjoying it on a day when your fingers and toes are freezing! (Head Chef Élise runs the restaurant at Snow Crystal. And she’s had a secret night with sexy surgeon Sean O’Neil. Look out for their story, Suddenly Last Summer, coming July 2014)
Baking – the O’Neil family, especially Grandma Alice, do a lot of baking. Is there anything better than the smell of baking on a cold day? If you want to try my cinnamon star biscuits the recipe is on my website here http://sarahmorgan.com/books/series/oneil-brothers/#recipe
What do you love about winter? Leave a comment for a chance to win a signed copy of my 2013 RITA winning release A Night of No Return where the heroine finds herself snowbound with her sexy boss!
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