What is your favorite Christmas song? Mine is unquestionably Gloria in Excelsis Deo. Other than that, I love anything that suggests sleigh rides and sleigh bells. Silent Night, Winter Wonderland and even Snoopy & the Red Baron make the top ratings on my fave list.
I prefer older carols that invoke suggestions of a by-gone era. Of snowy hearths, candlelit ways. runners of the sleigh slicing through the snow behind the crunching of the horse’s hooves and jingle of their harness and the brisk snap of cold in the air. Of glowing fireplaces and hearty stews. And pretty presents in shiny bows under a sparkly tree.
If I close my eyes, breathe deep, and concentrate, I can almost take myself back there.
Today my guest author is Linda O’Conner and her book, Perfectly Honest. This novel has not yet released, but will be available starting on 1/14/15.
You never know where your words will take you.
When Mikaela Finn agreed to be Sam’s ‘fiancée’ for a weekend, she probably should have told him that she’s a doctor. Sam O’Brien, aka ‘Dr. Eye Candy’, is trying to shed his playboy reputation and convince a small town hospital that he’s ready to settle down. But when his ‘fiancée’ helps deliver a baby in the middle of the meet and greet, it’s a bit of a shock. If he’d known the whole truth, he might have done things a little differently because somehow his ‘fiancée’ ends up stealing his job and his heart. Not exactly the change he wanted. Lies and deceit – it’s a match made in heaven!
** Please note, Linda’s work will not be available until January 14th, 2015. **
And here is a little about Linda:
I’ve been writing for three years, and I’m thrilled that Soul Mate Publishing will be publishing my latest novel, ‘Perfectly Honest’. I love reading romantic comedies so naturally that’s what I write. I never aspired to be a writer, but now I’m addicted. I love it. I balance writing with my work as a physician at an Urgent Care Clinic and being a mom to three sons (luckily grown and capable of throwing together a decent meal, in a pinch). Plus I like to keep active and cycle, cross-country ski, skate, walk with my husband, or dance every day. The idea to write came after working with young adults. There were some basics I thought they should know – mental health symptoms, birth control myths, how to take ownership of their health. I thought hey, if David Chilton of The Wealthy Barber fame can dole out financial advice in a barbershop, maybe I could dole out medical advice in a Romance novel. That’s how my first novel, ‘She’s Not a Fan’, was born.
For many years, I taught clinical skills to medical students and spent a lot of time writing detailed roles for actor-patients. It was great practice for developing characters in my stories. Joining the Romance Writers of America, taking online workshops, (and reading) all helped improve my writing. Medical school was challenging, but it was nothing compared to figuring out where commas go, POV, or sorting out verb tense (simple past, past perfect, past perfect progressive – did they know there were 25 other letters they could have used to name those things?)
Obviously I’m still learning, but I love the process.
I don’t write about people I know, but I definitely take inspiration from snippets of conversations or from the emotion I feel when I talk to people. My designated writing space is any place with a view of Lake Ontario, preferably outside (for three of the four seasons).
That is a great biography, Linda. I so agree about the POV and assorted tenses all beginning with the same letter. Spread the love a bit, right? Okay, readers, since the Soul Mate authors are in a sharing mood this season, don’t forget to enter our rafflecopter drawing for some great prizes!
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