‘Shey,’ the other half asked me this week – I think it was maybe Wednesay, I don’t actually know – ‘Are you praying?’
‘Yes,’ I told him. ‘To all the gods. Of very faith. Every religion. Pan. Odin. Thor. Jupiter. Whoever. Whatever. I just want one of them to help me get my forehead off this floor. I mean, I’m very grateful it broke my fall but……’
One emergency phonecall for medical assistance later and of course we would still be going to the Proclaimers concert andstepping out to round off the shopping – and ai wonder who my heroines take it off. What a hope. Did I say Christmas was scooting down the tracks towards me. I never looked at what was thundering from the opposite direction.
Being a glass half full kind of girl though I always look on the bright side of life. Yes. They said the world would end on Friday. Even when it didn’t, I tried to be positive. After all, why not lose the Christmas pounds…in advance.
Anyway antibiotics, even triple strength ones are quite something. They have enabled me today, to welcome Aurelia B. Rowl, my second interview guest of the month. There being so many Christmas releases, why not have two guests? Besides Aurelia’s book, like Charley’s also has a fabulous title, as you’ll see. How could I possibly ignore it?
So, please welcome Aurelia, a contemporary romance author from the UK, who not only masquerades as Allie A Burrow, her raunchier alter-ego but is wife to a very understanding manand a mum to two young children.
Q Christmas is Cancelled is the title of your new release? Now Aurelia……dare one ask why?
A. Do you like it? I was really pleased with it and as soon as the idea came to me, it clicked. I like to choose a title that hints at the story, plus a variation this features in the text as well.
Q. So your hero isn’t Ebeneezer Scrooge or the Grinch then?
A. No, although he has every right to be. Christmas is by far his worst time of the year.
Q. What about your heroine?
A. My poor heroine was all set for her usual Christmas when her safe, structured world crumbles around her. Imagine your worst ever day, multiply it by ten, and then imagine you find yourself stranded with nowhere to go on Christmas Eve.
Q. Goodness, my worst day was last week!! Please do tell about your worst Christmas ever.
A. I’ve had a few different bad experiences over Christmas, but nothing that completely ruined it, because I do try to find the positives in any situation. A couple that spring to mind are: Christmas Day is the anniversary of my Uncle’s death; another year I had severe bronchitis and couldn’t do anything, unfortunately, I was on holiday in the Isle of Skye at the time and didn’t get to see much of the beautiful island; which reminds me that as a child, I was nearly always ill with something or other over Christmas. But all that is depressing, and it’s in the past, so I will move onto the next…
Q. Yes well, moving swiftly on, your best Christmas, Aurelia, what was it?
A. Do you know what, I have idea. There are so many different aspects I’ve loved from so many Christmases (there have been a fair few now, after all!) but my favourites have been as a Mum, revelling in the magic and the joy that only a child can bring.
Q. Aw….long may you feel that way. What is your heroine going to find in her stocking from the hero?
A. Nothing. Absolutely nadda. Unless a roof over her head and a bed for the night counts?
Q. Well, let’s give him eight out of ten, unless of course his motives are ulterior! What about you, what would you most like to find in your stocking?
A. He he, no hesitation, I’ll take Zac Efron please (hey, he’s only 8 years younger than me now!)
Q. What are you doing Christmas Day?
A. I’ll be woken at some jarringly early hour by two very giddy children, who will then proceed to tear into their stockings. Then it’s downstairs to see what Father Christmas has brought. A cooked breakfast would be nice, and then it’s off to my husband’s family for more present-opening chaos, and a veritable feast of a Christmas dinner prepared by my wonderful mother-in-law.
Q. Afterwards is going to busy, I see – not from my crystal ball – you are branching into self publishing.
A. I have got so many projects on the go, it is bordering on ridiculous. My first plan is to get a story I’ve been trying to write for months, that got rudely interrupted by Christmas Is Cancelled. Once that is done and submitted, I will get back to the first title in my Peer Pressure series, with the hopes of getting it out next year – and yes, it will be self-published – with a further four titles in the series already in the pipeline, including my first male/male romance. A busy, and exciting time indeed…
So there we go. a big thank you to Aurelia at a horrendously busy promotional time for her, in addition to eveything else. for coming by to talk about her new release from Breathless Press. Merry Christmas to you. I hope it’s a good one.
Matilda ‘Tilly’ Carter didn’t think her day could get any worse, but even Christmas had just been cancelled.
The one girl Dean Watson has sworn never to have—never even expected to see again—just flared back into his life and into his home—his sanctuary—like she belonged there. Christmas would certainly be more bearable with Tilly around though…
As the chinks in Dean’s armor appear, Tilly seizes the chance to win her knight once and for all. She’s not about to take no for answer—not this time—but Dean must resist, even as his heart rebels and temptation threatens to undermine his resolve.
Win or lose? Love or honor? Which will Dean choose? Assuming he gets a choice…
Christmas is Cancelled is available from
Aurelia can be found at the following links. Blog