Welcome to the fourth and final instalment of sneak peeks at stories from Under The Kissing Bough. Today it’s my pleasure to host Tina DeSalvo.
Thank you, Anna, for inviting me and the other authors of Under the Kissing Bough to your wonderful blog. I am thrilled to join you here and to be part of this collection. Wow! There are so many amazing authors writing novellas for this collection that I am humbled to be with them. I can’t wait to read their stories. I LOVE CHRISTMAS STORIES. I confess, it borders on being an addiction for me- LOL. I marathon watch Christmas movies, marathon read christmas books and beg every child I meet to let me tell them a Christmas story. Although I may be exaggerating…a little… on how obsessed I am with Christmas tales, I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that I believe Christmas stories represent the very best telling of hope, optimism, joy and love. How it is wrapped up and gifted to readers in a book, is what makes it fun, heart-warming and interesting. I hope my story, Hunt for Christmas, is all of those things to readers. Oh, one more thing. Food. Christmas and the holidays is about food, too. I’ve included a yummy recipe in my book and more on my website that are prepared by many of the Cajun families in my community. I hope you enjoy them, too.
Traditions, mistletoe kisses and second chances…
The Cajun Christmas on the Bayou Celebration is an annual event in the remote town of Fa La, Louisiana, nicknamed – Fa La La. It has supported generations of the families who live in the tiny, isolated bayou community. This year may be the last. Thanks to Hunter James who bought the neighboring island, they can no longer use his land for a major part of the celebration. The island is his home where he expects to find much needed peace and quiet. He doesn’t want Christmas lights, music and revelers on his land no matter what Fa La La’s beautiful advocate, Dr. Camille Comeaux, says as she tries to change his mind…and changes his heart.
Will Camille fight to steal Hunter’s peace so her family can have theirs?
…He did seem to care about his body, she noted. He had wide, broad shoulders that tapered to narrow hips. She imagined that his flat stomach would be firm and toned. Whether he worked to achieve that lean, healthy body because of vanity, the pleasure of working out, or for necessity because his job required it, she didn’t know. She also didn’t know why, when she’d seen thousands of male bodies before, his made her pulse increase. Maybe it was because he wasn’t on an examining table and she wasn’t his doctor.
“I need to talk to you about the Fa La La Cajun Christmas on the Bayou Celebration,” she said, shifting in the rocker to fully face him.
He stood, walked down the stairs and sat on the second step.
Dear Lord. How do I have a serious discussion with him when he’s a moving target? She promptly followed him down the steps and stood nearby. “Your island is important to the success of the celebration.”
His response was to pick up a pair of running shoes, knocking them upside down against one another, before putting them on his bare feet.
She moved to stand directly in front of him. “It’s quite a serious matter.” He looked at her tapping foot and smiled. Heat rushed into her cheeks. She hadn’t even realized she was doing it. She pressed her foot soundly to the ground.
“You’re wound up with too much energy, Doc.” He tied his shoes in a slow easy manner. “Let’s go for a walk.” He stood.
She joined him as he started to walk away. Her phone dinged in her back pocket as she reached Hunter’s side. She read her text – it was from Edward. Do you want me to come to the island to assist you?
Her phone dinged again. Another text. It was from her mother: Don’t let Edward go to the island. You’ll have a better chance to convince Hunt to change his mind if it’s just the two of you. We’ve met him. He’s safe. You won’t need your papa’s gun from the boat just in case you were thinking about that. Don’t forget to finger-comb your hair.
And then there was a third text from her older sister, Sarah: He’s really handsome. Smile a lot and don’t shoot him.
She’d been home for less than an hour and her family was already trying to tell her what to do and play matchmaker. Both reasons why she’d left in the first place.
“There are always things to do,” she repeated his words. He laughed softly. “I have a thing to do right now,” she said, directing the conversation to the purpose of her visit.
“To discuss the over commercialization of Christmas?”
“To discuss the under-appreciation of tradition,” she replied.
Tina DeSalvo is a fresh, humorous voice in women’s fiction and romance. She brings her knowledge and passion for the rich culture, unique traditions and interesting people of Cajun Country (where she lives) and New Orleans (where she grew up) to her Second Chance Novel series-Elli, Jewell, and Abby (coming soon). Also in the series are two novellas: A Second Chance in Vegas and Hunt for Christmas (Under the Kissing Bough Christmas Collection). Tina is also a freelance journalist. She spent most of her career as a television reporter/anchor and before that, as one of the first female sports broadcasters in Louisiana. A Breast Cancer Survivor, Tina donates her proceeds from Elli to help individuals as they battle the disease. She loves spending time with readers…sharing stories, laughs, tears and hugs. She’s inspired by the people she meets and hearing their personal journeys, not to mention the people she just observes along the way…so, watch out. You could be a character in her next book! “I look forward to meeting you!” To learn more about Tina and see fun photos of her time with readers, visit tinadesalvo.com and follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Release Date November 22nd 2016