ANNOUNCEMENT: The winner of the giveaway for Helen's latest novel MARRIAGE UNDER THE MISTLETOE is Libby Mercer. Congratulations Libby.
A warm welcome to author Helen Lacey, who is joining us on the blog today from Australia. Helen's first published novel MADE FOR MARRIAGE was released earlier this year as a Harlequin Special Editions book. Her second release, MARRIAGE UNDER THE MISTLETOE, also on Harlequin Special Editions, is now hitting the shelves. I followed Helen's blog tour (following her first release) with great interest and I can hardly believe that it's time for the next book already. Helen agreed to answer some questions for me about this second release, and how it feels to have the second book published.
1.Helen, it seems like hardly any time since your first book MADE FOR MARRIAGE hit the shelves and now it's time for the next one. How does it feel to have a second book coming out? Is it as exciting as it was the first time around?
Yes, absolutely. My second release is equally as exciting as the first. Both characters in Marriage Under The Mistletoe featured in the first book, so it was lovely to write their story and give them a happy ending.
2. Now that you're a published author, has it made things easier for your writing, or harder?
Not harder, I just make sure I am organized and meet my deadlines.
3. Is your second book MARRIAGE UNDER THE MISTLETOE set in the same world as your first book, or in a different one?
Yes, the same little seaside town of Crystal Point, which sits at the most southern tip of The Great Barrier Reef.
|MARRIAGE UNDER THE MISTLETOE AUSTRALIAN EDITION|
Unfortunately there are no horses in Marriage Under The Mistletoe – but there certainly will be in future books. The heroine in my third book which releases in January has a horse. Since animals are such a big part of my life, sharing that connection with readers is very important
5. MADE FOR MARRIAGE had a thought provoking message, that it's not biology that makes a parent but commitment, love and caring. When your hero, Noah, revealed that because of his first wife's affairs, he wasn't sure if he was the real father of his
kids, that really rang a bell. I had a friend who married a man with a similar situation and approach, so I knew that this can really happen. This was the surprise factor that made your novel a little different from a run-of-the-mill story. Will MARRIAGE UNDER THE MISTLETOE have a similar surprise hidden inside?
Thanks you so much for saying that. Special Edition books draw on the theme of Life, Love & Family, with the things that happen in the stories being parallel to what happens in real life, to everyday people. When I wrote Marriage Under The Mistletoe I wanted to explore the older woman/younger man theme and create a heroine who’d shut down after the death of her husband and believed love the second time around had passed her by.
6. After the excitement of your first release, was it hard to come back to normality and adopt a routine to write every day?
The excitement was fabulous and I enjoyed every moment, but I was on a deadline during that release month so still had to keep writing. Plus, I had been writing for a long time before getting published and was in a steady writing routine. Now I feel incredibly grateful to be able to write full time.
I’d love to share a little about my book. The heroine, Evie, is a thirty six year old widow with a teenage son and lives a quiet life running her bed and breakfast. She is solid and sensible and the kind of person everyone goes to for advice. When Scott Jones arrives in Crystal Point to attend his sister’s wedding he quickly falls for Evie. However, she has no intention of falling in love with the young and sexy fire-fighter. But, it’s Christmas and well, there’s mistletoe . . .
It’s been great to be here. To celebrate the release of Marriage Under The Mistletoe I have a signed copy to give away to one commenter.
Helen, that was very interesting. Thank you for sharing with us today.
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