Skip to main content

Helen Lacey Talks About The Second Book!

ANNOUNCEMENT:  The winner of  the giveaway for Helen's latest novel MARRIAGE UNDER THE MISTLETOE is Libby Mercer.  Congratulations Libby.

Facebook  Helen on the web: 

Twitter   Author Page

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.

4. I noticed that horses were featured prominently in your first book and I came to know through following your blog tour that you're a keen horsewoman. Will horses feature in MARRIAGE UNDER THE MISTLETOE?

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
to me.

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.

International Edition
7. Can you give us an idea of what MARRIAGE UNDER THE MISTLETOE is like? I'd love if you could tell us a little about the main characters.

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.


Buy Links:




Book Depository

Amazon UK


  1. I liked how when you were asked a question, Helen, you answered that question in a paragraph. Not a huge paragraph; not a tiny paragraph; just right, as the story goes, LOL. I'm wondering if your book is like that too, as I am not a lover of long, drawn-out scenes with lots of scenery descriptions, or areas where you can tell the author "tried to make it longer".
    Anyway, I'd love to read your book to find out.
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Laney - I'm a big believer in the characters driving the story and not a huge fan of big info dumps - even in real life I tend to talk fast and to the point LOL. So my characters tend to think and act like that too. Thanks for stopping by today - you're in the draw!

    2. That's something for an aspiring author like me to keep in mind, Helen. Thank you...

  2. Thanks for coming over to say hi, Laney, it's always a pleasure to read your comments.

  3. Hi, Helen,

    I just realized that your second book has the same setting as the first, which I loved. :)
    Would you tell us a little bit about how you have so many books releasing rather quickly--for publishing? ha Did HQ contract you for three books to start with?

    Just wondering how it all happened for you. I'd love to win the book. lol

    1. Hi Cathy,

      You're very welcome, thank you for coming over.


  4. Hi Cathy - great to see you here. While I was waiting to hear from my now editor about the first book, I wrote several more, all part of my Crystal Point series. I'm fairly methodic about the business of writing, so to speak, and can write a book in a few months if I knuckle down. I've sold four books so far and have a few more to go in this series.
    BTW - I think you actually won a copy a few weeks back when I visited the Hot Pink Typewriter - might be worth checking.
    Thanks for stopping by - hope you enjoy the book :)

  5. Hi Helen and Maria!

    What an awesome interview! Thanks for sharing ladies.

    All the best!

    1. Hi Nas - thanks for stopping by today.

    2. Hi Nas,

      good to see you here. As always.


  6. Lovely interview Helen. I love how you make 'ordinary' characters extraordinary. Can't wait to read Marriage under the Mistletoe'.

    1. Hi Lee - great to see you here. Hope you enjoy the book :)

    2. Hi Lee,

      Nice to see you over here. You're very welcome...


  7. Great interview! It's nice to hear the 2nd book is as exciting as the first! :)

    (ps - don't enter me for the draw as I already have my copy! Good luck to everyone else :))

    1. Hi Jemi - lovely to see you here. Thanks for stopping by :)

    2. Great to see you here, Jemi, thanks so much for coming over.

  8. Great interview, Helen and Maria! Marriage Under the Mistletoe sounds like a fun read:). I'd like to see how Evie thinks she can't fall for that young and sexy firefighter;).

    1. Hi Maria - I love putting characters into tough spots and then watch them get out of it -poor Evie went through the wringer to get her man :) thanks for dropping by.

  9. Great interview ladies! I love the sound of Marriage Under the Mistletoe. I don't think I've read an older woman/younger man romance, but I love the concept. And the guy's a firefighter? I am so there. :-)

    1. Hi Libby - this was the first time I'd written this theme and I'm so pleased readers now get to share their story. Lovely to see you here, you're in the draw :)

    2. Welcome back Libby. I think this is a terrific idea for a story too. Best of luck in the draw.

  10. Hi Helen and Maria, loved the interview. I have Marriage Under The Mistletoe on my TBR list and now I cant wait :)

    1. Hi Tash - thannks for stopping by - you're in the draw :)

  11. Congratulations Helen on achieving your ambition of publication. I have a fried who wrote and submitted for many years before being published with her dream publisher HM&B. Sue Mackay writes for their medical line, and, like you, found the previous years of 'practice' set her up for a professional writing routine. I admire you for being able to write to tight deadlines, and wish you much success.

  12. Hello Cherie - lovely to meet you. And I met Sue at the recent Romance Writers of Australia Conference - she's delightful. Thank you for your good wishes and for stopping by today.

  13. Hi Helen,

    Why book would have such a great cover? I want all of them *grin

    The story sounds, love the idea n great you'd dare yourself to write new story :)

  14. Hi Eli - thanks for stopping by today - you're in the draw.


Post a Comment

It's great to get your visit. Please let me know what you think of the post.....

Popular posts from this blog

Readers Beware! 5 Reasons Not To Read 'Behind Our Lives' by Charlene Carr

Our MBB guest poster today, author Charlene Carr, is hella talented, but you won't find her begging you to buy her new book anytime soon. In fact, if you're not the type of reader who would appreciate her, she'll happily advise you to take your business elsewhere - in the nicest possible way, of course. In this guest post, she gives you five reasons not to buy her book.

Charlene Carr on the Web:

Website FacebookTwitterPinterestGoodreadsInstagram

Author Bio:  Charlene Carr is a lover of words. After travelling the globe for several years and working as a freelance writer, editor, and facilitator, she decided the time had come to focus on her true love—novel writing.  Charlene writes fiction full of thought and heart. Her endings may not always be 'happy', but she always ends with hope. She is the author of seven novels and one novella. She lives in St. John's, Newfoundland and loves exploring the amazing coastline of her harbour town, dancing up a storm, and strivi…

New Release: Throwing The Light by KA Servian

MBB welcomes the exciting new author KA Servian to the blog today. After a twenty-plus-year career in the applied arts industry, including owning her own fashion and jewellery labels, this author, who is otherwise known as Kathy, decided to turn her creative skills to writing fiction. Her first novel, Peak Hill, was a finalist in the Romance Writers of New Zealand Pacific Hearts Full Manuscript contest in 2016. She now squeezes full-time study for an advanced diploma in applied writing in around writing novels and short stories, teaching sewing and pattern making and being a wife and mother.

K A Servian on the web:
WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagramAuthor Page
Join K A Servian’s Newsletter and get a free copy of: Missing the Obvious.

Keeping the pages turning..........
To create and maintain suspense and tension in a story, Try taking the complete plot outline, breaking it into pieces which hold the main plot points and then drip feeding those pieces to the reader. It's vital to never gi…

Review - 1857 Dust of Ages - The Forgotten Tale by Vandana Shanker

This has to be the first review on MBB in a very long time and it was well worth the wait. Anyone who likes Indian historical fiction is going to adore this beautiful read.

Maria Perry Mohan's Review of 1857 Dust of AgesVolume I -  A Forgotten Tale by Vandana Shankar

As historical fiction goes, this is first class. We’re literally getting glimpses of a fascinating story as seen through the eyes of today. Can it really be that an Indian royal family gave their daughter in marriage to a British Army officer?  Some say it could be impossible, but has the truth been covered up? And why?
Those glances back in time show teasing glimpses of a royal family at a crossroads. The queen’s consternation when a male hair has not been born and her greedy sister-in-law, the one who has a son, eyes up the kingdom. Would such a queen mother be good for a kingdom? Probably not.

The princess’s character comes through as a girl who has been born to lead her kingdom. The 19th century produced one of the gr…