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Monday, October 30, 2017

My Muse and the Holiday Spirit by Barbara White Daille


Please welcome Barbara White Daille to Muse Monday!

As we’re right around the corner from Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the rest of the holidays, this is just the beginning of my favorite time of the year. Parties, presents, big dinners. desserts and chocolate. (Lots of chocolate.)  Peace on earth and goodwill to men.

What’s not to like about all that? 

Even my muse got into the holiday spirit when I began writing my upcoming release. The story is a stand-alone romance, book two in the Snowflake Valley series. When my muse caught on to the fact we were revisiting the town that celebrates Christmas 365 days of the year, she was happier than a… 

Well, than a kid in a Christmas toy shop.

And to tell you the truth, so was I.

Writing is not the easiest gig in the world. Sometimes it can be downright exhausting both mentally and physically. My writing routine for this series has so far eliminated all that.

It’s hard not to be cheerful and energized when you’re running back and forth from the office to the kitchen to make hot chocolate!  Listening to Christmas carols played softly in the background helps to calm you but stimulate your muse. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, the muse makes friends with your subconscious, and because they’re already having fun, they get together and plan ways to help you write the book!

And I’m here today to share some of what the three of us came up with.

From the back cover of One Week to Win Her Boss:

Single mom Amber Barnett loves family, kids, Christmas…and unfortunately, her boss, confirmed bachelor Michael DeFranco. It's a crush she really needs to get over. Except, when she’s temporarily forced from her apartment, her only option is to stay at Michael’s private ski lodge, where she's the housekeeper. No problem. Her handsome boss rarely visits Snowflake Valley unexpectedly, plus he’s spending the holidays with his family. Or so she thinks…

A stormy Christmas Eve reunion leaves Michael seeking the solitude of his lodge, where he finds Amber in residence—and in trouble. Attempting to save her from her matchmaking family, he announces they’re a couple. His good deed backfires when they’re instantly included in each and every holiday event in town. So much for solitude. 

Only the more time he spends with the beautiful, cheery brunette, the more he yearns to make things real between them. But he and Amber want different things, and Michael could never be the family man she's looking for. 


On his way downstairs Michael gave himself a familiar reminder: Amber is off-limits. Outside the kitchen door he hesitated, taking a deep breath. Mama DeFranco would have scolded him in three different languages for the way he had sworn at Amber when he’d come into the house. But guilt instilled by his grandmother wasn’t what kept him hanging outside in the hallway. No, it was his eagerness to join Amber that rooted his feet to the floor. Better for him to stand out here than to be alone with her. 

A wail went up inside the kitchen. 

With her and her baby, he amended. 

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About the Author: 

Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom. Barbara also loves writing, reading, and chocolate. Come to think of it, she enjoys writing about those subjects, too! 

Barbara wrote her first short story at the age of nine, then typed "The End" to her first novel many years the eighth grade. Now she's writing contemporary romance on a daily basis. Sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest in her writing life: 

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for hosting me today, Brenda. Just like my heroine, I love the holidays. It's great to be able to kick them off early with you and your readers!