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Thursday, December 19, 2013

[12 Days of Romance] Winter Fairy by Lola Karns #giveaway #interview #Christmas




Recuperating ballerina Penelope Glazier can enchant the young girls in her Fairy Dreams class, but will her magic work on Carson Langley, the sexy but straight-laced single father of her most talented student?

Widowed doctor Carson Langley didn’t know what surprises him more at his six-year-old’s dance recital, that his reticent daughter is the star of the show or that the attractive teacher, Penelope Glazier, seems to have gotten through to his girl. Too bad she considers teaching a temporary job before she returns to her professional touring company. Even if he were willing to take a risk with his heart, he has to protect his daughter, Eloise.

Free-spirited Penelope Glazier doesn’t believe the stories she heard about Eloise. All she sees is a creative girl who needs some direction and she’s the perfect person to provide it while she recovers from a near catastrophic injury. After spending time with Eloise and her by-the-book father, she recognizes that despite their differences, they have a connection.

When Penelope lands a plum part will she dance out of Carson and Eloise’s life forever? Or will she take on her riskiest part ever?

AUTHOR BIO:

Having worked as a bartender, shipping clerk, secretary, concierge, document translator, doctoral candidate (in history) and more as she moved through Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey, Georgia, and Virginia, Lola decided she needed a portable career. Writing fit the bill.

She lives in Minnesota with her husband, two children, two hairless cats and a fluffy rescue cat She shares her brain with a wide assortment of oddball characters eagerly hoping to escape what they call “the loony bin.” She doesn’t share chocolate covered Oreos with anyone.


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What inspired you to write a holiday romance story? Winter Fairy emerged out of a temper tantrum and a challenge. I wrote a scene where Carson’s daughter Eloise has a tantrum. I didn’t have a story to go with it. When author Yvette Hines challenged me to write a holiday story, I knew what Eloise wanted for Christmas.

What has been your favorite holiday-themed romance to read? Each year I pull out Naomi Neale’s Calendar Girl and reread the December chapter of Nan’s department store misadventures. I love to pick up new books and novella collections each year. This year my favorite has been Robyn Neeley’s Christmas Dinner.

Do you have any special holiday traditions? The kids and I decorate sugar cookies. It’s a horrendous mess and I swear I ooze powdered sugar from my pores for a week afterwards, but we have a lot of fun.

What was your favorite childhood toy? When Cabbage Patch Kids were all the rage, my parents couldn’t afford them. My mom made homemade versions for my sister and I. We called them Rutabaga Patch Kids. That and my “Wonder-horse Fred” – an utterly unsafe plastic horse suspended on springs.

What do you do on a holiday eve? Before the kids go to bed, we check the NORAD Santa tracker one last time. I do most of the wrapping a week or more in advance, but there is always some last minute stuff to figure out and sugar cookies to eat. Hubby is in charge of arranging the presents under the tree for the maximum “wow” factor.
  
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Snow ball fight or Snow Angels? Snow ball fight – unless my husband is involved. He plays dirty.
Sleigh Ride or Skiing? Skiing
Hot Apple Cider or Eggnog? Hot apple cider
Fave Holiday Song – White Christmas
Fave Holiday Dish – homemade dinner rolls
Fave Holiday Movie – A Christmas Story
Fave Holiday Decoration – Stockings 



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