Monday, 10 December 2012

Let It Snow Books: Interview with Juliana Ross + Giveaway


It is my great pleasure to kick off the Let It Snow Books 2012 event with a guest whose debut novel enchanted me so much it became a favourite read of 2012, so I thought she absolutely had to be featured in our holiday special event. Please give a warm welcome to Juliana Ross, author of Improper Relations, a sexy and romantic historical story I loved (you can read my review here)! 

Stella: Is there anything special you usually do for the holidays? Any special family tradition?

Juliana: My holidays are one tradition after another – and I’m forever creating new ones. Last year we attended a Christmas pageant with friends and then had everyone back to our house for dinner and dessert afterward. This year we’re doing it again, which means it’s now a tradition!

Stella: Do you have any favorite holiday-themed stories (movies or books)?

Juliana: Too many to count! A particular favorite is the version of A Christmas Carol that was made as a TV movie in the late 1980s. It stars George C. Scott as Scrooge and a who’s who of British actors in the secondary roles. It’s beautifully done, with much of the dialogue taken straight from the book.

Stella: Could you share with us your favourite holiday meal/dessert/candy?

Juliana: Christmas dinner wouldn’t be complete without my mother’s recipe for stuffing, which is a pretty traditional bread-and-sausage version that my kids just love. For dessert, I always make sticky toffee pudding. My secret is a generous amount of single-malt Scotch in the caramel sauce!

Stella: What’s your favourite thing about the holidays?

Juliana: The chance to share all these wonderful traditions with my children, both of whom are quite young and entirely entranced by everything to do with the season. This morning I made paper chains with my five-year-old daughter, which we’re going to hang on the tree when it goes up mid-December.

Stella: What makes you feel that Christmastime is finally here?

Juliana: When I have my annual baking day with my closest friends. Nothing says Christmas like 20,000 calories in one convenient box of homemade cookies!

Stella: Please complete: Christmas/the holidays wouldn't be the real deal without...

Juliana: Watching the expression on my children’s faces as they come downstairs on Christmas morning and see that, yes, Santa did eat the cookies they left out for him.


Stella: What’s one of the best gifts you ever received/gave for Christmas?

Juliana: When I was little I received a stuffed animal that I’d asked for but had been sure my parents had forgotten about. On Christmas morning I left one gift until last because I was sure it was clothes and therefore boring! Imagine my surprise when I opened the parcel and discovered the toy I’d been dreaming about!

Stella: Since this whole event is about the Best Books we read in 2012, could you share with us some of your favorite titles you have read this year?

Juliana: I read a number of absolutely terrific books this year, but there are a few I’ve recommended again and again: A Lady by Midnight by Tessa Dare, Bared to You by Sylvia Day, Defiant by Pamela Clare, Her Best Worst Mistake by Sarah Mayberry and The Theory of Attraction by Delphine Dryden. I also have a gigantic to-be-read pile that I hope to conquer one day!

Stella: We all love Christmas holidays, but I was wondering if there’s anything about them that you find annoying?

Juliana: Hand’s down it would be the relentless focus on gifts and buying and spending. This year the Christmas decorations went up in shops the same day the Halloween decorations came down!

Stella: What would you ask Santa to bring you this year?

Juliana: A new computer to replace my laptop, which is slowly expiring from old age. But I will understand if Santa has to wait until next year.

Stella: Let’s say you have the chance to spend the holidays with a fictional character, who would that be and what would you be doing?

Ebenezer Scrooge
Juliana: I would love to have Christmas dinner with Ebenezer Scrooge after his change of heart, for Dickens tells us at the end of A Christmas Carol that “it was always said of [Scrooge] that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge.” I’m certain that a Christmas spent with such a character would be a delightful experience.

Stella: What would be your (bookish or not) New Year’s resolutions, if you make any?

Juliana: To somehow find an extra hour or two in the day so I can keep on track with my writing without neglecting my husband, children, pets, friends or obligations. Easier said than done!


An editor by profession but an historian by inclination, Juliana Ross lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and young children. In her spare time she cooks for family and friends, makes slow inroads into her weed patch of a garden, and reads romance novels (the steamier the better) on her eReader.

You can find Juliana on her websiteGoodreadsTwitterFacebook and - her newest obsession - Pinterest.

Improper Relations by Juliana Ross

Dorset, 1858

When Hannah's caught watching her late husband's cousin debauch the maid in the library, she's mortified -- but also intrigued. An unpaid companion to his aunt, she's used to being ignored.

The black sheep of the family, Leo has nothing but his good looks and noble birth to recommend him. Hannah ought to be appalled at what she's witnessed, but there's something about Leo that draws her to him.

When Leo claims he can prove that women can feel desire as passionately as men, Hannah is incredulous. Her own experiences have been uninspiring. Yet she can't bring herself to refuse his audacious proposal when he offers to tutor her in the art of lovemaking. As the tantalizing, wicked lessons continue, she begins to fear she's losing not just her inhibitions, but her heart as well. The poorest of relations, she has nothing to offer Leo but herself. Will it be enough when their erotic education ends?



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