Thursday, 19 December 2013

Let It Snow Books: Guest post by Tamara Morgan + Giveaway

I am happy to welcome back to Ex Libris and the Let It Snow Books Event the lovely Tamara Morgan, who is not only celebrating the release of her own snowy story In the Clear, but is just as much a fan of snowed in romances as I am! ;-) So please give her a warm welcome and read on to see how she's dreaming of spending her holidays  :-) 

(Trapped) Home for the Holidays
by Tamara Morgan

‘Tis the season when I’ve been happily buried under my holiday reading pile for weeks now. Snowbound with the CEO by Shannon Stacey, Snow-Kissed by Laura Florand, While it Was Snowing by Elyssa Patrick—all my favorite authors have holiday releases this year, and I’ve been having a blast glomming them all.

One thing you’ll notice in the case of all three of these authors’ releases this year (and many, many more) is that they share a “snowbound” theme, which happens to be one of my favorites of all time. There’s something so wonderful about the idea of being trapped somewhere warm and toasty for the holidays. Especially if you’re trapped there with someone who intends to share your happily ever after!

There’s a lot more to the snowbound theme that appeals to me, though—and I’m afraid this is where the Grinch side of me comes out to play. As the weeks wind down to Christmas and my days are a blur of shopping, visiting the post office, decorating, and baking, I find the idea of tossing it all aside for a few days of blizzard-induced isolation absolutely delicious.

Here’s why I want to be trapped for the holidays (and why I think it works so well for romance novels):

• No family. Kids, extended relatives, in-laws, feuding siblings…all of it disappears when you’re trapped behind a wall of snow. And it’s the weather, so it’s not your fault! The only thing you can do is make the most of it.

• You’re always warm. In fiction, no one ever gets snowbound outside in an actual blizzard. There’s always a toasty cabin, a house with a well-stocked fridge, or a hidden pile of blankets to burrow under. (Bonus points if there’s a hot tub!)

• Work and life cease. It’s hard to have a torrid love affair when you have to get up the next morning and go to work. But a snow day makes it easy. Forget about the morning commute and that 5 am wakeup call. Drink hot cocoa in bed instead!

• The trappings disappear. I think one of the best things about a snowbound theme is that it allows us to strip away the excesses of the holidays. It’s not about the gifts or the food or the last-minute dash to the store. It’s not about driving for eight hours over a mountain pass to visit relatives. You can sit back, relax, and simply be with the person you love.

Come to think of it…I also wouldn’t mind be trapped in a blizzard all alone. Leave me enough food and wine. Give me a fully stocked Kindle with a charged battery and a dozen or so holiday romance novels.

I promise to enjoy every minute.

Tamara Morgan is a contemporary romance author of humorous, heartfelt stories with flawed heroes and heroines designed to get your hackles up and make your heart melt. Her long-lived affinity for romance novels survived a B.A. degree in English Literature, after which time she discovered it was much more fun to create stories than analyze the life out of them.

You can find Tamara on her website, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

In the Clear by Tamara Morgan

Book #1 in the Winter Rescue series

Fletcher Owens is full of secrets.

Few people know he spends his nights volunteering for a Search and Rescue team, saving lives while risking his own. Even fewer know he’s in love with his best friend’s sister. And since he’s not willing to give up their friendship for a chance at something more, that’s exactly how things will stay.

Lexie Sinclair has nothing to hide.

The zany daughter, the wacky sister, the quirky fundraiser for a children’s charity — Lexie couldn’t hide her true self even if she wanted to. So when her brother’s best friend is revealed to be a local hero, she’s determined to stand up and prove she’s ready to be more than just friends.

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Tamara has generously offered an ebook copy of In the Clear to a lucky commenter!

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Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 4 January 2014!

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