Monday, 9 December 2013

Let It Snow Books: Interview with Alison Packard + Giveaway

It's always a pleasure to read a book and immediately fall in love with the author's writing style! And that is exactly what happened to me while reading Love in the Afternoon by Alison Packard! Alison knows how to write a sweet and cute romantic story that manages to be sexy without much effort. That's is why I'm beyond excited to welcome her here at Ex Libris today and talk about all kind of festive things :)

Q: Hello Alison, and welcome to the Let it Snow books event!

Alison: Hi. Thank you for having me! I’m very happy to be here with you today. 

Q: Can you tell us a bit more about your latest release with Carina Press, A Christmas for Carrie? 

Alison: In A Christmas for Carrie, the heroine, Carrie Jones, is no fan of Christmas and hasn’t been for a long time. One day, in early December, she runs into her former high school crush and study-buddy, Nick Johnson, who is back in town to spend the holidays with his family. Sparks fly between the two and when Nick learns that Carrie hates Christmas, he sets out to prove to her that the holidays can be a magical time of year.

Q: What is it that makes Christmas the perfect time for Carrie and Nick to finally realize that they’re right for each other?

Alison: Because Christmas is what has brought Nick back to town, and his and Carrie’s chance meeting enables both of them to see each other in a new light.

Q: Since Let it Snow Books is all about the best books we read this year, could you please share some of your favorite books for 2013?

Alison: My favorite book in 2013 was Love Irresistibly by my favorite author, Julie James. A few other books I read and enjoyed this year were W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton, Hip Check by Deirdre Martin and Dare to Love by Carly Phillips. 

Q: Is there anything special you usually do for the holidays? 

Alison: Ever since my immediate family moved to another state a few years ago, my usual Christmas routine is a thing of the past. So now, after I call my family to wish them a Merry Christmas, I spend the day with friends.

Q: What makes you feel that Christmas time is finally here?

Alison: That first holiday commercial on TV. Sadly, they now seem to start in October, so even before Halloween I’ve got Christmas on the brain.

Q: Could you share with us your favorite holiday meal/dessert/candy?

Alison: I guess I’m a traditionalist. I love turkey, dressing and mashed potatoes on Christmas. And I’ve never ever been known to turn down a sugar cookie. LOL.

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

Alison: Great question! I love Christmas music, but they start playing it so early that I’m a bit sick of it by the time Christmas rolls around. I wish they’d hold off on the holiday music until the day after Thanksgiving.

Q: You’re holiday shopping, name a few things you’d buy this year.

Alison: I absolutely must buy See’s candy for my family, who live in a state where they don’t have stores. It’s the best candy ever! And, I love to do gift cards—that way I ensure that my friends and family can pick out what they want, instead of me buying them what I think they want.

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

Alison: There’s nothing like holiday movies. I adore Love Actually, and I’m totally addicted to watching the Hallmark and Lifetime channels all holiday season long for their Christmas movies. My favorites are Holiday in Handcuffs with Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez, and The Road to Christmas with Jennifer Grey and Clark Gregg.

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

Alison: If there’s a purse out there that’s not too big but could still fit all my junk in it, that’s what I’d ask Santa for. Unfortunately, I don’t think such a thing exists.

Thank you Alison for stopping by today and Happy Holidays!

Love in the Afternoon
by Alison Packard

Kayla Maxwell is eager to shed her slasher-flick bimbo image—and she plans to do just that in her new role on daytime’s most popular soap. With a chance to showcase her dramatic range, Kayla will be able to wash away the lingering betrayal and public humiliation left by her controlling, philandering ex-boyfriend.

Sean Barrett, the son of an influential, award-winning actor, is the hottest soap star in the country. Paired on-screen with the talented and beautiful Kayla Maxwell, Sean is determined to keep her at arm’s length, burned before by fame-seeking actresses who had no qualms about using him to get to his famous father.

But when Kayla receives threatening letters, her past as a scream queen seems to be coming back to haunt her. Succumbing to an attraction neither one of them can deny, Sean and Kayla must face down her stalker and their own personal demons before trusting what they both feel—a love that lasts long after the cameras stop rolling.

Buy it at: Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Goodreads

Alison toils as a government peon by day and writes contemporary romance with a dash of spice by night. A native Californian, Alison has made her home in Las Vegas for just over ten years and credits the move to Nevada with jumpstarting her writing career. 

Alison currently writes for Carina Press, the digital imprint for Harlequin. When not writing, she enjoys reading and spending time with her friends and family. 

Visit Alison: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads

Alison is generously offering a digital copy of A Christmas for Carrie to one lucky commenter!

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