Monday, 23 December 2013

Let It Snow Books: Interview with Jennifer St.George + Giveaway

I'm always in for a well written, sweet and cute romance so it's only natural that I immediately fell in love with Jennifer St. George's writing style! Her stories are always so well written and filled with such vivid images that they feel like a journey around the world. So, it's not really a surprise that one of her stories is featured once more in our list with the best books we read. Please, welcome Jennifer St. George who's giving us a taste today of what Christmas Holidays feel like in Australia!

Anna: Hello Jennifer and welcome to this year’s Let It Snow Books event!

Jennifer: Thanks so much for including me in the 2013 Let It Snow Books event. Very excited!

Anna: Let’s start this interview with a question that will be my personal treat: What are your plans for future books? I’m always eager for one of your stories!

Jennifer: My new release The Billionaire’s Pursuit of Love will be available in mid-January. It’s set in the exotic country of Brunei (you know how much I love exotic locations!!) and London. I love this book. I cried my eyes out while writing the ‘black moment’ so I hope readers will feel as passionately about my characters as I do.

A quick synopsis:

When Sarah Walker's beloved wildlife sanctuary is threatened with closure, she heads for London and goes straight to the top to find out why. But the man responsible is the one man she's never forgotten, and the only person who can destroy all her happiness.
Billionaire CEO Blake Huntington-Fiennes can't believe that the girl he's spent years searching for has just marched into his boardroom. And this time, he's willing to resort to any means necessary to keep her. But Sarah has a secret she must protect at all costs or risk losing something even more precious than the sanctuary…

Anna: Have you planned anything special to spend this year’s Holidays?

Jennifer: My husband’s family is enormous so we have lots and lots of visitors over the holidays. They love coming to us as we have a house on the beach and as you know, Christmas in Australia is all about sun, surf and sunscreen. So, I’ll be hosting lots of beachside picnics and twilight BBQs. But, we are escaping on our own for a trip down the Great Ocean Road on the gorgeous southern Victoria coast. We’ll be visiting the famous Twelve Apostles, an incredible collection of rugged limestone rock stacks rising out of the Southern Ocean.

Anna: Let It Snow Books is all about the best books we read in 2013. Could you please share with us some of your favorite reads this year?

Jennifer: I always find this question tricky. I loved The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman and Hannah Kent’s debut novel, Burial Rights. I really enjoyed Louise Reynolds’ debut novel, Her Italian Aristocrat. Amy Andrews is one of my favourite category authors and her novel Taming the Tycoon was fantastic. Rachel Bailey’s category books are also favourites.

I can’t wait to read Anna Cowan’s Untamed as it’s been raved about – it’s sitting at the top of my TBR pile. Hmmm, there were lots more. I’ll have to keep thinking.

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

Jennifer: When we put up the Christmas tree, it really feels like the silly season has arrived. I love decorating it with new colours every year.

Anna: Christmas/the holidays wouldn't be the real deal without…

Jennifer: Lots and lots of yummy food (and family of course). Although I’m not a great cook, I do love eating. This year my sister-in-law is in charge of the food and she’s a great cook, so Christmas lunch with be a gastronomic delight!!

Anna: Do you prefer an angel or a star on top of your tree?

Jennifer: Definitely an angel.

Anna: Where would you ideally spend your Holidays this year?

Jennifer: As Christmas in Australia is hot and sunny, I’d love to have a white Christmas. Ideally I’d stay in a French châteaux in a beautiful historic, cobbled-stone village blanketed in a foot of fresh snow.

Anna: You’re from Australia, so the typical weather there for Christmas is sunny and with high temperatures. I was wondering if despite that you would crave for some white Christmas (I know I do, although we rarely have them!)

Jennifer: Ha, ha – see above answer!! Even though I’ve grown up in Australia, I still crave a white Christmas. Must be my English heritage.

Anna: What is the best gift Charlotte, your heroine in Seducing the Secret Heiress, has received for the holidays?

Jennifer: Most boyfriends (and husbands) would receive a frosty response if he presented a kitchen item as a Christmas present, but cooking is Charlotte’s passion. Gabe found this beautiful Carrara marble mortal and pestle in a cute specialty shop in Venice during a recent weekend trip. It’s all wrapped up in gold under the tree. There just happens to be a gorgeous diamond and ruby bracelet about the pestle!

Anna: What special dish will Charlotte prepare for Gabe for Christmas?

Jennifer: Charlotte and Gabe will be back in Italy for Christmas. They love going back to the small seaside village where they met. Being a good Australian girl, Charlotte will be preparing a Christmas dinner with an Aussie twist. So it will be fresh prawns to start, traditional roast Turkey with her secret recipe stuffing and roast veggies and another Aussie faviourite to finish, Pavlova with fresh cream and fruit.

Thank you Jennifer for stopping by today and Happy Holidays!

Jennifer St George is a romance author whose sexy stories feature courageous, career–minded heroines and strong heroes in glamorous international settings. Her debut novel, The Convenient Bride, published by Penguin's new digital–first imprint released in 2012. The book won the prestigious NZ Romance Writers 2012 Clendon Award. Her other stories are Seducing the Secret Heiress, The Love Deception and The Billionaire’s Pursuit of Love which comes out January 2014.

After spending the first 20 years of her career in corporate marketing and management consulting roles, Jennifer had the privilege of travelling extensively for her work. Some career highlights include launching Guinness beer in Russia; reaching 40 million people through a publicity campaign that ‘gave away' a pub in Ireland, testing new cars on a speedway in Japan and launching the Ford Ka brand in Australia. She uses her travels as the basis for many of her stories' exotic settings.
Jennifer has a graduate business degree and completed an MBA where she was presented with the Rupert Murdoch Fellowship. She lives in the sub–tropical paradise of Byron Bay, Australia and is the immediate past Vice–President of Romance Writers of Australia.

Visit Jennifer: Website - Facebook - Twitter - Goodreads

Diamond heiress, Charlotte Wentworth, is passionate about two things - cooking and her billionaire fiancée, Paul. That is, until she finds Paul has been unfaithful. Shocked, she flees to Europe where she is determined to build a life of her own without her family's name, fortune or connections.

When she meets gorgeous Englishman, Gabe Grenville, a famous reality TV producer, sparks fly. Charlotte passes herself off as a lowly catering assistant but soon finds herself a star on his TV cooking show. But how will he react when he discovers Charlotte's true identity? And Paul has not given up – he has his own agenda for forcing Charlotte to return to Australia and marry him.

Will their love turn into a recipe for disaster? Or will it turn out to be a perfect concoction?

Buy it at: Amazon  - Goodreads

Together for the first time in one heartwarming volume.

The Convenient Bride

Sienna De Luca will do anything to save her family's hotel, and ruthless Italian businessman Antonio Moretti knows it. With problems of his own, he proposes a marriage of convenience that will secure his next business deal and save Sienna's hotel.

 In keeping with her part of the bargain, Sienna travels to Venice with Antonio, who introduces her to a life of luxury and opulence. Antonio soon realizes he has vastly underestimated Sienna. Unexpectedly, she gets too close, and when she discovers his dark secret, Antonio's perfectly planned life begins to unravel . . .

Seducing the Secret Heiress

Diamond heiress, Charlotte Wentworth, is passionate about two things - cooking and her fiancée, Paul. Until the day she finds out Paul has been unfaithful. 

Charlotte flees to Europe, determined to build her own life without her family's fortune. When she meets gorgeous TV producer, Gabe Grenville, she keeps her connections secret and soon finds herself the star of his new cooking show. But how will he react when he discovers Charlotte's true identity?

Buy it at: Amazon - iTunes 
Jennifer is generously offering a digital copy of Sweet Seduction to one lucky commenter.

All you have to do to enter is fill the Rafflecopter form below:

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Giveaway is open to everyone and ends on 4 January 2014! 

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