By Jess.Dee On Jan 4 2011, 9:09 pm
I am so excited. The Red Hot Winter Anthology releases at Samhain today, and along with it, my novella, Winter Fire.
Would you believe that writing a novella for the Red Hot Winter Anthology came as a complete surprise for me? I’d seen the call for submissions for the antho, read it over carefully, and instantly dismissed it, deciding Sydney in winter is simply not cold enough to act as an appropriate setting for a novella with this theme.
And then I received a little invitation, asking if I would considering submitting a story. How could I refuse?
I couldn’t. Which brought me to thinking about the coldest place I’d visited in Australia. And the Blue Mountains won hands down.
The first time we visited there had been in the middle of winter. The temperatures were a good ten degrees (Celsius) colder than Sydney, it rained, and it was bloody freezing!
Fortunately for us, we found a lovely, small restaurant, with a roaring fire and lots of yummy hot soup. Can you say romantic?
(Well, it would have been romantic, had we not had a two year old with us, insisting on visiting every train and train track within a 70 mile vicinity.)
Still, that restaurant was the spark that ignited the setting for Winter Fire.
A quaint mountain village, in the heart of winter? Can you think of anything more romantic? A hotel set here had to be the place where Rachel, Garreth and Jackson’s story played out.
Winter Fire: The Blurb
Guilty pleasures can heat the coldest winter night…
A Red Hot Winter story.
There’s never been any question in Rachel Ashberg’s mind. Jackson Brooks is the one, and they both know it. The problem? Thanks to his unbreakable rule—never date his twin sister’s friends—he’s completely off-limits. Even if they can’t imagine being with anyone else.
It’s been over two years since their last encounter, when they gave in—just once—to their passion. Now, as the Brooks twins’ milestone birthday approaches, Rachel and Jackson are about to meet again at a gorgeous mountain resort. Needing something to take the edge off the desire that has never faded, she indulges in a fling with sexy stranger Garreth Halt. He even makes her forget Jackson for a while. Or…maybe not.
When she mentions Jackson’s name in passing, Garreth picks up on all the hidden undertones in her voice. And he brings Jackson into their bed, if only in a fantasy they play out together. Funny thing about Garreth’s fantasies, though. Even the most improbable, impossible ones have a way of becoming reality…
Warning: Enough heat is contained within these pages that you won’t even notice the winter cold. You might fall in love with Jackson—the real-life hero, determined to protect his sister from further pain—but it’s the handsome stranger, Garreth, who’ll take your breath away.
Winter Fire is available now at MBaM.