December is I :::Heart::: the Holidays month at my blog. During these next twenty-two days, besides the usual blog posts, I’m featuring authors who write holiday romance. Today, I have V.J. Allison in the interview chair. We’re discussing Sweet Child of Mine, book two in the Feathered Tartan series. Be sure to check out the excerpt.
1. What draws you to writing holiday romance?
VJ: The fun and joy of the season.
2. How many holiday romances have you written so far? And which one would you recommend for readers to try, besides the one you are featuring? Feel free to leave a link.
VJ: I’ve only written one, Sweet Child of Mine (Feathered Tartan 2). You can find it here at Extasy Books: https://www.extasybooks.com/sweet-child-of-mine
3. What do you like most about writing holiday romance?
VJ: Bringing the small town elements into the story. There is nothing like the feel of a small town during Christmas. Everyone is happy and full of fun, and there’s a huge sense of community and togetherness. I love it.
4. What do you like least about writing holiday romance?
VJ: It seems almost everyone has one out.
5. What inspired you to write your featured holiday story?
VJ: I kept feeling like Marti and Ewan didn’t get a proper send off to their happy ever after. Stricken ended on a good note, but I felt like they needed more. After having a few people ask me for a follow up, I decided to write another chapter for them. Remembering how Marti said she was due around Christmas sealed the deal for me making it a holiday story. I wrote Sweet Child of Mine during a weekend in June, with tons of help from three of my friends who also write for Extasy Books.
6. If a reader asked you why they should read your holiday romance, what would you tell them?
VJ: I’d tell them it’s the perfect way to have a quick read while relaxing on Christmas Eve or after Christmas dinner. It’s short, so it won’t take much time to see how Marti and Ewan greet their first child.
7. Lastly, how are you going to spend the holidays?
VJ: I always spend the day at home with my husband and son. We exchange gifts, have our dinner, and watch movies or binge on one of our favorite shows. We visit my husband’s mom and brothers at Mom B’s house for a while, and exchange gifts with them. It’s relaxing and fun.
Title: Sweet Child of Mine
Series: Feathered Tartan, Book Two
Author: V.J. Allison
Book Length: 40 pages, 11,462 words
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publication Date: December 25, 2020
Heat Level: 1
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Holiday, Short Story
In the city on the harbour, miracles happen.
Blurb: It’s Christmas Eve.
Ewan and Marti Campbell are hoping to have a quiet holiday season, their first as a married couple, and the last one before their new baby arrives.
A crisis at the real estate agency tosses a huge wrench into their plans, as does the sudden onset of Marti’s labour. As Ewan fights to get home before his child appears, more crises are flung at him. If he is to make it on time to help his wife bring their baby into the world, he’ll need a miracle…
A big one.
Ewan closed his eyes again and sighed. It wasn’t good if his normally serene and loving wife was not happy either. It spelled disaster with a capital D. “I’ll be home as soon as I can, I promise.” At least his parents were there with her. Between them, Joshua, Sybil and Dana, Marti should be distracted until he got home. Talking to her made him miss her more and wish he could kiss her senseless.
His wife let out a long breath that sounded like a soft moan. “Hopefully, it’s sooner than later. Something happened,” she said, her voice tightening more with each word.
That did not sound like his wife. Ewan wondered what was happening at home. “Good or bad?” he asked and let out a low growl.
“Both.” She cleared her throat. “Are you sitting down?”
Puzzled, Ewan glanced around the room. “Yeah, I am. I’m in my office.”
“Are you alone?”
His left eyebrow rose a notch. “What’s with the inquisition, sweetheart?”
“You know how my back has been bothering me for a few days?”
Ewan blinked. “Yeah. Is it worse?”
“Um, sort of.”
Bewilderment started turning to unease. “Sort of? Do you need to go to the ER?”
She let out a long, hissing breath. “No, but, oh. Hang on.” He heard rattling, and a low noise that sounded a lot like the phone dropping.
Panic started to rise in Ewan’s throat. She was hurt, and he wasn’t there to help her. “Marti? What’s going on?” he demanded. “Marti? Talk to me, dammit!”
His mother’s voice echoed in his ear. “Ewan? Sweetheart, Marti can’t talk right now.”
“What do you mean she can’t talk? What the fuck is going on, Mom?”
“Um, her water broke a couple of hours ago—”
V.J. Allison was born and raised in southern Nova Scotia, Canada, and her work reflects her strong Maritime roots. She is a stay-at-home mother to a son on the autism spectrum, married to the love of her life, and “mama” to a rescued Maine Coon cat named Marnie. She has been writing various stories of novel length and short stories since her school days, and sees writing as a vital component to her life.
She is a small town erotic romance author published by Extasy Books, and her novels have been received with great acclaim. Her second novel, Away to Me, is a recipient of the eXtasy Books and Devine Destinies’ Editor’s Choice Seal of Excellence and Enjoyable Reading.
Her first paranormal/horror romance, Eternity’s Gamble, was released by Decadent Publishing on October 1, 2021.
On January 4, 2021, she released her first independently published story, COVID’s Arrow, which had been previously released in the Together We Stand charity collection of stories about essential workers.
When she isn’t writing, she loves to read romance and science fiction novels (notably Star Wars); listen to music (heavy metal, rock, alternative); and do graphics design. She runs her own graphics design company, Veridian Rose Designs, specializing in book promotional posters and Facebook cover photos.
This self-proclaimed geeky rocker chick is a warrior and advocate for various chronic illnesses including Occipital Neuralgia, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Diabetes, Migraines, and Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia. She is also an advocate for the prevention of animal cruelty and is a voice for Autism Awareness.