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Author Spotlight: Elsa Winckler Brings Us Some Valentine Joy

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What’s more fun than Valentine romance? Valentine romance in Tule’s Marietta, Montana written by the amazing Elsa Winckler! So happy to welcome her to the Author Spotlight today.

Elsa has been reading love stories for as long as she can remember and when she ‘met’ the classic authors like Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Henry James, the Brontë sisters, etc. during her Honors studies, she was hooked for life.

Although her three gown-up children rarely acknowledge the fact they have a romance-writing mom, her husband fortunately, is very proud of her, reads every word and is happy to make sure she gets the kissing scenes just right.

She likes the heroines in her stories to be beautiful, feisty, independent and headstrong. And the heroes must be strong but possess a generous amount of sensitivity. They are of course, also gorgeous. Her stories typically incorporate the family background of the characters to better understand where they come from and who they are when we meet them in the story. The floor is yours, Elsa…

My Montana Valentine

When Tule Publishing asked for more stories set in the fictional town of Marietta, Montana, I jumped at the chance. I’ve read several Tule publications set in Marietta and also bought A Book Girl’s Guide to Marietta written by CJ Carmichael and the other founding authors of Marietta, Jane Porter, Meghan Crane and Lilian Darcy.

As those of you who have read these stories will know, Marietta has a documented history, a town gossip, a number of well-known families and key settings – all elements to keep in mind when setting a story here.

The series I’ve written, The Millers of Marietta introduces a new family – a brother and his two sisters who decided to relocate to Marietta. Each of the Millers have reasons why they’re willing to cross state lines and settle in a new town. What they don’t know of course, is that love is waiting for all of them at the foot of Copper Mountain.

I so enjoyed writing this series, walking the streets of Marietta, tasting chocolates, visiting the Graff Hotel, enjoying the splendor of Copper Mountain. The whole process was so much fun, especially because other Tule authors like Tule author Katherine Garbera, was so helpful and kind and agreed to let me use one of her characters in the stories – you’ll recognize Risa Grant’s flower shop! If it’s Valentine’s Day, our hero will need to buy flowers at some point, right?

As February draws closer and soon shops will be advertising Valentine’s Day, I hope you enjoy Vivian Miller and Aiden O’Sullivan’s story.

A big thank you to all the readers for your continued support – I so appreciate it.

And thanks to Nan who are always willing to share her space with other authors!

GIVEAWAY! I’m giving away an e-book copy of Kissing Charlie, Book 1 in my Unexpected Love series to one lucky commenter. Just tell me, what’s your favorite way to celebrate Valentine’s Day?

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My Montana Valentine

He doesn’t believe in happy endings…

Saddled with the impossible task of finding a feel-good story, journalist Aiden O’Sullivan reluctantly accepts his godmother’s invitation to visit Marietta, Montana, to experience the small town’s Valentine’s Day celebration. Upon his arrival, a minor ankle injury lands him in the ER of the local hospital when his godmother insists a doctor should examine it.

After her parents’ untimely deaths, Dr. Vivian Miller moved from Sacramento to Marietta with her siblings. Apart from the freezing cold and rampant gossiping, life in town is uneventful. Until a music teacher at the local high school brings her godson to the ER. Vivian has a soft spot for children and hurries to help, only to find the “godson” is an opinionated, rude journalist with no visible injury to his foot.

Vivian has no time for journalists, even the drop-dead gorgeous kind. Aiden isn’t in town for long, but he quickly becomes involved in the lovely doctor’s problems, something he’s sworn will never happen again.

Will these two strangers end up finding a home together at the foot of Copper Mountain?

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 He did a double-take. Dr. Vivian Miller was standing in front of him. He blinked, but when he opened his eyes, she was still there. She looked different, though. Still no makeup, but the tight bun was gone. Instead, golden-blond curls fell over her shoulders and down her back. Dressed in jeans and a soft, blue sweater, matching the blue of her eyes, she just about took his breath away.

“Doctor…” His voice was strangely husky; he had to clear his throat before he could continue to speak. “Doctor Miller?”

Fidgeting with her bag, she was noticeably uneasy. “Vivian, please. Look, I’m sorry about earlier. I was… I thought you were a little boy, and I was probably rude.”

So, the ice-cold Doctor Miller did have a heart somewhere. Enjoying her discomfort, he leaned against the door frame for a moment, ignoring the cold. “Probably?”

She lifted her chin. “May I come in, please? It’s bitterly cold, if you haven’t noticed. I’ve brought you some Tylenol and a gel that will help relieve the pain. And could you… would you mind…” Inhaling, she stomped into the house. “Please put on a damn shirt.”