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Author Spotlight: Elsa Winckler Is All About the Holidays!

We have a winner! Judith Flynn, you will receive an e-book copy of Elsa’s A Match Made in Montana. Elsa will be in touch!

I do love welcoming my fellow Tule authors to the blog, so today is a treat because Elsa Winckler is with me.

Author Elsa Winckler headshotElsa 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.

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Giveaway! Elsa is offering a free e-book of Book 2 in the Millers of Marietta series, A Match Made in Montana. Just comment below for a chance!

Elsa, tell us about your new release…

Thanks, Nan! Merry Christmas, Montana is Book 3 in the series called The Millers of Marietta. Both Vivian and Annie, Mitch Miller’s sisters are now married and he has time to focus on the novel that he wants to finish. Problem is, he’s struggling to concentrate. The reason? A certain redhead he’s met earlier the year, his new brother-in-law Aiden’s sister, Riley, a single mom.

Since our first baby was born, I have so much admiration and sympathy for any parent, but especially the single mom or dad who is struggling to juggle life, a job and raising children all on his or her own.

Our three kids are all grown up and have long ago left the family home, but I still remember those first few years when they were small and hubby was working long hours. What saved me during that time was the support I got from my group of friends. We were all stay-at-home moms, trying to do the best we could doing something none of us really knew anything about – raising children, keeping them alive, not damaging them for life! Crying and laughing and praying together we somehow all managed to raise our babies and turn the rebellious teenagers into nice human beings who are all doing their bit to make this world a better place.

I was thinking of this when Riley knocked on my door, insisting to be one of the characters in the series. Because she was hurt and has vowed never to trust a man again, she is determined to be independent, to raise her three-year old son on her own. It was only after her brother and cousin moved to Marietta to marry the women they’ve fallen in love with that she realizes how much she depended on both of them before to help with Dylan, her son. Doing it alone without any support, she discovers, can be overwhelming.

And then she meets Mitch – grumpy, always scowling and not very nice to her brother and cousin but so gentle when he talks to her son. It’s Christmas, a matchmaker is at work, a little boy has his heart set on his wish – anything can happen!

I hope you enjoy reading Mitch and Riley’s story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas, Montana

She doesn’t believe in miracles, but maybe this holiday her son’s Christmas wish will change her mind.

Single mom Riley O’Sullivan isn’t one to complain, but with her closest family members now settled in Marietta, Montana, while she still calls Portland home, finding good help isn’t as easy as it used to be. With Christmas approaching, Riley and her young son Dylan are excited to be in Marietta with family for the holidays; but she certainly doesn’t need maddening Mitch Miller coming to her rescue, awakening her senses, or making Dylan ask questions about what dads do.

Mitch Miller left his successful financial career behind him when he moved to Marietta with his two sisters. He’s not looking for love, but Riley captivates him like no other woman ever has. She thinks he’s an overprotective grinch–with good cause–but it’s clear to everyone Riley and Dylan could use a little Christmas magic and he’s willing to help. It’s not as if he’s offering his heart.

Perhaps all it will take to bring them together is the Christmas wish from one special little boy.