Isn’t it fun to hear about how authors bring the holidays into their writing? Today, the day before Thanksgiving, Author Roseann McGrath Brooks is here to talk about her new novel, plus she has a fun giveaway for you. Roseann is proud to admit to being a romantic. Midnight Clear at Christmas, a novella, is the third book in her Vacation Friends Romance series. When not reading, writing, running, and hanging with friends, she’s an editor for a marketing agency and tutors in the writing center of a community college. As a true Philadelphia suburbanite, she’s thrilled that she and her hubby live nearby most of her family, including her son, daughter, and three grandchildren.
The blog is yours, Roseann… (Love the Eagles Santa hat, btw!)
I love this time of year. I love fall colors, sweaters, football, Thanksgiving, day-after turkey sandwiches, lots of family time, and, of course, the lead-up to Christmas. And yes, I admit to watching as many Christmas romances as I can on cable channels. Do you want to know the secret to getting your special person to watch with you? Search online for “Christmas movie drinking games.” Instead of drinking every time someone bakes cookies, complains about the big city, or goes caroling, promise a kiss.
All this is why writing Midnight Clear at Christmas was so much fun. Surrounding the budding romance of Bailey and Tanner was the backdrop of the holidays. I was able to write about things I love to do: go to Christmas concerts, plan for family gatherings, decorate the house right after Thanksgiving, and make holiday crafts. Okay, not that last one. Like Bailey, I stink at crafts, and it was freeing to let her admit that.
The things that make us who we are don’t shut down around the holidays. So, Tanner’s fierce adherence to family responsibilities and Bailey’s tendency to worry about the future when the present is going well both simply get magnified this time of year. And often the resolution of those anxieties comes in the most unlikely of places and people.
I hope you can enjoy Bailey’s and Tanner’s holiday journeys as much as I did. I learned a lot writing their romance. When crafting a story, I’m always humbled by what I don’t know. For example, the action takes place between Thanksgiving and Christmas; I had to write with a calendar next to my laptop because at one point, I had written too many Wednesdays! In addition, senior living situations can be complicated, so having reviewers who knew the business really helped. Finally, I wanted to be sensitive in my portrayal of Tanner’s brother, David, who has Down Syndrome. I’m very thankful to others of my reviewers who helped me give David the dignity—and the depth of character—he deserves.
Giveaway: Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, the beginning of this fun season. I can’t wait to host my family at our house in the Poconos. What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition? Comment below for a chance to win a $10 Amazon card.
Midnight Clear at Christmas
Bailey doesn’t do well with change. After a series of misfortunes, her life is finally on an even keel. The last thing she needs is a new romance, especially with an over-the-top, good-looking guy who is on a different journey than she is.
Romance is not in the plans for Tanner, either. Although he usually embraces new experiences, his obligations to family keep him from committing to anything but fun. With his brother, David, who has Down syndrome, poised to move in with him, Tanner’s budding friendship with Bailey is a perfect no-strings fit—especially at Christmastime.
When Tanner’s brother makes a Christmas Eve announcement that detours everyone’s best-laid plans, can love lead Bailey and Tanner to commit to a new path together?