A big Rather Be Reading welcome to romance writer,Â Vicki Lewis Thompson, who shares a unique moment that kicked off to her 2015 for the Naughty & Nice blog tour.
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen you live in the desert, the only snow you expect to see during the Christmas holidays comes from a spray can. It snows in Tucson every few years, but having it land when Christmas lights are wound around the cactus in the front yard takes a small miracle. That miracle happened on the eve of 2015.
For my family, New Yearâ€™s Eve means staying home, building a fire even if itâ€™s not that cold, eating all kinds of finger food and playing board games. Sorry is a big favorite because weâ€™d rather not think too hard. So at about 10:30p.m., with a hot game of Sorry in progress, we noticed the rain looked funny. It wasnâ€™t so much falling as floating. Desert dwellers need time to adjust to the reality of snow.
Because we didnâ€™t want to get our hopes up, we figured on a light dusting that would melt the minute it reached the ground. But the temperature dropped and soon the patio tables were covered. The lights draped on the cactus in the front of the house were reflected in the fallen snow and turned the yard into a magical world. I realize those of you living in the snowbelt donâ€™t consider the white stuff particularly magical, so go ahead and roll your eyes. Out here we still think itâ€™s pretty.
It continued off and on until we went to bed sometime after midnight. We expected it to be gone by morning because thatâ€™s what snow does in the desert. It melts. But no! My favorite walking path was not exactly snow-packed, but enough had accumulated to justify boots. Boots! Although our mountains become snow-covered at least once every winter, we hardly ever see snow-covered prickly pear cactus on the valley floor. When a prickly pear gets snowed on it always looks startled, maybe even slightly offended.
Snow on the first day of the year seemed like a sign that 2015 would be fun and unusual, and so it has been! Itâ€™s no coincidence that Cowboy Under the Mistletoe, my November Harlequin Blaze novel, includes a blizzard.Â How do you feel about snow? Love, hate or somewhere in between?
A cowboyâ€™s scars can last a lifetime. Ty Slaterâ€™s cheerfulness is a carefully constructed armor. After losing his parents in a tragic accident, he was fostered at Thunder Mountain Ranch. Although heâ€™s learned how to survive, he hides a broken heart. He knows love leads to loss, so heâ€™s vowed never to fall in loveâ€¦
Unfortunately, Tyâ€™s attraction to Whitney Yates is nothing short of a maelstrom, a desire that threatens his resolve. When sheâ€™s stranded at Thunder Mountain for Christmas, Ty realizes heâ€™d better find Whitneyâ€™s flaw, and fastâ€”because his lust is too damn close to love. This red-hot cowboy is ready to boltâ€¦unless Whitney shows him that some rides are definitely worth the risk.
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1 print copy ofÂ The Harder You FallÂ by Gena Showalter,Â White Wedding ChristmasÂ by Andrea Laurence,Â A Cowboy Under the MistletoeÂ by Vicki Lewis Thompson,Â Wrapped in RedÂ by Nana Malone and Sherelle Green
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