The book for day 7 is White Christmas Kiss, a romance by Kathy Bosman. What a fab Christmassy title and just look at the cover. Awww!
Rachelle runs a little wedding chapel on the Coderica Passenger Liner. Two years on the passenger liner haven’t helped her find peace from past mistakes. Ray brings his girlfriend on the Coderica’s grand cruise to Europe. When his plans to marry her in the little chapel go horribly wrong and the relationship fails, Ray and Rachelle are drawn to each other like moths to a flame. Romance blossoms in Europe, culminating on Christmas Day. But the cruise ends and Rachelle isn’t sure she’s ready to leave the Coderica with Ray. Will the memory of their white Christmas kiss be strong enough to bring them together forever?
She leant back against the chair, puffing out her chest in a forest-green sleek blouse, hands behind her now dry but rather frizzy hair. The generous curve of her cleavage reminded him that she wasn’t a male companion at all. Romantic she wasn’t, but undiluted female she was.
“Is it still raining outside?” she asked as she rose to peer out the tiny, dusty window of the pub.
“Afraid of getting wet again?”
“Not too keen on braving the cold air.”
“You could borrow my jacket.”
“I think not. After tonight, we part ways. You’re still…um…booked.”
“Booked?” He winked at her. “Sorry to talk about it, but I would have thought she’d have contacted me by now. She’s been back in Port Elizabeth for hours now.” He glanced at his watch just to confirm the time. Eleven at night. “I’d like to know how her father is doing.”
“Father?” He could see she was curious. Feeling more relaxed, he decided to let it all out. Besides, they wouldn’t see each other again.
“Her father had a massive heart attack. That’s why she left.”
“So, she didn’t end it?”
“She ended the engagement, because she didn’t want to think of getting married and her father at the same time. What I don’t get is why she didn’t want me to go back home with her. She wants to deal with her family crisis alone. She said I would just get in the way.”
Rachelle made an ‘o’ with her mouth again but didn’t say anything.
“I’m thinking of ending the whole relationship.”
The woman walked to the fire and placed her hands near its warmth. “The air by that window is cold.”
“The weirdest thing is that I’m actually enjoying being away from her.”
“Would you like another drink?”
It was actually humorous how she avoided the conversation.
He shook his head. “I’d like to get to my ship cabin safely without toppling overboard.”
“Are you feeling relaxed?”
He couldn’t bear it any longer. In a moment, he rose and moved to her, placing his hands on her sagging shoulders. “What did you run away from?”
“I’m sorry?” She turned to him, her eyes haunted, cheeks flushed with embarrassment—or was it the heat of the fire?
“I can see it in your eyes…the hurt…the confusion.”
She pulled away and attempted to walk back to the window, but he grabbed her hand, desperate for her to open up and release the pent-up, albeit negative, energy. The force of their opposite movements made her spin around to face him, her soft cheeks inches from his gaze. Her lips were pursed and pale pink—no lipstick, no cracks, just smooth and plump. A warm vanilla scent wafted from her hair, mingling with the lazy smell of liqueur and wood smoke. In a moment, he’d tucked her up against him, and he’d moved his lips onto hers. The pressure he gave her surprised even him, as also the need to remain there, locked in a kiss in a smoky bar in Spain when his future wife stood vigil in a hospital back home.
He expected her to pull away and break the contact. Waited for her scathing comment to add fuel to his guilt. Instead, her whole body softened in his grasp, making him unable to retreat. He explored her mouth with simple movement, which she mirrored.
They were instinctively in tune, and the arousal he experienced sent shock waves through him. It felt so intense that he was now convinced Desia wasn’t the only woman who stirred him to such passion. In fact, this felt far deeper and more intense than Desia’s…
“I have to go.” She pulled away and turned from him, grabbing her jacket in haste.
Want to find out if Rachelle and Ray stay together? You can buy the book here:
Kathy loves reading and writing even more. She homeschools her three kids, so in between unsuccessfully explaining the difference between subject and predicate or how to divide fractions, she enters an imaginary world of troubled and passionate characters whose stories take over the page. Kathy lives in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, where the summers are hot, the winters cool, and bugs thrive. Her first published novel, Wedding Gown Girl, came out in 2012 with Astraea Press. She belongs to the Romance Writers of South Africa Group (ROSA) which has been her greatest support and inspiration the last few years.
I asked Kathy to tell us a bit about herself
Do you have any favourite family Christmas traditions? If so, what are they?
I think my favourite is decorating the Christmas tree. We usually do it on the 16th December which is a holiday for us here in South Africa. My kids still get excited about it and fight over who’s going to put the star on the top. I just love watching their innocent excitement. I think now that they’re much older, this will start being less special, but I’ve enjoyed it so far.
When do you open your Christmas presents?
Much to my children’s impatience, once we’ve had breakfast and dressed on Christmas morning. I’m funny like that – I like everything to be in order first. If my kids had their way, we’d do it in our pyjamas.
If you could invite any author living or dead to share your Christmas lunch, who would it be?
I’d invite J.K. Rowling. I watched her life story on TV and then read the first Harry Potter book. It was brilliant. I love how she, as a single woman, made such a success of her writing career. I love her writing too. And most of all, I’m fascinated by the struggles and rejections she went through before her success which gives me hope.
What book would you like to find in your Christmas stocking?
Maybe a Debbie Macomber omnibus with about four of her books to keep me going for a while.
You can find out more about Kathy here:
Website and blog: http://www.kathybosman.com/
Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/KathleenBosman
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Thanks for dropping by to tell us about your book, Kathy. Merry Christmas!