Welcome to my Twelve Books for Christmas blog. Over the first twelve days of December I'll be introducing you to twelve romance books to warm your heart and make you feel all Christmassy. :) They'll all make wonderful presents for a friend, or you could even treat yourself.
My second Christmas book is Christmas at the Dog & Duck by the talented Jill Steeples, a fellow member of the Romantic Novelists' Association. Doesn't the cover look inviting?
Ellie Browne has left behind her high-flying job in London to return to the charming Buckinghamshire village of Little Leyton. Working shifts at The Dog and Duck and running her own doggy-day-care business, Ellie's looking for a much simpler way of life and a good old fashioned Christmas.
But Little Leyton’s landscape is changing; Johnny Tay, Ellie's ex, wants to pick up where they left off; sultry property developer Max Golding, has moved into the village and is ruffling feathers; and rumour has it that the pub, which holds a special place in Ellie's heart, might be sold. Suddenly, life’s looking a whole lot more complicated...
Can Ellie juggle her emotions and commitments in time to celebrate Christmas?
Want to find out what happens? Buy the book here:
Jill lives with her husband, and a high maintenance English Pointer called Amber, in a lovely house surrounded by Monkey Puzzle trees, in the Bedfordshire countryside. When she’s not writing, she loves spending time with family and friends, reading, - of course! - films, musical theatre, walking, baking and eating cakes, and drinking wine.
Jill is never happier than when writing warm-hearted romantic comedy novels set in the English countryside with dreamy heroes, a gorgeous dog or two, and Happy Ever After endings.
I asked Jill to tell us a bit more about herself:
Do you have any favourite family Christmas traditions? If so, what are they?
Christmas Eve always involves a visit to the pub - a glass of sparkling wine for me and a festive ale for my husband - and then, with our grown-up children, we go to church for the carols by candlelight service. Afterwards we return home for a supper of glazed ham, saute potatoes, red cabbage and pickles.
Sounds lovely, Jill. :)
When do you open your Christmas present?
When I was little I would be so excited about Santa’s imminent arrival that I’d wake up very early to open my presents left in the pillowcase at the end of my bed. That excitement has always stayed with me so we still open our presents first thing, but these days it’s a little bit later than three o’clock in the morning, thankfully.
If you could invite any author living or dead to share your Christmas lunch, who would it be?
Jilly Cooper. I’ve always loved her books and she seems like such a lovely and genuine person too. She’d be funny, witty and entertaining, and with our mutual love of dogs and gorgeous romantic heroes, we’d have lots to chat about.
What book would you like to find in your Christmas stocking?
I love to receive a cookery book each year to add to my already extensive collection, so Mary Berry’s latest would be very welcome.
What is the most unusual Christmas present you’ve ever had/given?
I can’t think of anything unusual I’ve received. I like to receive practical gifts, although books or anything small and sparkling go down well too. My son asked for a lock picking kit one year which was slightly disconcerting…
You can contact Jill here:
Twitter handle: @jillesteeples
Thanks for dropping by to talk to us, Jill!
Bring a little sunshine into your life!
Sassy, feel good romance by Karen King. Just right to cosy up with on cold winter nights. Published by Accent Press