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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Guest Post & Giveaway w/ HelenKay Dimon

It's Christmas time and we all know what that Christmas romance! :) Today we have HelenKay Dimon with us talking about her characters Spence and Lila from her new Christmas romance novella. And we also have a giveaway so make sure you check out the rafflecopter at the bottom of the page!

No man likes having his bedroom skills described as forgettable, but that's just what Lila Payne does when she runs into Spencer Thomas again. When she discovers that he'd lied about his name during their brief three-day romp a few months before, she's so angry that she pretends she doesn't remember him.

Spence regrets his deception, but not as much as he regrets that their time together didn't last longer. When she shows up in his town, looking to revitalize her uncle's mountain resort, Spence is determined to help. Maybe rescuing Lila from a hopeless renovation project will get him in her good graces—and back in her bed.

Lila has no interest in being rescued, and Spence is insulted by her stubborn rebuffs and her "faulty" memory. But when rehab work turns into an after-hours meeting, the two of them are in for a night that just might prove unforgettable…

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Thank for having me here today to talk about my newest release, WE'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS.  The book just came out and I'm really excited about it. It's the third in my "Holloway" series, which references the fictional town where the book is set, Holloway, West Virginia.

I thought I'd share a little but about the inspiration for the hero and heroine – Spence and Lila.  In general, when I write I don't think "gee, I'll write a hero who looks like Alex O'Loughlin" though, honestly, who could blame me if I did? He's kind of adorable. What I do is build the person in my mind, filling in the physical characteristics, background and personality as I go.  The first time I think about the characters in terms of who they look like that other people might now is when the book is done.  Really, it's when I start filling out the forms for the publisher to start working on the cover.  In this case, this is what I was thinking:

Spence is very smart and a businessman and a guy who works outside and owns a plant nursery. He's a guy who owns business suit but doesn’t wear them all that often.  He's a bit more outdoorsy than that. He also fits into the tall, dark and hottie hero type. A guy who fit the image I had in my head is Eric Winter:

When it came time for the heroine, Lila, I had a strong and determined woman who wasn't afraid of her sexuality or hard work.  She's soft and pretty on the outside and tough on the inside. She doesn't take any crap from Spence…and I loved that about her. The woman who fit my idea of her is Ginnifer Goodwin:

They're cute together, don’t you think? 

HelenKay Dimon is an award-winning author of more than a dozen novels and novellas. Her first single title, Your Mouth Drives Me Crazy, was excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine in August '07 and spotlighted at E! Online. She made Cosmopolitan a second time in December 2009 with her novella "It's Hotter At Christmas" from the Kissing Santa Claus anthology. Her books also have been published by Doubleday Book Club and Rhapsody Book Club and translated into several languages.
HelenKay's road to publication took a few turns. She's not one of those authors who burst out of the womb with a notepad in one hand and a pen in the other. She didn’t know she wanted to write until much later in life. She tried international travel and journalism and enjoyed careers in politics and law first. After graduating from Syracuse University with a double major in newspaper journalism and political science, she landed in Washington, D.C. A few years as a legislative assistant to a member of the House of Representatives convinced her law school might be a good idea. Three years at Wake Forest University and one bar exam later and HelenKay moved back to the D.C. metro area as a lawyer. General civil litigation gave way to a specialty in family law and an eventual partnership in a highly respected boutique firm.
After twelve years as a divorce lawyer specializing in unhappy endings, HelenKay now writes romance for a living. The sudden career change resulted from her husband getting one of those "can't turn it down" job offers. With only a few months' notice, his work took the family from Maryland to their current home in California. So, instead of days filled with court, clients and a great deal of whining and complaining, HelenKay now writes for a living. She thinks of herself as a "recovering lawyer" and is grateful every day for the ability to write full time.

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Aloha, HelenKay! Alex O will do anytime - I met him last year at my son's school for a Veterans' Day project. Oh, his Aussie accent!

laurie said...

i really don't have a favorite christmas romance novel. havent found it yet

Beckey said...

I don't have one specfic Holiday Romance book since it seems almost every year there is a new one coming out that I find enjoyable.
Thanks for snipet about the book seems like an enjoyable read


I haven't read a Holiday romance but if I win this will be a Great one to start with...:)

Joanne said...

Congrats on the new release. This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it.
I just read a cute Christmas romance called Darn Good Cowboy Christmas by Carolyn Brown.

Judy-Ree said...

My favorite Christmas novels are Christmas Novellas in Anthologies, especially ones that are part of an ongoing series. They are like bite-sized bits of yummy goodness. I especially love the ones that are part of ongoing series because it gives you a peek into your favorite character's holiday lives.

Merry Christmas and thanks for the giveaway.

Bookworm (dot) judy (at) gmail (dot) com

chey said...

I don't have a favourite holiday romance novel.

Cathy P said...

I haven't read any Christmas novels lately. I love your books, and can't wait to read WE'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS.

kscathy AT yahoo DOT com

Josie Hink said...

Any Victoria Alexander Christmas stories...


Oh they are cute together. I love a heroine like that too HelenKay! She sounds wonderful :) The novella sounds like a lot of fun too!

My favorite christmas story this year (because really there are so many I love) was Twas the Night After Christmas by Sabrina Jeffries. She did an amazing job with it :)

Thanks ladies!


Katie said...

I do not have one yet, but maybe this one will become my favorite(:

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