Spotlight & Giveaway: A Princess by Christmas by Jennifer Faye

Posted September 30th, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 112 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author Jennifer Faye to HJ!
Spotlight&Giveaway

Hi Jennifer and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, A Princess by Christmas!

Hi. Thanks so much for having me. And I’m thrilled to be able to share my holiday book with all of you. 🙂

Please summarize the book a la Twitter style for the readers here:

APbCPrince Alexandro Castanavo of the Mirraccino Islands is on the run from the paparazzi. His mission is to protect the royal family from certain scandal. In order to do this, he must keep his true identity a secret–even from his beautiful innkeeper, Reese Harding. But will a kiss beneath the mistletoe and the magic of the season be enough to make this regular American girl into a princess by Christmas?

Please share the opening lines of this book:

At last he’d lost them.

Prince Alexandro Castanavo of the Mirraccino Islands stared out the back window of the cab as it snaked in and out of traffic. He’d never driven in New York City but his concern deepened when they swerved to the berm of the road.

Please share a few Random facts about this book…

1. I had a blast doing the research for this book. Not only does it take place in snowy New York, but it also spans the globe to the sunny shores of the Mediterranean.

2. Did you know in the Mediterranean that lunch is a bigger meal than dinner?
It’s the opposite of an American diet where lunch is the junior meal while dinner is the senior meal.

3. And my most fun revelation, do you know the difference between a castle and a palace?
A castle is meant to withstand an enemy attack while palaces are meant for a more relaxed lifestyle. This is evident in their construction as castes are constructed of stone and/or brick while a palace is much showier with marble and gold. FYI, Prince Alex lives in a palace.

Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

Prince Alexandro Castanavo aka Alex DeLuca is tall, dark and has a deliciously sexy accent. He’s learned in the worst way possible that allegiance to the crown is of the utmost importance. With so much pressure put upon him to be the perfect prince—the perfect son, he’s been forced to put his royal duty above his own happiness. Sometimes sacrifices must be made for the good of everyone.

Reese Harding is your girl-next-door with long, wavy brown hair and brown eyes that sparkle with gold flecks. However, her entire life has been turned upside down and shaken. And it’s about to get worse—much worse. She’s about to lose her home during the most joyous season of the year. Ugh!

What kind of research did you do for this book?

I had a lot of fun doing the research for this book. I watched travel dvd’s and YouTube videos. I read online sources and checked out all sorts of photos. And best of all, I finally got to put to use my giant book of castles. I fell in love with this book years ago and one Christmas hubby got it for me. I just love to thumb through it and imagine the lives of the people who once lived within those royal walls. I knew some day that one of my heroes would live in a place similar to them. 😉

The First kiss…

Now do you really want me to give away the details of their first lip lock??? Wouldn’t it take away from the build-up…the anticipation? Yeah, that’s what I thought. 😉 But trust me, it’ll be worth the wait. 🙂

Did any scene have you crying or laughing while writing it?

This was his chance to broach the subject in the forefront of Alex’s mind. “What did you think of Santa back there mistaking us for a happy couple?”

“That he needs a new pair of glasses.”

“Surely being my girlfriend wouldn’t be so bad, would it?”

Once stopped at a red light, Reese gave him a long look. He started to feel a bit paranoid, as though he had a piece of lettuce in his teeth or something. What?”

“I’m just looking for some sign that you hit your head when you were swinging that tree around.”

“Very funny.”
When she smiled, a funny sensation filled his chest. “You still haven’t answered my question. Would I make good boyfriend material?”

If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would be absolutely crucial to include and why? 

Oh boy, this is a tough one. All of them??? Seriously I’m the wrong person to ask. I wrote the book so I love all of the scenes. LOL.

If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

There are times when an ordinary life can become extraordinary. When in the beat of a lonely heart events can unfold in ways we never could have imagined in our wildest dreams.

What are you currently working on? What other releases so you have planned for 2014?

A very exciting project!!! And I really want to share more details…but I can’t yet. I will soon! It’s something a bit different than my Harlequins. If you want to be one of the first to know the details, sign up for my newsletter (you can find the sign-up button on the top right of my home page www.JenniferFaye.com) My subscribers are the first to know important stuff and they also have access to special giveaways. 🙂

And come March/April 2015, my first duet will be released—THE DeFIORE BROTHERS.

Book #1 – THE PLAYBOY OF ROME (March 2015)
Book #2 – BEST MAN FOR THE BRIDESMAID (April 2015)

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

Giveaway: 3 Winners will receive an autographed copy of A PRINCESS BY CHRISTMAS + swag. Open internationally.

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Excerpt

When she started walking, he fell in step next to her.

Hand in hand, they moved as though they’d been together for years.

She glanced over at him. “Are you still up for going to dinner like we planned?”

He was hungry—there was no doubt about that. But food wasn’t what he craved.

Big snowflakes drifted lazily to the ground and quickly covered her hair. He’d never seen anyone so beautiful. It was going to be hard to stay focused on his priorities when all he wanted to do was get closer to Reese. If only his life were different…

In that moment he heard the king’s clear, distinct voice in his head. Your life is one of honor—of duty. You must always think of the kingdom first.

And that was what he was doing—but each day it was getting harder and harder to live by those rules. He glanced at Reese. Definitely much harder than he’d ever imagined.

Book Info:

A royal kiss under the mistletoe…

Prince Alexandro Castanovo arrives in snowy New York intent on protecting his royal family from scandal. And when Reese Harding—down-to-earth and heart-stoppingly beautiful—finds room for him at her inn, it seems like the perfect twist of fate.

Not long ago Reese’s world came crumbling down, shaking her foundations. But this enigmatic stranger intrigues her! She’s learned to be wary of secrets…but when she discovers Alex’s true identity, might there be enough magic in the air to make this regular American girl a princess by Christmas…?
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Author Bio

HQ-Junkie-Jennifer-Author-Photo2Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming romances. Jennifer has won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, been named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous awards. Now living her dream, she resides with her patient husband, amazing daughter (the other remarkable daughter is off chasing her own dreams) and two spoiled cats. She’d love to hear from you via JenniferFaye.com
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112 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: A Princess by Christmas by Jennifer Faye”

  1. Penney Wilfort

    I can’t wait to read this it sounds so good.
    My Christmas wish would be to find a good home when we move after Christmas and to get more books!
    Penney

    • jenniferfaye34

      I hope so. I know it just isn’t the same without my immediate family being together. Although to make that happen we have to move things around this year. Here’s hoping both of our families figure out a way to be together for Christmas–even if we have to move it. 😉

  2. mrsmac19

    I’m taking a 7 day cruise this Christmas, so my desires are pretty well satisfied right now. Of course, I could go for a never ending Amazon gift card, too! 😉 Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Katina Fragakis

    I would ask Santa for a hip replacement so I could participate in activities with my family.

  4. Mary Preston

    Dear Santa,

    I want a self-cleaning house. You have magic, now use it!! Pretty please!!

  5. Sherialyse

    If I could put anything on my list it would be a way to restore my (baby) 14 year old shih-tzu’s hearing and eye sight. He still acts like a puppy, though.

    • jenniferfaye34

      Hugs Sherialyse. I totally understand about worrying over your furbaby. I tell mine all the time that she’s not allowed to grow up and get old. 😉

  6. Kristy dean

    Sad to say this, but money would be great. I would love to be caught up on bills and be able to afford a better Christmas. Maybe even fly home to see family.

  7. Geraldine Pierson

    Right now I cannot think of Christmas. My niece Barbara is dying of Melanoma Cancer and has 4 to 6 weeks to live if that. The cancer is in all her organs plus her brain and bones. She lives 2 1/2 hours away so our daughter (her husband has to work), son and his wife, my husband and myself will be going to see her this Saturday. My sister says she is getting very bad and hospice started coming to there home as of last Monday. She is 48 years old with 2 sons 21 and 19 years of age. Both of them in college so it is very hard on them. I know I will think of Christmas later because I have 5 grandchildren. Our daughter has a 18 year old in college, a 7 year old, a 2 year old and our son has a 7 year old and a 4 year old. We have to think of them.

  8. Terri Shortell

    I would ask for a good job. If I had that, I could answer my other Christmas wishes myself. Thanks for the review and giveaway. Wishing everyone an early Merry Christmas.

  9. miki

    i would hask for a new shelves to put my books on it and for the room i plan to use to be remodeled ( isolation etc ) so that my books are safe there

  10. Irma Jurejevčič

    I would just love to see my daughter happy. That’s all. Happy with herself, happy in the school, without worries…

  11. Kate Sparks

    I’ve got everything — so I guess I’d wish that everyone else get what they wanted.

  12. Joye

    At that time of year, I would love a “helper”. Someone to wrap the presents, clean the house, help me cook, decorate the house and run errands. Hopefully my own little Santa elf (helper).

  13. txgrll

    On a purely selfish wish, I’d say the lottery and a vacation to Bora Bora but on an emotional level, it would be a day with two wonderful men who passed away and I still miss everyday: my dad and my best friend’s husband who I consider a second dad.

  14. Taswmom

    This sounds like a wonderful book!
    My wish would be for all of my grown up children to love and appreciate each other at least as much as they did when they were young!

  15. Ashleigh Downes

    A super sexy, sweet, kind, caring, loving, only has eyes for me, will love my daughter as his own cowboy or just a man for me. I’m sick of being single and lonely.

  16. donnasquaw1952

    I don’t know where to start. First I would want better health and for everyone else. I would like to have a big huge wall bookcase full of books. KitchenAid Stand Mixer for my hands and wrists. I wouldn’t mind a Kindle Fire, etc., and I would love a horse for my therapy. I never ask for anything, I always like to give, so that’s why I listed a few things. lol!
    Donna Harris

    • jenniferfaye34

      Donna hugs. It’s so wonderful that you’re a giver. The world is so lucky to have people like you in it. 🙂 I sure hope Santa is good to you this year!!!

      • donnasquaw1952

        Thanks Jennifer! I was brought up that it’s better to give than receive. I raised my two sons the same way. It makes me feel good to give. At Christmas I use to bake all different kinds of cookies and give to family, friends and neighbors, and they looked forward to them every year. Now that I’m disabled I can’t do that anymore. I have arthritis, neuropathy and fibromyalgia, so my hands and wrists won’t let me. Money is tight and I have to save every little bit throughout the year for Christmas gifts. I still believe in Santa and every year he leaves me coal in my stocking, lol!!

        • jenniferfaye34

          Oh Donna, you’re a real sweetheart. And you’re making me hungry for Christmas cookies now. 😉 My aunt was the baker in our family and at Christmas time there were sooo many kinds of cookies that I didn’t know which to try first. LOL. Thanks for bringing back those happy memories for me. 🙂 And I hereby decree no coal in your stocking. I hope your holiday is filled with love and happiness. 🙂

  17. Laney4

    More business for my home business so my husband could retire sooner than April, as he turned 65 two months ago.

    • jenniferfaye34

      Books are amazing gifts. They can take you anywhere in the world without leaving your home. Or they can take you to another world or time. I think books are absolutely fascinating. 😉

  18. Kai W.

    I wish that my relationship with my sisters is better and that we find some common grounds to put aside our indifference.

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