Spotlight & Giveaway: Sugarplum Way by Debbie Mason

Posted October 29th, 2017 by in Blog, Spotlight / 49 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Debbie Mason to HJ!
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Hi Debbie and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Sugarplum Way!

 
Hi Sara! Thanks so much for inviting me to share some fun facts from Sugarplum Way!
 

Please summarize the book for the readers here:

Romance writer Julia Landon knows how to write a happily-ever-after. Creating one for herself is a whole different story. But after a surprising–and surprisingly passionate–kiss under the mistletoe at Harmony Harbor’s holiday party last year, Julia thought she might have finally found her very own chance at true love. Until she learns her Mr. Tall, Dark, and Broodingly Handsome has sworn off relationships. Well, if she can’t have him in real life, Julia knows just how to get the next best thing….

Aidan’s only priority is to be the best single dad ever. And this year, he plans to make the holidays magical for his little girl, Ella Rose. But visions of stolen kisses under the mistletoe keep dancing in his head, and when he finds out Julia has written him into her latest novel, he can’t help imagining the possibilities of a future together. Little does he know, though, Julia has been keeping a secret that threatens all their dreams. Luckily, ’tis the season for a little Christmas magic.
 

Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  • Once I have a good idea who the h/h are and where their story is going, I find a theme song. The theme song for Sugarplum Way is Faith Hill’s “Where Are You Christmas?”. I listened to the song every morning before I began to write, and the lyrics immediately put me in the story and got me in the Christmas spirit.
  • The heroine of Sugarplum Way, Julia Landon, owns a bookstore and is a romance writer, so I guess it’s not surprising that we have a few things in common. Like me, Julia eats peanut butter straight from the jar. And like Julia, I’ve been so deep in a story that I’ve forgotten I have something in the oven or on the stove. I’ve also been known to disappear into my head when an idea strikes, even in the middle of a conversation with my husband. We’ve been married thirty-seven years, so he’s used to it by now.
  • Another thing Julia and I have in common is her Warrior’s trilogy. Like Julia, I have a book titled Warrior’s Kiss with a hero named Adrian, a heroine named Gillian, and a white castle by a turquoise sea. The only differences are my book is set in Scotland and not Ireland, and Julia’s published her book, while mine is in a drawer.
  • Just before I began writing Sugarplum Way, I heard that the remake of Beauty and the Beast was coming out in 2017 and was super excited. Some of that excitement found its way into Sugarplum Way. I think of it as my Beauty and the Beast meets the Grinch story.
  • I got the idea for the forest skating trail (Sugarplum Way) in the book after watching the local news. A man who lives about an hour from us in Lac des loop, Quebec, created 3km of ice trails through the woods and opened them to the public. We haven’t gone yet, but it’s on this year’s holiday to-do list.

 

If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and why?

“Okay, boys, raise your hand if you’ve ever seen Julia Landon without a smile on her face,” Griffin said, grinning at Ava who was standing in line to see Santa with Lexi and making baby Gabriel giggle.
No one raised their hand but Aidan. His brothers laughed at him.
“If it makes you feel better, bro, Olivia says I’m the only one who ever got ticked at her, and look at us now.” Finn smiled, winking at his wife who stood in line with George.
To prove his brothers wrong, Aidan smiled and winked at Julia who was talking to the kids and his brothers’ wives. She looked at him and gently knocked a fist to the side of her head with her thumb out.
“Okay, I don’t read sign language, but I don’t think she’s telling you that she loves you,” Liam said.
“Nope, she told him he’s a jerk,” Finn said, trying not to laugh but Aidan heard the chuckle in his voice.
“All right, it’s obvious you need our help. How badly did you screw up?” Griffin asked.
“Leave it to me to get involved with Santa’s little helper,” Aidan grumbled, crossing his arms. His brothers waited him out. “Okay, Harper and I have never gone all-out at Christmas. We keep it low key. No Santa and—”
“What did you just mumble?” Griffin asked.
“He said no Santa.” Finn glowered at Aidan.
“Jeez, Finn, keep it down,” Liam covered the baby’s ears. “You’re in real trouble now. Here comes George.”
Aidan groaned when the little girl bypassed Finn and walked straight to him. She looked up at him with her big blue eyes. “Julia says you’re not the Beast anymore, you’re the Grinch. If you let her, she’ll make your heart grow twice its size, and you’ll believe in Santa again.”
“You’re so smart, sweetheart. If anyone can make your uncle Aidan’s heart get big, it’s Julia. I bet by Christmas Eve he’ll be putting out snacks for Santa just like us,” Finn said.
“He better or Julia won’t marry him. She can’t. She’s an elf. You gotta have Christmas spirit to marry an elf, you know.”
He glared at his brothers who were trying to keep straight faces. “Thanks for the advice, George. But I’m not—”
Liam shut Aidan up with an elbow in his side.
“Yes, you will. Me and Mia are talking to Santa about you. And Julia too.” George skipped off.
“Looks like you might as well start picking out your wedding song, bro. Everyone knows a wish whispered in Santa’s ear comes true. Just look at me and Soph. Living proof that they do.”
Aidan rolled his eyes. “You do know that the man in the red suit and fake beard is dad, right?”
“Yep, and it looks like his wish just came true,” Liam said.
They looked over to see Maggie sprawled on Santa’s lap.
“How did that happen?” Aidan asked.
“Julia stuck out her foot and tripped her.”

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Book Info:

Romance writer Julia Landon knows how to write a happily-ever-after. Creating one for herself is a whole different story. But after a surprising–and surprisingly passionate–kiss under the mistletoe at Harmony Harbor’s holiday party last year, Julia thought she might have finally found her very own chance at true love. Until she learns her Mr. Tall, Dark, and Broodingly Handsome has sworn off relationships. Well, if she can’t have him in real life, Julia knows just how to get the next best thing….

Aidan’s only priority is to be the best single dad ever. And this year, he plans to make the holidays magical for his little girl, Ella Rose. But visions of stolen kisses under the mistletoe keep dancing in his head, and when he finds out Julia has written him into her latest novel, he can’t help imagining the possibilities of a future together. Little does he know, though, Julia has been keeping a secret that threatens all their dreams. Luckily, ’tis the season for a little Christmas magic.
 
 

Meet the Author:

Debbie Mason is the bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado and the Harmony Harbor series. Her books have been praised by RT Book Reviews for their ”likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots.” She also writes historical paranormals as Debbie Mazzuca. Her MacLeod series has received several nominations for best paranormal as well as a Holt Medallion Award of Merit. When she isn’t writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their four wonderful children, an adorable grandbaby, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.
 
 
 

49 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Sugarplum Way by Debbie Mason”

  1. isisthe12th

    I love getting dressed up for Easter and preparing a wonderful meal for family and friends. Thank you

  2. Joanne B

    Every year we all watch the holiday movies and specials together, even if we’re not in the same place.

  3. Meredith Miller

    Spending time with my family. it’s a time where we can all slow down for just a few hours and share some time together.

  4. Shannon Capelle

    My favorite tradition is me and my 3 daughters baking christmas cookies while listening to christmas music. We do it every year and everyone knows we make a ton of cookies! Then we give all our family a tray and our neighbors! Thanks for chance!

  5. Patricia Barraclough

    Having the family all together for Christmas dinner, then just relaxing and enjoying the day.

  6. veRONIca

    We usually watch all 3 of the Santa Clause movies together the week leading up to Christmas 🙂

  7. carol L

    Decorating the house and the family all being together.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  8. Teresa Williams

    Our family get together on Christmas eve.All 34 of us.I also really love all the Christmas books .

  9. lesley McIntosh

    i always like to make a Christmas cake and shortbread for Christmas and enjoy family time together

  10. LauraJJ

    My favorite is our elf on the shelf brings a box of individually wrapped books and puts under the tree on December 1st with instructions for our little one to pick one each night to open and read for our bedtime story. When the books are gone….its Christmas! We have so much fun with it and add some great books to our bookshelf to read at night before bed!

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