Spotlight & Giveaway: Mistletoe Kisses with the Billionaire by Shirley Jump

Posted December 12th, 2012 by in Blog, Spotlight / 41 comments

Please join me in welcoming back Harlequin Romance author Shirley Jump to HJ!

Shirley welcome, for all of my readers who may not be familiar with your work, could you tell us a bit about yourself and your books?

First, thanks for having me back! I love your blog and visiting here! MISTLETOE KISSES WITH THE BILLIONAIRE is my 44th book (I think…I lose track sometimes!). There are times when I’m still stunned I’ve written that many! I write romances for Harlequin and single titles for Berkley, and have my own ebook series called the Sweet and Savory Romances series that has a new Christmas novella out this month (THE BEAUTY CHARMED SANTA). The Sweet and Savory Romances are longer romances, with recipes written by the characters. A little more fun and quirky than my Harlequins, which tend to be more emotional.

Do you usually begin a book with a character or a plot?

I always begin with a what-if situation. What if a woman determined to run away from her past suddenly gets an invitation to return? An invitation she can’t refuse?

What’s your favorite Romance Novel?

My absolute favorite, and one of the few I’ve read more than once, is Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer. I really love stories about redemption and second chances.

Your idea of a perfect date?

A nice dinner out, then back to the house for some wine by the fireplace and a nice, quiet romantic conversation—without interruptions from kids!

 

 Let’s talk about your new release ‘Mistletoe Kisses with the Billionaire’

What sparked the idea for the book ‘Mistletoe Kisses with the Billionaire’?

Donna Alward and Fiona Harper and I were at lunch one day, talking about how we were three friends from three different countries, and wouldn’t it be cool to do a book series that was based on that. We proposed the idea of a holiday trilogy to Harlequin, and we each picked a sister. I chose the jet-setting wild child, Grace, who has done everything she can to avoid Beckett’s Run, but when her beloved grandmother asks her to come home for the holidays, she can’t refuse.

If you had to sum up ‘Mistletoe Kisses with the Billionaire’? what would you say?

It’s a story about finding your true home, and realizing that sometimes a second chance is all anyone needs to find true love and happiness.

 If you had to pick your favorite scene in ‘Mistletoe Kisses with the Billionaire’?

It’s the sledding scene with Grace, J.C. and his nephew, Henry. I have so many wonderful memories of going sledding with my family when I was a little girl, then taking my kids to find the best and fastest hill when the snow fell.

Who would play Grace McKinnon and J. C. Carson in the movie version of your book? And why?

Hmmm…I never picture movie stars when I’m writing, so that’s always hard for me to do! Um, maybe Reese Witherspoon and Josh Lucas. I loved the chemistry between them in “Sweet Home Alabama” and my book has a similar feel, I think.

 What else are you working on? What can we expect from you in the future? 

I’m doing another Christmas continuity, out next year. In the meantime, I have the Christmas novella, THE BEAUTY CHARMED SANTA (out now, as is a holiday bundle of four of my Sweet and Savory Romances) and then a Mother’s Day Romance, THE MATCHMAKER’S HAPPY ENDING.

Giveaway: Shirley will be giving away a three-pack of Shirley’s Christmas Romances (MARRY-ME CHRISTMAS, FAMILY CHRISTMAS IN RIVERBEND and MISTLETOE KISSES WITH THE BILLIONAIRE). to one lucky Winner

 

To enter giveaway: Complete the Rafflecopter form below and post a comment to this Q: What’s your favorite holiday memory? Did you go sledding as a kid, or make gingerbread men every year? What, to you, says holiday, every year?

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An excerpt from ‘Mistletoe Kisses with the Billionaire’

Henry tugged on J.C.’s sleeve. “Are we gonna go, Uncle Jace?”

J.C. had invited Grace along so that she would do this, and then he could get back to work. Maybe make a few phone calls while Grace and Henry rode the slopes. He hadn’t expected to be part of it himself. As much as he wanted to, he had the details of the merger breathing down his neck, with lawyers, accountants and other suits all waiting on his responses. Carson Investments needed some attention, too, even as the snowy hill and Henry’s big blue eyes beckoned. “Sorry, buddy, no can do. Grace here is going to take you down the hill.”

Henry pouted. “I want you to go, too.”

“That’s two votes for J.C. to go,” Grace said, then waved at the sled. “You’re not chickening out, are  you?”

The challenge in her voice awakened something inside him. Something he hadn’t listened to in a long, long time. Something that reminded him of who he used to be…before.

Before the emails and board meetings, the to do lists and the power suits. He could take one ride, and just for a minute, forget all those things. The part of him Grace called the rocker, the part that had pretended for a little while on those hot summer days that his father wasn’t waiting lists and chores and extra homework for J.C. to do. For those moments, J.C. could just…be.

The snow began to fall around him, light flakes kissing against his coat, his face. Just…be, it seemed to whisper. Just…be.

“Okay, let’s do this.” J.C. grinned, then brought the toboggan to the top of the hill, cemented himself on the front, then turned to Henry. “Climb on, buddy.”

Henry clambered onto the sled and put his arms around his uncle’s waist, sure, trusting. J.C. looked back at Grace. “And now you, milady.”

She laughed, and when her gaze met his, he knew she was thinking of another winter, another sledding trip. She’d been sixteen, visiting over Christmas break. Their first kiss, shared on this very hill, after they’d skidded off the path and into a snow bank, ending up in a tangle of arms and legs. He’d looked at her and for the first time, really seen her, as a woman, not as a girl or a friend.

And from that moment on, things had never been the same.

“Are you sure I can trust your steering? Last time we did this, I ended up buried under the snow and,” she lowered her voice, “you.”

“I remember.” Every single second.

“Me too.” She smiled, a soft, secret smile that seemed meant only for him.

Henry looked from one to the other. “Are we gonna go?”

J.C. chuckled and ruffled the boy’s hair. “Yep. Right now.” Then he looked at Grace. “Are you ready?”

“As ready as I’ll ever be.”
“Trust me, Grace,” he said, and wondered if he was still talking about downhill rides. She climbed on behind Henry, propping her legs onto J.C.’s, forming a human sandwich of protection for the little boy. J.C. looked down at those zebra boots, draped over his thighs, making his thoughts veer for a moment from blankets of snow to blankets on a bed, then J.C. drew himself back to the present, took the controls of the sled, shouted back a quick, “let’s go,” then pushed off.

41 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Mistletoe Kisses with the Billionaire by Shirley Jump”

  1. Rebe

    Years ago my MIL gave us a small Christmas tree decorated with frolicking beagles. It’s …. Interesting, lol! Putting out the beagle tree has become a Christmas tradition.

  2. Kathleen Kellenbenz

    My favorite holiday is Christmas, I love all the lights and decorations. My favorite memory is seeing how excited my children were on christmas morning. We never made gingerbread men but we did have a sled, the hills weren’t that big but we still had fun. What says holiday to me, when I bake a load of cookies to give to my children and grandchildren. And seeing my grandsons play with the train under the tree, the trains are only up once a year so its a big treat for them

  3. Belinda

    Every year my Mom puts out a pretty loud holiday musical santa and mrs claus. They move while suppose singing a song. I can’t stand to hear it, but I keep it to my self.

  4. Tina M

    Every year we would go sled riding down our hill behind our house..We had to stop really fast or we would of gone into the canal that was there..When the Christmas lights went up in our town we knew it was time for Christmas and when our Church would set up the nativity scene we knew that Christma was right around the corner..

  5. Lisa Hutson

    Little ones. The little children. At church. Out looking at the lights. In my own home. They are what makes the holiday complete.

  6. Sharlene Wegner

    I love putting up the Christmas tree. We usually leave it up for a month & it really brightens the room & also makes it peaceful. (as long as the TV is off!)

  7. Alicia Jespersen

    My favorite holiday memory is waking up to my one and only white Christmas when I was 5 or 6. It was such a magical event for me. What makes me think of Christmas is the smell of cinnamon, and the holiday music on the radio that starts on Thanksgiving.

    What an AMAZING giveaway I love Shirley Jump and would love to win a 3 pack of her books! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  8. Kai W.

    My family tradition is playing Christmas Carol songs and watching movies that have the Holidays theme.

  9. Michele Hayes

    When I was quite young my (much) older brother pretended to be Santa on Christmas Eve and gave me a kiss on my cheek when I was sleeping. He had the beard and everything so I was convinced it was Santa! Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Brenda Rumsey

    It’s the music that I remember most about Christmas. From Thanksgiving to Christmas I love listening to all the songs of Christmas. Each song holds a memory of times spent with special people.

  11. Mary Preston

    I always love gathering around the Christmas tree after church on Christmas morning. So much fun.

  12. sheryl

    I just remember my family having a Christmas eve get together every year. I loved seeing my family and listening to Christmas music and having lots of food. We also got to open one present before we went to sleep.

  13. Shannon G.

    For me it doesn’t feel like the holidays until the weather changes and stays colder. Plus when it gets darker earlier in the night it makes me know the time is soon.

  14. Tammy Y

    I am reading Faith’s story now. Can’t wait to read Grace’s story. Just being with my family is my favorite tradition and listening to my favorite Christmas music.

  15. kyla whitley

    One of my best memories when our kids were small, was bundling them up, putting them in a backpack and taking off in the woods looking for the perfect tree. Then back home for homemade cooking and more family. I have 3 brothers, so between the 4 of us, we have 9 kids, so the house was full of noise and laughter. Such great memories.

    Looking forward to reading your book. Thank you for sharing! 😀

  16. Ann S.

    I remember building cities out of the gifts under the tree with my brother. We would stack them and then we drove his cars around our gift cities. Of course we would try and guess what was in them. The giveaway is great I love Christmas romances.

  17. Michelle Harlan

    My favorite holiday memories involve baking. I loved working in the kitchen alongside my mom, aunts and grandmothers. For me, the tradition of getting into the kitchen and baking Jello spritz cookies is what signals Christmas in our home. It’s something that my kids look forward to helping out with every year & a tradition I hope they’ll keep when they have their own children. Jello cookies are a favorite, but we only have them during the Christmas holiday. It’s our way of keeping the tradition special!

  18. Chris Mead

    My favorite Christmas memories are of when my kids were small. I loved playing Santa, and filling the bottom of the tree with presents for them. I loved the delight on their faces as they opened their presents on Christmas morning.

  19. Yadira A.

    As weird as it may be my fav memories are when I was younger and all my family would go out and brave Black Friday together:) We still do it to this day!

  20. Lilian S

    I love Christmas because my mom will baking cake and cookies, sometimes i got present too.

  21. Lily B

    Oh I remember when I was a kid mom and dad would dress my sister and I in layers from head to toe and put us on sleds and take us around town. It was wonderful, especially when our town would get a lot of snow. Spending time with my mom and dad pretending to race our sister and I was a lot of fun and I miss those times especially since now I don’t get to see them anymore.

    Thank you for the giveaway by the way I am very excited been wanting to read this book since I read your review, so great chance! happy holidays

  22. Aline

    My favorite Christmas memories would be getting together with my families, most of them live out of state. We attended Christmas service together, had dinner together and then just talked and laughed all night long 🙂

  23. Megan Parsons

    As a kid we drove around every year and looked at Christmas Lights, we decorated the tree and got to pick out a new Hallmark ornament every year and we always made gingerbread houses decorated in candy! I remember once falling asleep under the tree waiting for Santa!

  24. Olga

    My favorite holiday memory is going sledding as a kid, decorating Christmas tree and spending time with my family and friends.

  25. Tawnya Bentley

    The music! I love almost all Christmas music, in fact from Christmas Eve day until Christmas night our local Country station plays Christmas songs the whole time, I love it!!!

  26. sue brandes

    My favorite memory is going with my parents to cut your own tree at the tree farm and them decorating it as a family. I did this when my kids where little also.

  27. Nancy Black

    Going to Christmas Eve Mass and coming home to warm Chocolate and friends and family that had gathered at our house.

  28. Pam B

    Hi

    When I married we started the tradition of Christmas Eve at my in-laws where we open presents and eat pizza…such fun and laughter. The evenings are quieter now that the kids are all grown but still fun.

    Thanks for the chance
    Pam

  29. Joanne B

    Every year when I was growing up, my family would walk around the neighborhood after dinner on Christmas Eve and look at all the holiday decorations. Then we would go home, have hot chocolate, and open one present from family, because Santa didn’t come until after we were all asleep.

  30. Lori Qtana

    A tradition we started a couple of years ago with our kids is the 9 days of Christmas. To keep the festive holiday spirit from Christmas to New Years Day, we give our kids one gift per day. It seemed that when they opened all of their gifts Christmas morning, the joy and anticipation of the Christmas spirit fled in such a short hour span that we wanted to find a way to keep it going. They actually love it and of course we find ways each day over the course of the holidays to supplement the gift. For example, if they got a sled, we went sledding. Merry Christmas!

  31. Rosemary K.

    My favorite memory was making gingerbread houses from scratch. We had so much fun. We ate more candy than we put on the house but we always felt as if we had created a masterpiece.

  32. Kim

    My favorite holiday memory is when I was a little kid and I was trying REALLY hard to catch Santa in the act.

    Well, I never did.

    This one Christmas, when I kept getting out of bed, I found one of my presents from him in the fireplace. (Good thing my parents didn’t have the fire going that night.)

  33. chey

    My favourite Christmas memory is spending time with grandparents and their friends.
    Shortbread reminds me of Chistmas. If it wasn’t too cold we’d go sliding.

  34. suzanne

    Making Christmas cookies with my mom, she rolled the dough and I would cut them out. After baking, frosted and sprinkled them.

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