Hi everyone, to celebrate the release of my first ever Christmas romance novel – Snowy Nights at the Lonely Hearts Hotel – I’m interviewing Saffy, the MC from the novel. First, let me show you the cover. I think it’s totally gorgeous and hope you do too.
Snowy rooftops, mulled wine, and a hot single dad. Not the Christmas Saffy wished for… but maybe the one she needs?
Twenty-nine year old Saffron Baxter knew her holiday plans didn’t stand a chance the moment her sister called to say she was stuck abroad with no hope of being home before Christmas. Saffy would just have to abandon thoughts of wild festive parties in the city and head down to remote Cornwall.
Because every year her sister hosts a huge Christmas meal for all the single parents in her village. And Saffy knows it’d break her heart to let them down.
Arriving as snow starts to fall over the thatched cottages of the little harbour town of Port Breok, she meets Logan – the tall, fair-haired, blue-eyed, devoted single dad who lives next door, with his adorable daughter Chloe. At first she thinks he might help her make Christmas Day extra-memorable, but he just seems convinced she’ll never manage – that she’s just a party girl who doesn’t care about Christmas, or anyone’s feelings.
Maybe he’s right. After all – she doesn’t want to settle down, she’s only there for a few days… But she’s still determined to do her sister proud with gorgeous decorations, the most beautiful real tree – complete with extra twinkly lights, and delicious mince pies. To make it a Christmas everyone will remember, especially little Chloe. Even if, when the mistletoe comes down, she knows she’ll probably never see Logan again…
Now let’s meet Saffy and ask her a few questions
Hi Saffy, thanks for talking to us. This year was a completely different Christmas for you, wasn’t it?
Definitely! I love Christmas and it is usually one big party with my friends. I wasn’t expecting to be spending it at my sister, Hannah’s, B&B in Cornwall hosting a ‘single parents’ party. Hannah sounded so upset that she couldn’t get back to run it though, and I didn’t want to let the single parents down so I agreed. But I have to admit I wasn’t looking forward to it.
Were you worried that the party would be a disaster?
Absolutely! I had no idea how I was going to cater for and entertain 35 adults and children, but I was determined to make a success of it for Hannah and the families. Our dad walked out when we were little so Mum had to bring us up on her own and I know that Christmas was especially hard for her. Mum would have loved the chance to go out for dinner with other single parents and let her hair down.
Are you close to your sister?
No, she would really love us to be though. I’m so busy with my job and single life -which makes me sound really selfish, but our relationship is a bit difficult. Hannah has been more of a mother than a sister to me and thinks she can still boss me about! I do love her though and obviously want to help her.
You’re single at the moment, aren’t you? Do you want to settle down with a family one day?
I’ve no plans to. I’m enjoying my life exactly as it is as the moment. I love my job and am hoping to get a promotion. Life’s good. 😊
What was your first impression of Logan?
Well there’s no denying he’s sexy but he’s a bit bossy and obviously thinks I won’t be able to cope with organising the party for Hannah. Well, I’ll show him!
Were you surprised when Robbie turned up?
I was shocked. I couldn’t believe that he and Duncan had split up.those guys are so good together.
You had to look after Hannah’s dog, Oscar, too didn’t you? How did that work out?
No problem. Oscar is a bit crazy but totally adorable. I love having him around, he’s great company.
Thanks, Saffy! Now let’s read an extract from the book:
Do you want me to contact anyone for you?’
‘There is something… ’ Hannah hesitated. ‘But it’s a big ask and you’ll probably say no. It’ll be too much for you.’
Hannah had a habit of expecting the worst of Saffy just because she’d had a few troublesome years in her teens. She didn’t seem to accept that Saffy was now grown up and quite capable, thank you very much. Saffy held back a snappy retort, knowing that her sister was stressing about the twins. ‘Ask away. If I can do it, I will.’
‘I’m gutted that we won’t be back for the Christmas party. It’s become a tradition now and everyone looks forward to it. They’ll be so disappointed if it’s cancelled.’
She’d forgotten about the party. Hannah and Lee had started hosting the Christmas party when they first opened their B&B six years ago and Hannah had found out that a young single mum living nearby was spending Christmas alone. She’d immediately invited the mum and her children to spend Christmas Day with them and then had decided to open the invitation to other single parents too. The party had been a huge success, so Hannah and Lee had hosted one every year since. Another reason Saffy hadn’t wanted to go down Christmas. She wasn’t as fond of family events as Hannah and didn’t fancy spending her Christmas Day surrounded by kids.
‘I’m sure people will understand. Do you want me to tell everyone what’s happened?’
‘It’s too short notice for the parents to organise anything else, Saffy. Some of them won’t have budgeted for Christmas dinner so it’ll be a real struggle for them to provide one.’ Hannah paused. ‘I was wondering if you would go down and host the party for us?’ Her words were coming out in a rush now. ‘I can’t ask Mum because Jon is still recovering from his bypass so they’re having a quiet Christmas at home in France.’
And I want a fun Christmas with my friends. Saffy tried to think of a way to refuse without Hannah getting the hump. If she agreed it would be goodbye to drinks on Christmas Eve, followed by a lazy Christmas morning then a Christmas dinner party at Robbie and Duncan’s – hopefully celebrating their engagement, Boxing Day with Meg and Stefan and all the other socialising she had planned. ‘Please say you’ll do it. It’s all organised,’ Hannah continued. ‘The turkey and veg are ordered. I can get them delivered to the house for you, the cupboards and freezer are full of food, and there’s plenty to drink. I sorted it all out before we went away. All you have to do it cook the dinner, serve it out and organise a few games for the afternoon – oh and put the Christmas decorations and tree up.’
If you want to know if Saffy makes a success of the party, you can buy the book here – print or ebook.
What readers are saying about Snowy Nights at the Lonely Hearts Hotel:
Fantastic from the first page to the last. I really didn’t want it to end at all. So enchanting and romantic and about finding your own happiness when you don’t think you can… A simply fantastic read, highly recommend it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I loved this book!!! This one really had it all: fun characters, a break-up, an engagement, Christmas, and of course a crazy dog!’ My Life as a Dog Bed, 5 stars
‘Simply put this book was amazing! This book pulls at your heartstrings… Highly recommend.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars