Very excited that I have two books out this winter set in a town called Christmas.
Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky came out in September and Christmas Under a Starlit Sky is out this Wednesday (19th October).
But why are there two books? Why is the sky cranberry coloured? What does it all mean? I’m here to put your mind at ease and answer all your questions.
What are the books about?
Both books are set in a town called Christmas on the tiny Juniper Island in Scotland. Gabe Whitaker owns Stardust Lake Hotel which is a winter resort based on the island. To encourage people to come he persuades the island inhabitants to turn their little village into a permanent Christmas market selling festive foods, clothes, jewellery and treats, reinventing themselves as a town called Christmas. There are log cabins, glass igloos to view the Northern Lights, reindeer, huskies and Santa himself. It is here in this magical winter wonderland that Gabe meets his childhood best friend and girlfriend, Pip again after twelve years apart and in book 2 where Gabe’s sister Neve fights for love with Hollywood superstar Oakley Rey. Here are the blurbs.
Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky
Curl up with this gorgeously romantic tale and let the glistening snow and the roaring fires of Stardust Lake Hotel get you in the festive spirit this Christmas.
Piper Chesterfield lives a glamorous life travelling the world and reviewing the finest hotels. She calls nowhere home, she works alone and that’s how she likes it. For long ago Piper decided that to protect her heart she should lock it away.
So when Piper’s next assignment brings her to the newly opened Stardust Lake Hotel for the festive season, the last person she expects to face is Gabe Whitaker, the man who broke her heart so completely she could never love again.
But Piper isn’t the only one who has been frozen in time by heartbreak. Gabe hasn’t forgotten the golden-eyed girl who disappeared from his world without a trace.
Now fate has reunited them on Juniper island, can the magic of Christmas heal old wounds? And can this enchanting town be the one place Piper can finally call home?
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Christmas Under a Starlit Sky
Step inside a beautiful winter wonderland where love, laughter and cosy nights by the fire will make this Christmas one to remember.
Neve Whitaker loves managing the Stardust Lake hotel. She gets to work alongside her wonderful family and she’s spending Christmas on the most enchanting, snow-covered island in Scotland. So why is her heart so heavy this festive season?
It might have something to do with the gorgeous actor Oakley Rey, the man she finished with before he left for California and the man she loves more than anything. With Oakley’s career in Hollywood soaring, Neve is convinced she’d only hold him back. She had to end it with him – at least that’s what she keeps telling herself.
But now she has a secret she’s struggling to keep, and when Oakley arrives on Juniper Island determined to win her back, Neve is thrown off balance. Will Neve’s fear of having her heart broken again push Oakley away for good, or is it time for her to take a leap of faith?
Get swept away by this deliciously sweet and heartwarming tale, and spend an unforgettable Christmas on Juniper Island.
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And here are the answers to your other questions
Do I need to read any of your other books before I start this series.
No, this series is completely separate from my last series set in White Cliff Bay with brand new characters and a different location. In fact the White Cliff Bay series is set on the borders of Devon and Cornwall in the very south west of the country and the town called Christmas is set on Juniper Island, the northernmost island in the UK.
Do I need to read the Town Called Christmas books in any order?
No, they can be read in any order. They are completely standalone but if you do want to read them both and you do want to read them chronologically then I’d suggest you read Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky first as that introduces you to the island and all the characters followed by Christmas Under a Starlit Sky.
Are the two books in the series actually just 2 parts of 1 long story?
Nooooooo they are completely separate, with different characters and different stories. Each book has a proper beginning, middle and end. Book 1, Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky, follows Gabe Whitaker and his childhood best friend and girlfriend Pip. Book 2, Christmas Under a Starlit Sky follows Gabe’s sister Neve and Hollywood star Oakley Rey.
Are they novellas or short stories?
No both books are full length stories.
Why is the sky the colour of cranberries?
The northern lights play quite a big part in both stories. The Scottish, particularly those from the Shetland Islands where the fictitious Juniper Island is set, call the Northern Lights the Merry Dancers and in this story the colours of the lights mean different things. A very rare red sky is a foretelling of love.
I loved Luke in Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky, will he get his own story?
I love him too and I’ve had so many requests for his story, sadly he won’t get his own story but his story is resolved at the end of Starlit Sky. I’d really like to write more about him though. If I get time, I may write a short novella for him and put it here on my blog.
I don’t really read chicklit, I prefer murder and mayhem, does anyone die in your book?
Sadly not, everyone is healthy, no one gets sick, no heads are dismembered
I prefer my romances with a bit of an edge, just how sweet, cute and romantic is this book?
There are no edges in this book apart from soft, squishy ones that you can cuddle up to. It’s very sweet and cute, there are practically puppies gambolling across every page
What if I can’t find my Kindle?
It’s also available in paperback
What’s next for you?
I have three books out next year in a brand new series set on a little island off the coast of Cornwall. It follows three cousins, Rome, Eden and Bella and they will all get their own story.