Hometown Hero is my first for Montana Born. Chase Goodwin, professional baseball player, returns to his hometown of Marietta to help his younger half-brother. Chase winds up in a small-town scandal with Skye Wolcott that goes big-time viral online.
Writing this story felt like going home to my own small town roots. I enjoyed it so much I signed on to write a Christmas story set in the same fictional town.
In Blame The Mistletoe, Liz and Blake meet at a cocktail party hosted by Skye and Chase, but it turns out that Liz and Blake know each other from a previous life. Liz’s ex-husband is the brother of Blake’s ex-wife. Liz has never enjoyed the season and she’s stuck in Marietta for the holidays. Fortunately, she has Blake to show her why Christmas is actually the best time of the year overall.
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EXCERPT from BLAME THE MISTLETOE
“Uh oh, Liz. You have a decision to make,” Skye said, pointing above Liz’s head.
Liz looked up. Mistletoe.
“The girls made me hang it,” Chase said from behind her, referring to Skye’s nieces who’d been running around with the rest of the children this evening.
Liz’s gaze caught Blake’s on the way down from the little sprig and her heart skipped at the light in his eyes. Her brain grasped for a smart remark, but nothing came.
Blake stepped into her space. “I think we owe it to ourselves,” he said. “Don’t you?”
Swaying, she set her hands on the cold, brushed texture of his coat, feeling ridiculously small and girlish all of a sudden. “Because of our mutual experience with the Flowers?” she asked.
“Actually . . . ” His gaze narrowed as he stared at her mouth and started to lower his head. “Let’s not think of them at all.”