Only a few authors still to step into my festive spotlight and today is the turn of Juliet Archer whose latest book, Hope, Mistletoe and a Christmas Promise, was published by ChocLit earlier this month. You’ll find more information about the book and buying links at the end of the post.
Hello Juliet and thanks for joining me. First of all, would you tell my blog readers a little about yourself?
I was born and bred in North-East England, and now live in leafy Hertfordshire with my husband and temperamental cat. We have two grown-up children who live in London and Chicago, and we’ve recently discovered the joys of grandchildren. I still have a day job (as a project manager, currently in the NHS) which involves writing of a very different sort!
In a nutshell, what is your Christmas book about?
Two people discovering the real meaning of Christmas, aided and abetted by a six-year-old.
How did you come up with the title for your book?
I supplied ‘Christmas Promise’, and my publisher added ‘Hope, Mistletoe and a’ in front of it! I chose ‘Christmas Promise’ because, for many of us, Christmas carries expectations – spoken or unspoken, positive or negative, old or new. That’s certainly true for the heroine of my book!
How do you plan to celebrate Christmas this year?
I’ll be off work and preparing for the London-based half of our family coming to stay for a few days. I love cooking and baking, so there’ll be some of that going on – as well as relaxing with a book or in front of the TV, if I get a chance.
You have £5 to buy a Secret Santa gift – what would you buy?
A book, naturally! My publishers, Choc Lit and Ruby Fiction, have a wide range of lovely reads.
What’s your favourite Christmas song?
Tricky – I have so many favourites! Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is one of the more poignant – but I love it, especially Diana Krall’s version.
What’s your essential Christmas food or drink?
Chestnuts – I only have them at Christmas, and they remind me of my childhood when we actually did have ‘chestnuts roasting on an open fire’.
What Christmas book are you looking forward to reading this year?
I’ve got a pile of Christmas books to read, mainly the latest Choc Lit and Ruby Fiction releases with a few oldies thrown in, such as Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie.
How can people follow you or connect with you on social media?
I love hearing from readers! My website is www.julietarcher.com and my contact details are:
And finally, what’s your favourite Christmas tree decoration?
I’d have to go for more than one! I still have a couple of decorations my children made years ago – just can’t bear to throw them away.
Thank you so much for inviting me to your lovely blog, Joanne – and Happy Christmas to you all!
About the book
When a Christmas promise becomes hard to keep …
Pip Smith knows she owes it to her family to hold on to the festive traditions that have been a comfort since the year everything changed – but this Christmas she’s going to need a miracle to keep everyone in her life happy.
After she’s dumped by her fiancé, an invitation to visit a friend in Hong Kong in the run-up to the festive season seems to offer Pip the perfect escape – and she’ll be home for Christmas, of course. Except her escape ends up becoming far more complex than she intended, when she becomes involved with arrogant American Ryan Hawke and his niece, Shelby – a little girl whose most heartfelt Christmas wish is for a proper family.
Will Pip keep her Christmas promise – or will it be more of a compromise, with the help of a little hope and mistletoe?