by: Kaylie Newell
Series: The Cole Brothers
Genre: Contemporary Christmas Romance
Release Date: October 28, 2020
Publisher: Tule Publishing
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Can a rescue dog help two lost souls find love at Christmas?
All accountant Griffin Cole wants for Christmas is stability. After spending his childhood traveling the world with his one-hit wonder rocker dad, he loves his quiet and unremarkable life in Marietta. Then the beautiful Raelyssa Woods knocks on his door. Her bold spirit immediately turns his predictable life upside down, and suddenly Griffin wants to ask Santa for so much more.
Rae Woods loves running her café in the small Montana town she calls home. She specializes in comfort food because she loves spreading joy to everyone she meets—two-footed or four. But after she impulsively takes in a homeless dog she names Noel, her big heart lands her in bigger trouble when her landlord threatens to toss her out. Grasping at holiday straws, she remembers a cute accountant who owes her a favor—and she happens to know he’s got a fenced yard and hidden soft spot.
When Griffin reluctantly agrees to foster Noel, he inadvertently sets in motion several Christmas miracles that neither he nor Rae could have ever seen coming.
Hi, Kim! Thank you so much for having me. I’m doing well, gearing up for the holidays, which I can’t believe have snuck up on us so fast.
I know! It seems like the rest of the year has been really slow. But once November came, the time just seemed to start flying by. Your newest release is Montana Christmas Magic. It’s the first book in your Cole Brothers series. What can you tell me about the book and the series itself?
This is a series about three brothers who were sent as pre-teens to live with their aunt in the small Montana town of Marietta. Their father was a famous rock star who had a huge Christmas hit in the nineties, but all they wanted as kids was normalcy. Fast forward twenty years, and the Cole brothers are all grown up, but have lingering issues from their childhood that they’ll have to overcome. Griffin’s story, Montana Christmas Magic, is about learning how to open your heart, and rediscover the magic of the holiday season.
I have to say I love that Griffin is an accountant. What else can you tell me about him and heroine Raelyssa Woods?
Well, I really pictured Griffin as a sexy Clark Kent-type. In fact, there are a few superman references thrown in there for good measure. ;) Even though he’s the son of a rock star, he wants nothing to do with that hard and fast lifestyle. He’s perfectly happy going to work in a blazer and tie, and crunching numbers for a living. That is, until he meets Rae Woods, grilled cheese food truck owner, and dog-lover extraordinaire. Rae will start to thaw Griffin’s frosty heart, and will remind him of all the reasons Christmas is so magical (and fun!). Things he’s forgotten along the way.
Aside from Griffin and Rae, the other important character in the book is Noel. Tell me about him/her.
Noel is a foster dog (more specifically, a big, goofy Bloodhound) that Rae is determined to re-home before Christmas. The only problem is, her grumpy landlord refuses to let her keep Noel long enough to do that. So she asks a certain cute accountant for a favor. She knows Griffin Cole has a fenced yard, and a hidden soft spot. Noel will end up teaching them both about love and loyalty, and following your heart.
Can you tell me about one of your favorite scenes from the book, and why is it a favorite?
I really loved the first kiss scene. It was a kiss under “mistletoe coercion” (Rae and Griffin were grabbing a cup of hot chocolate from Copper Mountain Chocolate Shop and a nosy neighbor saw the mistletoe above their heads). So they kissed, but it was quick and awkward, and kind of embarrassing. So Griffin will of course want to make up for it immediately. Their second kiss-outside, standing in the snow, underneath the stars-isn’t so quick. Or awkward.
Oh, sounds good. Can you tell me a fun fact or two about Montana Christmas Magic?
The entire book was inspired by a local grilled cheese food truck we have here called The Melt. I asked for permission to use their name in my book, they said yes, and a Christmas story was born! I wanted Rae to specialize in comfort foods, and what better way to do that, than operate a mobile grilled cheese unit??
Did you find any scene or scenes, in particular, to be hard to write? If so, can you tell me about it/them?
The dark moment is always a little tough to write. Griffin is so used to keeping people at an arm’s length, that Rae has a hard time reaching him. In the end, his rock star dad will help him see the light by reminding him about what’s most important in life-and that’s love. At least, that’s what Griffin will come to believe.
How do you get into the Christmas mood to write a Christmas story when it’s not Christmas time?
I wrote this book in the middle of summer, in the midst of quarantine, so it was really hard to get into the holiday spirit, to say the least. But luckily, I have a pretty active imagination, so once I got writing, I got lost in Marietta and all things Christmas. (It helped to have the air conditioning turned down really looow.)
What can readers look forward to from you next?
The next book in my Cole Brothers Series will be coming out early next year! It’s called Montana Rancher’s Kiss, and is Brooks’ story (Griffin’s older brother).
Kaylie, thank you for answering some questions for me.
Thanks so much, I enjoyed it. And happy holidays!
Happy holidays to you too.
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