|AUTHOR LAURA SIMCOX|
Ah, the holidays!
You either cringe the minute you start seeing cheap snowmen figurines displayed in the ‘seasonal’ aisle at your local drugstore…or you clap your hands with glee. At the risk of being smacked, I must admit that I’m in the latter category. I tend to float through the season with pumpkin bread in the oven and a smile on my face, hoping desperately for snow (which doesn’t fall much in my part of North Carolina).
I love snowy holidays. So much so—that when I began writing my contemporary romantic comedy, Ivy Entwined—I decided to set it in upstate New York, when a nice snowfall could logically already be on the ground as the Thanksgiving turkey hits the table. And so it is—and so it continues throughout the story. Ivy Entwined is packed full of swirling snow and blossoming romance.
My story of love during the holidays is about smart, funny Ivy Callahan, who has returned to her small hometown of Celebration, NY to fill her father’s shoes as the new mayor. Celebration, despite its name, doesn’t have a whole lot to celebrate. The biggest business is closed. Smaller businesses are, too. Unemployment is rampant. But one thing the town does have is a holiday spirit—Celebration loves festivals, parades and any reason to make merry.
A very tall, suave and handsome reason comes in the form of Marcus Weaver, who has targeted Celebration as a new location for a giant box store. He intends to build it, open it and then get out of the town that holds nothing for him but bad memories. But once he sees Ivy, all bets are off, because he doesn’t want to leave, even though she is tough as nails about his plan.
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Ivy vows that her high school crush on Marcus will not affect her…not the least little bit—because his plan will kill what’s left of the downtown—right when she’s planning a renewal project. But Marcus is a consummate charmer and as the holidays go into full swing in Celebration, sparks fly between them even as the snow continues to fall.
What’s more fun that love blooming at Christmas time? Throw in a cast of wacky characters, including Ivy’s snarky ex-fiancé and her potty-mouthed, match-making grandma—and this holiday in Celebration is one to remember. Stop by the downtown for the annual Christmas festival. Come over to the Callahan’s house for an ugly Christmas sweater party. (Just be careful of the punch…it’s spiked!) And take a first row seat to experience Ivy and Marcus do battle—both for the town and for each other’s hearts.
Happy Romantic Holidays, everyone! ~Laura Simcox
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