A Hero’s Heart by Amber Daulton, Meet the Author, and #christmasatvivis

You know, when my son is hard to reason with, when he states his opinion so firmly, and when I have a hard time to make him do whatever I’m asking (he’s 5, so the topic are still pretty tame –yes, you have to shower. No, there are no treasures inside your nose so you might want to stop rummaging for them with your fingers. Peas are vegetables, not marbles, and so on). Still, he’s hardly swayed if he doesn’t want to do something. It drives me nuts, but at the same time, I hope he will keep the attitude. Wild, irresponsible boys turn into ballsy men if they are taught well (which I hope I’m not royally screwing it up). All this to say that I like what I read that kind of evolution in a Hero, and today’s hero is exactly like that. PS: the tag line. The tag line, people.

The book is A Hero’s Heart by Amber Daulton, a Romantic Suspense.

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Ten years ago, Jarrett Brandt left home and abandoned everyone of importance. After a hard reality check, the irresponsible young man matured into a ballsy DEA agent with a kickass Harley Davidson and a million-dollar bounty on his head. Ordered by his superior officer to take refuge at a safe house just days before Christmas, he headed back home to Washington State, instead, to make peace with his deceased brother’s memory.

Marissa Reinn Brandt never expected to see Jarrett again. Best friends since childhood and lovers as teenagers, immaturity, over-demanding parents and illicit drugs ripped them apart. Now a successful chef at a posh restaurant, the young widow and her son offered Jarrett a place to stay for the holiday. Even though she expected nothing from her former lover—the twin brother of the man she married—fate intervened.

As Jarrett and Marissa rekindled the flames of love and lust that once bound them together, an enemy from his past and a trusted mentor from his present vied their time in the snowy dark and threatened to destroy everyone he held dear. He needed a Christmas miracle to save his family and the love of a good woman to heal his battered heart. Nothing, no one, would stand in the way of his second chance with Marissa. Come hell or high water, he would cherish her body and her heart for all time.

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Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through The Wild Rose Press and Books to Go Now, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats.

I asked Amber about her favorite Christmas tradition, and here’s what she told me.

Is decorating the Tree at the Daulton House!

My husband, Greg, and I have been together for about thirteen years, so we’ve celebrated a lot of holidays together. Christmas is our second favorite holiday (Halloween ranks as number one), and we’ve started a little family tradition that we do almost every winter season.

Early in December, we pick a day and put aside everything else in our lives to decorate the house and tree. Since we don’t like the idea of cutting down a tree or buying one from a tree farm, we always put up an artificial tree in order to save a real tree’s life. It’s so sad seeing dying Fir trees discarded on the roadside after the holiday, but I digress… Anyway, I always bake cookies or fudge that morning, so the house smells delicious. We have a DVD box-set of old cartoons from the 1940s and ’50s, so we play the cartoons on the TV for background noise as we go through tons of Christmas boxes and decide what decorations to put up.

The cats then investigate and creep into the messy living room. We have four precious furballs—cough-cough, kitty hellions—and they love to knock the balls around, snag the garland and run through the house with it, and climb the tree. At first, the mischievous cats are pretty cute, but we eventually have to grab the water bottle and squirt them to save the glass balls and to keep all our hard work from ending up in a mess of broken glass and little fibers on the floor.

After a few hours, the tree is beautiful and twinkling like hundreds of diamonds. Large fancy wreaths are hanging on every outside door, and smaller wreaths are decorating each window. Six colorful, fuzzy stockings are on the wall. Greg and I don’t have children, so we baby our cats and give them lots of Christmas treats.

Once we clean up the house and return everything we didn’t use to the storage room, we break out the milk and indulge in the yummy baked goods as we watch Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer—the 1964 version some of you may remember watching on TV as kids. The cats get some milk, too, and they cuddle with us on the sofa.

We always look forward to this laidback activity and hope to continue it for years to come.

Amber lives in North Carolina with her husband and four demanding cats. Feel free to visit her at, or here:

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