This story seems like the perfect treat!
Christmas Cookies on a Cruise Ship (The Perfect Pairings Series Book 1) by Parker Fairchild released a year back in the Contemporary Romance genre.
Chemist and budding romance writer Olivia Chasen is on a cruise to avoid spending Christmas with her beautiful twin sister and new fiancé—Olivia’s ex. Now, thanks to her lonely, intoxicated ramblings on Santa’s lap, her fellow passengers think she’s in love with a fictional character.
Former Navy SEAL Commander Jace Morse has dealt with plenty of unusual situations in his career, but he’s never had the honor, the pleasure, or the privilege of being a beautiful and intelligent woman’s fantasy hero come to life. While he hasn’t officially met the sexy chemist, he’s sure eager to explore the chemistry that’s sizzling between them.
Bringing the charming SEAL together with the skeptical Olivia is going to take more than just Christmas cookies and a little help from Mrs. Claus; it’s gonna take a heaping dose of Christmas magic.
“Dr. Olivia Chasen,” Santa’s jolly baritone popped her mental fuzzy bubble.
She stopped as she struggled to whirl around. “Me?” She touched her chest with a dramatic flourish she didn’t know she possessed.
A powerful spotlight illuminated her; its heat burned her already flushed face. She pressed a clammy palm to her chest. “How do you know my name?” The haze in her mind was paralyzing all cognitive function.
“My dear girl,” Santa chuckled, “you should know by now that Santa knows everything and everyone,” he tapped an index finger to his temple.
Santa Claus turned to address the waiting line. “Girls, Boys, Moms, Dads, everyone, if you don’t mind waiting for a brief moment, I’d like for Olivia,” he pointed a white gloved finger at her, “to please come up here on stage, and tell me what she wants for Christmas.”
She stood dumbfounded as the audience and the people in line clapped and chanted her name,
“Olivia! Olivia! Olivia!”
Oh no! What was she going to do? She couldn’t possibly go up onto that stage. She was far too shy to address a theater full of people. But if she didn’t go that would be so unexciting and so like the old Olivia. But she wasn’t unexciting! She was the new Olivia, and she was exciting! And she wanted to have fun! Correction: She was determined to have fun. Besides, she’d never see these people—her fellow passengers—ever again.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Parker Fairchild is a model, social media copywriter, and freelance writer with multiple writing credits. A Virginia native, she and her husband had their own shipboard romance as they met on a cruise ship tender in Maui, and as her mom is fond of saying, “they haven’t stopped talking since.” When she’s not busy playing with words, she loves spending time with her husband and family in Arizona where she now resides.
If your story had a soundtrack, which song would it be?
“I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
What are you working on now?
I’m working on the sequel to “Christmas Cookies on a Cruise Ship,” which is the next novel in The Perfect Pairings Series.
What do your friend and family think about your being a writer?
They’re extremely proud of me and excited that I had the courage to submit my novel for publication. In fact, they’re impressed that my first submission ever was accepted for publication.
Do you outline books ahead of time or are you more of a by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer?
I have several other books written and saved on my computer. Of these, two I wrote “by-the-seat-of-my-pants,” and the other one I outlined. I’m currently working on the next book in The Perfect Pairings Series, and for that one, I’ve done an extensive outline.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Like many other writers, I’m also an avid reader, too. I also love traveling—especially cruising—and exploring new places. My hubby and I like to entertain, and being foodies, we enjoy cooking and baking together and sharing with family and friends. And speaking of entertaining, movie and game nights are always fun. On the crafty side, I knit, crochet, and lately, I’ve been getting into painting. Athletically, I’ve always been a water person who’s happy to be swimming and snorkeling.
Best song ever written.
“I Hope You Dance” written by Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers and performed by Lee Ann Womack
Pen or computer
I’m definitely a computer girl!!!
Music or silence
Depending on the difficulty, circumstance, or emotion of the scene, sometimes I like to write to music, and for other scenes, I desire silence. “Christmas Cookies on a Cruise Ship” was started to reggae and calypso music played onboard the cruise ship and finished to Christmas music and Jimmy Buffett at home.
Outline or just write
I do a little of both.
If you were an animal, which one would you be?
I’d be a giraffe because they’re smart, beautiful, and graceful.
First thought when the alarm goes off in the in the morning?
I’m ready to conquer the day!
Do you miss being a child?
I miss the innocence, simplicity, and pure joy of childhood. I think, sometimes, adults should be more like children.
Up early or sleep in
Is marriage outdated?
No, I think marriage is the perfect continuation for those who find their soulmates.
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