This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces the story.
About the AuthorHeather Hiestand was born in Illinois, but her family migrated west before she started school. Since then she has claimed Washington State as home, except for a few years in California. She wrote her first story at age seven and went on to major in creative writing at the University of Washington. Her first published fiction was a mystery short story, but since then it has been all about the many flavors of romance. Heather's first published romance short story was set in the Victorian period and she continues to return, fascinated by the rapid changes of the nineteenth century. The author of many novels, novellas, and short stories, she is a bestseller at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. With her husband and son, she makes her home in a small town and supposedly works out of her tiny office, though she mostly writes in her easy chair in the living room. She also writes as Anh Leod.
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Interview with Heather Hiestand
Why did you write this book?
I have been dancing around the Christmas season in a few of my Redcakes series books and wanted to make sure I had a proper Christmas read to round out the series. When you have books that involve so many baked goods, the holidays are a perfect time of year to embrace! I also wanted to make sure Lewis Noble, my hero, had a happy ending, after being shot down romantically in The Marquess of Cake, Redcakes #1. He's become a reader favorite character. My heroine, Victoria Courtnay, has also had rough luck in romance and I wanted her to have a love story.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I've been a romance reader since about 1993. I dabble-read in everything, but primarily read romance. I like books that uplift me and have positive messages. I don't need that much reality in my fiction! Give me true love any day.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Kivrin from Connie Willis's Doomsday Book. This is such a powerful read and makes me cry. Kivrin is a time traveler to the time of the Black Death.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I just did plotting for Trifling Favors, which will be the seventh Redcakes book. I'll be writing that in early 2015. I've also plotted the first book in a new series for my editor's consideration, and I continue to work on another idea when I have time, set earlier in the nineteenth century than the Redcakes series. My next release will be in August 2015. That is Wedding Matilda, the sixth Redcakes book.
Please tell us about your latest book.
The sweetest gift is the hardest to unwrap. . .
Lady Victoria Allen-Hill never dreamed she'd be a widow at twenty-one--let alone a virgin. Her father insists that she attend a matchmaking house party in the snow-covered seaside town of Pevensey in hopes she'll find a suitable husband. But for Victoria, it's an opportunity to indulge in a passionate affair--and the handsome inventor she meets at the Christmas Eve masquerade ball may be just the man for the job. . .
Lewis Noble is the cousin of London's famed Redcake sisters, so it almost stands to reason that he's just as irresistible as one of their sugar-iced pastries. Lewis catches the eye of every woman at the party--but Victoria is the only one who catches his. He won't be tied down in her father's business, but watching other men court her amid a flurry of engagements ignites a jealousy he's never felt before. A dose of honesty may be just the thing to mend their broken hearts--for many holidays to come. . .
About the Book
Title Christmas Delights
Genre Historical Romance
Author Heather Hiestand
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
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