Christmas in July Book Giveaway July 20 – 31: You have a chance to win a Clean Romantic Christmas Story, Christmas in Harbor Inn Maine.
While the northern part of the world has a cold snowy Christmas, the southern has a warm sunny Christmas because the seasons are in reverse. Because of this, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Argentina have made it a tradition to celebrate Christmas in July in order to have Christmas with a winter feeling, but they will still celebrate Christmas on December 25. The first time Christmas in July was celebrated in the states was in 1933 at Camp Keystone for a girl’s summer camp in North Carolina.
Author Teresa Ives Lilly lives in Texas although she was northern born. She has been writing Christian novellas for many years. She has also authored over two hundred unit studies and written a variety of magazine articles. Her true love is writing Christian romance novellas. Her books can be seen at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Smashwords, and Lovely Christian Romance Press.
Welcome back to my blog, Teresa. Please tell us about your new Romantic Christmas novel, Christmas in Harbor Inn Maine.
When Penny Trent, Owner of Cake Time in Harbor Inn Maine, meets Kyle London, a famous writer who has come to to close down his Grandmother’s coffee shop Just a Cup, there is an immediate attraction between them.
Penny, busy cooking for the Mayor’s Christmas party, the town’s annual Bake Off and trying to persuade Kyle to keep Just a Cup open, doesn’t have time for holiday traditions or to embark on a new relationship, even if it is with the man of her dreams.
Will Kyle be able to convince Penny to enjoy the holidays and believe in his desire to get to know her better? Will Kyle and Penny be able to save the coffee shop by combining forces and find a lasting relationship by Christmas?
Where did you get your inspiration for this story?
This story was inspired when I took my 21-year-old daughter on a trip to Maine, which had been her dream since she was five years old. Several characters are based on real people we met along the way. Flo’s Hot Dogs is a real place and does have the best hotdogs in the world.
Hotdogs are one of my favorite foods. Yum! What kind of research did you do for this book?
The trip to Maine was enough. I found that along the coast there are so many quaint, small stores and squares. I just had to write about one.
Please tell us about one of the main characters in this story and what you like about him or her.
Well, honestly, I like my irritating character Allison Benner who tries to come between Penny and Kyle the best. I enjoyed writing her parts the most. She is so blinded by her own self worth that she can’t see what is going on around her until it’s too late. Sorry, Allison. Maybe I’ll write a follow up and get you someone to love….
Haha. It sounds like you’re really close to your characters. Here are some links where my readers can find you online.