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Friday, December 28, 2012

Guest Post with Author Hope Tarr and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome author Hope Tarr to RFTC. Hope is celebrating the release of her novella A Cinderella Christmas Carol and has stopped by to chat. Please give Hope a warm welcome.

Hope Tarr is the award-winning author of twenty historical and contemporary romances including OPERATION CINDERELLA, the launch to her new “Suddenly Cinderella” series of contemporary fairytale-themed romances. Hope is also a co-founder and current principal of Lady Jane’s Salon™, New York City’s first and so far only monthly romance fiction reading series now with satellites in four other U.S. cities.

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Happily Ever After and Home for the Holidays – Now What?
by Hope Tarr

Part of the great fun of writing a series such as Suddenly Cinderella is that, as the author, I needn’t let go of beloved characters after only one book. The hero and heroine of the series launch can stick around as supporting cast for subsequent books, taking a turn at waiving the fairy god friend wand. Former friends, including quirky girl sidekicks and nice guys next door get their own shot at center stage—and Happily Ever After.

A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS, the second installment of my Suddenly Cinderella Series for Entangled Publishing, opens on December 24th, Christmas Eve, picking up where OPERATION CINDERELLA left off. Two months have passed. Newlyweds Macie and Ross, my opposites’ attract lovers from OPERATION CINDERELLA, are cuddled up in their Washington, DC condo for their first holiday season as a married couple. Ross’s teenage daughter, Samantha—Sam—has moved in with them full-time. All is right with the world…Or so it should be.

Only Macie can’t get Cynthia “Starr” Starling out of her mind. Macie’s quitting On Top Magazine and jettisoning “Operation Cinderella” has left her on the outs with her former friend and managing editor. As a holiday peace offering, she sends Starr a pair of vintage Saks Fifth Avenue shoes. The shoes, originally worn by a glamorous Hollywood film siren, are said to bring lasting love to the wearer. They certainly seem to have worked their magic for Macie! The gift is more than a peace offering. It is Macie’s way of paying it forward.

What not even Macie knows is that Christmas Day is also Starr’s birthday, her thirty-fifth. Starr would really like to receive the sexy art director, Matt Landry, for her holiday birthday--gift wrap and clothing both optional. Only along with being seven years’ younger, Matt is her employee—and intra-office dating at the Manhattan-based magazine is a major no-no.

Can a visiting Christmas ghost guide and a mojo-packing pair of shoes turn this set-in-her-ways Scrooge into a Cinderella in time for True Love? Enjoy this excerpt from A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS CAROL.
Wishing everyone a holiday season brimming with mistletoe moments and fairytale dreams come true.

That evening, while cramming papers into her laptop case in preparation for leaving, Starr had had the sudden disconcerting sense of being watched. She’d looked up—and found Landry standing in her open office doorway, his intense hazel eyes stroking over her, the shifting sands of his irises caressing her face. The times when he showed up unexpectedly, and her guard was down and her will weak, the brilliance of his beauty seemed to burn her aquamarine eyes to ash and drain the last drop of moisture from her mouth.

“What is it, Landry?” she’d snapped, and immediately felt the hot sting of a blush strike her cheeks, her redhead’s porcelain complexion, as always, a dead giveaway.

He’d hesitated, the florescent hallway lights haloing his shoulder-length hair—the wavy chestnut locks freed from his customary work ponytail. “A group of us is going for drinks. You know, chill out and celebrate tomorrow being a holiday. I—we—were wondering if you might want to come with.”

She’d shoved a copper-colored curl out of her eyes and let out a brittle laugh to cover her heart’s wild drumming. “And risk being lynched? I don’t think so. Thanks but no thanks.”

It might be Christmas week but the magazine world had already moved on to Valentine’s. As the month of hearts and flowers, February was their single biggest seller of subscriptions and generator of ad revenue. It was also scarily behind schedule, and with Macie’s replacement yet to be found, Starr was seriously short-staffed on the editorial side. To make up the missed time, she’d told her entire team, including Landry, to be back in the office on December twenty-sixth. She’d never been exactly popular with her people, but the tough decision to curtail Christmas vacations had hefted the bar toward hate.

The December holiday-themed issue had come out weeks ago. She mentally ticked off the article titles and taglines. Cuddling up on Christmas Eve, Latest Lingerie Trends and Mistletoe Must-Haves, What to Wear (and NOT to Wear) to Sleigh Him on New Year’s Eve, and, of course, the latest reworked take on what was pretty much every month’s anchor story: sex. Hanukkah Hankie Panky and Christmas Canoodling: Seven Sexy Secrets to Have Him Ho-Ho-Hoing in the Sack. Imagining canoodling with Landry beneath a brightly lit Christmas tree—the silken feel of his taut, Florida-tanned flesh bared and rippling beneath her fingertips, her wearing skimpy scarlet lingerie and five fewer pounds—shot a quiver of desire through her.

“The way you’re smiling, Ms. S, you must be planning on some serious celebrating for sure.” Her doorman’s comment called her back to the moment.

Starr spied the knowing smile on Jimmie’s face and felt hers flame. “My plans aren’t anyone’s business.”


There’s nothing On Top managing editor Cynthia “Starr” Starling hates more than Christmas. With an important deadline looming, plus her dreaded Christmas Day birthday, Starr just wants the holiday to end. But when she wakes up Christmas Eve night to the ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Future—all in the form of the super-hot Matt Landry, the new art director—she knows she’s in for a long night.

Matt is the one person on Starr’s team she can’t boss around and the only one she doesn’t need to. He’s also her employee and totally off limits, even if he does seem interested. Though he’s seven years younger and all kinds of forbidden fruit, he’s the form the Powers That Be decided she’d be receptive to.

Because they have a message for her: learn the true meaning of Christmas spirit or risk being alone for the rest of her life.

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25 comments :

  1. No not really but cinderalla isn't my favorite farytale either

    happy holidays

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  2. i dont have a cinderella themed book that i like especially but i DID live 'ever after' the movie w/ drew barrymore in it

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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    2. I saw EVER AFTER in the theaters and have watched it a few times since. I enjoy it every time but then Dougray Scott as the charming prince was eminently easy on the eyes. ;)

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  3. Ever After was done fairly well :) I liked that one

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  4. I like an old movie with Jerry Lewis called Cinderfella. It is hilarious. I also like the Disney Cinderella version as do my 3 girls. Can't wait to read these books. You're a new author to me.
    Happy Holidays,
    lorih824@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks, I hope you enjoy the series.

      I just tucked the new Blu-ray DVD release of the Disney "Cinderella" animated film in a gift bag giveaway for my winner from a previous promo. Now I'm kind of regretting not picking up a copy for myself, too.

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  5. I read Operation Cinderella and loved it. I would love to read A Cinderella Christmas Carol.

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    1. Thanks, Ann. So if you win, we'll figure out how to gift you the Xmas novella instead. :)

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  6. no favorite Cinderella book

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  7. The whole idea of Cinderella is so appealing. I read Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Very good.

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  8. would LOVE to win & read!
    PICK ME
    PicardsMom at yahoo dot com

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    1. It's all in the "hands" of the random number generator, I'm afraid. As they say in THE HUNGER GAMES, may the odds be with you. :)

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  9. I'm with the others above on the movie Ever After. It will always be one of my favorites.

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  10. THANKS HOPE CINDERELLA SOUNDS AWESOME!

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  11. I don't have a favorite Cinderella themed book but Ever After was a great twist on the story in film form!

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  12. I really enjoyed Jerry Lewis's film, Cinderfella, and Drew Barrymore's Ever After.

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  13. I don't have a favourite Cinderella themed book.

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  14. Not really but I do like the movie Happy Ever After with Drew Barrymore as Cinderella.

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  15. I don't have a favorite Cinderella themed book.

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  16. I don't recall reading any Cinderella tales lately ... but excerpt from your book looks good!

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  17. Its been awhile since ive read one. Im drawing a blank. I dont think i have a favorite.

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  18. I don't have a favorite one. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  19. Not so much a novel (because I can't think of any Cinderella theme novels right now) but my guilty pleasure is Hilary Duff's A Cinderella Story lol

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  20. I loved Seducing Cinderella! Definitely my favorite Cinderella read but that's the only Cinderella type of books I've read.

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