A LEAP INTO THE UNKNOWN by Phillipa Ashley
Hi there, First, a huge thanks to Night Owl Romance for asking me over to tell you about my new release, Dating Mr. December. I thought I’d talk about taking a leap into the unknown, because that’s what my characters have to do – and I guess it’s what I’m doing too!
Starting writing in itself was like jumping head first into a whole new world for me, not to mention showing my ‘baby’ to other people – family, friends, other writers, agents and editors.
Like anyone stepping into the unknown, I’ve gone through a whirl of emotions at every stage: excitement, anticipation – and yes – a little apprehension!
So it’s probably no surprise that Dating Mr. December is a book about two people, who have to face up their biggest fears in order to have a chance of love. Emma, the heroine of Dating Mr. December, arrives in the small Lake District community of
Bannerdale with her heart shredded after a double betrayal by her boyfriend and her boss. She’s determined to make a fresh start with a new job in a new community and for now, celibacy seems like a very tempting prospect.
Emma decides to use her skills as a top PR specialist to help the local mountain rescue team raise funds for their new base. She genuinely wants to help and deep down, this is a way she can recover some of her self-esteem.
However she hasn’t reckoned with Will, the local bad boy.
Tall, dark and ruggedly handsome, Will Tennant is definitely going to look amazing naked - but he’s also totally infuriating! He opposes Emma’s plans for the calendar and seems intent on crossing swords with her at every opportunity. He’s also a powerful man in the community, so Emma has to fight hard to get her voice heard.
Even when she succeeds in getting the calendar up and running, Will is hell bent on complicating her life.
When Emma realises that Will’s determined to get her into his bed, she’s torn. His raw sex appeal drives her crazy but she’s unwilling to get any closer to him, and worse, she begins to believe he may want more than a one night stand – can she even trust Will, or herself, even an inch?
Will has an even bigger leap of faith to make. He knows he’s got a reputation as a bad boy – and if he’s honest, he’s being living up to it! He’s physically brave and thinks nothing of risking his life to rescue other people. But when it comes to risking his emotions or exposing his vulnerability, courage fails him.
The question is, will either of them take that big step over the edge?
There’s a lot about this book that’s a first for me. It was the first novel I wrote after discovering a new passion for writing romance. It’s also my debut novel in the USA – I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I have.
I’d love to know: have you ever had to step out of your comfort zone and take a chance - and did it work?
DATING MR. DECEMBER BY PHILLIPA ASHLEY – IN STORES NOVEMBER 2010 She doesn’t need rescuing, she only needs a change of scenery...
After a disastrous discovery loses Emma Tremayne both her boyfriend and her high-profile PR job in London, she moves to the Lake District to recover her confidence and live a simpler life. She loves her new job with the tourist board, and she’s settling into small town life just fine—until she ends up responsible for a fundraising effort that calls for twelve naked mountain rescuers...
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Phillipa Ashley studied English Language and Literature at Oxford before becoming a freelance copywriter and journalist. Dating Mr. December (called Decent Exposure in the UK) was the basis of last year’s Lifetime TV Movie “The 12 Men of Christmas.”
She lives with her husband and daughter in Staffordshire, UK. For more information, please visit http://phillipa-ashley.com/, follower her on Twitter or find her on Facebook!