Publisher: Elyse Douglas (September 15, 2015)
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Holiday Romance, Christmas novel
Tour Date: Oct & Nov, 2015
Available in: ebook, 183 Pages
A First Love. A Second Chance.
A young widow travels to New York on business a few days before Christmas. She has reluctantly made a date with a lover she hasn’t seen in 20 years, and she is nervous and apprehensive. Twenty years before, she made a difficult decision that has both troubled and haunted her ever since. She knows she’s about to come face-to-face with her past and she’s hoping for some redemption and resolution. She also wonders if she can somehow pick up where she left off 20 years ago and start again.
An exciting chance encounter changes everything. Now, not only will she face the past with hope to rekindle an old romance, but there is the possibility that this chance meeting will bring her love and happiness she never thought possible.
Once again, she will have to choose. She will have to make the right decision. She will have to believe that Christmas miracles can still happen.
Interview with the Author:
What initially got you interested in writing?
Reading! Always wanting to share a story that was bouncing around in my head. Then came the thrill of exploring emotions, words and characters and taking a journey of discovery.
How did you decide to make the move into being a published author?
Although Doug and I had literary agents when we first began, and our novels were submitted to several publishing houses, we found the process slow, confusing and long. Once the opportunities for digital publishing became available, being the independent types that we are, we decided to go the Indy route. We like having control over the writing, the book cover, the marketing and the publishing timeframe. We like the challenge of doing it all.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
First and foremost we want readers to be entertained and uplifted.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
Exploring themes, characters and story, and connecting with readers.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
To face the blank page every day, and to write down and express, authentically, the feelings, emotions and ideas that live in your head, so that the reader can inhabit that world and be entertained, surprised and uplifted.
What advice would you give to people who want to enter the field?
There is no magical formula for being a writer. As in every other field, if you want to do it, you study, practice, learn and do it. Writing can be hard, frustrating and challenging work. It can also be thrilling, enlightening and magical.
If you feel the call to be a writer, then write—preferable 6 days a week. Allow yourself the freedom to explore and take chances. Find a genre or a style that you love and just go for it. Enjoy the ride, for as Ralph Waldo Emerson said about life (paraphrasing) It’s more about the journey than the destination.
What ways can readers connect with you?
Praise for Christmas Diary by Elyse Douglas:
“The Christmas Diary is a tender hearted story of one woman’s journey of self-discovery and finding true love that will pull at your emotional heartstrings. The authors weave an inspirational tale written in the third person narrative, that draws the reader into Alice and Jack’s lives, and the issues that they’ve faced: love and loss, questioning one’s life choices, and the decision of which road/path is best to take in one’s life.
This is a wonderful story that has a meaningful message within the storyline that will touch your heart. The authors’ descriptive writing style is phenomenal: the characters are realistic and down-to-earth people whose emotions, dialogue and interactions are palpable, you can feel the range of highs and lows that they endure. The reader is transported to the picturesque holiday setting of the Pennsylvania towns of Eden Grove and Meadow Green.
This captivating story has a mixture of mystery, tender romance, and a supernatural twist that makes The Christmas Diary a compelling and entertaining story that will warm your heart.”- Kathleen, Jersey Girl Book Review
“If you are a fan of Richard Paul Evans novels then you definitely want to grab The Christmas Diary. This is a super quick read that you pick up on a Saturday afternoon and devour in one sitting. One glorious afternoon sitting.
It is a story of love and changes with a paranormal twist.
I adored this book. It was quick and simple and really perfect. I loved how everything was tied together through a ghost.
A quick holiday read that makes me think of Lifetime and Hallmark channel movies.”- Andrea Guy, A Chick Who Reads
” The Christmas Diary” is a nice smooth read filled with emotions and a touch of the paranormal world. Elyse pens her characters well developed, believable and lovable in this Christmas romance story. Highly recommended for all who love a nice enjoyable romance tale.”- Susan Peck, My Cozie Corner
Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the husband and wife writing team of Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse’s mother was a painter and her father a textile consultant. Elyse began writing poems and short stories at an early age, and graduated with a degree in English Literature. Douglas grew up in a family of musicians, astrologers and avid readers. His great grandfather lived to be a 134 years old, and was the oldest man in the world when he died in 1922.
Some of Elyse Douglas’ novels include: The Other Side of Summer, Christmas for Juliet, Wanting Rita, The Christmas Diary, The Christmas Bridge and The Summer Diary. They live in New York City.
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