Welcome to Blood, Sweat and Word’s first, annual Christmas show. Today we are chatting with three Vancouver Island authors:
me – Jo-Ann Carson
Sit back and enjoy.
Award winning author Jacqui Nelson has a rich background to draw on as a writer. Her love for historical romance with adventure, grit and passion came from watching Western movies while growing up on a cattle farm in Alberta, which is in northern Canada. She says she had the best childhood imaginable.
Jacqui focused on computer programming in university and worked for years number crunching in the business industry. She moved into animation and worked on Harry Potter computer games. [how cool is that]
Then she started writing. She now splits her time between writing and working part-time at one of the most popular bookstores in Victoria.
- Christmas memories of growing up in snowy Alberta with 2 1/2 TV stations
- the Mail Order Brides shared world series
- how she creates characters and plots
- her favorite drink from the Christmas Market in Germany
Fall in love with a new Old West… where the men are steadfast & the women are adventurous. You’ll find Wild West scouts, spies, cardsharps, wilderness guides, and trick-riding superstars in my stories. Those are my heroines. Wait till you meet my heroes! My love for historical romance adventures with grit and passion came from watching Western movies while growing up on a cattle farm in northern Canada. I’ve been nominated for over 20 awards and won the RWA® Golden Heart® — but my best reward is hearing from readers who have enjoyed my stories.
Jacqui’s Christmas Books
Who’s the perfect match for a flame-haired Welsh tomboy who loves driving wagons?
Raised by three free-spirited older brothers, Robyn Llewellyn has learned to fight for what she wants—and now she wants to transform her boss and best friend, Max Peregrine, into a life-long partner. Determined to become the image of what a marriage-minded man wants, Robyn trades her trousers for a dress and heads to Max’s hometown of Noelle, Colorado. But changing who she is with the help of the now happily-married Brides of Noelle puts her friendship with Max at risk.
Who’s the perfect match for a work-addicted Denver business owner who loves his independence?
Defying his brother and grandpa’s wishes for him to stay with them in Noelle, Max Peregrine has created his dream job—leading a highly successfully branch of Peregrines’ Post while working beside the only person who makes him smile every day. But when Robyn leaves without a word, Max follows her to Noelle where the choices they both must face could make it impossible for them to stay together beyond Christmas day.
Inspired by My Fair Lady, The Gift of the Magi, and the spirit of gift giving, Robyn: A Christmas Bride is a classic Western historical love story set in a small town high in the mountains during Christmas 1877.
The Calling Birds: The Fourth Day
The 12 Days of Christmas Mail-Order Brides series
Many years have passed since Bernadette Bellamy fled the Cariboo Gold Rush and her reputation as the sister of a French-Canadian gang of thieves. Armed with only an honest talent for sewing and a willingness to lead a solitary life on the run, she stays one step ahead of everyone seeking her brothers’ last—and now lost—heist. Until a craving to settle down makes her reinvent herself as Birdie Bell, a dress shop owner. The arrival of an old foe combined with her desire to hold onto her treasure trove of fabrics has Birdie joining a wagonload of brides bound for a remote town.
After losing his leg and his wife, Jack Peregrine buries his pain under a mountain-high pile of work. He only agrees to sign up for a mail-order bride to save the town of Noelle, keep his freighting business, and care for his absentminded grandfather. But Jack’s request for a sturdy bride who won’t crumble under his burdens brings him a woman as tiny as she is troubled. Can two mismatched people band together to become the perfect match?
A wanted woman’s flight, a man in pursuit of honesty, not stolen gold…and only nine days left to save the town.
The 12 Days of Christmas Mail-Order Bridesseries blurb (if it can be used) …
Twelve men. Twelve brides. Twelve days to save a town.
Christmas, 1876: Noelle, Colorado is in danger of becoming a ghost town if the railroad decides to bypass the mountaintop mining community. Determined to prove their town is thriving, twelve men commit to ordering brides before the railroad’s deadline six days into the New Year.
Each of the twelve women has her own reason for signing up to become a mail-order bride. But after they arrive in the uncivilized settlement, they aren’t so sure they’ve made the right decision. Neither are the grooms.
Will the marriages happen in time to save Noelle? The countdown starts on Christmas Day.
Jacqui’s Special Christmas Drink
I love Glühwein (the hot mulled wine traditionally found at German Christmas markets) but I’ve never made it. I’ve just had it at markets. Now after finding a recipe, maybe I’ll be inspired to try making it at home.
Award-winning author, Judith Hudson, lives on Canada’s wild west coast. her Fortune Bay Series, focuses on relationships, between friends and families in a small town, and each story has its own happy ending. Her Pacific Northwest setting is based on Honeymoon Bay, a logging town on Vancouver Island, but she changed its name to Fortune Bay and moved it to the Olympic Peninsula to, shall we say, protect the innocent.
Besides being a talented writer, Judith is an artist and photographer with a Fine Arts Degree. Her understanding of cover design is amazing, so I’m really happy to talk with her about that as well as Christmas.
IT’S STAR’S TURN TO SHINE!
When Star’s van, her childhood home and only inheritance from her mother, broke down in Fortune Bay, she thought her mother had guided her to this warm, friendly place. But now, one year later, she still hasn’t figured out why. Her job at the café certainly isn’t a reason to stay, and although everyone here is very nice, so far she hasn’t met anyone really—special.
Now she’s moving into the Murphy’s cabin and couldn’t help noticing that everyone who lives there seems to find their happily ever after — even if it isn’t exactly what they’d thought it would be.
Harry Brewster has ended up in Fortune Bay too — a place he’d never expected to be. He’s kept his old buddy Marshall’s band on the road for 20 years, and although the life was getting old and he’s starting to look forward to settling down, does it have to be here, in Fortune Bay?
He’s never been the one in the band to get the girls, and although there had been a few women in his life over the years, there had never been anyone like Star. She was the yin to his yang and just might be the one to help this bottled-up business man slow down and smell the incense.
Starlight and Tinsel – available as an e-book or paperback on Amazon.
Whatever you believe, wherever you live … I wish you unlimited joy and infinite fun! May this holiday season revive your spirit.
Here are my three Christmas stories. They are free on Amazon and The Highlander is free across platforms (Universal Book Link). My gift to you. Merry Christmas.