She’s a long way from home, and definitely not in the Christmas spirit @NicoleFlockton #holidayromance

Title: Christmas in Ghost Gum Springs

Authors: Nicole Flockton

Genre: Adult, Contemporary Holiday Romance

Published: November 4, 2018

Page Count: 98 Pages

Published by: Escape Publishing

She’s a long way from home, and definitely not in the Christmas spirit…

Diana Jenkins’ dream vacation has turned into a nightmare. First, her car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Australia. Then she’s rescued by a tall, blonde Aussie who won’t take her back to Sydney, only to the blink–and–you’ll–miss–it town of Ghost Gum Springs. Finally, the rental car company won’t be able to deliver her a new car until after the holidays. So now she’s hot, jet–lagged, and stuck in a small town just like the one she’s trying to escape. Australian small towns won’t be any different from Montana small towns, and Diana wants out.

A lover of all things Christmas, Connor Shetland is determined to bring the Christmas spirit to the small town of Ghost Gum Springs. Stepping away from his law career to run the local pub for three months is the best decision he’s ever made, and now he’s relaxed, cheerful, and ready to take on even the grinchiest of Scrooges. He just didn’t expect Scrooge to be quite so attractive.

With Diana’s mistrust of small-town life and her plans thrown awry, Connor has his work cut out for him. But Christmas miracles never come easy, but they come to those who need them the most.

 

Christmas in Ghost Gum Springs Excerpt © Nicole Flockton 2018Diana stepped out of her room the next morning. After a good night’s sleep she was ready to call the rental company and get back on the road to Sydney. Even though Fred said they probably wouldn’t be open she didn’t quite believe that. Rental companies had to work on a Saturday.

She skipped down the stairs and stopped when she saw Connor. She’d hoped her annoyance at her situation had given him an extra spark to his handsomeness. But no, if anything, he was even better looking first thing in the morning than he was last night wiping down the tables like a pro. Today he had on a pair of cargo shorts that finished just below his knee and was again wearing a snug fitting polo shirt. His muscles bulged as he lifted a box off the ground and put it on a table. A box that looked suspiciously like one of the boxes he’d had in his trunk when he’d picked her up the previous day.

‘Oh my God, please tell me you’re not putting more decorations around this place? Or the upstairs rooms.’ She shuddered at the thought of her room being ‘Christmassed’ out.

His laughter rumbled across the room. A warmth began to form in her belly and spread out, heating areas she’d sworn had been frozen up from Grandma Mary-Lou’s habit of emasculating every man who’d tried to date her after college. Not that there were many in Packenridge, most usually kept away from her. Not to mention after what she went through during her senior year of high school. Just because Connor was being nice didn’t mean anything. Remember, once burned twice as shy.

She so didn’t need this inconvenient attraction to Connor Shetland. It was too much of a risk. The sooner she got out of this place the safer she’d be.

‘Diana? Did you hear me? Do you want to come?’

The sound of Connor’s voice practically in her ear jolted her back to the present. ‘Pardon?’

Again he laughed, this time she didn’t let it overpower her sense of hearing and focused on a spot over his shoulder while he spoke to her. ‘You didn’t hear a word I said, did you? Is this a normal habit for you?’

Indignation rose up inside of her at the suggestion she was ‘flaky’. She was the least flaky person on the planet. Although around him, she couldn’t deny he caused her to lose her equilibrium. ‘No, it’s not and I’m still…’ She tried to clutch onto a reason for her supposed flakiness.

‘Jetlagged?’

‘Yes.’ She practically shouted the word, even though it wasn’t anywhere near the truth. ‘It’s a long flight to Australia from the United States.’

‘Right.’ How he managed to inject a wealth of scepticism in five little letters she had no idea, but he did.

‘You were saying?’ She pointed to the box on the table.

‘I’m packing up some decorations to take to the local doctor’s surgery. They’re not open today, but Cindy has agreed to meet me there. I wanted to know if you’d like to come with me and meet her. She’s nice and friendly. I think you’ll like her.’

An irrational spark of jealousy pierced her belly, deflating the bubble of desire his laughter had caused. Who was this Cindy? Was she his girlfriend? Is that why she was opening the practice especially for him?

USA Today Bestselling author Nicole Flockton writes sexy contemporary romances, seducing you one kiss at a time as you turn the pages. Nicole likes nothing better than taking characters and creating unique situations where they fight to find their true love.

On her first school report her teacher noted “Nicole likes to tell her own stories”. It wasn’t until after the birth of her first child and after having fun on a romance community forum that she finally decided to take the plunge and write a book.

Apart from writing Nicole is busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and two fabulous kids. She also enjoys watching sports and, of course, reading.

 

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