Please help me welcome Callie Hutton. Author of Run for Love.
I Want More…
My husband reads books like “The Crimean War,” “Moby Dick,” and “The History of the World.” Yes, I know. Let’s not go there.
You can imagine my surprise when he asked to read one of my books. So far, he listened with interest when I discussed plots, characters, etc., and even offered advice. But never had he indicated he would like to read one. So it was with a great deal of trepidation that I handed over the manuscript for my Historical romance, A Wife By Christmas.
After reading it, he paid me the biggest compliment I’d had so far. He didn’t want it to end. Wow. Stunned doesn’t begin to cover it. But, it did make me think about sequels. A Wife By Christmas is a sequel to A Run For Love, another Historical romance that released from Soul Mate Publishing on November 23rd.
I find when I really enjoy a book, I feel a little lost when it ends. I want to see the characters again, find out more about them, more about their life now that they resolved whatever problems they’d had in the book. So sequels appeal to me.
In A Run For Love Tori has four nieces and nephews. Why I picked Ellie, the youngest, to begin the sequels is easily answered. I took an online class where I used Ellie and Max for various scenes I had to write for the class. So when I decided to do a Christmas novella, it made sense to use some of what I’d already written.
A Wife By Christmas is a funny, romantic romp around Christmas time. Max Colbert is the new Principal of the Logan County High School in Guthrie, Oklahoma in 1906. Ellie Henderson is one of his teachers. Max is stiff necked, precise, and orderly. Ellie is a mess. She’s disaster waiting to happen, and active in all the interests he finds inappropriate for teachers. But when he decided to try to get her married to get her out of his school and his life, he finds no one seems worthy of her. What a conundrum. Especially when his attraction to the woman gets in the way of his life plan.
Max Colbert glared at the woman perched on the edge of the chair across from him. History teacher Ellie Henderson had been a thorn in his side the size of the Oklahoma sky ever since he’d been appointed principal of Logan County High School three months ago.
She sat there, humming. Humming! His gut twisted and he clenched his jaw. Drat the woman for being so unconcerned while he fumed. It was important to get his emotions under control, needed his years of experience to kick in. He took a deep breath and leaned forward.
“Miss Henderson, your unapproved activities have gone too far. I am going to have to fire you.”
Ellie’s right eyebrow rose, meeting him glare for glare. “No. You can’t.”
“Yes I can, and I am.” Blood rushed to his face.
She stood and placed both palms on his desk, and leaned in. “I will tell my Uncle Jesse.”
Max pushed his chair back and got to his feet. He moved close enough to see the light dusting of freckles across her nose. “It won’t make any difference.”
“It will if you plan to be Territorial Superintendent of Schools.” They were now almost nose-to-nose.
Beads of sweat broke out on his forehead. “I will get that job on my own merit.”
“Not without Senator Jesse Cochran’s endorsement.” Her hazel eyes narrowed.
His jaw tightened, his mouth working as if to say something. Then like a rag doll, he collapsed into his seat and leaned back, eyes closed. “Miss Henderson, you are a pebble in my shoe.”
“And you, Mr. Colbert, are a horse’s behind.”
He opened one eye. She again sat primly on the edge of her seat, adjusting her skirts. The two red dots on her cheeks the only indication of her anger.
“You may leave now,” he said through gritted teeth.
Ellie bowed her head slightly. “As you wish.” She stood, smoothed back the hair always loose from her bun. With head held high, she sailed from the room, closing the door softly. Her skirt stuck in the door. She re-opened it, yanked the skirt and banged the door shut.
Max winced at the sound, his left eye twitched.
If you enjoyed this taste of Max and Ellie, please visit http://www.soulmatepublishing.com where the book is currently for sale. Also check out A Run for Love, the book that started it all.
You can visit me at http://www.calliehutton.com
I’d love to hear from you. And hear what you think of sequels.
Also, all commenters will receive a chance to win a free download of A Wife By Christmas.