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Sleigh Bells with Sarah Morgan

sarahmorganI was first introduced to British sensation, Sarah Morgan through my former Harlequin Presents editor, Kim Young.  I’d already worked with Kim on a number of books when she began mentioning Sarah Morgan to me, and so the next time Sarah had a book out, I bought it, and I immediately saw why Kim had recommended her to me.  Sarah writes with a warmth and sweet sizzle that is very unique to her, and I was hooked.

Move forward a couple of years and Sarah is nominated in 2012 for Romance Writers of America’s Rita award for Best Short Contemporary with one of her Presents, Doukakis’s Apprentice.  In the history of the Ritas, no Presents has ever won.  Sarah’s Doukakis’s Apprentice won.  We all celebrated with her…it was such a fantastic night and win for her, and the Presents line itself.

Last year, Sarah was again nominated again for Best Short Contemp Series, and guess what?  Our amazing Sarah won the category in 2013 again.  Again!  She’s such a star and Harlequin recognized it and has huge things planned for her and I couldn’t be prouder.

And now the vivacious, magical Sarah is here with us, to talk about her incredibly exciting new single title series, launching with the romantic fizzy Christmas feel good, Sleigh Bells in the Snow.

So delighted to introduce you to my friend, the wonderful Sarah Morgan!

Sarah, tell us what your current release is about in two or three sentences.

My heroine, Kayla, is a girl who hates Christmas. It’s a really difficult time of year for her and she’ll do just about anything to avoid it so when a new client offers her the opportunity to spend a week in a log cabin in a snowy forest at his ski resort in Vermont, she thinks it will be the perfect. Things don’t turn out the way she plans!

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Once upon a time, Christmas was Kayla Green’s favorite time of year. Now all the workaholic wants for Christmas is for it to be over—as fast as possible! So when duty calls her to snowy Vermont to close a deal with a new client, Kayla is grateful for an excuse to avoid the holidays for another year.
Jackson O’Neil left a thriving business behind to return home and salvage his family’s resort—it’s in his blood, and he can’t let it fail. Now that he’s got marketing whiz Kayla Green working with him to put Snow Crystal on the map, success is on the horizon. The fact they strike enough sparks off each other to power all the Christmas lights in Vermont is just an added bonus.
Kayla might be an expert at her job, but she’s out of her depth with Jackson—he makes her crave the happy-ever-after she once dreamed of, and it’s terrifying. As the snowflakes continue to swirl, will the woman who doesn’t believe in the magic of Christmas finally fall under its spell?

What are you working on now?

I’ve just finished my second Cosmo Red Hot Read, Burned, and I’m starting the third book in my O’Neil Brothers series for HQN. This is Tyler’s story and I’ve been so looking forward to writing this one. Tyler was a medal winning downhill skier before an injury cut short his career and he is a bit wild. I love a bad boy!

Favorite conference moment?

At RWA in Annaheim when I won the RITA for Doukakis’s Apprentice. There was so much loud shrieking from the Presents authors, who are always so supportive, I could hear them above 1400 people! We drank champagne by the pool afterwards and then I tucked my RITA up in bed.  It was a magical night and it made me realize what truly amazing friends I’ve made through writing romance.

Name five items sitting on your desk right now.

My laptop computer, a cup of tea in my favourite mug, a hand written note from a friend, a cute stuffed moose and some pine cones in a glass bowl (because I’m writing about Vermont and I need inspiration!)

Mountains or ocean?

Both! I love mountains, particularly in the winter, but I also love the sound of the sea.

Last thing you do before you turn in at night?

I read for a short time, usually in a deep bubble bath. Because me brain is always so busy with thoughts about my current book during the day, I try and empty my head of work before I go to bed by reading someone else’s story and losing myself in the world they have created.

What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without if you were stuck on a desert island?

My family! I’m fortunate, and thankful, to have such wonderful supportive people in my life.

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Thank you, Sarah, for joining me here and giving my readers a chance to get to know you.  I know it’s been a whirlwind few weeks with you promoting your new book, and to celebrate your release I am giving away two prizes to my readers consisting of several of Sarah’s Harlequins and her brand new Christmas release, plus a Starbucks gift card and holiday treats.  Want to win Sleigh Bells in the Snow?  Comment below and fingers crossed you’ll win!  Winners will be announced Monday, so come on back and see if you might be the lucky one.

Merry Christmas all, and don’t forget to keep entering Montana Born’s 12 Days of Marietta Christmas.  The links are in my blog from last week.

xoxox

Jane

153 Comments

  1. Cate Sparks says:

    I’ve been seeing a lot about Sarah’s writing and I’m thrilled to read some more!!! Thanks!

  2. Linda (from McKinney) says:

    THANKS FOR THE CHANCE!

  3. I love holiday themed books. This one looks wonderful. If I don’t win, I’m definitely picking it up.

  4. Robin Greene says:

    Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  5. Jayme Maness says:

    I’ve been hearing a lot about Sarah, but have not read her yet. Thanks for the opportunity and introduction.

  6. Lorelei B. says:

    Oh! What a holiday treat! I’d love to win and try my first book by Sarah! What better time than around Christmas! Thank you!

  7. Karen Singer says:

    Thank You. Happy Holidays

  8. Bernadette Hopke says:

    Have an awesome day!! Thanks for the chance to get a book from an author I’ve never read :)

  9. Linda Shook says:

    Jane, thanks for introducing us to Sarah. Looking forward to reading her book.

  10. Rhonda says:

    I must read this! I am not a fan of Christmas either. I’d love to hide somewhere until New Year’s Eve. Nice to meet you Sarah and congrats on the back to back wins!

  11. Great questions for the interview, love mountains and sea myself. Looks like a good read, thanks for sharing,
    Julie

  12. Gretchen says:

    Ooohh I love Christmas stories!

  13. LaNette says:

    I have read one of Sarah’s books and really enjoyed it I cannot wait to read more

  14. Robyn L says:

    really like Christmas/winter themed stories. happy to have been introduced to you Sarah

  15. Moran says:

    I have Sleigh Bells in the Snow on my wish list and I hope to read it soon.
    I don’t celebrate Christmas but I’m reading lots of Christmas books and so far they were all good and since it’s snowing in Israel it even feel like Christmas here.

  16. Tracy Melhinch says:

    Thank you! I can’t wait to read this!!!

  17. cat matkovic says:

    Gosh, another new author to add to my list!! I love Christmas stories and this one sounds like a real winner! Hope I’m the lucky one!
    Merry Christmas everyone!

  18. Traci miller says:

    Love to read Christmas books! I’m a big fan of yours I’ve never read anything from this author

  19. Glenda says:

    Love the title.

  20. diane says:

    What a wonderful feature. Thanks for this delightful giveaway. Merry Christmas and best wishes.

  21. Janine says:

    This sounds like such a fun book. Thanks again for introducing us to different authors.

  22. Kathleen Shaputis says:

    What a fun interview!! Jane, you have such incredible guest authors. Thank you.

  23. Kathy says:

    How exciting! What a wonderful gift! Books make me so happy!

  24. Jean Boehmke says:

    I love holiday themed books. They really get me in the Christmas spirit.

  25. Karen says:

    So fun to be introduced to new authors. Facebook has allowed me to connect with more and more of them and I dig it!

  26. CrystalGB says:

    Sarah’s book sounds great. Love the cover. Thank you for the giveaway.

  27. Linda Henderson says:

    I love holiday books and love the Presents line. Happy Holidays to Sarah and her family and you and yours Jane.

  28. Donna D says:

    Hubby’s paternal grandmother was French-Canadian from Vermont. He’s always wanted to visit that area, so maybe someday we’ll get to go — although NOT in the snow!
    However, reading about snow in Vermont would be fun.

  29. Shannon in Tustin says:

    Jane, you’ve got so much fun going on here!! I’m finishing Allison Winn Scotch’s “theory of opposites” then I’m digging into the Tule Christmas stories!

    XOXO
    Have fun in Vegas!!

  30. Gretchen says:

    Thanks! Merry Christmas!

  31. Sarah Morgan says:

    Thanks for that amazing introduction Jane and for having me on your blog! I’m so excited to be here. You’ve always been so supportive and generous to other writers and you’re such an inspiration to me, both as a writer and a woman.

    Waving to everyone and sending you all happy wishes and hugs for the holidays.
    Sarah
    xxxx

    • Diane Siniscalchi says:

      Sarah, loved your interview, especially reading about your love of family. I also love that Jane Porter is introducing you to us. It shows how selfless she is that she would promote another author, and makes her all the more endearing. I’ve been introduced to many wonderful authors this way. Merry Christmas!

  32. Jessica Lusk says:

    Love Christmas stories! And Vermont is so pretty. Perfect setting for a Christmas story. Have to admit, I’m a Christmas story junkie right now. Reading a few novellas a day/night sitting in front of the fireplace and the Christmas tree. It’s the best way to wind down after a busy day!

  33. blodeuedd says:

    Dunno if I can enter as I live in Finland…

    Anyway, I have been dying to read a book by her as everyone tells me all of her books rock

  34. KV says:

    I can’t wait to read this book.

  35. Barbara Lsck says:

    Hope you enjoy your holidays and you have a great year creating more great books.

  36. Dawn Taira says:

    I love all Christmas stories, in books and movies! Now a days we all could use more of yhe feel good spirit…thank u!

  37. Lynn Buddenbohm says:

    I always love discovering new authors. I am looking forward to reading Sarah’s books. I have learned to trust your opinion so I know I will really enjoy this book.

  38. Katherine Martell says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! Merry Christmas everyone!

  39. Carol Schaffer says:

    Love it! Want to read it!

  40. Jamie Steadman says:

    I haven’t read any of the books written by this autgor, but I will be looking for her books now.

  41. Emma says:

    Happy Holidays. Sleigh Bells in the Snow sounds wonderful.Thank you for the opportunity to win .

  42. Judy Wright says:

    Love Christmas stories! Thanks for the chance to win.

  43. Diane Siniscalchi says:

    I love the interview with Sarah Morgan, especially the part where she says she could not live without her wonderful family. I feel much the same. Sleigh Bells In The Snow sounds like a delightful read for the next couple of days since the forcast is for snow, and lots of it.

  44. Patsy Treybal says:

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  45. Melanie J says:

    Awesome, thanks for the giveaway!

  46. Kim V says:

    I like the sound and look of your new book!

  47. Laney4 says:

    Thanks for the interview and blog. Always a pleasure to read about “new authors to me”, although I recall hearing about Sarah about a year ago through Nas Dean’s blog.

  48. Rosemary Huelsebusch says:

    Love Christmas stories and would love to win.

  49. Sherri Jordan Stephens says:

    I love finding out about new authors and reading them.

  50. Kim Wyant says:

    I already read Sleigh Bells in the Snow. AWESOME book, but I would love to win anyway! Can’t wait for her other books and to read Jane’s too.

  51. Laurie G says:

    I’m looking forward to my first white Christmas in several years! Unfortunately I have to deal with the bitter cold too.

    Happy Holidays!

  52. BARBARA HOPKINS says:

    I WOULD RELLY LIKE TO WIN THIS,IT HAS JUST NOT BEEN THE SAME THIS YEAR,I AM BAKING,SHOPPING,DECORATING,BUT I JUST DON’T SEEM TO HAVE THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT LIKE I NORMALLY DO. I MEAN I HAVE BEEN PLAYING CHRISTMAS MUSIC,MOVIES,AND EVEN ENTERING CHRISTMAS CONTESTS BUT NO LUCK. BEEN HARD YEAR. BUT THANK YOU FOR THE CHANCE,AS ALWAYS YOU ARE AMAZING TO YOUR FOLLOWERS.MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU BOTH,AND CONGRATS TO ALL WINNERS…B

  53. mary branham says:

    I love your books and that would be a great gift on my 67th birthday today. Friday the 13th.

  54. Janiec says:

    Congrats on the new release, Sarah. I’ve been enjoying Cosmo Red Hot Reads, so I’m looking forward to reading “Ripped.”

  55. Jaye Marie Rome says:

    I wish I could press the Like button over and over on this one! This story sounds right up my alley. Congratulations, Sarah, on your two RITA wins. Exciting, for sure!

  56. Rashelle says:

    Thanks for the chance to win. I’m looking forward to checking out books by Sarah Morgan

  57. Jennifer Zorko-Legan says:

    Thank you for the chance. I have heard AWESOME things about this book.

  58. Bonnie K. says:

    I’ve seen Sleigh Bells in the Snow making its rounds on several blogs. I would love to read this book.

  59. Gay Passano says:

    I have my blankie, the warm fire here in NH, I just need a really great romance to warm me all up! I’d be honored to read yours, Sarah Morgan.

  60. Lori C. says:

    I enjoy learning about authors. Happy Holidays!

  61. Amanda Tonar says:

    Would love to try out/read her books! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  62. Jessica says:

    Thanks for the opportunity, and a very merriest of Christmases to all!

  63. Cheryl says:

    :)
    Thanks for keeping your fans entertained year-round!
    :)

  64. Cat says:

    Hi
    Not sure if I have read Sarah Morgan but now I will seek her out.
    Thank you for all the wonderful blogs, contests, etc that you give your fans.
    Hope you are having a wonderful Holiday Season.
    I enjoy the glimpses into your life that you give us.
    Wish you and yours well for this time of year and for all the coming years. :)
    cat

  65. Rosemary K. says:

    I’m looking forward to reading Sarah’s book. I love holiday stories. They put me in a festive spirit. Unfortunately I don ‘t like the real white stuff.

  66. Ann Taylor Doman says:

    Love Christmas romances.

  67. Shannon Smith says:

    Would be awesome, would love to read one of her books :)

  68. Bonnie Wilson says:

    This would be my first introduction to Sarah Morgan. I would love to win.

  69. SherriM says:

    Sarah Morgan and I have a lot in common. Same last name, love the mountains, the sound of the ocean and a warm bubble bath. She must be a great lady. haha!

  70. Jane Squires says:

    I love Christmas book. It has been awhile since I read one of her books. Would love to win, read, and review and then share. Count me in. Thanks for posting on fb.

  71. girlfromwva says:

    Would love to read the story of Kayla and Jackson!!! Thanks for giving us a chance to win!

  72. Earlene Gillespie says:

    sounds like a good story. I haven’t read any of Sarah books yet. I will have to put her on my tbr list. Which is ever growing. LOL

  73. Karen J. says:

    I want to read this soooo badly! If I don’t get it soon I’m gonna be reading it AFTER Christmas! Lol

  74. Runner10 says:

    Sweet cover. Merry Christmas!!

  75. Elisabeth says:

    What a great cover. I´ll be sure to grab a copy. I´m in need of a good Christmas story.

  76. Sarah Morgan says:

    I’ve been trying to respond to everyone but my internet is in a bad mood tonight so I’m sending everyone a big holiday hug instead :)
    Thanks so much for your lovely comments and warm wishes. And thanks again to Jane for having me.
    I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season whatever you’re doing.
    xx

  77. Quilt Lady says:

    Oh I love the cover of this book and I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the hug we all need it. Thanks for sharing your book with us and giving us a chance to win it.

  78. Jenny says:

    I’ve heard great things about this book would love to win! Thanks for the giveaway :) xx

  79. Kimberly F says:

    Hi Jane and Sarah! Jane thanks for introducing me to another great author. Sarah, congrats on the RITAS. I love the Presents line and have several autobuy authors and I will be adding you to the list. Christmas stories are some of my favorties and this year I have been reading quite a few to help me get into the spirit of Christmas. I have also picked up a few of the Red Hot Reads and they are in my TBR pile, so I will add yours too!Merry Christmas!

  80. Laura says:

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  81. Jessica M says:

    Sounds like a great book!

  82. Kay Pucciarelli says:

    Would love to win this!

  83. Kathy says:

    Yippee!
    A new author for me. I will get to Sarah’s other books, but 1st the Christmas story. I LOVE Christmas romance. Going to amazon now :-)

  84. Diana Kaye says:

    Love Christmas stories. Sleighbells sounds like my kind of book.

  85. Deanna says:

    I love Holiday stories.

  86. Pen M says:

    I love Christmas themed books. :)

  87. Rachel Jones says:

    Enjoyed the interview. Can’t take care of my patients because I’m out of work waiting for knee surgery on the last day of 2014. The upside is catching up on my TBR list of books. Looking forward to reading Sleigh Bells in the Snow.

  88. Susan C says:

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

  89. Heidi Howard says:

    I love Christmas stories! And it will be great to try a new to me author!

  90. Sue C says:

    Nice interview. Happy Holidays! Thank you for the contest.

  91. Cindy P. says:

    Merry Christmas!

  92. Dawn Wicklund says:

    I love Christmas stories and would love to read some of Sarah Morgan’s books. Thanks!

  93. KathyGee says:

    In January when all the holiday activities are over there will be lots of time for reading all those books!

  94. I’d truly love to win this special gift. For some weird reason I wasn’t able to get access io Facebook any earlier today! This has happened to me several times before and I don’t know why it keeps happening!

  95. bn100 says:

    Sounds like a holiday book

  96. Donna Ingalls says:

    Very interesting reading about you. Love the fact that you have a stuffed moose on your desk. Sounds adorable.

  97. Cathy Genna says:

    I enjoyed the blog Jane. I was lucky to meet Sarah at NJRW in Edison NJ back in October.
    I read The Soldier but have not read Sleigh Bells yet. Hope to get time ASAP
    Happy Holidays!

  98. Amber says:

    I have been craving a holiday themed book!!!

  99. I would love to read that book

  100. Sia Huff says:

    I just finished reading Sleighbells In The Snow and loved it, Sarah. Wanted to say “hi” & thanks for always giving me that ahhh moment. Looking forward to Sean’s story this summer and Tyler’s next winter.
    Jane, thanks for having such a lovely guest. Please don’t add my name to the drawing, since I already have Sarah’s book.

  101. Cindy Hamilton says:

    Happy Holidays!! Would love to win!!

  102. Denise says:

    Merry Christmas!

  103. Mary Preston says:

    Great to meet Sarah Morgan here thank you.

  104. Carol L says:

    Such a pleasure to meet Sarah here. I love Holiday romance and look forward to reading Sleigh Bells In The Snow. Congrats Sarah on this release. Wishing everyone Happy Holidays.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  105. Melanie says:

    I love the cover. It’s enticing.

  106. Jano Dunn says:

    Christmas stories are always some of my favorites! Merry Christmas!

  107. Rita Jo Reitz says:

    How great 2 of my favorite authors in one spot! I’ve got a hold placed on Sarah’s book at my local library. My spot is number 45, so I will start 2014 with a great read.

  108. carole says:

    Merry Christmas! Thanks for introducing me to a new author, love to read her book, love Christmas stories! I’m like the character not into the Christmas spirit this year, with working so hard at a job that I’m not crazy about and my dad is not feeling so well, just can’t get into the spirit! I’m trying to bake and make things special for my 2 college age kids its just so hard! Anyways, books let me go into a place and I love to read! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  109. Donna says:

    thanks for the chance. great to meet sarah. The story sounds wonderful. happy holiday

  110. Library Lady says:

    What a great story about Sarah and her wins…congrats to you Sarah! And, your book sounds irresistible, a must read for me! Thanks Jane for another author to add to my reading list. Praying you both and all the commenters here and families have a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year.

  111. Melinda Garza says:

    I love Cosmo’s red hot reads.

    Always,
    Melinda

  112. Marcy Shuler says:

    I’ve heard great things about SLEIGH BELLS IN THE SNOW and can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy, Sarah. :)

  113. Maureen says:

    I’ve read and enjoyed several of Sarah’s books and her new one looks like another great story.

  114. Gigi says:

    Sarah, I have enjoyed many of your books from the Present’s line. Love Christmas stories I read them all year long. I will have to grad a copy of Sleigh Bells in the snow.
    Congratulations on your RITA awards. :)

    Merry Christmas!

  115. Karen j says:

    Nice to “meet” you Sara! I haven’t had the chance to read any of your books yet but they are definitely on my wish list! Especially this Christmas story! It sounds lovely!!!

  116. Shannon Bereza says:

    I haven’t read anything by Sara yet but I’m adding her to my list of authors I want to read. Every author recommendation I see on Janes blog turns out to be amazing. I have never been led astray and have found several authors I now consider my favorites. Thanks for the chance to win such an awesome prize.

  117. Suzette Temple says:

    Aahhhh…a snowy rommance! One of my fantasies…lol

  118. Suzette Temple says:

    Aahhhh…a snowy romance! One of my wishes…to spend a snowy christmas with my family in a log cabin…of course with plenty of food, heat and books!

  119. Mariska says:

    Love the cover :) it does sound good !!

  120. Beverly Gordon says:

    congrats on the wins Sarah!!!your a new to me author but your book sounds awesome and that cover is just wow love it!

  121. Vanessa says:

    Sounds like the perfect read, just in time for the holiday season!

  122. kribss says:

    My fingers are crossed! : )

  123. Laura Russell says:

    Sarah is an awesome writer!

  124. bluegrassnash says:

    Can’t wait to read the Sleigh Bells in the Snow. I really enjoy the Christmas stories.

  125. Deidre says:

    Sounds like a nice cozy Christmas read.

  126. Laurie G says:

    I was at Barnes & Noble this past Saturday. Lots of people in line for Starbucks. Lots of people buying books! Me too!
    I will look for your book next week when I go back.

    Happy Holidays!

  127. Kathryn in Montreal says:

    I love Christmas-themed romances…they always seem a little more magical. Happy holidays to all!

  128. Jane says:

    Hi everyone,

    I’m neck deep in Harlequin revisions but hope to finish them off soon. I wanted to announce the winners before I disappear into my cave again:

    #58 Bonnie K
    #107 Rita Jo Reitz

    Email me with your mailing info, ladies and I’ll organize prizes to go out in the mail asap. :)

    More soon!
    Jane xoxoxo

  129. Kerry Croucier says:

    This looks like another fun book for the Holidays! Thanks, Jane, for introducing us so many interesting authors!

  130. carole says:

    congrats to the 2 winners!

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