Today we have
Annabeth Albert and
Better Not Pout!
Hi everyone! Thank you so much to Lynn for having me here. I wanted to talk about one of my favorite parts of the holiday season: Santa. Now I just turned 40, but I still believe in Santa. Why? Because I cherish what Santa represents. To me, Santa stands for the spirit of doing something for someone else without expecting thanks or recognition, and for trying to do those selfless acts of giving in a way that promotes the magic of the holidays.
I’ve loved being Santa for my own kids, both of whom now know the truth about Santa, which is a little sad for me, but to me, the power of Santa goes deeper than merely Christmas morning surprises. Santa is the mystery donor in who paid off all the layaway items at an inner-city Walmart. Santa is the giving trees all across the country, and the kind donors who choose to fulfill the wishes from those requests. Santa is the food pantries and soup kitchens serving up holiday meals. Santa is the secret packages left on doorsteps and mailboxes.
Santa is more than the magic of the season too—the mall Santas hearing endless wishes, the hard working parents and relatives working to make those wishes come true. It’s not always easy being Santa, especially if your own cheer is in short supply!
In my latest release, BETTER NOT POUT, I wanted to capture this spirit of Santa with a reluctant hero who isn’t sure he has any holiday magic of his own. He learns that Santa is so much more than the suit, and the transformation in him also opens his heart to truelove. His co-hero is the embodiment of everything good about the holidays, and his belief in holiday magic really is a big part of what transforms my grumpy hero from solider to Santa.
If you’re interested, check out BETTER NOT POUT:
One hard-nosed military police officer.
One overly enthusiastic elf.
One poorly timed snowstorm.
Is it a recipe for disaster? Or a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for holiday romance?
Teddy MacNally loves Christmas and everything that goes along with it. When he plays an elf for his charity’s events, he never expects to be paired with a Scrooge masquerading as Santa Claus. His new mission: make the holiday-hating soldier believe he was born to say ho-ho-ho.
Sergeant Major Nicholas Nowicki doesn’t do Santa, but he’s army to his blood. When his CO asks an unusual favor, Nick of course obliges. The elf to his Kris Kringle? Tempting. Too tempting—Nick’s only in town for another month, and Teddy’s too young, too cheerful and too nice fora one-night stand.
The slow, sexy make-out sessions while Teddy and Nick are alone and snowbound, though, feel like anything but a quick hookup. As a stress-free holiday fling turns into Christmas all year round, Teddy can’t imagine his life without Nick. And Nick’s days on the base may be coming to a close, but he doesn’t plan on leaving anything, or anyone, behind.
This book is approximately 65,000 words
Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open–no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.
Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two children.
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