Happy Monday which means it’s Monday Cute Meet day! In the romance novel world, a “cute meet” is typically the first significant contact the hero and heroine have that sets them on their romantic journey. Monday Cute Meet is my way of introducing you to new books, authors and some fantastic journeys between the pages.
I absolutely get mesmerized every time I look at today’s guest’s book cover! Let’s give a big, warm welcome to the author responsible for that loveliness, SJ Thomas!
A Christmas curse trapped him and a Christmas wish released him, but will the passion that is ignited be strong enough to keep them together?
Cursed by the Spirit of Christmas, Scottish tree spirit Ghille Dhu has been bound in his spirit form to the Christmas tree for over a hundred and fifty years. He can only be freed by a woman with a true belief in Christmas.
Escaping the hurt of a recent breakup, Amanda Pearce has come to Scotland for the holidays and she is stunned when her idle wish for someone to share Christmas with conjures a fierce, wild looking male from her Christmas tree.
Having been trapped for so long Ghille Dhu is gripped by an overwhelming lust and desire for the woman who has freed him; a lust and desire that Amanda returns. She wants this other worldly male, and when his dominant side is revealed Amanda is surprised by her ready submission.
As Christmas approaches Amanda submits to Ghille Dhu’s wild desires and firm control in ways she never has before, but will she give enough of herself to break the curse forever?
I asked SJ to share a little about her characters’ first meeting so without further ado…
Hi and thanks for having me here.
Being as we are only a couple weeks away from Christmas (which is definitely the most wonderful time of the year) I am here today to share a little bit about my holiday title Oh Christmas Tree.
I loved writing this one and it has by far been my favourite cover and probably has one of the most interesting meetings between the hero and heroine. (Your cover is GORGEOUS!)
The hero Ghille Dhu, a very sexy but rather naughty Scottish tree spirit, ends up trapped inside a Christmas tree. When the heroine Amanda makes an idle wish while decorating her tree she gets one heck of a surprise:
What would it be like to decorate the tree with a lover? To have someone’s warm arms wrapped around her as they placed each decoration on the tree. To playfully argue about where to put the little white doves or the wooden rocking horse. To be distracted by hot, sweet kisses.
As the fantasy played out in her mind, Amanda’s fingers stroked one of the branches, the needles surprisingly soft as long as you went away from the trunk. What she wouldn’t give to have a man who really believed in Christmas, who knew what made it important and why it should be celebrated. Oh if only there was such a thing as the Spirit of Christmas and it granted wishes.
Suddenly the tree came to life beneath her hands, its limbs shaking violently, knocking loose the lights she’d placed on it. With a scream Amanda leaped back, and spinning round she grabbed for her phone, her fingers scrolling for Tony’s number. When she glanced back at the tree the phone fell forgotten to the floor.
In the middle of the room, in front of the tree, stood a man. A wild, fierce looking man dressed in a strange hooded cloak and loincloth, both of which looked like they were made from moss and leaves. Beneath the hood she saw sharp elfin features, coal black hair plaited into beaded braids, and piercing, otherworldly green eyes. He was almost as tall as the Christmas tree, and because of how little he was wearing, she got an eyeful of his sinful body. Every inch of him was ripped, with ropes of sinewy lick-able muscles lacing his chest and stomach. At the back of her mind alarm bells were ringing, but Amanda couldn’t take her eyes off him, couldn’t make her body do anything other than ready itself for him.
His head jerked left then right, his wild gaze flitting frantically around the room, before settling on her, and the heat and hunger Amanda saw there sparked a hunger of her own. In that instant who and what he was didn’t matter. She only knew she wanted him.
With a graceful movement he stalked toward her, his cloak disappearing as he moved. She knew she should run but rather than backing away she actually stepped closer. His eyes widened and nostrils flared, that animalistic response making her breath catch. Her body throbbed with sensation and she could feel the wetness between her thighs already; he hadn’t even touched her and she was so ready.
Stopping only inches from her, his gaze roamed over her face before dipping down to her cleavage, a deep growl emanating from his chest. The sound made the hairs on her arms stand on end, set her heart thundering, but Amanda could not draw herself away from the mesmerizing male who now stood right in front of her. This close he was stunning, his elfin features utterly flawless, yet still so very masculine. Unconsciously her body shifted forward, her hands clenched into fists as she willed for him to touch her.
SJ! I want a tree spirit man too!!! And I know the perfect way to get one…I’ve just downloaded Oh Christmas Tree to my Kindle and cannot wait to read it! Friends, if you’d like your own copy, you can find it here: Amazon / All Romance eBooks / Breathless Press / Barnes and Noble
Get to know SJ Thomas:
Writing sweet yet sizzling paranormal romance, scorching paranormal erotica, and dark paranormal horror, SJ Thomas has had several short stories and novellas published and is currently building up to her first full-length novel.
SJ lives in the South West of England with her wonderful husband, her new baby daughter, and a very spoilt Springer Spaniel. She has a full time day job so has to fit her writing in whenever she can, although like every author she would love to write full time one day. When not writing or working she loves to read and enjoys walking, geocaching and surfing badly.
More details about SJ’s current and future works can be found at the following links and she is always happy to chat via Facebook or email.
SJ, thank you so much for being our Monday Cute Meet guest today! And more thanks for getting us all excited about Christmas…and Scottish tree spirits! xoxo