Melissa McClone with A Christmas Homecoming

McClone2015Xmas-LARGEI’m happy to welcome USA Today bestselling author Melissa McClone to my blog today with her holiday story, A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING. She is having a giveaway and she is sharing a character interview.


BLURB – A Christmas Homecoming

A kiss is just a kiss…

Unless it’s under the mistletoe.

Ellie Smith is determined to make up for Christmases past by spreading holiday cheer throughout the Bar V5 dude ranch, but tech “bah, humbug” billionaire, Josiah Whittaker, refuses to bask in the spirit of the season.

Unwilling to let the geek-to-gorgeous Josiah win, Ellie plans to give him a Christmas he’ll never forget. But after a simple kiss under the mistletoe, Ellie and Josiah both start questioning everything. Can Christmas really bring the gift neither one of them were expecting: true love?

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IMG_3680GIVEAWAY: One lucky winner will receive a Christmas themed prize pack. Leave your email address in a comment to be eligible.





Can you tell the readers a little about yourself?

Ellie: I’m Ellie Smith. I work as a housekeeper at the Bar V5 Dude Ranch outside Marietta, Montana. I grew up on a small ranch on the outskirts of town and have lived in the area my entire life.

Josiah: I’m Josiah Whittaker. I grew up in Marietta, but now live in the Bay Area in California where my company Whit Tech is located.

What are a couple of random thoughts about yourself that will surprise the readers?

Ellie: Breakfast for dinner is my favorite meal. I start my Christmas shopping on December 26th.

Josiah: I hated growing up in Marietta and haven’t been back to Montana in eleven years. I sometimes leave hundred dollar bills in random places for people to find.

Ellie: I didn’t know you did that. That is so sweet.

What makes you blush?

Ellie: He does.

Josiah: I haven’t blushed since I was…

Ellie: Eighteen.

Josiah: Sounds about right.

What brought you into contact with each other?

Ellie: He should answer this one.

Josiah: I was zip-lining and cut my leg. I ended up getting a blood infection and spent time in the ICU. My company’s board of directors forced me to take December off to rest and recover. I was staying at the dude ranch where Ellie works.

Ellie: He’s still recovering, but doing so much better than he was when he first arrived.

What was your immediate reaction to each other?

Ellie: I thought he was gorgeous. Very different from the geeky boy I remembered years ago.

Josiah: She looked like one of Santa’s elves with her red and green clothes and Christmas jewelry. But she was still pretty and had a great smile.

What do each of you think about “love and romance”?

Ellie: Love and romance are two things I’ve dreamed about since I was a little girl, but I’ve never had much luck with relationships until now.

Josiah: I always thought love and romance were overrated. My priority has always been work, so I avoided getting serious with anyone until I met Ellie.

Who took the first step in heating things up between you?

Ellie: I guess that would be me. I happened to have a sprig of mistletoe in my pocket so made the most of it.

Josiah: Ever since then I’ve been carrying around mistletoe. You never know when it’ll come in handy.

Would you rather be caught in a wild moment of passion or tied down and taken?

Ellie: Caught in a wild moment, most definitely.

Josiah: There’s no wrong answer here. Either works for me.

What is the kinkiest sexual thing you’ve ever done?

Ellie: Well… our creator is a sweet romance author. Kissing is as far as we go.

Josiah: Yeah, really sucks. Maybe we’ll get to take a honeymoon in a sequel.

Ellie: More likely I’ll just show up pregnant.

Who made the first compromise in your relationship?

Ellie: Me.

Josiah: Her.


EXCERPT – A Christmas Homecoming

“It’s good to see you again, Josiah.” Ellie removed a glass and napkins from the wet bar’s cabinet. She faced him. “You’ve done well for yourself. Everyone in Marietta is so proud.”

“Have we met?”

Typical. She bit back a sigh.

“A long time ago.” Truth was, most people forgot about her. She tried not to let that bother her. Sometimes she succeeded. “I’m Ellie Smith. You tutored my brother Buck in math.”

“Buck Smith. I remember him. Great guy. Loved cows as much as I loved computers.”

Josiah’s friendlier tone was how she remembered him. “The two of you were obsessed.”

“No kidding.” He stared at a painting of a cattle drive hanging on the wall. “I couldn’t believe Buck wanted to teach me how to rope in exchange for tutoring him in geometry. I figured I’d get a glimpse into how cowboys live. Never imagined I’d win the roping championship that year, and he’d bring his D up to a B plus.”

“Buck was excited about his grade, but thrilled you won the trophy.”

“That was your brother. Putting others first when he was sick. Telling me I was the best out there that day, even though I wouldn’t have won if he’d been able to compete.”

Buck’s rare immunodeficiency disease with a name she still couldn’t pronounce properly had worsened by that point. He’d attended the rodeo in a wheelchair. Five months later, he’d died. Josiah had attended the funeral dressed like a cowboy in Buck’s hand-me-downs and been a pallbearer. “You won for both of you.”

“That’s what Buck said. I’d forgotten. And you…” Josiah’s gaze narrowed, then recognition flashed, followed by surprise. “You’re little Eleanor.”

“Yes, but I go by Ellie now. I’m not so little anymore.”

Josiah’s gaze ran the length of her. “No, you’re not.”

The appreciation in his eyes sent a burst of feminine pride through her. That hadn’t happened in months. She wasn’t sure she wanted it happening now, but her heart was beating like a horse pulling a sleigh through freshly fallen snow.

His smile reached his eyes, crinkling the corners, making her mouth go dry. Looks weren’t everything, she reminded herself. A pretty face didn’t make a man. Neither did a few billion in the bank.

“I remember three things that little Eleanor was never without.” His playful tone seemed out of character for the man she’d just met, but not the teenager who would describe video games in detail. “Blue glasses, lollipops, and books.”

So much for thinking she’d been cute and charming.

Laughing, she stepped closer to him. “Exactly how a woman wants to be remembered. A four-eyed, candy-addicted bookworm. Of course, you’re right.”

She was thrilled he recalled her at all. Sometimes she felt invisible. Her brother’s friends called her Buck’s little sister, even though he’d died in high school. She had a feeling none remembered her name.

“Endearing for sure.” Josiah leaned against the sofa. “Your spying, however, was annoying. Buck got so mad.”

She hunched her shoulders, fighting the urge to step back. “You saw me?”

“Being ninja-like and stealthy were not your best skills.”

Bet her cheeks looked like red circle brand marks. “I thought I was being clever. My grades were only slightly better than my brother’s, so clever is a relative term.”

“You were clever for staying quiet. We made sure you didn’t hear anything too juicy….”


McCloneHeadShotHiResAUTHOR BIO – Melissa McClone

USA Today bestselling author, Melissa McClone has published over thirty novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group and been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house.

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253 thoughts on “Melissa McClone with A Christmas Homecoming

  1. Kathy Lamaster

    I have a friend who loves Christmas books and I am going to get this for her! Melissa is the one of the friendliest, most down-to-earth, and generous authors I have met!

  2. Rosemary McFarland

    I need a little Christmas. I lost my Mom a few months ago on her 83d birthday. Facing this Christmas will be difficult.

  3. Pam p

    Have read the book, loved it and even left reviews on amazon and goodreads. To any who have not bought and read, do it as its a great Christmas story!

  4. Joann Grosik

    Thank you so much for giving me a chance to win. The book seems interesting as well. I hope I get a chance to read it. Great theme giveaway.

  5. Teresa G

    Sounds like an awesome read.

    I’m not comfortable leaving my email on an open forum like this (way to dangerous), but I did provide it as part of the required info to leave a comment. Hope that’s okay.

  6. Debbie Carney (Carnes)

    Christmas Homecoming sounds great and loved the interview 🙂

    Would love to win this delightful prize

  7. lindsey

    That’s a cute interview, it’s the type of love story that you wish would happen to you!! Definitely a story that I’d love to read!

  8. Debbie Peters

    enjoyed the interview. love to read Christmassy books this time of the year aslo love penguins so would love to win please. thank you

  9. Kathy Heare Watts

    O M Gosh that was the cutest interview and just made the book scream “READ ME!” I loved it. The book sounds like my kind of story. I love Christmas stories and second chance romance. Thanks for a fantastic interview.
    Redrabbitt (at) aol (dot) com

  10. Brooke Bumgardner

    Thank you for sharing that fun excerpt and character interview. Definitely makes me want to stop what I’m doing and read A Christmas Homecoming. 🙂

    Happy Holidays!

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

  11. Shelly Keller

    I would love to read A Christmas Homecoming and win the prize. Not putting my email on this comment. I will see the winner announced on Melissa McClone’s Facebook page when she announces winner. Thank you.

  12. Terry Benson

    I love Melissa’s writing. Her characters come to life and her stories are awesome. Everyone should read Melissa’s 📚

  13. Mindy

    I have a HUGE penguin obsession =). This giveaway is AWESOME!
    Also thank you for hosting Melissa McClone, not only she is a great author, she mentioned this blog to come take a look.
    Thank you again.

    [email protected]

  14. Monique Carroll

    This looks like a fantastic book, can’t wait to read it! Thank you for the chance! Hope you have a great holiday!

  15. Melissa Davison

    Awesome giveaway. I love penguins, Im actually watching happy feet 2 right now such a cute penguin movie❤
    Thanks for the chance.
    Merry Christmas 🎅🎄🎁🐧🐧🐧

  16. Linda Henderson

    I enjoyed the excerpt but then I always enjoy your books. Thank you so much for the giveaway. Have a wonderful and safe holiday season.

    linda.henderson70 at yahoo dot com

  17. Sandy Porter

    Another great giveaway!! I love this time of season but I also love when it slows down again in January. Then I can read & relax!!

  18. Doreen McSorley

    Great interview. I also would like to thank you for the chance to win the prize packet. My daughter loves penguins.

  19. Rose S

    Thanks so much for the chance!!!! I have a huge obsession with penguins!! My mom bought me a Christmas penguin every year. Unfortunately, she passed away earlier this year. Winning this would mean so much to me!

    [email protected]

  20. Diane Sallans

    I’m really getting in the mood for Christmas – watching Hallmark & Lifetime Christmas movies – this book fits right in!

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  21. Brenda Rumsey

    Your interviews are always interesting to read. Thanks for sharing. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!
    grandmabkr at yahoo dot com

  22. Marcy Shuler

    I loved the book, Melissa, and I really enjoyed reading this interview. Though I did giggle a bit at the kinky question and responses. LOL


  23. Ronda Six Garnett

    Love the interview rdgarnett at hot mail dot com….(have always been told not to put email addy on forms like this)

  24. Melody Gonser

    This book really appeals to me. I am looking forward to reading it. This is a fantastic giveaway. Enjoyed your interview and got a kick out of the questions. THANK YOU

  25. Bee Weekley

    You do so many great things! Don’t stop! “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” –James Allen….I like to try and live by that little quote! so thank you ! BEE!

  26. Laurie Gommermann

    Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love stories set during that time period. It will interesting to see how Ellie deals with Scrooge like business tycoon , Josiah.

    I love it when chemistry and attraction break down your reserve and allows you to take a leap of faith!

    I’d love to read A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING!

    Your penguin themed prize is adorable! Ever since HAPPY FEET I like all things penguin.

    Thanks for the chance to win your prize!

  27. Eileen Aberman-Wells

    The more teasers I’ve read from this book the more I can’t wait to read it!! Thanks for the chance Melissa!!

  28. Cheryl Stephan

    Thank You a million times for all the great moments of getting lost in the Bar V5 series!!!
    I am so hoping there will be another one in the series coming soon! Josiah & Ellie and all the others need to continue their stories!! Again thanks for helping me lose myself in the books!! Cheryl


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