BLURB – Christmas Crush
Although Ashley Wagner feels more like Scrooge than Santa, she keeps her promise and accompanies her sister back home for a Christmas wedding. Her three-day weekend is off to a rocky start, thanks to the unexpected run-in with her womanizing ex-husband, and his very pregnant new wife. She manages to get away with her dignity intact, but later, with old wounds ripped open, the professional crisis manager ends up in the middle of her own life-altering predicament.
Then, sports journalist Craig Johnston, wheels to her rescue.
Will Ashley spend Christmas brooding over bitter memories? Or will Craig, a dynamic paraplegic, present the deserving divorcée with a gift she can’t resist?
CHARACTER INTERVIEW – Christmas Crush
Can you tell the readers a little about yourself.
Hello, everyone. I’m Ashley Wagner. First, I’d like to thank Starla for having me here today.
My family and friends tell me I’m a control freak. Of course, I totally disagree. If that is true, it works in my favor. I make my living as a professional crisis manager, managing other people’s chaos.
What makes you blush?
Private thoughts. 😉
What upset your ordinary world and brought you into contact with Craig?
Family has a way of twisting your arm to get you to do something you don’t…want…to do. My baby sister is such an arm-twister. I accompanied her back to our small hometown for a Christmas wedding. How hard could it be to keep a low profile over a three-day weekend? Very. I ran into my womanizing ex-husband. Yet, the next-to-the-worst weekend of my life turned into the best when I met Craig.
What was your immediate reaction to him?
Craig wowed me with his genuine concern.
What’s the worst thing that’s happened in your life? What did you learn from it?
Discovering my ex-husband’s infidelity crushed my spirit. Since then, I’ve learned that I’m stronger than I ever thought I was.
How do you feel about your life right now? What, if anything, would you like to change?
Right now, I’m in a good place in my life. I’d be lying if I said being dumped wasn’t a devastating, learning experience. But, I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m on a roll! Let’s see where my new life takes me.
EXCERPT – Christmas Crush
Scene: Ashley pays Craig back for saving her life.
“Tank’s clearing time for me at his Christmas party. Look…I know this is short notice.”
“How about no notice.” She remembered how this time of the year used to be her favorite. “I’m not in a partying mood.” Regardless, Ashley wandered back in to sit on the couch facing him. He examined her, she guessed, to gauge her receptiveness to his request. “If I do this, then, we’re even? All debts paid?”
“All debts paid.”
What was the worst that could happen? The loss of self-pity? His eyes held such sincerity as he attempted to read her features. Ashley offered him her hand to seal the deal. “What time do I need to meet you back here?”
He used both of his hands to cup hers. “You don’t. The function starts rather late. I’ll call for you at your hotel around eight p.m.”
“I’m at the Wyndham.” The calloused skin near his thumb rubbed against the back of her hand. “What should I wear?”
“It’s just a house party. I’m going to wear dress slacks and a sports jacket, if that helps.”
“I’ll be ready.”
“Thanks, Ashley.” He seemed jubilant. “We’ll have fun.”
She had to steal her hand away. “I’ll be the judge of that.”
The joy on his face buoyed her to shove aside her trepidations, not only about the so-called date, but also about her troublesome life. She started the walk to the door, but turned to say something just in time to see the gleam in his mysterious, chocolate-colored eyes. Then, it hit her. Craig sat eyelevel to her butt.
“Are you ogling me?” Ashley couldn’t believe it.
Craig wheeled closer to her. “Your grace and carriage commanded attention. I simply followed orders.”
Oh my God. He…is…flirting. She didn’t know how to respond to such a blatant compliment. It left her speechless. Instead of a comeback, she opted to flee the scene. A bashful smile twitched at her lips.
Mickie Sherwood is an author and a novice photographer. Using her backyard as the backdrop for her inspiration, she loves taking pictures of nature. Her love of photography incites her creativity for writing. Spending time with her family and cruise vacations, also stokes her imagination.
With all of her interest combined, fascinating characters and intriguing circumstances can develop.
Mickie also enjoys a good laugh. Revel in the humorous stories she shares about life, at her blog—Mickie’s Mutterings.