Because my new release, Not Enough, features a few Christmas scenes, I thought I'd interview my leading male, Blake, about his Christmas plans. Please give him a warm welcome!
Mia: Hi Blake. Thanks for agreeing to an interview, especially at this time of year. It’s a shame Neve couldn’t be here, but at least I get you all to myself.
Blake: [Chuckles] Hey everyone! Yeah, Neve isn’t really a fan of interviews so you’re stuck with me.
Mia: I understand where she’s coming from completely. Anyway, what I really want to know is have you got any plans for Christmas yet?
Blake: I think we’re going to spend the day with my parents. It should be a laugh and they haven’t seen Neve since we became a couple so that should be interesting.
Mia: You haven’t got any special gifts planned?
Blake: What do you mean by special?
Mia: The jewellery kind, maybe.
Blake: [Glances around nervously] What have you been told?
Mia: I saw you looking round a cute little jewellery shop not far from here yesterday. Anything you fancy telling me and the readers about your plans?
Blake: Not really.
Mia: Come on, Blake. Please?
Blake: [Shakes his head with a teasing smile] I think you’ve already revealed enough really. I’m not going to risk Neve seeing this and ruining my surprise.
Mia: So there is a surprise? And it involves jewellery?
Blake: My lips are sealed. You’ll have to read our story if you want to know what I have planned.
Mia: Okay, fine. How about some Christmas themed quick fire questions instead? You just have to answer with the first thought that comes into your head.
Blake: [Shrugs] Sounds easy enough.
Mia: Favourite Christmas memory?
Blake: Sneaking downstairs on Christmas Eve with Neve and hoping to catch Santa coming down the chimney. My parents found us the next morning curled up under the tree asleep, and Neve spent forever picking pine needles from her hair.
Mia: Favourite Christmas food?
Blake: My mum’s mince pies. Seriously, if you haven’t tried them you haven’t lived.
Mia: Best present you’ve ever received?
Blake: A mini remote controlled helicopter. It was only a few quid, but I had more fun with that toy than anything else when I was a kid. Shame I crashed it.
Mia: Favourite Christmas movie?
Blake: Any as long as Neve’s there. I spend more time watching her than the film.
Mia: Favourite Christmas song?
Blake: The Power of Love by Frankie Goes To Hollywood.
Mia: What have you bought Neve?
Blake: [Laughs] Nice try, but I’m not falling for it.
Mia: It was worth a shot. I guess people will have to read your book to find out since that’s all I have time for. Thanks again Blake. I hope Neve loves her gift and have a Merry Christmas.
Blake: Thanks, Mia. I hope you and your readers have a great Christmas too.
About The Book
For Neve there’s only one solution: anyone disapproving must go. Even if it means only one person will remain.
That person is her lifelong friend Blake Reynolds. He’s seen the fights with her mum, the breakdowns caused by attacks on her personality, and the battles for acceptance. Each time she is left shattered and questioning who she is, he’s the one to collect the pieces of her broken heart. Shielding her from the cruelty is his only concern. But how can he protect her when Neve is concealing a secret so dark?
Blake thinks he knows everything about her, and with their relationship developing, he assumes Neve trusts him fully. However, there is one memory Neve is too ashamed of to share. Revealing it will test Blake’s loyalty beyond what she could ever ask, and Blake is the only friend she can’t afford to lose. He’s the one person capable of dragging her from the darkness plaguing her, but with pressures to conform increasing, even Blake may not be enough to pull her back this time.
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"From the dedication at the beginning up to the end this was both a thought provoking and an emotional read for me and I loved it!" - Sandra @ JeanzBookReadNReview
"This story tugged at my heartstrings, played on my every emotion. It was a beautifully written story of how an introverted young girl blossoms into a beautiful young woman." - Keren Hughes, Author of Nothing Like The First Time
"A heartbreaking read that sometimes had me close to tears." - Susan @ Ladies Living in Bookland
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