Welcome back to Under the Covers, Sarah! We’re thrilled to be able to talk to you about MIRACLE ON 5TH AVENUE. First off since this is book 3, can you please tell us more about your From Manhattan with Love series?
It’s good to be back and thank you for having me!
The series is based in New York City (of course!) and focuses on three close girlfriends who live and work together. At the beginning of the first book (Sleepless in Manhattan) they’re working for an events company based in Manhattan, but then they lose their jobs and decide to set up in business together. All three women are very different and each book focuses on a different character, but each story stands alone and is complete in itself. After writing two series (O’Neil Brothers and Puffin Island) based in small towns, it’s been fun having an urban setting. The stories still focus on friendship, community and of course romance, but New York is definitely another character in this series.
How would you describe Eva and Lucas in three words each?
Eva is warm-hearted, generous and optimistic
Lucas is reclusive, cynical, complicated
What is it about this pair that creates such great chemistry?
Eva and Lucas are opposites in many ways and that creates an environment perfect for verbal sparring. Those scenes were so much fun to write. I love writing dialogue, especially when you have two characters with opposing views, plenty to say and no hesitation about saying it. Lucas is blunt. Eva is indiscreet. Together sparks fly. They constantly challenge each other and in doing so they change their opinions about themselves and each other.
I love a good wintery story about a couple that connects when they are snowbound! What are some of your favorite tropes to read and to write?
Snowbound is one of my favorites too. The forced proximity creates its own type of delicious tension, and there are all the extra atmospheric touches such as log fires and snowflakes falling outside the window. It’s definitely my favorite trope. I also love best friend’s older brother and marriage reunited stories. I’ve written several books with those themes!
Is there a particular scene in this book that you had the most fun writing, that you can share without being spoilery?
Writing the opening scene was fun. Eva enters his 5th Avenue penthouse apartment believing it is empty, but Lucas has been hiding away there trying to finish his book (he writes crime fiction) and hasn’t told anyone he’s home. He assumes Eva is a housebreaker and tackles her. Eva has been longing to find a man on top of her for a while, but she hadn’t envisaged it happening quite the way it did.
There’s a scene much later in the book that is another particular favorite of mine. Eva gets really mad with him and helps herself to his expensive wine collection. I won’t say more, but it made me laugh writing it and I hope it makes the reader laugh (poor Eva had a terrible headache).
We love our holiday stories and yours in particular are among our favorites! What do you love most about writing Christmas themed novels and do you have a favorite or one you’ve recently read and loved?
I’ve written a Christmas themed, snowy book every year since I started writing (and I think there were a couple of years where I wrote two!), so it’s something of an addiction for me. I love the fantasy of snow and winter – crisp cold air, clear blue skies. I know that the reality is usually cold and inconvenient, but I love reading and writing about it. As well as romance, my books include themes of family, community and friendships and all those themes fit well in the festive season.
What is your favorite thing about the Christmas season? What are some of your holiday traditions?
I love Christmas and I love everything about the build up to the holiday season. I love feeling the weather grow colder, watching the berries on my holly turn a deep red and waking up every morning to a carpet of frost sparkling on my lawn.
As Christmas approaches every family has its own traditions. One of our favorites is choosing the tree. Early in December we make the trip to the forest where they transform a clearing into a winter wonderland complete with a blazing log fire, roasting chestnuts and mistletoe heaped high for those in need of a romantic stimulant. It doesn’t matter what mood I’m in when I arrive, I always leave feeling uplifted because there’s a sense of expectation in choosing a tree even though you know that once you get it home it’s going to drop needles, stab people and generally give you a thousand reasons not to love it. We have decorations the kids made when they were little, so our whole family history is right there on our tree.
What can we expect from you in 2017?
I have another three more books in this series. These stories will focus on new characters, although readers will already have had a glimpse of them in previous book. My first release in 2017 is New York, Actually, out January in the UK and end of May in the US. I’m excited!
Thank you so much for sharing with us today!
Thank you so much for having me. I loved answering your questions
Available November 29, 2016
by Sarah Morgan
Released: November 29th 2016
Series: From Manhattan with Love #3
Published by HQN Books
Look for Miracle on 5th Avenue, the exciting new novel from Sarah Morgan, available from HQN books Nov 29, 2016. Pre-order your copy today!
It will take a Christmas miracle for two very different souls to find each other in this perfectly festive fairy tale of New York!
Hopeless romantic Eva Jordan loves everything about Christmas. She might be spending the holidays alone this year, but when she's given an opportunity to house-sit a spectacular penthouse on Fifth Avenue, she leaps at the chance. What better place to celebrate than in snow-kissed Manhattan? What she didn't expect was to find the penthouse still occupied by its gorgeous—and mysterious—owner.
Bestselling crime writer Lucas Blade is having the nightmare before Christmas. With a deadline and the anniversary of his wife's death looming, he's isolated himself in his penthouse with only his grief for company. He wants no interruptions, no decorations and he certainly doesn't appreciate being distracted by his beautiful, bubbly new housekeeper. But when the blizzard of the century leaves Eva snowbound in his apartment, Lucas starts to open up to the magic she brings…This Christmas, is Lucas finally ready to trust that happily-ever-afters do exist?
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