Monday, October 13, 2014

Sandra Ardoin's "The Yuletide Angel"


Title: Sandra Ardoin’s The Yuletide Angel


Published by Heritage Beacon/Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas


Cover blurb:It's Christmastime in 1890s Meadowmead, and someone is venturing out at night to leave packages at the homes of the needy. Dubbed The Yuletide Angel, no one knows the identity of this mysterious benefactor. 

No one, except Hugh Barnes, a confirmed bachelor who finds himself drawn to the outwardly shy but inwardly bold Violet Madison, a young woman who risks her safety to help others. 

When Violet confesses her fear of eviction from her childhood home, Hugh longs to rescue her. His good intentions are thwarted, however, when Hugh's estranged brother shows up in town ... and in Violet's company. 

But Violet faces an even bigger threat. A phantom figure lurks in the shadows, prepared to clip the wings of The Yuletide Angel.
1) How did this story come to you?I wanted to write a Christmas novella and had a deadline. I write in the historical genre, but in pondering various ideas, I looked at both historical and contemporary stories. I played around with several plots, writing first scenes and got 1,800 words into an idea for The Yuletide Angel before moving on to a contemporary. Big mistake. I came close to finishing the contemporary and decided I didn’t like it. After struggling with it and receiving a rejection on another project, I decided to lick my wounds with another story, so I went back to this one. The words—the ideas—flowed from my mind and off my fingers, and the story sold in a matter of days. It’s amazing where God will take you when you let Him.
 

2) Tell us about the journey to get this book published.My agent had been talking to a couple of the editors at Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas about my work, so she wanted to send it to them. The LPC editor asked for a full manuscript within a few days. Two days later, I received a contract with the news they wanted to put it out this year (in five months).
 

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.1. I was traipsing through the den one night and stopped to watch part of a Disney movie playing on the television. Lo and behold, taped to a school door (in the movie) was a poster with the quote “Life has rules. Play fair.” My poster! I’d sold the quote to Argus a year or two before.

2. I think I’m pretty outgoing online, but in person … not so much. If we’re ever at the same venue, I’ll be the one hugging the wall and watching the action from afar.

3. I learned the hard way that it’s not a good idea to drive over the top of a skunk when the heat’s running inside the car. **No skunks were harmed in the learning of that lesson.**
 

4) What are you working on now and what’s next for you?Besides promoting The Yuletide Angel, I’m writing a contracted follow up novel (my debut) involving the hero’s brother, a secondary character in the novella. A Reluctant Melody (working title) is scheduled to release in January 2016.
 

5) Parting comments?Thanks so much for letting me be a guest, Dawn. I hope everyone loves Hugh and Violet as much as I do. They’re such a sweet couple.  The Yuletide Angel is available on Amazon. Also, we’ll be celebrating the release of the novella with a Facebook party on the 15th. I’d love to meet everyone there.
 

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?Visit me at www.sandraardoin.com and on the Seriously Write blog. I’d love to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, and Pinterest. To receive updates, fun facts, and special offers, sign up for my newsletter.