A warm welcome to author Julia Talbot joining us here at Love Bytes to talk about her new release “Catching Heir”, part of the Dreamspinner Dreamspun Desires series.
Top 5 Best Julia Snow Moments
I love Colorado. I do. That’s why I set Catching Heir, my new Dreamspun Desire there. I also love New England. My wife has an aunt who lives in this great house in Maine, right on the bay in Kennebunkport. I adore Taos in the winter, where the snow piles high around the old adobes.
I hate snow.
Okay, I admit it. I mean, I love to look at it. Oh, snow. How pretty. How over the river and through the woods.
I hate to walk in it. I hate to drive in it. I hate falling on my butt in it.
So, here are my top 5 best, if by best we mean terrifying, embarrassing or horrifying moments in the snow.
1.When I was 13 we moved to Pennsylvania. I was walking across main street one day when I was fifteen, going to my job at the town library. I walked out into the middle of the crosswalk and my feet slipped on a pile of snow. Yep. I went down. Boom. Then I had to work all afternoon in soaked corduroy.
2.When I was in Colorado, I had a job interview to go to one morning. I was applying to be a circulation manager at a college library. Can you see a theme? I went to bed the night before with my oral exam questions in my head, my questions for the librarians written down, and my outfit laid out. When I woke up, we’d had fifteen inches of snow overnight. Terrified to drive in it, I called an old friend to take me to the interview. He got me there fine, but on the way back to pick me up, he drove into a snowbank that the plow had left. Took him three hours to get out. I like to think it was his sacrifice that got me the job.
3.The summer between my junior and senior year in high school, we moved from Pennsylvania to South Carolina. Confident I would never see another snow day, I sailed through the fall and Christmas. The day we were meant to come back to school after Christmas vacation, we woke up to over a foot of snow. That would have meant one day off in PA. The city of Spartanburg, SC had one snow plow for a town of 40000 people. The storm shut down school for a week and a half. We made it up at the end of the year. I was peeved.
4.Our first Thanksgiving in New Mexico, our friend Sean from Canada came to visit. We were renting a house in an old neighborhood, and it had a huge mulberry tree in the backyard. We had about six inches of snow overnight one night while S was here, and all the leaves on the mulberry tree fell off. All at once. On top of the snow. Unbeknown to us, that was what those trees did. We got up, looked outside, and Sean says, where’s your snow shovel. I’ll go clear it.
We’d just moved up from Texas. We had no snow shovel. Sean made us go to Target and get one.
5.When the wife and I were living in Texas, we went to the American Library Association conference in Denver. The midwinter conference is always somewhere freaking cold. Between Saturday night and Sunday morning, we had two feet of snow. The wife and I flatly refused to dig out the car and go to the conference. No way. Thankfully, we had an assistant with us who was willing to go it alone, but we spent the day at the hotel, drinking hot chocolate and watching people try to get in and out of their cars.
See? Cullen and Matt, who own an old hotel in Colorado, have much better luck with snow!
Is he in love with an old hotel—or its new owner?
Professional snowboarder Cullen Patrick is successful and kinda famous. So when he inherits an old Colorado hotel from an unknown relative, he really should leave well enough alone.
Matt Nathanson has been managing the Treeline Estates since college. He loved the elderly former owner, and he stands to inherit the place if no one claims it in the next week. Of course, Cullen shows up, and Matt thinks it’s time to move on. He doesn’t want to like Cullen, no matter how engaging the guy is, or how hunky.
Cullen has grand ideas for the Treeline, but he doesn’t want to implement them without Matt, and he’s not sure he’s ready to give up snowboarding. Can Matt convince Cullen that putting down roots is worth it… and maybe catch his heir at the same time?
Julia Talbot lives in the great Southwest, where there is hot and cold running rodeo, cowboys, and everything from meat and potatoes to the best Tex-Mex. A full time author, Julia has been published by Samhain Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, and Changeling Press. She believes that everyone deserves a happy ending, so she writes about love without limits, where boys love boys, girls love girls, and boys and girls get together to get wild, especially when her crazy paranormal characters are involved. Find Julia at @juliatalbot on Twitter, or at www.juliatalbot.com
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