You can already feel the excitement of the upcoming fall and holidays. And with every Christmas comes a new exciting Anita Hughes novel. This fall we head off for a magical visit to Vermont for CHRISTMAS IN VERMONT (StMartinsPress).
Emma can’t believe her luck when she finds an open pawn shop on Christmas Eve in Manhattan. She’s there to sell the beautiful bracelet her ex-boyfriend gave her when a familiar looking watch catches her eye. It’s the same engraved watch she gave her college boyfriend, Fletcher, years ago. On a whim, she trades the bracelet for the watch and wonders at the timing.
Practical Emma thinks it’s just a coincidence, but her best friend Bronwyn believes it’s the magic of synchronicity that caused Emma to find the watch. Fletcher was the one that got away, and somehow Emma never quite moved on.
When Bronwyn finds out that Fletcher is in snowy Vermont at a romantic inn for the week, she can’t help but give synchronicity a push. She signs Emma up to help the inn keeper as the children’s activity coordinator. Emma agrees that a week filled with quaint shops and maple syrup would do her good… and maybe Fate really does have a Christmas gift in store for her. That is until she sees Fletcher with his daughter and fiancée.
Suddenly, the fairytale trip seems doomed to fail… much like the innkeeper’s dwindling cashflow. It will take a miracle to save her heart and the inn. And that just might be what Fate has in mind.
Anita took some time out to answer our questions!
1. Tell us about Christmas in Vermont.
2. You do a Christmas/holiday book every year…. What’s the central theme you use?
3. So excited about your movie. Who would you cast for Christmas in Vermont?
4. What motivates you to write 2 books a year? Wow!
5. Your novels are always set in sexy locations. How do you choose the setting in your books?
6. Tell us about your research.
7. Without giving away too much, what’s next?
Anita Hughes was born in Sydney, Australia and had a charmed childhood that included petting koala bears, riding the waves on Bondi Beach, and putting an occasional shrimp on the barbie. Her writing career began at the age of eight, when she won a national writing contest in THE AUSTRALIAN newspaper, and was named “One of Australia’s Next Best Writers.” (She still has the newspaper clipping.)
She received a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing from Bard College, and attended UC Berkeley’s Masters in Creative Writing program.
Her debut novel MONARCH BEACH was released in June 2012, followed by MARKET STREET and LAKE COMO in 2013. FRENCH COAST and ROME IN LOVE were released in 2015.
ISLAND IN THE SEA: A MAJORCA LOVE STORY and SANTORINI SUNSETS and her first holiday novel, CHRISTMAS IN PARIS, were released in 2016.
WHITE SAND, BLUE SEA: A ST BARTS LOVE STORY, EMERALD COAST and CHRISTMAS IN LONDON were realeased in 2017. CALIFORNIA SUMMER and CHRISTMAS AT THE CHALET were released in 2018. CHRISTMAS IN VERMONT is coming in October, 2019.
ROME IN LOVE is now a Hallmark movie. It premiered on July 27th, 2019!
She lives in Dana Point, CA with her family, where she interrupts her writing to watch the glorious sunsets.
Thanks to St., Martin’s Press we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us which of Anita Hughes numerous novels is your favorite. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.
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