Saturday 9 November 2019

Sea Holly and Mistletoe Kisses || Blog Tour

Christmas is coming to Port Hewer and the hotel Penmarrow, where Maisie is suffering a case of the holiday blues far from home this year — until Gavin, a young American businessman staying at the hotel through Christmas, talks her into joining him as his partner in the hotel's ice sculpting competition in a mutual pact to enjoy the holidays to the fullest. 

Meanwhile, Maisie experiences the village Christmas season vicariously through Sidney, and continues writing her Poe-inspired story with only Sidney aware of her secret novel. She soon learns, however, that criticism and praise go hand in hand when he takes issue with her latest chapters, which puts pressure on their friendship, too.

 But is that what's really the issue between them? Because handsome Gavin has more than ice sculpting in mind when it comes to Maisie's time, which comes as a surprise to no one who's seen them together. As Maisie faces this sudden romantic dilemma, she realizes what she wants most in her life ... and faces a question of what her heart wants most, too.


I’m thrilled to be sharing an extract from my latest romance read with everyone at Afternoonbookery today! Titled Sea Holly and Mistletoe Kisses, it’s the third installment in my series ‘A Little Hotel in Cornwall’ and continues the adventures of Maisie Clark, a would-be novelist working across the Pond at a historic Cornish hotel. In the following scene Maisie meets a charming American guest who will end up complicating things between herself and a certain handsome groundskeeper named Sidney Daniels.

The guests of the Forest Suite are departing early today,” announced Brigette, hanging up the phone. “Maisie, the hoovering can wait until after their room is tidied.” She lifted her color-coded schedule and amended it with a pink highlighter.
A new guest had just entered the hotel, which put an end to Brigette’s bossier self in favor of the ‘customers only’ smile. “Welcome to The Penmarrow Hotel,” she greeted him. “Do you have a room reserved with us already?”
I do. Under the name ‘Crandall’ he said. “A suite for one occupant.”
His American accent reached my ears with the sound of home across the miles. Impulsively, I spoke aloud. “Where are you from?” I asked, earning a look of annoyance from Brigette for this sort of abrupt question is a ‘no no’ in hotel staff etiquette.
He glanced my way. “Boston,” he said. “As of two weeks from now. More recently, everywhere else you can think of.”
We hope Cornwall will be a pleasant stop on your journey,” said Brigette, as she placed his key on the desk and waited for his signature in the hotel’s physical register. “The Lord Baltimore suite on the second floor. Gomez will take your bags. Gomez?” She snapped her fingers until the porter in question ceased flirting with two attractive young tourists shopping our brochure turnstile.
The guest turned my way fully, and I was confronted by a tall, handsome man, younger than I expected, with dark hair and a warm smile. He wore a stylish business suit that reminded me of the ones my ex-boyfriend Ronnie had been fond of wearing, with an overcoat draped across one arm, exposing an extremely expensive designer label as he bent down to lift his briefcase. “California,” he said. “Am I right?” He met my eye with a friendly glint in his own.
I’ve spent some time there,” I said, impressed. I smiled back. “How did you know?”
I’ve been everywhere you can think of,” he reminded me. He followed Gomez upstairs, with Brigette waiting until he was out of earshot to speak to me.

Author Bio –
Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller 'A Wedding in Cornwall'. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.

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