Author: Elle Rush
Publication Date: November 19th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Nick’s plan: dodge his grandmother’s matchmaking attempts by claiming Eve is his date for Christmas. He probably should have asked Eve first.
Although Nick Klassen is grateful when Eve rides to his rescue after he breaks down outside of December, Manitoba, he can’t run fast enough when his meddling grandmother tries to set him up with the pretty tow-truck driver. Then he gets an idea.
Between juggling extra hours at work and a never-ending Christmas to-do list, Eve LeBlanc doesn’t have time for a new man in her life. But ever since she picked Nick up on the side of the road, she’s been running into him everywhere.
His flirtations started innocently enough but when his grandmother invites “his girlfriend” to the family’s Christmas dinner, Nick realizes if he wants to stop pretending about Eve, he must come clean. Once Eve learns of his deception, he’ll need Santa’s help to turn their fake relationship in the real thing.
“Lois and Clark!” Nick scrawled his answer on the sheet, fending off Eve’s feeble attempts to snatch the pen from his hand.
“It. Is. Not. Lois. And. Clark. That’s. Superman,” she grunted as she went for the paper again.
“No. They were the mapmaking duo who mapped America.”
The buzzer sounded. “The answer is Lewis and Clark.”
He was close. “I don’t suppose we get partial credit.”
Eve laughed. “Why would they start now?”
They were getting trounced. Embarrassingly. Thoroughly. The second worst team was still beating them by a dozen points. If the questions weren’t sports—particularly hockey—related for Nick, or cars for Eve, they didn’t have a clue. His high school history and geography teachers would be so disappointed in him. At least Eve guessed correctly at some of the art and literature questions.
When her last guess got them their fifth point of the night, she leaned over and whispered in his ear. “I’ll be you’re pretty impressed with me right now, aren’t you?”
“I watched the movie version.”
“Of Anna Karenina? How bored were you?”
“Sadly, “the only other thing on television was curling” bored.”
---About the Author:
Elle Rush is a contemporary romance author from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. When she’s not travelling, she’s hard at work writing books which are set all over the world. From Hollywood to the house next door, her heroes will make you sigh and her heroines will make you laugh out loud.
Elle has a degree in Spanish and French, barely passed German, and has flunked poetry in every language she’s studied, including English. She also has mild addictions to tea, yarn, Christmas decorations, and HGTV renovations shows.
ELLE’S CHRISTMAS PLAYLIST
There is nothing like a good playlist to put you in the right frame of mind. They are especially important when you are trying to write a trapped-by-a-blizzard scene during an August heat wave. Fortunately, I have a massive collection of Christmas music to get me through.
(I’m dating myself, but the first holiday album I can remember singing along to is “Elvis’ Christmas Album.” My mom was the biggest Elvis fan on the planet. I still know all the words to “Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me”. Go ahead, test me!)
While I prefer upbeat carols, I must admit my all-time favourite is a little on the sadder side. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” breaks my heart every time. It’s perfect for every Christmas movie when the hero and heroine end up tragically separated for the holidays...just before a seat magically opens up on the next flight home, or a group of strangers offer to get them closer to home in a town-by-town relay, or a tow truck appears to save the day (hint, hint.) Because every Christmas romance needs to end with the couple kissing on Christmas Day!
My playlists also get a workout when I’m baking Christmas cookies and wrapping presents.
Top 5 Songs:
1. I’ll Be Home for Christmas (because it must lead to a happy holiday story ending)
2. White Christmas (I’m from Manitoba – all Christmases are under two feet of snow)
3. All I Want for Christmas is You (Mariah Carey has the voice of an angel)
4. Mary’s Boy Child/Oh My Lord (instantly lifts my spirits, it’s so bouncy)
5. Christmas Eve (I too have waited all year for this, Kelly)
I have several Christmas playlists, but all my favourites are listed under “Elle Rush’s Christmas Playlist” on Spotify, so please have a listen for yourself by clicking here. (You can also search under “ellerushauthor”.)
ELLE’S ALL-TIME FAVORITE CHRISTMAS RECIPE
Baking is a fundamental part of my Christmas holidays and has been since I was a kid. In addition to traditional gingerbread and shortbread, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Chocolate Drops. (You may call them Chocolate Haystacks or Boiled Chocolate Drops).
How good are they? So good that I have to hide them in the freezer in a box marked “Frozen Cauliflower” to ensure they don’t all disappear by December 24th. And the best part – you don’t even need an oven.
Elle’s Christmas Chocolate Drops (makes 4 dozen)
1/2 cup butter or margarine (125mL)
1/2 cup milk (125mL)
2 cups granulated sugar (500mL)
1/2 cup cocoa (125mL)
2 1/2 cups rolled/quick oats* (625mL)
Put first 4 ingredients in a saucepan.
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
Boil for 5 full minutes.
Remove from heat.
Stir in rolled oats.
Drop by teaspoon full onto trays covered with waxed paper. (Do this immediately – the chocolate hardens quickly, and you’ll be stuck with a pot full of chocolate if you take too long.)
*Coconut fans can replace 1/2 cup of oats with 2/3 cup of coconut.