Celebrate the holidays with author Samantha Holt
If you could ask Santa for one thing, what would it be and why? Another year like this one. It’s been hectic and occasionally stressful, but it’s been good to me and I look forward to seeing what next year brings!
What is your favorite holiday candy? Chocolate of any kind. I’m not keen on hard candy or anything too sweet so a big bar of chocolate is a good way to keep me quiet.
It’s the season of Egg Nog. Do you prefer it with rum, without alcohol or can’t stand the stuff? I’ve never tried it. It’s not really something we drink in the UK but I do want to try it. It sounds kind of yuck but I’m so curious!
What is one of your holiday traditions to do each year? I always buy a nice tacky festive jumper for Christmas day and my children get new pajamas.
If you could kiss any character under the mistletoe, who would it be? Mr Thornton from North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. He is one of the original book boyfriends!
Holiday cookies are my favorite to bake each year. Do you have a favorite holiday cookie that you enjoy each year? I don’t do a lot of traditional baking at Christmas. I like to try a different dessert each year so my efforts usually go into that but we always make mince pies. I’m not a fan of shop bought ones but homemade ones are lovely.
Title: Borderland Beauty
Publisher: Jupiter Gardens Press
Genre: Historical Romance
Available at Amazon
Lord Dominic is in need of a wife. With the reivers, the wild and dangerous criminals that haunt the borderlands, breathing down his neck and his brother now married, he needs a strong woman by his side. So when he finds out about an old marriage contract between him and his neighbour’s daughter, he vows to give the mysterious woman a chance. Upon meeting the beautiful, feisty maiden, he vows to make her his wife.
Lucy Montgomery wants nothing to do with the arrogant lord. She doesn’t understand his interest in her. Surely a man like Dominic could never fall for a woman like her? Hurt by the past, she refuses to believe that she is anything more than a game to him. If only she didn’t find him quite so charming.
Can Dominic persuade Lucy that she is more than just another woman to him? And with the reivers growing bolder, are there worse dangers than Lucy saying ‘Nay’?
“You care a great deal about the ‘other women’. ‘Tis odd when you profess to care little about my affairs.”
“I care not what you do. You are a free man and may lie with whomever you choose.”
His lips slanted into a wry smile. “And yet the mere mention of other women sparks anger in your eyes. I told you before, your eyes give you away. ‘Tis more than indignation that ignites the fire in your eyes, ‘tis jealousy.”
“Jealousy?” she spluttered. “Why should I be jealous?”
As he leaned closer, Lucy edged away, gasping with surprise as her back hit the cold stone wall. With nowhere to escape, Dominic moved closer still, bringing his mouth to her ear. His cheek brushed hers and she shuddered as his breath swept over her.
She supposed she could probably shove him away but her hands would not cooperate and instead clung to the stone, as if the rock could somehow provide her with the strength needed to deny him.
So easy. It would be so easy just to turn her head and kiss him. It would take only the smallest of movement. His lips grazed her exposed neck, so briefly that she would not have been sure it happened were it not for the scalding imprint his mouth left.
“You are jealous because you wish to be one of those ladies,” he breathed into her ear.
She gulped and shook her head but any words of protest died on her lips as his hand came up to the other side of her neck and curled domineeringly around it.
He kissed her ear. “But ‘twill not happen.” He kissed again as she frowned. “For you would not be just one of those ladies.” His lips sealed around her lobe, nipping briefly at it and extracting a choked cry from her. “You would be the only lady.”