Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Christmas Dare

Joan Chandler is our special guest today. She is a Florida native who has lived in the Deep South all of her life. She is married with two children who are her pride and joy. She lives a double life of sorts, holding down a nine-to-five job during the day, and writing steamy romance at night—often with her black cat curled up in her arms as she types.

When she’s not spending her spare time working on her next novel, she loves to go camping, sharing girls’ night out with her friends, walking her two dogs, and watching football.


Self-professed Christmas addict Gia Dixon, and by-the-book Ethan Castle have been best friends all their lives. When tragedy strikes Ethan’s family, Gia’s the rock he depends on to pull him through the darkest days. Then, a shared, long-forgotten memory leads to an unexpected yet tender kiss.  Can a simple Christmas dare help them find true love?


Funny how times had changed, Gia thought to herself. How was it possible to have gone all these years and not have thought of him romantically? Yet now all she wanted to do was steal a minute alone to kiss him again. Or more.

She saw headlights coming down the road and opened the door, preparing to walk out to meet him.

“No, ma’am,” she heard Ethan call out. He was already getting out of his Jeep and motioned for her to turn around and go back inside.

She was unsure what to make of it, but did as he asked. Then she heard the doorbell ring.  Slowly she opened the door, and saw his smiling face. She backed up a step to allow him to walk inside.

“We may be taking things slow, but I’m still going to do it the right way. When I ask you out on a date, I’ll park and come to your door. If this were seven years ago and you were living at home, your dad would have kicked my ass if he ever caught me letting you just walk out to the curb to get in my car.”

Gia could easily recall the many times her father had complained about that when other boys had done it to her.

“How right you are. My mistake.” She laughed. “From now on I’ll expect to be courted properly according to the Henry Dixon Dating Manual.”

“Besides, stealing a quick moment alone behind closed doors gives me the opportunity to do this.” He pulled her into his embrace to softly kiss her.

When their lips parted, she commented, “I don’t think Daddy had that in mind when he made up that particular rule. But you score extra points for showing initiative.”


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Joan Chandler said...

Thanks so much for hosting me today. I am excited to share my new book with your readers.

p.m.terrell said...

Thanks so much for joining us today, Joan! I love the cover of your new book. And what a great time for it to be available. I love the plot. How did you come up with the premise for A Christmas Dare?

Dorthy said...

At this point of following you to all these great blogs I'm really really wishing there were 3 excerpts! I know, I know you gave us 2. But really who wouldn't want another excerpt? :-)

bn100 said...

Nice excerpt.


Joan Chandler said...

I think most people can look back and think of a friend they had at some point in their lives that they wished could be more than just that. I know I certainly did. As an author, inspiration strikes in various ways (at least for me). Sometimes it can be a phrase I hear in a song, or maybe a dream, or sometimes I just get a mental flash and see a snippet in my head of something, and I take it from there. In the case of The Christmas Dare, it was literally one of those "flash" type moments. There is a scene very early in the book where Gia is racing to the ballpark, already late to see a special boy play little league baseball. She gets there and sees another teammate insult him after he strikes out. She comes to his defense by running into the dugout to cheer him up. As she glances across the field at the coach, he is watching her with a smirk. From that one "vision",if you will, it grew into this story of best friends whose relationship evolves into something more. I really can't explain it any other way, other than to say with every book I've written, the story takes on a life of its own and sometimes even I am surprised at where it winds up. Thanks for asking a grat question!

Ingeborg said...

Nice excerpt thank you.