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#BookGiveaway Intro: Joanne Dannon, An Unforgettable Holiday

This week we have Intro on Author on: Joanne Dannon.  She has a new release, An Unforgettable Holiday. 

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How do you keep coming up with fresh characters and stories?

I believe it’s important for writers to get away from their desks and go for a walk, see a movie, catch up with friends and/or do day trips. Being outside and away from the office allows us to refresh and get ideas. New restaurants/cafes or places I visit usually inspire me to think of story lines/plots to use in my stories. 

Most of the settings I use in my books are places I have travelled to or visited. Whether local or international, there are plenty of wonderful places that can bring out brilliant ideas for books. 

Who do you like to read?

I love romance (of course) and generally read romance however, I do enjoy a good thriller especially by James Patterson, Harlan Coben and Daniel Silva.

What’s your favorite place to read?

When the weather is warm I love to sit on the porch, in the back garden because it’s so relaxing. In winter, I prefer to be snuggled up in bed!

What are some of your reading pet peeves?

I want to be swept away when I read, and want the author to have spent time in writing a brilliant story for their readers. 

I dislike stories that are contrived or have convenient endings. 

Do your characters stick with you after you’ve finished a book and if so, how do you handle it?

Most definitely. I spend a lot of time creating my characters and to me, they’re “real”! 

I had a small…..okay, a big fan girl crush on my tap dancing, singing superstar, Alex Jackson, who I created in “Kisses under the Spotlight”. Every time I hear certain songs it triggers memories of him and I think about him. When I went to the Michael BublĂ© concert (when he was last in Australia), I couldn’t stop grinning because to me Michael was Alex Jackson, my awesome character :) 

How do you handle writer’s block?

I’m lucky to be surrounded by some brilliant romance writers and if I need a brain-storm, they are only a phone call away :)

What motivates you to write your books?

I love writing. Just like reading an awesome book, I get swept away with the creating and writing of two characters. I love the changes they each make to each other so they can now fall in love. 

When I’m writing, it’s like I’m there, in the book. I feel their emotions and am often tired after a long spell of writing because I pour my heart and soul in to each book.

Tell us a little about your book….

An Unforgettable Holiday includes two novellas that are perfect for the holidays. They are sweet, clean romances with a splash of faith. My heroines are Australians who find love when they least expect it, on vacation.

When falling in love isn’t as easy as falling in love.

A Magical Christmas in Jerusalem

Australian project manager Kiara Lonsdale is career focussed and determined to provide and care for the grandmother who raised her. Taking time off work to vacation has never been high on her agenda, but this year she’s made an exception. She’s helping her gran fulfil a life-long dream by accompanying her on a Christmas to the Holy Land tour.

Jacques Lenoir and his extended family run tours in Israel and he’s committed to their business. Jacques feels responsible for his grandparents’ welfare since they risked their lives, and others’, as operatives in the French Resistance, during the War.

But over romantic dinners in the desert, camel rides, and mud baths at the Dead Sea, sparks fly between Kiara and Jacques. Will this only be a holiday romance or will a touch of Christmas magic make it last a lifetime?

A Magical Chanukah in New York

Lisa Sassoon has shunned the scandal of her loser ex-boyfriend cheating on her by escaping to New York. Instead of sightseeing, she’s become a recluse focussing on helping the less fortunate at a homeless shelter. 

Gabe Olivari, entrepreneur and savvy business New Yorker, can’t let go of the pain of losing his best friend. So caught up in his own grief and believing he doesn’t deserve to be happy, he compensates by pushing everyone close to him away. 

But when Lisa and Gabe meet, there is an instant connection that forces them to question not only their behaviours but their aspirations.

Can a dash of Chanukah magic help Lisa and Gabe realise that sparkling dates and dreamy kisses can lead to more? Perhaps even a lifetime of happiness? 

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