Another Read for Winter!

Oooooh, I love winter. And not just because big chunky jumpers mean I can indulge in the caramel ones the Quality Street tub without waistband worry. I love it because it’s a time for cosy nights on the sofa, roaring fires, and books – lots of books!
There’s something magical about a Christmas read. Not even the life-size, flashing Rudolph on my roof (apologies again to the neighbours) does more to get me in the festive spirit. 
Last year, my first Christmas novel One Day In December was published by Aria. It told the story of four very different characters over the course of a 24 hour period a few days before Christmas. Caro sets off on a quest to find out if her relationship with her father has been based on a lifetime of lies. Lila decides to tell her lover's wife of their secret affair. Cammy is on the way to pick up the ring for the surprise proposal to the woman he loves. And Bernadette vows to walk away from her controlling husband of 30 years. As the hours pass, their lives intertwine and connections are revealed, with lots of surprises, twists and dramas along the way. 
Thankfully, the response to the novel from readers was wonderful, so much so that I decided to extend the concept to a three book series. 
The second instalment, Another Day In Winter, hit the e-shelves on October 2nd. The theme is the same, but the characters are different – although a few familiar faces from previous novels do pop in and out. 
This time around, we share the lives of George, Chrissie, Shauna and Tom on a chilly day in December.  Remember Shauna from my first Aria novel The Story Of Our Life? Now, almost three years later, she touches down at Glasgow Airport on a quest to find answers from the past. 
Meanwhile, across town, George knows his time is nearing the end, but is it too late to come to terms with his two greatest regrets? 
His grandson Tom uncovers a betrayal that rocks his world as he finally tracks down the one that got away. 
And single mum Chrissie is ready to force her love-life out of hibernation, but can anyone compare to the man who broke her heart?
I went through a whole range of emotions when I was writing these tales. Some scenes, inspired by personal loss, had me splodging tears onto the keyboard. Others, especially the ones featuring my regular favourites, Josie and Val, had me giggling as I made them more outrageous than ever. 
And as I typed The End, I realised that I just wished I could set extra dinner places at the Christmas table for each and every character – even a certain despicable duo who deserved nothing but scorn and disdain. Well, it is the season of goodwill. 

So now comes the waiting, the time when you’ve sent your creation out into the world and you’re left with a big yuletide barrel full of hope. 
I hope Another Day In Winter is the perfect companion to those cosy, dark evenings. I hope that readers will love it. I hope reviewers will approve. And as for my neighbours? I hope it takes their mind off the life-size flashing Rudolph on next-door’s roof.