When an injury dashes NFL Quarterback Dean Silverthorne’s Super Bowl dreams, he heads back to Deer Lick, Montana with a chip on his wounded shoulder and more determined than ever to get back in the game. He loves his kooky family, but his trip home is nothing but a very brief Christmas visit.
His game plan didn’t include an instant attraction to Emma Hart, a feisty kindergarten teacher who seems to be the only person in Deer Lick not interested in the hometown hero. Or his dearly departed mom popping up with mistletoe in hand and meddling on the mind. Now Dean can’t help but wonder if there’s more to love than life between the goal posts
Readergirls asked Candis Terry this question to write about for her guest post: Ghost matchmaking mom, football player son, we'd love to know the inspiration for this story!
Candis Terry's Guest Post:
Hi! I’m so excited to be here. Thank you for the opportunity to chat about ANY GIVEN CHRISTMAS my new Sugar Shack novel release from Avon Impulse.
Wow. To get behind the real inspiration of this story I probably need to pull up the psychiatrists couch! All the Sugar Shack novels were inspired by lost opportunities, new beginnings, and life-changing challenges. Along with my just really weird personal experiences with the woo-woo stuff.
My father and I were never close and I lost him when I was only eleven. My mother has Alzheimer’s and I’ve lost my chance at working out some of the rough spots in our relationship. So I always wonder how people might react and move forward when faced with devastating losses. Dean Silverthorne, the hero in my new book, has not only lost his best friend and number one fan with the death of his mother, but there’s a very real possibility that he’s also lost his high-powered, much-loved career. On top of that he’s a little misguided and he’s smitten with Emma Hart, a woman who frankly, just isn’t all that impressed with the NFL superstar/hometown hero.
And the ghost mom? Well, she died too quick for her liking. And she’s not ready to go toes up until she sees that she’s worked out all the raw edges in her relationships with her children. Or at least until she sees that they each find their happily ever after.
Sometimes its fun coming up with new holiday season miracles. Wishing everyone a very merry!
About the author: Growing up in Southern California, I was too busy reading books, hanging out at the beach, or finding ways to have a good time that wouldn’t land me on restriction to even consider writing a book. Oddly enough, a college drama teacher (who politely discouraged my inept acting abilities) encouraged me to develop the A+ character bio I’d created into a complete story. Right. Years later, in the midst of a bleary-eyed all-nighter (rocking my newborn, that is), I picked up a romance novel and fell in love with more than just the infant in my arms.
The diversities in my life have enhanced (or twisted) my worldview. From working in a Hollywood recording studio to a graphic designer in marketing; from schmoozing with the likes of Charleton Heston and Motley Crüe to giving up my beach bum ways and making the move to an Idaho farm. I’ve designed costumes for 80’s heavy metal videos and scooped up road apples left on the parade route by my daughter’s rodeo queening horse.
Only one thing has remained constant: my passion for writing stories about relationships, the push and pull in the search for love, and the security one finds in their own happily ever after. Though my stories are set in small towns, my wish is to give each of my characters a great big memorable love story rich with quirky characters, tons of fun, and a happy ending.
I’m married to a wonderful man who takes out the trash without being asked and who puts up with all my crazy ideas. To find inspiration, my family and I often grab our trailer and ATV and venture out to discover the off-road splendor of the Idaho wilderness. And when I need a fun dose of reality, I call upon my daughter and her little Mini-Me or one of our 3 furry troublemakers.
Life is good down on the farm!
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