[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Adele, and welcome to the Manga Maniac Café! Can you please describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Adele Downs] Thank you for hosting me on your wonderful site. I’m happy to be here.
My author tagline is Flirty, Fun, Down to Earth Romance because people say those terms describe me and my books. I like that. ?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Santa to the Rescue?
[Adele Downs] Jamey Tucker is a rookie firefighter who moves away from his family home in Indiana to work at Appleton Fire Station in the heart of Pennsylvania apple orchard country. As the holidays approach, he faces Christmas alone. Though he’s away from his parents and sisters for the first time, he dedicates his life to Fire and Rescue and accepts the loneliness he feels.
When Jamey meets pediatric nurse Heather Longhurst in a supermarket aisle after hearing her sing Santa Baby and watching her shimmy to the song when she thinks no one is watching, everything changes. Santa really does rescue Christmas for the lonely firefighter and the nurse who wonders if love with ever find her.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for story?
[Adele Downs] I also write under another pen name and submitted stories for firemen and alpha hero anthologies published earlier this year. Firefighters were still very much on my mind when the idea struck for SANTA TO THE RESCUE. The Christmas novella marks my debut as Adele Downs, the pen name I’ll use for mainstream titles.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Jamey?
[Adele Downs] Loyal, honest, caring.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Heather is never without.
[Adele Downs] Thoughts of the children in her care on the pediatric ward.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Jamey’s bathroom?
[Adele Downs] Since Jamey grew up with sisters, he doesn’t mind girlie type things in the bathroom. Heather will enjoy free rein at his place. But you’ll never find anything dangerous there—like a cup made from real glass, or unprotected razors, or scissors without a cloth cover. He keeps the people he loves safe from harm.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you enjoy most about holiday themed stories?
[Adele Downs] This might sound corny, especially from an adult, but I still believe in the magic of Christmas. It’s the time of year when our thoughts turn to others, when we look forward to giving, and face the New Year ahead. Fresh starts bring hope for the future. Holiday stories capture that hopefulness.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Adele Downs] Privacy and quiet without interruptions. I become totally immersed in my story characters and their world and don’t like distractions. Fortunately, I have a home office and a supportive family who respect my need for alone time.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Adele Downs] I read every day, usually before bed, but sometimes also late in the afternoon when I’ve finished writing for the day. Reading is one of life’s greatest pleasures. I also like to watch TV or movies. I love fiction in all forms.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Adele Downs] I’m always happy to chat with readers on my blog and on Facebook. I’m also on Twitter and will soon have Instagram. Do find me there!
Adele Downs blog: http://adeledowns.wordpress.com
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
About the book:
SANTA TO THE RESCUE by Adele Downs
Firefighter Jamey Tucker knows three things in life to be true: An honorable man doesn’t go back on his word, never hurts a woman, and lasting love isn’t a myth. But with his recent move to a new job at the Appleton Fire station, the long hours don’t offer hope of finding the love he’s looking for.
When Jamey meets beautiful pediatric nurse Heather Longhurst after hearing her sing Santa Baby in a supermarket aisle, he offers her a promise he discovers he can’t keep. Heather has been betrayed by men in the past, making it hard for Jamey to gain her trust. Determined to find a way to win her heart, Jamey uses firefighter engine-uity and Heather’s favorite song to prove he’s got Christmas spirit she can believe in all year.
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She laughed out loud this time, and the sound of her voice rang through the air, pure and clear. He could listen to that voice for hours. “These are for my kids at the hospital. I’m an R.N. at County. We’re decorating the pediatric ward. And spoiling the children too, a bit. I’m baking cookies for our holiday party on Saturday.”
She held out her hand for a handshake. “I’m Heather Longhurst.”
Jamey introduced himself and took her hand. He told her what he did and where he worked. Her skin felt soft against his palm, though her grasp conveyed confidence and strength.
He cocked his chin. “What kind of cookies?”
“Chocolate chip, of course. Is there any other kind?”
Jamey shook his head. He could almost taste melted dark chocolate and smell the aromas of fresh baked flour, eggs and sugar filling her kitchen. His mouth watered. He hoped she couldn’t hear his stomach rumble. He hadn’t eaten in over fourteen hours. “No ma’am.”
Heather returned a lopsided grin. “You’re not from around here, are you?”
“Southern Indiana, born and raised.”
She moved out of the way of an elderly couple trying to pass with their half-filled shopping cart. Jamey moved too and they strolled together toward the exit. “I’ll make a plate of cookies for you, if you stop by the hospital to pick it up.” She said.
Jamey smiled at her, his heart lifting at the turnaround in his day. “That’s the best offer I’ve had since I moved to Appleton.”
“You’re new in town?”
“Been here almost three months.”
“Glad to meet you, Jamey Tucker. See you about one o’clock?”
“I’ll be there. Count on it.”
“I will.” She smiled back and their gazes locked. His mood soared with the realization she was flirting with him. The day had definitely taken a turn for the better.
About the Author:
Adele Downs writes contemporary romance inside the office of her rural Pennsylvania home. She is a former journalist, published in newspapers and magazines inside the USA, UK, and Caribbean.
Adele is an active member of Romance Writers of America and her local RWA chapter where she serves as past-president. She has written several articles for RWR magazine (Romance Writers Report), the trade journal of Romance Writers of America, and has presented workshops for writers.
When Adele isn’t working on her current project, she can be found riding in her convertible or reading a book on the nearest beach.