Monday, December 12, 2016

Blog Tour, Interview, Giveaway: A Family Under the Christmas Tree

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

A Family Under the Christmas TreeA Family Under the Christmas Tree
by Terri Reed
Inspirational Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 340 pages
October 4th 2016 by Howard Books

In this heartwarming tale set during the Christmas season, a single father and a fashion photographer are brought together by a young boy and a mischievous Bernese mountain dog—but first they must learn to set aside their differences if they are willing to let their relationship bloom.

David Murphy never knew much about kids. But when his brother dies unexpectedly, David is granted custody of his six-year-old nephew, Troy, who he’s only seen once a year since he was born. He already has his hands full running his business, and he has no idea how to help the grieving boy. When Troy runs off one day, David finds him at a park playing with an adorable and rambunctious Bernese mountain dog—who leads him to Sophie.

Sophie Griffith has spent her life travelling around the world as a photojournalist. She has never stayed in one place for long, and her new assignment—helping her grandmother for a few weeks—is just temporary. Once Christmas day comes, Sophie is off the hook and can leave for a new adventure. Caring for her grandmother is a piece of cake—but caring for her new Bernese mountain dog, Riggs, is a different story. It doesn’t help that Riggs strikes up a friendship with a lost little boy one day at the park—and leads her to David.

Neither David nor Sophie have time for romance. But as they spend more time together, they start falling for each other even though they know it can’t go anywhere. Sophie will be gone after Christmas, and the last thing David needs is another distraction as he tries to comfort Troy. But as their faith and growing love for the boy and dog unites them, they wonder whether it’s more than a holiday romance…and maybe Troy might finally get his Christmas wish for a family.

Terri Reed’s romance and romantic suspense novels have appeared on Publishers Weekly top 25 Romance and Publishers Weekly top ten Religion Fiction, Nielsen’s Bookscan top 100 and featured in USA Today, Christian Fiction Magazine, More To Life Magazine and Romantic Times Magazine, finaled in RWA’s RITA contest, National Reader’s Choice Award contest, ACFW’s The Carol Award contest. She is an active member of both Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. She resides in the Pacific Northwest with her college-sweetheart husband. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening and playing with her dogs.


Author Interview 

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a country girl at heart having grownup in a small California mountain town but have lived in Sacramento, NYC, Chicago and finally settled in the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon where my husband and I raised our children. When I’m not writing or hanging out with my family I am training my Australian puppy in obedience and agility.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

In A Family Under the Christmas Tree my favorite part was to write scenes that included Riggs, a Bernese mountain dog. Incorporating animals is such a fun way of spicing up scenes and exploring different aspects of the story. I especially enjoyed writing the interactions of the child in the story with the dog.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or is it purely all imagination?

I like to add a bit of real life to my stories. There are several scenes in A Family Under the Christmas Tree that come from personal knowledge. The setting of Bellevue Washington is where I have family so I was able to describe it from having visited the city. In the story, the characters visit a Christmas tree farm, which I patterned after a local tree farm here that we’d visit often when my children were young. It was fun to remember back to those days with my kids.

How different was this book to write than the previous books in the series?

A Family Under the Christmas Tree is a stand alone inspirational romance but much different than the inspirational romantic suspense books I have been writing for the past few years.  A Family Under the Christmas Tree is a light, feel good read set at Christmas time.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

My advice is to never stop learning your craft, believe in your stories and keep writing. As soon as you finish one book, start plotting and writing the next one.

Is there anything you would like to say to your fans or readers?

I love to hear from readers and I can be found online at www.terrireed.com. Christmastime can be both a wonderful and stressful time, I hope readers will take time to enjoy the season.  

Tour Schedule

Tour Giveaway

- 1 winner will receive a copy of Love Inspired Classic 2 in 1, Love Comes Home and A Sheltering Love, a light up angle ornament, a Santa bookmark, A Family Under the Christmas Tree bookmark, a manicure set, and a Tule Book Girl book bag (US only)
- 1 winner will receive a $10 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally)
- Ends December 22nd

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