Monday, December 15, 2014

PR Special Edition: Sarah Morgan Guest Post + Giveaway!

Poisoned Rationality Special  Edition

Welcome to another Poisoned Rationality Special Edition!  Today we  welcome back Sarah Morgan, author of so many books you can't shake a stick, but especially the O'Neil Brothers series.  She's with us talking about how guys should figure out the perfect gift for their lady loves...so you know maybe make sure your fella is reading over your shoulder accidentally?
This winter, ex-skiing champion, reformed heartbreaker and single dad Tyler O'Neil has only one mission—making sure his daughter, Jess, has the best Christmas ever. The fact that his best friend, Brenna, is also temporarily moving into his chalet at the overbooked Snow Crystal resort is a delicious distraction he's simply going to have to ignore. Theirs is the one relationship he's never ruined, and he's not about to start now.

Ski pro Brenna Daniels knows all about the perils of unrequited love—she's been in love with Tyler for years. But living with him is absolute torture…how can she concentrate on being his friend when he's sleeping in the room next door? Then when Tyler kisses Brenna, suddenly the relationship she's always dreamed of feels so close she could almost touch it. Could this be the Christmas her dreams of a happy-ever-after finally come true?
 A Season of Living Dangerously
by: Sarah Morgan

A dear friend of mine once found a large box under the Christmas tree. It was neatly wrapped in festive paper and for the week before the big day she stared at it in anticipation, guessing at the contents. Excitement levels rose.
On Christmas Day she ripped off the paper to find…a set of saucepans.
She stared at the box and then at her husband. ‘Saucepans?’
He beamed. ‘You know how sometimes things stick to the pan when you cook? Nothing is sticking to this. It’s top of the range. The Ferrari of saucepans.’
I’m going to end the story there, but you can imagine her reaction (if they’d had a Ferrari he would have been under the wheels, but they didn’t and they’re still married so you can relax).
And here is the number one golden rule of present buying for men: never buy a woman a gift for the kitchen or the house unless she has asked for it. If a woman has asked for something for the kitchen, that’s different. No saucepans, no vacuum cleaners and no wooden spoons. In the first draft of this piece I added no kitchen knives, but my husband was reading over my shoulder and said he thinks sharp kitchen knives make great gifts so I reconsidered and decided that they would at least make it easier to take revenge on the person who just bought you the saucepans. Other gifts to avoid are anything that might convey an alternate meaning. So no cellulite cream, no low fat cook books and definitely no tummy control underwear.
A thoughtful gift does not have to be expensive. If money is tight then homemade ‘Vouchers’ offering different treats can be perfect gifts. ‘This voucher entitles the bearer to a foot massage’ or ‘a two hour lie in on a Sunday no matter how much the kids are screaming’ might be very welcome in some households. When our boys were little, my husband used to do the 5am shift at weekends. That meant more to me than anything sparkly sold in a jewelry store.
A gift should be something that reflects the interests of the recipient, not the giver. It shows that someone has paid attention. Both my sons listen during the year and if I happen to mention that I like something, they file it away in their brains and then at Christmas I find it under the tree (for any men out there, this is a good tip: It’s never too early to start listening for clues).
Last year I was playing with ideas for my new Puffin Island series and my eldest son gave me some adorable stuffed puffins that have been on my desk right through the writing of this series.
And don’t be afraid to ask for advice. When he was twelve, my youngest son told my husband he wanted to buy me a lipstick for Christmas because I liked lipstick. My husband blanched (lipstick was right at the top of his You Won’t Get it Right So Don’t Try list) but my son refused to be put off so he duly chaperoned him to a department store. My son made a beeline for a young, pretty sales assistant and said ‘I want to buy lipstick for my mum. She likes it shiny and not too red.’ They chose a lipstick together and it was perfect. But the most perfect thing for me was that he’d thought hard and gone to so much trouble to make it special. And that, in my opinion, is the most important element of any gift.
Tyler, the hero of my new release Maybe This Christmas, gives the heroine the one thing he knows she wants more than anything and that’s one of the reasons the ending of this book is special to me. A gift isn’t a demonstration of wealth, it’s about showing someone you care.
What thoughtful gift are you hoping to find under your tree this year?
Love Sarah

 About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. She has been nominated four years in succession for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America and has won the award twice, in 2012 and 2013. She also won the RT Reviewers' Choice Award in 2012 and has made numerous appearances in their 'Top Pick' slot.

Sarah lives near London, and when she isn't reading or writing she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying.  

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The Harlequin Holiday Reads prize-pack includes:
  • One mass market paperback of each of:
    • Christmas with the Billionaire by Carole Mortimer, Maisey Yates and Joss Wood
    • Maybe this Christmas by Sarah Morgan
    • Snow Angel Cove by RaeAnne
    • The Heart of Christmas by Brenda Novak
    • The Lodge on Holly Road by Sheila Roberts
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