No only is Susan R. Hughes an amazing author of Women's Fiction with strong romance elements, but also she's one of my good friends.
Her latest release is A Baby for New Year’s, Holiday Bundles of Joy, Book 2.
About Susan R. Hughes
Susan is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and historical romance. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario, with her husband and three children.
Be sure and read the excerpt from A Baby for New Year's. It will make you want to buy the book.
Take 5 With Susan R. Hughes
Q1: What's your guilty pleasure when it comes to food and drink?
A: Hot chocolate with whipped cream (and a splash of Bailey's).
Q2: What's your guilty pleasure when it comes to books?
A: The Dear Canada children’s historical series.
Q3: What's the best review you ever received?
A: It wasn’t exactly a review, but a comment from a fellow author. She said that my book Heart’s Desire changed her view on interracial relationships. How amazing is that?
Q4: In your most recent book, who would you cast in a movie as the main characters and why?
A: Emilie de Raven and Colin O’Donoghue from Once Upon a Time, because I love that show!
Q5: Do you listen to music during any of the phases of writing a book? If you do, what kind of music?
A: I have listened to Adele quite a lot. Her songs are so emotional and evocative that you can’t help feeling inspired to write about love and heartbreak.
After an emotionally destructive marriage, Meg has settled into a quiet life as a single mother.
When her pregnant teenage niece arrives at her door, seeking shelter, Meg finds herself caught in a family drama between the girl's parents. She hasn't seen her estranged sister Kelly or her former brother-in-law Evan in years, but she hasn’t forgotten her secret crush on him when they were teenagers.
Now that he's single again, he still makes Meg weak in the knees. As the New Year brings complications Meg never thought she wanted, should she listen to her heart and take a chance on love?
Excerpt, A Baby for New Year’s
Evan stood waiting at the top of the stairs, a small smile hovering on his lips. “They’re great kids,” he whispered.
“Yeah, they are. And you’re going to be an awesome grandfather,” Meg added with a quiet chuckle. “You know, before Julie was born, I couldn’t picture you as a dad. But you were a natural with her right from the start. And right now, I honestly can’t picture a kid calling you ‘Grandpa.’ But I know you’ll be wonderful.”
His smile widened. “Thank you, Meg. That means a lot to me.”
She meant to walk past him and head downstairs. But she paused beside him, overcome with feeling for him, and lifted her hand to touch his face. She caressed her fingertips across the coarse day’s growth on his cheek, her thumb grazing his soft mouth. The dim light from the living room glittered in his beautiful eyes.
“You’re a wonderful man,” she murmured.
Evan’s lips parted slightly. His warm, intent gaze tangled with hers, while his hand covered hers and he pressed a gentle kiss to the tip of her thumb.
Awareness quivered from Meg’s hand straight to the pit of her stomach. Her heart slammed against her ribs with a blow that made her catch her breath.
She knew she ought to suppress her feelings. She should walk away and send him straight back to his hotel. But she stayed rooted to the floor, only letting her hand fall from his mouth as he bent to graze his lips against her temple.
“You’re wearing that rose scent again,” he whispered. “That fragrance haunts my dreams.”
Meg closed her eyes as desire for him spiraled through her in a heady rush. Tilting her face upward, she leaned into him and brushed her lips against his mouth.
I've read A Baby for New Year's, and it really is wonderful. Do yourself a favor and add it to your To-Be-Read stack.
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