Alexis Morgan has always been an avid reader, and she loves spending her days with hunky heroes and gutsy heroines. By the end of this year, she will have published twenty-five books, novellas, and short stories, including contemporary romances, American West Historicals, and Paranormal Romances. Next year will see the debut of her first venture into
fantasy romance with a series from NAL titled River of the Damned. She has been nominated for numerous industry awards, including the RITA© from the Romance Writers of America, the top award in the romance genre.
Sometimes a new book sale comes as a complete surprise, which is always fun. Way back in the first week of March of this year, I had told my agent in an e-mail that I was meeting Janice Kay Johnson later that morning for lunch. Janice writes fabulous stories for Harlequin Super Romance, and she’s the person who originally encouraged me to trying writing my own books. Without her help, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
We were planning to brainstorm some new ideas for Janice over pizza and soft drinks. Just after we’d placed our orders, Michelle Grajkowski, my agent called me to say that we might want to linger over lunch, maybe even order dessert, since we’d need to brainstorm a new story idea for me, too.
That’s how Michelle broke the news that I’d been invited to contribute a novella-length story to an anthology for HQN entitled A VAMPIRE FOR CHRISTMAS. My agent gave me the basic details and then let me get back to pizza and plotting.
Vampires aren’t something I usually associate with the holidays. That didn’t prevent me from immediately seeing an image in my head of a handsome vampire needing help to get into the Christmas spirit. As soon as I “saw” him, I even had the perfect title for the story: All I Want for Christmas.
In the opening scene, Eagan McHale is standing across the street from a diner. He’s a vampire undercover copy, all alone in the darkness and the cold. The heroine, who owns the cozy little restaurant, loves everything about Christmas: twinkling lights, brightly wrapped packages, and mistletoe. With no family of her own, Della has surrounded herself with friends, making her diner the center of their holiday celebrations. From the minute she sees Eagan standing across the street, she realizes that perfect gift for him would be her heart.
I loved creating this stand-alone story about finding love and acceptance in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the holidays. I hope you will all enjoy reading Eagan and Della’s happily-ever-after.
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