I’m excited to welcome former Inspy Romance blogger Heidi McCahan! She is taking over, today, to interview the hero in her newly released novel Say You Won’t Go.
Welcome back, Heidi!
Hello, Inspy Romance readers! It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and one of my favorite ways to celebrate is to enjoy the sweet romance movies and novels that have become a “hallmark” (see what I did there?) of the season. I don’t know about you, but I’ve already watched a couple of delightful Christmas movies and read at least two Christmas-themed novels. While I’m certain Mary and Joseph didn’t have Netflix or the Hallmark channel in the stable when they welcomed Jesus into the world, those of us celebrating our Savior’s birth in this century seem to devour the wholesome holiday entertainment that is right at our fingertips. I guess there’s just something about finding love and celebrating a happily ever after that makes us swoon and reach for our hot cocoa.
Given my enthusiasm for all things Christmas, I’ve always wanted to write a Christmas novel or novella, and I also wanted to release a sequel to my first book, Unraveled. The concept for a heroine who is a professional snowboarder dealing with a humiliating social media post developed quickly, but I struggled to create a hero who fit into the storyline. I tried writing a couple of different heroes, yet they seemed to miss the mark. Then a handful of readers asked me if Jeremy Tully would ever have a chance to ‘star’ in his own story. If you haven’t read Unraveled yet, Jeremy is a secondary character in that novel. From the minute he strolls on to the page, he has so much … swagger. Suddenly it all clicked! Emerald Cove, Alaska is a wonderful setting for a Christmas novel, and Jeremy is the perfect hero to compliment my feisty, wayward heroine, because his life has gone a little sideways as well.
Without further delay, let’s shine the spotlight on one of my favorite fictional friends, Jeremy Tully.
Tell us about yourself?
I’m a former reality TV star and a whitewater rafting and kayak guide. Right now, I’m working at a ski resort in my hometown of Emerald Cove, Alaska and trying to get my life back on track.
I have a lot of regrets, too many to share here. My biggest regret is that in my quest to be the life of the party, I forget my actions have consequences. I’ve hurt a lot of people because I didn’t think about how my choices might impact the people I care about most.
Dating hasn’t gone well for me in quite a while. In a perfect world, I’d say watching the Northern Lights together while drinking coffee or hot cocoa.
Time travel and the ability to go back and change the outcome of certain events.
Best gift you’ve ever received?
Favorite Christmas carol?
Silent night by candlelight on Christmas Eve.
Three people to dinner, living or dead?
My grandfather, my good friend Andrew, and Alyssa Huard
Basically, Jeremy is a hot mess at the beginning of Say You Won’t Go. Alyssa’s in rotten shape as well. Oh, how I love a redemptive story. One of my favorite authors, Susan May Warren, encourages writers to take characters from broken to whole over the course of a novel. Isn’t that a magnificent word picture of what the Lord is doing in our lives too? Whether you’re having a delightful holiday season or slogging your way toward the end of a difficult year, may I remind you of a few simple truths? Our God reigns, He creates the best stories, and every single one points to our Savior, who offers hope and redemption to this hurting world.
Heidi McCahan is a Pacific Northwest girl at heart, but now resides in North Carolina with her husband and three boys. When she isn’t writing inspirational romance novels, Heidi can usually be found reading a book, enjoying a cup of coffee and avoiding the laundry pile. She’s also a huge fan of dark chocolate and her adorable goldendoodle, Finn. She enjoys connecting with readers, so please visit her website, heidimccahan.com, and sign up for her newsletter. Once your subscription is confirmed, you’ll receive a free novella, More Than Words.
Say You Won’t Go
Adrenaline junkie and former reality TV star Jeremy Tully longs to forget the woman who left him with a tattered heart. More than anything, he wants to atone for his wrongs and break free from the anxiety holding him hostage.
Professional snowboarder Alyssa Huard arrives in Emerald Cove, reeling from a humiliating betrayal, and desperate to escape the social media firestorm sidelining her career. When she collides with Jeremy on the ski slope, she instantly despises him, and he’s not thrilled about a sassy, self-absorbed athlete crashing into his world, either.
While filming a snowboard commercial less than a week before Christmas, Jeremy and Alyssa are trapped in the unforgiving Alaskan wilderness, and she is forced to rely on him. Despite warning signs that this woman is all wrong for him, Jeremy is tired of playing it safe. Alyssa begins to trust him, but can their fragile bond survive when they’re confronted by their pasts?
Order your copy here from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Say-You-Wont-Small-Town-Christmas-ebook/dp/B07GDS47ZN
Heidi has graciously offered a Giveaway! One autographed paperback to a US resident, one e-Book to an international winner (void where prohibited). Please leave a comment by December 2, 2018 sharing the name of your favorite Christmas song or carol, and she’ll randomly choose two winners.