Episode 264: A Chat with Romance Author, Sarah Monzon
Finally getting a chance to chat with Sarah Monzon was a total delight, and learning all about her latest release, All's Fair in Love and Christmas was equally awesome. My copy is here and waiting for me to dive into the battle of the celebrations! EEEP! Listen in to see what that even means!
Note: I sound like I'm underwater. We heard it during our interview, but I couldn't make it behave and couldn't fix it. Sorry!
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How Does an Intense Christmas Competition Lead to Love?
All's Fair in Love and Christmas has so much going for it that I don't know where to start! Fun mom who made our heroine's childhood Christmases an international delight without ever leaving home? Check! Social anxiety adding to the stress of competing for a promotion? Check? Romcom hilarity? Check, check? And add to all that Sarah's wonderful writing and delightful characterization? I'm all in.
We also chatted about why she chose to write about a woman with social anxiety, her preferred reading methods, and some of my favorite books by her. For a refresher, those are The Isaac Project, 12 Days of Snowmen, and Book Nerds & Boyfriends (a collection of three novellas).
All's Fair in Love and Christmas by Sarah Monzon
Two workplace rivals. One festive competition. And a romance that upends it all.
Every December two things are guaranteed for graphic designer Mackenzie Graham--Christmas celebrations and the annual promotion at her workplace. Those two things are by no means mutually exclusive. In fact, the better an employee is at harnessing the Christmas spirit, the more likely they'll win the new job. With her social anxiety, Mackenzie never thought she'd be a contender in her company's holiday competition, so how exactly has she found herself dueling her workplace crush with wrapping paper tubes and using tinsel as her weapon of choice for a much-needed raise?
Jeremy Fletcher's life is meticulously planned out, including how to win this year's promotion at work. Not only will the new position fulfill some of his career goals, but as a single guardian to his twin niece and nephew, he needs the salary increase to support his family. Jeremy has barely noticed Mackenzie Graham around the office, but now that she's his rival, he can't stop thinking about her. Her quirkiness intrigues him, and he's afraid that if he can't get his head on straight, the promotion isn't the only thing he'll end up losing to Mackenzie.
"Inspirational rom-com readers are going to love this one."--BETHANY TURNER, bestselling author of The Do-Over