Holiday of the Heart
by Angel Wolfe
Genre: Contemporary Romance
After a horrendous Valentine's Day nightmare, and a hot and steamy reunion, Morgan and Ricky part ways only to have Ricky show up several months later asking her to wait for him. The problem is, Morgan has already been waiting for years. How much is too much? Will their romance survive yet another separation or will someone new fill the aching hole in her heart?
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Her eyes widened but nary a word of protest escaped her lips as he bent his head to capture them in a slow searching kiss. Much too soon, he pulled away and released her hands. “I’m sorry Morgan, that was out of line. I was having so much fun that I just got a little carried away.” He stood and helped her from the floor then turned and returned to the kitchen, leaving Morgan to touch her lips in awe, trying to remember if she had ever been kissed like that before.
In high school, Angel often sat with the textbook open and a romance novel sitting inside it. After high school, she began writing stories in notebooks because she didn't own a typewriter.
Later, Angel neared completion of her first novel, Damaged Hearts but she couldn't bring herself to end it (until recently!) Since that time, she has written four short stories, a contemporary holiday novella, a historical romance novel, a contemporary novel ,and is nearing completion on a paranormal romance novel.
When she's not writing or curled up with a book or watching college football, Angel loves to go to local dirt tracks and watch racing. One of her greatest dreams is to find herself listed on the New York Times bestsellers list.
Angel still lives in New Mexico with her husband, her son, and her dog, a little Muppet with teeth, otherwise known as Rusty.
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I have a rare auto-immune disease that I will have to take chemo for for the rest of my life. My brain feels like swiss cheese most of the time and writing can sometimes be difficult when I forget where I was. Wegener’s is tough to deal with on the best of days and absolutely horrible on the worst. But, I try to live one day at a time and get lost in the stories I write.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Crazy enough, I write. Writing is very relaxing for me. Whether its working on something already in progress or writing erotic short stories, its fun and an outlet. If I get really stressed at work, I can sit and write for 10-15 minutes and that really helps me clear my brain,
When I am not writing, I LOVE dirt track racing. We live about two minutes from one track but the one we consider our home track is about an hour and a half from the house. We make a weekend of it on race weekends. We drive up, camp at the track and watch the races. Its great!!! Plus, during the day, I get to nap and write.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Tenacious, Opinionated, Stubborn, Intelligent, Loyal
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Well, I first started writing in Jr. High. I would write stories in notebooks. Then, in high school, I started a novel (which I never finished.) About fifteen years ago, I decided to start writing again. I started Damaged Hearts. Then after several months, I got mad because it wasn’t going where I wanted it to go, so I put it away and started Moonlight Immortals.
I have at last count, fourteen started novels and novellas. I didn’t really think of myself as a serious writer though I guess until I finished this one, my second novel, Holiday of the Heart. I still have a hard time believing it. I haven’t sold many copies though, so I guess I’ll be a real writer after I’ve sold 100 copies of any of my books. Lol
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
Actually, any of them. I am a huge fan of westerns and would absolutely love to see Damaged Hearts made into a movie or the series made into a TV series. Granted it would have to be on HBO, or Starz or one of those though because of the hot steamy scenes.
Holiday of the Heart could be a made for TV movie. Like Damaged Hearts, it has many hot steamy scenes as well as having a love triangle to figure out. And my holiday novella, Christmas in Clementine I feel would make a great Hallmark movie. Its sweet and cozy with a little steamy too.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
Actually, it’s a wolf. That’s why I chose “Wolfe” as part of my persona. It’s kind of crazy, no one knows my real name. I have been Angel Wolfe as long as I’ve had an email address and very few people put Angie Hall together with Angel Wolfe. It drives my son crazy.
What inspired you to write this book?
Silverton Colorado is only about an hour and a half from my house. I have always loved going up there since I was a kid. It’s like stepping back in time, and history has always been my favorite subject. When I was in Wisconsin for a funeral, a friend of mine showed me a cute little cabin by a lake. I loved it there, it was beautiful, but I could picture it snowing a foot at a time and how isolated and desolate it could be. My grandpa had once told me that timber wolves are plentiful in that area so it all kinda gave me an idea for a story.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I hope to continue writing and eventually spend more time doing it. Having a full-time job makes writing difficult at best and during busy times, make it nonexistent. I would like to eventually write full time. Possibly once I retire, then I dedicate a majority of my time to writing.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Holiday of the Heart?
Let’s see, Morgan is a writer. She is very independent yet totally in love with Ricky in a hit or miss, long distance relationship. Ricky is a married man who while in love with Morgan, has been unable to commit to her because he has been unable to cut ties with his wife. Nick is a widower with a son that’s about to graduate high school. He is the town handyman and an all-around nice guy. And Jake, Jake is Nick’s son. He is graduating high school and has worked for Morgan doing odd jobs to help her out. Like his dad, he’s a wonderful guy.
Where did you come up with the names in the story?
I actually use baby name books or web-sites and just dive in. I normally have an idea what kind of name I’m looking for but have totally changed my mind on occasion after seeing something I liked better.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Researching Silverton. I loved driving around town and making note of different places to use. I actually went and ate at the restaurants that I used in the book too. We have been going to some of them for 25 years or more. Wisconsin was beautiful and park where I saw the swans was amazing. The entire Wisconsin trip will always be a sad but wonderful memory.
How did you come up with the title of your first novel?
My first novel, Damaged Hearts originally started out as The Palomino Man, but I hated the title and once I really got into writing the book, the title no longer fit because it was my heroine that had the palomino; the hero actually had a paint, so I had to change the title. Once I did, I couldn’t be happier about it because the nine other stories in my head that will make up the series all fit right in. Breaking Hearts, Trusting Hearts, etc, etc.
Who designed your book covers?
I do. They aren’t glamorous or sexy like I’d love to have them but by taking pictures and using those pictures to make my covers, I can do them for free. I don’t have a budget to work with to buy art work, so I depend on my story ideas and pictures. The house in Silverton actually is a VRBO, and the cabin in Damaged Hearts does exist. My sister helped me with the cover of Christmas in Clementine and took that picture for me.
Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I love feedback. I would love to hear from my readers and see what they really think. I am still pretty new at this and am along for the ride almost like they are. Most of my novels were written from dreams so I don’t always get to choose the path my characters take. In my upcoming novel Moonlight Immortals, I didn’t know exactly what was going to happen until my characters showed me and it took about fifteen years for this to happen.
How did you come up with name of this book?
Holiday of the Heart actually started out as a writing challenge, a short story. I was given 1500 words and the criteria that at Valentines Day, the characters had to be stranded, one of them had to be sick or injured, and there were no utilities (power, heat, running water) so I wrote Storm of the Heart. I had a lot of good feedback about it, so I decided to write a full-length novel. I found the quote about a different definition of holiday and ran with it.
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
Almost all of my characters have a tidbit or two resemblance to real people that I know. When authors say “Be nice or you may get murdered in an upcoming story” a lot of us mean it. LOL If you know me well enough, a lot of my characters are easy to guess. But, I can never tell you for sure if you are right or wrong. ? Have to protect the identity of my subjects.
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story? Definitely! My characters tell me their story, I just get to tweak it a bit. I think that’s part of why it takes me so long to get my stories written. I have to wait for them to show me the way. I’ve tried to force my ideas into the story, but it always turns out bad and I end up spending days, weeks or months rewriting. It’s easier to wait and see what happens then try to guess and have to make changes.
Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
I feel that my book isn’t as predictable as a lot of books I have read. My characters are relatable and realistic, and the situation is one that I could see happening in real life. I try to write my stories so that the reader feels that they are in them. They feel like they are the main character and see the events happening almost as if they are happening to them.
Have you written any other books that are not published?
I have a new one coming out for Halloween. I also have about 14 pending in various stages of completion. I don’t think I will ever be a one at a time kinda person. When I have an idea, I start writing and go as long as it stays fresh in my mind. Then I go back to other partials only to pick it back up again when something new shows itself to me.
How long have you been writing?
Since I was in Jr. High.
Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write? Most of my characters are there from the start but sometimes I have a new guy show up and it’s kinda like ‘Hey, where’d he/she come from?’
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
This totally depends on the book. I try to have the setting already mapped out in my head when I start writing. Other bits and pieces are usually researched as I write. For Moonlight Immortals, I did quite a bit of research on the cars that were driven, the clothing that was worn, the technology available things like that associated with the time period of the book.
Do you see writing as a career?
I would one day love for it to be my career but for now, its what I do to get through the bad days, and to “get away” from reality now and then.
Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
I read a ton! I love pretty much anything romance. Historical, Western, Paranormal, Contemporary, Holiday and even erotica. I definitely love a hot cowboy probably the best, but I read the back of the book and can pretty much get hooked on anything that’s well written.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
Just depends on the day and on my mood. Some days, I love the silence. Others, I put on Jurassic Park, Tombstone, Dirty Dancing, or one of my other favorite go to background noise movies. Then other times, I put on my classic country. I love the naughty innuendos that you hear. LOL Conway and ETC can really get me writing.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
OMG, I’d love to be able to write them one at a time from start to finish but no, I have over a dozen in various stages. Some are just brief ideas, others are several chapters. I’ve never had just one iron in the fire at a time. I get going really well on one story and then BAM! The dreams stop, and new ones start. Eventually I always make it back, sometimes it just takes a decade or more.
What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?
I love my stories. I love to dream and write about what I’ve dreamed. I love to get lost in another life and to have the opportunity to “live” so many other lives. I know it’s a fantasy world but who doesn’t love a little fantasy in their life.
Advice they would give new authors?
Just keep writing. If you really want to do it…Do it! Don’t give up when it gets hard and don’t give up on your characters.
What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
I start with Chapter One and write til the end (or until I get stumped.) If I have problems with a certain chapter, I try to work my way through it or make notes and go back to it later when I can see through a fresh set of eyes. I’ve never been the kind of writer that can write out a plan and stick to it. It just doesn’t work for me because the story comes to me as I dream and write. I don’t know what’s going to happen until it does.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
The Ending. I hate writing endings. I would much rather write five first chapters than write one final chapter. I do not know why but the last chapter is always the hardest for me to write.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
LOL For me….anywhere from 8-20 years. If I could do it full time and focus all my attention on each story, I could probably get them done but life has a way of getting in the way. Plus, I work full time so sometimes I go months without writing a single word. Other times, I get chapter after chapter written. Just all depends.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Absolutely! That’s why I have so many different stories going on. When one story makes me mad or doesn’t seem to be working, I move on and write on another. I always go back to the old ones, but sometimes, it’s years before that happens. I took fifteen years off one before I went back and finished it. I never thought I’d get it written but I finally did.
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