Monday, December 9, 2013

Holiday for Two, a chat between Maggie Robinson and Elyssa Patrick and a GIVEAWAY


I am delighted to share a glimpse of the two authors of Holiday for Two today!

A conversation between two friends and critique partners

Thanks so much for having us today! I’ve known Elyssa Patrick for over seven years now. We are fast online friends, have spoken on the phone and have published a book together, Holiday for Two. I look forward to the day I can give her a great big hug in person. Even though we haven’t met face-to-face, we know a lot about each other. But there are always questions, and here are some answers!

Elyssa: What’s your secret indulgence?

Maggie: Vintage jewelry. I’m completely addicted to the
Ross-Simons website. What’s your prized possession?

Elyssa: A stuffed dog that I bought when I studied abroad in London. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Maggie: I've been to Great Britain so many times, but that would still be my answer. I'm so excited to be spending 4 weeks in a Cotswold cottage next spring! But as far as someplace "new", maybe Tuscany. I could eat and drink my way through the countryside. If you could change where you live, where would you be?

Elyssa: California--somewhere warm that has no snow. I'm not sure about the earthquakes but I hate winter. What's your favorite holiday?

Maggie: And here we wrote winter novellas with lots of snow, LOL. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. One of my daughter's has a birthday around that time, so there's always a cake to go with the pies. What's your idea of a perfect date?

Elyssa: I like the stay in dates where you order in take out, watch a movie or TV show, and is more on the quiet side. Bonus points if there is chocolate and/or cupcakes.

Maggie: Yum. Cupcakes!

Elyssa:  What's a secret dream of yours that you wish could happen? Mine is that I would love to have one of my books become a Hallmark TV movie, LOL.

Maggie: Well, it won’t be secret now! I'd love to make the NYT bestsellers list.

Elyssa: Oh, yes, I'd love to make the NYT and USA Today lists, too.

Maggie: What's the last book that moved you to tears?

Elyssa: Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins moved me to tears in parts of it. It's a great book, and I love it to pieces. What's your favorite part of your novella?

Maggie: I love how my characters pretend to be somewhere they aren't in the middle of a blizzard. The imaginary pub and dog and cottage were so much fun to write. How about yours? I’m partial to the spider scene. ☺

Elyssa: The spider scene is my absolute fave, too. ;) But I do love the whole rom com feel to my novella.

Maggie: What TV show or movie "changed your life?"

Elyssa: Gone With the Wind changed my life. I read the book when I was a teen and fell in love with it and then watched the movie where I became obsessed with it. Scarlett O'Hara, to this day, remains my favorite character. I think it changed me because it had a lot of things I adore: family, friends, love, and a great romance (even though it doesn't end well, boo!). But I just love it. How about you?

Maggie: I love all those black and white romantic comedies from the 30s and 40s. The dialogue was so witty and snappy. It’s what I aim for in my books.

So there you have it.

Answer one of our interview questions yourself (and leave a valid e-mail address) for a chance to win a backlist book from both Elyssa and Maggie!

Holiday for Two
Maggie Robinson and Elyssa Patrick
Release Date: 12/9/13
Buy links: Amazon | Nook | Kobo
ISBN-13: 978-0-9895835-1-0

Two light, sexy contemporary romance Christmas novellas where the couples are snowbound for the holiday. 50,000 words total and only 99 cents!

All Through the Night by Maggie Robinson

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays personal assistant Carrie Moore from the swift completion of her appointed rounds. She is used to delivering for the rich and famous. Can she mend a hunky English lord’s heart and not get him deported?

Read Chapter 1 here.

While It Was Snowing by Elyssa Patrick

Felicity Evans and Harry Walsh have been best friends forever, but lately, Felicity has noticed the looks Harry has been giving her. And she’s going to do something about it. Sex solves everything, or so she hopes. But she never knew Harry was a virgin—until now. Being snowbound in a Vermont cabin is the perfect opportunity to take things to the next level . . . and perhaps dare to lay her heart out on the line. 

Read Chapter 1 here.


Maggie Robinson a former teacher, library clerk and mother of four who woke up in the middle of the night, absolutely compelled to create the perfect man and use as many adverbs as possible doing so. A transplanted New Yorker, she lives with her not-quite perfect husband in Maine, where the cold winters are ideal for staying inside and writing hot historical romances. Her books have been translated into Turkish, Russian, Japanese, Thai, Dutch and Italian.
You can sign up for Maggie’s newsletter here, follow her on Twitter @maggielrobinson, reach her through Facebook, or join her Ladies Unlaced Goodreads Group. Visit her website here.   

Elyssa Patrick is a former high school English teacher who left the classroom to write contemporary romances and New Adult. Elyssa lives in upstate New York and is currently hard at work on her next novel.
You can sign up for Elyssa’s newsletter here, follow her on Twitter @elyssapatrick, or like her Facebook page. Visit her website here.



Leave an answer to one of the interview questions that Maggie and Elyssa have asked each other along with a valid e-mail address and one lucky person will win a backlist book from both of them!


  1. Congrats Ladies on the new release and thanks for such a fun "cross interview" :) I'd have to say, I don't cry, but the Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers made me come pretty close. It's heart jerking and heart warming!

    1. Thanks for sharing, Erin, I have quite a few titles that have made me sniffle (which, of course gets embarrassing when I am in public and tearing up, lol). Thank you for visiting and good luck in the giveaway.

  2. My favorite holiday is Christmas, but I really love any holiday I can decorate the house for. Happy holidays---Rae

  3. Hi Rae! I love Christmas as well...but NOT in October, lol. Thanks for visiting (and for being an inspiration to us fuddy-duddies who don't ever decorate, lol).

  4. My secret indulgence, which isn't really much of a secret, since my house is covered with books, is buying books. The budget isn't so great for it now, but every once in awhile I sneak one in.

    1. I love my books...I have to admit that I am getting the evil eye from the hubby as he gets more and more squeezed out of walking room, lol. Thanks for visiting!

  5. My secret indulgence - but it's an open secret! - is reading romance books! I'm happy to read all day every day

  6. If I could go anywhere in the world, I'd go to New Zealand. I fell in love with the scenery during my years of watching Hercules and Xena and knew I wanted to see it. Seeing the Lord of the Rings movies only solidified my desire.
    jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

    1. Oh, I would love to visit New Zealand and Australia but somehow think that is never going to happen. That definitely was some exquisite scenery highlighted in the LOTR movies! Thank you for visiting.

  7. If I could travel to anyplace in the world I would go to Scotland. From what I've read and seen on line its a beautiful place and would love to see it with my own two eyes.
    Brown_angel123 (at)yah oo (dot) com

    1. It does look like a beautiful place! Thanks for visiting.