Wonder With Me
(A With Me In Seattle Novella)
by Kristen Proby
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby comes a new story in her With Me In Seattle series…
Reed Taylor doesn’t pay much attention to the holidays—until he receives a surprise present. Four-year-old Piper is the daughter he never knew about, and with the death of her mother, is also now the roommate he never expected. He’s determined to make their first Christmas together one she’ll never forget.
Noel Thompson has gotten her share of strange requests in her career as an interior designer. The call to design a beautiful home for Christmas is more like a dream come true. And that was before she met her new employer—sexy and mysterious, he’s everything she ever hoped Santa would bring her.
As Noel showers his home with holiday spirit, Reed showers Piper with love. And the busy life he’s created for himself no longer seems nearly as important as the one Noel is helping him build with his daughter. But if he can’t convince his decorator to stay, this could be the only year he feels the true wonder of the season.
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An Exclusive Interview With Kristen Proby:
~ with Jillian Stein of Read Love Blog
Oh, how I adored Reed and Noel. How did you choose them for this story?
Thank you! I met Noel last year, when I was writing Love With Me. She is the sister of that heroine, Joy. I immediately knew that she’d need a story of her own, and when I was invited back to write for 1001 Dark Nights this year, it was a perfect fit!
I loved Noel, Reed, and Piper’s names. How do you come up with names for the people in your books?
Names are one of my favorite things to come up with! It’s like naming hundreds of babies, all the time. I admit, I spend a lot of time on baby name sites, looking for just the right thing.
Do you have any fun holiday traditions you do that you can share with us?
I have a very close family, and we spend time together at the holidays. We all (ten or so of us) go to my brother’s house on Christmas Eve. It’s our tradition to open gifts on Christmas Eve, and my brother has four children, so it’s just easier to lug everything over there, open gifts, have dinner, sing songs and be together. Then on Christmas Day, John and I enjoy a quiet morning together, exchanging our gifts and reflecting on the year. I usually cook dinner on Christmas for the whole family, who comes to our house to finish celebrating. It’s an exhausting but wonderful few days!
If you could give Noel and Reed a theme song, what would it be?
I’ve really been thinking about this question. I kept wanting to give them a Christmas song, but that’s not for them. Their song is At Last by Etta James. Sexy, romantic. It’s exactly right.
Can you give us a hint as to what you’re working on now?
Yes! I’m working on Dream With Me, the next stand-alone in my With Me In Seattle series. In fact, you can read most of chapter one in the back of Wonder With Me!
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle and Love Under the Big Sky series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong, humorous characters with a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.
Kristen lives in Montana, where she enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.
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