Ah, Christmas—such a bustling, magical time of year. The heroine from my new book OWNING VIOLET, Violet Fowler, is a busy woman. She helps run her family’s cosmetics company and she has a new man in her life whose taking up all of her time, not that she’s protesting.
So let’s hear from Violet and her thoughts on the Christmas season. Take it away, Violet!
I love schedules and lists because I’m big on staying organized. It’s what keeps me in line and on top of my responsibilities at work. Some people (ahem, my sisters Rose and Lily) might say I’m rigid, but I know when to relax. Really, I do. *looks around guiltily*
At my family’s company, Fleur Cosmetics, we receive a lot of invitations for holiday parties and no way can I attend them all. Some, my father goes to. Some, my sisters go to. And there are a few important parties where all of us go, even my grandma, who founded the company. When you have this many parties to attend (it sounds glamorous, I know but really it’s exhausting and besides, how many outfits can I wear? Yikes), it keeps your weekends (and sometimes your weeknights) busy. Meaning, where do I find time to shop for Christmas gifts?
And this year, I have a new special someone to buy a gift for…my boyfriend, Ryder. I have some ideas on what to get him but I need to shop on the downlow so he’ll never be the wiser to what I get him. This is why I love to shop online. Helps when I’m trying to find something for my sisters too.
Really, when I’m shopping for my sisters? It starts out with me shopping for myself. Don’t we all deserve a little something for ourselves during the holiday season? I’ve always been a big believer in that. So as I’m shopping for my sisters (we all pretty much like the same thing – sparkly, pretty, girly things), I also shop for myself.
So with the packed schedule and the constant rushing around this holiday season, the thing I’m most looking forward to is…sitting on the couch in front of the fireplace with my boyfriend, staring at the pretty twinkling Christmas tree. Ryder hasn’t experienced much of what I would call a normal life. He admitted to me he’s never even had a Christmas tree so I plan on decorating our place to obnoxious levels and doing as much as possible with him to enjoy the season.
Including plenty of quality cuddling on the couch time staring at the tree.
Owning Violet (The Fowler Sisters #1)
by Monica Murphy
Paperback, 400 pages
Publication: December 2nd 2014 by Bantam
I’ve moved through life doing what’s expected of me. I’m the middle daughter, the dutiful daughter. The one who braved a vicious attack and won. The one who devoted herself to her family’s cosmetics empire. The one who met an ambitious man and fell in love. We were going to run Fleur Cosmetics together, Zachary and I.
Until he got a promotion and left me in the dust. Maybe it’s for the best, between his disloyalty and his wandering eye. But another man was waiting for me. Wanting me. He too has an overwhelming thirst for success, just like Zachary—perhaps even more so. He’s also ruthless. And mysterious. I know nothing about Ryder McKay beyond that he makes me feel things I’ve never experienced before.
One stolen moment, a kiss, a touch . . . and I’m hooked. Ryder’s like a powerful drug and I’m an addict who doesn’t want to be cured. He tells me his intentions aren’t pure and I believe him. For once I don’t care. I’m willing to risk everything just to be with him. Including my heart. My soul.
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