Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Welcome @_CarolRoss w/ A Family Like Hannah's, a #HarlequinHeartwarming romance on tour w/ @PrismBookTours

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

A Family Like Hannah'sA Family Like Hannah's
(Seasons of Alaska #4)
by Carol Ross
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
February 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Starting over is serious business

With her professional skiing career cut short by an accident, Hannah James is putting all her energy into transforming Snowy Sky Resort into something special. There's only one obstacle. Famous pro-snowboarder-turned-consultant Tate Addison has his own ideas about taking the Rankins, Alaska, lodge to the next level. But Hannah won't compromise her dreams. She gets that Tate is trying to create a stable home for his orphaned six-year-old nephew—a boy Hannah already adores. And if she isn't careful, she could also fall for the boy's too-attractive uncle. Is she risking heartbreak? Or do she and Tate really want the same things out of life?

The Other Books in the Series

Mountains ApartA Case for ForgivenessIf Not for a Bee


Please welcome Carol Ross to Colorimetry!!

Hey, Honey, Let’s Load up the RV and Take the Kids Skiing!

I think I was about six or seven when I learned to ski, and I can’t remember ever not knowing how. Before you quit reading because you’re visualizing a spoiled rich girl in designer ski gear with her top-of-the-line equipment gracing the lobby of an elegant Swiss chalet or “rustic” ski lodge, hang tight. This post is about how my parents took on an expensive, if not a bit exclusive, sport and managed to make it affordable for their big family. I know how incredibly lucky I was to grow up in a skiing family. But now that I’m grown, I realize that some of it was luck while much of it was a combination of hard work, design, and innovation. 

Sure, we saw some of those charming resorts and lodges. From the parking lot. Out the window of our old motorhome. I still can’t believe my dad braved winter weather and treacherous mountain roads in that beast. (Visualize one-step up from Cousin Eddie’s “RV” from Christmas Vacation.) It would only putt along at about 15 miles per hour up the hills, so he would frequently have to pull over and let cars pass. Yep, we were those people. As kids, most of these realities and hazards escaped us. We were just thrilled to be there. For me, there was (is) no place I’d rather spend a winter day than skiing up in the mountains.

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That’s me in front with the blue snow pants. Circa 1980-first-time-big-glasses-were-in-style

My parents were the type of people who rarely bought anything brand new. (With five kids who can blame them?) Our clothing and equipment came from swap meets, second-hand stores, or was handed down from generous relatives. Dad was always on the hunt for any ski lift ticket deal he could find – buy one get one half off, kids ski free days, and weekday deals. (My parents would take us out of school a few days a year to go skiing. Don’t judge – we were good students.) 

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Loading up the RV for a ski trip  
 (Cousin Eddie’s RV in Christmas Vacation, Photo credit www.4men1lady.com)

But back to the motorhome. This mini lodge on wheels, while not as elegant or roomy as the official lodge, was warm and cozy and full of fun and laughter. It allowed us to rest, to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, and play a quick game of Yahtzee while we thawed out. My mom would make a huge pot of clam chowder or chili for our lunch. On the drive home we’d eat sandwiches for dinner. If Dad found a deal, sometimes we’d even sleep over in the parking lot and make it a two-day trip! Good times, to say the least. 

For me, as an author, every book has it high and low points. In writing A Family Like Hannah’s, this trip down memory lane was a high point. Hannah James, the heroine, is a professional skier turned ski resort owner. Snowy Sky Resort is in the process of becoming her dream come true. Until Tate Addison enters the scene. He’s a former professional snowboarder turned ski area consultant who has been hired to make his recommendations regarding Snowy Sky.  Skier versus snowboarder – you can see where this is going, right? Skiing versus snowboarding provides for some fun banter while Hannah and Tate wage a more serious battle for love.
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Still got it! Skiing 2016 with my bestie.

Do you have any wintertime family traditions? I’d love to hear about your adventures.


Carol Ross is the author of three books for the Seasons of Alaska series for the Harlequin Heartwarming line. She lives with her husband and one loveable miscreant of a dachshund in a small town in Washington close to both the ocean and the mountains. For a complete list of her books, giveaways, and other fun stuff stop by and visit her new website: carolrossauthor.com.

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2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me today, Laura! And thank you everyone for stopping by and sharing my journey, and reading about my own ski history. Good luck to all of you entering the Rafflecopter!

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