Today I am so pleased to welcome Erin McLellan to Joyfully Jay. Erin has come to talk to us about her latest release, Party Favors. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
Get to know Erin McLellan, the author of the So Over the Holidays series! Book 4, Party Favors, is a fun, flirty, and filthy F/F novella set during New Year’s Eve. It is out today!
Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?
One of my favorite things about writing this book is that what brings Wren and Amanda together is fashion. Wren is a successful lingerie designer and Amanda has a passion for vintage clothing. It was a lot of fun to write about clothing and how it can make a person feel from both of their perspectives.
Does one of the main characters hold a special place in your heart? If so, why?
I love both of the main characters in this book. Wren was very fun to write because she’s brash, impulsive, and wild, but Amanda definitely holds a special place in my heart. She feels stuck in her career. She has all these familial expectations that she doesn’t want. She’s inexperienced with women. This book is really about her finding courage to be herself and breaking out of the expectations that had been hampering her life.
What was the highlight of writing this book?
Getting in the New Year’s Eve party spirit was a ton of fun, especially as I’m not much of a party person. But the highlight for me was giving hints about Amanda and Wren’s existing online relationship. They’re best friends who have never met in person until the first chapter of the book. To write about how important that virtual connection is, particularly in a time when so many of us can’t have in-person connections, was really special.
Amanda Ellis knows three things: she’s tired of doing what’s expected of her, she hates her job at her family’s business, and the last thing she wants to do is attend her parents’ boring New Year’s Eve ball with a date her mother picked. A few days of fun with her online best friend is exactly what she needs to ring in the New Year on her own terms.
Wren Rebello is impulsive and always ready for fun. A last-minute girls’ getaway sounds like the perfect way to spend New Year’s. But even Wren isn’t prepared for the spark of attraction she feels when she meets Amanda in person for the first time. Good thing Wren loves popping Amanda’s cork.
After days spent sharing end-of-year resolutions and the one bed in their cottage, the clock strikes midnight and the ball drops on their time together. As Amanda and Wren go their separate ways, they leave new resolutions unfulfilled. Is there enough New Year’s magic left to turn their online friendship into real-life love?
Erin McLellan is the author of the Farm College, So Over the Holidays, and Storm Chasers series. She enjoys writing happily ever afters that are earthy, emotional, quirky, humorous, and very sexy. Originally from Oklahoma, she currently lives in Alaska and spends her time dreaming up queer contemporary romances. She is a lover of chocolate, college sports, antiquing, gardening, Dr Pepper, and binge-worthy TV shows.
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