Dr. Brogan Corkie is happily semi-retired from medicine and now has time for other hobbies. Her passion for food is second only to her skill at matchmaking! Parker Roy grew up in the middle of four brothers and has lived with enough testosterone to last her a lifetime. She’s finally moved out and made a life of her own. Between putting the finishing touches on the set for Mapleton’s Christmas play, plowing snow, and transforming her hydroponic greenhouse into a Christmas wonderland, it’s ramping up to be a hectic season. Dr. Julian Murphy, the only allergist in town, has his eye on the woman behind the set design of the holiday play. He’s volunteering backstage in the hope of getting to know her. There’s a bit of a snag when she’s referred to his clinic for a rash – doctors aren’t allowed to date their patients – but Dr. Brogan Corkie doesn’t see it as an insurmountable problem and steps in to give their romance a nudge. She’d better be right because, if not, it could seriously mess with Christmas. The allergist or the rash– which itch does Parker want to scratch?
Give us the one to two sentence tagline for your book.
Falling in love was not on her bucket list.
What is your favorite scene/moment in your book?
Parker and Julian go out for dinner at a fancy restaurant. Parker is distracted by Julian’s sexy smile and orders items that she’s never heard of. Turns out the names of the dishes are exactly representative of the ingredients!
Does your heroine prefer a real or artificial tree for Christmas?
Without question, a real tree.
Would your hero hang mistletoe?
He would – especially if the heroine was coming over for a visit.
What scene did you adore writing in this book?
Parker and Julian make a trip out to a Christmas tree farm to find the perfect tree. I loved writing the scene because it brought back memories of heading out to a tree farm to chose a tree. It’s one of my favourite Christmas traditions.
What is your heroine’s favorite Christmas tradition?
Making Christmas planters that decorate all of Mapleton.
Does your hero love or hate snow?
He loves snow.
For Christmas, will you be having turkey, goose, ham, prime rib, or something else?
Turkey with all the trimmings. Yum!
What’s the strangest Christmas tradition your family does to celebrate?
I don’t know if it’s strange – but on Christmas eve we always watch the cartoon version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas – even though my kids are in their twenties!
Excerpt from Don’t Mess with Christmas
“Pleased to meet you, Julian Murphy.” His hand was warm around hers, and when he moved his thumb in a subtle caress, a shiver went down her spine. “Julian Murphy,” she murmured. She tilted her head and narrowed her eyes at him. “Are you a doctor?”
Julian nodded. “I am.”
“An allergist at Gateway General?”
Parker pulled her hand back and put her hands on her hips. “I tried to get a referral to see you. You refused.”
His lips twitched. “Yes, that’s true.”
“Why? Dr. Corkie said she’d never seen it in all the years she’s practiced medicine.”
Julian put his hands in his pockets. “Well, there’s a rule against doctors dating patients. It’s ill-advised and frowned upon by the College of Physicians of Ontario.”
Parker scoffed. “Well, good for you. What does that have to do with me?”
“Parker, would you like to have dinner with me?”
Award-winning author Linda O’Connor started writing romantic comedies when she needed a creative outlet other than subtly rearranging the displays at a local home décor store. Her books have enjoyed bestseller status. When not writing, she’s a physician at an Urgent Care Clinic. She shares her medical knowledge in fast-paced, well-written, sexy romances – with an unexpected twist. Her favourite prescription to write? Laugh every day. Love every minute.