Monday, November 18, 2013

Reindeer Run Amok: Sleigh Bell Sweethearts by Teri Wilson



Sleigh Bell Sweethearts by Teri Wilson

Welcome back to Aurora, Alaska! Sleigh Bell Sweethearts, my November release from the Love Inspired line, is the third book in my series of Alaskan romances. It's a Christmas book with a rather quirky twist…what would you do if out of the blue you suddenly inherited a reindeer farm? That's the dilemma heroine Zoey Hathaway faces on page one, and things only go downhill from there.

Zoey doesn't know a thing about reindeer. Neither did I when I started writing this book. I'd seen reindeer in person before, and had even been chased by some when I participated in the Running of the Reindeer in Anchorage one year when I was there on vacation. But that was the extent of my reindeer knowledge.

I reached out to the Williams Reindeer Farm, a family-run enterprise in Palmer, Alaska, and they helped me along the way. In the beginning, I was so clueless that I didn't even know what questions to ask. I sent Denise Hardy, one of the owners, a list of questions. And then I began peppering her daily with more questions that kept popping up.

What do they eat? (Hint: not reindeer chow.) What do they do all day long? Do they make noise? Have you ever tried to herd them using a dog? What kind of fence do you have? And…(poor Denise)…tell me how to teach them to pull a sleigh! She patiently responded to all my inquiries, even going so far as to send me photos and videos.

Really, I owe Denise a debt of gratitude. I never could have written the book without her. And Palmer, the main reindeer character in the book, has turned out to be every reader's favorite. Everyone wants to adopt a naughty reindeer now. You will, too, once you visit the Williams Reindeer Farm's Facebook page. Make sure to take a peek come springtime when the babies are born. Beyond adorable. Truly.

You can visit them here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Williams-Reindeer-Farm/141332809217918

And be sure to check out Sleigh Bell Sweethearts to find out how Zoey copes when three dozen reindeer and one very surly ranch hand are dropped in her lap!

Second Chance Yuletide  

Owning her own plane is all charter pilot Zoey Hathaway's ever dreamed of. So when she inherits a struggling reindeer farm, with three dozen unruly reindeer and one dangerously attractive ranch hand, Zoey's well-crafted plans seem to fly out the window. Now she must put her trust in Alec Wynn, and hope that the troubled cowboy's past won't interfere with her plans to save the farm. Zoey knows that if she wants to succeed, she can't do everything on her own. But as she accepts Alec's help, she'll soon realize it's not just her farm that's at stake—but her heart.




6 comments:

Debby Giusti said...

Sounds like a great read, Teri! Perfect for Christmas!

Teri Wilson, author said...

Thanks, Debby!

Jenny Blake said...

wow now I want to know more about reindeer. sounds interesting.

Sandra Orchard said...

What fun! I love how helpful people are while researching, and...how much we learn as writers! I hope you're sending your real-life reindeer inspirations a yummy Christmas basket of whatever it is they do eat! :)

CatMom said...

I cannot wait to read this book! The story sounds great, and I love that cover.
And I agree with Jenny Blake (waving at our sweet Aussie friend): I want to know more about reindeer!
Thanks for sharing with us.
Blessings from Georgia, Patti Jo

Pamela Tracy said...

Great idea. Alaska is on my bucket list. I agree with Sandra, it's great fun to meet people during research.