Please welcome author Audra North, who is talking Christmas Cinderella stories and her brand new release, FALLING FOR THE CEO.
Falling for the CEO
Finance genius Meredith Klaus prefers numbers to people, especially around the holidays. At least the large sum of money that’s mysteriously vanished from the company accounts will distract her from the ghosts of Christmases past. Until her sexy boss asks her to be his last-minute date to a fundraiser gala, that is, and the promise of a special evening calls to something long-buried in her.
Andrew Stanton, Manhattan’s best-known philanthropist, has worked hard building his reputation in the industry. He offers to work closely with Meredith to fix his company’s financial crisis, but the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to look at her as just a colleague.
A beautiful dress. A handsome man on her arm. A challenge she can’t refuse. Can they find the missing money and fulfill their holiday wishes, or will Meredith be unable to overcome the demons of her past and lose her chance at happiness?
Audra North: Christmas Cinderella
There is something so satisfying about Cinderella stories. For me, they represent a fantasy that I admit to dreaming about at various points in my life; namely, being rewarded for simply being who I am. Because ultimately, that’s what lies at the heart of every Cinderella story. A character who is hard-working and kind—but struggling in some way—gets a chance to be someone else for a moment in time. That chance not only opens the doors for positive change, but the character realizes that she has actually been that “someone else” all along.
In Falling for the CEO, Meredith Klaus is what I like to call a self-sufficient Cinderella. She is smart, financially successful, kind-hearted and conscientious. She isn’t struggling against a cruel stepmother and a life of servitude, but she is lonely in her own way. She is struggling against a prison of her own making.
Andrew Stanton, the CEO of Harbor Technologies, where Meredith works, is not a typical prince, either. He works as hard at ruling his tech company kingdom as he does at giving back to society. He depends on Meredith to manage his organization’s finances—he doesn’t think of her as just a pretty face (In fact, he thinks she’s rather clumsy!) But most importantly, he makes mistakes.
What’s a Cinderella story without a little magic? Not actual magic, in this case, but I chose to set the story during the Christmas holidays because the joy and festivity that is so present during this season has a real life magic all its own. Even a self-sufficient Cinderella like Meredith isn’t immune to it—she and Andrew come together in this story in a way that I tried to make as magical as possible, without sacrificing any of the real conflict—and real heat. I hope you enjoy it!
Audra North fell in love with romance at age thirteen and spent the next twenty years reading as many romance novels as she could. Even now, after having read over one thousand of them, Audra still can’t resist the lure of a happily ever after, and her collection continues to grow. She lives near Boston with her husband, three young children, and a lot of books. Visit her website at audranorth.com or find her (way too frequently) on Twitter @AudraNorth.
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