1. I hear you have a cat in your romance, Trick or Meet? Tell us about the book.
Trick or Meet: A Halloween Romance is a later-in-life, slow-burn, small-town, steamy Halloween romance. Hannah, the main female character, has a cat who, despite being all black, is named Ghost (her daughter Olivia’s idea!).
Trick or Meet Blurb: In Holidaze, New York, nearly every day’s a holiday–but Halloween is the best time of year for practical, straight-laced Hannah. Her work as a ghostwriter picks up, her candy addiction becomes socially acceptable, and the line between the living and the dead is so thin, she can feel the spirit of Justin, her late husband, in a way she can’t the rest of the year.
Scott is only in town temporarily to research the town’s Halloween celebrations and urban legends–yet soon after they meet, it’s Hannah he can’t stop thinking about. He gets his nose out of the books long enough to tempt Hannah fully back into the land of the living–but does their romance have a ghost of a chance for happily ever after?
Trick or Meet is available for purchase at Amazon and/or to read for free in Kindle Unlimited at https://www.amazon.com/Trick-Meet-Halloween-Romance-Holidaze-ebook/dp/B0BKMKT6SM/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2UNCEWP3QFDS6&keywords=trick+or+meet+victoria+bradleigh&qid=1695332264&sprefix=Trick+or+meet%2Caps%2C107&sr=8-1
2. Why did you add a cat to this book?
Hannah was widowed young, and besides her daughter, Ghost is the one other living tie to her late husband. Although Hannah continues to move on, including finding a new love in Trick or Meet, Ghost is a much-loved reminder of a person and a life she loved and still misses.
Since childhood I’ve always had cats, and they’re such a comforting, steady link to different phases of one’s life. When I was finishing kindergarten, we adopted a tiny kitten that my sister named Marbley (she was all black like Ghost and looked like a little marble)–and she lived until a few months after I graduated from college! Marbley was with me through all the highs and lows of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, and was such an affectionate and loyal friend to the end.
My husband and I currently have two cats, a two-year-old orange cat named Fuzz Aldrin who followed me home last November, and a 16-year-old cat named Sophie who we adopted from an animal rescue organization in February. She was supposed to become Fuzz’s best friend but, probably due to their age difference, Sophie didn’t get that memo!
3. What other books have you written?
Trick or Meet is my first book in my Holidaze Love series. The books are stand-alones so you can read them in any order, but they all take place in the small town of Holidaze, New York–where every holiday is celebrated with the excitement it deserves!–and some of the same characters make appearances in all the books.
Kiss Kringle, my second book in the series, is a Christmas romance, and I’m now working on a Thanksgiving romance. Every book features a pet or animal of some sort. Kiss Kringle has a very sleepy dog named Blitzen, and my Thanksgiving romance will feature a couple of pet turkeys.
I also have at least one female character in each book who has a traditionally male job. Trick or Meet has a handywoman named Laura who can fix anything, and in Kiss Kringle, Nico’s aunt is a police officer and Marianne’s great aunt was one of the first female commercial pilots in the U.S.
I would describe the Holidaze Love series as light, contemporary, small-town, later-in-life, medium-steam holiday romances.
4. How do you promote your books?
The most successful promotion for me has been offering Trick or Meet free for a day through Fussy Librarian (https://www.thefussylibrarian.com/). Over 1,000 copies of the Trick or Meet e-book were downloaded that day, and I also got some reads through Kindle Unlimited. I highly recommend Fussy Librarian for both authors and readers!
5. Where can readers learn more about your books and connect with you online?
Feel free to visit my website at https://www.victoriabradleigh.com/, where you can find out about my books, email me, or sign up for my newsletter–I love to connect with readers!
Victoria’s Blog Commenters Contest:
I would also like to offer one free, signed paperback copy of Trick or Meet to one lucky person who comments on this blog interview. Happy Halloween!
MARCIA: Thank you, Victoria, for your interview and your contest offer. An autographed paperback book is a great prize! I love holiday romances, and I’ll definitely read yours! Happy Halloween!
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