The first Christmas my boyfriend (aka the Professor Moriarty) and I spent together…I dropped him off at the airport at 6am to catch a flight to Europe where he visited his mom and then worked with his research partner on some scholarly article or other. Or maybe their evil plot to take over the world…
Our second Christmas, though, he took me to Honolulu. It was my very first trip to Hawaii and the furthest from home I’d ever been (I think…is New York further from California than Hawaii? Not sure). In any case, it was a long plane ride, but totally worth it for the awesomeness of the destination. Like the characters in my new book, Hawaiian Holiday, we did rent an ugly bubble of a car and drive around the island. Fortunately, we didn’t pop a tire…but we also didn’t make nookie on a public beach either. 😉
We did go to the very, very pink Royal Hawaiian with its many very, very pink Christmas trees. It was weird to have a holiday that was so warm, but getting to swim in the ocean on Christmas morning was an experience I’ll never forget. We had such a good time on that trip, and we’ve been back a time or two since then.
What’s even more cool is that we have a conference we’re attending in Hawaii this winter (not at Christmas, but conferences are for work and who wants to work on Christmas?), so we’re headed back there soon. It’s gorgeous and green and warm and sunny when the rest of U.S. is buried under a mountain of snow, so what’s not to love?
Because so much of this book is based on things that the Prof and I did together, it’s even more special to me than other stories I’ve written. Of course, I put my hero and heroine through many more mishaps than the Prof and I ever had, but that’s why it’s fiction. They need to earn their happily ever after, right?
So, I’m giving away an advanced ebook copy of Hawaiian Holiday to one commenter on this post! Tell us about your favorite vacation spot for a chance to win!
Destination: Desire, Book 2
Available December 3, 2013
Julie Simms moved back to Half Moon Bay to take over her ailing great aunt’s fiber arts store, and stayed by her side until the end. Now it’s Julie’s first Christmas without the sassy old lady, and grief drives her to take some much-needed time off away from a town full of memories.
A week in Honolulu—hula dancers, coconut palms, and sunny beaches—is exactly what she needs, plus a bonus: meeting a gorgeous man who makes her forget everything except getting naked. With him. As often as possible.
Stanford Professor Lukas Klein, who’s just finished up a conference and is ready for a break, hasn’t been this intensely attracted to a woman since his divorce. He’s been leery of getting too deeply involved in a relationship, yet Julie is a breath of fresh air he can’t resist. And doesn’t even want to try.
Half Moon Bay and Stanford aren’t that far apart, but the magic of paradise could be too far removed from reality to let an attraction this mind-blowing last forever.
Crystal Jordan began writing romance after she finished graduate school and needed something to fill the hours that used to be eaten away by coursework. She spent far too many years in school and now has degrees in History and Library Science…but swears that both of them help enormously with her writing and research.
Her family sprawls from Texas to Illinois and from California to the United Kingdom. She has three brothers, several rather adorable nieces and nephews, a quirky grandmother who pushed her into writing in the first place, an indispensable best friend codenamed the Mad Madam M, and her very own hero, the Professor Moriarty (who codenamed himself after Sherlock Holmes’s arch-nemesis. Who wouldn’t love a man who loves a good villain?).
Never one to stay in one place very long, Crystal has lived and worked all over the United States. Currently, she serves as a librarian at a university in the California Bay Area.
In 2006, Crystal sold the first story she ever finished to the e-publisher, Cobblestone Press. Since then, she’s sold paranormal, futuristic, contemporary, and erotic romance to Samhain Publishing, Harlequin Spice Briefs, The Wild Rose Press, and Ellora’s Cave.
Then, the day before the 2007 RWA National Conference, she got The Call to be a part of Kensington Aphrodisia’s Sexy Beast anthology. After a whirlwind month, she had an agent and an additional two-book deal with Kensington.
And she lived happily ever after.
Find out more about Crystal at her website.