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Special Guest Liia Ann White & Contest!!!

December 7, 2011

Huge thanks to Lovely Lisa for having me today 🙂 I love stopping by.

When naming my characters, I don’t usually have a reason behind choosing the ones I do. I’ll either pick a name out of thin air, or make one up (I’ve done that many times). But for the 1Night Stand series, I wanted to have a theme with their names. And how did I pick these names? Well… I have a confession to make.

I’m a geek. A big, massive, comic book reading, cartoon watching, glasses wearing, lightsaber owning geek! And I’m proud of it.

Growing up, my favourite cartoon and comic book series was X-Men. And it still is. I love everything about the franchise, and I thought to myself; what better way to show my love and appreciation for Stan Lee’s brilliant series than to name my 1NS characters after his? So I did.

I named the hero in One Hot Australian Night, my first 1NS story, Xavier, after Professor X and his brother Erik, after Magneto. But for the next I wanted to name them after characters I really loved.

Her First White Christmas holds a special place in my heart because it’s the first holiday story I’ve written and the first anthology I’ve been a part of. So when naming my hero and heroine, I wanted to choose some special names, so I named Remy after Remy LaBeau – or Gambit as he’s known – my all time favourite character.

This may be weird, but I always had a crush on Gambit. I still do. He has the careless attitude that makes most flawed heroes so appealing. He’s made something of himself despite being called ‘Le Diable Blanc’ (The White Devil) and, well, there’s a reason he’s also known as the Ragin’ Cajun.

Once I’d named my hero, the heroine’s name came instantly. Bella Donna was Gambit’s wife. A busty blonde woman who can definitely hold her own. See? I told you he had an interesting back-story.

So that’s how I named my characters for Her First White Christmas. If you had no idea what I was talking about throughout this post, clearly you’re not as geeky as I am.


Remy Sommers has grown weary of his playboy lifestyle. He’s ready to fall in love and settle down. Problem is, he doesn’t know where to start. After attending his sister’s wedding, he takes her advice and contacts the 1 Night Stand dating agency – the same agency she used to find her new husband.

Bella Donna has had enough of blind dates. She’s always left bitterly disappointed. On the advice of a friend, she contacts Madame Evangeline, hoping her reputation precedes her and she can find Bella Donna her perfect man.

A mysterious invitation from Madame Evangeline leads them both to the secluded and exclusive Castillo Lodge in Alaska for a holiday event.

Will they get their happily ever after? Or will their first white Christmas end in disaster and disappointment?

 Liia Ann White is an Australian author, hailing from Perth, WA.

She spent her childhood daydreaming about far off lands, creating her own unique characters. She read books about witches, faeries, demons, ghosts and a host of supernatural creatures and eventually gained the courage to put her imagination to work.

A self-proclaimed geek, Liia collects Disney and Star Wars memorabilia, loves animals and wishes to be the female Cesar Millan.

When not writing, she can be found reading, playing video games or spending time with her two dogs.

She’s a member of Romance Writers of AmericaRomance Writers of AustraliaPassionate InkFuturistic, Fantasy & Paranormal Chapter of RWA and Young Adult Chapter of Romance Writers of America.

Always interested in meeting new people, Liia can be found on facebook or twitter most of the time.

Competition – Open Internationally

One lucky commenter will receive a paperback copy of Madame Eve’s 1 Night Stand Holiday Anthology; which features Her First White Christmas and other short 1Night Stand stories from incredibly talented authors.

And a second lucky person will win an e-copy of Her First White Christmas and my first 1NS story One Hot Australian Night.

Just leave a comment and I’ll draw the winner the same way I usually do.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. December 7, 2011 4:28 am

    Mmm… Gambit. Totally love him! Had him in mind the entire time I was reading Her First White Christmas, hence all the drooling 😉

    • December 7, 2011 6:29 am

      Yeah, we really need to get some waterproof keyboards – make them a tax deduction for authors lol

  2. December 7, 2011 7:33 am

    Nice way to keep warm during the cold winter months. Thank you for the great giveaway

  3. December 7, 2011 8:55 am

    Get the wet wipes out, I’m drooling too.This anthology is already on my “To Buy” list but now it just moved to the top of the pile. 🙂

  4. allison permalink
    December 7, 2011 9:33 am

    oooo sounds like a very hot story! I think I’m going to have to start reading some X-Men as well. Thanks!

  5. Joanne B. permalink
    December 7, 2011 10:40 am

    Great blog tour. Can’t wait to read the anthology. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. December 7, 2011 10:56 am

    The anthology sounds awesome! Loved reading about how you characters came to be! Remy…yum!

  7. December 7, 2011 4:34 pm

    Please enter me in this contest. Thank you.

  8. December 8, 2011 7:12 pm

    You are not a GEEK, because that would make me one. I love X-Men, Wolverine is a hotty and so is Gambit 🙂 Scott just was too much of a goody goody, lol

    brandyzbooks at yahoo dot com

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