Thursday, December 5, 2013

On the Right Track to Romance

On the Right Track available HERE

By Barbara Elsborg
When I start writing a story I rarely think about what time of year I should set it. It’s only when I get to the point that my characters are outside that I think--oh dear--do they need coats? But it’s not a coincidence that of my four Decadent stories, only one of them is set in the summer. I lean toward snow and winter because somehow I find it more romantic. Maybe it’s the excuse to cuddle up because it’s cold.

When my couple in On the Right Track set off in their cars to go a New Year’s Eve party, little do they know that they’ll collide on a snowy road and seal their fate. Nick and Holly seemed perfect winter names for them and the story more or less wrote itself. Well, I did help a bit.

In reality, the slightest flutter of snow and I’d rather eat my own eyeballs than take the car out. The UK regularly grinds to a halt at the thinnest of coverings. I’ve skidded when I drove the kids to school after they missed the bus. Skidded on a motorway when I changed lanes and skidded down a hill where I was lucky nothing was coming the other way. So now I only go out on foot in snow, which must be a relief to other motorists.
No snow yet in the UK, but this is what happened last year--view from my house! Invasion of the mini snowmen.

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of my winter INS, On the Right Track, or my summer INS, Just What She Wants, please leave a comment below telling me whether you’re a summer or winter person or someplace in between.

Just What She Wants available HERE

With a name like hers, Indiana Jones knows she ought to be adventurous and daring, but when she’s tricked into taking a vacation on her own and discovers she’s staying at a swinging resort, she wants to spend the week in her room. But the place is run by two of the most tempting men she’s ever seen. She could have just what she wants and no one would ever know.

Marc finds it hard to see his partner Kyle in physical and mental anguish, but if the guy won’t talk about it, what can he do? Finding a third might be the answer, and he has just the woman in mind, unless she runs off before he can make her smile.

Crippled and depressed, Kyle can’t even kiss his partner and wonders why the guy puts up with him. If only he could let the past go and move on. Maybe, just maybe, an intriguing guest will show him the way.


  1. Looks like snowman pic didn't make it, sorry!

  2. I'm definitely somewhere in between. I love the colors of fall, and the smell of spring. With my stories, I tend to write winter stories in the summer, and summer stories in the winter. LOL

    No need to enter me, as I already have them both. ;)

  3. Brrr, Barbara! I think I enjoy both of those seasons, but winter gives us the excuse of snuggling close because it's cold and turning up the heat whereas the summer months let you wear skimpy stuff to entice that way ;) Driving's definitely easier in the summer though! No snow, more light!

  4. I'm definitely a summer person and I love all your stories... Keep writing, please! :)

  5. Thanks for commenting, guys! I've been lying in the sun reading today - temps in the 80s - feeling sorry for son in Texas who has an ice storm on the way. Snow is one thing, ice something else entirely!

  6. I dont care what season/setting you use. Awesome characters make all your stories so unforgettable.