Christmas Cookies on a Cruise Ship
Christmas Cookies on a Cruise Ship
by Parker Fairchild
Chemist and budding romance writer Olivia Chasen is on a cruise to avoid spending Christmas with her beautiful twin sister and new fiancé—Olivia’s ex. Now, thanks to her lonely, intoxicated ramblings on Santa’s lap, her fellow passengers think she’s in love with a fictional character.
Former Navy SEAL Commander Jace Morse has dealt with plenty of unusual situations in his career, but he’s never had the honor, the pleasure, or the privilege of being a beautiful and intelligent woman’s fantasy hero come to life. While he hasn’t officially met the sexy chemist, he’s sure eager to explore the chemistry that’s sizzling between them.
Bringing the charming SEAL together with the skeptical Olivia is going to take more than just Christmas cookies and a little help from Mrs. Claus; it’s gonna take a heaping dose of Christmas magic.
She stepped to him. “I trusted you. You act all so cool and collected. Perhaps, this will faze you,” she said pushing him back and into the pool.
Suddenly, everything spun out of control. Olivia had been so upset that she hadn’t seen Santa Claus approach Jace carrying a small Christmas tree full of decorations for the hospital in Grand Cayman.
As Jace stumbled back into the pool, he unfortunately carried Santa and the tree with him into the water. The last thing Olivia heard was Santa’s “Ho! Ho! Ho!” turn into “Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!” before they both took a splash.
Olivia literally bit her tongue to stop from laughing. This was so not funny, but yet it was hilarious. She, Olivia Chasen, had finally found her fun and excitement. She had a new groove.
And as she looked around and noticed all the phone cameras rolling, and most likely had been the entire time, she delicately took a curtsy as proper as one she’d give Queen Elizabeth herself. Thankfully, watching all those episodes of the The Crown had paid off big time.
About the Author
Parker Fairchild is a model, social media copywriter, and freelance writer with multiple writing credits. A Virginia native, she and her husband had their own shipboard romance as they met on a cruise ship tender in Maui, and as her mom is fond of saying, "they haven't stopped talking since." When she's not busy playing with words, she loves spending time with her husband and family in Arizona where she now resides.
Q&A With The Author
When did you first consider yourself to be a writer?
I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t a writer. For instance, I always loved writing term papers in my history classes. Of course, receiving my first paycheck for my first published article truly made all my efforts feel official. While I’d already accumulated multiple writing credits as a freelance writer and social media copywriter, publishing “Christmas Cookies on a Cruise Ship” made me feel like I’d truly made it and entered the big league. And since the release of my first novel, a memoir I’d previously ghostwritten for a client is now due to be released soon.
What advice do you have for a new writer?
Never give up on your dream. You know you can write, so keep writing until you get to where you need to be. With hard work and determination, you can become published and grow a successful writing career.
What is the easiest part of the writing process for you?
Researching my characters is not only the easiest part of the writing process, but for me, it’s also the most creative and fun aspect. I love bringing these new people to life—these people who are going to live and grow while facing and overcoming challenges on the pages of my novel. For example, I can spend hours on Realtor.com finding them their perfect house that’s uniquely theirs.
What is your favorite part of this story?
The happily-ever-after at the end, of course! Everyone loves a happy ending—most especially us authors who craft them.
Which Character was the most fun to write about? Why?
I had fun creating and developing all my characters; therefore, I don’t have a favorite. But since my hubby and I did meet and fall in love on a cruise, I had much real world experience and the perfect hero on which to model my fictional hero Jace. So, in that sense, I’ll say Jace was the most fun to create.
Which Character was the hardest to write about? Why?
Olivia’s twin sister, Jane, is the proverbial character that everyone loves to hate. She is, of course, my quintessential bad girl. Beyond all this, though, what truly made her a challenge is the fact that she’s the heroine in my next book in The Perfect Pairings Series.
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