Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Guest Author Day with Nancy Lee Badger

Title: Rescuing Christmas: a Small Town Sweet Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Tag Line: “Vermont is lovely this time of year, but where is the snow?”

After a fire, her injured dad heads to the hospital and hands responsibility for the fire department to her. As acting Fire Chief, Elinor Danville offers the stranded stranger a ride. When she drops him at the Peabody Inn, Ellie explains that Snowflake Valley has no rental cars, taxis, or 5-star hotels Something about this suit-wearing rich guy grates on her nerves, but intrigues her. Unfortunately, her responsibilities include the upcoming Christmas Festival. The lack of snow could ruin everything.
Stuck in Snowflake Valley for several days, Bradley is swept up in the people, their volunteerism, their problems, and commitment to see that the Christmas Festival goes on no matter what. His interest in the town and a pretty firefighter makes Bradley come up with a few ideas of his own. By rescuing Christmas for Elinor and the townspeople, can he make her truly see him, and not the suited businessman only interested in going home?
Nancy- What makes a romance story set in Vermont so loveable? The Green Mountain State is beautiful with lots of rural space, forests, river valleys, and open farmland. A town like fictional Snowflake Valley, with less than 2,000 people, can create problems when emergencies occur. Rumney, the town I raised my family in, was a similar size. The residents relied on volunteers to keep them safe.

My hero is a Manhattan businessman and first responders are very busy, full-time professional heroes. They train at actual academies, live for 24-hour shifts with the other firefighters, and are paid (not enough!) The difference with small New England emergency units during the middle of winter, those that respond from their homes, can best be described this way:

*Train for many weeks, usually at night. The training and position are unpaid.
*Keep your uniform, medical bag, winter coat, boots, and shovels ready.
*Wake to a pager screaming the emergency location. Good luck waking fast enough to hear what or where!
*Cell phone service is spotty and GPS may not work. Learn to use maps and flashlights.
*The weather can be life threatening for you and your patient.
*Learn to ride on the back of a snowmobile or climb a rock wall.
*Expect to see dead or dying deer and moose at accident scenes. Blood is real.
*Surprisingly, an empty burning house surrounded by falling snow can be eerily quiet.
*You might have to call for a helicopter if the roads are filled with frost heaves that could cause pain for a patient in an ambulance.
*Learn to drive a rescue vehicle through the snow while navigating traffic.
*The hospital and a responding ambulance can be 15-30 minutes away. The patient will be relying on you to keep them safe from further harm.
*Don’t forget to write everything you do down, or it never really happened.
*Head home and try to sleep before you need to get up and go to your actual job!

Bio and links:  Nancy Lee Badger grew up in Huntington on New York’s Long Island. After attending Plymouth State, in New Hampshire, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree and met and married her college sweetheart. They raised two handsome sons in Rumney, New Hampshire, where Nancy volunteered as an EMT and firefighter while working full-time. When the children had left the nest, and shoveling show became a chore, she retired from her satisfying job as a 911 Emergency Medical Dispatcher and moved to North Carolina, where she writes full-time. She and family volunteer every fall at the NH Highland Games. Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, and the Triangle Association of Freelancers. She loves to travel with her husband and is never far from her laptop. She finds story ideas in the most unusual places. Connect with her here:
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Nancy Lee Badger said...

Thank you for allowing me to share my new book with your readers!

Mickey said...

Wonderful blog. I learned a lot about life in a small town almost anywhere. Just finished reading Rescuing Christmas and enjoyed every page.

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