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The Perfect Moment! Interview and giveaway with Bren Christopher

I’m delighted to welcome back Bren Christopher, who is here to answer a few of my little questions and tell us all about her Christmas release, The Perfect Moment (Patchouli for Christmas 2).  One lucky commenter is also in with a chance to win The Perfect Moment and Patchouli for Christmas, so do please remember to say hi :) :) :)


BC_PerfectMoment_coverhrQ. Please tell us about your exciting new release.

The Perfect Moment (Patchouli for Christmas 2) is a sequel to Patchouli for Christmas. In the first story, Michael was pretty nervous about even going on a real date, so where does their relationship stand two years later? Throw in the unexpected return of Jude’s old boyfriend, and Michael’s self-doubts come close to crippling their relationship.

Here’s the blurb:

As a New York City event planner, Michael Cove is more than capable of handling temperamental artist Jude Kendrick’s moods. They’ve been dating for two years, and their relationship is going well. Why rock the boat?

When Jude asks him to move in, Michael refuses. In Michael’s experience, no relationship truly lasts. Convinced that Jude would soon tire of him, Michael is not willing to take that risk.

But Jude needs more.  Michael is the brightest part of his life, and the late nights and early mornings their schedules allow are not enough. Jude needs Michael to be there for him, and he wants to be there for Michael. Living together, they’d have more time for each other. Michael’s refusal to move in leaves Jude alone just as the holidays, with their terrible memories, darken the horizon.

When Jude’s old flame reappears, all bets are off. Faced with unexpected competition, Michael’s doubts come boiling to the surface. Now he must make a life-changing decision, and learn his own heart in the process. Status quo is no longer an option

Buy it now

p2Just for fun, I also wrote a short story called Patchouli on Retreat. I think of it as Patchouli 1.5, because it falls between the two Christmas stories. So there are actually three stories now in the series. In this short story, Jude drags Michael to a yoga retreat in the Catskills, where Michael is completely out of his element. The week of togetherness at the Retreat could either tear them apart, or move them to the next phase in their relationship. The story is free now at Amazon and most other ebookstores.

Q. What are the most fun parts of writing a sequel – and what are the hardest aspects?

I enjoyed revisiting the characters. Since I was already familiar with Michael and Jude, as well as the settings and the minor characters, I didn’t need to invent them from scratch. Then again, the characters have to evolve and new secondary characters are introduced, so there is still a lot of thought that has to go into the story.

One difficult aspect is judging how much backstory is necessary in a sequel. Readers should be able to read each story in the series as a standalone. Although you may get more from the story if you’ve read the first Patchouli for Christmas, you should be able to read the sequels without feeling like you’re missing anything crucial. Some backstory is needed so the reader understands what’s going on, but it should be minimal – otherwise it’s an information dump that slows down the story.

Q. The characters from your books have all been invited to a big Christmas party. Who would be the most p1fun to party with, who might get embarrassingly drunk on the punch, and who might be a no-show?

Oh, a fun question. Let’s see. For partying, it would have to be Jamie from Friday Night Jamie – but only if the Christmas party is held on a Friday night! His schedule won’t permit going out any other night. He’d be the one most likely to get drunk too. He really likes to let loose, but that’s okay. Matt will be there to see him home.
As for a no-show, Scott from Big Cypress Crossroads is sort of a cranky cop. I can’t really see him showing up for a Christmas party unless Noah makes him.

Q. Any exciting works in progress to share with the fans?

I’d like to do one more Patchouli for Christmas story. Michael and Jude are just such fun characters to write about.

But the next long work I’m writing is an m/m science fiction story. I grew up reading science fiction and if I can combine the kind of space adventures I’ve always loved with m/m romance, I’ll be in writing heaven. I plan to make it a series. Basically, a doctor from a wealthy family flees a troubled past and joins an interstellar humanitarian aid organization. On a war-torn planet, he meets a mercenary. They are at odds at first, but end up having a series of adventures together.

Readers, I wonder how many of you are interested in an m/m science fiction adventure series? If you read contemporary, will you also read science fiction? I’ll be interested to see your comments.

If you leave a comment, you’ll be entered to win a copy of The Perfect Moment. And if the winner has not yet read Patchouli for Christmas, I’ll throw that in too.

Thank you so much for having me here, Kay. I really enjoyed it. I’ll be hanging around today in case anyone has any questions. I hope everyone has a great holiday.


Thanks so much for dropping by, Bren :)

The Perfect Moment is now available from Loose Id. You can read an excerpt there, and another excerpt at Bren Christopher’s page.

Remember to leave a comment to be in with a chance of winning The Perfect Moment (Patchouli for Christmas 2) *and* Patchouli for Christmas. Please leave your email when promped. This will not be displayed or stored for any other purpose. Comp. closes 12th December.


28 responses

  1. Lauren

    This looks wonderful. Please count me in.

    December 9, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    • Hi Lauren – Thanks for playing! The book was a lot of fun to write.

      December 9, 2013 at 3:02 pm

  2. Kath

    I loved the first book and look forward to reading the others :)

    December 9, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    • Hi Kath – I’m so glad you liked the first book. Good Luck!

      December 9, 2013 at 3:03 pm

  3. Claudia

    I’m in ! thanks for the chance.

    December 9, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    • Hi Claudia – Thanks so much for stopping by. Good Luck!

      December 9, 2013 at 3:03 pm

  4. Laurie P

    Thanks for the chance to win, I love Michael and Jude. And can’t wait to read more about them.
    As for sci-fi, I read most genres, and all sub-genres of romance and would love to read it. The premise sounds wonderful.

    December 9, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    • Hi Laurie. I’m excited about writing a sci-fi romance, so I’m glad to hear you read both that and contemporary, just like I do. It is challenging to write sci-fi because of building that world from scratch, but it should be a lot of fun. – Good luck to you!

      December 9, 2013 at 7:18 pm

  5. DebraG

    I read the first book. Now I must read this one.

    December 10, 2013 at 1:11 am

    • Hi Debra – I’m glad you want to see what happens next for Michael and Jude. Good luck!

      December 10, 2013 at 2:42 am

  6. Valerie

    I haven’t read this series, but it looks really good! Count me in please :)

    December 10, 2013 at 1:46 am

    • Thanks for coming by, Valerie. Since you haven’t read the first one, then you would get both books – Good Luck!

      December 10, 2013 at 2:46 am

  7. Karl

    Yes, I would science fiction but it isn’t my first choice. Please count me in. Thanks.

    December 10, 2013 at 2:37 am

    • I think I know what you mean, Karl. There are some genres I don’t normally read, but if I already know I like the author, or the premise sounds particularly intriguing, I will make an exception and go for it. Thanks for commenting, and good luck!

      December 10, 2013 at 2:48 am

  8. I have these on my wish list. Love Christmas themed stories :) Thanks for the giveaway!

    December 10, 2013 at 4:31 am

    • So do I, Lamoiti. I spend far too much money at Christmas time on all the fun novellas that come out this time of year. Good luck to you.

      December 10, 2013 at 4:16 pm

  9. Lisa G

    I’d like a shot at these – they look like fun!

    December 10, 2013 at 4:43 am

    • Hi Lisa – Thanks for playing, and good luck!

      December 10, 2013 at 4:16 pm

  10. Paul Berry

    Those are 2 amazing books I need! I love the covers which makes me really want too read them! Great giveaway!

    December 10, 2013 at 6:31 am

    • Hi Paul – I love the covers too. Anne Cain is the cover artist and she does great work. Good luck to you.

      December 10, 2013 at 4:17 pm

  11. Ashley E

    Fantasy, sci-fi and paranormal are some of my favorite genres. It’s more unusual for me to read contemporary! But if a premise draws me in, or if it’s a favorite author of mine, I’ll read just about anything. ;)

    December 10, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    • Same here, Ashley – especially if its a favorite author. Then I’m willing to give just about anything they write a try. Thanks for commenting. Good luck in the drawing.

      December 10, 2013 at 10:53 pm

  12. Bogusia

    I like very much the first book . Right now I’m reading Patchouli On Retreat :) Count me in!

    December 10, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the first book, Bogusia. I hope you enjoy the others just as much. Good Luck!

      December 10, 2013 at 10:54 pm

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  14. Congratulations, Paul Berry! Kay put all your names through a randomizer, and you are the lucky winner. I will email you soon to find out what format you would like for the ebooks. – Everyone, thank you for taking the time to read and comment. You still have one more chance to win – I will be giving away another copy on Dec 20 on Lex Valentine’s blog,, so head on over there next week.
    And thanks so much to Kay, for being a great hostess.

    December 14, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    • Thanks for being the perfect guest, Bren – *hugs* :) Please come back soon to tell us about more of your lovely books :) :) :)

      December 14, 2013 at 4:57 pm

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