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Day 3 Festive Guest Post: My Inspiration for ‘A Christmas Kiss’ by Eliza J Scott

Hi there, my name’s Eliza J Scott and I write romance/women’s fiction with a hint of humour thrown in – just to stop things from getting too serious! When Elaine asked me if I’d like to write today’s guest blog post, I jumped at the chance! Needless to say, I’m absolutely thrilled to be here, and thought it would be a great opportunity to explain what inspired me to write my very first festive book: A Christmas Kiss. So without further ado, here goes…

My favourite festive film of all time has to be ‘The Holiday’ with Cameron Diaz and Jude Law – actually, it’s probably one of my favourite films ever – and it’s one my husband and I watch religiously every Christmas Eve. For me it signifies a time when I can finally relax; all the prep’s done for the next day’s Christmas dinner, every present is wrapped and placed under the tree or in the right stocking, and the house is neat and tidy in readiness for the ‘Big Day’. Oh, and, of course, Santa and Rudolph’s snacks will have been set out, too. Even though it’s been a while since  my girls believed in Father Christmas, it’s a tradition that we still indulge in (I think it has a lot to do with the pork pie ‘Santa’ – aka Mr S – gets to devour at the end of the evening!). So, once I’m in my jimjams and I’ve got myself comfy on the sofa – glass of Prosecco in one hand and the tub of Roses chocolates on my lap – we sit back and let ‘The Holiday’ roll. Bliss!

So, how did it inspire me to write A Christmas Kiss? Well, it was the gorgeous cottage in the countryside where Cameron Diaz found herself that did it. It looked so achingly beautiful, sitting quietly in the snow with its cosy lights glowing from the little windows and its wreath hanging on the door.  The archetypical rural idyll; who wouldn’t fall in love with that?

We tend to think of Christmas as a happy, family time, but this isn’t always the case for some people – like the main characters, Livvie and Zander, in A Christmas Kiss – and it can actually put a spotlight on a less than ideal situation. For anyone who’s been having a tough time of it, I can totally see why  getting away from your worries, and arriving at a cosy country cottage in the middle of nowhere would make the world seem a brighter place.

GP Zander Gillespie made a fleeting appearance in The Secret – Violet’s Story (Book 3 of the Life on the Moors series) as a way of introducing him in readiness for my Christmas book. And he just so happens to have the perfect cosy, thatched cottage in the middle of the North Yorkshire Moors for someone to escape to; which, after having her Christmas ruined by her flaky boyfriend, is exactly what Livvie Weatherill does.

‘The Holiday’ wasn’t my only inspiration for A Christmas Kiss, my home on the North Yorkshire Moors also plays a big part – just as it has for the first three books in the Life on the Moors series. I never tire of the beautiful scenery which seems to look different every day, especially in winter when it can get pretty dramatic, and ridiculous amounts of snow can get dumped in a short space of time. Being snowed in is a reality  here and, over the years, my daughters have enjoyed quite a few days off school as a result!

Zander is already aware of the appeal of the North Yorkshire Moors, and they’ve become a regular bolt hole for him. I wanted Livvie to love the area as much as he does, and be  blown away by its rugged  beauty as well as the local wildlife which, living in a busy town like Rickelthorpe, was something she wasn’t used to. For me, simply having a cup of tea while looking out over the dale can help put things into perspective; just that simple act of taking a bit of time out can really work wonders. I wanted Livvie and Zander to feel this, too. Hence, I had them doing simple things like going for crisp walks in the snow, devouring scrumptious meals in the cosy Sunne Inn and curling up in front of the wood burner of an evening and enjoying a glass of wine. I hoped that by having the time to take stock of their individual situations, and getting rid of the white noise of what was going on back home, it would give them some much-needed clarity.

A rather mischievous black Labrador by the name of Alf has to have a mention here. He belongs to Zander, and the pair have a close bond having been through thick and thin together. I’m a huge fan of black Labs, and as soon as I started writing I promised myself that one would always feature in my books. A Christmas Kiss was Alf’s turn to make an appearance; he’s a good judge of character, as well as being a big softy and a bit of a comedian. His antics unwittingly create several bonding moments for Livvie and Zander – as well as inadvertently scuppering a few! But whatever he does, they can’t help but find him totally adorable, and I hope readers feel the same.

So there you have it, the inspiration behind book 4 of the Life on the Moors Series. And I have a funny feeling we’re going to be seeing more of Zander, Livvie and Alf next Christmas too…

Once, again, huge thanks to Elaine for having me on her fabulous blog, it’s been great fun! And I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the book community for their wonderful support, it really is much appreciated. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Eliza xxx



A Christmas Kiss is available in ebook and paperback, and you can get it here:

UK: Eliza J Scott Amazon UK

US: Eliza J Scott Amazon US

If you’d like to find out what I get up to, just follow the links below:

Twitter: @ElizaJScott1

Facebook: @elizajscottauthor

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Blog: www.elizajscott.com




A sparkling festive romance that will warm your heart this Christmas.

The week before Christmas, GP Zander Gillespie finds his festive plans in tatters. He’s supposed to be flying out to his parents’ chateau in Carcassonne with his high-maintenance girlfriend, Melissa. But she has other ideas. She wants to spend Christmas in London with her party friends – and he’s not invited. The prospect of facing his family, with their questions and their sympathy – not to mention the ‘I told you so-s’ – just isn’t an option. Instead, Zander decides to head to his holiday cottage in the quaint moorland village of Lytell Stangdale, where he intends to hide away with his faithful rescue Labrador Alf.

Eighty miles away, Livvie’s world has come crashing down. With plans to cook a romantic meal for her boyfriend, she heads home early and walks in on him in a compromising position with their neighbour. Fed-up of his lies and philandering ways, this is the final straw. With her Christmas plans up in smoke, the thought of spending it with her parents and her smug, married sister with her pompous husband in tow, is enough to bring Livvie out in hives. So, when she fires up her laptop and finds the perfect little holiday cottage in  available to rent over the festive period, it seems the perfect solution. Or is it…?

Zander didn’t believe in love at first sight until he set eyes on Livvie. Livvie had sworn off men until she met Zander. The pair may be reluctant to give in to temptation, but fate seems to have other ideas…

Join Livvie and Zander – and all the usual characters – for a magical Christmas in Lytell Stangdale.

A Christmas Kiss is available in ebook and paperback, and you can get it here:

UK: Eliza J Scott Amazon UK

US: Eliza J Scott Amazon US


Many thanks to Eliza for this festive guest post! I loved reading about your inspiration for ‘A Christmas Kiss’ and can’t recommend the book itself highly enough. My review of it is here.

5 comments on “Day 3 Festive Guest Post: My Inspiration for ‘A Christmas Kiss’ by Eliza J Scott

  1. carhicks
    December 18, 2019

    Thanks Eliza for sharing your thoughts and a bit of the behind the scenes reasoning and inspiration for this book and series. I will have to add them to my TBR, they sound delightful. Great post Elaine.

    Liked by 1 person

    • bicted
      December 19, 2019

      Thank you, Carla, I think you’ll love Eliza’s books! I still can’t believe Eliza and so many other authors have agreed to do guest posts and am so happy to share them with you all. Get ready, there are more to come until the end of December and lots more brilliant books to tempt you!

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