Today I am so pleased to welcome Bru Baker to Joyfully Jay. Bru has come to talk to us about her latest release, Homemade from the Heart. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
Hi, I’m Bru Baker, and thanks for joining me here on Joyfully Jay today! My holiday novella, Homemade from the Heart, features a craft store owner who falls for a little girl and her (supposedly) Hot Divorced Dad. Through the course of the novella we get to see Grant doing all sorts of fun holiday crafts with Aubrey and her gorgeous guardian Josh.
My daughter was the inspiration for Aubrey, and she’s joining me today to do a DIY craft tutorial to make one of my favorite projects in the book: an ornament wreath. This is actually the perfect time to make one of these, since ornaments are all marked down in the after-Christmas sales. You’ll need 20+, depending on how big you want your wreath to be. The big tubes of shatterproof ornaments most retailers sell are perfect for this project. (We used 40 making our small wreath.)
Craft store owner Grant has always been a sucker for a pretty face, and that goes double for a pretty face with an adorable sidekick. When seven-year-old Aubrey has her heart set on taking Grant’s already-full holiday craft series, he caves and gives up his one day off a week so she (and her hot divorced guardian, Josh) can take private lessons. Their flirting ramps up week after week, and even though Josh isn’t with Aubrey’s mother, Grant can’t be sure the man isn’t straight. Maybe he’s just being friendly. And Josh, who is most definitely not straight, is afraid of being the creepy guy hitting on the teacher.
Frustrated by their stubbornness and cluelessness, Aubrey takes matters into her own hands. She decides the best gift to give Josh is something homemade and from the heart—a boyfriend they’ll both love.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar package “Stocking Stuffers.”
Bru Baker spent fifteen years writing for newspapers before making the jump to fiction. She now balances her time between writing and working at a Midwestern library in the reference department. Most evenings you can find her curled up with a mug of tea, some fuzzy socks, and a book or her laptop. Whether it’s creating her own characters or getting caught up in someone else’s, there’s no denying that Bru is happiest when she’s engrossed in a story. She and her husband have two children, which means a lot of her books get written from the sidelines of various sports practices.