Saving Mistletoe was such a fun story to write. An attorney who could use a little Ebeneezer intervention, a cowboy cop with a stubborn streak a mile wide, and a child in desperate need of a Christmas miracle.
We first met Ellen Meade in Taste of Tara. She and Tara have been best friends forever. In that story, we knew Ellen was an attorney with a bright future ahead of her. But we didn’t really know what Ellen looked like.
The beautiful Zoey Deutch is just so, so perfect for Ellen.
Absolutely perfect for Ellen who is truly a sweet, giving person (and so lovely!).
Our hero in the story is Burke Tipton, a cowboy police officer who works with the Mounted Police Unit in downtown Portland, Oregon. I knew I wanted Burke to have dark hair, but beyond that, I was open to ideas.
Then I saw a photo of Lucas Black.
And I knew I’d found my Burke! He’s just ideal for the somewhat cynical (yet softhearted) cop who can also be mighty stubborn.
But he is such a cutie! And so perfect for Ellen!
In the story, Burke ends up with a homeless little girl named Mistletoe on his hands. This sweetie-pie was just how I envisioned the “star of the show.”
And this face… made me smile every time I looked at it!
Burke’s partner in the story is a horse named Sugar Bear. Bear is part of the police force and adds a fun element to the book.
As does Lovey the dog! (She is so gorgeous!)
You can find more of my visual inspiration for the story on Pinterest.
And while you browse through the photos, listen to Chris Young croon Under the Weather. It’s the song I listened to while I wrote this story.