Thursday, September 5, 2019



When chefs Charly and Cliff Harding divorce, she gets custody of their upscale restaurant and its namesake, Felix, the cat. He gets custody of their dog, Oscar. What they both still have custody of, though, is each other’s heart, but they’re the only two people in the small ski resort town of Snow Lake, Nevada, who don’t seem to know it. Cliff opens his own restaurant in direct competition with Charly and bad things begin to happen. Death threats, accidents, and murder are now on the menu. Their ‘if-you-can’t-take-the-heat-then-get-out-of-the-kitchen’ battles are backfiring on them. But can they find their way back to each other? Or will they spend the rest of their lives in prison unjustly accused of murder?

Book Details:

Title: Christmas Trifle

Author: Heather Haven

Genre: Romantic suspense

Series: Snow Lake Romantic Suspense Novels, book 1

Publisher: Wives of Bath Press (September 1, 2019)

Print length: 349 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours



Q: If you could talk to someone (living), who would it be and what would you ask them?
A: Queen Elizabeth. How do you do it? Why do you do it? You’re in your mid-nineties and yet you perform your queenly duties every day. Don’t you want to just play with your dogs? Don’t you want to sit around and schmooze with your husband, with no makeup, no hats, no formality? How outstanding it is to still hear the call of all that pomp and circumstance and for so many decades.

Q: If you could talk to someone (dead), who would it be and what would you ask them?
A: William Shakespeare. Did you really write all those plays and sonnets by yourself? Did you really invent all these phrases (and more) that we still use today? Such as: All that glitters isn't gold; All's well that ends well; Bated breath; To be-all and the end-all; To beggar description Break the ice; We have seen better days; A blinking idiot; Brave new world; Brevity is the soul of wit; The clothes make the man; Cruel to be kind; A dish fit for the Gods; It's Greek to me; He hath eaten me out of house and home; Foregone conclusion; In my heart of hearts; Jealousy is the green-eyed monster; Laid on with a trowel; Melted into thin air; Neither rhyme nor reason; Not slept one wink; Own flesh and blood; Short shrift; Something wicked this way comes; Star-crossed lovers; Sterner stuff; Too much of a good thing; A tower of strength; Wear my heart upon my sleeve; Wild-goose chase; What's done is done; The world is my oyster. Like most of us, I’ve used these phrases countless times.

Q: If you could step back into a moment or day in time, where would you go?
A: I would like to be there and listen to the Sermon on the Mount. I don’t consider myself a deeply religious person, but I would really like to experience that.

Q: If you had to do community service, what would you choose?
A: I like to help rescue animals and endangered species. I am deeply committed to saving rhinos. I can’t go to Africa or Asian, but I try to give as much $$$ as I can when I can.

Q: If you could meet any author for coffee, who would you like to meet and what would you talk about?
A: Stephen King. I would like to discuss his prolific writing abilities and his imagination. And I suspect he is a very nice man.


5 things you need in order to write:
    •    ideas
    •    time
    •    solitude
    •    inspiration
    •    a computer

5 things you love about writing:
    •    freedom
    •    far-ranging imagination
    •    endlessness
    •    control
    •    purpose

5 things you never want to run out of: 
    •    time
    •    good health
    •    people to love
    •    sense of fun
    •    a positive outlook

5 favorite places you’ve been:
    •    San Miguel de Allende
    •    Kauai
    •    Florence
    •    Positano
    •    Prague

5 favorite things to do: 
    •    play with my cats
    •    watch old movies
    •    chat with friends
    •    work in my garden
    •    snuggle with my husband


Q: What’s your all-time favorite library?
A: 5th Avenue Library in New York City.

Q: What’s your favorite meal?
A: Tuscan Chicken with saffron rice and asparagus. I make it myself!

Q: What’s your favorite vacation spot?
A: I still dream about the time we were in Bermuda and I sat on the pale pink sands and played in the aqua waters all day. It was unbelievably beautiful.

Q: What’s your all-time favorite picture of yourself?
A: Me, in my thirties. I really never looked this good. Freak shot.

Q: What’s your favorite dessert?
A: Fresh cut strawberries with fat-free whipped cream. No guilt whatsoever!

Q: What’s your favorite beverage?
A: Chardonnay.

Q: What’s your favorite ice cream?
A: It’s a tie! Halo’s Salted Caramel and Peaches and Cream.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do when there’s nothing to do?
A: So rare! But watch old movies.

Q: What’s your favorite quote?
A: There are more thing in heaven and earth, Horacio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

Q: What is the wallpaper on your computer’s desktop?
A: A gorgeous shot I took of the Na Pali Coastline from a boat. Blue skies, turquoise waters, green mountains, rainbow arced in the sky.

Q: What’s your all-time favorite place you’ve visited?

A: Here’s la parrocchia In San Miguel de Allende. I took the shot myself.

Q: What do you know now that you wish you knew then?
A: How really, really short life is.

Q: What author would you most like to review one of your books?
A: Agatha Christie. While I’m daydreaming, that’s the person.

Q: What book are you currently working on?
A: Casting Call For a Corpse, Book Seven of the Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries


Q: What’s your all-time favorite place in your town?
A: The orange tree woven through by a grape vine on my back patio. Small, but much loved.

What’s your latest recommendation for:
Food: Fresh salmon covered with dill, butter, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and a touch of white wine. Bake at 350. Never tire of it.
Music: Score from Hamilton the Musical.
Movie: Howard’s End
Book: Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca. One of the most spectacular books ever written.
Audiobook: What the hey, let’s throw in my audiobook for Murder is a Family Business, Book one of the Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries. It turned out well!
Netflix/Amazon Prime: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Miscellaneous: Support the International Rhino Foundation. These nearly extinct creatures need our help.


Heather Haven has won awards for her short stories, novels, comedy acts, television treatments, and ad copy. While in New York, her one-act plays were mounted at Manhattan’s famed Playwrights Horizon. She ghostwrote a book on how to run an employment agency, followed by a stint at No Soap Radio where she delivered humorous advertising. Since moving to the west coast, she has penned four mystery series: the Alvarez Family, Persephone Cole Vintage, Love Can Be Murder, and the Snow Lake Romantic Suspense Novels, of which Christmas Trifle, Book one, debuted September 2019. Her docu-fiction, Murder under the Big Top, and anthology, Corliss and Other Award-Winning Stories, round out her work. Heather and her husband are allowed to live in the foothills of San Jose with their two precocious cats.

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