Welcome to the first of my Christmas Blog Hops this year. As a reward I will be giving away signed paperback copies of my Christmas novels, Holiday Magic and The Perfect Choice to one of you who lives in Canada. For my American and other international friends, I will give away two sets of e-copies of Holiday Magic and The Perfect Choice. The novels tell the love stories of twins, Georgia and Eleni Baxter. While the action starts earlier in the year, the stories end on Christmas Day. These books are concurrent, so you get the chance to see events unfold through two different POV’s. For your chance to win, just comment on this post with your answer to the question. Make sure you leave your contact information, so I can get your prize to you in the event you’re one of the winners.
I’d like to thank Candlelight Reads for the opportunity to participate in this blog hop and showcase my writing to you as I share a bit about my Christmas. This year, the theme of the post is:
Georgia closed the door quietly and stepped into the hallway, greeted by the scent of fresh pine from the small balsam tree in Eleni’s living room and the pine oil they’d used on the sachets last night. She took a deep breath. Christmas! She loved everything about the season from the mad rush for gifts to the beauty and serenity of a Christmas Eve church service. The lights and decorations turned ordinary places into magical ones, dispelling the gloom of winter’s darkest days. Smiling, excited children, anxious for a visit from Santa, reminded her of her own youth when everything had been carefree and wonderful. If she could wear pine-scented perfume, she would.
This year, Christmas was even better because all of her dreams would come true. In less than two weeks, on Christmas Eve, she’d marry the man she loved. Love wasn’t a strong enough word for the way she felt about Mark. She adored him. He was her hero, her soul mate, her best friend, and together they were going to have the best happily ever after.
Of all the fairy tales, the one she loved the best was Beauty and the Beast, possibly because it was the one with a brown-haired heroine. As a child she’d watched the video over and over again, had read the book so often the pages were dog-eared. She’d met Mark in Glee Club in high school, and the musical they’d performed that year was Beauty and The Beast—she’d been Belle, and he’d been the prince. It only seemed right to choose that theme for their fantasy wedding.
Read the novel to find out what ruined that for her and how Holiday Magic gets it back. In The Perfect Choice, you’ll see Eleni’s faith restored too.