Good morning. Wow! Here it is December 11th, and the temperature at eight in the morning is 10 degrees Celcius. We have no snow–lucky guess if you figured that out. I’m not really complaining, but to me, living in Eastern Ontario, it simply doesn’t feel like Christmas. For heaven’s sake, I have dandelions growing on my lawn!
As I watch the news, I realizehow truly blessed we are. We may be looking at a green Chriostmas, but the long range forecast shows the warm temperatures will persist, which will save us a bundle on heating this year. I’m sure those of you in Europe and India coping with massive flooding would prefer my weather over yours any day, and I hope that Mother Nature settles down so that you and yours can find some semblance of peace this holiday season.
Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love the music, the myriad of movies, old and new, all of which promise peace, love, and happiness, something our world needs desparately right now. This year, I have five holiday themes stories for your reading pleasure. Both Holiday Magic and The Perfect Choice are on sale from the 12th to the 19th with the best deal early in the week, when each one will be only 99 cents USD.
This year I’ve written three holiday tales, each one shorter than my usual tomes. Come Home for Christmas is a 25K novella. My good friend and cover artist, Danielle Doolittle, created the cover for this book.
This past year has been a miserable one for Krista Jacobs, and what’s going to make it even worse is having to spend Christmas at Seven Oaks, the Alberta ranch that was her home until her uncle tossed her out on her ear before her nineteenth birthday. But Uncle Charles is gone and has left her something in his will—something she can only have if she spends Christmas at the ranch with Ethan Terrance, her step-cousin, and the man she’d hoped to marry ten years ago.
When Charles Terrance died, the last thing Ethan expected to discover was that not only had his dad sabotaged his relationship with Krista, he’d cheated her out of the inheritance that should’ve been hers ten years ago. Since Ethan’s never been able to forget the woman he loved, he’ll do whatever he has to in order to make things right—including having his lawyer send her a request she can’t ignore. Krista has to come home for Christmas.
The other stories I have are short–all under 10K. The first is a feel good story. In Her Christmas Hero, widowed mother of four Laurie Wilson gets a shock when a check that was supposed to have been destroyed is cashed, leaving her in a financial lurch just days before Christmas.
Leland Ostler packed his heart in ice years ago and goes through the Christmas season paying lip service to the holiday. When he discovers Laurie Wilson is the girl he was fascinated by in high school and discovers her plight, he determines to make sure that family has the Merry Christmas it deserves.
The story continues in The Best Day Ever which will be released December 15th.
For widow Laurie Michaels, the most important part of her life are her four children, and she’ll do whatever it takes to make sure this is their best Christmas ever. Thanks to an unknown benefactor, her short-term money problems are solved. When her boss, Leland Ostler, the object of her teenage crush, invites her to bring her children to his house for a sledding party and a visit with Santa, she assumes he wants her to babysit his nephews who’ll be there, too.
Leland Ostler hasn’t celebrated Christmas in years, but Laurie and her children call to his heart. He remembers the young girl who shyly ran away when he approached, and he’s determined not to let her escape again. If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach—and Laurie’s chocolate fudge cookies have already started down that route—then the way to this young mother’s heart has to be through her children.
Can he convince her to look to the future and let him into her life?
So, if you’re looking for holiday reading, the long or the short of it, have I got a deal for you!
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