Any wise words of looking at a life experience escaped me this year, so I thought of something a little different. It was super exciting to have my ninth Christmas story published with White Rose Publishing (an arm of Pelican Book Group) this past October.
The back cover blurbs are on my website, but here are what I call my 40 words for each story:
A Blessed Blue Christmas Deena keeps her attraction for Simon secret while caring for his mother. Simon looks into Deena’s dark eyes, sees his wife, and relives her disappearance. Will his obedience to God include taking a chance on Deena’s love as well?
Christmas Rescue Route Izzy's car hurdles down an embankment. Brock comes to her rescue. Used to fending for herself, Izzy balks when he hovers. Is there hope for an enthusiastic goal-setter who avoids the college dating scene, and a nurturing do-gooder man?
Christmas ‘Couragement Of wealthy means, she encourages the homeless. Photographer of the downtrodden, he lost his mother on the streets. His altruism is over. They reunite. She’s determined to encourage him to love Christmas again. Is love enough to heal old hurts?
Christmas Trinkets A lonely author abandoned at birth comes to dog-sit for the town pastor and meets an antiquities shop owner who desires he open his heart to God. Will a key unlock their wounded hearts as well as their matching jewelry?
A Cardinal Christmas Two lonely children met along the railroad tracks. She’s come home to help her parents. He returns to the home of his heart, still aching for her. Can she give up an exotic traveling job to follow her heart?
Hiding From Christmas Calissa slips back in time through recurring visions, seeking to discover what constitutes forever love. Monte encourages her to restore her belief in Christmas and the Lord. Is their love enough for him to make a lifetime commitment?
A Cup of Christmas Kindness Violet returns home. Her twelve days of kind Christmas deeds to help Heath through his grief instead churns bitterness. His daughter is intrigued by the Advent tributes, grows close to Violet, and seeks to draw the old lovers back together.
Christmas Phone Booth Cautious Nicasia doesn’t sweat the small stuff. It’s no small event when a lawman from the 19th century plows into her and knocks her from an antique phone booth. They face their pasts at Hotel Wilber. What about their futures?
Christmas House From storage unit to a home of her own, Pepper plans to have Christmas year-round. Hard-working Foxx keeps busy to avoid emotions, until he meets his unbelieving neighbor. An awful truth comes to light. Can they heal together?
It is comforting to know when we can all use a financial break, that Amazon offers the e-book titles for 99 cents during December.
I wish you all a multitude of blessings as we close out 2022. That doesn’t mean a happy pie-in-the-sky life. We live in hard times. But if we’ve invited that Baby Jesus who later went to the cross, and focus on Him rather than earthly troubles, we will experience true joy.
And remember, according to 2 Corinthians 4:17, Our momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.