Wrong Turn Christmas

My latest book is another Christmas novella – a contemporary Christian romance called Wrong Turn Christmas. It’s available for Kindle or Kindle Unlimited on Amazon at this link.

A few years ago, I had never even heard the term “novella” before. Little did I know it is simply a term for a short novel, and that it’s quite common in the literary world. Then back in 2018, my publisher put out a call for Christmas novellas, and I rose to the challenge. As it turns out, I truly enjoy both reading and writing novellas.

From a reader’s perspective, they are short and sweet, can often be read in a single afternoon, and can give me a sense of accomplishment without too much investment. From a writer’s perspective, they allow me to complete a book in a shorter period of time, without falling into plot holes or overcommitting myself with deadlines that I stress to meet.

I do appreciate a full-length novel as well. After writing three Christmas novellas, I am ready for my next writing endeavor to be something a little more in-depth. But novellas definitely have their place. What about you? Do you prefer a light read that can be completed in one or two sittings? Or do you prefer something more intricate, where the characters and relationships develop over hundreds of pages and dozens of chapters?

Whatever your preference, check out all my books on my Amazon Author page. Happy reading!

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First Class Christmas – Coming Soon!

I am a sucker for summer. And I love fall in all its pumpkin and apple-picking glory. But right up there on my list of seasonal favorites is Christmas!

What a wonderful time of year, celebrating the birth of our Savior while spending time with family, singing festive carols, seeing all the twinkly lights, baking cookies, and exchanging gifts with loved ones. And what better way to get into the Christmas spirit than by reading a sweet romance set during the holidays!

This year, I have a novelette coming out December 1st called “First Class Christmas.” Here is the cover art, and the book blurb will be coming soon. Now, I’m not one to start blasting the Christmas tunes before Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t mean we can’t whet our appetite with the simple glimpse of this beautiful cover. Didn’t Pelican Book Group do a great job?!

What about you – any favorite Christmas traditions? What about favorite Christmas books or stories? Bonus points if it’s a romance 🙂

My Favorite Recent Reads (Christian Romance)

One thing this coronavirus can’t take away from us is books! I’ve read several good ones over the past year or so, but a few stand out to me and I wanted to highlight them here – in no particular order. Happy Reading!

Nothing Ventured by Julie Arnold

It’s worth noting that everyone who rated this book gave it Five stars! For me, this was one of those books I literally didn’t want to put down. And I’m a busy lady, so that’s saying something! This book had it all — believable and likable characters, keeps-you-guessing suspense, a solid plot, lots of humor, and a super sweet romance at its core.

Lane Steen by Candace West

I’m not typically a historical romance fan, but this book has opened my eyes to that genre. It was a truly moving, beautiful, and heartwarming story of redemption and love. There were so many subplots with valuable lessons and intriguing resolutions, and I was interested in all of them! But especially the primary story of Lane, who grew up in an abusive home in the early 1900s and somehow managed to find God, find love, and find joy through the help of the new schoolteacher and an old friend. So lovely!

The Everyday Love Series by Jaycee Weaver (featured below is my favorite of the three, Whatever Comes Our Way)

These books are so much fun – endearing and well-written. They contain lots of romance, humor, and compelling relationships in a realistic, contemporary setting. You can read them as stand-alone, but you’ll gain a much greater appreciation for the characters and how their lives fit together if you read them in order. And I love the vivid descriptions of their setting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Beautiful!

Excerpt: Lunch Date #MFRWHooks

Below is an excerpt from my contemporary Christian romance, A Heart Held Captive. Emily met Cole during a physical therapy appointment for a foster kid she recently took under her wing.

It took a while, but she finally responded to his interest in her and the following scene is one of their first dates – a picnic lunch at Cole’s PT clinic. Enjoy!

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EXCERPT:

What am I doing? Emily shook her head as she gazed into the bathroom mirror on Friday morning. How had she gone from seven years of solitude and contentment to suddenly longing to see a man whom she had only met a month ago? Was this really what God wanted for her? She wasn’t sure, but the fact remained, she was enamored with Cole.

While a batch of cookies baked in the oven, she assembled sandwiches and put fruit, chips and bottled water in a small cooler for their lunch date. She arrived at PT Possibilities as Cole was giving a goodbye fist bump to a young girl in the entryway. The girl left, and Cole smiled at Emily. “Perfect timing. Do you mind if we eat outside?”

“That would be great. It’s a beautiful day.”

“Okay good. There’s a picnic table out back. One sec.” He turned to the receptionist at the front desk. “Shannon, can you add these notes into Megan’s file and make a copy of this form for me?”

The woman nodded as she took the papers from Cole. “Thanks. By the way, I’m clocking out for lunch now.” Then he turned toward Emily. “Alright, let’s head out.”

They walked to the back of the facility and out a rear door Emily didn’t realize existed. She spotted the picnic table, and though it wasn’t exactly picturesque next to a dumpster, it would do the trick. After placing her cooler on the table, she unloaded the food she’d packed. Out of nowhere, two hands gently slid around her waist from behind.

“I didn’t get a proper hello.” Cole’s voice was lighthearted as he leaned his chest against her back, squeezing her tight.

“Ah, I was not aware of the rules. My apologies.” Emily’s breath caught in her throat at the unexpected backwards hug. Her hands stilled as she leaned back to enjoy the moment. “I hope you like turkey sandwiches.”

Cole removed his arms and walked around to the opposite side of the picnic table. “Oh yeah, I’m not picky. Thanks for doing this, by the way. My coworkers noticed I was unusually excited for lunch today.”

Emily suppressed a giggle, then handed him a paper plate and gestured toward the food. They loaded their plates and sat to eat. “How’s your day going?”

“Pretty good. Though I gotta tell you, one of my favorite clients is no longer coming on Fridays. So, it will be kind of a let-down when I get to the end of my shift.”

Emily raised an eyebrow. “One of your favorite clients? Should I be worried?”

Cole laughed. “Okay, okay, you’re my favorite. Hands down. There, I said it.”

BLURB:

Physical therapist Cole Pearson has had his share of shallow relationships. But after a year of soul searching, his eyes are opened to what he really wants in life—and in a relationship. When he learns that ER nurse Emily Jenkins has volunteered to pay for a foster child’s therapy, he is instantly drawn to her generous spirit. If only he can convince her to take things beyond their casual conversations at the clinic.

Emily is a prisoner to her past mistakes and insists on paying a price God never asked her to pay. When she finally allows herself to grow closer to Cole, her flawed beliefs are exposed and her wounded heart begins to mend. But when tragedy strikes, Emily is sent into a tailspin. Can Cole help her move past the guilt and grasp the freedom of God’s grace, or will she revert back to the captivity of her old ways and shut Cole out of her life for good?

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A Heart Held Captive – to Nightmares #MFRWHooks

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Below is an excerpt from my contemporary Christian romance “A Heart Held Captive.” It’s free on Kindle Unlimited, and also available for kindle and paperback on Amazon.

The Book Blurb and buy link are below! Enjoy 🙂

EXCERPT

Emily awoke with a start, the pulsa heart held captive 1600x2400 (1)e in her neck throbbing, her heart racing, her skin clammy. Just like she had every night for the past week. And yet, this time the dream was different. It’s all your fault. Yes. Her fault her dad ran into a burning building. Her fault her husband died. Even her inability to sleep was her own fault.

But it was becoming hard to function this way, and for the first time in her life, she wondered if she needed professional help. This too shall pass, she kept reminding herself. Just like it had the last time, and the time before that. Besides, guilt was a natural response to the trauma she’d experienced—at her own hand.

Unsure of what else to do, she turned on the lamp next to her bed, an action that had become all too familiar lately. Getting out of bed, she walked to the kitchen for a glass of water, then sat at the table and rested her head on the cold surface. Why, God? Even if I get past this round of nightmares, will I ever be able to fully move on with my life? Do I even deserve to?

Tears stung her eyes. Twelve years since the fire, and it still haunted her. That’s when she saw it, out of the corner of her eye. Cole’s business card poking out of the side of her purse. She reached for the card and studied the number written on the back. She’d had no intentions of taking him up on his offer this soon, but it almost seemed as if she’d reached rock bottom—not that she planned to tell him that, of course.

Did it make sense to call? Would it be giving him the wrong impression? What would she even say to him—and how would he respond?

Glancing at the clock, Emily decided to get her phone. Something inside told her to give Cole a shot, and the fact that she even considered it made her wonder if maybe it was finally time to go down that road again. To let someone in and catch a glimpse of who she really was.

Even though it was past 11:00, he had seemed open to a late-night chat. Emily really didn’t know what would happen if she opened herself up to this kind of conversation, but at this point, she didn’t have much to lose.

Before she could change her mind, she tapped out a message.

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BLURB:

Physical therapist Cole Pearson has had his share of shallow relationships. But a year spent focusing on God opened his eyes to what he really wants in life. When he learns that ER nurse Emily Jenkins has volunteered to pay for a foster child’s therapy, he is inexplicably drawn to her generous spirit. If only he can convince her to take things beyond their casual conversations at the clinic.

Emily is a prisoner to her past mistakes and insists on paying a price God never asked her to pay. When she finally allows herself to grow closer to Cole, her faulty theology is shattered and her wounded heart begins to mend. But when tragedy strikes, Emily is sent into a tailspin. Can Cole help her grasp the freedom of God’s grace, or will she revert back to the captivity of her old ways and shut Cole out of her life for good?

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