Christmas in July!

Today is July 25, and that means… Christmas in July! There is no snow here today, there are no Christmas trees or lights… but there are always Christmas books!

Dog-free Dinner

I have on story that is specifically Christmas-themed, and that is Dog-Free Dinner, a holiday short in the Auntie Clem’s Bakery series, which is available exclusively through my website.

Vic is looking forward to Christmas with her new Bald Eagles Falls family. Erin—not so much. But she wants to make it a special day for Vic.

An unexpected turn in events changes all of their carefully-laid plans. 

This Christmas short, part of the Auntie Clem’s Bakery series, is only available through my website. The series—and your holiday—won’t be complete without it.

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A couple of other books of mine are set at Christmastime: She Wore Mourning and Questing for a Dream.

She Wore Mourning

A dead child.

A mother deep in mourning.

Private Investigator Zachary Goldman’s life isn’t all roses, but he tries to put his own shattered life behind him to investigate the death of five-year-old Declan Bond.

Declan’s death has been ruled an accident, but his grandmother thinks there is more to it. She fears Declan’s mother will not be able to find peace until Zachary can give them an answer once and for all. But as Zachary digs into the circumstances surrounding Declan’s death, he finds that all is not as it seems, and somebody doesn’t want him to find the truth.

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Questing for a Dream

Nadie is a bright, caring teen growing up Manitoba Cree growing up in abject poverty. She tries to balance school attendance, caring for her younger cousin Luyu, and spending time with handsome, impish Mouse, her best friend and confidante. Together, they strive to find the path to happiness on the reservation.

But tragedy strikes and Nadie’s is devastated by Luyu’s accidental death. Unable to find comfort in Mouse’s arms or Grandfather’s traditional mourning rites, Nadie leaves the band and strikes off on her own, searching for meaning and a new life in the outside world.

Can Nadie find happiness and a place of her own in a foreign world where she is abused and discriminated against? Completely alone for the first time in her life, it is a challenge such as Nadie has never before faced.

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And more…

I have rounded up a few new Christmas books for you. Some of them have promos running right now, so snatch them up while you can!

A Season of Suspense: A Chandler County Christmas Box Set

Betrayal, Lies, Danger and Deception! Will Chandler County ever be the same? 

How about six inspirational, romantic suspense stories about love in the midst of danger, duplicity and a desperate race to outrun the worst winter storm in Chandler County in 15 years for just $0.99? Can’t get much better than that!
As Chandler County Christmas festivities loom, so does a storm of epic proportions. It threatens the safety of its residents and visitors alike as they wrestle with emotional, spiritual and psychological dangers that could jeopardize true love, marriage and both new and old relationships.

Can the power of love overcome the biggest of life’s storms?

Let me know if you pick this one up!

A Season of Suspense: A Chandler County Christmas Box Set

Christmas Cozy

Christmas in Ashton Falls is always a magical time of year. The first big snow has arrived, the tree in the town square has been decorated, the window displays completed, and Hometown Christmas is just around the corner. Zoe finds herself knee deep in holiday shopping and Children’s wishes as she and Zak play host to nine year old Scooter Sherwood and his friend Alex.

Although a bit hectic, the magic of Christmas is in full bloom and things couldn’t be more perfect until Zoe finds the body of history teacher Holly Jolly in the Ashton Falls High School Christmas Tree lot run by best friend Levi Denton and is pulled into a dangerous holiday investigation.

Christmas Cozy

Finding Jessie

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Christmas. That special time of year when help can come from the most improbable of places.

It’s Christmas Eve and bounty hunter Grace deHaviland’s got plans. For once in her life, she actually has plans to not spend Christmas alone. But when a custody case results in a little girl being kidnapped, yuletide festivities will have to wait. As the weather outside turns frightful, Grace gets to work. Yet, even with all hands on-deck, meaning every police agency in the state on the lookout, and her best friend Sheriff’s Deputy Suzie Jensen by her side, it may not be enough.

What Grace needs to find Jessie before time runs out, may just be a Christmas miracle.

Finding Jessie

Reindeer & Robberies

The Christmas Season is in full swing on board the cruise ship, Siren of the Seas thanks to Andy Walker, the ship’s cruise director who is all in on his new holiday theme, “The Reindeer Games.”  

Millie and her co-worker, Danielle, are tasked with taking charge of the holiday theme and everything is running smoothly until one of the reindeer comes up missing. But the missing reindeer is the least of the security staff’s worries after a string of thefts are reported.  

Millie jumps in with an investigation of her own that soon turns south when a stalker surfaces, determined to make her life miserable or worse yet.

Despite escalating incidents from the deranged stalker, Millie sorts the clues and discovers a possible link between the mysterious thefts and her stalker that hits close to home.

Reindeer & Robberies

Not Quite a Lady, Not Quite a Knight

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A Fortune Teller who is not what he seems, a tavern girl who was not always so, a chance meeting and a ball that changes everything. 
Threatened by past scandal and a villain who could ruin her, Miss

Adelaide plans to trap the wrongdoer.
Occasionally we all need a knight in shining armor…even if it is a little tarnished.

Not Quite a Lady, Not Quite a Knight

Santa Miracles

In this heartfelt collection of real-life Santa stories, Christmas lovers will learn that the jolly old elf is alive and well and still performing miracles that reflect the spirit of the season this and every Christmas. Inside you will meet such inspiring Santa Clauses as:

Raleigh, the mailman, who every Christmas, donned a Santa suit to distribute gifts of toys and food to the poor families in “shanty town,” because they were too proud to accept charity from someone they knew

Bill, the juvenile delinquent sentenced by the judge to play Santa and distribute gifts to the children at a local orphanage—who in the process discovered the true spirit of Christmas

Robert, who kept an old man from being mugged one cold December night, only to recognize him later over coffee as the local department store Santa who had brightened his childhood Christmases

Not even Scrooge himself could resist these touching yuletide stories of cheer, hope, and love. If you love Christmas, you’ll love this book!

Santa Miracles

Evil Santa

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Evil Santa is a Justin Hall short story.
Justin and his nephew go to the mall to see Santa and things take a very unfestive turn…

Evil Santa

Murder in Christmas River

Cinnamon Peters is one tough cookie.
Every year at Christmas River’s annual Gingerbread Junction Competition, pie baker extraordinaire Cinnamon aims to win, taking down any competitor who gets in her way. But when she finds a dead body in the woods behind her pie shop just days before the big competition, Cinnamon realizes that there’s much more to worry about than cookies, frosting, and gumdrops.

Someone’s out to bring Cinnamon down. And they’re playing dirty.

Only Cinnamon and a mysterious stranger who walks into her life one snowy evening can figure out the mystery.

Murder in Christmas River

Restoring Christmas

The Christmas season is not all sugarplums and twinkle lights – at least not for Adrienne and Gretchen Harkins. Estranged after a family tragedy, the sisters have been living separate lives in New York City. That is, until a mysterious red envelope shows up on both their doorsteps with news that forces them to reconnect and return to their hometown.

In order to save the once grand home they grew up in the sisters must work together to restore it and save it from foreclosure . . . and they only have five days to do it.

Permit problems, bursting pipes, falling trees, broken shingles, ex-boyfriend’s, current boyfriend’s – this is not your typical Christmas list. However, help and support comes from the most unexpected of places as the community pitches in to help bring the Harkins’ home back to life by Christmas Eve.

Thrown into a race against the clock, can they pull off a Christmas miracle or will they lose their home, their family and true love in another Christmas disaster?

Restoring Christmas

How Gretchen Stole Christmas

“Gretchen, you killed Santa!”

Nothing about Gretchen Mayberry’s Christmas Eve surprise for her family is going according to plan. As she arrives home from California, she is horrified to see a man dressed as Santa sneaking into her little sister’s window. Gretchen goes into attack mode, saving the day, only to earn a trip to the ER with her ex-boyfriend, a distraught troop of Santa-loving siblings, and a Christmas Eve no one will ever forget.

Cozy up to this hilarious, clean holiday romance. It’s never too late to come home.

How Gretchen Stole Christmas

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