Did you know that today is exactly one hundred days before Christmas? Can you believe it? Are you ready?
Wait, it’s only September.
When do you usually start preparing for Christmas? Is September too early to prepare for Christmas? Tell me in the comment section.
What are your reading plans for the Christmas season?
I’m so excited about the Once Upon a Starry Night Christmas romance anthology. I’m humbled to be in the same boxed set as eleven other Christian authors, a number of whom have written a whole lot more books than I have. Some of these are InspyRomance authors. So I thought it’d be fun to give you a sneak peek of the first three lines of the three books written by the three of us in IR. With permission to post them here, of course.
“Eli Thornton’s left hand poised above the turn-signal lever, just as his right foot hovered over the brake pedal. At the last instant, his courage failed, and he drove his truck right on by the Flying Horseshoe Ranch. He eased up the road past the cluster of buildings beside the little lake.”
– The Cowboy’s Forever Crush (A Saddle Springs Romance Prequel) by Valerie Comer
“Sam Barlow ignored the ringing of his cell phone and stared at the computer screen in front of him. The audit he’d been conducting for the past two-and-a-half months was nearly done, all he needed was to finish the final report. He glanced at the calendar hanging on the wall in the small office he’d been using – December 21st.”
– One Sweet Christmas by Laura Ashwood
“‘Three! Two! One!’ the crowd shouted in unison.
“Standing by the Christmas tree in the center of the Midtown Village square, Pastor Eldon Kim pressed the big button on his hand-held remote. The lights on the twenty-foot tree sparkled in the cold November evening, the night after Thanksgiving Day.”
– Let Me Hold You (Midtown Christmas Book 1) by Jan Thompson
What friends-to-more romance novels have you read lately?
Let Me Hold You (Midtown Christmas Book 1) kicks off my new Christmas romance series set in metropolitan Atlanta, where I lived for 31 years. This novel is also my 31st book to be published.
Background: A ministry assistant at Midtown Chapel, Maggie Jacobs met Levi Theroux three years ago. After Levi broke up with his ex-girlfriend, he became very good friends with Maggie and her brother, Malachi. After Malachi left Atlanta, Levi continued his friendship with Maggie and they became best friends.
And then something happened to Maggie. She fell in love with her best friend. Unfortunately, Levi didn’t get the memo. In fact, he recruited Maggie to be his matchmaker. He believed that she could get him a dream date with his dream girl. Maggie was brokenhearted and decided to quit her job and leave town.
This novel covers a number of romantic tropes, including unrequited love, secret love, and slow burn romance. Primarily, it’s a best-friend romance. I’ve written several friends-to-more romance, but this is my first “slow burn best friend romance.” Have you read other novels like this? Tell us in the comment section.
I hope you’ll enjoy reading Let Me Hold You. It will debut in the 12-author, 12-book Once Upon a Starry Night boxed set. Look for it on October 1, 2023, on Amazon worldwide.