I know. It’s only October, right? I shouldn’t even be mentioning the “C” word yet, at least until after Thanksgiving. But in publishing, Christmas starts early. In the case of writing a Christmas book, over a year early.
Last year about this time I was invited to participate in a mini-series for Harlequin Love Inspired called Christmas Twins, along with authors Patricia Davids and Lee Tobin McClain. No huge surprise that they wanted me to write a Texas/western themed story. We weren’t given much else to go on. Our only requirements were that the twins weren’t all the same ages and that one would be two girls, one two boys, and a boy and a girl.
I was super stoked to get nine-month twins, one of each. I asked online and in person for the perfect twin names and settled on Hudson and Harper, a suggestion made by a fellow alto in my church choir, who has a niece and nephew with those names.
And then, just for fun, I added a couple of dozen dogs. As if two babies weren’t enough to keep up with. But oh, so fun to write.
I was overjoyed when I got the first glimpse of my cover. It was exactly what I’d asked for. I may have begged a little (okay, a lot) for Zig and Zag, the Westie puppies, to be on the cover with the twins. They captured the twins’ personalities perfectly—Hudson only interested in the puppy, while Harper is babbling at him. So cute!
Here’s the back-cover copy:
Christmas on the Ranch
Miranda Morgan’s Christmas will be twice as busy now that she’s guardian of her sister’s sweet twin babies. But the celebrity photographer is happy to trade a glamorous LA lifestyle for motherhood in her small hometown of Wildhorn, Texas. Unfortunately, the twins’ handsome godfather, Simon West, is unconvinced. The brooding rancher isn’t thrilled about letting sunny, spontaneous Miranda into his carefully managed world. Though they disagree on almost everything, Simon and Miranda discover common ground as they work to make the twins’ first country Christmas cozy and bright. Could this holiday transform Miranda and Simon’s tentative friendship into a forever love?
I love writing (and reading!) Christmas stories, and I hope you’ll look for this mini-series online or at a store near you. Patricia’s is available now, with Lee’s coming out mid-October and mine mid-November (but it really helps authors to preorder!)
Seeing as I’m celebrating twins in books, today I’m doing a double-the-fun giveaway. Just comment below telling me which Christmas themes you especially enjoy reading about. I’ll choose one commenter to receive copies of both Secret Christmas Twins and Texas Christmas Twins.