We are closer to Christmas every day. If you go to stores now, you’ll start to see decorations for fall, but at places like Hobby Lobby, the trees are already up and the ornaments for sale.
It’s also closer every day to the release of Sleigh Bells Ring, a novella collection which I’ve coauthored along with authors Sandra Bricker, Lenora Worth, and Barbara Scott.
I’ve given Lenora the spotlight today along with her contribution to the collection, called Please Come Home For Christmas.
Her novella is about one of the four Tucker sisters who come home for one last Christmas together and decide what to do about the rundown Kentucky horse farm they’ve inherited.
Amy is the oldest Tucker sister. She’s bitter and disillusioned after losing her husband to a horrible accident. Average height and curvy, she had dark blond-brownish hair and blue-green eyes. She is tough and stubborn and a hardworker. She loves her son Timothy. But she does not want to be back in Bluegrass Crossing.
Dan Wentworth, tall and clean-cut with tawny colored hair and golden brown tiger eyes, has his eyes set on the horse farm. He is ruthless in securing land for developmenting large estate-sized communities. Married once, he’s sworn off women. That is, until Amy Tucker walks into his life.
Please Come Home For Christmas
In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas . . . and something fishy.
Her heart ought to be on the naughty list. Amy has hardly shown her son around the family horse farm or brushed a thoroughbred before she’s fraternizing with the enemy. It’s been a while since her husband died, since her heart felt this way.
But after real estate developer Dan Wentworth has been so cozy with her sisters about selling their newly inherited property, Amy can’t be sure if he’s warming up to her. Or merely warming her up to the idea of letting the family homestead get bulldozed for a housing development.
She doesn’t want to hurt her sisters, but the money from Dan’s proposal could go a long way in making single-motherhood merry and bright.
Lenora Worth has written over 45 books for three different publishers. Her first Love Inspired “The Wedding Quilt” won Affaire de Coeur’s Best Inspirational for 1997, and “Logan’s Child” won RT’s Best Love Inspired for 1998. Her suspense “Code of Honor” finaled in the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Carol Award and her “Body of Evidence” made the New York Times Bestseller list in Mass Market Paperbacks. With millions of books in print, Lenora continues to write for Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense and she recently sold three books to Harlequin’s SuperRomance, still writing as Lenora Worth. Lenora also wrote a weekly opinion column for the Shreveport Times and worked freelance for SB magazine. She has now turned to full-time fiction writing and enjoying adventures with her retired husband, Don. Married for 36 years, they have two grown children—Kaleb and Carly. Lenora enjoys writing, reading and shopping … especially shoe shopping.
Sleigh Bells Ring releases from Gilead Publishing on October 14 and is available for preorder here.
The individual titles include:
All I Want for Christmas by Sandra D. Bricker
Her Old Kentucky Home by Lynette Sowell
I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Barbara J. Scott
Please Come Home for Christmas by Lenora Worth
For more information about Gilead’s first round of titles, visit their website here.
Jill Weatherholt says
I’ve seen the Christmas trees already, Lynette. It’s a little odd considering it’s still in the 90’s here. I’m so looking forward to reading this collection!
It’s so soon for Christmas decorations I almost feel overwhelmed. There’s so much to do until Christmas. Sometimes I wonder if we’re going to have Christmas trees for sale all year round if they continue to push for early start.
Meanwhile, thank you for the recommendation. This book is already in my TBR list. I’m probably telling my immediate family to give me Amazon gift cards for Christmas this year (Just to continue on Christmas theme.)
Argh, too soon for Christmas! I think some of the magic is lost in the over commercialisation of Christmas! Thanks for the book intro, will add it to my list. Lenora, I like shoes too:)
Linda Rainey. says
Good blog post.
Nancy Burgess says
Can’t wait for this collection to come out.
Thanks for the blog! I can see why craft stores have Christmas ideas out! It takes time to make decorations or gifts. There is too much to do once it is Thanksgiving. Since I am crocheting scarves for Christmas, I started in August. Happy writing!
Merrillee Whren says
Lynette, thanks for sharing.
I love all things Christmas. I just told my husband that it’s time to bring out the Christmas music. :-)
Thanks for sharing and introducing Lenora. I love Christmas but it’s just too soon to be advertising ( Hallmark Channel) n decorating.
Shelia Hall says
Great Blog, ladies!
Teri DiVincenzo says
Ordinarily, I say it’s too soon for Christmas… But my romantic heart has apparently been craving some holiday happiness, because I’ve been watching every Christmas movie I can get my hands on! I’m not ready for shopping, baking, or any of the rest though… We have a big trip in early December, and I’m too excited about that!
Beth Erin says
I am so excited about Gilead Publishing! These first collections they are coming out with look fabulous!
Personally I’d rather save the external Christmas fluff for December but I’ll read a book any day regardless of setting!