I’m very excited to have been part of the latest Crossroads Collection. If you’ve never heard of the Crossroads before, they’re the brainchild of Christian romance and suspense author Amanda Tru, where all of the books in a collection all have some common theme, and the final book ties them all together. They’re quite brilliant. I’ve had the pleasure to be part of now four of them:
- Out of the Blue Bouquet, in which the common theme is a misdelivered flower order, and the protagonist in the final book is the florist
- Yesterday’s Mail, in which the common theme is some piece of mail that got lost, and the protagonist in the final book works in the post office and finds all of the lost mail
- The Wedding Dress Yes, in which all of the books have a wedding theme, and the protagonist in the final book is the wedding dress designer for all of the other brides
- And now finally, When Snowflakes Never Cease, in which all of the characters in the books are struggling against a storm-of-the-century that hits around Christmastime. Also, Amanda’s characters make an appearance in every book as they travel the country trying to locate the father of a terminally ill child, whose Christmas wish is to see her father before she dies.
Ya’ll, this is a good book.
I’m not just saying that because I’m in it. I’m saying that because Amanda Tru is quite amazing and pulled this together in a way that is ACTUALLY giving me chills as I write this.
My portion of this collection is my book titled Blizzard in the Bluegrass. Gloria Sutton, a divorced mom of an autistic 8-year-old boy, is doing her best raising her son on her own. She meets her new neighbor, widower Jeff Brock, Charula, Kentucky’s newest family practice doctor straight from the University of Louisville medical center, and completely feels like he’s out of her league. Over time, though, their friendship becomes something more. When the storm of the century blankets Kentucky under several feet of snow and whiteout conditions on Christmas day, Gloria and Jeff batten down at her father’s house, counting their blessings and basking in the warmth of their love. Until they discover that her son Noah is missing.
As the mother of an autistic son, this was the first time I put a child with autism into a story. It’s also the first time I had a child take a role as one of the main characters. When I started writing it, I really struggled with separating myself and the way I parent my son from Gloria. Finally, I quit trying. She is not me, and we do not have the same personalities. But by golly, she sure does parent like me. And in so doing, it became an exceedingly personal story. So personal that I feel like I am handing a part of myself over to every reader who reads it.
I hope you get an opportunity to read this collection. You can find it on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited at this link.
Do you enjoy Christmas themed stories? Do you watch the Christmas romantic movies that start playing right around now?
Do you have a favorite you return to every year? I always loved White Christmas.
One commenter will receive the very first Crossroads Collection, Out of the Blue Bouquet in paperback.