A few years ago, when I wrote my holiday novella, Christmas in Abundance, I had two goals—to write a story that reminded people of the real meaning of Christmas and to put happiness on the page.
For several years, when my kids were little, the holidays were a bit of struggle for me. I wanted to give them the perfect, happy Christmas, and yet, amid all the fun of being around most of the extended family, interaction with a certain family member was difficult. That person has since passed away, but at the time we spent a good long while with them each holiday season. Sometimes, as you may have experienced, it’s hard to be merry when you’re around someone who goes through life angry.
So, every Thanksgiving, I allowed myself to buy three or four contemporary Christian romance holiday novellas. Those sweet stories were my refuge, the happiness on a page that I sometimes needed to be able to let go of the unpleasant interactions, find delight in the holidays with my children, and remember Jesus.
That’s why, when I wrote Christmas in Abundance, I was working for happiness on the page. That’s why it’s got heartwarming romance, why the divorced hero has an adorable young daughter, and why the book includes puppies.
I hope that’s not too much of a spoiler. You probably already know, though, that when you read a romance, if there’s a lovable pregnant dog in chapter one, the author is making an unspoken promise to you that there will be puppies by the time you reach the epilogue.
Recently, I made Christmas in Abundance free to anyone who signs up for my newsletter. This year, especially, I think no matter what season it is, it’s a good time for happiness, for sweet romance and puppies.
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Here’s a little about the novella:
Christmas in Abundance
An art teacher avoiding Christmas. A single dad planning a holiday light show extravaganza. A yuletide clash between neighbors that might spark a dazzling romance.
Lanie Phillips has a quiet holiday planned. So quiet, in fact, that the only sounds in the house where she’s staying should be the clicks of her computer keyboard and the occasional bark from a chocolate Labrador retriever. No joyous choirs of angels, no jolly laughs from Santa, and no jingle bells—nothing to distract her from her master’s thesis or bring up painful Christmas memories.
But for the single dad who’s her closest neighbor, simple holiday decorations just won’t do. Kyle Mattox is determined to give his five-year-old daughter the best Christmas ever—one that includes an outdoor display lit with fifty thousand lights, activated in time to music shared through four giant loudspeakers.
When Lanie comes to complain that she can’t write with the lights flashing and carols blasting, Kyle realizes that—unknown to her—their circuits have crossed in the past. If he wants his daughter happy, he needs to keep that information to himself, keep the show running, and keep his distance from Lanie.
“Christmas in Abundance” is a contemporary Christian romance novella and is a companion story to the Abundance Series. It’s a stand-alone book and is written to fit well at any point in the series.
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