Here was are in mid-October and already the countdown to Christmas has begun. Festive decorations are filling the stores and we’re in the last stretch of 2017. So what better time to announce the release of Heartwarming Holiday Wishes, 10 sweet, romantic novellas by USA Today and bestselling authors. Visit the wonderful folks of Christmas Town and enjoy the magic of Christmas. This year, a stocking brings a special holiday wish to each story. And the best part? The collection is only 99 cents!
In my story, The Christmas Window, widow CeCe Walker has her hands full taking care of her nephew and staging the holiday window decorations at Dockery’s Department store. The last thing she’s looking for is romance. Jace Keller is in Christmas Town to check out the window featuring his new sportswear line. Sparks fly when the two are at odds over his display, but with a little holiday magic, can this couple find love for Christmas?
Here’s an excerpt:
“I wasn’t going to come,” she said, her voice so low he had to lean closer to hear her.
“Why is that?”
She met his gaze. He was surprised by the depth of sorrow there. “Have you ever been married?”
He hadn’t expected that question. “Once. Divorced.”
She nodded. Her throat worked as if she was trying to work up the words she wanted to say. “My husband and I used to come here all the time when we were younger.”
He pulled back. “You’re married?”
“Widow.” Her voice caught as she said the word.
Ah. That explained so much. “I’m sorry.”
She nodded. Kept staring over the meadow. Something moved in the distance. A deer?
“Have you thought about starting over?” she asked.
“Thought about it. Never actually tried.”
“Mind my asking why?”
He leaned closer again as the wind picked up in a swirling gust. Leaves tumbled over the dry grass. “I was busy building the business. After the emotional mess that ended the marriage, I never took the time to consider a serious connection. And when I did look, no one caught my fancy.”
“So you aren’t interested in settling down?”
“I wasn’t.” He paused. Took a chance. His gloved fingers tilted her chin up so she met his gaze. “Until now.”
Moving slowly, he lowered his head. She didn’t move an inch. Barely breathing, he brushed his lips over hers. Once. Twice. Waiting for her to pull back or take off running.
One of her hands rested against his chest. The air misted between them. He kissed her again, his chest tight, his heart pounding in his ears.
She broke the kiss and shook her head, her hand covering her mouth. “I… This shouldn’t happen.”
Confusion and fear contorted her face. He knew the answer, but asked anyway. “Why not?”
Her gaze flew to his and her hand dropped. “It just shouldn’t,” she whispered.
“Because you don’t want my kiss or because you don’t want to admit you’ve thought about it?”
I hope you get caught up in this new heartwarming collection this year. If you fall in love with the folks of Christmas Town, stop by our website: www.heartwarmingchristmastown.com. Here you’ll find everything relating to Christmas Town, including character descriptions from previous books, blogs, freebies and more.
Merry Christmas everyone!
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Tara Randel is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of fifteen novels. Family values, a bit of mystery and, of course, love and romance, are her favorite themes, because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. Look for her next Harlequin Heartwarming romance, HIS ONE AND ONLY BRIDE, available January 2018. Visit Tara at www.tararandel.com. Like her on Facebook at Tara Randel Books