Monday, November 9, 2015
Santa Around the World... and Giveaway!
Merry Kisses, Sonya Simmons is a toy store clerk disillusioned by the commercialism at Christmas. All she sees from children is the ubiquitous "give me" attitude while parents overextend their credit to buy expensive gifts. Where is the focus on Jesus' birth?
So she's not too impressed by the young man in her checkout line with a heap of toys. She assumes he's either the father of many or a doting uncle. But when Heath Collins introduces himself as Santa Claus instead, she's no more thrilled. He represents all that's wrong with Christmas, and her opinion only plummets further when she discovers he's a Christian. He should know better!
This story sent me on a journey through the various historical incarnations of Santa: Sinterklaas, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, etc. Like Sonya, I grew up in a Santa-free household, and so did my children (mostly). How was I going to resolve Heath's delight in his volunteer position as a mall Santa and Sonya's antagonism to give them Merry Kisses in time for Christmas?
The global historical versions of Santa gave me some of the stepping stones I needed to bring this contemporary romance, the final in my Riverbend novella series, to a satisfying resolution.
Merry Kisses is available now for Kindle only, and as a free read for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. It can also be read in the Love's Gift box set, along with Christmas novellas from seven other bestselling Christian romance authors.
I'm giving away one Kindle copy of Merry Kisses to someone who comments on this blog post by Friday, November 13. Let's talk about the unique Christmas customs in your country, and how you, as a family, have chosen to participate… or not. If you'd like to put your name in the hat, please add your email address with your comment replacing @ with (at) and .com with (dot) com.
Valerie Comer's life on a small farm in western Canada provides the seed for stories of contemporary inspirational romance. Like many of her characters, Valerie and her family grow much of their own food and are active in the local food movement as well as their church. She only hopes her creations enjoy their happily ever afters as much as she does hers, shared with her husband, adult kids, and adorable granddaughters.