I have always enjoyed Christmas–which is why four out of my eight books take place during the holiday season. Molasses Cookies, which came out in 1998, is a middle-grade reader featuring 10 year old Erica Kraft who learns her family history while helping her grandmother bake cookies for Christmas. The story reflects the history of New Braunfels, TX, which was settled by German immigrants in 1845. My husband’s ancestors were among the founding families, so the story is a personal one as well, illustrated beautifully by Patricia Arnold. Santa’s Angels, my first novel, published in 2008, is a sweet romantic comedy.
In the last several years, it has become challenging to find a balanced perspective during the Christmas season. My search for ways to add a more spiritual context to the season resulted in two books: Twelve Days of Christmas: A Devotional and my latest book, Twelve Days at Silverleaf.
In Twelve Days at Silverleaf Ali Clarke comes to the Castle Resort at Silverleaf, Colorado, in a quest to find the true meaning of Christmas during their Twelve Days of Christmas Celebration. Each day, Ali learns something new to help her in her quest, which she writes in her journal. These kernels of truth help Ali gain not only a new perspective on Christmas, but on life.
For the next twelve days, I’d like to celebrate Christmas in July with you. I’ll share some of Ali’s thoughts from her list each day. There will also be a drawing each day for an ebook copy of Twelve Days at Silverleaf. To enter the drawing, just message or email me your email address and the type of device you use for ebooks.
I hope you enjoy our Christmas in July!