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Thanks to Kari for hosting me on her lovely blog.
We’ve entered an especially busy season of the year with shopping, decorating, cooking, and finding ways to de-stress. As an author and a reader, I de-stress by escaping into a book. Allowing myself to sink into another time or another world takes me away from day to day issues. If you do the same, I have suggestions.
Angel for Christmas
is a contemporary romance that is my first work with an angel for a character. This book was a lot of fun to write. Jacob was a dot com success who has been sent back to prevent an orphanage from foreclosure. To accomplish his goal, he’s given the job of janitor at the orphanage’s school. Suzi Stephens is the school’s child psychologist who has had to take over as director of the Serenity Springs Children’s Home after her father’s death. She’s facing a giant balloon note due on January 1st and not much hope of raising the funds in spite of her diligent efforts. Jacob is given until midnight on December 24th to succeed. He suspects he doesn’t want to know what happens if he fails. You can get a copy all your own, here.
Suzi watched the new janitor walk away. He puzzled her. Much too young and fit, why was he working here? Not that there was anything wrong with being a janitor, but he didn’t fit the profile. Jacob Porter gave the impression of someone who’d be in a boardroom rather than behind a broom or mop.
She had to be careful who she exposed the children to and she wanted to know more about him. First, she had to get Missy her doll.
Back in her office later, she asked Valerie for the janitor’s application. Nothing in his file set off alarm bells. Background check, fingerprints, references. His former employer had died, but there was no indication of why Jacob had applied here.
Valerie asked, “Did you find anything off-putting in his file?”
She tapped a finger against the folder. “No, but I wonder if he’s a spy for the investor who wants to buy the property?”
Valerie gasped. “That explanation would make sense. Jacob Porter looks as if he belongs in a three-piece suit and a tie.”
“He certainly does.” Elbows on her desk, she rested her head in her hands. “I do not need this when I’m desperately trying to raise money.”
“I have faith in you, Suzi Q. You’ll find a way.”
Her father’s long-time secretary calling her by her childhood nickname comforted her. “Thank you for your support, Valerie. You’re expert at soothing my anxiety. But, this time I honestly don’t know what we’ll do if this gala doesn’t pay off.”
“Give the event a chance. You’re an excellent organizer. How many positive replies have you received?”
“Far too few. Dad was better at schmoozing than I am and he failed. I-I’ll never get the hang of this in time to save the home.”
The secretary walked to the doorway but turned back. “You’re not helping anyone worrying this way. Get busy, young lady.”
“You’re right, Valerie. I’ll check the names again.” Suzi sighed and resumed checking the RSVPs against her master list. Maybe today’s mail would bring good news.
After school, Katie Wilson, the kindergarten teacher, stopped by the office. Suzi’s morale had hit rock-bottom and she was glad to see her best friend.
“Hey, Suzi, how are replies for the gala coming?”
“Only declines arrived in today’s mail except for Mr. Hopper. If he continues in the pattern for other years, he’ll donate fifty dollars while enjoying the event and eating enough for three people.”
“Don’t let it get you down. You’re a capable woman and I’m sure you’ll pull this off again.”
Slowly, Suzi shook her head. “I’m not sure. Apparently Fate’s conspiring against me.”
“Want to go grab a bite to eat?”
“Not tonight, thanks. I’d be lousy company. Catch me another time.”
“Will do. Since you’re not going with me, I believe I’ll go on home myself. After a day standing, these new shoes are killing my feet.” Katie left for the day.
Moving slowly, Suzi gathered her purse and coat for her walk to her house, situated at one corner of the grounds.
Wild Western Women – Mistletoe, Montana
is set in 1890 and includes my novella, MISTELTOE MISTAKE. Sheriff Riley McCallister is in charge of finding a new doctor for Mistletoe after the beloved Doc Jones dies. What a shock when a beautiful young woman, Dr. Shannon Callahan, steps off the train. Will the town accept a woman doctor? What about the sheriff—will he adjust to having a woman on the job? Others stories in this box set are by Kirsten Osbourne, Sylvia McDaniel, and Merry Farmer. You can get your copy, here.
Novellas in WILD WESTERN WOMEN – MISTLETOE, MONTANA are:
MISTLETOE MISTAKE by Caroline Clemmons – When the sheriff sent for a town doctor, he didn’t expect a woman.
MISTLETOE SCANDAL by Sylvia McDaniel – A city girl, a cowboy, and a dog trapped together in a blizzard discover Christmas wishes can come true.
MISTLETOE AND MOONBEAMS by Merry Farmer – He stopped at her saloon to rest but they ended up trapped alone together for a week.
MAIL-ORDER MERRY by Kirsten Osbourne – He wanted an independent wife, but he wasn’t so sure he wanted her to come with two young children and a nurse.
About the Author:
Caroline Clemmons is an Amazon bestselling and award winning author of historical and contemporary western romances. A frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, she has taught workshops on characterization, point of view, and layering a novel.
Caroline and her husband live in the heart of Texas cowboy country with their menagerie of rescued pets. When she’s not indulging her passion for writing, Caroline enjoys family, reading, travel, antiquing, genealogy, and getting together with friends. Find her on her blog, website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Google+, and Pinterest.
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Both of these novels are sweet so 2-3 rating.