The Perfect Christmas?
by Anna J. Stewart
I know, I know. Yet again I'm celebrating Christmas in August. While that might make a lot of people cringe (that's right, I can see you!), I LOVE it! The holiday season is something I look forward to every single year. Maybe not the two days I spend decorating and hauling the fake tree (that's wrapped up like a dead body) out of my garage cabinet, or untangling those blasted lights (even though they look awesome when they're done). Everything else? Love. Love, love, love.
As I'm putting the finishing touches on my upcoming holiday novella, ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS (available in A HEARTWARMING HOLIDAY boxed set, up for pre-order NOW!), I've come to the harsh realization (and okay, I did know this), that the holidays are not always easy for some people. It definitely isn't easy for my hero, Grant Carver. You see, Grant isn't what you'd consider a "people person.” He's a scientist--an astronomer--and he's spent most of his life with his head either in the stars or with his nose in a book. Being brought up in Christmas Town, surrounded constantly by a holiday that's never been anything but painful for him, Grant has become one of "those" residents. You know the type I'm talking about (or you will when you read the story!).
Grant's had a tough year. The professional success he'd always hoped for finally arrived, but days later his only sibling died, leaving Grant as sole guardian of her son and daughter. Addison and Wesley are used to big Christmases, celebrations that last for weeks with bright lights and gingerbread houses and all the magical touches their mother could give them. Christmas Town, Maine, seems the perfect place for their first holiday season without her, but nothing is going right. When stringing the lights leaves Grant incapacitated with a broken leg, Addison takes matters into her own hands and hires Charlotte Powell, holiday designer extraordinaire, to give her little brother the Christmas of his dreams.
A nerdy Scrooge and an enthusiastic holiday addict? What could possibly go wrong? I've had so much fun finding out! Charlotte is one of those take-charge characters. She's also one of those "charge!" women, so Grant better watch out. She's determined to make Christmas perfect for all three of these wounded souls.
I've enjoyed exploring the emotional wounds (as author Melinda Curtis would call them) some people have regarding the holidays. The wonderful thing about writing romance is the HEA and by the end of this story, not only will Grant come to realize there's more than one way to celebrate, he'll find that he's truly been given the greatest gift of all: a family of his own.
I hope you enjoy their story as much as I loved writing it.
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This holiday season, warm your heart with 15 connected sweet, clean & wholesome holiday romances set in Christmas Town from 15 Harlequin Heartwarming authors who are USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors.
There are five connected books in A Heartwarming Holiday. That means each set of three novellas shares characters and storylines! This collection of PG-rated holiday romances are all set in Christmas Town, Maine, a location introduced in the 2014 Harlequin Heartwarming release Christmas, Actually. A Heartwarming Holiday will bring you laughter, tears, and happily-ever-afters.
Book 1: Once Upon a Holiday by Anna Adams, Anna J Stewart & Melinda Curtis
Book 2: Holiday Heroes by Leigh Riker, Tara Randel & Cari Lynn Webb
Book 3: 24 North Pole Lane by Carol Ross, Amy Vastine & Cheryl Harper
Book 4: Magic Moments by Tara Taylor Quinn, Shirley Hailstock & Liz Flaherty
Book 5: Nutcracker Sweethearts by Dana Mentink, Roz Denny Fox, & Amie Denman
USA Today and national bestselling author Anna J. Stewart can't remember a time she didn't have a book in her hands or a story in her head. Early obsessions with Star Wars, Star Trek and Wonder Woman set her on the path to creating fun, funny, and family-centric romances with happily-ever-afters for her independent heroines. Anna lives in Northern California where she deals with a serious Supernatural & Sherlock addiction, surrounds herself with friends and family and tolerates an overly affectionate cat named Snickers (or perhaps it's Snickers who tolerates her). Visit her online at www.authorannastewart.com.