Thursday, November 9, 2017

Rose Allen McCauley, Contemporary Christmas Collection


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NICK'S CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Rose Allen McCauley
Included in Christmas
Belles of Georgia


Rose Allen McCauley
Rose has six fiction books published now, and this was her first fiction anthology for Barbour. Can you tell Christmas books are her favorites? A retired schoolteacher who has been happily married to her college sweetheart for over four decades, she is also mother to three grown children and their spouses and grandmother to five lovely, lively kids!


Please enjoy the following excerpt from Nick’s Christmas Carol:

Nick arrived at seven. Also dressed in black down to his ski mask and gloves, he pulled another ski mask from his pocket. “I love the golden streaks in your hair, but we need to cover it tonight.”

“Thanks.” He’d used the word love again. This time about her hair. Would he ever say he loved her? She took the mask and pulled it over her hair, only leaving her eyes, nose and mouth uncovered.

When she turned to face him, he kissed her on the tip of her nose. “You sure make a cute burglar.”

 “Thanks.” She looked at the tree filling up most of the truck bed. “It’s beautiful, so full and green.”

Nick hummed then began to sing, “Lavender’s blue, dilly dally. Lavender’s green.” His eyes locked on hers. “I’ve been humming that song ever since we met again this fall. I see your lovely blue eyes every night when I go to sleep and when I awake in the morning.” He moved closer to her. “But tonight, in the dark, your eyes look lavender green.”

“Maybe it’s the reflection from the tree.” Me and my wise mouth. Right when he might have kissed me.

He scooted back to his side and started up the truck. “Maybe.”

The young mom’s home was only a few blocks from the Warren House. They drove the dark streets in silence. Nick shut off the engine and coasted to a stop two doors down in his minister friend’s drive.

“Stay warm inside until I get it untied.” He hopped out of the truck and spent a couple minutes unloading the tree, then brought it around to her door. He tapped on the door—two shorts and three longs.

“I’ve got the heavy end. You get the top of the tree.”

“Okay.” The light brown bird nest near the top glowed in the moonlight. She wished she could be inside when the children noticed it.

They quietly situated the tree on the small front porch. Nick motioned her to go on and hide behind the neighbor’s bushes. As she did, she heard the sound of a doorbell then felt two strong arms around her as he slid into place beside her.

The front door opened. A child’s high-pitched voice hollered out, “Mom, come look what’s on our porch.”

Another child began to clap. “It’s a Cwismas tree, a Cwismas tree.”

Phyllis stood on the porch, her arms around each child.

The older girl pointed up. “Look, Mom, a card.”

The young mother picked off the note and read, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of  lights.” Her gaze searched the yard, and Carol could see the woman’s tears glistening. “God sent us this gift through His helpers.”

“Like Santa’s elves?” asked the younger child.

“Only better.” Phyllis motioned to the taller girl. “Connie, if you get hold of the treetop and pull, I think I can get the rest of the tree inside.”

The shorter child began to jump up and down. “Can we decowate it tonight? Pwease?”

“Yes, honey. God has given us this tree, and I’ll even pop some popcorn and teach you—” The mom’s words faded as the door closed on the happy family.

Carol lifted one gloved hand to wipe at the moisture in her own eyes. Surprised to find her other hand warmly held in Nick’s, she wondered when and how it got there. Although he might not know it, he also held her heart. She loved him.
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Nick loved the wonder on the faces of the two young girls, and the joy and pleasure he read on Carol’s face. I love Carol Peterson. Now what am I going to do about it?


Welcome, Carol. Please tell us a little about Christmas Belles of Georgia.
They were sisters once—identical quadruplets—given up for adoption at birth. Now each receives a letter advising her to claim her inheritance and the family she never knew. . .at Christmas. Holly feels betrayed when she learns she’s adopted, while Carol prays for a loving family. Starr thinks it’s all a hoax, and Noelle needs a break from a hopeless situation. There are more surprises in store as each young woman gets just the gift she wants—and needs. You’ll be warmed by love in these interwoven tales of the ultimate Christmas gift. . . .

Where can readers find you online?
Website and blog
Twitter
Facebook

Where can readers purchase Christmas Belles of Georgia?
Amazon

Rose, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Rose is offering winner’s choice of a paperback (U.S. mailing address only) or Kindle eBook copy of Christmas Belles of Georgia to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through November 14, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of An Amish Christmas Love by multiple authors is Ann K. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


My latest book has released – Betty’s Blessing, a novella, book #2 in the California Bound series. (Book #1 in the series is Donna’s Detour.) Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here.


36 comments:

  1. Wow! I love the premise for this book! Although I have been following Rose on her websites, I still have not tried any of her books. I'm looking forward to reading this book, which has 2 other authors that I am not familiar with. Becky lelandandbeckyATreaganDOTcom

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  2. Christmas Belles of Georgia sounds like a wonderful book. I love Christmas stories and I would love to read it. Thank you for the opportunity.
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  3. I love the separated at birth theme. It sounds like such a fun book! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.
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  5. Who doesn't love Christmas stories? This anthology sounds great. I have quite a collection of Christmas books and I don't need Christmas to get into the joy of the season. I can read a Christmas book any time of the year. I'm a long-time follower. annknowles03ATaolDOTcom

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  6. O my, this sounds like such a delightful book, and I would love to win a copy. Thanks! gobersATembarqmailDOTcom

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  7. What a wonderful book! It sounds so fun.
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  8. This book looks interestingly out of the ordinary! Thanks for the chance to win. I follow your blog. Paula from Missouri paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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  9. WOW THIS SOUNDS SO GOOD!!!!!!! I'd LOVE to read and review it! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy! :)

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  10. What a sweet & wonderful excerpt! That's what Christmas spirit is all about! Thanks for sharing! RW620 AT aol DOT com I'm a blog follower!

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  11. The plot sounds absolutely delightful!
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  12. I love playing secret santa like is in the book! sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. The adoption topic is of special interest to me. I have tried for 19 years in my occupation as genealogist, to find the Bio parents of my daughter's mother-in-law. Found them both 3 months ago. It was a wonderful experience. sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

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  14. Wow - this book really sounds good!
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  15. I am a follower. This book sounds like it would be a great one! Thanks for a chance to win a copy.
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  16. Love the idea of a story about each of four sisters!

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  17. You always find such great books! I love Christmas stories!
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