Please join me in welcoming Melody Carlson back to the blog – today she’s giving us a peek inside her new Christmas novella The Christmas Swap!
THE CHRISTMAS SWAP
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance / Christmas novella
RELEASE DATE: September 1, 2020
All Emma Daley wants this holiday season is a white Christmas. But the young teacher and struggling musician sure can’t find that in sunny Arizona. Luckily, there’s someone living in a perfect mountain home in the Colorado Rockies looking to make a vacation trade.
West Prescott is an in-demand songwriter and talented musician who put his own singing career on hold to write songs for celebrity acts to perform. When his mother convinces him to do a vacation trade for Christmas, he never imagined one of the houseguests would be so sweet–or so strikingly pretty. Naturally, he decides to stick around, and to get better acquainted, he poses as the caretaker of his own house. But when Emma’s friend Gillian discovers his true identity and sets her sights on him, things get . . . messy.
A peek inside The Christmas Swap
by Melody Carlson, author of The Christmas Swap
There are books where places or things actually become “characters” in the story. Sure, these inanimate objects can’t walk or talk or get into fights, but sometimes their presence plays a critical role in telling a tale. In fact, quite a few of my novels were inspired by locations. Sometimes I select settings that I’ve visited and enjoyed, sometimes I recreate places where I have lived and loved, and occasionally they come straight out of my imagination.
In my 2020 Christmas novella (The Christmas Swap) a gorgeous lodge-style home in beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado plays an important role in the story. Sometimes this setting provides an attractive backdrop, and other times it takes center stage! And why not? It’s the kind of picturesque and hospitable place I dream of visiting during the holidays. Who wouldn’t? Unless you don’t like snow . . . and, oh yeah, that person shows up in this story too!
So, here you have it, West Prescott is a nice ordinary sort of guy who happens to own a handsome lodge-style residence in the Rocky Mountains. Thanks to his surprising success as a songwriter, something he never imagined possible, West was able to invest in a sprawling residence that is far more spectacular than an ordinary bachelor really needs. And it’s the perfect place to celebrate Christmas—complete with skiing, snow-shoeing, bonfires and crisp starry nights. It’s also the place where his family usually comes to visit at Christmastime. But not this year. Due to his mother’s persuasion, West has agreed to a vacation home-trade during the holidays. It seems his stepfather is longing for a place where he can bake in the sun.
As a result, the Landers’ family from Arizona are headed to snow country for Christmas this year. Despite agreeing, West is dragging his heels. He doesn’t want to swap his lovely winter wonderland for the sunny southwest that, in his opinion, does not feel like Christmas. And the fact that his home is still beautifully decorated, from a recently recorded music video, doesn’t make leaving any easier. From the majestic Christmas tree . . . to the stair rails and mantles adorned with evergreen garlands, charming decorations, and hundreds of lights, West can’t deny his home has never looked more festive. Plus there’s the charming mountain town of Breckenridge. As usual, it’s pulled out all the stops for Christmas. All is gorgeously decorated and lit—ready for the happy holiday crowd of skiers to arrive.
It doesn’t help matters that Breckenridge has a good base of snow this year, and fresh powder falling almost daily. Or that the ski lodges look magical in the dusky blue evening light, with all the shimmering Christmas lights twinkling. Or that the town’s charming shops and restaurants are all festively decorated—ready and waiting for the fun to begin. Really, who wouldn’t want to be here for Christmas? Well, besides West’s stepfather and family. And a promise is a promise, so West knows he has to leave this lovely setting. Or does he?
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over 200 books with sales of more than 7 million, including many bestselling Christmas novellas, young adult titles, and contemporary romances. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at www.melodycarlson.com.
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