today’s book: Christmas in Mistletoe Square
It may not be winter yet, but it’s time for our annual blog series spotlighting (over 60 this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads! This is our largest year yet, with the most authors & books, and we’re back with an all-new look, too.
Christmas is still 36 days away, though, so… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
Today’s first featured book is a small town Christmas romance collection by four of my fave authors, and one of those faves shares an excerpt from her story!
CHRISTMAS IN MISTLETOE SQUARE
AUTHORS: Cara Putman, Pepper Basham, Janine Rosche & Teresa Tysinger
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Christmas Romance collection
RELEASE DATE: October 1, 2021
Christmas is in the air in Kedgewick Creek, North Carolina, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Will romance find four couples in the month of December or will the pressure to keep the festivities Mistletoe Square is known for keep these couples apart? Find out in this collection of four novellas from inspirational authors Pepper Basham, Cara Putman, Janine Rosche, and Teresa Tysinger.
Silver Bell Secrets by Cara Putman
Growing up with dyslexia, Avery Blair didn’t love books, but the family-owned bookshop held her heart. She never expected her little business on the backside of nowhere to garner a New York City publishing house’s attention. Hunter Chase has lived an “always winter, never Christmas” existence, and spending the holidays in Christmas Town U.S.A. wasn’t exactly on his Christmas wish list, but he had no choice when his boss gave him an ultimatum. Can small town and big city discover a Christmas future that will last far beyond the page?
The Christmas Clue to Finding You by Pepper Basham
An Unscripted Christmas by Teresa Tysinger
Dreams in Toyland by Janine Rosche
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from Silver Bell Secrets by Cara Putman
part of the Christmas in Mistletoe Square collection
As Avery Blair flexed the fingers of her right hand, the holiday crooning of Michael Bublé fed through her wireless speaker. She sat on the cold, hardwood floor in front of the display window in The Daily Press, her combination coffee and bookshop, white crinkles of papers sprinkling across her lap like the finest snowflake flurries as she continued to cut into the paper. It was December, the best season of the year, or so the songs said. But this year seemed more about surviving never-ending winter than anticipating Father Christmas with gifts.
The tread of light steps filtered through the large oak counter behind her, the best feature of the bookshop.
“I posted the next essay.” Elaine Donovan appeared in the arch separating the books from the coffee shop, chestnut hair twisted into a messy bun, wispy curls framing her face. She leaned against the doorway separating her domain and Avery’s as clearly as the black and white tile signaled the transition to the coffee shop. “It’ll go live first thing in the morning.”
“What did I write about this time?” Avery fought the need to look anywhere but at Elaine as her chest tightened and her fingers fidgeted with the scissors. She needed to tell Elaine about the fourteenth email from the publishing house in New York City. How they wanted to publish her blog posts—only they weren’t Avery’s. It was also the fourteenth email she’d ignored rather than responding. Confess she wasn’t who they thought. Better to ignore something than tell the truth.
“Topic: The Ten Best Christmas Books Every Home Library Should Contain.”
“Have I listened to them?”
“You should have. I listed classics with a couple newer books.” Elaine’s broad grin reminded Avery of the Grinch—after his heart grew larger. “A few have even been made into movies that you’ve seen.”
“Ouch.” Avery placed a hand over her heart as if the words had been a well-aimed shot. “That’s what we should write. A post about Christmas movies. I can pop the popcorn.”
“You mean that’s what I should write.” A thread of bitterness lined the words as Elaine wound a bright red scarf with white tassels around her neck and tied it in front. The young woman had been slowly losing her joie de vie over the last weeks, but hadn’t shared why. “I have a life. But if you get inspired, I’d be happy to post it for you.”
The award-winning, best-selling author of more than 35 books, Cara Putman graduated college at 20 and completed her law degree at 27. FIRST for Women magazine called Shadowed by Grace “captivating” and a “novel with ‘the works.’” Cara is active at her church and a full-time Clinical Associate Professor on business and ethics to undergraduate and graduate students at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management. Putman also practices law and was a second-generation homeschooling mom for twelve years. Putman obtained her Master’s in Business Administration from Krannert and her J.D. from George Mason University Antonin Scalia School of Law. She serves on the executive board of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an organization she has served in various roles since 2007. She lives with her husband and four children in Indiana. You can connect with her online at: caraputman.com.
Cara Putman is offering a print copy of Christmas in Mistletoe Square to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What makes you want to read Silver Bell Secrets by Cara Putman, from Christmas in Mistletoe Square?