Puppy Love and Christmas Cookies
Merry Christmas Eve, dear readers! Welcome back to our annual blog series spotlighting (over 60 again this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads! Only a couple of days left in this year’s series, so… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and finish your bookish Christmas list!
PUPPY LOVE AND CHRISTMAS COOKIES by Merrillee Whren
SERIES: Happiness in Hallburg #3
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: November 8, 2022
When Lesley Ackerman meets Alex Randall, she’s smarting from the recent breakup with her long-time boyfriend. She isn’t interested in a rebound romance, but his sweet kids steal her heart.
Alex Randall has moved to Hallburg to take a position as the high school basketball coach, and he hopes moving to a new town will help him get over his wife’s death. He’s not interested in the standoffish young woman their mutual friends keep pushing at him. But he’s desperate to find someone to watch his kids while he’s away at a basketball tournament. She fits the bill, but she comes with a confession that shakes both of them.
Can Christmas cookies, a cute puppy, and two matchmaking children help Lesley and Alex overcome hurts from the past and find love?
dogs can make a merry christmas & a merry life
by Merrillee Whren, author of Puppy Love & Christmas Cookies
It’s Christmas Eve. Maybe you have all your packages wrapped and under the tree or sent on their way to a distant loved one. Most of my Christmas shopping is done online these days because the gifts are sent to our younger daughter’s house on the opposite side of the United States, where we will spend Christmas.
These dogs are all decked out for Christmas and give a hint about the dogs I’ve featured in the books I have written that have a definite Christmas theme. For several years I have written a novella that features a puppy. This year I wrote Puppy Love and Christmas Cookies.
All the novellas are set in my imaginary town of Hallburg, Maryland. I chose Maryland because our older daughter lives there in the city of Baltimore. I like to make up small towns that are near a big city. Then my characters can visit the city and take in the sights. There is lots of happiness in Hallburg, and it has to do with puppies and children and the Christmas holiday. Tap/click on the picture to find out more about all the books in the series.
What is more fun than watching a child get the dog they’ve been dreaming about? A couple of years ago, we bought a puppy for our granddaughters, but not for Christmas. For years my husband threatened to buy them a dog, but I kept telling him that unless the parents were on board, it wasn’t a good idea. Finally, their parents agreed that they could have a dog. Here she is. Bella.
When the younger granddaughter saw the pup for the first time, she said, “I think I’m in love already.” I used that line in my book, Hometown Hero, which features a dozen dogs in The Twelve Dogs of Christmas giveaway in the story. You can tap/click on the photo to learn more about the book.
As I was thinking back through the books I’ve written, I realized I have several more that include dogs, but not necessarily Christmas. Dogs are a part of God’s creation that makes life a little better. Here are three books from my Front Porch Promises series that feature a dog. You can tap/click on the pictures to learn more about the books.
Over the years we have owned numerous dogs. We had our last dog for nearly eighteen years. He was a pound puppy, and many of the dogs in my stories are also pound puppies. Currently we are without pets. We travel a lot these days and are often gone for weeks at a time, so having a pet doesn’t work with our current lifestyle. However, I’m glad to have shared part of my life with a dog.
Have you ever received a dog for Christmas, or have you owned a dog? If so, what was your favorite thing about having a dog?
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What about you? What makes you want to read Puppy Love and Christmas Cookies by Merrillee Whren? Have you ever received a dog for Christmas, or have you owned a dog? If so, what was your favorite thing about having a dog?