today’s 3rd book: Puppy Love and Christmas Joy
We are continuing this year’s blog series spotlighting (over 70 this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads! This is the 7th year for the Christmas Reads Giveaway series, and I think I get more excited about it every year 🙂 Christmas is only 25 days away, according to Google! So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage (wassail anyone?) and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! And no doubt you know the drill by now – there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
PUPPY LOVE AND CHRISTMAS JOY by Merrillee Whren
SERIES: Happiness in Hallburg #4
GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Christian)
RELEASE DATE: November 21, 2023
When Ella Hayden moves to Hallburg, Maryland, with her six-year-old daughter, Joy, Ella hopes to find a new job. She is excited to be in her cousin’s wedding and move into her apartment. But she doesn’t expect an encounter with her cousin’s old two-timing boyfriend, Tony Zanetti, or the job offer in his family’s restaurant.
Tony’s life has taken a turn for the worse with the loss of his finance job and his fiancée. He wants to help his mom make the family restaurant a viable operation, but he doesn’t want this gig long term. When Ella asks him to adopt a cute puppy in hopes that Joy will eventually love it, he agrees—in his efforts to be a better person.
As Tony and Ella interact, he fears falling for another woman too fast, and Ella is leery of his track record with women. Will Joy be able to bring Tony and her mom together with the help of a cute pup?
by Merrillee Whren, author of Puppy Love and Christmas Joy
The Christmas season is upon us. Tomorrow I start counting down on my advent calendar. My Christmas decorations are already up. I often start decorating right after Thanksgiving, but this year, my Christmas tree sans ornaments was up at the end of October. You can see it in the photo above. I had ordered a new tree, and it came very quickly. We needed to set it up to make sure it worked. I wasn’t going to put it up, then take it down again. So it has been sitting in the corner for weeks undecorated. I finally put ornaments on it when my granddaughters came for Thanksgiving.
Christmas is definitely my favorite holiday. I enjoy writing stories that center on Christmas. My current release, Puppy Love and Christmas Joy, is the fourth book in my Happiness in Hallburg series. It is now on sale for 99 cents through Christmas. All the books in the series take place during the Christmas holidays. The books can be read without reading the others, but it can be fun to revisit my imaginary town of Hallburg, Maryland.
My older daughter lives in Baltimore City, and I decided to set these books in Maryland in a small town near Baltimore City. My characters can visit the city to take in some of the sights, such as the aquarium and the harbor. It is fun to make up a town but have a real city nearby.
Each book features at least one child and a puppy. The children and the pup help reluctant couples to find love and Christmas blessings. Who can resist a cute kid and a cuddly dog? You can learn more about the series by visiting my website. Just click on this link.
What would be your favorite thing about Christmas in a small town?
Merrillee Whren is an award-winning author who writes inspirational romance. She is the winner of the 2003 Golden Heart Award for best inspirational romance manuscript presented by Romance Writers of America. She has also been the recipient of the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award and the Maggie Award for Excellence. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of forty-plus years, and has two grown daughters. She has lived in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Chicago and Florida but now makes her home in the Arizona desert. When she’s not writing or working for her husband’s recruiting firm, she spends her free time playing tennis or walking while she does the plotting for her novels. Connect with Merrillee at her website.
Merrilee Whren is offering a Christmas ornament (not as pictured) and a surprise paperback 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 Puppy Love and Christmas Joy by Merrillee Whren? What would be your favorite thing about Christmas in a small town?