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For me, the real meaning of Christmas isn’t presents and decorations and cookies – no matter how lovely and delicious all of that is. It’s about having a home and a place to stay – even if it’s just one night in a barn. And to have people around you who care and who you care for.
All of that is in Christmas at Angel Lake, and it’s odd that I just realized it as I wrote this for Delilah’s blog. So thanks to Delilah for her generosity to me and many other writers for giving our books this temporary home!
Tell me, what does Christmas means to you?
**25 cents from every CHRISTMAS AT ANGEL LAKE book sold will go to the Washington County Humane Society in Wisconsin.**
A kitten saved her…
Broke, pregnant and deserted by her boyfriend, Maddie Barrymore swerves to avoid a kitten while driving in a Wisconsin blizzard—and her life takes another turn. Like Puss in Boots, she stays in an empty house. She has the baby, the kitten, gets a job and a degree…yet every day she’s ready to flee if the real owner shows up.
Five years later, he does…
Dumped by the woman he loves, film producer Logan MacLeesh’s heart is as dark as one of his movies. He plans to hole up in his grandmother’s old mansion and throw himself into his work…until he discovers the sexy squatter and her four-year-old son. Before he can call the sheriff, Maddie’s tale of how she ended up there entertains him. They make a deal that as long as she tells him a story every night, she and her son can stay. Even the cat, though Logan’s always been a dog person.
A dog in need of saving…
Far away in another state, a homeless dog lifts his head, sniffs…and smells him. The human who’s meant for him. As he heads through the snow toward the scent, his journey seems impossible, even though it’s Christmas, a time when miracles happen.
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The other shoe fell.
That was the thought in Maddie’s mind when he came downstairs as she was trying to find a show on TV in which men were not saying stupid things to each other in the mistaken belief that it was funny; in which woman were not being assaulted, chased, or horribly killed; in which housewives in full makeup and five-inch heels were not bullying each other.
She’d finally found her comfort station as he stepped into the living room, where he obviously was taking up too much air, because she felt a whoosh of oxygen leave her body. And she did not like it.
“HGTV?” he asked. “You planning on renovating a house?”
“Not this one, so don’t worry.” She spared him a glance then nodded at the TV. “That’s my perfect man.”
“A hunky contractor. He fixes things and has better taste than I do.”
“He’s probably gay.”
If it were anyone else saying that, she would wonder if he was jealous. Though why not him?
The thought cheered her, even as she wished it wouldn’t. If not for Zach, she would pack up and leave this place. She was only staying here because she didn’t want to uproot him. “Are you ready for your story for the night?”
“When your heartthrob is on TV?”
She leaned her elbow on the arm of the chair then rested her chin in her palm. She was so tired she might fall asleep in the middle of tonight’s story. “I’ll settle for seeing him in my dreams.”
“We don’t have the same dreams.”
“I can imagine what yours are like.”
He raised his right eyebrow and lowered his voice. “If you could, you would be running scared.”
“Did anyone tell you you’re a drama queen?”
He stilled. For a second, she wondered if she’d gone too far.
But what the hell. If she’d gone this far, why not go further?
“Why are you trying to scare me away?”
“Because you’re a mother who cares for her son. And because that son is tucked in his bed, sleeping.” He leaned in closer. “And because you want me as much as I want you.”
She sat back. But not too far back. She didn’t want him to think he frightened her. Didn’t want him to think he was right. “I couldn’t do anything with you, either. You’d always know you’d be second choice.”
His eyes narrowed, and she could’ve sworn she felt a freezing blast of wind whistle through the room. “And who’s first?”
“You forgot about the hunky contractor already?”
He blinked, as if he’d gone to a dark place and, in that instant, he stepped out of it. “If you’d like”—he lowered his voice so it curled around her—“I could show you my saw and hammer.”
“That would impress me so much. Will you let me hold them as you undress?”
His lips didn’t curve, but laugh lines crinkled around his eyes. “What do you plan on doing with the hammer and the saw?”
“You don’t want to ruin the surprise, do you?”
He straightened. “You are something else. I’m getting a drink.”
“A cold one, I hope. With lots of ice. Next time, don’t try to seduce me.”
Delilah, thanks so much for having me as your guest. And I love the way you set everything up to look so good!
Isn’t there a story in the bible about a woman who spun tales to stay alive? Scheherazade (sp?) Did you get some inspiration from that?
Anne, I did get inspiration from that. It us Scheherazade – and congrats on spelling it right! I had to look it up. lol It’s from One Thousand and One Nights. I never read the book, but I think I saw an old movie about it a long time ago.
Sounds like a fun story.
Happy Holidays! This sounds like a great book.
What a wonderful plot-line, Edie. I can’t wait to read this story!
This time is so very special. It is all about family and sharing laughter and joy and whatever we have with others.
I’m loving the excerpt!! Thanks for sharing it and Edie!!
Thanks, Theresa and Sue!
Morganne, thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy it!
Michelle, so true. That’s the real reason we look forward to the holidays.
Kate, so glad you enjoyed the excerpt!
I loved reading the excerpt, thanks.
Christmas means love to me…I time of caring and sharing.
I bet your story is a lot hotter than the original Scheherazade ones were 😀 I remember reading them as a young girl so they must have been rather tame 😀
CJ, you glad you loved the excerpt! Thanks!
Ilona, it is hotter; it’s 2 or 3 out of 5 in sensuality. 🙂
Interesting that you read them as a young girl. I should get a copy from the library. It might give me a few ideas. Or a thousand and one ideas.
I don’t celebrate Christmas. But, my favorite thing to do was to help decorate my friend’s tree.
Rachelle, cute cat!
My husband does most of the decorating, though I help with the tree.
I love good Christmas Stories. One of the things I love about Christmas is the Charles Dicken’s classic, A Christmas Carol. I’ve watch that show as far back as I can remember. The true spirit of Christmas saves Scrooge. 🙂 I think watching the movie once or a dozen times a season helps to reaffirm the goodness in the world and that small changes of attitude can change your life. 🙂
Another lovely story, Edie! Christmas is about love and the ultimate gift to the world. .
Gail, I haven’t seen any of the old Christmas stories this year, but I have watched a couple Lifetime and Hallmark shows. And I’ve been reading a lot of Christmas romances. 🙂
Mary, you summed it up perfectly!