Before you know it, it will be December, so we’re getting a head start on the season with a new holiday story. This week I’m featuring Jo Huddleston’s new book, Her Christmas Dream. Jo is giving away an ebook copy to one lucky person, so be sure and leave a comment about the blog before you leave. The winner will be chosen from the comments.
Jo, welcome to my blog. Your new book is a Christmas story. Are you a Christmas fanatic or do you keep your celebration simple?
We’ve always had the tall Christmas tree and nativity scene in our living room. Of course, the Christmas tablecloth and candles appeared in the dining room. As we moved several times from state-to-state, I carried with us an irreplaceable, colorful front door covering that portrays Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus. Eventually, it was covered with small tears repaired with packing tape. But it remained among our Christmas traditions. So, our Christmases usually have been simple, with visits and Christmas Day dinner with family.
Give us a brief description of your story.
Her Christmas Dream is a mid-20th-century Christmas romance sprinkled with suspense! In this sweet romance, all Marilyn dreams of for Christmas is a relationship with someone who cares for her. Someone who really knows her. A stranger volunteers at the rescue shelter where Marilyn and her best friend George volunteer. George has concerns about Marilyn’s safety if she dates the stranger. When George becomes overprotective of her, will Marilyn choose the bad-boy-stranger or her best friend to spend Christmas with this year?
Has the current pandemic affected your writing? If so, how?
Yes, the current pandemic has affected my writing! First, a little history: two years ago, my husband broke a hip. Consequently, we moved from our home into an assisted living facility apartment where he could receive the care he needs. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our facility has been locked down since early March. Meals are brought to our apartment. We’re encouraged to stay inside our rooms as much as possible. I need absolute quiet and privacy when I write. Because of the pandemic restrictions and daily interruptions by staff who bring medicines and meals, any quiet and privacy are scarce. Sometimes I write during the night as others sleep, which I’d never done before. This pandemic has required adjustments by everyone!
What kind of audience will enjoy your book?
I write sweet Southern romance stories, which holds true for Her Christmas Dream. As with my other books, the audience for this book is young adults and adults who enjoy wholesome, Christian fiction.
Enjoy this short excerpt of Her Christmas Dream that Jo has shared with us.
“Thanks for the pizza pie and your help with the tree. You’re the best, George Ramsey.”
She followed him out onto the front porch. “Oh, look, George! It’s snowing! A white Christmas would be wonderful. Maybe it’ll happen this year.” In her excitement, she jumped toward George and wrapped her arms around his neck. “What a nice surprise to add to our Christmas feeling tonight.”
George had planned to tell Marilyn tonight he loved her and anticipated the evening would end with her in his arms. Marilyn was now in his arms not because he loved her, but because a few snow flurries had excited her. He wanted her to be happy, and if a few flakes of snow accomplished that, he was pleased for her. So, he didn’t tell her.
Her Christmas Dream is available at Amazon in either a paperback or Kindle ebook. https://amzn.to/2YGpKXs
Jo Huddleston is a multi-published author who writes novels inspired by her fascination with the 1950s and her love of her native American South. Novels in her endearing Caney Creek series, her West Virginia Mountains series, as well as her stand-alone release, Tidewater Summer,are sweet Southern historical romance novels. Visit Jo’s website (www.johuddleston.com), where you can sign up for her mailing list and read for free the first chapters of her novels and novellas.
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Jo, thank you for being with us and sharing about your new book.