Thursday, July 21, 2016

Christmas in July

HO HO HO!  Merry Christmas in July!  

We have twenty-six Christmas Stories below!  One commenter is going to win the whole shebang!  All you have to do is leave a message. On Sunday, July 24, a name will be drawn.  Don't forget to leave your email address!  Happy Reading!

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Twelve years ago Jim Rustle packed up and left his home in Idaho and hasn’t looked back. He gets quite an awakening when Lisa Parker, whom he hadn’t seen in all those years, breaks into a business meeting and uses some colorful adjectives to tell him just what she thinks of him.

Sparks fly between the two when he decides to follow Lisa home and sees what has happened in his absence.  Is the anger stemming from the present, or from the past?

It’s Christmas time.  Can an ornament from years past help heal betrayals that have festered for so long?

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A husband for Christmas 
Mitch Weston's back in Cowboy Creek, and self-proclaimed matchmaker Jed Garland has his single granddaughter Andi on his mind. Mitch is a lawman, good with the little ones and easy on the eyes. He and Andi were high school sweethearts, for heaven's sake! Why can't they see they're perfect for each other?
Because Andi already lost one husband to a dangerous job, and now she's all about playing it safe, for her sake and her children's. Being a cop is everything to Mitch. After discovering Jed's plan, Mitch and Andi come up with their own: they'll pretend to get engaged and then break up due to irreconcilable differences. Jed's got his work cut out for him—because this match needs a Christmas miracle!
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Suddenly left homeless and penniless, Boston socialite Deborah Morrow is convinced fate has lent a helping hand when she receives an invitation to spend Christmas with her cousin in Rocky Ridge, Colorado. Perhaps distance will help her to make decisions about her future. 

Bran MacKay, foreman of the Triple M Ranch, has no use for women from the east. He learned the hard way that they’re prissy and shallow, and don’t think about anything except the frivolous trappings of high society. 

As Deborah and Bran are thrown together over the holidays, their attraction to each other can’t be ignored. Can fate … and little Christmas magic … bring these two people together? 

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An Unexpected Gift 
Eve Pickering knows what it's like to be judged for your past. So she's not about to leave the orphaned boy she's befriended alone in this unfamiliar Texas town. Since Chance Dawson's offer of shelter is the only way to look after Leo, Eve is determined they'll have a warm, welcoming home for the holidays.

Chance came from the big city to make it on his own despite a painful secret. But Eve's strength is giving him a confidence he never expected—and a new direction for his dream. With a little Christmas blessing, he'll dare to win her heart—and make their family one for a lifetime.

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The Richest Christmas ~ set in Texas after the civil war is a short story about Christmas on the Texas plains. 
Saving Christmas ~ Priscilla Christmas Humphry is angry about her father moving them to Texas. Of all places. It's nothing like her Baltimore. What's worse, Father wants her to marry one of the cowboys he so admires. He doesn't know that she was in love in Baltimore with Eugene and he promised he'd come and save her from the wild west. Steve Matthews finally has a good start on his ranch, the Lazy S. He has everything but a wife.

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Meg O'Reilly wonders what ever made her want to be a teacher. The last four members of the demon horde are making her life miserable. When one of them slaps a copy of the Grooms' Gazette on her desk and tells her to go see their older sister so she can find her a groom, she reads through the paper and decides to do just that. Confident in her decision, she sends a letter to the man she chooses that very day. 
The one thing Lars Borgen is not looking for is love. He wants a wife to share his life, his work, and his bed, but he doesn't ever expect to feel any tender emotions for her. Expecting a plain bride, he is startled when beautiful Meg steps off the train looking for him. Will he be able to hold steadfast and keep from falling in love? Or will his sweet, pretty bride win him over, giving him a second chance at love?

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Winnifred Spangler has thrown herself into community work to ward off the pangs of her lonely heart. Fairview, Idaho Territory, is snowed in—and cabin fever has set in with a vengeance. Winnie organizes a gift exchange for the town’s single young adults. Her hope is that a few of them will find the loves of their lives.

Judd Shaw, a Texas cowhand, hates the ice and cold. As soon as the roads are passable, he’s headed back to Texas. But thanks to his childhood friend, he’s caught up in the Secret Christmas Angel game, and the name he draws is the prettiest widow in all of Idaho—Winnie.

Can Winnie’s smile melt his hardened Texas heart?
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Naomi had suffered for months since the fire took her family from her on Christmas Eve. God had spared her for a reason. It was up to her to find her purpose and live God's plan for her life. She took a drastic step and went west to Wyoming to marry Jackson, a rancher who was looking for a wife.

When she arrives in Cheyenne just a few days before Christmas, Jackson was polite, but remote. She realized that she wasn't willing to settle for a loveless marriage or a Christmas season with no celebration.

Find out how the Christmas gift she gives to Jackson softens him and changes him. God works in mysterious ways - especially at Christmas! 
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Lillian was so excited to be going to Wyoming to meet her husband to be face to face. She had to leave Chattanooga to become a bride, but it was a trade off she was willing to make.

Lillian must think on her feet when she arrives in Cheyenne. Things turn out to be different than she expected. She knows that God works in mysterious ways, but she struggles to find his purpose in this situation.

Will she find a way to handle her soon to be in-laws or will she choose a less stressful family to marry into?  
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Elizabeth McMurphy is an up and coming high powered attorney and is after vengeance, involving one of the richest and most powerful families in Colorado.  Steve York is an obnoxious reporter that thinks the ice queen has gone too far and does all he can to get under her skin.

One of the worst blizzards in history hits Colorado and leaves a hurt Steve York stranded with  Elizabeth in a mountain cabin.  Things start to heat up between the two, thawing their icy relationship.  But - Elizabeth guards a secret that must be kept at all costs, even to the point of risking love and her own happiness.


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Zac Goodman is a gunslinger haunted by an injustice from his past. He finds heavily pregnant Holly O’Leary in an abandoned wagon, her cheating husband lying dead a few yards away.
Reluctantly he takes her to his cabin to give birth.
Will this miracle Christmas baby unite two tortured souls? Or will it forever keep them apart.
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Can an estranged family come together for the holiday season and heal their disappointments and differences—or might the pressure of this oh-so intense time of the year drive them further apart?

Married several years, Helene knows Phillip had a painful childhood. That crucible forged him into the powerful man he has become, but it also made him want to avoid trigger points—Christmas being a big one.

Helene has seen what the ranch can do in her own life. She hopes its magic can reach a little further, and bring together a mother, brothers and sisters. She wants this for Phillip but even more for the baby she wants to have. Her own mother will never want to be a grandmother but might Phillip’s-- if she is given a chance? 

Set in Montana, A Montana Christmas includes a Solstice celebration based on the ancient Celtic traditions. This novella explores family dynamics while never forgetting ranch life has its own unique demands, that don’t let up for a holiday. With most of the characters in ‘From Here to There,’ there are a few new additions. 27,107 words.

At the end is a bonus short story, which picks up the characters at a future time—‘Curly Learns a Lesson.’
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Abigail Kerr Sanford is a single mother struggling to raise her child. Sheriff Clint Graham is a man scarred by his background and family tragedies. Drawn into a bitter feud between ranchers and railroaders, Abigail and Clint work together to resolve the feud, learning to respect and trust each other. And as their feelings deepen, they recognize their love is the most special Christmas gift of all.

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A Home for Christmas is a collection of three historical Christmas short stories to inspire love and warm the heart on the western frontier. If you love inspirational romance and heartfelt holidays, then you'll enjoy this trio of stories as we remember the true meaning of love any time of the year.

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Gabby Wells has spent her entire eighteen years living atop a mountain with her father. After she buries him, she knows her only option is to travel down the mountain to live with her Aunt Eunice. She finds a baby on her way down, whose parents had obviously died tragically. With the child, she finds shelter from a blizzard in a cabin on the side of the mountain. Brandon Taylor is on a mission for the sheriff in Trace Hollow, checking on the homesteaders around the area. When a sudden storm comes up, he has to take shelter in his family’s hunting cabin, on the side of the mountain. When he finds a beautiful young lady, a stranger to him, in the cabin along with her son, he tells himself repeatedly he can’t marry her. When they reach her aunt’s house, and the other men come sniffing around her, his feelings become more apparent to him. Can he find the courage to marry the beautiful Gabby? Or will he let her be married off to one of the other young men in town?

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Eighteen years ago, Philip Grant--overcome with regret for what he couldn't foresee and memories of what he couldn't prevent--abandoned all to live the solitary life of a fur trapper. Years spent roaming ridgelines and riverbanks in Montana Territory left his body weary and his confidence weak, so he decides to turn in his last bundle of furs and await the inevitable in a cabin. Alone.

Then a body-shaped lump wrapped in a quilt changes everything.

The week before Christmas, Philip discovers a battered woman and her infant son, on the run from a ruthless abuser with a penchant for whiskey. Seventy miles of snow-covered mountain peaks and windswept flatlands stand between them and safety--the woman's aunt's house.

Can Philip trust in his newfound faith to lead the way?
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On a ranch known as Hawk’s Peak, a family celebrates love, joy, and peace at last . . . or so the Gallaghers thought.

Briarwood, Montana Territory—December 1883

Brenna is convinced she hears a woman singing to her son. Eliza and Ethan are unnerved by a sleepwalker, and Isabelle swears Hawk’s Peak is haunted.

Then an unlikely visitor stumbles into their lives.

Enjoy a heartwarming holiday adventure filled with tenderness, hope, and the promise of a better tomorrow for more than one deserving soul. Join us for a Gallagher Christmas at Hawk’s Peak and fall in love with the family all over again.

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They need each other to survive... but their families need a reason to celebrate. 

Ash Barker and his brother had just about built their ranch into a success when he busted his arm trying to tame a particularly nasty mustang. Now they’re headed into Cheyenne’s harsh winter with fewer hands and a very real danger of failure. They need someone else—anyone else—out there with them, to make it through this season. 

Molly Murray’s dream of owning her own bakery went up in flames with the Great Chicago Fire. She’s been supporting her younger sisters for the last four years, and it seems like the Cheyenne wilderness might be her last chance to give them all a real home. But no one will hire her... until she meets the intimidatingly masculine, incredibly handsome, and very desperate Ash Barker. 

Can their unique families blend in time to celebrate their first real Cheyenne Christmas?
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Riona’s life of self-doubt stranded her in an abusive marriage with four small children to raise. Her children and a successful career in the Air Force made her life bearable. She needed out—and Fate handed her a way.
Once, when she was younger, there was a man she thought good until he stood her up. She had no way of knowing that he had endured a bad marriage and a bitter divorce, leaving a teenaged daughter in the middle. He had never forgotten Riona. 
Both their hearts were hurting. Fate would help them heal.

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What's a wife to do when her Christmas plans fall apart? 

Join Becky and Isaac from The Unexpected Bride in a romantic short story complete with sleigh bells, mistletoe, and sweet holiday surprises. 

It's Christmas Eve, and smoke isn't just rising from the chimney—it's pouring from the stove due to yet another batch of burnt biscuits. Becky wants everything to be perfect for her family, but a ruined meal spells disaster for all her high hopes. Will the night end in despair...or with a happy Christmas dream? 

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 So May it Be To Me by Lorena Dove - Free story

In this Christmas short story, a woman finds hope in the sacrifice Mary made when her children fall ill and her husband is away.

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Relocating to Texas has lessened Clari Rochester’s health problems, and now she yearns for adventure. Compelling cowboy Trevor Driscoll is the type of man she secretly pens in her dime novels. But the two have never had a real conversation.  Trevor knows the logging accident that left him with only eight fingers limits his options, but he’s learned to manage. Until he rescues a fine lady from a runaway horse, spends the afternoon transporting her to safety, and gets a glimpse of what he’s always wanted. How will he respond to the unique present this special woman bestows?
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A lady gambler traveling home with a stagecoach full of treasure. A con man on the look-out for an easy mark. Hope brings them together for Christmas.

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In Montana Sky Christmas, USA Today bestselling author, Debra Holland, offers seven SHORT STORIES set in the small town of Sweetwater Springs, Montana in 1894. 

These holiday stories are about various kinds of Christmas love--the romance between a man and a woman, the devotion of a husband to his wife's memory, and the love of a child for her goose. You'll read about familiar characters from Sweetwater Springs and come to know new ones--many of whom you'll see again in future Montana Sky Series books and novellas. 

The stories take place after Stormy Montana Sky, Book Three in the Montana Sky Series, but this anthology can be read as a stand-alone book. 

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Yellowstone Christmas

Aimee Osborne has always looked forward to the Christmas holidays in the twenty-first century where she grew up. Now that she lives in the primitive wilderness of nineteenth century Yellowstone, she is determined to hold on to some of her traditions.
,Daniel Osborne is unfamiliar with many of the customs and beliefs his wife grew up with. Although he doesn't understand her enthusiasm for the holiday, he shares in her joy of the season, and plans to make each Christmas with her memorable.
For Aimee and Daniel, this holiday season might not be the joyous event they hoped for. When an unexpected package arrives at their doorstep, Aimee's plans for the festivities this year might not go off as she envisioned. When danger threatens his family, Daniel will do what it takes to protect them, and perhaps bring some peace and joy to more than just his wife and children.

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Teton Season of Joy

Lucas Walker's life couldn't be more different from a few years ago. Now married and expecting his first child, he wants nothing more than to provide a good home for his family. With Christmas coming, he sets off to find the perfect surprise for his wife.
As Tori Walker approaches the time for her baby to be born, she is comforted by the expert care that surrounds her. However, winter in the mountains can turn deadly at the blink of an eye. When her prankster husband fails to return from a short hunting trip, she doesn't know whether to be angry or worried.
Christmas is a time to reminisce and enjoy family time. Young or old, all who gather in the Walker home this holiday can share memories of falling in love, being saved from near death, and not being able to imagine life without each other. When Lucas and his companion are feared lost in the wilderness, this holiday season may well be remembered as the season of mishaps, rather than a season of joy.