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Friday, November 13, 2020

Christmas Comes to Dickens


Christmas Comes to Dickens

Individual Author Feature/Box Set Information



Individual Book Title: Holiday Heart Wishes

Author: Lucinda Race



Blurb for Holiday Heart Wishes


When social media director Vera Davis loses her job in the city, she takes her adorable, goofy rescue pup and heads home for the holidays, to her sweet hometown of Dickens. She’s hoping to move in with her mom and start a new business. But her drive is interrupted when she rescues a handsome, snowbound stranger stranded by side of the road.  


Newspaper reporter Tony Barbee may be a stranger to Vera, but Dickens is his hometown, too. He’s come to spend Christmas with the uncle who raised him. But Vera and Tony are in for a surprise when they find her mother and his uncle living together. Aren’t they moving too fast? 


Tony and Vera share something besides relatives in a blossoming romance: a tradition that when they see the Christmas tree in the gazebo on the village green—a scene right out of a Norman Rockwell painting—they should make a Christmas wish. Though they resist their own growing attraction to one another, Christmas is a time of surprises and gifts, and the unexpected answer to a heartfelt holiday wish may bring Vera and Tony the greatest gift of all… 




Excerpt B: Holiday Heart Wishes


“Oh look. Here we are.” Grateful to be at the tree lot where she could escape this line of conversation, she parked next to Frank. “Ready to play Paul Bunyan?” 


He snapped his fingers. “Ah, shucks. I didn’t bring my hatchet.” 


“Don’t worry. They let you borrow one, and if you have never wielded one”—she jutted her thumb toward her chest—“I’ve got you covered.”


“This, I can’t wait to see.” 


They joined Mom and Frank and after securing a small saw, not a hatchet as Vera promised, they headed in the direction of the blue spruce varieties. Frank casually mentioned in passing that it was one of his favorites and Mom jumped on it even though she wasn’t a fan. Mildly surprised, Vera figured it was just the beginning of change for their traditional holiday.


Trudging through half-plowed rows, Mom veered off down one long row that had a sign for the blue spruces. She wanted to remind her mom they preferred Douglas Firs but hey, she’d give in for this one. There were a few traditions she wouldn’t part with, though. 


Tony caught her eye. “What are you plotting?” 


“Nothing. Mom likes a fir tree and I’m kinda surprised she’s agreed to the spruce.” 


“It’s called compromise.” He glanced at his uncle and her mom. “They look happy. Do we have the right to poke at it?” 


“You thought it was a great idea last night.” She threw a look his way as he tripped over a root. She grabbed his arm and pulled him upright, but he just happened to land with a thump against her body. 


“Did you hurt your ankle?” 


He waved a hand. “It’s no big deal. Nothing I can’t walk off. I’m tough.”


He took a limping step forward and she bit her lower lip. It had to hurt.


She slipped her arm around his waist. “I’ll get you back to the car.” 


“I’ll be fine.” 


“If you insist on hobbling through the field, then I will insist on holding your hand.”


He eyed her suspiciously. “How sweet of you.” 


With a loud snort, Vera said, “Don’t flatter yourself. It’ll give you some support. Otherwise I’ll end up having to get one of the workers to come get you on an ATV.” Her eyes lit up. “Or we could catch a sleigh ride back up the hill once we get the tree. You said it was something you’ve never done before.”

“You talked me into it.” He tucked his arm under hers and clasped her hand.



Author Bio


Award-winning author Lucinda Race is a lifelong fan of romantic fiction. As a young girl, she spent hours reading romance novels and getting lost in the hope they represent. While her friends dreamed of becoming doctors and engineers, her dreams were to become a writer—a romance novelist.


As life twisted and turned, she found herself writing nonfiction but longed to turn to her true passion. After developing the storyline for The Loudon Series, it was time to start living her dream. Her fingers practically fly over computer keys as she weaves stories about strong women and the men who love them. 

Lucinda lives with her husband and their two little dogs, a miniature long hair dachshund and a shitzu mix rescue, in the rolling hills of western Massachusetts. When she's not at her day job, she’s immersed in her fictional worlds. And if she’s not writing romance novels, she’s reading everything she can get her hands on.
 It’s too bad her husband doesn’t cook, but a very good thing he loves takeout. 




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Box Set Title: Christmas Comes to Dickens


Box Set Blurb:


Welcome to Dickens—a quaint New England town bustling with excitement and anticipation for the upcoming Christmas holiday. We have the annual tree lighting in the town square, a snowman building competition, ice skating on Grosvenor’s Pond, and horse-drawn sleigh rides. You’re welcome to cut down your own Christmas tree at Gridley Meadows, or join in the caroling on the Common.


Dickens offers an abundance of heartfelt wishes, a few much needed miracles, and—quite possibly—a touch of magic! Families reunite, new friends are made, and old flames take a second chance at happiness. All while celebrating this most joyful time of the year.


Join us as our best selling and award-winning authors fill your holiday stocking with ten brand new novellas ranging from sweet to sassy.



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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Nancy Fraser said...

Thank you for hosting Lucinda's wonderful story in our anthology.

peggy jaeger said...

Thankyou so much for spotlighting Lucinda's wonderful story and for being so supportive of our anthology!!!

Liz Flaherty said...

Thank you for the spotlight! Lucinda's story is wonderful.

Victoria Alexander said...

Happy Friday! Thanks for sharing the great post :)

Rita Wray said...

I have enjoyed the tour. Sounds like a good book.

Bonnie Edwards said...

Lucinda's story sounds wonderful! Thank you for spotlighting it!

kathleen Lawless said...

Awesome spotlight of a great Christmas romance and a wonderful anthology.