Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Extravaganza - Saving Christmas

Every weekday (Monday through Friday) for the month of December I will spotlight a story here on my blog. Yes, this is 17 days of Christmas book browsing. And on Christmas Eve I will announce the lucky winner (at least two that I know of right now). The person who leaves the most comments throughout the month will receive their choice of any one of the books spotlighted. That's from me. Other prizes are being offered by the individual authors.

So, I'm starting with Clare Revell's wonderful story, Saving Christmas.

Welcome, Clare! I've heard this story is doing really well and I wish you only the best since I loved it and think it's a wonderful story!


Rather than do the expected thing, Christmas Daniels pursued a high powered career in London, flying across the world, never being home long enough for anything. When her father is taken ill, she returns to Hollie's Christmas Emporium, an all year round Christmas shot to run it in his absence.

Matt Pringle, store artist and accountant, doesn't make a good impression on his new boss when he accuses her of stealing his parking space. Wanting to make up for it, he tries to impress her, but ends up falling for her instead.

When the store is threatened with closure, Christmas, who insists on being called Chrissie, sacrifices everything to try to save it. A committed Christian, Matt knows that Chrissie needs saving just as much.

Will their growing attraction help Matt save Christmas before it's too late?


Taking a deep breath, he stuck out a hand. “Can we start over? My name’s Matt Pringle. It’s a pleasure to meet you Miss Daniels. How’s your father doing?”

Her hand was cool, yet her touch burned him. “It’s Chrissie, please. I called earlier and they said he had a good night. I can go in at two. Now this parking space of yours...”

“It’s yours. I can walk. It’s not that far and I have an umbrella. I’m sorry I was late.” He looked at her. “I’ll go and get started.”

“Sure.” Chrissie flopped down at the desk. Matt looked at her. Her skirt was wet, her shoes ruined and she looked exhausted. Her blue eyes and black hair looking almost bedraggled, if eyes as lovely as hers could look bedraggled. She was the most amazing woman he’d ever seen.

Matt turned and left the office, almost colliding with Grace and a tray of tea and biscuits as he went down the corridor. “Sorry, Grace. Say, what do you know about her?”

“Chrissie? Known her for years. She hates her name with a passion. Her parents expected her to run this place when she graduated, but she chose a partnership in a large firm in London instead. Shame really, the job changed her, she doesn’t have time for anything anymore.” Grace smiled at him. “Trust me, not even you can work your magic on our Christmas Ivy Daniels.” She headed into the office, pushing the door shut behind her.

Matt pursed his lips. He couldn’t let that happen. There was something about her; something lost that drew him to her. She was lost and needed help, whether she knew it or not—and he was determined to give it to her.


Clare lives in a small town in England with her husband of 17 years and her 3 children. For more about Clare you can visit her at:


  1. Unfortunately I'm having a little bit of difficulty with blogger today, so I apologize for the delay in getting this started! Also, an excerpt will be added later today, along with my review. Don't forget - stop by every day this month!

  2. Loved this book! Blessings, ladies!!

  3. Thanks for hosting me Donna. This short story has been in the #1 spot on Amazon in a couple of sections for coming up on 7 weeks now :) Designed as a dollar download its under 10k so really is a short story.

    Commentators today can win a PDF of any of my books. Season for Miracles, Saving Christmas, Cassie's Wedding Dress or Time's Arrow.

  4. Wow, thanks Clare! Good luck to all who stop by!

  5. I love holiday books that can help me usher in the Christmas season. Hard to believe it DECEMBER FIRST!!!

  6. I love Christmas stories!

    This is a great idea - I wish every one of the authors and you, Donna, God's abundant blessings this (and every) month!

  7. OH WOW! I'd never heard of Clare Revell before, but I will definitely be looking into her books next time the opportunity presents itself! Those opportunities, of course, are rare, but when books come under my radar, I go ALL OUT!!

    Kendra R. LaLonde

  8. Wow, Clare, I love this excerpt! Congrats on such success for SAVING CHRISTMAS.

    Thanks for sharing, Donna. Wishing you both a Merry Christmas!

  9. Neato! I discovered a new blog and a new author all on the same day. Loved the blurb. You made me want to read more.

  10. Welcome, J.D. Stop by often - especially in December - lots of stories will be spotlighted - never know which one you might win!

  11. I love this excerpt! This book looks fantastic.

  12. Love Christmas stories!
    The Blurb and Excerpt are great!
    Thank you for the chance.
    Bless you and yours,