Christmas is hands-down my favorite time of the year. I love being surrounded by twinkling lights — especially the ones hubby spends days putting up around our house. I love hearing Christmas music in stores, on the radio, the cantatas and programs and musical reminders of what Christmas is all about: hope. I love the smell of cookies in the oven – and the precious times I get to bake with my grown children. I gawk at decorations around town and revel in the scented candles and beautifully decorated trees everywhere.
Not surprisingly, I also love Christmas stories. My favorite is the one from Luke 2 in the Bible, but there are others, too. Every year my local library puts together a whole bookcase of Christmas stories and I’m like a kid on Christmas morning when I select a stack to read by the fire at the end of the day. (By the way, if you’re looking for a cozy read this Christmas, I hope you’ll check out my Christmas novella, The Christmas Gift.)
But more than these outwards signs of the season, I am reminded, in a million ways, of all I have to be thankful for, of all the reasons to rejoice. I know there is tragedy and sadness in our world and sometimes it seems completely overwhelming. But that’s only half the story. Especially at Christmastime, we have the opportunity to hold out hope to the hurting, to love without condition and to embody the light that Christ’s birth brought to this oftentimes dark world.
I’m talking about some of my reasons to rejoice this year (stay tuned) and one of them is a new book coming out in 2016 from Amazon’s Waterfall Press. I am so excited. The edits for the book are done and the folks at Waterfall have been amazing to work with.
Tangled Lies is another romantic suspense and is set in Florida. Three foster sisters come home for their mother’s 60th birthday and are shocked by her birthday wish: she wants them to find her son who disappeared when he was three. Tangled Lies features Sasha, my boat captain heroine, as she sets out to find answers—despite those in Safe Harbor who would do anything to keep their secrets.
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So, what are your Reasons to Rejoice this season? I’d love to hear them–and rejoice with you!