By: Kathleen Lawless
I have never written a Christmas story, so when the call came to join with nine other writers and create the perfect New England Christmas town, I was ready for the fun. Emails flew back and forth, fast and furious. The Town Square, known as the Common was created. A date agreed upon for the annual Christmas Tree Light Up Festivities. Hot chocolate? Of course. Sleigh rides? Absolutely! Snowman building competition? You bet!
Shops and shopkeepers and their locations were shared and pinpointed. A Christmas tree farm here. A frozen skating pond there. And what about a B&B, described in detail and given a prime location in our perfect town?
Once the setting was nailed down, each author gave birth to her story. And thus, we presented to the world, CHRISTMAS COMES TO DICKENS. WE hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed writing our stories in this unique setting. https://books2read.com/DickensChristmas
My Story, HOLLY’S WISH, was inspired by
my favorite childhood Christmas book, The Story of Holly and Ivy. I still read it every year during the
holidays. Because with Christmas magic
in the air, anything is possible.
Excerpt from HOLLY’S WISH By Kathleen Lawless
“You should never underestimate the power of wishing for what you want. It always worked for me,” Kris said.
“Oh, I do,” Holly said blithely. “Every shooting star, new moon, and birthday candle. You name it, I send my wish out there. It’s not my fault no one seems to be listening.”
“Your time will come,” Kris said.
As Kris spoke, the shop door opened with a tinkle of overhead bells. Holly looked over to see a tall, dark-hair man stamping snow off his feet. She took a second look, because, truthfully there weren’t a lot of good-looking men in town. Something about him seemed familiar, but before Holly could get a good look he turned away. She was left with an impression of a square jaw, pronounced cheekbones, with a straight, masculine nose nicely balanced above full lips. Maybe she had taken his photo at some point.
When he passed her in the aisle without a second look, she figured she must be mistaken. She paused at the door for one last look, but his back was toward her. Typical man, doing his Christmas shopping at the last minute.
I hope you fall in love with every one of our Christmas stories and Dickens.
MILLIE’S AWESOME HOLIDAY MIRACLE by Top 100 Author Nancy Fraser - Can one little girl fill the holiday season with enough miracles for everyone? This story will warm your heart.
MIRACLE AT HOLLY HILL INN by Top 100 Author Maddie James - Ariana is looking for the perfect Christmas. Instead, she finds a Scrooge. Will two days snowbound at Holly Hill Inn bring them together?
HOLIDAY HEARTS by Top 100 Author Caroline Clemmons - Laura is funny, beautiful, and smart. She’s not about to date her boss. Can Ward convince her he’s not just looking for a holiday fling?
THE TINSEL TANGO by Best Selling Author Bonnie Edwards - She needs R&R. He teaches Tango. Or does he? Can love survive secrets & hidden agendas when a dance teacher is exposed as a wealthy tycoon?
WISDOM OF THE HEART by USA Today Best Selling Author Liz Flaherty - Best friends fell in love in high school. But life, families & distance happened along the way. Could they still be in love?
OPERATION SNOWBALL by Best Selling Author Kathryn Hills - Returning home to Dickens is hard for Army veteran, John Gridley. The last thing he expects to find is love with a pretty widow.
ANGEL KISSES AND HOLIDAY WISHES by Best Selling Author Peggy Jaeger - Sage left years ago, leaving Keith's heart in tatters. She's back as his grandmother’s doctor. Is there hope for them?
HOLIDAY HEART WISHES by Best Selling Author Lucinda Race - Vera picks up Tony, a stranded motorist, on her way back to Dickens. Will they discover their heart wishes can come true at Christmas?
SANTA’S WISH by Best Selling Author Jan Scarbrough - Will Christmas magic help them overcome the obstacles of her dashed career ambitions and his grief so they can find a second chance at love?
Since writing makes us hungry, we also
compiled some of our favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes in IT’S A DICKENS OF A
COOKIE. Yours to download FREE. https://books2read.com/dickens-cookie Happy Thanksgiving All!