At least for me.
Once Halloween hits, I consider the next 63 days part of the holidays. November is all about giving thanks and gearing up for a family and friend-filled Thanksgiving. The day is spent watching parades on TV and thinking ahead to Christmas. December means sending Christmas cards to family and friends, purchasing gifts, decorating, and baking. I love the spirit of Christmas.The coming together and giving-whether its time or gifts. Then comes New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. My mother-in-law always has family and friends over for a big meal on New Year’s Day.
Then it’s the gift of another year and another set of goals and adventures.
Speaking of gifts, every year about this time I like to give readers a gift and this year it’s two short western historical romance stories. You can find them in my Western Holiday Duets novelette. It’s free on all major ebook venues. If you don’t have an ebook you can download and read it on your computer.
Both of these stories came from different circumstances. Christmas Eve Promise started as a fun activity when a reader tossed out five words on a western romance forum asking the authors to use them in a paragraph or short story. My paragraph grew to a short story and then to a longer version that is in this novelette. The second story, New Year’s Kiss, started on the sister blog to this one- Free Reads by the Generistas.
Western Holiday Duets
Two historical western romance short stories.
Christmas Eve Promise
Sheriff Jubal Denton promises Suzie Harper they’ll marry Christmas Eve. Two weeks before Christmas a breakout at the Willow Bend jail sends Jubal across the state in an attempt to capture the outlaw. Christmas Eve arrives. Other members of the posse have returned, but where is Jubal?
New Year’s Kiss
Edda Rae Bartlett is pacing back and forth on New Year’s Eve waiting for her beau, Cort Haywood. He said he had something important to tell her before the end of the year. And there are only a few hours left to this year. Her best friend arrives, dragging her to a party and into a game her friend learned while traveling. Edda Rae likes the fact she is elbow to elbow with Cort, but soon learns everyone in the room knows something about the game but her.
Award-winning author Paty Jager and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. On her road to publication she wrote freelance articles for two local newspapers and enjoyed her job with the County Extension service as a 4-H Program Assistant. Raising hay and cattle, riding horses, and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.
All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Her penchant for research takes her on side trips that eventually turn into yet another story.
You can learn more about Paty at her blog; Writing into the Sunset her website; http://www.patyjager.net or on Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/#!/paty.jager , Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1005334.Paty_Jager and twitter; @patyjag.
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