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Debbie Mason

Genre: General Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Romance

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Dear Reader,

After a holiday movie marathon a couple of years ago, I had an idea for a Christmas book. When I mentioned it to my kids, they were super-excited. But their excitement waned when I told them about my heroine, Madison Lane. They didn't understand how I, aka Mrs. Claus, would be able to get inside the head of a woman who hates Christmas. Ha! Little did they know that their festive mother had had her share of Grinch-y moments during the holidays.

Come on, be honest, haven't you had some, too? You know the ones I mean. You've spent weeks baking and cooking leading up to the big day only to sit down for Christmas dinner and it's over in the blink of an eye. Or what about the hours you spent in traffic, finding a parking spot a mile from the mall, fighting crowds in order to hunt down that perfect gift for Uncle Fred only to find out Christmas morning your mother and sister bought him the same sweater? Or that moment when you're playing Santa's little helper and putting the toys under the tree only to discover they all take batteries and you didn't buy any?

So, yes, I totally understood why my heroine might be a little cranky at the holidays. At least I thought I did. But I soon learned that Madison's aversion to Christmas wasn't entirely wrapped up in the excesses of the season. As a little girl, she'd been abandoned by her mother on Christmas Eve, and the local gossips never missed an opportunity to remind her of that night. Now I felt bad because I'd placed Madison smack dab in her worst nightmare. And if anyone deserves a happy ever after, this woman does.

Citizens of Christmas to the rescue. Sort of. The well-intentioned townspeople rope Madison into one holiday escapade after another in hopes of changing her mind about their town and the holiday. When things get out of hand, Sheriff Gage McBride is there to lend her his. And while the hunky, divorced father of two is perfect hero material, it's because of Gage that Madison must face her painful past. But in the end, just like Cindy Lou Who and the citizens of Whoville helped the Grinch find his holiday spirit, Gage and the citizens of Christmas help Madison find hers.

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!”
― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Wishing you all a Grinch-free Christmas!

Debbie Mason

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