When my kids were little, they loved to go for car rides during the holiday season. After dinner, we’d pile in the car and cruise the residential sections of the city, and ooh and ahhh at the lighted homes. They’d take special note of the neighborhoods whose residents seemed to have an extra dose of holiday spirit, as evidenced by their incredible displays. Their faces would reflect the glow of the lights, even after we’d returned home, as they talked about their favorites.
Such a simple thing, to spend some time with them in the car. Not worrying about having to get to work or day care or school – certainly a treat for me, back when life was a blur of rushing from one place to the next. And yet, that simple act had a lasting impact. It became a tradition they looked forward to as much as baking cookies or reading Christmas stories (though reading Christmas stories is another wonderful tradition).
These days, I love to write holiday stories as much as read them. My Christmas fantasy, Ground Rules, is available from The Wild Rose Press. I hope you’ll pop over to my blog for the excerpt, Casting Call, book video and more: http://catemasters.blogspot.com/2009/08/ground-rules-christmas-fantasy.html.
About the Author: Multipublished, award-winning author Cate Masters loves stories with a dash of magic, mayhem and romance! Reviewers have described her stories as “so compelling, I did not want to put it down,” and “such romantic tales that really touch your soul.”
Alice Garner scores a great contract to illustrate a children’s book by a famous author, but lack of inspiration forces her to cancel her holiday plans. Alone on Christmas to meet her looming deadline, Alice wishes on her Christmas tree angel for help.
Luke, newly promoted to Watcher Angel, is reluctant to take the assignment. Long ago, his fiancée broke his mortal heart on Christmas Eve, and even returning to Earth on his Harley won’t dull the sting. Good thing the ground rules forbid getting involved with an assignment—Alice is tempting, but he’d rather not stay on Earth.
But Luke brings Alice more than inspiration. He reawakens her heart. Now Alice has to convince him he’s her greatest wish. With a little Christmas magic, can she convince him to break the ground rules and stay?
When not spending time with her family, she can be found in her lair, concocting a magical brew of contemporary, historical, and fantasy/paranormal stories with her cat Chairman Maiow and dog Lily as company. Look for her at http://catemasters.blogspot.com and in strange nooks and far-flung corners of the web.
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Happy holidays! Cate