Wednesday, August 19, 2015

An Early Christmas Gift

Today I continue summer reading fun with a look forward at a book that speaks to summertime because it warms the heart.  The book is an early Christmas gift to readers--an anthology of 12 stories titled A Heartwarming Christmas. One of the authors, Cheryl Harper, is blogging in My Writing Corner:

After the Happy Ending

 by Cheryl Harper
Ben and Jen.Blake and Miranda. Can anyone explain to me why I get a little sad when I hear about celebrity couples breaking up? I don’t know them or the circumstances or even their romantic tale, but the evidence that another ‘til-death-do-us-part has crashed is sad. It happens. Marriage is work. Love is work. Writing love and romance and marriage is work, too, but we don’t often have to figure out what happens beyond “I love you.” In “Making up under the Mistletoe,” I have a couple wading through what happens after real life kicks in. Josh and Ivy were high school sweethearts who married at the age where they were certain they had life all figured out. In other words, they were young. Now that Josh knows who he really wants to be, all of Ivy’s plans for his life no longer fit.

But she’s still the only person he wants to see the world with.
Together they have to figure out how to find the way back to forever. That means a little bit of friction, a whole lot of honesty, and the commitment to find a place that works for them both. She’s certain it’s Christmas Town, the place where they grew up. He’s just as convinced that’s the only place that can tear them apart. Sometimes happily-ever-after endings take some monitoring and adjusting. Ivy and Josh understand that real love is what happens after the wedding ceremony and forever happens one day at a time.

Cheryl Harper discovered her love for books and words as a little girl, thanks to a mother who made countless library trips and an introduction to Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House stories. Now she spends her days searching for the right words while she stares out the window and her dog snoozes beside her.
A Heartwarming Christmas
This holiday season, warm your heart with 12 connected sweet holiday romances set in Christmas Town from 12 Harlequin Heartwarming authors who are USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors.

There are four connected anthologies in A Heartwarming Christmas. That means each set of three novellas shares characters and storylines! This collection of PG-rated holiday romances are all set in Christmas Town, a location introduced in the 2014 Harlequin Heartwarming release Christmas, Actually. A Heartwarming Christmas will bring you laughter, tears, and happily-ever-afters (no cliffhangers), for more than 1200 pages.
Foreword by small town lover and New York Times bestseller Kristan Higgins.

Coming Home to Christmas Town anthology by Melinda Curtis, Anna Adams, & Anna J Stewart: Three adopted siblings gather for the holiday season and closure after their father dies.

The Fisher Brothers Christmas anthology by Carol Ross, Cheryl Harper, & Amy Vastine: Three brothers with a Christmas Eve family tradition in jeopardy until love leads them home.

Gifts of the Heart anthology by Tara Randel, Leigh Riker &Cari Lynn Webb: In the spirit of Christmas, three siblings reconnect to find romance, special gifts - and each other.

The Gingerbread Men anthology by Liz Flaherty, Patricia Bradley &RulaSinara. When two sisters and their widowed mother are reunited for the holidays, falling in love isn't on any of their Christmas wish lists, but sometimes the best gifts are unexpected...
Here is where you can buy A Heartwarming Christmas:

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Thanks, Cheryl, for being my guest and for telling us about A Heartwarming Christmas.  Any questions or comments for the authors?


  1. Cannot wait to read your story, Cheryl! I love the idea of following a couple beyond the HEA...definitely takes work. But I'm there with you on the Hollywood couples splitting. Don't know why it makes me so sad...

    1. When it's people who seem so nice and cool, I hate to see it like they're my friends!

  2. Cheryl, you had me when you mentioned both the breakups that broke my heart. I love stories like yours where a couple has to find their way back to each other inside the relationship that's so strained. Can't wait to read it!

    1. Thanks, Anna! I've never done this, so it was fun to take on.

  3. Marriage is really hard work--a lot harder than couples realize. I'm looking forward to reading your story--I love HEAs!

  4. It is sad when celebrity couples break up - I thought Ben and Jen were perfect! But no one is, and being a star doesn't change that. So I love a romance that helps a couple find the way back. Congratulations on being part of what sounds like a wonderful bouquet of books!

    1. You are absolutely right, Muriel. No one is and I have to believe that even hard times can have happy endings.

  5. Good to know I wasn't the only one sad about those Hollywood break-ups. And Cheryl, I'm looking forward to reading your story... there's nothing better than watching two people that are meant for each find their way back to their love story.

    1. I love to see it, too. I'm the kind who never gives up on some couples!

  6. I get sad when celebrity couples break up. That's why I love reading romance with a happy ending that I know will last forever. I like having that affirmation that happily ever after is truly possible :). And I love reunion romances too!