Christmas is serious business in Northeringale. The Town is known far and wide as a Christmas Wonderland drawing visitors from miles and miles away.
Beck Cavington, owner of Sweets and Treats hired a man known as a professional Santa to sit upon the Christmas Throne in her store...and all is going swimmingly...until five days before Christmas.
The news blasted from every reporters mouth sends waves of panic up and down Beck's spine...
Santa has been placed under arrest. His computer is found to be stocked with photos that no Santa should have of children.
What can Beck do? It is truly crunch time, and she NEEDS to replace the Santa...but how? All the "professional" Santa Claus's are already working elsewhere...and there's no time to vet strangers.
Beck does the only thing she can think of and forces the one person she knows she can trust...her best friend Angie Brightwell...
...into the Big Man's suit...and thus begins the journey Angie Brightwell makes in her new role and the motivation behind this next amazing cover by Muse It Up's Cover Art Goddess Delilah K. Stephans.
Here's Angie minus all the extra Santa garb. Delilah showed her perfectly, didn't she?
Once more all is right in the magical land of Northeringale...or is it?
Across town, Colonel Cameron Drayton, pictured above during one of his many tours in Iraq, now retired, has finally gained custody of his half Iraqi daughter...
...the beautiful, precocious and dear to his heart, Johara. Cam has but one wish...he wants to give his little girl the PERFECT American Christmas.
Angie also has dreams. While riffling through her attic for the red velvet ribbon needed to make a giant Candy Cane for her Santa role, she finds the carvings done years ago by her Grandmother...and in particular the sculpture of Joseph. Once upon a time, her Grandmother had told her the face of Joseph was the face of the man who would fill her heart and soul with all the joy and love it could ever hope to hold.
Just like the ones he had while growing up in Northeringale...but alas, a Lady Santa was not part of the equation.
How could she have known when she agreed to help Beck that she would also be putting herself in the position of so infuriating her Joseph that it would truly take a Christmas Miracle to mend all their broken spirits?
Santa is a Lady is due for release on 12/01/2010. In the meantime, please follow L.J. Holmes...yes that's me, here on my blog, but also at the Muse It Up Publishing website. Plus you can also read some of my FREE short stories by following these links:
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