Rose Verde is an avid reader and has always enjoyed making up stories since junior high school. She is a nurse/midwife in her other life, married to her own real life hero and blessed with two lovely kids. When she is not writing, she is singing or reading. Rose is giving away an audio copy of her novel, A Christmas Wish. For details, check the end of this post.
by Rose Verde
Everyone has a wish at one point or the other—sometimes big, at other times small. Though, we have that wish and are expectant, we often don’t get them. But when we do, it makes all the difference.
Christmas Wish popped into my head when a call came for a Christmas story with a fairytale spin. I started with the “what-if” question which took me round and round for a while. I wanted a story in which my protagonist will have her wish come true, but why would that wish matter? It had to be something she really cared for.
And then an idea struck. What if she has never had any fantastic Christmas and wants one? How about it becoming something for which time was ticking? And “Christmas Wish” was born.
My protagonist was abandoned as a baby. Haven spent all her life in the orphanage, Christmas was just a little different from every other day. Yet, her little Christmas book—the one that was left with her when she was abandoned—promised something different. Plus she has outgrown the orphanage and now lives there at the mercy of the sisters who run the place. Just one wish and she would be OK.
It is often a wonder what the imagination is capable of with just a what-if question. At first, it may not seem like its heading anywhere—random ideas, right? But out of those scribbles, meaningless and meaningful ones are birthed the best stories.
It’s interesting and I always love the happily ever after, after my dear, dear protagonist has gone through the wringer.
Debbie Regan has just one wish…spend Christmas in a snow globe world. All the life she knows is a bare Christmas tree and meager meals at the orphanage. And then her wish comes true, and nothing will stand in her way.
Preston Campbell isn’t looking forward to Christmas. It’s a reminder of what he’s lost—his mom. He plans to sell her Christmas gift shop and move away from Reindeer’s mountain. Yet, he has to deal with the orders he hadn’t been aware of. Forced to find help until the shop sells, he hires vivacious Debbie.
Both of them never expect the sparks that fly, or the promise the future holds.
To enter the book giveaway contest for an audio copy of Christmas Wish, leave a comment answering this question: “If asked why you love “Happily ever-afters”, what would you say?”
The contest will end next Thursday, April 13th. We will announce the winner on this blog post.