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The Perfect Holiday! Welcome to Christmas on Mimosa Lane…

November 04, 2012 By: Guestauthor Category: Blogroll, Guest Blogger, Latest News 8 Comments →

Christmas on Mimosa Lane’s Polly Lombard knows how to make this holiday absolutely perfect for her and her dad—she’ll forget all the wonderful things she did with her recently deceased mom. She’ll stop being sad, everyone will stop worrying about her, and her memories will stop making her and her dad, Pete, so lonely.

Mimosa Lane’s school nurse, Mallory Phillips, is exactly the person to help her. Mallory just moved onto the lane and loves Christmas so much and has THE BEST sparkly tree in the world and never wants Polly to talk about her mom. And Mallory never, ever makes Polly feel bad about how she’s feeling or what she’s thinking. Mallory will know exactly what to do, to make all the bad things in Polly’s world go away just in time for Christmas.

 

Of course Mallory’s idea of perfection isn’t the same as Polly’s.

And Mallory’s running from her own bad memories. Secrets she doesn’t want her new neighbors to know stalk first her dreams and then her tranquil new life on this sleepy, picturesque cul-de-sac north of Atlanta,Georgia. The damaged parts of her connect with the Lombards on an undeniable level that quickly grows into love—just in time for Mallory’s demons to drop back into her life. By Christmas, she needs help, her new community and a family of her own more than she ever has before.

I adore writing stories that reveal the most beautiful and the most flawed parts of human nature. I hope Polly’s and Pete’s and Mallory’s triumph over difficulty brings to life for you how hope and love heal troubled souls, until we flourish like a perfect Christmas morning.

To celebrate Christmas on Mimosa Lane‘s release and Romance Junkies awesome promotion for this first book in my Seasons of the Heart series, I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift certificate today!

To enter, read this excerpt and answer the following question in the comments: “What Disney cartoon character is Mallory wearing on her pajamas in the opening of Christmas on Mimosa Lane?”

Then tell us your favorite holiday memory or what  you would do with those you love on your ideal Christmas. I’d love to hear your stories, too!

I also have a contest currently running on my author blog, where tons of folks are sharing poignant holiday and family memories like the ones Mallory and Pete and Polly share in my novel, and we’re having a blast. The winner over there will receive an amazing vintage Trifari Rudolf pin like one of the treasures little Polly cherished from her mother’s collection in COML.

So scoot over and enter there as well, and tell us a bit about your Christmases past…

Thanks Romance Junkies readers, for having me over today.

You ladies ROCK!

Visit me any time you like at my blog, my Facebook page, Twitter, or Pinterest.

And before I go, here’s another glimpse of Christmas on Mimosa Lane

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 Anna DeStefano presents a touching Christmas story about love, loss, and healing—and the joys of coming home.

“A terrific read…by this standout author!” ~~ 4 1/2 Stars from Romantic Times

“Furls around your heart like a Christmas ribbon.” ~~NYT Best-selling Author Lori Wilde

“A charming, tender delight. Anna DeStefano is a treasure.” ~~NYT Best-selling Author Teresa Medeiros

 

A childhood spent on the streets leaves Mallory Phillips longing for a normal life and a perfect Christmas. Now an elementary school nurse in Chandlerville, Georgia, Mallory’s dream to blend into the picturesque community isn’t working out. She’s once more living a loner’s existence. Then an emotionally fragile seven-year-old appears in her living room in the middle of the night, and Mallory’s isolated world is turned upside down.

This is Polly Lombard’s first Christmas without her mother, and she won’t utter a word to anyone—except Mallory. She believes Mallory holds the key to helping her father overcome his sadness. Despite Pete Lombard’s lingering grief over his wife’s death and concern for his daughter, his resistance to their mysterious neighbor crumbles as he spends more time with Mallory and falls for her amazing heart. But when her past returns to haunt her, is Mallory strong enough to keep the Lombard family in her life? And can the spirit of Christmas heal these broken souls and bring them all the joyous, loving holiday they deserve?

 

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