10 Award winning and best-selling authors have collaborated to bring you 10 new Holiday stories all taking place in the fictitious, little New England town of Dickens.
Welcome to Dickens—a quaint New England town bustling with excitement and anticipation for the upcoming Christmas holiday. We have the annual tree lighting in the town square, a snowman building competition, ice skating on Grosvenor’s Pond, and horse-drawn sleigh rides. You’re welcome to cut down your own Christmas tree at Gridley Meadows or join in the caroling on the Common.
Dickens offers an abundance of heartfelt wishes, a few much needed miracles, and—quite possibly—a touch of magic! Families reunite, new friends are made, and old flames take a second chance at happiness. All while celebrating this most joyful time of the year.
The book is available at many ebook retailers. You can preorder your copy for only 99 cents here: Christmas Comes to Dickens
And because the holiday season is meant for baking and making cookies, the authors in the anthology have also put together a companion cookie recipe book that’s FREE!!! Download your copy here: Christmas Comes to Dickens Cookie Companion
My contribution to the anthology is a novella called SANTA’S WISH.
Roz Henry’s world has collapsed. She’s lost her boyfriend and her job. Her grandfather is sick. Christmas with her grandparents brings her face-to-face with her old boyfriend, the boy next door. Cooper Brown has his own problems dealing with the death of his wife. Forced together during holiday festivities, they slowly rekindle their love. Will Christmas magic help them overcome Roz’s career ambitions and Cooper’s grief, and bring them together for a second chance at love?
I used a personal experience to start the story. Many of us have been “laid off,” “RIF’d” or fired from a job. It’s a traumatic event, and it happened to me a few times in my career. I chose to include a reference to dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease because I’ve known several friends whose loved ones have contracted this terrible illness. Ultimately, I wanted to leave my characters with hope and create a happily-ever-after love story for Roz and Cooper, especially at Christmas.