Thank you from the Ladies at the Billboard!

I wanted to take this time to thank our 18 Author Billboard ladies who posted the previous segments about the books they submitted to the Dear Santa 2020 Christmas box collection. They all wrote about why they created their particular stories, and each and every one of them was heartfelt and lovely.

More importantly, I also wanted to thank those of you who took the time to read our blogs posts and support us.

So you’re aware – we truly appreciate every one of you and love that you’ve stuck with us through these emotional times we’re going through.

It’s been a super goal of ours to produce the best stories we can to entertain you for the season and give you many moments of holiday spirit.

Therefore, I wanted to let you know that with your help, our box set is now a #1 BESTSELLER in many categories.

I took a copy from the Amazon.com page to show you how well we’re performing… I just had to. (hopefully, tomorrow we’ll see the rank even closer to #1)

Best Sellers Rank: #395 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)

#1 in World Literature Short Stories

#1 in Stepparenting & Blended Families

#1 in Adoption (Kindle Store)

Because the USA Today folks count the numbers from all the venues and expect a certain percentage to come from other retailers beside Amazon, I’m hoping that people will buy on those places as well.

If you haven’t had a chance to see the wonderful video our member, Nancy Radke, set up on UTube for us, I’ve added it here.

Mimi XOXO

Zsuzsa’s Christmas Wish by Nancy Radke


I like writing stories with some humor in them, often using animals such as the dog,
Brat, in Avalanche Puppy. My book, Zsuzsa’s Christmas Wish, in the Dear Santa set centers around Percival, a mule that won’t stay in his corral. The owner of the mule, Zsuzsa, writes a letter to Santa asking for a strong man who will fix her fences. Percival discovers the horses at a neighboring ranch and always ends up visiting there. Since that ranch is owned by two handsome cowboys, Glen and Kevin, the mule becomes the link to bring Kevin and Zsuzsa together. Glen has his romance told in my next story, which will be a short one in our New Year’s Shorts set.

I’ve always owned horses, not mules, but my father, a wheat and cattle rancher, used
four horses and thirty-six mules to pull his combine and other farm equipment, back
in the time before tractors. His favorite riding animal was a white mule, which he
preferred over the horses. I wrote about another mule, one called General Wheezer, in my book, The Quietest Woman in the South. That mule was lethal at both ends, but put a small child on him, and he was the perfect babysitter.

The Dear Santa set contains 18 brand new novellas by your favorite authors. Here’s a short video overview.

My romances are always clean and wholesome, although if there are villains, I do kill them off in various ways. I usually write one novel and three novellas a year. Look for my books under my name and also in many of the Authors’ Billboard sets.

What would the holiday season be without a party? We are holding a Facebook Party with lots of gifts at our ABB Party Place. Be sure to preorder the Dear Santa set so that you’ll have it this month.

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Toy Soldier Christmas: A Christmas Wish

Christmas is a magical season because our hopes and wishes turn towards love, family and friends. No matter how the rest of the year has been, we can always look forward to wishes come true. I grew up paging through the Sears Christmas Wish book, dogearring pages and wondering what my father would wish for. I even looked through the Craftsmen tools and the “boring” adult sections. While I wished for rock tumblers, hula hoops, bead and craft sets, my sister wanted a dog, and my brother wished for electronic sets. Some years, we wished for my dad’s job or his health, and the year my grandfather was sick, we wished for him to get well.

Sometimes, it’s not the wishes that came true that are important, but the ones which spurred you to take action or make changes to improve yourself that make a big difference. When I was invited to participate in the Dear Santa: A Christmas Wish set, I thought about a wish that didn’t come true. My grandfather still passed away, but the many hours praying and wishing for him to recover changed me from a girl hiding the Sears catalog under my bed.

Dear Santa: A Christmas Wish – 18 author brand-new never published before Christmas romances

Purchase places:

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My story is called “Toy Soldier Christmas”.

One of my unfulfilled Christmas wishes was a Nutcracker toy soldier. I thought it would be cool to have one that could really truly crack nuts. When I sat down to write my story, I thought about the theme of the Nutcracker, where broken toys are to be cherished and not discarded. An image of a broken soldier came to me, a man who lost parts of his body returning home and dreading the holidays. My friend who I walk with works at a place fitting prosthesis for breast cancer survivors and that inspired me to write about a woman who also believes she is broken.

Both Nutmeg Brown and Craig Brockman are facing their first Christmas after their traumas and are in denial. They wish someone can fix their broken lives, but they turn away from family and friends. Nutmeg heads to Christmas Creek and finds a broken Nutcracker soldier under her Christmas tree. It’s the one she lost long ago and thought her mother threw away. She tucks her broken nutcracker doll in her bed, but when she wakes up the next morning with a real soldier, the fun and games and the healing begins–but not without a few failed wishes and a change of heart.

Toy Soldier Christmas by Rachelle Ayala in Dear Santa: A Christmas Wish

I hope you will enjoy Nutmeg and Craig’s Winter Wonderland of Wishes. May all your wishes come true or lead to another wish. Looking forward to sharing all of the Dear Santa stories with you this October 27. [Pre-order our set today so you don’t forget and join us at a Dear Santa Party on Facebook, October 28. Please Join the ABB Party Place beforehand.]

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Dear Santa – Alone at Christmas

Hi There – It’s nice to visit every so often. I like to update you on what our members of The Authors’ Billboard are working on – especially during this season.

We love having you as followers, and as a group of authors, we always want to provide you with the best entertainment possible, and at the best price.

Therefore, a bunch of us – 18 to be exact – have gotten together and brainstormed a new collection called “Dear Santa – a Christmas Wish“. After discussing how we can satisfy a single niche during this special season, we decided that there were a lot of subjects we could use, Christmas babies, or puppies, or a second chance at love. Goodness, there were just so many paths to take. But one of our lovely ladies suggested we do it all and use Christmas wishes as our strategy. Wow – that resonated with everyone and so Dear Santa began to take shape.

Now… it’s ready for your holiday reading – Only 99 cents!

Purchase places:

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***As most authors know, USA Today folks will calculate a percentage of sales from each store where it’s available, and so we hope to interest those of you who can buy from venues other than Amazon.

Purchase Places:

AMAZON.COM, AMAZON.CA, AMAZON.UK, AMAZON.AU, KOBO, B&N

***Amazon has promised Book Bites 13 will be free asap! I’m hoping it’s free now, but if not, please check back. Just so you know, I’ve written them again and begged! :->

We also organized a freebie called “Book Bites 13 – Dear Santa” and will be showing that as often as possible, especially in our weekly newsletters. This set has a collection of the first chapters of each of the 18 books and is a glimpse into what you will be receiving when you purchase the complete collection – Dear Santa – A Christmas Wish.

Because we’re so excited about this new collection and have challenged ourselves to take it as far as the USA Today list, of course with your help, we’ve decided to bring you a new post every day starting today. Each post will highlight one of the 18 brand new stories inside this wonderful cover.

I opted to be first…

My story is called “Alone at Christmas”.

I came up with this idea a long time ago when I was quite young and travelling to visit my folks for Thanksgiving. I met a chatty young woman on the bus who had no place to be that holiday. She was old enough to leave her family and was setting out to return to a small town a half day’s travel from where I was getting off. She’d chosen to go there because it was where her family had vacationed during earlier happy years, and she remembered it fondly. Having no place of her own, she’d decided to make a new life for herself in this strangely familiar setting, get a job, build a future, and try to be happy.

At one point, she left the bus to stretch her legs and her wallet had fallen from her purse. I spotted it and returned it as soon as she re-entered. Her expression made me understand that without that wallet, she would have been destitute. I warned her to be more vigilant, and she promised she would keep the strap around her neck at all times, and the purse zipped up.

Poor little auburn-haired beauty, so determined to make good, be strong and find her way. I would have scooped her up and brought her with me if I could have. I often wondered what had happened to her.

When it came time to write this story, she popped into my head, and I realized that if I were her, my wish from Santa that year would have been to find a special someone… so I wasn’t alone.

Tara overcomes her fears of being alone at Christmas by taking a bus trip to Carlton Grove where she once experienced happiness amongst kind people. Losing her purse during the trip results in her being stranded on the snow-filled streets. When the whines of a trapped puppy entice her to enter a dark, derelict house, she stumbles upon a stranger wounded and unable to move. Doing everything in her power to help them both, she strives to keep them warm during the vicious storm raging against the dilapidated building.

Once Ollie rouses, he finds the girl of his dreams doing everything she can to rescue him from the freezing elements. Being a firefighter, he’s usually the savior in these dire situations. Mind you, he’ll have a chance when she becomes injured in a freak accident. Will he have gained enough strength to save her when she needs him the most?