A Christmas of Memories

T’is the Season to be jolly. Not really. Not this season, as we wonder collectively: “What will happen this year?” Christmas 2020 will be different for many people. For us, it will mean no family gathering. As I set my few Christmas decorations, I can’t help smiling at the incredible work and fun previous Christmas family reunions meant.

I used to cook for days and set a lovely table. The place would turn into a happy mess a few minutes after my young guests arrived, and the kids would insist on cleaning.

My Christmas decorations are cheering the place and reminding me that true happiness come from the heart. A two-foot tree is standing on a side table and decorated with a string of tiny lights, colored bulbs, and tiny Santas. I remove it and store it in its box every year. A Santa Claus that a friend of my mother gave me for my daughter’s birth, and a Nativity in Lenox, a Christmas gift from my mother many years ago, complete my decorations.

I count my blessings every day. The vaccines are coming and we have something to celebrate.

Over the past two months I published more books than in the past two years and contributed novels to several Authors’ Billboard anthologies.

So yes, it’s the Season to be Jolly. 

Love You, Doc series:
A Complete Family: Nurse Melody is continuously late at work. Determined to find out the reason for her tardiness, Dr. Aidan visits her house, unintentionally scares her little daughter, and is attacked by her vicious German shepherd. But attraction sizzles…
Love in the ER: Despite a traumatic experience, a young doctor with a four-year-old daughter returns to work in the ER. Will the charming Chief of ER make her job easier or more difficult?
Love on the Slopes: A victim of mockery, Gabriella hides her pain and limp. After saving her from a ski accident, can Dr. Nathan win her love and rebuild her knee?
Secret Kisses: Three friends have the misfortune of falling in love with men of different religions. Will they manage to convince their families to let them marry for love or will tradition tear the lovers apart?
The Senator’s Family Series, Part 2:
Sunshine Over Snow: When his children manage to ruin his second wedding, Brad is caught between a furious fiancée and an offended ex-wife, both determined to keep him and make him pay for his mistakes.
His Son, Her Daughter: High school sweethearts reunited after twenty years by their small children. Their conflicting baggage prevents them from fully trusting each other. Yet what wouldn’t Daniel do for his son and her daughter?
Between Babies and Girlfriends: Abandoned baby twins, a former girlfriend, an almost fiancée complicate Dr. Brian Dutton’s life to no end.
Half a Dozen with Love: At twenty, Tammy is left with the responsibility of five brothers and sisters. Dr. Jack Conan stops the Foster Care system from separating the children, but his unorthodox solution may complicate Tammy’s problems—or bring her into his arms?

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

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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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