Holiday Novella

Mary J McCoy-Dressel, A holiday romance novella, Secret Santa's Rundown Sleigh, two-hour read, New Release post


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A feel-good holiday romance novella. The heat level in this little tale is toned down and not steamy like my other books and exactly what I wanted for this story. However, it does contain kissing, mild cursing, and alcoholic beverages.

Why does a stroke of bad luck happen now while on her way to Mackinaw City, Michigan on a blustery weekend? Two days before Christmas, Terra Westbrook and her young daughter have nowhere to stay. How can she convince her child that Santa will find her while sleeping in their car in a gas station parking lot—if they don’t die from hypothermia first? For her child’s sake, she accepts an invitation of a warm home from a resident in the village, but Terra soon learns, the kind person had no right to offer. However, she never expects the homeowner to be a lonely widower who hides tenderness and a big secret under his hard-hearted exterior.

Jude Overton isn’t interested in a relationship let alone a wife. He tried marriage once. Sometimes his heart still aches. Now, if only his sister would get the message to stop matchmaking him with single women. His life is complete raising his daughter. He’s doing the best he can to make her happy. Jude accepts this as enough until he gazes into a stranger’s melancholy eyes that hold an unspoken yearning. As the big day rolls around, he expects it’ll be just another day like the past five Christmases as a single dad, but maybe this year, it’s a good thing his sister chooses to ignore his wishes.

More About This Book:

This is different from the other books I write. For example:

  • It’s shorter–the low end of novella size. Two-hour read.
  • It isn’t a western romance. Don’t worry, I gave my hero horses!
  • It takes place in Northern Lower Michigan, my home state, and where, as a child, I used to spend time with my grandmother, aunt and uncle, and six cousins, and even more cousins and aunts and uncles when all of our families congregated there. Four of my cousins and their families still live “up north.”
  • It’s toned down in the heat department. Not steamy like my other books.

I wrote a blog post HERE with an extended excerpt. 

Imprisoned in a Cowboy’s Heart, (Two-Five Ranch Outlaws) was also released on this day. It’s book one in a brand-new series!