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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

A Christmas Present - Bonus Scene


Happy Almost-New-Year! I love this week of the year, the “found” time between Christmas and New Year’s when life slows down enough for me to sit still and take stock before I turn the last calendar page. I reflect on the blessing of the past year and get excited for what’s to come. I always try to take it off from work so I can savor this time.

During this week of “bonus” time, I also have another special bonus to share! This fall, I polled my mailing list about which romance couple they’d like to check in with over the holidays. I gave everyone a choice of four books from my 2017 list and the winner was Matt and Larissa from Second Chance Cowboy. (By the way, if you’re not on my mailing list, sign up here!)  

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t was such a pleasure to revisit this couple! I gave them a happy ending in the published story, of course. But the added scene gave me a chance to think more about their happily-ever-after and what it might look like this Christmas. What a joy to savor a healthy, happy relationship between two people who are in love. So much of writing romance involves writing the conflict, the battle to overcome obstacles so the heroine has a chance to build a happy future. This scene gave me the chance to simply revel in the fun stuff.

I hope you take a peek at it, and if you like it, consider downloading the story to see how this brooding cowboy reunited with his dancer heroine in the first place! Read the bonus scene here.


And if you like my Harlequin Desires, drop by the Harlequin website this month to read a free online read of mine, Christmas with the Rich Rancher. It’s a double bonus of free for readers 😊.

Finally, I'd like to give away an advance copy of my February book, For the Sake of His Heir to one random poster who shares with me... how do you traditionally spend your week between Christmas and New Year's? Do you get some quiet time with the family? Do you like making New Year's resolutions or shopping post Christmas sales? Share with me this week and I'll send one reader a copy of For the Sake of His Heir!

15 comments:

Phyllis Lamken said...

Working quietly at home. I am enjoying the peace

Christie Sitterly said...

Reading! And I'm starting the new tradition of writing!

Donna Lawson said...

Just doing my usual reading and making flower arrangements. Hoping I might get to open my shop if not I'll continue to do them at home. Ask Karen Rock about her crazy friend that makes her laugh so hard her stomach hurts.

Teresa Fordice said...

I too take this week off. But unfortunately have been sick since Saturday night

Beth Reimer said...

I'm starting to clean up
Have this week off so glad

dstoutholcomb said...

In the past, it was a fun week with my boys, but now two are grown, so it's just the youngest and me at home while my husband works.

Denise

Nova said...

will be having New Year's Eve dinner with my 4 adult children, and then ringing in the New Year at home with my boyfriend!
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Eileen A-W said...

It's life as usual. I'm retired so I don't do much other than read and some chores around the house.

Mary Preston said...

I do tend to hit the Boxing Day sales - always with a list though. My daughter is on holidays, so lovely to have her home.

Laney4 said...

Working away at paperwork, mending, TV recordings, and scrapbooking.
Happy New Year and congrats on the latest books!

Kay Garrett said...

We are retired AND enjoying our first winter in our new home in a completely new part of the state for us – in the Ozark Mountains. So this year between Christmas and New Year we will be mostly staying in since it’s turned off so cold. We enjoy playing games, watching movies and reading LOTS of books. We are a tourist town being the Folk Music Capital of the world so it’s pretty much a slow down time for the whole time while they gear up for the 2018 events which start usually in March with the spring Bluegrass Festival.

My New Year Resolution seems to stay the same each year. It is to eat healthier - work towards becoming my ideal weight (not from a chart but what makes me feel and look better), to enjoy life as a family whether it's taking trips, doing chores or playing games but to just enjoy working and playing together, and to live life - to be a participant and not a spectator. I am looking forward to 2018 as I reflect on 2017!

Thanks for this amazing chance to win an advance copy of For the Sake of His Heir!

LynnB said...

Recovering from Christmas! :)

Diana Tidlund said...

Joanne you know me. I go shopping for next year ! Lmao

Anonymous said...


Helen G. Says,
For me it's about winding down, not really a fan of new years, I actually enjoy celebrating Chinese New Year more.

Joanne Rock said...

Kay, I have never visited the Ozarks and it is on my To-Do list! It sounds beautiful. I have a winner for you! Nova, you've got a copy of For the Sake of His Heir coming to you! I will message you privately, but all you need to is send me your mailing address. I'm at jrock008@gmail.com.

To all, have a safe, happy and healthy New Year! May 2018 bring you love and joy, and bless you richly. Thank you for being a part of the romance community, and for making me feel so welcome every time I blog. You all make my work fun and rewarding, and I can't thank you enough for that. Cheers, my friends!