Day 11 - VL Locey
Hi there! I’m so darn excited to be taking part in RJ’s Advent Calendar again this year.
There’s something special about the holidays. Even though I’m no fan of TONS OF SNOW as RJ can attest to, I still have to confess to finding it a beautiful sight. Here in the mountains of Pennsylvania we can get buried in the white stuff and it is a magical moment when I walk outside in the morning and the world is silent and covered with an ivory blanket. Living where I do – surrounded by state forest and game lands – the natural beauty of winter is seen everywhere.
That beauty is what spurred me to start my Laurel Holidays series of Christmas stories. All the novels in this standalone series are set in parts of New York State and Pennsylvania where the mountain laurel grows rich and thick. Most are small town holiday stories which I just adore as I live in a really rural community along the NY/PA border. So these books are set in my backyard! Well, aside from the chickens and geese that roam my acreage. *wink*
Thank you so much for dropping by for a visit. I hope you have a joyous and loving holiday season!
CONTEST (CLOSES DECEMBER 15)
I’m going to give one lucky person the chance to win the first two Laurel Holidays books, The Christmas Oaks, AND The Christmas Pundit! All you have to do is leave a comment down below telling me what your favorite holiday tradition. Be it baking cookies, wrapping presents, or trimming the tree. Whatever it is that you look forward to the most about the holidays share it with me. One commenter will be chosen randomly to win both books. Good luck!
The Christmas Tenor
Speaking of my Laurel Holidays books, here’s some info on the newest one, The Christmas Tenor, which released on November 17th of this year.
A trip that he thought would bring him only pain is about to present him with the greatest gift of all.
For three years now, Cabriolet Vermat has put off, wiggled out of, and outright lied to get out of making this dreaded trip east. The owner of Cabriolet Chauffeur Services in Los Angeles has avoided the yearly invitation to the small town of White Bridge, New York, to speak at their alumni winter gathering but this year they’ve outfoxed him. They’re throwing a dinner to honor his late partner’s dedication to his alma mater and have asked Cab to speak. This time he has to go no matter how much pain it will stir up. Arriving in the picturesque small town beside one of the Finger Lakes, Cab is treated to a special performance of holiday songs and there he sees Julian Gabriel Baez for the first time.
The young singer captivates him immediately, and he finds himself seeking out the much younger man after the performance. The pull he feels toward Jules is unlike anything he’s felt since he met his partner years ago. Confusion and desire war within him, but the outgoing young tenor wins him over with his engaging smile and kind heart. A two-day trip soon turns into an extended holiday vacation. Cab worries that the magic of Christmas will quickly fizzle out and he’ll be alone once more. Or will this festive season bestow a blessing of the heart upon a man who thought he would never love again?
The Christmas Tenor is a standalone small-town gay Christmas romance with a beautiful May-December relationship, a lonely widower, a rising opera star, loving families, and plenty of holiday joy.