Friday, December 2, 2016

Giveaway - Guest Post Karen Rose Smith - Showcase - The Maverick's Holiday Surprise

Welcome back to my Holiday blog bash featuring all things Holiday and Harlequin. Today's guest post is from Karen Rose Smith entitled White Christmas.
Enjoy the post, the showcase of her holiday HQN Special Edition novel then enter for a chance to win her gift package. Details below!

Rust Creek Ramblings 


We here at the Gazette are amazed to report that trust-fund cowboy Hudson Jones may soon be off the market. The boyish billionaire has been spending more time than ever with Bella Stockton, who manages his day-care center. It seems impossible that quiet, reserved Bella would have captured the fancy of such an alluring specimen of manhood. 

Bella finds it hard to believe herself, and she keeps pushing Hudson away. What are the odds the footloose cowboy will stick around once he finds out she can't have kids? Don't tell Bella, but our sources report Hudson has his heart set on a Christmas proposal. When he finds out the truth, will it still be a holiday to remember? 

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 WHITE CHRISTMAS by Karen Rose Smith

Just what do those words mean to you?

For me they invoke many feelings. It's one of the reasons I like to put a bit of snow in my holiday romances.  In THE MAVERICK'S HOLIDAY SURPRISE, snow enhances searching for a Christmas tree and the winter ambiance of Montana. 

When I was in kindergarten, more eons ago than you probably remember, there was an evening social for parents and kids and teachers.  What stands out in my memory is one of the parents--a man who was as smooth a singer as Bing Crosby or Michael Buble--singing White Christmas. That was my first memory of the song, one that became a ballad to listen to every Christmas.

White Christmas also calls up childhood memories when I wished for snow on Christmas Eve.  Why?  Because that pristine white conveyed the message that something awesome was about to happen.  Family lived close and snow simply meant putting chains on the tires to get where we wanted to go.  Snow meant that maybe on Christmas Day after dinner,  together with my cousins, I could build a snowman.

Moving forward a bit, I wished for a little snow on Christmas Eve but not much because my parents wouldn't be able to drive to our house to watch our son open his presents or listen to him chatter about Santa eating the cookies he left out for St. Nick the night before.  White Christmas evokes recollections of Christmas concerts, carol sings and midnight Mass.

Now...  White Christmas means watching the movie at least once in the days leading up to the holiday, tearing up at those last scenes when the generals' men stand to acknowledge him, when the romances end the way they were meant to.  It means baking cookies and breads like my mom and grandma once baked. But the words 'white Christmas" also mean family having problems flying, delays, a possible postponement of holiday celebrations with friends who now drive farther than the next neighborhood.  Nevertheless, every year we adjust.  Skype is a practical possibility.

White Christmas will always mean something special to me...something magical...something inspiring that nothing else can match.

If you'd like to share your memories about white Christmases, feel free. And have a wonderful holiday.

All the best of the season,
Karen Rose Smith

USA Today Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith's 100th novel is a 2018 release. Her passion is caring for her four rescued cats...and other felines who stop by in winter. Her hobbies are gardening, cooking, watercolor painting and photography. An only child, Karen delved into books at an early age. Even though she escaped into story worlds, she had many cousins around her on weekends. Families are a strong theme in her novels in both her mysteries and romances. After writing romances for 20 years, she began writing women's fiction and cozy mysteries. She hopes to write novels in all of these genres for many years to come.

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