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Book Excerpt – Sweet Noel

Book Excerpt – Sweet Noel

Sweet Noel

by Jeanette Lewis

Neither is looking for love, but is love looking for them?

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“How was the drive?” he asked, unable to help himself.

She rolled her eyes. “That thing is a devil to drive, and you know it.”

“Oh, come on, it couldn’t have been that bad,” he said.

“You’re lucky I didn’t leave it by the side of the road and call an Uber,” Gina huffed. “If you make big money-winning sculpture contests, why do you drive such a piece of crap?”

“Hey!” He was genuinely offended on behalf of the van. “That old girl and I have been through a lot together.”

“Obviously,” she sniffed. But beneath the frown, he caught a gleam in her eye, a teasing spark he hadn’t seen before.

“Well, I need to go help start dinner,” Gina finally said when the silence had stretched too long.

Noel’s brain felt stuck. Here was the perfect chance to find something clever to say, something to impress her, and he’d choked. “Hey, before you go …”

She stopped, giving him a questioning look, and his brain churned frantically. Before you go … what? Tell me why you got divorced. Are you over him? When’s your birthday? Do you like sushi?

“Help me prop up my leg?” he finally said. Oh, good one, Hamilton.

Gina pointed at the stack of throw pillows on the bed. “You can’t prop up your own leg?”

“I can, but what if those are look-at pillows?”

Her eyebrows came together. “Look-at pillows?”

He nodded. “Doesn’t every mom have decorations around the house you’re not allowed to touch, only look at, and you’ll get in big trouble if you mess with them? I’d hate to make your mom mad; she’s being so nice to me.”

Gina’s lips twitched like she was fighting back a smile, and Noel mentally high-fived himself. He’d saved it … barely.

“Here, let me help you.” She grabbed several of the pillows and stacked them near the end of the mattress. “These are not look-at pillows.”

He tried to stifle a groan as he twisted to lift his leg onto the pillows. Gina rearranged them, helping to position them so the strain was off his knee. She was quick and efficient, but surprisingly gentle.

“Thanks,” Noel said softly.

Gina looked up, and their eyes met. Their faces were only a few feet apart, so close he could count the faint freckles dotting her nose and forehead. His heart started pounding entirely too fast. That had to be bad for someone just out of surgery, right?

“What was it at your house?” Gina asked.

“What?”

“The look-at stuff. Every mom has some, right? What was yours?”

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To read more of Sweet Noel, go here 

Available as an eBook or paperback on Amazon, or as an ebook at your favorite book retailer.

Are you ready for Christmas books?

Are you ready for Christmas books?

 

 

A sweet romance about second chances and finding the love of your life right where you left him.

Christmas in Snow Valley is the perfect way for April Winston to introduce her city slicker fiance, Scott Mecham, to life on a farm. If only Wade Hadley, hometown boy and high school sweetheart, will cooperate! But Wade has no intention of letting April go without a fight. This Christmas, he is determined to overcome their painful past and show April that she already has what she’s been seeking all along.

 

Neither is looking for love, but is love looking for them?

Gina Andrews never imagined she’d be a single mother forced to move back to Indigo Bay and live with her parents. But she’s managing, all the while holding on to hope that her ex-husband will wake up to what he’s missing and agree to try again.

Noel Hamilton is a professional drifter and artist, in that order. He’s happy going wherever the wind takes him. He seeks freedom, art, and serenity.

When Noel meets the business end of Gina’s car and ends up in the hospital, he realizes he’s going nowhere fast. And when Gina’s mother steps in to help him, Gina and Noel are thrown together to stew in their mutual dislike.

But slowly, things change and as Indigo Bay prepares for the Christmas season, Gina begins to wonder if this year could be her sweetest Noel ever.

Available as an eBook or in paperback: Here

 

She wanted to step into the warm embrace of his arms. But he was the enemy.

Lindsey Asher took the Billionaire Bride Pact at girl’s camp, but she’s never taken it seriously. Her dreams were always about building her own a bakery empire, not marrying a billionaire. Years later and all grown up, Lindsey has poured her heart and soul into Sugarbee’s Sweets in downtown Manhattan. All she wants for Christmas are good reviews from a pair of big-name food bloggers and plenty of customers to enjoy her sweet treats.

When Eric Kasabov parks his cookie cart in front of Sugarbee’s and starts stealing her customers, Lindsey’s resolve is tested. And when Eric’s partner starts causing trouble, Lindsey has to make a choice. How far will she go to save her store? Can rivalry turn to love?

Available as an eBook or in paperback: Here

More Gorgeous Christmas trees

More Gorgeous Christmas trees

Confession: I am not a good decorator. I want to be better at it, but then after about twenty minutes of fussing with my Christmas tree, I have had it and figure – meh, it works. But these people are awesome decorators and I love, love, love their trees!

Deborah A. in the US …

Anna L. who is from Ukraine, but now lives in the US …

And Marilyn L. also in the US …

That’s it for our Christmas in our Village posts for this year. I hope you’ve had as much fun as I have seeing everyone’s decorations. Much love!

Christmas with Jennifer Youngblood and Rachelle J. Christensen

Christmas with Jennifer Youngblood and Rachelle J. Christensen

Christmas Eve, Bookworms! Are you ready?

I can’t believe it’s come so fast. At our family party last night my mother-in-law commented that she could still smell Thanksgiving turkey in the house and now suddenly it’s Christmas. I agree! It’s come fast, but it’s been a great season and here are two more of my favorite authors to share their decorations with you.

Jennifer Youngblood‘s tree is so pretty and I think it has a type of Southern charm that is distinctive to her.

And Rachelle J. Christensen has a fantastic tree that reminds me so much of the fresh trees my dad used to bring down from the mountains when I was a kid. She says it looks kind of funny because it tipped over and they had to redecorate. Love it!

Our Christmas Ornament Tradition

Our Christmas Ornament Tradition

When I was five, my mom started the tradition of giving us a new ornament every year. Sometimes they were to commemorate something that had happened during the year – like when I got my first toe shoes – and other times they were simply pretty or unique ornaments. We’ve all continued the tradition with our own families and here are the ornaments I gave my four children this year …

Layla – she loves Avatar and specifically the water symbol:

Syd – she loves music. (This is a piece of sea glass with a silver note charm):

Aiden – this is the year he developed an obsession with sharks:

Evan – first year playing Lacrosse:

When we take the tree down, I’ll get out the ornaments I received as a child and take some pictures for you. Right now they’re all packed away safely out of the dog’s reach.

Christmas with Kimberly Krey and Taylor Hart

Christmas with Kimberly Krey and Taylor Hart

We’re getting down to the wire and I still have lots more pictures to show you! Here’s how two of my favorite authors decorate their trees:

Kimberly Krey uses all the ornaments her four children have made over the years. She says it’s getting a bit crowded, but they love it. I love the big letters in front of the tree, what a clever idea.

And here is Taylor Hart with her gorgeous tree and sweet doggo. I love the turquoise ribbon. So pretty!

 

Christmas Nativity Collection

Christmas Nativity Collection

My sister collects nativity sets from all over the world and they are set up all over her house this year. Aren’t they amazing? Which one is your favorite?

Christmas with Kimberley Montpetit and Christine Kersey

Christmas with Kimberley Montpetit and Christine Kersey

This is so much fun! I love getting these pictures and seeing how everyone celebrates this very special season. Today we have two more sweet romance authors.

Kimberley Montpetit has a cute little vintage car on her snow covered village roads and a tree with some gorgeous red bows.

      

And Christine Kersey’s tree is so colorful and packed with ornaments! I want to curl up in that comfy looking chair and read all day.

 

Join us in sharing the holiday traditions at your house. Email photos and/or stories to me at AuthorJeanetteLewis@gmail.com and I’ll post them here. Please include your country, state, or province so we can see how far around the world our village reaches. For privacy reasons, I will only include your first name and last initial in each post, or if you’d rather be totally anonymous, let me know.

Christmas with Cindy Roland Anderson and Cami Checketts

Christmas with Cindy Roland Anderson and Cami Checketts

Let’s visit some of my favorite sweet romance authors at Christmastime…

Cindy Roland Anderson has a beautiful, colorful tree and a Christmas village that makes you want to start caroling.

      

And here’s Cami Checketts‘ gorgeous tree (love the big snowflakes!) and her goofball son nicknamed Pizza who likes to photobomb. The cardboard image is Cami’s oldest son who is on a two-year religious mission in the Philippines and this is their last Christmas without him so they’re all excited.

      

Join us in sharing the holiday traditions at your house. Email photos and/or stories to me at AuthorJeanetteLewis@gmail.com and I’ll post them here. Please include your country, state, or province so we can see how far around the world our village reaches. For privacy reasons, I will only include your first name and last initial in each post, or if you’d rather be totally anonymous, let me know.