Friday, December 16, 2011

Holiday Magic

This has proved to be a wild and crazy week in the house of Barbie Jo. I have been working on a Christmas story and finally wrote "the end" on Wednesday. The story is titled: Santa Wore Combat Boots, and in 2005 it won our local newspapers Holiday Fiction Contest (it had to be a maximum 1500 words)and in 2009 it garnered the attention of Hollywood Producer/Director Doug McKeon and Marlee Matlin as a possible Hallmark Holiday movie! It was such a sweet emotional short story, I always knew I'd want to make into a full length book, and now I have!

My new debut novella, Santa Wore Combat Boots will be out on Amazon next week - just in time for Christmas. It's about what happens when a young military widow finds unexpected love wrapped in the spirit of Christmas. Here's  my blurb:

Emma Turner feels like her life ended with the death of her husband. Three years later she’s doing the best she can for her children and moving through life on autopilot. She doesn’t believe true love can happen twice in a lifetime. As a matter of fact, she doesn’t believe in much anymore. Putting her trust in one honest man might be just what she needs to move forward.
Bound by duty Jake Nicklaus never imagined he’d cross the line and fall in love with the woman he swore he’d watch over. If only he’d died on that chopper instead of her husband, she wouldn’t be hurting. The only way to heal her heart is to show her how to live again. Finding the magic in Christmas is the perfect way to start.
Will one kiss under the mistletoe change their lives forever?

I'm so excited!! I'm in the throws of editing right now so I'm keeping my post short. I've got a couple more hours before I have to take #2 son to the orthodontist, then run errands to pick up food, drinks, etc.. because I've invited friends over to share my hubbies birthday and celebrate the season! Oh yeah, I still have to clean my house too. Not to mention my Diva has volleyball practice until 5:00, and people are coming around 6. my M&M peeps know all too well, Barbie thrives on flying by the seat of her pants and working under the gun. Talk about holiday magic!

Booyah, people! Game on! And to be totally cliche.... There's no rest for the wicked!!

p.s. - But Santa knows I'm really good! :-)


Cassy Pickard said...

Barbie Jo: Your story sounds great! The holiday spirit is magical. I'm just back from my crazy traveling week ready to put more magic into today's writing. Thanks for the blurb. I'm ready to order!

Liz Lipperman said...

Your Christmas story sounds terrific. And kudos to you for getting it finished in time for the holidays. Let us know immediately when it goes live...hello, what am I thinking?? You'll be shouting it from the rooftops. (I love cliches, BTW,)

And congrats on your first published story!!

Donna Cummings said...

Oh, I'm definitely adding this one to my e-reader! It sounds really great. Congrats on getting it out there!

Now I'm gonna go take a nap--I'm tired from reading all the stuff you have to do today. LOL

Lindsay said...

Love the story and I can't wait to get it.
Oh, I'm sure you'll get everything ready in time for the guests arriving

Barbie Jo Mahoney said...

Thanks everyone! I can't wait to see the cover. I came up with a couple different options and left it in the designers hands.

And yes, I amazed myself and finished everything on my list, including pizza delivery all within perfect timing for hubby to open some gifts with the kids before guest arrived.

A house full of friends until the wee hours of the morning was a great way to spend the evening.

And Liz, we are not even thinking of starting our own bunko group!

Oh soon as it's up and live I will be ALL OVER the place.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Oh yeah, partied until 1 a.m.
Was sooo tired but had so much fun hanging with my Barbie Jo :-)
And I think you mean we ARE thinking of starting our own Bunco group! Game on!
I can't wait for your story to go live. It's so sweet it made me cry.