Christmas is coming, and with that holiday season comes more Christmas romances. If you don’t now, I love Christmas and Christmas romances. So, to fill out the rest of the Thursdays this year, I’m hosting fellow authors and their Christmas novels. Today’s guest is Tabitha Bouldin. Tabitha will be talking about her Contemporary Christian Romance Holiday book Christmas in Jingle Junction. Welcome, Tabitha.
Christmas has always been my favorite time of year. Not because of Santa Claus or the presents but because our family always makes such an effort to come together at Christmastime. I think that’s where I found the theme for my Second Chance Christmas collection and Wish Upon a Star, in particular.
Since I found myself creating an entire town’s worth of people, I decided to make up the town too, thus, Jingle Junction was born. This way, it could have everything I wanted and be as quirky as the stories needed.
This collection is all about coming home, even for the folks who’ve lived in Jingle Junction all their lives. While the thought of coming home usually brings a physical home to mind, there are a few characters who’ve drifted away from God and need a little reminder that He is the king of all.
Jingle Junction has the small-town charm and the stories are happily ever after, but there are always problems to overcome and characters in need of help.
I started writing Christmas in Jingle Junction after finishing a rather heavy series. I knew I wanted fun, lighthearted romance and a lot of humor. I wanted characters who could banter without becoming offended and even a few times when precocious children do what children do best. I still hear Anna’s laughter in my head when I imagine a scene that resulted in Bryce becoming an abominable glitterman. The inspiration for some of the conversations in both stories, which play up the humor, come from debates my husband and I find ourselves having, ie: favorite superheroes and whether below freezing temperatures are an acceptable time to eat ice cream.
Christmas in Jingle Junction
by Tabitha Bouldin
Bryce Masters had everything he needed…or so he thought. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, would disagree. They were going home, moving back to Jingle Junction where Bryce would take over the local bookstore just in time for Christmas. Losing his wife, Molly, during the birth of their daughter six years ago was tragic, but Bryce has no idea just how much it weighs on young Anna’s heart until she confesses her deepest wish. What Anna wants for Christmas is a mother, but Bryce’s heart is not ready to love again. Only God can give Bryce the desire to make Anna’s wish come true. Only He can heal the hurt and open Bryce’s heart to the power of love. But Bryce will have to be willing to listen. And when the perfect woman reveals a secret that could devastate them all, will Bryce be able to look beyond what was and accept what might be?
Even knowing this was what God wanted, Bryce had been afraid. Moving was a big deal. Leaving his dependable job – with its benefits and secure income – had taken a lot of prayers and even more faith. While owning a bookstore had always been a dream of his, the reality of its insecurity burdened him. He had to shove those thoughts aside at least once a day. The Bible says to cast your cares upon the Lord, and he did. Then he snatched them back up again and worried them like a dog with a bone. No matter how many times he put them down, Bryce found himself coming back to the same problem again and again. Like now. Once again, he found himself struggling to justify dragging his daughter several states away from everything that was familiar. It might be his dream, but she was the one having everything she knew ripped from beneath her. Only the certainty that this was what God wanted gave Bryce the strength to shut off the truck engine and give Anna a nudge. “We’re here.”
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About the Author:
Tabitha Bouldin is a student at Southern New Hampshire University, where she will soon graduate with a Bachelor’s in Creative Writing. In 2020 she will have a story released in Chicken Soup for the Soul and is currently working on a 5-book series with Celebrate Lit Publishing.