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Today’s Christmas Read book is A Kiss Under the Mistletoe by June Foster. June will be sharing how her sweet contemporary romance A Kiss Under the Mistletoe was born and an excerpt from the book. Welcome, June!

Thanks, Catherine.

I love to write stories about identical twins and the mishaps that come their way. I also love to feature a slightly overweight heroine. Probably because I want my girl to struggle with some of the same problems many women of today, including me, deal with. A Kiss Under the Mistletoe contains both elements.

So, when my editor called for a Christmas story about a mistake under the mistletoe, the wheels in my head started churning. What if a really good-looking youth pastor had a brother that looked exactly like him but differed in every other way? Maybe he’d be an alcoholic or a player. What if the youth pastor’s parents always forced him into the role of the good guy, and he’d accommodated them since he was a boy? Afterall, Carson Shumate had to make up for the shenanigans his brother pulled. What if one day he finally got tired of playing the role?

Then I had to ask the same questions, the what-if game concerning my heroine. This is a strategy many authors use to plan their plots. My friend and fellow writer, Fay Lamb, put me onto this method.

So, I asked my heroine, Noel Kendrick, if she trusted men, and she answered emphatically no. She went on to explain. Her father left her mother when Noel was twelve without a word to Noel. Then in college, her boyfriend misled her by dating another girl at the same time. And to make it worse, the guy was a youth pastor.

So, now I’ve set the scene for when Noel meets Carson. Now I know why she fools him into believing she’s a clerk at the local grocery store just to tease him. I also know why she’s even more suspicious of him when she sees him loading beer into his car when he’d assured her he didn’t drink.

I hope you’ll want to read A Kiss Under the Mistletoe and discover all the mishaps under the mistletoe Noel and Carson experience.

A Kiss Under the Mistletoe

By June Foster

The men in Noel Kendrick’s life have always lied to her. When she accepts her pastor’s plea to head the Christmas nativity scene project, she doesn’t realize the job requires her to work with Carson Shumate, the handsome youth pastor with midnight blue eyes. Despite her efforts to keep her emotional distance, she falls hard after a kiss under the mistletoe.

But Carson has a secret of his own. If he reveals the truth about his identical twin to his church, he fears they will fire him, and he could lose Noel.

A Kiss Under the Mistletoe is the sequel to An Unexpected Family.

EXCERPT

Noel gasped.

Carson? What? She walked closer and peered at his midnight blue eyes, shapely nose, and the lips that had so recently kissed her.

The blond glanced up at him as if he were the most wonderful man in the world and tiptoed to whisper in his ear.

He leaned forward and nuzzled her neck.

Noel couldn’t move, transfixed by the surreal scene before her. Then reality smacked her in the face, stinging her cheeks.

Carson peered down into the eyes of another woman as if enthralled by her presence.

The absurd truth impacted her like a slap to the face. He’d looked at Noel the same way. The facts slowly washed over her. Carson wasn’t who she’d thought he was.

After he released the woman, he glanced in Noel’s direction as if he’d never seen her before.

Noel crept closer, first unbelief, then anger mixed with jealousy, threatened to explode. She dug her nails into her palms until it hurt. How could he kiss another woman after he’d promised he’d never do anything to hurt her? She’d been such a fool to believe him, to trust him. He even acted as if he didn’t care whether she saw him or not.

She closed the distance between him and the girl, fury creating a fireball in her gut, begging to be released. She’d believed him when he’d said he found her overweight body alluring. Ha. He cuddled a woman with an attractively thin shape. A burning tear fell to her cheek.

Noel tried to take a breath, but the effort didn’t force air to the bottom of her lungs.

Now standing no more than five feet from them, Noel glared. There was no denying the man in front of her was Carson Shumate. “I can’t believe it.” The words gushed like water rushing along a rain-swollen river.

Carson’s eyes grew large, and he stared at her. The creep. He never thought she’d spot him in Riverview, no doubt.

“Aren’t you going to introduce me to your other girlfriend?”

“Other girl friend?” Carson took a few steps away from the girl. “What are you talking about?”

“Don’t play innocent with me.” Noel couldn’t gain control. She turned toward the petite woman. “You may want to know your boyfriend is a player. He’s been stringing me along while he’s with you.”

The other woman glared at Carson. “Is that true?”

“No.” He raised his palms like a thief in surrender. “Let me explain.”

Noel puffed a fast breath. Carson had denied dating her.

She wasn’t about to stand for his concocted story, trying to get himself out of trouble. As one last blast of anger shot through her, her hand obeyed the command her emotions ordered. She tightened her fist and punched him hard, under the sternum.

“Arg.” Carson grabbed his stomach and bent forward.

When he straightened, the girlfriend whacked his cheek. “You jerk. Don’t bother calling me anymore.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

An award-winning author, June Foster is also a retired teacher with a BA in Education and a MA in counseling. She is the mother of two and grandmother of ten. June began writing Christian romance in 2010. She penned her first novel on her Toshiba laptop as she and her husband traveled the US in their RV. Her adventures provide a rich source of information for her novels. She brags about visiting a location before it becomes the setting in her next book.

To date, June has written twenty-two contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels and novellas. She loves to compose stories about characters who overcome the circumstances in their lives by the power of God and His Word. June uses her training in counseling and her Christian beliefs in creating characters who find freedom to live godly lives. She’s published with Winged Publications. Visit June at www.junefoster.com to see a complete list of her books.

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