Friday, December 9, 2011

Sweet Saturday Sample

Welcome! Here's another short scene from my Christmas novella, The Christmas Phoenix:

"I imagine youʹll be busy for the next month, with the

holidays coming up."

"I suppose. The orders are starting to come in, now that

some people have seen my work. But my sister Donna is expecting

me at her house in Chicago for Thanksgiving."

"That's next week."

Jake's hands froze. His jaw dropped, and his eyes opened

wide. "Next week? Oh, no. I've gotta go shopping. We're

exchanging Christmas gifts because she and her family are going

on a cruise in December." He put the bowl down and started to

pace. "I hate to shop. I never know what to buy." He looked up at

Jess. "What should I get her?"

Jess laughed. "How would I know? I've never met her."

"Well, no, but you're a woman. I thought…well, never


She took pity on him. "When do you leave for Chicago?"

"My flight leaves on Wednesday morning."

"You've got plenty of time. Finish your vases for the

banquet, and then if you want me to help you shop, call me. I've

got Monday off from the hotel."

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  1. Fun sample! So nice of her to help him. I love Christmas stories and can't wait to read more of this one :)

  2. Fun sample. Your characters are so likeable.

  3. Can't wait to read the whole thing, Patty!

  4. Jennifer, Joselyn you're both going to love the story

  5. Jess sounds like someone you'd want for a friend. Could this be the start of something more than friendship? Can't wait to hear about their shopping adventure.

  6. Shopping together can be very romantic. Love this sample, Patti.

  7. I wonder what's going to happen during their shopping spree. Lovely sample.

  8. Isn't it funny how guys always ask for advice when shopping for women? LOL! Love the real-life dialouge going on here. Great sample! :-)

  9. When men ask you to help shop for their family, usually that's a good sign! Nice job, Patty.