Merry Christmas to all! My name is Diana Tobin and I love this time of year. For many years I collected so many ornaments and decorations I could’ve put a certain card store out of business; or, perhaps, I kept them in business. I also spent a lot of time painting a ceramic village, which my granddaughter now sets up each year, complete with Santa in his sleigh flying overhead. Not any easy task, trust me. Over the years my family’s traditions have changed and grown along with the change and growth of the family, as well as changes and growth in the valley we call home. What never changes is the magic of Christmas. I believe in magic and miracles, especially when powered by love, and while it can happen any time of year, it is strongest now.
Wanting to share some of the fun and excitement of our traditions, a Christmas story seemed the best way. You can get a peek at some of the happenings around our town, while sharing in the joy of love. And, who better to bring about the magic of Christmas than Santa, or in this case, Nick St. Clair in SANTA NICK.
Blurb: With Christmas on the way six year old Faith Reynolds is determined to get the very best present ever for her widowed mother – a new husband – but one that would be a nice daddy, too. Though Faith’s mother, Jenny, is not a big believer in Santa, a chance meeting with handsome high school teacher Nick St. Clair might just change everything.
Nick portrays Father Christmas at the yearly holiday celebration in nearby Jacksonville. When he hears Faith’s heartfelt Christmas wish, he makes one of his own – and Santa Nick gets what he wants!
But Jenny’s heart has been betrayed by her deceased husband, and she’s not sure she can ever trust again. Can Nick bring the joy of Christmas and a loving relationship into Jenny’s life? Making Jenny and little Faith his own family could be the Christmas magic they all need!
Nick slid his arm along the back of the bench behind Jenny, turning to speak to her and Faith. “You don’t have your Christmas tree yet?”
Jenny could feel the heat from Nick’s body and had to stop herself from leaning into him. “We’re going to look for one this afternoon.”
“My uncle has a tree lot. If you can wait until I finish out here, I’ll take you out to get one,” Nick offered.
“You mean we can chop one down,” Faith asked with excitement.
“Usually we take a saw,” Nick said on a chuckle.
“Won’t it be too dark by then,” Jenny asked.
“I think we can close the North Pole early today.”
“Oh, puleez, Mama.” Faith bounced up and down on the seat as she clung to Jenny’s arm. “Can we go cut down our own tree?”
Nick put his lips near Jenny’s ear. “It’s something she asked for,” he whispered. He felt her shiver and hoped he was the cause, not the weather.
Jenny moved closer to Faith before turning toward Nick. She didn’t meet his gaze, looking just beyond his shoulder. “Are you sure it will be all right if you leave early?”
“I’m sure of it,” he stated. “Especially if I find a replacement elf for our ailing one.”
Faith stood up to ask more questions of the driver giving Jenny a chance to speak some what privately with Nick.
“Did she really ask to cut down a tree?” She turned her head and found her face much too close to Nick’s. If she leaned forward just the tiniest bit her lips would be on his. She could see, for the first time, what it was like to kiss a bearded man. Realizing where her thoughts were going, she faced forward, gazing at the brick building across the street as if she found it mesmerizing.
Nick leaned a bit closer, letting his chest touch her shoulder, but keeping his lips to himself. “It was one of her wishes,” he said quietly. “I can’t tell you what else she asked for. At least, not till after Christmas.”
I hope you enjoy SANTA NICK. I wish you all the joy, love, and magic of the season!
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