Santa Maybe? Santa Indeed!

ImageYou might find it hard to believe but I actually had time to read while I was tackling Nanowrimo. I’d told myself I was only going to focus on my NanoNovel but I needed distraction from time to time. There’s only so many hours a day a girl can write before her fingers cramp up. I needed something to get me in the Christmas spirit since the end of November in Stockholm was decidely rainy and dark.  Scarlett Bailey’s Christmas novella, Santa Maybe, was just thing thing to keep me from obsessing over bad weather and my never-ending To-Do list.

So what’s Santa Maybe about? Imagine you wake up in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve and you find a strange man in your bedroom–and you know you didn’t bring him home after the office Christmas party…and he’s not your boyfriend. Well, that’s what happens to Amy Tucker. She wakes up on Christmas Eve and finds a very good-looking man in a Santa suit in her bedroom. She thinks she’s dreaming, so Santa–who looks nothing like the Victorian version of Santa many of us grew up with–has to work hard to convince her that a) she isn’t dreaming and b) he really is Santa. So why is he in her bedroom? Amy is a lucky girl–she’s been chosen as the person whose Christmas wish will come true. And maybe she’ll find a little move along the way.

Santa Maybe definitely scores high on my Holiday Book Bonanza list. Scarlett Bailey has reinvented the idea of Santa for the modern woman, making him vulnerable, sexy and very real. I also loved the fun, magical feel Bailey brings to the novella. Amy’s journey with Santa is bittersweet at turns, romantic at others.  It’s a real page-turner and it captures the mood and spirit of Christmas perfectly. So if you’ve got an e-reader and you want something fun to read, you can’t go wrong with Santa Maybe. You’ll love following Amy and Santa’s incredible journey, and you’ll probably wish a sexy Santa would pop up in your bedroom. 😉

Scarlett: another hit! Going to start reading Married by Christmas later this week. 🙂

Stockholmers, buy a Christmas tree and support Stockholms Stadsmission

mission treeI already told you about my mission for the month of December–to donate all the profits from December sales of Linger: a short story and The Melanie Chronicles to Stockholms Stadsmission. Now I’ve found out that those of us in the Stockholm area can buy Christmas trees in Kungsträdgården and help support the mission at the same time. I think this is a great way to support Stockholms Stadsmisison‘s endeavors in helping the homeless, substance abusers, and at-risk women and children.

If you purchase a “typical” Swedish tree, 135 kronor will be donated to Stockholms Stadsmission. If you splurge and get the King Spruce, 185 kronor will go to the mission. Stockholmers can even order their tree online from hemgran.se and have the tree delivered to their door. But then the amount that goes to the mission is 50 or 95 kronor, depending on which type of tree you order.

For more information, click here. Note: this information is in Swedish only but you can use the translate plug-in on the website to see the info in English.

For those of you who don’t live in Sweden, I hope you’ll do something to support your local charities this holiday season. Donate old clothing that’s still in good condition to the Salvation Army or a homeless shelter. Help out at a soup kitchen or food bank. Volunteer at a senior citizen center. Volunteer at your local library and start a story hour for kids or offer to be a homework helper.

Remember the message of this season: It’s better to give than to receive. And giving doesn’t have to cost a dime.

By the way: I’m near done reading Cinder by Marissa Meyer, so later I’ll be posting a review of it and Santa Maybe by Scarlett Bailey, whom I interviewed for the blog last Christmas.

Might be time to check in with Scarlett again and see what she’s got planned for Christmas.

Happy First Advent!