With Christmas fast approaching, I thought why not ease you all into the spirit of the holiday with ten chapters from my novel, KRINGLE. Yes! Ten free chapters for you to enjoy running Monday through Thursday until November 16th. Hope you enjoy!
To catch up on the story I’ve added the Links to the end of this post.
He watched her slide out of her jeans. “Rumor has it you now test puddings with your bottom instead of your taste buds.”
She grinned. “You know me. I’m all about The Job.” She finished his schnapps. “We need to talk. But first, let’s make love.”
He hadn’t expected this. For years they’d kept the honeymoon fires simmering, mainly because Holly could go toe-to-toe with him and he found that sexy. He also never knew what she was thinking, and that made her mysterious as well as gorgeous. Then, a couple months ago, instead of affection and snappy banter, they ended their days irritated and not speaking.
Holly used Nature magick to ignite the hearth. “If you want to, that is.”
The uncertainty in her voice buckled his knees. Whatever they had to talk about had to be serious for her to disarm him with sex. Since he couldn’t remember the last time they’d had sex, he decided to sacrifice himself as a pawn for her feminine subterfuge.
Clad in shimmery-pink lingerie, his wife, whom he thought had become exceptionally beautiful over the last twenty years, reached behind her back to unclasp her bra.
~ * ~
“Well, Santa. That was naughty…and nice.”
Holly’s contented purr warmed his frozen toes. “You know my motto. Satisfaction guaranteed, or your money back.”
“Now there’s a bedroom game we haven’t played. Santa meets the Happy Hooker.”
His laughter blended with hers, leading to another satisfying round beneath the covers. When eventually they savored their afterglow, with reluctance Kris said, “Some kinda day, huh?” Too much had happened not to discuss at least a portion of it before sleep. “Time’s marching on. Our baby birds are flapping their wings.”
Her pepperminty sigh touched his heart. “I wish motherhood came with an instruction manual. Then I could pull it from my pocket and flip to the chapter entitled, Teen Girls in Love.”
“Your mother manual would need a team of Clydesdales to haul it, whereas my father manual would have just one chapter entitled, What the Faaa? How to Act as Head of Your Family without Appearing Clueless.”
“You’re not clueless.”
“Candy’s crush slipped past me. I never saw it coming.”
“I didn’t either, though I’m breathing again now that the threat of having Royal Thorne for an in-law is over.”
Kris made the sign of the cross. “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen.”
“Then this morning, she announced she’s almost engaged to Brannoc. Honestly, I didn’t have time to tell you before the meeting.”
“Candy’s a child!” He failed to keep hysteria out of his voice. “She has to grow up before she gets married.”
“I’d high-five you, but I’m too comfortable to move.”
The knot in his stomach, relaxed during lovemaking, doubled in size. “Should I ground her?”
Holly defied her statement to sit up. “She’s nineteen.”
“Nine—” Acute loss slithered through him. “Cookie said she’s almost sixteen.”
“She’ll graduate this spring. Pretty soon she’ll demand to be called Robin.”
“Why would she do that?”
Holly laughed. “You’ve forgotten that’s her given name? Remember, I fought you and your mother over naming her Sugar Cookie?”
“Oh. Well, Cookie is a family name. It’s my sister’s.”
“Who left home and changed her name to Aubrey. That’s Old French for ‘elf ruler’. You don’t think she has issues?”
~ * ~
Holly Kringle has a very full plate. She is Highest Mayor of Polartown and President of Kringle Enterprises–the company that puts the ‘Merry’ in Christmas and the ‘Happy’ in Holidays. She is also the mother of teenagers and wife to Kris Kringle–the World’s Biggest Kid. When the reindeer are poisoned three days before Eve Launch, Holly adds amateur detective to her resume. With just about everyone in Polartown under suspicion, she doesn’t have time to dwell on employee problems, personal family issues, her 50th birthday, or investigate her husband’s highly suspicious behavior. If Dancer dies, her soulmate Dasher won’t want to live without her. And like a pod of whales beaching on the shore, the remaining Famous Eight will surely follow.
10 KRINGLE chapters will post Monday through Thursday until November 16th. Naturally there is my hope that you will be caught up in the story to want to buy the book, either paperback or ebook, and to make it so much more enticing to you, I’ve dropped the prices. Plus every penny of profit will benefit cats from a local colony. All of my fur babies, except for Herman, came from that colony. While I cannot afford to adopt another cat — when I took in Candy, Elly and Chevy over the past 12 months with Els and Chev being FIV+, that brought the Wonderpurr Gang up to 13 — I would never turn away a hungry animal who wanders into my yard, especially in winter.
Hope that sounds enticing to you Christmas novel readers. And if it does, I have created three ways for you to purchase KRINGLE, if you so desire.
KINDLE eBooks – If you enjoy ebooks, KRINGLE is available on Kindle for $3.99 with a generous royalty profit of $2.73 for the kitties.
Amazon.com – You can purchase the paperback for $7.95 where the royalty is .54 (grrr) and shipping is about $4.59.
CREATESPACE – I’ve set up a Createspace store specifically for KRINGLE readers. There the book is priced at $7.95 with a royalty of $2.13 and standard shipping is about $3.59.
I hope you enjoy the ten free chapters. And if you do, please tell your friends. Better yet…buy a book, either as a gift for yourself, or for someone on your gift list who enjoys campy, funny, holiday mysteries.
Love to you all!
Kim, Herman, Dori
and the Wonderpurr Gang