Kringle Chapter 5 Part 3

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.

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Kris buried his face in his hands. “Time’s moving too fast.”

Holly patted his back. “There, there. Cooper still plays with his sock puppet, Mister Stinkytoes.”

“At least someone in this house refuses to grow up.” He hugged her. “I’m sorry. I made you my scapegoat for Candy’s enga-ga–” He swallowed hard. “Forgive me?”

“Absolutely. However your snarl about me not having supreme power over you will come up in future arguments if we don’t deal with it now. Where’d that come from?”

“Not sure. Surprised me, too. Maybe it stemmed from Erik making me feel in the way.”

“You know the first twenty-four hours are critical.”

“He called me an amateur detective.”

“He can’t afford to make mistakes. Has he found any leads?”

“No. Oh! J.J. Rime bought the Tattle, Polar Fitness and PolarPointe. And Jack Frost is back in town.”

Holly moaned. “And to think this morning all I had to be upset about was when Dad refused to eat oatmeal.”

He waited for her to mention his sugar-abuse. When she left it unspoken, he decided he didn’t want silence to underscore the memory. “You think Frost poisoned them?”

“What’s his motive?”

“He hates me.”

“You two knocked heads as schoolmates, but we played Euchre with Jack and Gitta before their divorce.”

“Jack’s involved. I’ll call an emergency S. C. Commission meeting. There has to be a loophole big enough to shove him through and out of town for good.”

“I know the Santa Clause inside out. Jack is Natural Born to Grimm County. Unless he voluntarily renounces his residency, no matter what he’s done, the Commission doesn’t have power to strip him of citizenship. To create a loophole, you’d first have to amend the Clause criteria. Adjust specifications where a Natural Born can be forced to become an expatriate.”

Kris rubbed his eyes. “What happened to the good old days when I tattled and Mrs. Snowberger made him stand in the corner?”

“Times, they are a changin’.”

“I hate change.”

“There’s a shocker. Here’s another one. You can’t stop Candy from marrying Brannoc. Refusing to pay for her wedding or firing Brannoc will only escalate her determination.”

Kris grabbed a handful of peppermints from his bedside table. “What are we gonna do?” He crunched loudly. “I know you’re upset as I am about the kids growing up.”

Holly pulled her auburn tresses into a ponytail. “Actually, I’m excited about the changes.”

He inhaled sharp enough to lodge a mint in his throat. He coughed to displace it. “What changes? Why change when things are fine?”

“For one, I’d like to explore the roads I didn’t take because I chose to have a family.”

“What roads?”

“I don’t know. I had dreams before I met you.”

“Dreams? I thought you got that all out of your system. You were thirty when we married. This isn’t about you being Mother Nature, is it?”

Her lips thinned. “Yes. It is. But after that door slammed in my face, I considered journalism. Or, I could coach the Polar Pucks.”

“You coach men’s hockey?” He snorted. “Never happen. The Babes on Ice, maybe.”

“Watch it, Kringle. Your chauvinism is showing.” Holly slipped out of bed and into her forest-green robe. As she turned to him, her body language rang warning bells. “Did you forget to tell me something?”

Startled, he shook his head. His conscience whispered, Tell her.

Chapter 1-Part 1  Chapter 1-Part 2.  Chapter 1-Part 3.  Chapter 1-Part 4

Chapter 2-Part 1  Chapter 2-Part 2   Chapter 2-Part 3   Chapter 2-Part 4

Chapter 3-Part 1   Chapter 3-Part 2  Chapter 3-Part 3   Chapter 3-Part 4

Chapter 4-Part 1.   Chapter 4-Part 2  Chapter 4-Part 3  Chapter 4-Part 4

Chapter 5-Part 1   Chapter 5-Part 2

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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

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Kimberley Koz

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