Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Dawn Luedecke and Christmas Magic

KAREN: Dawn Luedecke is an author of western and paranormal tales. She breathes life into her characters and you'll remember them long after you've closed the book. Dawn is here today to share her Favorite Kind of Christmas Magic and give us a sneak peek of two at her books from The Wild Rose Press. Let's give her a warm welcome!

My Favorite Kind of Christmas Magic by Dawn Luedecke

Magic seems to sprinkle over Christmas like the first snow of winter. From the moment my husband turns on “A Christmas Story” on thanksgiving night, until the last present is ripped into on Christmas Day, the magic of the season never fades away. Even now, as I grow older, I find myself giddy at the thought of waking up to a room full of presents that seemed to appear out of nowhere, or of seeing Santa next to the line of children waiting impatiently to sit on his lap.
What happens when Christmas magic is combined with a historical romance? In my first Christmas short story ‘I Heard the Bells’, the Lighthouse keepers niece, Abigail, experiences firsthand the miracles of the season when her brother goes missing and the only man who can save him is the man of her dreams. This is the sort of magic romantics like me dream about -- the kind where a simple family tradition, like a simple Christmas tune, can change your fate forever.
Here’s a little teaser from ‘I Heard the Bells’:
Gavin reached down and grabbed her hand. They walked to the edge of the porch to look down toward the station and town. A group of carolers stood in a row, huddled together and ensconced in warm wool clothes, as they sang the songs of the season.
Abby stood with her back to Gavin. She looked down when his hands slid past her sides and hugged her to him. She leaned against him and closed her eyes, this allowed the sounds of the songs to calm her. A new song drifted up the hill to greet her ears.
I heard the bell’s on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet, their words repeat
Of Peace on Earth, Good will to men.
“That’s it!” She yelled, and snapped out of the serene trance the song’s had formed around them. Gavin took a step back when she turned.
“What’s it?” he asked from behind her while she tromped to the lighthouse.
“The bell.”
“Abby? I don’t understand?”
“Every Christmas Nash would wake me by singing a little song in my room. He would make it sound like the bells. He even said that one of these holidays, he would make the lighthouse signal sing it. If we can play it on there, then at least he would know I’m here. We haven’t forgotten.”
There are many things to be grateful of on this season of seasons, but I am truly grateful for the miracles you can see all around. Whether it’s the glimmer of the lights and family memories adorning the tree, or the serene sound of carolers singing of Jesus, a sparkle is given to this holiday that can be seen only once a year.

My holiday short historical is titled 'I Heard the Bells'. Here is the blurb.

The lighthouse keeper's niece Abigail has been in love with Gavin as long as she can remember. He is one of the brave men who risk their lives to rescue those who find trouble crossing the bar into safe harbor. Those who keep watch from Cape Disappointment on the Columbia Bar have seen many ships and men lose their lives, will Abigail's brother Nash be one of them?

A Christmas miracle born of love may be the answer.

You can purchase a copy at:  Amazon

 Here's the blurb for my full length western historical 'To Tame a Montana Heart'

Running from a past of privilege, deceit, and danger, Travis Simms is ready to settle down. What better place to forget all he left behind than the quiet little Montana town of Lolo Hot Springs? His goal is clear -- build a hotel and his own destiny without complications -- until one of the town's most troublesome women captures his attention.

Dusty Larson is hell bent on independence, helping her sister run the Triple D Ranch. She can do anything a man can, and do it better, so she certainly doesn't need one in her life. The only problem is she seems to attract bad luck and danger...and Travis. Can he tame her wild ways and keep his bachelor status intact -- or does he risk losing his heart?
You can purchase a copy at: The Wild Rose Press
 and at Amazon

  About the Author:

A country girl born and bred, Dawn Luedecke has spent most of her life surrounded by horses, country folk, and the wild terrain of Nevada, Idaho and Montana. As a child she would spend many afternoons reading books, watching western classics, and Rogers and Hammerstein movies. When she grew up she decided to leave the quiet country life for a chance to find adventure by serving in the United States Coast Guard. During that time she found her soul mate (and alpha male) and started a family and writing career. These days you can find her on the coastline as she follows her husband’s Coast Guard career along the beach.
Visit Dawn at:
Amazon Author Page


Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


Thanks for being a guest this holiday season. I know how busy it can be.
Your books sound wonderful.

Did you have to do any research to write these novels?

katsrus said... Best Blogger Tips

I love your book covers. So pretty. Both of the books sound amazing.
Sue B

Liz Flaherty said... Best Blogger Tips

What pretty covers!

Jean Maxwell said... Best Blogger Tips

Dawn, I'll look for how to Tame a Montana Heart. The cover is exceptional with the background of an embracing couple. jean

Katrina Gillian said... Best Blogger Tips

I enjoyed your post. Your books sound great.