The holidays are a busy time. With the hustle and bustle of shopping, decorating, parties and family get-togethers, it can be exhausting. Did you also know it’s one of the busiest times for your local fire station? Unattended candles, old Christmas lights on trees, old lights strewn around your house…all of these things are major fire hazards.
My dad is a retired arson investigator so this was an extra busy time of year for him. Even before he was an arson investigator, he was a captain at a CAL Fire (California’s state run fire department) station—just like my hero Chris Nelson from my latest book JANE’S GIFT. My dad spent a lot of time away from home during the holidays, or he was on call. And forget about the summer. That guy would disappear for a month sometimes, out on a huge forest fire!
So let’s not forget to thank the people who are out there working their tails off during the holidays. From the firefighters to the police officers, from the mall cops to the poor bedraggled retail workers (ha, I’m talking from five years’ experience as a poor, bedraggled retail worker), from the doctors and nurses to the guy who’s out there plowing the snow from the highways so you can make it to grandma’s house, they all deserve a hearty thank you!
And they also deserve a very Merry Christmas—so do you. J
Jane’s Gift blurb:
A fire captain afraid of commitment. A widow afraid of fire. Can the holidays bring them together?
A devastating house fire cost Jane Clark nearly everything: her husband, her confidence, and her looks, with the physical scars marbling her body. Now, two years later, she's living and healing back in her childhood hometown of Lone Pine Lake. The upcoming holidays are the perfect opportunity to bring some Christmas cheer into her young children's lives, starting with a visit to the firehouse, where her brother's best friend has offered to help quell their residual fears.
Lone Pine's resident playboy, fire captain Christian Nelson is happy with his single-guy lifestyle. He's an everyday local hero, so he's never wanting for attention around the holidays. But when Jane Clark shows up, Chris is immediately drawn to the beautiful widow--even though kids and commitment have never been his style.
Despite her brother's warnings about his friend's playboy status and dangerous occupation, Jane can't help but fall for the gorgeous fire captain. The holidays are a time of new beginnings, but can two scarred people find the strength to let go of their pasts to live in the present, when a lifetime together might be the sweetest gift of all?
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