Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Christmas Promise by Kimberly Rose Johnson


No matter how lovely Keira Noble's smile, or how adorable her four-year-old son. He's been down that road before and knows it can lead to a broken heart. But that doesn't mean he can't help the pretty widow find a puppy to put under the Christmas tree for her son…. 

Pete claims he only wants to help her find the perfect gift for Cody. Yet Keira can't deny the tender feelings in his eyes whenever he looks at her. Could this handsome Scrooge have a change of heart, and create a new family for Christmas?


Chapter 1
Keira Noble peered out her apartment window at the first snow of the season, and a shiver ran through her. Snow set her on edge. Winter in the quaint Bavarian village of Leavenworth, Washington, always meant snow, but it was only the middle of October—much too early. Taking a sip of her morning coffee, she tucked her feet under her legs and snuggled deeper into the quilt. She closed her eyes, unwilling to gaze at the one thing that tortured her every winter.
“Momma.” Four-and-a-half-year-old Cody padded out from his room and climbed into her lap. He nestled his head against her chest. “What’s for breakfast?”
“How about oatmeal with blueberries?” She didn’t open the candy shop until ten on weekdays, and treasured this time with her son.
“Really? I thought you loved blueberries.”
He shook his head. “I like gummy worms. Can I have them in my oatmeal?”
“Eww. I don’t think so.” She gave him a squeeze and stood, setting him on the chaise. “Maybe after lunch you can pick out a few gummy worms from the bin.” She smiled to herself, imagining he’d be the most popular kid in school someday with his access to candy.
She heard footsteps on the stairs that led to the alley. Right on time. Her best friend, Susan, had a way of showing up a couple of mornings a week for breakfast. She especially appreciated the visit today considering the weather. Susan knew the fear snow brought on. Just the thought of driving now… She shuddered. A rap on the door sounded and Keira flung the door open. “Morning.” She gave Susan a quick hug and stepped back.
“Brrr. It’s freezing out there.” Susan unwound her scarf, pulled off her boots and hung her coat on a hook by the door. “Where’s my little buddy?” She tiptoed over to the chaise. “Boo.”
Cody squealed and laughed. “Aunt Susan, you always do that.”
Sitting beside him, Susan wrapped an arm around Cody. “And you always laugh.” She poked his belly. “What’s for breakfast?”
“Oatmeal, but Mom said no gummy worms.”
Susan snapped her fingers. “Bummer, but I’m sure she’ll let us have brown sugar.” Susan got up and walked into the kitchen. “I have a surprise for you.”
Keira looked over her shoulder and raised a brow at her eccentric friend with the purple streaks in her long black hair. “I’m not a fan of surprises.”
“You might like this one.”
“Might?” She measured out the water and poured it into a saucepan. “I don’t like the sound of this. Spill.”
“Sorry.” Susan pulled a card from her pocket. “Be at this address tonight at six and look hot.”
“Huh?” Her friend had never told her to look hot. She turned around and took the card. “Visconti’s?” She narrowed her eyes and crossed her arms. “What’s going on? I’m not going to show up someplace unless I know why.”
“Oh, all right. But you have to hear me out without interrupting.”
“We set you up on a blind date.” The words tumbled from her lips. “Pete is great. He’s a veterinarian. Josh knows him from church and got to talking with him when he took his dog in the other day and realized the man has no social life—”
“And he immediately thought of me. I need to have a few words with your brother.”
“You’re interrupting.”
“The two of you set me up? Why don’t you go out with him?” It had to be an all-time low when her friends thought they needed to find her a man.
“He’s not my type.” Susan grinned and batted her lashes.
“Don’t try that on me, missy.” She’d date again when she was ready. “I’m not going.” Keira turned her back on Susan and measured out the oats.
“But you have to. Josh already told him you’d be there.”
“He will have to un-tell him. What kind of person agrees to a blind date at the last minute?”

“Actually Pete’s known about it for a week.” She ducked her head. “I didn’t know how to tell you, and then time got away from me and…” She shrugged. “You can’t cancel now. It’s too late.”

About The Author

Kimberly Rose Johnson is contracted with Heartsong Presents for three books that will all take place in quaint Leavenworth Washington. She lives with her husband of twenty two years and two sons in Oregon and enjoys doing things with her family. She loves dark chocolate and coffee and in that order. Kimberly loves connecting with readers. You can contact her via her website at

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Kimberly Rose Johnson is giving away a copy of The Christmas Promise. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice—once on each Spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.

[Text Copyright © 2013 by Kimberly Rose Johnson
Cover Art Copyright ©2013 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Permission to reproduce text granted by Harlequin Books S.A. Cover art used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited. All rights reserved. ® and ™ are trademarks owned by Harlequin Enterprises Limited or its affiliated companies, used under license.]


Anonymous said...

I really would to win this book. These Christmas books are always good. Don't think he will be able to hold out against this cute little boy and of course his mother. Please add my name to the drawing.
Would be my first book of Kimberly's. Thanks.
MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

Sharon A. Lavy said...

Hi, Maxie. Thanks for stopping by.

cjajsmommy said...

The intro has me smiling, I think this will be a fun book to read, especially at this time of the year. Please enter my name in the giveaway. cjajsmommy (at) gmail (dot) com

Sharon A. Lavy said...

Yes, it is nice to start thinking about Christmas and reading Christmas stories.

Susan Johnson said...

I love Christmas stories, and this looks like a great one.
susanmsj at msn dot com

Susan P said...

Aww, this sounds like a heart string tugging story. :) I love kid and puppy stories!
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Jackie McNutt said...

Would love to read this. Sounds like a heart touching Christmas Stories.
Thank You

sam said...

I like that you put 'kindness' as a strong trait in a man. I think that trumps most other attributes in a man who loves God. Love to win your book. sharon, ca wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Brittany said...

Sounds like a great Christmas read! Thanks for the chance to win.
Brittany McEuen

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

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Linda Marie Finn said...

I am trying again to win your book Kim.
Linda Finn
Faithful Acres Books

Diane Dean White said...

Kimberly is a sweet person and I know her book is a reflection of that. This is such a special time of the year and I pray our Lord blesses her real good! :)

Patricia Bradley said...

Love meeting Kimberly and her book sounds great. Would love to win! pat at ptbradley dot com

Jean Davis said...

I love, love, love Kimberly's book, The Christmas Promise. I'm looking forward to more novels by this gifted author.

HomePlace Gatherings said...

I love Christmas stories! And since I have raised two children on my own, I can probably relate. :)

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Kimberly Rose said...

I am so touched by all of your kind comments. Thank you all for your interest in The Christmas Promise. I hope you will get a chance to read it.
Kimberly Rose

Merry said...

Thanks for the excerpt, The Christmas Promise sounds like a lovely story.
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Kimberly Rose said...

Hi, everyone Kimberly Rose here. My book The Christmas Promise is up for fiction book of the month on book If you've read it and feel so inclined, I'd love it if you'd vote for it. Here's the link

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