Saturday, October 4, 2014

A Holiday Proposal by Kimberly Rose Johnson

Back Cover Blurb
Holly Miller Is Steering Clear of Mistletoe

Just out of nursing school, Holly can't risk any distractions. She knows a slip up could cost a life. Like the mistake she made years ago that still plagues her conscience. When she runs into old high school friend Matthew Cook, she hesitates to let romance into her life. Even if the handsome baker is as delectable as his fabulous pastries.

She didn't notice him back in high school, but things have sure changed. Now that Matthew has Holly's attention, maybe the holiday season is the perfect time for him to show her that she deserves to have it all—work, family, friends and a love that lasts a lifetime.

Chapter 1
Matthew Cook’s breath crystallized in the cold mountain air as he stepped onto the wooden porch of his house to greet his sister and three-year-old niece. Winter had come early in Leavenworth, Washington. Snow had yet to fall, but the thermometer had dropped twenty degrees overnight.

April pulled her daughter Ava from her car seat, and set her on the driveway. “Hey there, little brother. Long time, no see.”

Matthew gripped the railing tightly as he stepped down the icy wood stairs. He should’ve thrown some sand on the slick steps. “How was your drive?”

“Stephens Pass was clear and traffic was light, so no complaints.”

He pulled her into a bear hug. After releasing her he squatted down to his niece’s level. “Hi, princess. Can Uncle Matthew have a hug?”

Ava looked up at her mother.

“It’s okay, honey.” Ava gave him a quick, shy hug then slipped her hand into April’s.

“She’s going through a phase,” his sister explained quietly. “Don’t be offended. Once she warms up to you, you’ll wish she thought you were a stranger.” She grinned, walked to the back of her Subaru Forester and opened the trunk.

“Think you got everything?” Matthew teased. “Looks like you brought the whole house.”

“If it would’ve fit, I may have. Two months is a long time to have to pack for a three-year-old. Now help me bring all this stuff inside and stop griping.” She grinned and playfully nudged him.

“Bossy, bossy.” Matthew reached for the top bag. “I’ll take care of everything. How about you and Ava go inside and warm up.” He slipped a backpack over one shoulder and lifted their suitcases. April and Ava climbed the steps side by side. It’d be nice to have at least part of his family here over the holidays. “Be careful on the stairs, they’re—”

Little Ava squealed as her foot skidded off the step. April reached out to steady her on the slippery surface leading to his front porch. Arms flailed and bodies tumbled.

Matthew rushed forward to help, but before he took two strides April and Ava were in a heap at the bottom of the stairs. He dropped the luggage then knelt beside them. April’s shoulder jutted out at an unnatural angle, and she groaned.

Tears flooded Ava’s eyes, and she began to wail. April just lay there, not seeming to notice her hysterical daughter.

“It’s okay, Ava,” he said. The child looked uninjured by the fall. He picked her up and held her close until she calmed.

Her little body shuddered. “Mommy?” She leaned toward April who still lay on the cold concrete in a daze.

“We need to take Mommy to the doctor. Let’s get you back in the car.”

“Mommy hurt?”

“Yes. But the doctor will make her all better.” He put Ava into her car seat and stared at the straps. Now what?

Ava slipped her arms behind the shoulder straps and clicked a plastic thing at her chest. He spotted what looked like a seat belt. With fumbling fingers, he attempted to snap it in place. After several misses, it finally clicked, securing his niece. “I’m going to get your mom now.”

She nodded with big blue eyes. “`Kay, Unca Matt.”

Matthew grinned. No one called him Matt, but coming from this blue-eyed little cutie with dark blond curls framing her sweet face, he didn’t mind. He rushed to his sister’s side.

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About Kimberly:
Kimberly Rose Johnson holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two teenage sons, and their yellow lab. She writes sweet Christian romance for Heartsong Presents and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She enjoys taking long walks with her husband and dog, reading, dark chocolate and time with friends.

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KIMBERLY is giving away a copy of A HOLIDAY PROPOSAL. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


Deanna Stevens said...

This is going to be such a good story. Just in time for the Holidays :)
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Carol Q. said...

sounds like a great holiday story, thanks for this chance to read it

sm said...

I really enjoy Christmas fiction and would enjoy reading this book. sm wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

squiresj said...

I love books around holidays. Would love to win, read, review and share.
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Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

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Kimbelry Rose said...

Thanks for your kind words, everyone! I hope you all get a chance to read it. Thanks for commenting. :)

Judy said...

I can't wait to read this book. Would love to win a copy!

Judy B

Patricia Bradley said...

Sounds like a great story!

cjajsmommy said...

Such a sweet start, the heck with romance, I want to get to know Ava better! I'd love to win a copy of "A Holiday Proposal." cjajsmommy at gmail dot com

Deb R.

Anonymous said...

would love

Anonymous said...

Hello Kimberly. Glad you are visiting here at Book Barn Book Loft, a great, friendly Place. Great ladies!
I love Christmas books and know I'll love this one. I love watching ice skating also. When I was around 9 and 10, one of my sisters used to ice skate with a partner. But I never learned, but loved roller skating with my friends. So very long ago. Please keep up the good writing. GOD bless you. Thanks BDBL for having Kimberly here. Maxie
> mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Kimberly Rose said...

Hi, Maxie.

I love watching ice skating too! I'm not very good at it, but I can at least get around the rink without falling. :) I hope you enjoy the story.

bn100 said...

Nice chapter

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Anonymous said...

Holly and Matthew sound like an interesting couple. The cover puts me in a holiday mood! Would love to read this book.
marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
Merry S.

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