Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas Calling - Teaser Tuesday

christmascallingbest cover
With Christmas only a few weeks away, it seems like the right time to feature CHRISTMAS CALLING on Teaser Tuesday. Two novellas make up this charming book. Colleen Reece's story (Christmas Challenge) is set in Montana during the 1880s. Birdie Etchison's (Christmas Snow) is contemporary and takes place in the Spokane, Washington, area. Both are Christian romances.  

My Teaser is from Christmas Challenge.

TEASER:
Forty-five minutes later Valerie stared into the steely gray eyes of the man who held her future in his ink-stained hands. She swallowed the flutter in her throat and gave him back glance for glance. Danny O'Shea's daughter bowed to no man.
(I stretched the Teaser to three sentences this time. It's from 5% on my Kindle)

Genre: Christian Romance / Fiction
Number of Pages: 156
Amazon Link: Christmas Calling
More books by Colleen L. Reece: Colleen's Books

Amazon Synopsis:
      After the death of her guardian, Valerie Shannon O’Shea feels as adrift as a boat torn free of its moorings on Lake Michigan. She prays about her future and finds a challenge in the newspaper. IS THE PIONEER SPIRIT STILL ALIVE AND WELL? A skeptical financier doubts women in the late 1880s can live the hard life of their ancestors. He is offering train fare to Montana and a substantial cash prize to a young woman courageous enough to live in an abandoned one-room schoolhouse for a full year without help from anyone. 
      The schoolhouse is near Whitewind, where Valerie and her father lived ten years earlier. Danny O’Shea was then convicted of a crime he swore he did not commit. There is little to connect Valerie Shannon, as she signs her paintings, with the gawky fourteen-year-old known as Shannon O’Shea. What if she can meet the newspaper challenge, paint the Montana landscape, and carry out her long held vow to clear her father’s name? 
      The long train trip across country brings back bittersweet memories. Many are of eighteen-year-old Locke Stuart, son of the judge who sent Valerie’s father to prison. Locke had stolen Valerie’s heart but never answered her letters. She wonders if he ever thinks of the girl he fiercely championed in spite of his father’s opposition. 
   
      Valerie and Locke must ride tangled trails and learn to heed the everlasting whisper, Trust Me, before they can find happiness. 
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here's the link to join in: Teaser Tuesday

43 comments:

Gigi Ann said...

Both books sound like entertaining reads. Love light romantic books.

LoveBites AndSilk said...

Love a strong-willed heroine. Great teaser.
Thanks for stopping by, Sandra. Enjoy the rest of your day.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I like stories with strong heroines too. Both novellas in this book kept me entertained.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I love a heroine with the strength to give back "glance for glance." Thanks for sharing...and here's MY TUESDAY MEMES POST

Natalie @ Book Lovers Life said...

What better to read so close to Christmas than Christmas books!! Thanks for sharing :)

Sandra Nachlinger said...

That's what I thought too! Enjoy the holidays.

cynthiastacey.com said...

Awesome teaser. I will check this one out for sure. Thanks for stopping by my site.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

So do I. These were entertaining Christmas stories with believable characters.

Alice Audrey said...

That's a Montana gal for you. We're a lot like Texans that way.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Yep. Love the independent spirit!

Christie - The Fiction Enthusiast said...

Great teaser! She sounds like a strong and confident woman.

Mine is here: http://thefictionenthusiast.blogspot.com/2013/12/teaser-tuesday-december-10th.html

Shelley Munro said...

I like her spunk and attitude. She sounds like a great character.

Here's My Teaser

Yvonne said...

Sounds good! Seems like we were both in the mood for Christmas books today :)

Heather said...

Sounds like a good one, Sandra. Thanks for visiting! ☺

Harvee said...

Ah, romance...perfect for the holidays.

Harvee
Book Dilettante

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Absolutely! I'm baking cookies and listening to Christmas carols.

Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

Ooh intriguing tease! Thanks for visiting my blog!

Nise' said...

Sounds good.

Ellie @ Ellie Reads Ficiton said...

Nice teaser! Thanks for stopping by my TT post :)

Cyn said...

Fantastic teaser! The story sounds perfect for the holiday! I hope they have a happy ending haha. I love holiday novellas so I might need to check this out! Thanks for sharing & stopping by Bookmunchies!

Myra White said...

Very nice teaser! It definitely sounds like something's going on.. ;)
Thanks for stopping by my Teaser & Top Ten.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Both novellas are sweet stories.

Jenny Quinlan said...

Great teaser ! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting .

lifewithnoplot said...

I like this one. Sounds like a book with a good, strong heroine. :)

Sandra Nachlinger said...

The heroine is strong and capable but feminine too.

Sidne said...

Why does this remind of a movie that was out earlier. about a young lady that took a teaching position far away from civilization. I want to read this one. On my TBR list it goes. Thanks for stopping by.

wordsandpeace.com said...

thanks for sharing, sounds good for readers liking the genre

Paulita said...

Some good images here. Here's Mine

needsmoreshelves said...

Love the author's word choice!

starryeyedjen said...

Great teaser! I love a heroine who won't back down. Thanks for sharing & stopping by!

Andrea @The Bookish Babes said...

That's a great teaser! Thanks for sharing!

Naomi Hop said...

Great teaser! Hope you enjoyed it!

Thanx for visiting my TT
Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

BECKY said...

Hi Sandy! Great teaser and sounds like a fun read. I'm here from Ann's Reading Corner. You left a comment about the teaser she posted from my memoir, so I wanted to stop by and "meet" you, and thank you. I do hope you'll read my memoir!

AmandaEmma Nissen said...

Interesting teacher, tempted to read the book - especially because it is about Christmas! (or at least have Christmas in the title) and it is such a short read!

Thinking about it...

Vonnie R said...

Ooh I like that teaser. She sounds like a very strong female character.

Thanks for stopping by!

kelley jensen said...

I've been on the lookout for some good Christmas stories. Thanks for stopping by.

Athena Anthes said...

Only 5% in and you already get sentences like that, wow :D
Thanks for stopping by!

Ambrosia said...

Is it bad all I could see is..Ink stained? lol Great teaser.

Thanks for stopping by Fire & Ice

jacquie said...

This sounds like a good one, too! Love the strong female protagonists!

Kero Sunshine said...

I like the guy's description in the teaser ;)
Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Kero @ Kero's Book Blog

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Colleen Reece is the author of over 150 books and sold more than six million copies. She knows how to write!

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Sandra,

'Two Heartwarming Christmas Novellas' eh! ... Well forgive me for saying, but that cover is making me feel cold just looking at it. Especially as the weather here in the UK, is very mild, if a little damp, but definitely not very seasonal!

I love your teaser line, however I'm afraid that it wouldn't be enough to tempt me in this case, as I don't really go for seasonal stories and both of these sound a bit too 'happy ever after' for my tastes.

Thanks for sharing though and I hope that you enjoy both stories,

Yvonne

jacquie said...

Because I have never read a seasonal novella, I might hvae to try this!