Lucy Collins is desperate. A large newspaper is planning to set-up shop in town, threatening the livelihood of her small, family-run business, The Turtle Creek Newspaper. Only a miracle can save them... but it's Christmastime, the season of miracles. At the staff Christmas party, Lucy makes a wish, and what seems like the answer to her prayer walks in the front door. Joe McNamara a genius when it comes to the written word, and he's gifted with ideas about keeping the newspaper afloat. Lucy finds herself not only falling in love with his talent, but also the man. Joe McNamara is desperate. He loves everything about Lucy-her fresh spirit, her zeal for the newspaper, and the way she looks at him across the table when they share hot chocolate. But Joe is harboring a dark secret that threatens to tear him up inside. If Lucy ever discovers his part in her fiance's death, what looks like a promising relationship will unravel like discarded Christmas ribbon. How can he find redemption for his sins and continue to keep the truth from Lucy? Will the spirit of celebration be enough to heal two hearts? Or will the reality of deception make this the worst Christmas of all?
I have a double major in Special Education and English with a minor in Theater. In high school I worked summer stock at my older brother's professional theater. Presently, I hold five teaching certificates. I am the Special Education Coordinator for Denton County Juvenile Justice Alternative Program. I traveled overseas as a missionary for two years before helping with pastoring a church. I have two grown children and two grandchildren. I live near Dallas, Texas. To date, my literary works include approximately two hundred articles in magazines such as: Live, Lookout, Mennonite, Christian Reader, Decision, Breakthrough and Today's Christian. Other short stories appear in the books: A Match Made in Heaven, Stories from the Heart, The Evolving Woman, and in the New York Times bestseller, In The Arms of Angels by Joan Wester-Anderson. Ann Spangler also used one of my stories in her book, Help! I can't stop Laughing. Another two-dozen stories have been published in the Chicken Soup books. One story, "Mom's Last Laugh", was re-enacted for a PAX-TV program: It's a Miracle. I co-authored a thriller, The Chase, for Revell and sold 14,000 copies. My second book, The Replacement, was released in June 2006. The Candidate was released July, 2007. Wildcard will be released in 2009 by The Wild Rose Press, followed by The Christmas Edition, The Valentine Edition, and The Easter Edition by White Rose Publishing. The Chase is in production to become a major motion picture by Enthuse Entertainment.