Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Cozy Paws and Holiday Hearts: Celebrating the Magic of Puppies This Christmas by Merri Maywether


December is here, bringing with it a sleigh-load of cheer and the delightful promise of Christmas. With that being said, sneaking a quiet moment with a book goes a long way to help with that calm to get us through all the holiday hustle and bustle.  

In this month's blog, I'm thrilled to share a special series, "Puppies for Christmas," featuring heartwarming stories that blend the magic of puppies with holiday romance.

First on our list is Puppy Love and Christmas Joy by Merrillee Whren. In this sweet story, a charming puppy plays Cupid to bring people together during the holiday season. Puppy Love and Christmas Joy reminds us of the joy and unity of the Christmas season.

Next, we have
Mistletoe Mischief by Merri Maywether. (That’s me)  Visit the small Montana town that is full of romance and holiday spirit. In this story, two puppies are adopted on the same day to play matchmaker. The story is full of love, laughter, and a dash of Christmas mischief, perfectly capturing the spontaneous joy of the season.

Then, there's Cocoa's Christmas Love by Josie Riviera. In this heartwarming tale, love blossoms amid festive decorations and the joyous backdrop of Christmas. Coco’s Christmas Love is as comforting and heartwarming as a cup of cocoa on a cold winter night, with a puppy's love adding an extra layer of warmth to the festivities.

The Holiday Puppy by Roxanne Rustand. This story is the perfect holiday escape while dwelling in the spirit and excitement of the season. Roxanne's writing captures the anticipation and energy of Christmas, mirrored in the boundless enthusiasm of a puppy.

"Puppies for Christmas" stories are more than just tales; they celebrate the warmth, joy, and love that both puppies and the holiday season bring into our lives. So, curl up with these delightful books, let the charm of puppies and the spirit of Christmas fill your heart, and enjoy the cozy embrace of these enchanting holiday romances.


Here is a little snippet from Mistletoe Mischief.

“It's true, Charlotte Evans.” There was a hint of desperation in Rex’s declaration. He took in a breath and settled into the moment. His voice was deeper and sounded more sincere. “I am in love with you and your sweet spirit and your goofy matching Louis and Char outfits and how you make me feel like I’m the best at everything I try. I was afraid to say anything because I thought. Well, you know what I thought. And then, when I heard that you could have been taken away from me, I took a good look at what we had.”

A streak of pain flashed through his eyes, and Charlotte’s stomach dropped.

He shook his head and looked away toward the corner of the room. His gaze came back to Charlotte. “And to think, my foolishness of holding onto someone else's duplicity cast an unfair shadow over your beautiful light. I don't deserve the chance I’m going to ask for.”

Delia said, “And that, ladies, is what you should expect when a man woos you.”

The disruption jarred Charlotte. Rex had captivated her, and she had forgotten they were in a house full of people. 

He looked up, and his face flushed the most lovely shade of red. 

Emily said, “We’ll go to the kitchen so you can finish your conversation.”

Charlotte swallowed the emotion that had lodged itself in her throat and nodded her thanks. 

They watched the other women go into the kitchen.

“You’ve had a night. So, I don’t expect you to respond to what I said. I had to see that you’re unharmed and tell you the truth about how I felt about you.”

Charlotte’s feelings had the freedom to grow, and they had taken control of her voice. “I’m in love.” The words had bubbled up and escaped in a breath. Charlotte quickly added. “With you.” 

Excitement flurried in her belly. “I’m in love with you, Rex. I have been for quite some time.” 

Rex glanced down, and a you’ve-got-to-be-kidding-me smile brightened his face.

 Louis was pressed against Rex’s leg with a sprig of plastic Mistletoe in his mouth. He dropped at Rex’s feet as though to say, “You have to take over from here.” He snorted and trotted to the rug in front of the fireplace. 

This is where the snippet ends. Visit the Amazon store to see if Rex gets the hints Louis has been dropping. 


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