Monday, April 1, 2019

A Sneak Peek

I've been working very hard on my new series.  I'd love to share just a small sample of what it is about.  Here is a paragraph from one of the early chapters.

Fran placed the key in the lock and turned, hearing a satisfying click.  She pushed the lid all the way back, because it had a tendency to fall forward.  First, she lifted out the prairie style skirt.  It was not old – well probably about 30 years old by now.  Gram always took part in the Heritage Days Festival and she liked to wear a period costume, so she had made this for herself.  It wasn’t anything fancy.  It was meant to be a practical dress worn for travel or everyday use during the 1850s to 1880s.  When Fran pulled it out, the pantaloons and camisole fell out along with the rest of the outfit.  How strange that they did not wear underwear as we know it today.  She couldn’t help herself.  Out of curiosity she tried on the entire costume.  She was the exact same size as her Gram; her family had often laughed about how Fran had grown to be a carbon copy of her.  Fran slipped on the pantaloons, tying them at her waist with the pink ribbon that was threaded through the casing.  Next, she took off her bra and put the camisole on, lacing it up at the front, tying the bow at her collarbone, her breasts straining at the thin muslin.  It seemed strange not to have the restricting under wires and irritating straps binding her, but she enjoyed the freeing feeling.  She looked at her feet and continued on with a pair of knee high stockings Gram had folded with the clothes.  They were a simple black wool and threatened to fall down until she tucked them under her pantaloons at the knee.  She noticed a drawstring on the pantaloons, which she tightened in order to hold the stockings in place.  Next, she pulled the dark grey skirt over her head and pulled the drawstring at the waist.  She tied it firmly in the back, tucking in the leftover pieces of string.  It appeared, by the amount of tie left over, that she was quite a bit thinner than Gram.  Finally, she put on the white blouse.  It was her favorite piece, with its high standing collar and the bit of ruffle down the front alongside the buttons; it was made from a more delicate fabric, and not meant as a work top.  The sleeves were gathered at the shoulder which created a small poof.  As Fran finished with the last button, she could see that she had made an error in putting on the skirt first.  The top was meant to be tucked in, so she had to undo the ties of the skirt and make the adjustment.  Only one thing was left to complete the outfit – shoes.  She looked inside the trunk again, and of course there they were, wrapped in a plastic bag to keep any dirt on the bottom from the rest of the contents.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

A Christmas Book in March

Ta Dah!
    My second Christmas novella is now ready for your reading pleasure. It's a strange time, I know -- the first Sunday of Lent. I had originally intended to release it in July, another weird time, but Hallmark does a 'Christmas in July' then, so I will promote it again at that time. No matter the season or time of year, it's still a good read! Here's the link and description so you can see for yourself. Enjoy!

A Kindred Christmas: A Christmas Novella:

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Cover Reveal

Yes, I know it's almost spring, and here I am revealing a Christmas book cover.  Weird, right?  Well, not in my world.  I like to write Christmas stories in the winter when there is snow on the ground.  I find it impossible to write about cold and snow and ice in the summer, so when I finished this book a few weeks ago, I had full intentions of holding it back, but I was just too excited.  And this cover turned out to be one of my favorites.  So I decided to pass it on to you as a little tease.
Look for A Kindred Christmas coming soon!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

A Readers' Favorite Five Star Review

I was pleasantly surprised to find this review waiting for me this morning.  And even more please with the rating.  This reviewer truly gets my story.  I couldn't ask for more.

Review #1: Review by Emily-Jane Hills Orford
Reviewed By:

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Review Rating:

5 Stars - Congratulations on your 5-star review!

Reviewed By Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite

Not everyone enjoys the festivities and excitement of  Christmas. There are a lot of people who have no family to  share the season with and no happy memories to carry them  through. Nate is one of these people. As a baby, he was  abandoned, adopted by a couple who really didn’t want him,  and he grew up distanced from happy memories. Once he was  old enough, he moved out and didn’t look back. He picked up  a job on a Christmas tree farm and grew to love the family  that ran it, especially their daughter, Molly. Invited into their  home for Christmas, Nate learns that happy family memories  of Christmas really do exist. But will it last? Or will a  heartbreak interfere with his growing passion for this magical  season.

Jane O’Brien’s romance novella, Pinecones and Promises,  nurtures the true meaning of Christmas. A gentle,  compassionate story, the opening narrative provides the  reader with Nate’s background in a realistic and sympathetic  manner. The setting, primarily on a Christmas tree farm, is  ideal for the initiation of a romance that is not only with the  daughter of the family that owns the farm, but also with the  beauty and excitement of Christmas and the love that makes it  all possible. The characters are well developed and the reader  is drawn into the story right from the opening lines. The  reader feels compassion as Nate reveals his life story; they  cheer when he finds love and learns to appreciate Christmas;  and they cry when he feels heartbreak and rejection. Through  it all, both Nate and Molly grow and learn to appreciate the  wisdom of their elders and the words of scripture.