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Know what I love? Sharing my favorite authors with you! Laurie Beach is definitely one of my very favorite authors of Southern contemporary romance. I’ve fallen in love with Crickley Creek and the wonderful characters she’s created in that small South Carolina town. Be sure to check out her fun giveaway below!
Laurie Beach is a former news reporter, advertising producer, and political press secretary who, after raising four children, is parlaying her love of reading and writing into a career as an author. She is a sucker for elderly people, grumpy animals, and happy endings. Having grown up in Alabama, she loves novels set in the South. Laurie now lives in California with her husband and their spoiled old dog.
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Thank you so much for hosting me again, Nan! Let’s talk about Christmas!
Christmas for me, like for most of us, has always been about family and traditions. From Christmas Eve jammies, to “you have to eat at least one bite of” oyster stew, it’s the holiday I look forward to the most. It can be the warmest, coziest time of year, or the coldest, loneliest of all. With Christmas in Crickley Creek, I set out to write a warm and cozy book with a twist. The twist came straight from my grandparents. In every home they had, there were hidden rooms—behind paintings, under stairs, and in the ceiling. But the biggest and best secret room was behind a full-length mirror.
When I realized that prohibition ended on December 5 back in 1933, all of the pieces for my Christmas story fell into place. My protagonist, Emma, would find an old speakeasy in a secret room in her great-grandmother’s house, already decorated for Christmas. Just when her holiday threatened to be the loneliest one ever, she opened that door and found hope for her future. A little old man, an ornery cat, and a certain young man round out the story. Like my grandparents clearly knew, traditions and secrets sometimes go hand in hand. And hand-holding can be the start of a great love story.
GIVEAWAY: For a print copy of Christmas in Crickley Creek and a notebook to write down your Christmas wish list, tell me: What is your favorite Christmas tradition? We will draw a winner on Saturday morning. (Continental US only)
Christmas in Crickley Creek
She doesn’t need gifts under the tree this holiday season. What she longs for is a second chance.
Emma Shea Abernathy is fully aware of her social role: marry well, live extravagantly, and, most of all, exhibit perfection. And it started with saying “I do” to future governor Trent Broadway.
With her carefully crafted life in full swing, she knows she’s made a big mistake. Leaving it all behind, she hides out at her great-grandmother’s beach house in Crickley Creek. There, she discovers a secret room containing a well-preserved 1920s Prohibition speakeasy–and some surprising information about the women in her family. This leads to a new plan: to become a woman who acts contrary to what is expected. In other words, a Firefly Girl.
The problem is, no one else embraces her change of heart, especially her first love, Scruggs Willingham III. He still refuses to forgive her for marrying someone else. Despite the olive branches she extends throughout Crickley Creek, it appears she’ll spend Christmas alone.
Until a rare Christmas snow brings the one miracle she needs: the freedom to accept herself.
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