Blame The Mistletoe

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Liz Flowers has never enjoyed Christmas, but this one is shaping up to be the worst by far. She let her ex take her daughter to Mexico while she stays behind in a strange town, sitting her former mother-in-law’s high strung little dog. It’s an opportunity to meet new people, but this California girl doesn’t have much in common with the ranchers in small town Marietta.

Blake Canon perks up with male interest when he sees a new face at his friend’s Christmas cocktail party. His son is away and a light affair would take his mind off his financial troubles. Then he realizes he knows Liz. She was once married to the brother of his ex-wife.

Their children might be cousins, but Blake and Liz do the kissing—under the mistletoe. It’s the beginning of a new view of Christmas for Liz, but when their children arrive home unexpectedly, and family secrets are revealed, Liz isn’t sure she’ll stay in Marietta for Christmas after all.

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Santa's gonna put us on his naughty list.

- Blake, Blame the Mistletoe

Note From Dani

My family laughed when I told them I was writing a Christmas book. I tend to be one of those people who freaks out and gets high-strung (even more high-strung than I usually am). The hyperventilating starts in October as people begin asking my plans and I pretty much walk around like a cat with a static charge until it’s all over.

Part of this has been a build up in the last few years of working at a day job while writing. Who enjoys adding more errands, shopping and baking to a schedule that is already bursting at the seams? Christmas has not been my favorite time of year and lately my goal has been, quite frankly, to get through it without ruining it for everyone else.

In an effort to exorcise my angst, I gave Liz a similar Grinch-y view. She doesn’t hate Christmas, but she’s never had a great one. Her expectations are rock bottom until Blake shows her how great that time of year can be. Like life, you only get one shot at Christmas. It’s never going to be one-hundred percent perfect, but it can still be pretty darned good if you focus on the best bits.

This was a very therapeutic book for me. I hope you enjoy it.

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About Dani Collins

Dani Collins grew up in Maple Ridge, a suburb of Vancouver, when it was still a small town. With a father and both grandfathers switching up between logging and fishing, she grew into a quintessential BC girl: green, natural, and impervious to rain. Despite a lot of canning and hanging of laundry in her childhood, Dani has a habit of leaping into the unknown, which she credits to her ancestor, Samuel Robertson, a boatwright from Scotland who pioneered Maple Ridge and traded furs to the Hudson’s Bay Company in Fort Langley. Given this adventurer’s blood, she’s always been drawn to stories about people braving life in faraway lands.

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