Growing up in a family of five children made the Christmas season the most wonderful of times. My parents always managed to create such a festive, loving atmosphere. Some of my most precious memories revolve around decorating the Christmas tree. We would all bundle up in our family station wagon and make our trek to the florist shop that had all the Christmas trees out back. After much debate (with seven people everyone had their opinion) we selected a tree, tied it to the top of the station wagon and headed home. After Dad put up the tree we would begin the fun process of digging through our beautiful collection of ornaments and placing them on the tree. Everyone had a favorite ornament that they just had to put in a special spot. A lot of times the classic movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” would be playing on the television or we’d be listening to classic Christmas songs by Anne Murray or Johnny Mathis. To this day, “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” is one of my favorite Christmas songs. With my own children (two girls) my husband and I have a Christmas Eve ritual where we buy them each a new pair of pajamas that we give them on Christmas Eve night. They both get so excited about their Christmas Eve pajamas and the anticipation of Christmas morning.
The Prodigal Returns
After injuring her best friend in a car accident, Cassidy Blake decided to leave town permanently. But now that her mother’s sick, she’s back to make amends. Sheriff Tate Lynch doesn’t want to forgive his former fiancée for his sister’s injury or for breaking his heart. And he certainly doesn’t want to admit he still has feelings for her. The community can see her commitment to the town as she helps rebuild a church destroyed in a storm. But Tate’s afraid of history repeating itself, even though Cassidy’s actions prove she’s a different person. Could the last secret she harbors about the accident drive Tate away for good?
Belle will be giving away a 15.00 Barnes and Noble card along with a copy of Reunited with the Sheriff.
Belle Calhoune grew up in Massachusetts in a family of five children. The daughter of a physician and a biologist, she always had her nose in a book. A lover of romance novels since she was in middle school, she always dreamed of writing her own love stories. After graduating from Thayer Academy she attended Syracuse University, where she received a B.A. in English. After a thirteen year career as a Federal Investigator in Boston, she became a stay at home mom after the birth of her youngest daughter and a relocation to Connecticut. She spends her days writing, catering to her two dogs (a mini poodle and a chocolate lab) and driving her kids to their various activities.
In her down time Belle enjoys family time, swimming, eating chocolate and watching classic movies. She loves traveling to such locations as Bahamas, Mexico and Puerto Rico. She enjoys spending summers in lovely Cape Cod. Having studied French for ten years, Belle has traveled extensively through France and visited Paris, Nice, Provence and Normandy, as well as many other French towns.
Belle lives with her college sweetheart husband and two beautiful daughters in Southern Connecticut. Writing inspirational romance novels and working in her pajamas is a dream come true. Her first book with Love Inspired, entitled “Reunited with the Sheriff” came out in June 2013. Her next Love Inspired book, “Forever Her Hero” will be released in May of 2014.
*To be eligible for Belle’s presents, you must leave a comment and live within the Continental United States. Winner will be selected using Random.org. The winner will be notified Dec 9 and posted on the sidebar as well.