One of the scenes in a Gift of Home was inspired by my own experience with my family. I spend a lot of time in the car as I sit in carpool lines and drive to and from soccer and swimming practices (anyone who carpools can relate to this I’m sure). I spend a portion of those drives running through homework schedules, my several to-do lists and planning that afternoon and the next day and the next day after that (to-do lists keep me sane and there is a certain joy in marking off items on those lists).
We love music in our family and rather than think about homework and schedules, my daughters like the radio turned up when they get in the car. My girls especially love to change the words to songs (a fun trick their dad likes to do when he joins us in the car), which always results in a lot of laughter. I try to maintain complete focus on our schedule to ensure I’m not forgetting something on my to-do list (like that impromptu orthodontist appointment or the quick stop at the sporting goods store to replace a pair of broken goggles before practice). However as the lyric substitutions become more creative and the giggles escalate, I find my focus shifting, my jaw unclenching and my own laughter bursting out. And then it is inevitable and I join in with my own lyric changes. More and more I’m trying to remember to join in and capture moments, even the little ones with my family like a fifteen minute car drive full of laughter and singing. I can write another to-do list later, but moments with my girls, those are memories not as easily re-created and more important than any list.
Hope Sullivan also believes in schedules and rarely deviates from her plans in A Gift of Home. The plans Hope set out for herself allowed her to finish law school as a single mother with an infant son. Hope has a set plan for her return to Christmas Town, but she never really considered that Christopher Hayes might have a few plans of his own. I enjoyed watching both Hope and Chris disrupt each other’s lives and then discover that perhaps the best plan was the one they made together.
My contribution to A HEARTWARMING CHRISTMAS is A Gift of Home. This holiday season, warm your heart with 12 connected sweet holiday romances set in Christmas Town from 12 Harlequin Heartwarming authors who are USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors.
There are four connected anthologies in A Heartwarming Christmas. That means each set of three novellas shares characters and storylines! This collection of PG-rated holiday romances are all set in Christmas Town, a location introduced in the 2014 Harlequin Heartwarming release Christmas, Actually. A Heartwarming Christmas will bring you laughter, tears, and happily-ever-afters (no cliffhangers), for more than 1200 pages. Foreword by small town lover and New York Times bestseller Kristan Higgins.
Cari Lynn Webb believes in life lessons. Her three older brothers taught her how not to act like a clingy, high maintenance girl (their words). Her mother taught her how to laugh, at herself and life. Her father taught her to follow her dreams and always be kind. Cari lives those lessons today. Her husband keeps her laughing, even when life is stressful. She’s turned her dream of writing romance novels about strong heroines and the heroes who love them into reality. And she’s grateful every day for all of her family’s lessons that she now gets to pass along to her unsuspecting daughters. Cari Lynn Webb is a debut author with Harlequin Heartwarming.