Christmas in July!

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By Mary Jo

Here in the US, a heat dome is producing some very hot weather.  Since it isn't possible to teleport Down Under for cool winter weather, Christmas in July sounds pretty good!

I've never turned down the chance to write a Christmas story, so I've written quite a few holiday tales.  Since I've regained the rights to some of the earlier ones, I've released a pair of holiday story collections, Christmas Candles and SunshineForChristmasChristmas Revels. In recent years I've start to publish individual stories in standalone e-versions and at the same time producing audiobook versions because a lot of people really enjoy audios: The Christmas Cuckoo, The Black Beast of Belleterre, Sunshine for Christmas.

This year I chose "The Best Husband Money Can Buy" for the standalone e-book and audio treatment, and tomorrow (July 14th) the e-book version will be released.  The audio version should go live on October 13th in the run up to Christmas.  Once again the wonderful Siobhan Waring is doing the narration and I'm looking forward to hearing her purring the story into my ears. <G> The story:

Emma Stone was raised as part of a large, loving aristocratic family, but after she was orphaned and left penniless, she became a tired, lonely governess. Then through an act of kindness, she inherits an unexpected fortune and realizes that she can now have the husband and family she craves.

 Anthony Vaughn, the dashing distant cousin she'd admired as a child now needs a fortune to pay his father's debts and preserve his family estate. Together they strike a bargainβ€”even though Emma knows she risks not only her fortune but her heart…

 "Best Husband" was published in Christmas Candles along with "Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know," the one Western story I've ever written, which turned out to a good partner because both stories involve Christmas candles lighting up windows to beckon weary travelers to the warmth and welcome of home.

Finding good images for covers is always a challenge, but I really like how this cover turned out.  That good looking, laughing young man fits my image of Anthony, MaryJoPutney_ChristmasCandles--1who was a very charming fellow. He brightens Emma, and she steadies him and give him purpose. In other words, it's a happy ending!

ChristmasRevelsChristmas Candles and my other holiday collection, Christmas Revels were originally published several years ago, and at the time, I also had print on demand editions released. 

However, more recently the specifications for POD were changed and my print editions of these two collections disappeared. I didn't notice until I started work on the Best Husband release and found that print editions weren't available. Ooops!  But that's being worked on now and some time in the next few weeks, print will be available for those who prefer it. Lots and lots of Christmas,  <G>

If you're looking for some virtual snow, here's the buy link for The Best Husband Money Can Buy . There are even snow angels in the story!

Mary Jo

 

 

 

 

70 thoughts on “Christmas in July!”

  1. I am happy to read a good Christmas story anytime of the year! Best wishes, Mary Jo, on the release of The Best Husband Money Can Buy.

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  2. I am happy to read a good Christmas story anytime of the year! Best wishes, Mary Jo, on the release of The Best Husband Money Can Buy.

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  3. I am happy to read a good Christmas story anytime of the year! Best wishes, Mary Jo, on the release of The Best Husband Money Can Buy.

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  4. I am happy to read a good Christmas story anytime of the year! Best wishes, Mary Jo, on the release of The Best Husband Money Can Buy.

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  5. I am happy to read a good Christmas story anytime of the year! Best wishes, Mary Jo, on the release of The Best Husband Money Can Buy.

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  6. Jeanne, Christmas stories are widely popular; that’s why there are so many of them. Publishers experimented with other anthology themes, but Christmas anthologies blew all the others out of the water. And justly so!

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  7. Jeanne, Christmas stories are widely popular; that’s why there are so many of them. Publishers experimented with other anthology themes, but Christmas anthologies blew all the others out of the water. And justly so!

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  8. Jeanne, Christmas stories are widely popular; that’s why there are so many of them. Publishers experimented with other anthology themes, but Christmas anthologies blew all the others out of the water. And justly so!

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  9. Jeanne, Christmas stories are widely popular; that’s why there are so many of them. Publishers experimented with other anthology themes, but Christmas anthologies blew all the others out of the water. And justly so!

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  10. Jeanne, Christmas stories are widely popular; that’s why there are so many of them. Publishers experimented with other anthology themes, but Christmas anthologies blew all the others out of the water. And justly so!

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  11. Hip, hip, hooray for another Christmas audiobook! πŸŽ‰ I absolutely love your stories and look forward to a couple of stories to cool us off in the summer heat. πŸ€—

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  12. Hip, hip, hooray for another Christmas audiobook! πŸŽ‰ I absolutely love your stories and look forward to a couple of stories to cool us off in the summer heat. πŸ€—

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  13. Hip, hip, hooray for another Christmas audiobook! πŸŽ‰ I absolutely love your stories and look forward to a couple of stories to cool us off in the summer heat. πŸ€—

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  14. Hip, hip, hooray for another Christmas audiobook! πŸŽ‰ I absolutely love your stories and look forward to a couple of stories to cool us off in the summer heat. πŸ€—

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  15. Hip, hip, hooray for another Christmas audiobook! πŸŽ‰ I absolutely love your stories and look forward to a couple of stories to cool us off in the summer heat. πŸ€—

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  16. LilMissMolly, there’s no business like snow business! I know you love audio and the audio of Best Husband is, as I said, set to release in October, but Siobhan Waring is currently narrating my first book, the traditional Regency The Diabolical Baron. I’m not sure when it will be finished and released, but it IS on the horizon!

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  17. LilMissMolly, there’s no business like snow business! I know you love audio and the audio of Best Husband is, as I said, set to release in October, but Siobhan Waring is currently narrating my first book, the traditional Regency The Diabolical Baron. I’m not sure when it will be finished and released, but it IS on the horizon!

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  18. LilMissMolly, there’s no business like snow business! I know you love audio and the audio of Best Husband is, as I said, set to release in October, but Siobhan Waring is currently narrating my first book, the traditional Regency The Diabolical Baron. I’m not sure when it will be finished and released, but it IS on the horizon!

    Reply
  19. LilMissMolly, there’s no business like snow business! I know you love audio and the audio of Best Husband is, as I said, set to release in October, but Siobhan Waring is currently narrating my first book, the traditional Regency The Diabolical Baron. I’m not sure when it will be finished and released, but it IS on the horizon!

    Reply
  20. LilMissMolly, there’s no business like snow business! I know you love audio and the audio of Best Husband is, as I said, set to release in October, but Siobhan Waring is currently narrating my first book, the traditional Regency The Diabolical Baron. I’m not sure when it will be finished and released, but it IS on the horizon!

    Reply
  21. I loved the snow angels on the roof top in ‘Best Husband’! I find that your books usually come across well in audio, partly I think, due to focus on a small group of characters.
    Looking forward to Siobhan Waring reading this one. 😊

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  22. I loved the snow angels on the roof top in ‘Best Husband’! I find that your books usually come across well in audio, partly I think, due to focus on a small group of characters.
    Looking forward to Siobhan Waring reading this one. 😊

    Reply
  23. I loved the snow angels on the roof top in ‘Best Husband’! I find that your books usually come across well in audio, partly I think, due to focus on a small group of characters.
    Looking forward to Siobhan Waring reading this one. 😊

    Reply
  24. I loved the snow angels on the roof top in ‘Best Husband’! I find that your books usually come across well in audio, partly I think, due to focus on a small group of characters.
    Looking forward to Siobhan Waring reading this one. 😊

    Reply
  25. I loved the snow angels on the roof top in ‘Best Husband’! I find that your books usually come across well in audio, partly I think, due to focus on a small group of characters.
    Looking forward to Siobhan Waring reading this one. 😊

    Reply

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