Christmas Wishes: Christmas Letters\Rainy Day Kisses [NOOK Book]

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CHRISTMAS LETTERS is "a fine companion to a glass of eggnog."—Publishers Weekly

Katherine O'Connor (known as K.O.) adores her five-year-old twin nieces—and strongly objects to her sister's plans to dispense with Christmas. Zelda is following the theories of child psychologist Wynn Jeffries, author of The Free Child (and, as it happens, K.O.'s neighbor). K.O. is particularly horrified by his edict to "bury Santa under the sleigh," and she's out to prove that Wynn and his ideas ...

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Overview


CHRISTMAS LETTERS is "a fine companion to a glass of eggnog."—Publishers Weekly

Katherine O'Connor (known as K.O.) adores her five-year-old twin nieces—and strongly objects to her sister's plans to dispense with Christmas. Zelda is following the theories of child psychologist Wynn Jeffries, author of The Free Child (and, as it happens, K.O.'s neighbor). K.O. is particularly horrified by his edict to "bury Santa under the sleigh," and she's out to prove that Wynn and his ideas are full of…snow. He's not going to ruin her nieces' Christmas! Too bad the guy's so darned attractive….

RAINY DAY KISSES is a delightful romantic comedy at Christmas—or any other time of year!

Seventeen years ago Susannah Simmons was a career girl who knew nothing about babies. But after babysitting her infant niece, Michelle, Susannah learned that one determined—and screaming—baby can make the corporate world look like…child's play. Thank goodness for her charming neighbor Nate Townsend. Now he's her charming husband, and Susannah's a mother as well as an aunt. And every Christmas Eve, Michelle tells her cousins how their mom met their dad—a story in which she plays a starring role!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459246690
  • Publisher: MIRA
  • Publication date: 6/15/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 162,932
  • File size: 800 KB

Meet the Author

Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber, with more than 100 million copies of her books sold worldwide, is one of today's most popular authors. The #1 New York Times bestselling author is best known for her ability to create compelling characters and bring their stories to life in her books. Debbie is a regular resident on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times (70 times and counting), USA TODAY (currently 67 times) and Publishers Weekly (47 times). Visit her at DebbieMacomber.com.

Biography

Publishing did not come easy to self-described "creative speller" Debbie Macomber. When Macomber decided to follow her dreams of becoming a bestselling novelist, she had a lot of obstacles in her path. For starters, Macomber is dyslexic. On top of this, she had only a high school degree, four young children at home, and absolutely no connections in the publishing world. If there's one thing you can say about Debbie Macomber, however, it is that she does not give up. She rented a typewriter and started writing, determined to break into the world of romance fiction.

The years went on and the rejection letters piled up. Her family was living on a shoestring budget, and Debbie was beginning to think that her dreams of being a novelist might never be fulfilled. She began writing for magazines to earn some extra money, and she eventually saved up enough to attend a romance writer's conference with three hundred other aspiring novelists. The organizers of the conference picked ten manuscripts to review in a group critique session. Debbie was thrilled to learn that her manuscript would be one of the novels discussed.

Her excitement quickly faded when an editor from Harlequin tore her manuscript to pieces in front of the crowded room, evoking peals of laughter from the assembled writers. Afterwards, Macomber approached the editor and asked her what she could do to improve her novel. "Throw it away," the editor suggested.

Many writers would have given up right then and there, but not Macomber. The deeply religious Macomber took a lesson from Job and gathered strength from adversity. She returned home and mailed one last manuscript to Silhouette, a publisher of romance novels. "It cost $10 to mail it off," Macomber told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2000. "My husband was out of work at this time, in Alaska, trying to find a job. The children and I were living on his $250-a-week unemployment, and I can't tell you what $10 was to us at that time."

It turned out to be the best $10 Macomber ever spent. In 1984, Silhouette published her novel, Heartsong. (Incidentally, although Heartsong was Macomber's first sale, she actually published another book, Starlight, before Heartsong went to print.) Heartsong went on to become the first romance novel to ever be reviewed in Publishers Weekly, and Macomber was finally on her way.

Today, Macomber is one of the most widely read authors in America. A regular on the New York Times bestseller charts, she is best known for her Cedar Cove novels, a heartwarming story sequence set in a small town in Washington state, and for her Knitting Books series, featuring a group of women who patronize a Seattle yarn store. In addition, her backlist of early romances, including several contemporary Westerns, has been reissued with great success.

Macomber has made a successful transition from conventional romance to the somewhat more flexible genre known as "women's fiction." "I was at a point in my life where I found it difficult to identify with a 25-year-old heroine," Macomber said in an interview with ContemporaryRomanceWriters.com. "I found that I wanted to write more about the friendships women share with each other." To judge from her avid, ever-increasing fan base, Debbie's readers heartily approve.

Good To Know

Some outtakes from our interview with Macomber:

"I'm dyslexic, although they didn't have a word for it when I was in grade school. The teachers said I had 'word blindness.' I've always been a creative speller and never achieved good grades in school. I graduated from high school but didn't have the opportunity to attend college, so I did what young women my age did at the time -- I married. I was a teenager, and Wayne and I (now married nearly 37 years) had four children in five years."

"I'm a yarnaholic. That means I have more yarn stashed away than any one person could possibly use in three or four lifetimes. There's something inspiring about yarn that makes me feel I could never have enough. Often I'll go into my yarn room (yes, room!) and just hold skeins of yarn and dream about projects. It's a comforting thing to do."

"My office walls are covered with autographs of famous writers -- it's what my children call my ‘dead author wall.' I have signatures from Mark Twain, Earnest Hemingway, Jack London, Harriett Beecher Stowe, Pearl Buck, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, to name a few."

"I'm morning person, and rip into the day with a half-mile swim (FYI: a half mile is a whole lot farther in the water than it is on land) at the local pool before I head into the office, arriving before eight. It takes me until nine or ten to read through all of the guest book entries from my web site and the mail before I go upstairs to the turret where I do my writing. Yes, I write in a turret -- is that romantic, or what? I started blogging last September and really enjoy sharing bits and pieces of my life with my readers. Once I'm home for the day, I cook dinner, trying out new recipes. Along with cooking, I also enjoy eating, especially when the meal is accompanied by a glass of good wine. Wayne and I take particular pleasure in sampling eastern Washington State wines (since we were both born and raised in that part of the state).

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    1. Hometown:
      Port Orchard, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 22, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Yakima, Washington
    1. Education:
      Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2011

    So heart warming

    Grab your favorite blanket, a cup of tea and enjoy! Sometimes nice to read simple things.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

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    Overall a good holiday read!

    Review by Jen:
    In this two story novel from Debbie Macomber, the reader is treated to a Christmas story and a feel-good story that is enjoyable at any time of the year (although threw me a little since I was expecting another Christmas themed tale).

    "Christmas Letters" is about Katherine and Wynn. Wynn is a psychologist who wrote a best-selling book on child rearing that Katherine's sister just loves. Katherine wants to prove Wynn's theories wrong, but as they spend time together they have trouble ignoring the attraction and their different views regarding children.

    "Rainy Day Kisses" follows the romance of Susannah and Nate. Susannah is a dedicated business woman and Nate is a seemingly jobless man. Yet, when Nate helps Susannah while she's babysitting her infant niece, sparks fly. But can they overcome their differences when it comes to careers and family?

    I enjoyed both stories, but found "Rainy Day Kisses" to be more satisfying. "Christmas Letters" seemed too convenient. The love just happened, and the romance part just didn't feel explained enough for me. It's a short story (about 200 pages), so if it was lengthened a little and the emotions explored more, I think it would probably work better. "Rainy Day Kisses" was written years ago and updated and fixed up a little for this publication and therefore feels more complete. The stories are pretty typical for Ms. Macomber's work and are overall a good holiday read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    Great book.

    I only read the first one, because I've been on a Christmas kick, and it was seriously lovely. Best Christmas book I have read this year. Warm, cozy and sweet...all around feel good book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2011

    Highly Recommended-delightful reading

    Two very good stories. Found myself chuckling and laughing outloud. A great "get-away-from-it-all" read. Thanks to Debbie for another great read..............

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Sweetecho&star

    "Excuse me is there a kit here named Otterkit or a warrior named Hawkbelly? Please im looking for them theyre missing!" *She asked the clan cats.*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Join?

    Can I join please? I'm a Clanless kit called Honeykit. I am a golden honey-colored tabby. Right now, i'm only two months old. Hope you will accept me, thank you.

    ~Honeykit

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    Posted March 11, 2014

    Doepaw

    "Echopaw! Lionpaw! Angelpaw! Snowflare! Ryebreeze! DEMONPAW!" She cheered happily. ~Doepaw

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Echopaw & Lionpaw

    Echopaw bounded up to Autumnshade. "I will try hard. I really will." She said. Lionpaw touched noses with Stormyash, eyes shining.

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    Posted March 9, 2014

    AngelPaw

    Nods and looks at what the other cats do.

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    Posted March 16, 2014

    Flamewind

    Crap

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    Posted February 26, 2014

    JOIN SNOWCLAN!!BE ACTIVE!!!

    Join at cat storm result 4. Deputy will be chosen on the 28th.

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    Currentstripe

    (Thanks!) Currentstripe scratched his ear.

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    Posted February 22, 2014

    To Emberstar

    My app is never on. Im not asking for one, i swear. ~Cloudedsecret

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    Posted March 9, 2014

    Ryebreeze

    Smiling, she padded to camp to begin her vigil.

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    Posted February 17, 2014

    My i join

    My i join reply to rainstorm. Plz.

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    Posted February 16, 2014

    New cat

    My name is August

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    Sunpaw

    I need a mentor

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    Stormy and Co.

    {Can't find main camp. e.e}

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