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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Read an #Excerpt from Christmas In Evergreen: Letters to Santa: Based On the Hallmark Channel Original Movie by Nancy Naigle + #Giveaway




Christmas In Evergreen: Letters to Santa: Based On the Hallmark Channel Original MovieChristmas In Evergreen: Letters to Santa
by Nancy Naigle
Kindle Edition
Published July 16th 2019 by Hallmark Publishing
ASINB07M75FJ3X
Return to Evergreen,
the town where Christmas wishes come true…


When Lisa takes a last-minute Christmas trip to her hometown of Evergreen, she finds that the historic general store has been closed. Using her skills as a professional retail designer, Lisa decides to keep local tradition alive and help the good people of Evergreen bring the store back to life.

Lisa charms a local contractor named Kevin into working with her, and the pair find themselves facing one surprise after another as they restore the store to its former glory. When the staff at the Kringle Kitchen temporarily accept the store’s beloved ‘Mailbox to Santa’ for safekeeping, the townspeople find and rally around a mysterious 25-year-old letter that never made it to the North Pole.

As old traditions are made new again, Lisa finds herself falling for Kevin, the traditions, and the town of Evergreen. 



Christmas In Evergreen:
Letters to Santa
Nancy Naigle

The closer she got to Evergreen, the heavier the
snow. That added to Lisa’s happiness. Maybe there
would be a snow angel in her future. She hadn’t made
one since... It had definitely been way too long.
She took the Evergreen exit from the highway,
reducing her speed on the quaint country road while
still belting out fa-la-la-la-las. Up ahead, a red truck
with pine trees in the back stood at the stop sign.
She pulled up behind it. After a moment, when the
truck hadn’t budged, she rolled her window down and
peered around it. That’s when she realized the hood of
the truck was up.
Aw, man. She leaned her head out the window.
“Are you having trouble with your truck?”
“It’s not my truck,” a man’s voice said.
What kind of answer was that? “Is it stolen?”
A dark-haired man with what looked like a day’s
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worth of beard poked his head around the truck. “No.
It’s on loan from a friend,” he said with a smile. A very
attractive smile, Lisa couldn’t help but notice.
The truck had to be an early ’50s model. Nice.
She could’ve done without the gaudy wreath on the
back, but it was a sweet ride. Who loaned that kind of
vehicle to someone? They must’ve been a pretty good
friend.
She didn’t know why she had the urge to tease
him, but she gave in to it. “Ohhh,” she said with an
exaggerated moan. “You broke your friend’s truck?”
That got a reaction out of the guy. He stepped out
from the front of the truck, looking on the defensive.
“I didn’t break it, it was already...”
Lisa almost grinned, nearly breaking the ruse, then
frowned in an attempt to look serious. “Hey, it looks
to me like it—”
He shook his wrench in her direction. “You’re just
messing with me.” His smile registered in his eyes as
he laughed.
Busted. “I am. I am.” She flung open her door and
got out. “No. Seriously. Can I do something to help?”
He eyed her cautiously as he wiped his hands on a red
shop rag. He was wearing a green down jacket, and
he didn’t seem the least bit worried about dirtying the
off-white sweater beneath it. “How are you with old
engines?”
“Astonishingly good,” she admitted. Years of
hanging out with her grandfather every summer in his
garage while he worked on his old cars had paid off.
Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa
The old truck looked to be in great shape. It had
either been kept in a garage and treated with white
gloves, or there’d been one heck of a restoration on it.
The flame-red paint job was so perfect it looked like it
had just come off the line.
He looked unsure whether to believe her. “Really?”
“Yeah. May I?” She took the wrench from his hand,
noticing that his shiny red toolbox was from about the
same era as the truck. Nice. “Thank you.” She leaned
in to look under the hood. “All right. What have we
got here?” She reached in and gave something a tap.
“Have you tried this?”
“Yep.”
The motor was clean. Someone took superb care
of this ride. The spark plugs didn’t appear corroded
or oily, but she tapped on the spark plug wire just the
same. “How about this?”
“Twice,” he said.
“Hmm. I bet you haven’t tried this.”
But before she could give the battery cable a good
jiggle he said, “Yes. I tried that too.”
“Ah, but...” Lisa reached in to the engine and
cranked the wrench against something that seemed a
little stuck. “Let me just...” She got it to budge, then
stood back. Handing the wrench to him, she asked,
“Do you mind if I try to start it?”
“No, go for it.”
“This is a beautiful old truck.” She crossed in front
of him, opened the driver’s door and climbed in.
“Yeah, isn’t it?”
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She closed the door. On the seat of the truck
was a clipboard with an employment application for
Banford Logging, Inc., already filled out. The guy’s
name was Kevin Miller. He looks like a Kevin. In the
passenger’s seat, a wooden crate overflowed with fresh
vegetables: collards, sweet potatoes, eggplant, carrots,
zucchini and peppers. They made her a little hungry
for a good stir-fry. “All right.” She leaned forward and
twisted the key. The engine struggled.
“Hold on a second,” he said.
“Yep.” She took her hand from the key and put
both of her hands in the air.
He did something under the hood, then stepped
out where she could see him. “Okay. Try it again.”
She turned the key and the truck started right up.
“Hey! Look at that!” She rested her elbow out the
window. “Teamwork.”
“Yeah.” He walked over to the driver’s side of
the truck. “Although I contend that I did most of
the work, and most of that before you got here.” He
leaned against the front fender, just behind the cute
little round side mirror.
“That is fair. However.” She raised a finger toward
him. “Had I not come along, you’d still be standing
here with your little feet in the snow.”
“Also fair.” His friendly smile sent a zing right
through her that could’ve melted that snow.




About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle whips up small-town love stories with a whole lot of heart. She began writing while juggling a successful career in finance and life on a seventy-six-acre goat farm. Her many books include The Secret Ingredient, Christmas in Evergreen, and Christmas Joy and Hope for Christmas, which were adapted into Hallmark movies. Now happily retired from a career in the financial industry, she devotes her time to writing, horseback riding, and enjoying the occasional spa day. A Virginia girl at heart, Nancy now calls North Carolina home.




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6 comments:

Sue G. said...

Sounds fun. Love her Christmas stories!

ELF said...

I love capable women and that's a cute first meeting. Thanks for sharing and good luck on the release!

jodi marinich said...

love a good xmas story

Linda Townsend said...

I enjoy Christmas romances year-round! AND would love to listen to the audio! Thanks for the chance!

jmcgaugh said...

This sounds like a charming read!

Nancy Payette said...

Love the idea of a Hallmark card. Great post.