From the holiday desk of author Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy!
Christmas is a time for stories. We love to hear about the child born in a humble stable so long ago who became the King of Kings. But we also like the stories handed down and written over the centuries. Although St. Nicholas is a true saint in the Catholic faith and once lived, he’s become Santa Claus for most of us. The best known depiction of him, right down to the red suit and white whiskers, comes from Clement Moore’s poem, Twas The Night Before Christmas. We have beloved children’s stories and characters, everything from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer to Frosty The Snowman. But one of the best known Christmas characters sprang from the pen and imagination of Charles Dickens when he created Ebenezer Scrooge for his immortal work, A Christmas Carol.
We all have our favorite holiday movies. It’s A Wonderful Life is at the top of my list but any version of A Christmas Carol is not far behind. Whether it’s one of the newer renditions (I love the one where Patrick Stuart stars as Scrooge) or a vintage black and white film dating to the 1930’s, the message and story of one man’s redemption remains powerful. I’ve read the book as well.
This year, my Christmas release is something a little different for me. Scrooge’s Song releases on December 3 from Rebel Ink Press. It’s a romance, yes, but it’s also a little bit more. This is a Scrooge most of us have never imagined, Ebenezer after his transformation. And since he’s become a better man – and a happier one – what could be more natural than he might fall in love?
Here’s the blurb:
After three Christmas ghosts impacted Ebenezer Scrooge’s life and transformed the man forever, he became a better man. His miserly ways vanished in the wake of his new generosity and he embraced life in every way. Happiness and contentment came along with his changed soul but something’s missing from his otherwise full existence. His relationship with his nephew Fred deepens and so does his friendship with the Crachit family but there’s something he doesn’t have although he’s not sure quite what.
After a chance meeting with a lovely widow, Mrs. Abigail Collins, however, Scrooge realized what he lacked and set out to court her, object marriage. By the time the Christmas comes around again, Ebenezer Scrooge will fully experience and embrace the change begun after his haunted experiences with a song in his heart and on his lips.
And here’s a brief excerpt:
An awkward pause lasted for a minute, perhaps more and then she said, “Were you never wed, Mr. Scrooge?”
“I was not,” he replied. “In my ‘prentice days I courted a young lady but when I became a man of business, she broke things off between us. She believed I cared more for money than love.”
“I don’t believe it, not for a moment!” Her violet eyes turned deep purple in her defense. He shook his head and told the truth. Better to be hanged as sheep than a lamb, he thought. “Oh, ‘twas true enough then and she called it right. I did grow devoted to business and became rather mercenary. I’m no longer the man I was, I’m glad to say and shan’t be ever again. This past Christmas, I realized my folly and I’ve changed or I’d not be here this day.”
Mrs. Collins cocked her head and tilted it to one side. He’d seen birds do the same with curious scrutiny. “You’re honest,” she said after a momentary silence. “I like that well in a man, Mr. Scrooge. Whatever you were before, I see you’re not so now and ‘tis all which matters.”
He forgot he should watch his words. “You’re a rare woman, then, Abigail.”
When he uttered her Christian name, her daughter gasped. Her shocked expression spoke volumes. Ebenezer feared he’d misspoken and opened his mouth to apologize when Abigail’s lips turned up into a happy expression. “Thank you for that, sir,” she said. “Though it may well be early to use my name, I find it endearing and not at all wrong. I’m no green maiden and you’re no lad.”
“Mother, it’s the custom!” Her daughter’s face flushed scarlet. “I never called Mr. Mills ‘Jack’ until after we wed and I know many couples that never use the other’s name before anyone else. I could count on one hand the times I heard you say ‘Calvin’ to Father. If Mr. Scrooge calls you so at church, it’ll be a scandal!”
Available beginning December 3 at All Romance Ebooks, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, and Bookstrand from Rebel Ink Press.
Check out my previous holiday releases as well, Sing We Now of Christmas and The Home Fires of Christmas.
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