Published by: Rosewind Books
Publication date: December 1st 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy
“[A] heartwarming fantasy … Christmas enthusiasts will find this hits the spot.” ~Publishers Weekly
A contemporary, holiday fantasy with a new twist on A Christmas Carol and It’s A Wonderful Life.
Abby Nicholson used to love Christmas. Until she didn’t.
After leaving Winter Glen, the small town famous for its Christmas celebration and her family’s greeting card company, Abby is forced to return to the home she left behind when the unexpected passing of her father thrusts the business into her hands.
Turning her back on the magic of the holiday beloved by her father and the town, she decides to sell the business. Signing the paperwork with the very pen her father used to create it, she is shocked to discover her hometown has become a whole new world.
One where Christmas has vanished!
Now stuck in a place devoid of hope, joy, and the spirit of the season, Abby sees family and friends altered in the most terrible of ways.
Determined to set things right, though unsure how, Abby takes out her father’s pen and begins to draw. When she realizes her art is coming to life, she sets out to recreate the holiday and bring back the most wonderful time of the year.
But some are determined to keep an iron grip on the town and will do anything in their power to stop her.
Read an Excerpt:
Darla grinned as Eddie double-timed his work. She turned in one swift, calculated motion and walked away.
Abby looked up to Eddie, but had to follow Darla. “Darla, wait.”
Darla stopped. She did not turn.
Abby watched the woman’s shoulders move up and down. She made a noise. Some kind of sigh, or snort. Her head moved first, then her body followed as she faced Abby.
Abby finally stood opposite her friend. “I— I mean—what—who?”
“I haven't got all day. Someone’s got to sail this ship, otherwise it would be adrift in a sea of frightening possibilities. You’ve got ten seconds.”
Abby didn’t know what to think.
Darla chimed back in. “And you look terrible.”
Abby felt confused and hurt and in a small way betrayed. This was Darla. An incredibly strange version, the Bizarro version, but her.
“Listen, tell me the truth,” Abby said. The words and voice came out in a way she hoped didn’t sound like she was trying to convince herself as much as getting Darla to agree. To come clean. To be, well, Darla. Any second Abby’s friend would rip off the costume and laugh. Friends and families would come out from wherever they were and let her know they’d conjured up this prank because they were upset. “This is a joke, right? One of Cam’s elaborate plots?”
She waited for an answer.
Darla sized her up, stem to stern. A smile grew on her face, but not one Abby had ever seen. In fact, Abby would stop short of calling it a smile. It lacked warmth. In fact, it chilled the already icy air.
“This much I know,” Darla said. She stepped forward. Abby stepped back. “Your bizarre, incoherent rambling is the biggest joke and waste of my time today. And your schoolgirl crush on Cameron stopped being interesting back when you were a schoolgirl.”
The expression that moved across Darla’s face, the look Abby could only call a grin because she had no idea what else to call it, faded. So did any hope that Darla, the real version, hid under the severe makeup and dark outfit.
Darla stormed off like the Wicked Witch of Winter Glen. She passed by a group of kids who stopped building their snowman, stopped laughing, talking, or having anything that could be considered fun. Their heads dropped.
Abby flinched, crushed, when Darla took her riding crop and decapitated the snowman.
The children, as resilient as they could be, regrouped. Abby couldn’t hear what they were saying, but she could glean the sentiment. They didn’t like Darla any more than she liked, well, anything, it seemed.
Abby grabbed her phone. All of what she saw and heard was getting ridiculous. She typed as quickly as she could, a search for Christmas in Winter Glen. She waited for the pictures and articles she had seen before. A beautiful, small town holiday. A festive—
The results were gone. There were only articles about Winter Glen. It couldn’t be right. She typed again. This time, simply, Christmas.
What appeared floored her.
In fact, what didn’t appear devastated her.
No results found for Christmas
Thommy Hutson is a bestselling, award-winning author, screenwriter, producer, and director.
A graduate of UCLA, he began his career co-writing the story for the Warner Bros. animated hit SCOOBY-DOO IN WHERE’S MY MUMMY? He followed that with co-writing the concept and additional material for CHILL OUT, SCOOBY-DOO!
As an author, Thommy crafted a limited-edition coffee table book detailing the making and legacy of horror icon Wes Craven’s 1984 classic A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. A trade version followed from Permuted Press/Simon & Schuster. His novel, the teen thriller Jinxed, (Vesuvian Books) is the first in a trilogy that has been called “A must-read for classic horror fans … Hutson could easily take on the mantle as the next Lois Duncan.” Hutson was named on the
7 Essential LGBTQ Horror Authors for Your Summer Reading Lists.
Thommy wrote the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original film, A CHRISTMAS FOR THE BOOKS, which was the highest-rated scripted program the night it premiered. He co-scripted the teen thriller INSTAFAME (Lifetime), wrote a screenplay for an audio holiday project, and is in development on a family feature film. In addition, Thommy produced the critically acclaimed feature THE TROUBLE WITH THE TRUTH, an insightful relationship drama starring Lea Thompson and John Shea. He also produced DREAMWORLD, a quirky, romantic dramedy. He has also worked as a staff writer on a Hulu web series.
A member of the Producers Guild of America, a Saturn and Home Media Magazine award-winner, and an aficionado of holiday films as well as teen movies from the 80s and 90s, Thommy continues to develop unique, compelling, and provocative projects across multiple genres for film, television, publishing, and home entertainment.
a Rafflecopter giveaway