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Christmas with The Quills: Leslie Budewitz and MK McClintock

Welcome to Christmas at The Captivating Quill!

Cozy up and get ready for some fun and fabulous holiday stories, and learn what Christmas means to the authors. Have a Christmas book to recommend? Let us know in the comments!


Leslie Budewitz

"What do I love most about the holiday season? All the excuses to eat chocolate, of course! Seriously, I love how the holidays give us so many opportunities to reconnect with the people we love, in our families, our neighborhoods, in all the many groups and communities we are part of. Parties, cards, coffee klatches and lunch dates—we can reach out and touch those whose lives touch ours, however closely or tangentially, recently or in the past, and celebrate that spirit of connection which is not just the source of so many stories and novels, but ultimately, one of the greatest gifts of this precious life."

Erin is one smart cookie, but can she keep the holiday spirit—and herself—alive till Christmas?

In Jewel Bay, all is merry and bright. At Murphy's Mercantile, AKA the Merc, manager Erin Murphy is ringing in the holiday season with food, drink, and a new friend: Merrily Thornton. A local girl gone wrong, Merrily has turned her life around. But her parents have publicly shunned her, and they nurse a bitterness that chills Erin.


When Merrily goes missing and her boss discovers he's been robbed, fingers point to Merrily—until she's found dead, a string of lights around her neck. The clues and danger snowball from there. Can Erin nab the killer—and keep herself in one piece—in time for a special Christmas Eve?

Includes delicious recipes!


Read As The Christmas Cookie Crumbles

MK McClintock

"Christmas is a wonderful opportunity to show kindness to others. There's something about this holiday that can help us put aside hate and focus on love and giving—no matter how small the gift. The Christmas spirit is a real thing for many people, and we hold onto it for as long as we can, unwilling to part with the beautiful peace and hope of the season. And as bonus, I believe Christmas calories don't count."

On a ranch known as Hawk’s Peak, a family celebrates love, joy, and peace at last . . . or so the Gallaghers thought.


Briarwood, Montana Territory—December 1883


Brenna is convinced she hears a woman singing to her son. Eliza and Ethan are unnerved by a sleepwalker, and Isabelle swears Hawk’s Peak is haunted.


Then an unlikely visitor stumbles into their lives.


Enjoy a heartwarming holiday adventure filled with tenderness, hope, and the promise of a better tomorrow for more than one deserving soul. Join us for a Gallagher Christmas at Hawk’s Peak and fall in love with the family all over again.


Read An Angel Called Gallagher


CHRISTMAS MOUNTAIN

In search of family she barely knows and adventure she’s always wanted, Katherine Donahue is saved from freezing on a winter night in the mountains of Montana by August Hollister. Neither of them expected that what one woman had in mind was a new beginning for them both.


TETON CHRISTMAS

Heartache and a thirst for adventure lead McKensie Stewart and her sister to Wyoming after the death of their parents. With the help of a widowed aunt and a charming horse breeder, McKensie discovers that hope is a cherished promise, and there is no greater gift than love.  


LILY’S CHRISTMAS WISH

Lily Malone has never had a real family or a real Christmas. This holiday season, she might get both. From an orphanage in New York City to the rugged mountains of Colorado, Lily sends out only one wish. But when the time comes, can she give it up so someone else’s wish can come true? 


Read A Home for Christmas

We hope you enjoy the books we share throughout the month from The Quills! Don't forget to enter our Christmas Kindle Gift Basket Sweepstakes. Includes a Kindle Paperwhite, Scottish wool throw, and other treats to make your reading experience a true delight. Click on the link below for official rules and to enter.


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BONUS: MK McClintock is including an autographed edition of A Home for Christmas to the sweepstakes winner.


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