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A LITTLE KRINGLE MAGIC
BY LORETTA C. ROGERS
In Landry, Wyoming, outspoken, bossy Dr. Bea Inseldorf secretly longs for a home and family of her own. She fills her life with caring for everyone else instead.
Widower Tate Reed is filled with bitterness and refuses to celebrate Christmas—his wife died in childbirth at the holiday several years ago. His young daughter misses her mother but also her father, who is no longer the happy, loving man he used to be.
Four days of isolation together in a ranch house and a batch of small round cookies magically change the lives of them all, starved for affection as they are, all seeking the same thing—happiness.
Bea didn’t mean to speak with harsh undertones to her voice. Perhaps that’s why she was an old maid. Men didn’t admire women who freely spoke their minds. She tried to soften her voice. “You have admitted that you say certain words in your mind, but you can’t get them out of your mouth. Mr. Reed…Tate…is the reason you don’t express your feelings is because you’ve been taught that it isn’t manly?”
There, she had said the words he probably didn’t want to hear, and she mentally berated herself for having such an honest tongue.
He opened his mouth to contradict her. It was something of an irritation that she had used his words to make a point. He couldn’t seem to take his eyes off this beautiful woman. He couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like to have her as a wife. She was everything Mary had never been. He chastised himself. Stop being delusional! You’ve only known this woman a few days. Love at first sight like the magic is her cookies is a myth.
He snorted in contempt. Bea apparently mistook his reaction. She said, “I apologize. There are times when my tongue seems to override the sensible side of my brain.” She stepped away from the bed to the rocking chair. “I’m here if you need me.”
Loretta is a fourth generation Floridian and lives in Citrus County, FL. She is traditionally published and began her career writing short stories for True Confessions and True Romance magazines. When she isn’t writing, she researches her family history and has traced her ancestral roots all the way back to 14th century Scotland.
Once an avid horsewoman she and her pinto mare took second place in a 25 mile endurance trial. Having survived a rattlesnake bite, she has a deathly fear of all snakes.
In her very early years of employment and long before she became a teacher, Loretta was a rape crisis–suicide prevention counselor and an auxiliary sheriff’s deputy attached to the equine division. She also worked as a court advocate for indigent women. Although Loretta writes fiction, many of the characters and plots in her books are fictionalized versions of events that she has experienced firsthand.
Links to Loretta’s website, blog, books, #ad etc.:
A Little Kringle Magic/Kindle: https://amzn.to/3ruAis3
When Comes Forever (Kindle edition)
(Print edition) https://amzn.to/2MYaexF
Christmas at Hope Ranch
Loretta enjoys hearing from readers. Contact her at www.lorettacrogersnovels.com
Special Giveaway: Loretta will give away a PDF copy of “Christmas at Hope Ranch” (Contemporary romance) to one lucky reader and a PDF copy of “When Comes Forever” (Historical romance) to a second lucky reader who comments on her Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.
Thanks, Loretta, for sharing your story with us!
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