Novel Gem ~ 11/20/12 ~ Catch That Santa! by Karen Docter

Welcome to Novel Gems ~ Catch That Santa! 11-20-12!

I love to sneak a peek into a writer friend’s developing novel. It’s just so much fun watching their story grow and getting the inside scoop.  So every Tuesday until I finish my romantic suspense, Killing Secrets, I’ve been sharing a gem with you ~ a couple of sentences, several paragraphs of a pivotal scene, or a phrase that just made me sigh or laugh out loud or scares me or…well, you get the picture.

HOWEVER, today I have an unveiling for you. In addition to working on my romantic suspense, I’ve been busily writing a holiday novelette which will release in just two days, on Thanksgiving Day! Come back on Thursday for my Diary Drop-In launch of my romantic comedy — CATCH THAT SANTA! –and learn how you can get a FREE copy for your Christmas stocking.  For now, here’s a first peek at the cover and beginning of CATCH THAT SANTA!

A bit of set up for today’s gem….

Widow Sara Marks’ grandmother runs off on Christmas Eve…and that’s all you’re getting! 🙂

Happy Reading!


Catch That Santa! 

By Karen Docter

“What do you mean, Grams ran off with Santa Claus?” Sara Marks stared at the first floor orderly, Buddy Cantor, who’d met her outside her grandmother’s room at Happy Acres Residence.  She could barely catch her breath after dashing through the facility carrying her sleeping baby.  It had taken her a full thirty minutes to drive from the church near her apartment across Denver’s snow packed streets in her crotchety, old Ford, when it should have taken ten.  Twenty minutes too long if her grandmother was truly missing.

She should never have gone to the Christmas Eve service.  She’d suspected Grams was up to something when she called and told her to come later so she could take a nap before their planned dinner together.  There was something in her voice, but Sara hadn’t paid enough attention with little Lanie fussing in her ear.  “Next thing you’ll tell me is Santa took her to the North Pole in a sleigh pulled by reindeer.”

“No.  A gold ’57 Ford Fairlane convertible.” The man shuffled uneasily in the doorway.  “And they’re headed to Vegas.  We think.”

“Vegas.” Movement in her arms made her aware Lanie was fully awake and ready to play.  She grinned up at Sara with two shiny new bottom teeth, like she’d woken up just to laugh at her great-grandma’s latest flight of fancy.

Oh, Grams, what have you done?

….see you next Tuesday when I return with another Killing Secrets NOVEL GEM!

6 thoughts on “Novel Gem ~ 11/20/12 ~ Catch That Santa! by Karen Docter”

  1. Love the cover and the concept. I used to drive a blue Ford Fairlane, they are monster cars! I want to say it got around 9 miles to the gallon. 🙂
    Great idea for a Holiday novella, just in time for Turkey day.

    1. Happy Thanksgiving, Jessica! I love old cars, too, especially cars like the Fairlane I used in the book. They’re boats but so much fun to drive. 🙂 Sadly, the release has been delayed a day, hopefully not more, but should be out by Saturday. Having a FREE Black Friday weekend sale on the book so drop in over the weekend and snag yourself a copy.

      Have a wonderful Turkey Day!

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