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Dear Readers,

All right, I'll admit it, I am a "softie" (otherwise known as a mushy person). While those close to me know it's true, others who see me only from the outside sometimes don't understand this. I think my low point was when I was pregnant with my fourth child and found myself crying at television commercials. I chalked some of that up to hormones, but even those couldn't take the blame entirely. As much as I try to pull back from sappiness, it has a way of sneaking up behind me and once more settling in.

One of my favorite movie scenes concerns Kathleen Turner's role as a romance novelist in ROMANCING THE STONE. There is this moment where she types the last line of her final chapter, and she is weeping from the sheer beauty of her ending. She cries so hard in fact, she can't find a shred of paper product left in her New York City apartment. Every paper towel and toilet paper roll is bare, and the tissue boxes are empty. When my kids watched a DVD of that film with me some years ago, all of them piped in, "Mom, that's just like you." Too sad, but true.

While none of us can change who we are, over time we might learn to channel our energies. And so it's been that I've learned to pour my emotionality into the creation of my characters. Because each is so different, and vastly varied in the amount of outward emotion he (or she) shows, this proves a ripe playing field for the bottled-up intensity my spirit aches to let flow. And, at times, my characters surprise me. Exactly as snarly tween Justin did in THE HOLIDAY BRIDE. I thought I had him pegged, knew his type precisely. Heck, I'd raised a passel of kids myself and had seen the spectrum. But when Justin's turn came, he pulled the proverbial rabbit out of the hat.

This is the fabulous part about being a writer. It's not just the main characters that can catch you off guard. The secondary ones often have something up their sleeves as well. In literary circles we writers sometimes divide ourselves into "plotters" and "pantsers." In other words, those who meticulously outline their work versus those who "fly by the seat of their pants." In truth, most writers are likely varying combinations of both. I suppose I am, too, though leaning a bit (okay, okay... maybe a lot...) more heavily toward the free-flowing side. I think this comes back to that emotionality - and trusting the characters to lead me where they need to take me: heartbreak, joy and all.

When I conceived of THE HOLIDAY BRIDE, the initial story was comprised of two questions: 1) What if a lonely child had asked Santa for a new mommy? 2) What if her bachelor dad had no idea until a mysterious blonde landed on his sofa on Christmas morning? It was a basic concept, garnered while scrubbing dishes one early spring evening.  But that concept and the feelings of the characters behind it were strong enough to drive my bottom straight into my computer chair the next morning to begin the tale.

The story has fantasy elements that tie in with the Christmas theme, and which are also reminiscent of threads in my novel REAL ROMANCE. While REAL ROMANCE's Marie hopes to find her real-life ideal as presented in romance fiction, THE HOLIDAY BRIDE's Lucy aspires to a Happily Ever After as portrayed on late-night television. Will Lucy finally find forever with her present-day family man, despite a multitude of chaotic complications? Where love and life are concerned, and especially at Christmastime, only Santa knows for sure...

With best wishes for happy endings,
Ginny Baird

About the Author

Romance writer Ginny Baird has published novels in print and online and received screenplay options from Hollywood for her family and romantic comedy scripts. Her fiction has been published in the US, Australia, Brazil, Denmark and Norway, and translated into several languages. She is an award-winning writer and the bestselling author of several romantic comedies, including novellas in her new HOLIDAY BRIDES SERIES. You can learn more about her by visiting her website ginnybairdromance.com.

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  • File Size: 353 KB
  • Print Length: 121 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985822570
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Winter Wedding Press (October 4, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 4, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009MQTF5E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,010 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling Author Ginny Baird has published novels in print and online and received screenplay options from Hollywood for her family and romantic comedy scripts. She writes touching, often humorous, contemporary romance about single women facing everyday challenges. Known for featuring holidays and family themes in her work, Ginny frequently portrays the struggles of single parents or others who've given up on finding true love.

Ginny has two novella series, The Holiday Brides Series (holiday romance) and The Summer Grooms Series (summer romance), as well as additional single titles available. She is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling Author, a Top 10 Best Seller on Kindle, NOOK and iBooks, and a #1 Best Seller in several Romance and Women's Fiction categories. Visit Ginny's website www.ginnybairdromance.com to learn more about her and her books.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on October 12, 2012
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Lucy is getting ready to take the plunge and marry the unreliable Mitch - after all, fairy tales aren't real. William Kinkaid is a widowed father of two who is struggling as a single father. When Lucy takes a tumble in the snow on Christmas Eve she wakes to find herself on the Kinkaid's couch with no idea who she is and how she got there. The Kinkaid family is equally confused, except five year old Carmella who proclaims Lucy to be exactly what she asked Santa for: a new mommy.

If you're like me and enjoy the marathons of sappy, soapy, happily ever after Christmas movies on television all December long, you'll probably like this. It actually reminds me of one those, but I can't recall the name of it. This is a sweet little magical Christmas story, it tugs on all the heartstrings and gives you a face full of cavities. Lucy and William, as well as the children, are all adorable, and this does have a few great moments of comedy as well.

This is a clean little romance and I really enjoyed it. I would absolutely recommend this little holiday treat!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Becca on September 7, 2013
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This was an excellent Christmas romance. All the elements were there: a man, a woman, love and the magic of the holiday. Only 118 pages, so it's a fast, enjoyable read. Enjoy!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pat from PA on June 1, 2013
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Ginny Baird does an excellent job with this romance novel. It is all about love not lust. It features a family and family values. It is superb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Goldy-Rhodes on January 18, 2014
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This story was clearly, for me, the best of the Holiday Brides series, but it still suffered from the problems I mentioned in my review of The Christmas Catch. I liked the twist mentioned in the book, even though it stole some of the magic of Lucy's appearance. This story was even funny at times! It was definitely a "warm your heart" short story!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lilly on September 22, 2013
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The story is rather predictable. If you want a book to read just to enjoy and not have to figure out, this is the one for you. It's a relaxing read and one that you can put down. Among candy there's penny candy and designer chocolates. This book was about a 10 cent candy bar. Yes, I know you can't buy candy bars for a dime anymore.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joyce J. Ruskuski on March 7, 2013
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Loved it. This is a short and wonderfully charming story of the holiday season. I am so glad that Lucy found love and a family of her own.

I think that any one would find this one worth the time. It is short, sweet and has all the feel good things we all want for the Christmas season.

I say buy read and enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren C Mache on February 15, 2013
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Bought this as a gift and heard that she loved the story and the humor as well as the romance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By woodene danner on February 14, 2013
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Loved this book
Made you want to laugh an cry just the way a book should just like real life
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