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Harper’s Wish

A Montana Series Christmas Novella

By

Krista Ames

Blurb:

Christmas is supposed to be a joyous time of year, but for Harper Donaldson it’s just another day.  Orphaned at an early age, she doesn’t have a single good memory of Christmas.

But, when a Santa’s Mailbox mysteriously appears in the lobby of the post office where she works as postmistress, Harper wonders what it could hurt to send her own letter to Santa.

Could he bring her the family she’d always wanted?

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**  Coming soon (tentatively Dec 20th) to Roane Publishing  **

About the Author:Krista Ames

Born and raised in Northern Indiana, Krista now resides in Northern Lower Michigan.  She is married to a very supportive man who allows her to follow her true passion of writing and never complains when she is pirated away on her computer for hours.    Krista is also a mother of 4 ornery children who keep her plenty busy.  With an addition of 2 beautiful chocolate lab sisters and a playful kitty, there is never a dull or spare moment in her household.

Krista has always loved to read and would often sit up for hours into the night not able to put down a book until she was finished.  She still reads when she can but her main focus is creating her own stories to share with the world.

She loves to communicate with her readers so please feel free to drop her a line anytime at krista@kristaames.com or visit her at http://www.kristaames.com   or http://www.apassionforromance.blogspot.com.

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Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/Krista-Ames/e/B004FLQ9XM/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

TRR Author Page:  http://www.theromancereviews.com/kkames

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Home for the Holidays Blog Hop! Day 5

Participating Blogs and Authors

November 13th – November 18th
 
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I admit that I forgot to post today so it will be short.  😦  Bad blogger that I am.
Since we are talking about the holidays, I can’t wait for next week.  I will be in Dallas staying with my folks for 5 1/2 days.  I love going home.  I can lay around and not do a thing if I want or hang with my friends that I left behind when we moved to the sticks 7 years ago.  My dad has decided that one of those days will be a Guy Only Day.  Just my hubs, our son, nephew and him doing guy things all day long.  Since my mom is housebound now, I’m not sure what I will be doing.  I thought about hanging out with my Bestie Elaine but she has to work.  Boo!  I might go get a deluxe mani but I’m not sure.  Knowing me, probably not a darn thing.  LOL!
So what are you plans for Thanksgiving?  BTW, its Sunday in East Texas and its 82 degrees.  Crazy huh?
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Home for the Holidays Blog Hop! Day 4

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I can not believe that we only have 40 days left until Christmas morning.  *head desk*  Not one thing bought yet.  I know that some people already have their shopping done.  Not us.  At least this year, we have a clue what we are doing which is a big step for us.  We are shopping this weekend and will take care of most of Brian’s (our son) stuff.
I’m late today with the post and I’m sorry.  Got a question for you today instead of a recipe.  What is your all time favorite Christmas movie?  For me its easy.  The original Miracle of 34th Street.  It features two of my all time favorite actresses:  Natalie Wood and Maureen O’Hara.
Coming in a close second is Christmas Vacation.  This movie is a classic because you know that in your own neighborhood there is a house that decorates just like Clark.  LOL!
So tell me what your favorite Christmas movie is in the comments and when the hop is over, I will give you a copy of my debut, The Couple.  Good luck!
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Home for the Holidays Blog Hop! Day 3

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November 13th – November 18th
 
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I can not believe that we only have 41 days left until Christmas morning.  *head desk*  Not one thing bought yet.  I know that some people already have their shopping done.  Not us.  At least this year, we have a clue what we are doing which is a big step for us.  We are shopping this weekend and will take care of most of Brian’s (our son) stuff.
There was one other thing that I forgot about doing in Dallas growing up.  Going to the downtown Neiman Marcus store once it was decorated.  Then after that my mom, grandmother and I would have lunch at The Zodiac Room.  I thought I was all grown up having lunch there.  I will never forget their strawberry butter or their chocolate chip cookies.  Plus, when you are 8 years old it was pretty impressive to use a starched white napkin.  🙂  Sadly, I don’t do this tradition anymore.  My grandmother died in 2006 and my own mother is housebound.  My mom would also buy one ornament that represented my dad, my younger brother, herself and me.  I still have my ornaments and proudly display them on my own tree.  I can’t imagine why I have so many penguins but I do.  He He!
My recipe today is a simple one and you don’t even have to write it down.  My grandmother made the BEST chocolate chip cookies EVER!  As a child, I never actually watched her make them.  They were just always around.  When I got to be a teenager she shared her secret.  Are you ready for it?
She used the recipe on the back of the package of Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips.  *thud*  I know, right?  The only variation was that she liked Dark Brown Sugar and make equal batches with and without pecans.  My uncle loved pecans in his cookies.
So there you have it.  The secret recipe to awesome chocolate chip cookies.  This recipe is the only recipe I use when making these cookies.  It didn’t fail my grandmother and it hasn’t failed me.  One thing…I don’t use pecans in my cookies.
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Home for the Holidays Blog Hop! Day 2

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November 13th – November 18th
 
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I can not believe that we only have 42 days left until Christmas morning.  *head desk*  Still nothing bought yet.  I know that some people already have their shopping done.  Not us.  At least this year, we have a clue what we are doing which is a big step for us.
Okay, yesterday I depressed you but today I’m bringing some holiday cheer.  I grew up in Dallas, TX without a white Christmas but that’s okay.  I still have memories of the Ice Storm that hit Dallas in 1977.  City shut down for two weeks.  It was bad.  No school and a lot of our friends didn’t have electricity.  I remember that we had people at the house all the time.  Either eating, showering or just trying to stay warm.  If you had natural gas you were good but if not…In fact, my tenth birthday party was almost cancelled due to the ice but somehow it changed into a slumber party to make it easier for my friends to show up.  Good times…
Any way, seeing Christmas lights in Dallas is a treat.  Up until we moved to the sticks in 2006, I still made the trip to Swiss Avenue to see how the mansions were decorated.  Plus, rode the carriage in Highland Park to see how they decorated.  My dad used to say, “Let’s see how the servants decorated this year.”  LOL!  Plus, I still had my picture taken with the North Park Mall Santa.  Yes, say what you will but that was the only one I saw every year.  Again…good times.
So as you can see, I do have great memories of the holidays and I think of them often when I get blue.  Just wish I didn’t live far away so I can share them with our son.
The recipe for today is a layered salad that you make the day before and keep it in the icebox until ready to serve.
Layered Salad
One bag of frozen peas
One head of either iceberg or romaine lettuce
One package of bacon, cooked and crumbled
One can of sliced watercress nuts, drained
One package of shredded cheese
One purple onion either chopped or sliced
Pecans (my grandmother had a pecan tree so we ate a lot of pecans)
Salt and pepper
Mayo or Miracle Whip  (I’ve used both.  Just depends on your preference)
Here are the layers that you will have:
Lettuce, bacon, watercress nuts, onion, cheese, peas, salt and pepper, mayo
You will continue this until you have used all the ingredients.  VERY IMPORTANT:  Do not mix until ready to serve.  You need the ingredients to marry together.  Of course, you can use all kinds of spices to your liking.  Dill is good and a family favorite.
When ready to serve, mix well.  The secret to this dish is the layering and it being presented at the table/buffet NOT mixed.  The colors are beautiful to see.  Enjoy.
Here is a tidbit from my YA:

Blog Entry for September 29th

When did my life become so complicated?  I’m only 17 years old and torn between two boys.  Seriously?  And quit singing the song Torn Between Lovers.  I abhor that song and I’m still a virgin thank you very much.  UGH!

Let me start from the beginning.  One boy lives in Dallas, where I live and he is my boyfriend.  Geoff is great and we’ve known each other since the 4th grade.  We only started dating our senior year and are having fun together.  I’m comfortable with him and he makes me feel good.  Since I’m on the drill team and he is in band, we see a lot of each other during the wee early morning hours of football season.  Trust me that will test any relationship when you have to see your boyfriend with hot rollers and a scarf in your hair.

Another thing about Geoff and I, most people have predicted that at our 10 year reunion that we’ll be married, with 2.5 kids and I’ll be president of the PTA.  This prediction scares the crap out of me.  Truly it does.  I mean, can you really predict ten years after high school?  I’m just trying to make it the weekend and through our tough routine for our halftime show.  Plus, I have to work on Saturday all day because of the game on Friday.  My only concerns now are finishing my homework, writing in own my blog and not killing my younger brother.  Not getting married and having babies.  I think sex would be good, though.  Okay…mind out of gutter.

So what do you think?  Any feedback is good…I can take it!

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