A Christmas Story

Mary Vee joins us this week, bringing her new novel, a great gift for mystery lovers. Mary writes “never give up” stories, and is offering a paperback giveaway to one commenter. Sounds great to me!

Thank you, Gail for inviting me to be a guest. I’m so excited to meet your readers!

Where Can We find Amazing Characters?

The best answer to this question is: characters can be found all around us. Not in movies or books, those characters already had their journey. Our character is among the people we see wherever we go. 

For example, I took a river cruise on the Rhine. The prices had dropped, drawing regular folk like me into a world I wouldn’t typically see. The first night, a woman of class, dressed for evening dinner, sat at the round table next to mine. She asked the waiter for tea. Moments later, a person at her table spilled a beverage. Liquid flowed across the table soaking everything in its path. The stylish woman scooted back and waved her fingers in front of her face. The waitstaff dashed to clean the table, replacing items and lavishing apologies to the noble woman. Her wide eyes proclaimed such aghast over the situation, but she spoke not a word. 

With the table finally ready, she slowly drew her cup to her lips then stopped. Above the rim and straight in her view was the remaining damp circle on the linen tablecloth. She slowly returned her teacup to the saucer. The next pause lasted only a moment before she reached to the place setting next to her, removed a sparkling white napkin from under the silverware, unfurled it, and draped it over the imposing damp area. Her satisfied shoulders rested in place. All was well with the earth once again. She picked up her teacup and drank.

This woman formed the bones of my next character. I have no idea her true name, but she has become an amusing, lovely woman of style and wealth who has a journey like any other character. One that reveals she too is loved.

So, Sylvia’s Secret, a Christmas story was born. Fifteen days before Christmas, the staff at Sylvia Duvet’s mansion discover she is missing. Her daughter arrives at Detective Carhill’s office in a panic, concerned the gossipers and media will create their own story, embarrassing the family name. After all, a wealthy widow only disappears if…she simply can’t bear to think of those possibilities. Sylvia Secretis on sale for only $0.99. The link is below.

Considering the difficult times we’ve all experienced in 2020, remember the wealthy in your prayers too. They suffer in a different way, but their hearts are hurt as much as ours. Money does not solve all problems. Only God does. We all need supportive, trustworthy friends. Jesus longs to be our friend, our tower of strength, our provider, our anchor…

May you be blessed with the peace that passes all understanding.

Here is a question for you: Name your favorite character and the book they live inside. Also, tell something fun/unusual/interesting about this character.

Answer in the comment section to be eligible to win a copy of Sylvia’s Secret. Sorry, US addresses only. If the winner prefers, an eBook will be sent.

Thank you for joining Gail and me today!

Mary’s fabulous website: https://www.maryveewriter.com

Book link: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Vee/e/B01N0XTYIQ

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3 thoughts on “A Christmas Story

  1. His name was “Santiago.” He was the old fisherman in Hemingway’s book, “The Old Man and the Sea.” While I live a very different life from Santiago; I’m a rancher and not a fisherman, I fell in love with the solitude and time for reflection that the old man had as he worked each day to eek out a meager living. I loved how Santiago struggled with the mighty fish; His determination became the model upon this once young man’s life was modeled after. In the end, even if I lose all in this life, I’ve gained through the struggle. (Philippians 1:21). Sounds like a neat story. Thank you for introducing me to yet another fascinating author.

    • J.D., Having lived out west and receiving the kindness from ranchers, more than once, having seen glimpses of horizon miles away, the tumbleweeds, the quiet, the stars…oh, the stars, I agree that the fisherman on the sea must experience much the same. I used the experience I had and lent it to a character in Christmas With the Enemy. You could probably understand how a gentle yet tough spirit of a rancher could soothe the fast-paced soul of a city person. Although it took over three hundred pages to do so 😉

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