Monday, October 04, 2010

A Christmas Fantasy

Donita Paul has given us the most beautiful gift for the Christmas season in her new novella, Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball. It’s a delightful romantic fantasy with quirky characters who will capture your heart and keep you turning the pages. Cora Crowder wants to learn how to really celebrate Christmas and from the first moment she steps into the book store and meets William Wizbotterbad and his grandson, Will Wizbotterdad, be prepared to for unexpected, fun and whimsical events. When her boss, Simon Derrick, comes on the scene, a chain of events begins that carries them both on a journey to a true Christmas and true love. Along the way you’ll meet Simon’s unusual family including his sweet sister, Sandy as well as Bonnie and Betty Booterbaw. Ah, yes, this is story is so much fun, you just might have to read it again to find the things you might have missed the first time around.

Donita, how did you come up with the idea for this story and how long did it take to write it?

This novella only took about six weeks to write. I usually take a year! But it is about half the length of one of my fantasy novels and set in contemporary times. It didn't involve metaphors and allegorical symbolism. And truthfully, it was like a busman's holiday. I wrote it to relax.

I never exactly know where my ideas come from. But this time I know I had the image in my head of a scene from "Shop Around the Corner," an old movie starring Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan. From that point sprang an old-fashioned, sweet romance.

I remember that movie and loved it. Thank you for sharing with us. If you’d like a copy of this book, leave a comment and your name will be drawn.

(I received a free copy of this book for review.)

Can't you see the impishness in Donita's eyes? Her books are as delightful as she is. Check out her website.


Edwina said...

I love Christmas stories and this one sounds like it will be a blast!
Please enter me in the drawing.


Wendy said...

I would love to read this book!

Jodie Wolfe said...

I just love Christmas books!

Jodie Wolfe

Unknown said...

I love Christmas stories and this one sounds like it's going to be a good one!
Thanks for the opportunity on a chance to win a copy.


Cecelia Dowdy said...

I've read several of Donita's earlier books, the romances, but haven't yet had the pleasure of reading one of her fantasy books. This one looks like a treat and I'd love to be entered into the drawing! Your review sounds wonderful and I can't wait to read it!

Wendy said...

I still watch the Little Shop Around the Corner every time it is on.
Please enter me in the drawing
Thank you for the chance.

Jo said...

What a fun read this sounds like. I love reading Christmas stories and this sounds wonderful. Even the characters names grab me.


Anne Payne said...

Sounds like a fun book! Count me in for the giveaway :)


Jo said...

I love reading Christmas stories and this sounds like so much fun. The characters have such delightful names.


misskallie2000 said...

I love Christmas stories and Donita's sounds like a wonderful story. I try to read at least 2 new Christmas stories each yr and then reread my favorites that I have. They put me in the Christmas mood and make me feel great.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter this giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Merry said...

I'm hearing wonderful things about Donita's story, it sounds delightful. Please include me in the drawing, I'd love to win it.

Anonymous said...

I would love to have th Kindle to read