Friday, November 25, 2016
Annual Great Christmas Tree Tour: Laura Chapman
Christmas trees are one of my favorite parts about the holiday season. They have been for as long as I can remember—and apparently longer. My parents like to tell a story about my second Christmas, when I was 18 months old. They put up the tree and decorations while I napped. When I woke up and came out to see what they’d been up to, my eyes grew wide, my jaw dropped, and I spun around in an amazed, the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-music-y way.
Now, one of the happiest days of my year is pulling out my tree and decorations. While I may not feel that same surprised awe I’m sure I did all of those years ago, it still fills me with some sort of wonder.
There’s the delight in seeing my favorite ornaments year after year. Like the pewter ballet slippers my mom gave me when I was 3 to commemorate the first time my dad took me to see The Nutcracker. There’s the antique gold wire star topper I found at World Market when I was 18 and feeling super grownup about shopping for my own Christmas decorations. There are DIY projects, gifts from friends, each one of them feels a little special.
I also love how much my cats love the Christmas tree, too. Jane and Bingley—named for the characters in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice—get so excited, lots of purring and pawing, when I pull out the box of ornaments every year. I barely get the tree up before they start their rotation of napping under the tree. I’m lucky they’ve only tried to scale the tree a couple of times and they leave it alone for the most part. (As long as I don’t put ornaments on the bottom few rows.)
For me, there’s just something so magical about sitting in a room lit only by a tree with Christmas music playing in the background. And I love the feeling that scene creates. With there always being so much to do, so many worries and concerns, getting to take a few minutes every day to sit in the beauty brings me such peace.
In the spirit of the season, and spreading some of that holiday happiness, I am giving away free ebook copies of my holiday novella What Happens at Midnight to all of my new and current newsletter subscribers. Just signup at https://laurachapmanbooks.com/connect/newsletter/ and I will send you the download code.
About Making Christmas
While settling into a new career in a new community, Ivy is determined not to let the holiday season pass her by. Enter the grownup advent calendar: twenty-four days of festivities to celebrate Christmas. What begins as a bit of fun turns into a mission to spread cheer when she meets Everett. After learning about his bad Christmas attitude, she invites him to join her quest. Despite his initial reservations, Everett quickly gets caught up in the spirit of the calendar. But when new feelings surface and are impossible to ignore, Everett’s inner curmudgeon threatens to put a damper on the whole experience.
This holiday novella from Laura Chapman brings the warmth of the holiday season to life.
Find it at https://books2read.com/makingchristmas
About What Happens at Midnight
Romantic comedy junkie Natalie lives out those fantasies in real life three New Year's Eves in a row when fate throws her together with the same handsome stranger. A heartbreaking turn of events leaves her swearing off of love, forevers, and the holidays (bah humbug). That is until the mystery man from her past reappears years later. Over a holiday season, Natalie struggles to reconcile the whimsical notions of her past with the practical sensibilities she has worked so hard to develop. With the countdown to a new year looming, she must decide whether or not she is willing to give happily ever after another shot.
In this holiday novella by Laura Chapman, celebrate the holiday season with a love story about second, and fifth, chances and learning to trust your heart.
Find it at https://books2read.com/wham
About Laura Chapman
LAURA CHAPMAN is the author of First & Goal, Going for Two, Three & Out, and The Marrying Type. A native Nebraskan, she loves football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley. Connect with her online on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and on her website at www.laurachapmanbooks.com.