Friday, December 6, 2013

Friday's Focus: Focus Today on Fellow Author, Penny Estelle

Today is a red-letter day...for several reasons. The first is because my book, The Freedom Thief, was featured on Kelly Hashway's blog. Today turned out to be a surprise blitz day for her, also, so the two events garnered, at last count, over a 100 comments. Woo Hoo, Kelly!

The second reason for the red-letter is not so good. I told my fellow MuseItUp author, Penny Estelle, that I would showcase her Christmas story, The Unwanted Christmas Guest, bright and early this morning, in keeping with today's new release. But things never go as planned in my life, it seems! My computer froze up, the Internet went off for several hours, finally came back up but all I could do was get on FaceBook of all things, and then I couldn't pull up my email. So I am several hours late in posting this.

And the third reason computer still is not reacting correctly, and I can't post either Penny's picture nor the lovely cover. But I'm still trying on that one.

Neverthe less, here is an excerpt from her Christmas story: please take a look, and comments are welcome!

I can’t tell you how excited I am that my very first ever Christmas story is being released today.  The Unwanted Christmas Guest is a story about Elizabeth McMurphy, an up and coming high powered attorney, who is after vengeance.  Her sights are set on one of the richest and most powerful families in Colorado. Steve York is an obnoxious reporter that thinks the ice queen has gone too far and does all he can to get under her skin.

When one of the worst blizzards in history, hits Colorado and leaves a hurt Steve York, stranded with Elizabeth in a mountain cabin, she must decide to either take care of him, or throw him out to fend for himself.



“What’s going on here? Where the hell are my pants?”

      Elizabeth practically jumped out of her skin. Steve stood in the bedroom doorway, wearing only some tight fitting pink sweats.

“I found you after your car went nose to nose with a tree.” She crossed her arms. “The question is, what were you doing up here in a snowstorm? Were you coming up here to spy on me?”

      “Jesus, my head hurts.” Steve groaned and sat at the kitchen table. “And don’t flatter yourself.” He brought up his hands to rub his eyes and push on his temples. He started to say something when a giggle and a round of undistinguishable sounds caught his attention. Steve stared at the little girl, a whisper of a smile on his pale face. “You have a daughter?”

      She chose to ignore the question. “Again, Mr. York, you were headed…where?”

      “I was going to see some friends in Granby, then on to Steamboat to spend the holidays with my family.”

      “You figured on taking a short cut on Badger Springs Road?”

      “Basically,” he muttered. “I had a phone in my pants pocket…” Steve looked down at the pink sweats. “Yours, I presume?” At her nod, he asked with a smirk, “And you’re the one that took my clothes off?”

      “Junior, my neighbor.”

      “If you’ll allow me to use your phone, I’ll call Triple A and get myself and my car out of your life.” He reached over to Katy and she latched onto his finger, the brightest smile ever illuminating her sweet face.

Elizabeth quickly picked her up, as if he would contaminate her by his touch.  “Phones are out.”



      “How the hell do you live here?” he asked irritably.

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Please find The Unwanted Christmas Guest and my other stories with MuseItUp publishing @

Feel free to stop by and check out my other stories and/or leave me a message.  I love visitors!

Thanks, Penny, for allowing me to share Friday's Focus on you and your Christmas story.

Don't forget, Christmas is for giving! You can get my book, The Freedom Thief, for giving as a Christmas gift at these places: Muse It Up Publishing:
Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo Books. Thanks!
Until next time,
That's a wrap.