I consider myself blessed to live in a place in which the pounding of horse hooves and the song of the blackbird are its heartbeat. At night, the sky is filled with the brilliance of a million stars, the Milky Way, and on some occasions the Aurora Borealis. I live in a place where grizzly bears, mountain goats, and elk are not strangers, but instead the stewards of the craggy, timbered mountains and the endless wheat-filled plains. I live in the Last Best Place, under the Big Sky, and in the unforgettable state we call Montana.
Right now my ‘backyard’ has finally seen the start of the winter snows and the soil has begun to slow into hibernation. Soon a blanket of white will cover the earth and dress the needle-laced arms of the pines. As beautiful as the fall and winter is in Montana, everything is appreciated with a bated breath—nothing in this land of enchantment lasts long—nothing is permanent except the stars in the sky and the passing of time.
The constantly changing beauty serves as the backdrop for my newest release, Montana Christmas Romance (published November 1, 2014). For this anthology of short stories, a group of seven award-winning and bestselling Montana authors came together to create an experience that captures what exactly it means to love the Big Sky state.
In Montana, we have a unique culture similar to Alaska, where neighborliness and kindness still take center stage in everyday life. In each of the stories, the characters (much like the residents of this wonderful state) find themselves in situations in which they need the support of their community to help them make it through the upheavals in their lives.
In my short story, A Date for Christmas, I reflect on the moment in life when everything seems out of reach and the future is black. Just when you think all is lost, there is a glimmer of hope like a glimmer of a snowflake—highlighting the possibility of brighter days ahead.
If you have a love of Montana, horses, the unexplained, and a sweet old-fashioned Christmas then this book is a must read. Montana Christmas Romance is a collection of stories filled with such beauty it will never be forgotten even long after you have turned the last page.
About Montana Christmas Romance:
A Collection of Heartwarming Holiday Stories From Under the Big Sky…
Take a trip to Montana with this collection of seven heartwarming Christmas romances by award-winning and best-selling authors who call Montana home.
This collection of stories from the mountains to the valleys of the Big Sky state will remind you of what is truly important and why you love the holiday season.
Be ready to be swept away on a series of incredible journeys of the heart and soul.
Can be purchased in eBook or mass market paperback format
Casey Dawes — author of Love on the Wind
Danica Winters —author of A Date for Christmas
R.L. Syme — author of Montana Mistletoe
Clare Tallier — author of Homecoming
Melissa Tenley — author of An Unexpected Gift
H.A. Somerled — author of Death at a Party
Jade Barnaby — author of The Stars She Lost
About Danica Winters: Danica Winters is a bestselling author of over ten books. She has won multiple awards and is known for writing books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and occasionally a touch of magic. Most recently, Danica was the winner of the 2013 Paranormal Romance Guild’s Paranormal Romantic Suspense Book of the Year Award and Chanticleer Media’s 2013 Paranormal Book of the Year for her novel Montana Mustangs.
When she’s not working, she can be found in the wilds of Montana testing her patience while she tries to understand the allure of various crafts (quilting, pottery, and painting are not her thing). She always believes the cup is neither half full nor half empty, but it better be filled with wine.