Title: Let it Snowball
Author: Margot Johnson
Genre: Contemporary Sweet Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Divorced, empty nester Merilee is on a roll. Filled with scrumptious cookies and old-fashioned fun, her Christmas bus tours aim to add festive spirit to her hometown and new meaning to her lackluster life. Too bad her reserved driver slams the brakes on fun.
Widowed farmer Ross needs a little joy to combat his December blues. Behind the wheel, he wears a Santa suit but can't muster a convincing ho-ho-ho. Too many memories block his road to happiness…until irrepressible Merilee sparks a snowstorm of unexpected feelings.
In two weeks of holiday tours, Ross might drive Merilee crazy…or will romance snowball inside their lonely hearts?
After a short drive, the bus arrived at the first stop. The Cookie Jar bakery nestled in a compact building on the outskirts of a town even smaller than Goldview.
“You’re in for a treat.” Merilee leapt up, leaned close to Ross, and gave directions on where to park. Absorbing his delicious scent, clean like snow infused with a trace of peppermint, she jerked back and steadied her breath. Sudden, shocking warmth flooded her insides. Now where was she? She paused to gather her wayward thoughts.
“These rules apply for each stop so we can all enjoy the goodies inside and still keep the tour on schedule. You are free to choose from several platters of pre-selected cookies. If you would like to sample other kinds or take some home, you can purchase as many as you’d like. We’ll stay for thirty minutes, and then I’ll jingle.” She demonstrated with a string of bells and then tucked them in a skirt pocket. “Last one back on the bus has to tell a joke or lead a song. If you agree, shout snowball.”
“Snowball.” A chorus of voices hollered.
She lowered the mic. “What about you, Santa?”
He shifted the gear into Park. “Nobody’s going anywhere without me.” He straightened his hat and quirked a fluffy eyebrow.
Smiling, she folded her arms, and tapped a foot. Her boots were pretty eye-catching covered in green and red toppers with bells on the toes. Maybe she could cajole him into some good-natured joking. “Santa, you know what happens to kids who don’t behave. You don’t want to end up on the Naughty List, do you?”
“Snowball.” He kept a straight face and pulled the lever to open the door.
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Margot Johnson writes feel-good stories of dreams, family, and romance. She is the author of the novels Love Takes Flight and Love Leads the Way and the novella Let it Snowball.
Before turning her focus to writing, Margot held leadership roles in human resources and communications. She lives in the Canadian prairies with her husband and golden retriever.
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