Title: Christmas in Ghost Gum Springs
Author: Nicole Flockton
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Holiday Romance
Published: November 4, 2018
Page Count: 98 Pages
Published by: Escape Publishing
She's a long way from home, and definitely not in the Christmas spirit...
Diana Jenkins' dream vacation has turned into a nightmare. First, her car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Australia. Then she's rescued by a tall, blonde Aussie who won't take her back to Sydney, only to the blink–and–you'll–miss–it town of Ghost Gum Springs. Finally, the rental car company won't be able to deliver her a new car until after the holidays. So now she's hot, jet–lagged, and stuck in a small town just like the one she's trying to escape. Australian small towns won't be any different from Montana small towns, and Diana wants out.
A lover of all things Christmas, Connor Shetland is determined to bring the Christmas spirit to the small town of Ghost Gum Springs. Stepping away from his law career to run the local pub for three months is the best decision he's ever made, and now he's relaxed, cheerful, and ready to take on even the grinchiest of Scrooges. He just didn't expect Scrooge to be quite so attractive.
With Diana's mistrust of small-town life and her plans thrown awry, Connor has his work cut out for him. But Christmas miracles never come easy, but they come to those who need them the most.
Diana walked into the pub and halted mid-stride. ‘Oh my God, it looks like Santa vomited in here.’
The only other place she’d seen so many Christmas decorations was in the Christmas Shop in the town over from the one she’d grown up in and had worked in until recently. Every viable surface in the main room was covered with garland. There wasn’t just one tree in the space, but three. Three.
Who put three Christmas trees in a bar?
‘Santa didn’t vomit, Santa moved his entire workshop to rural Australia. He should’ve stayed in the North Pole.’
Diana had to squint to see who’d spoken. She spotted an older man sitting at the shiny wood bar.
‘Oh, quit it, Fred, you know you like it,’ said Connor as he walked in rolling her suit case and holding one of the boxes she’d seen in the trunk of his car
‘Tell me that box doesn’t hold more decorations?’ The man Connor called Fred grumbled.
Diana wandered over to where Fred sat and plonked herself down on the stool next to him. ‘There’s a whole trunk load of boxes.’
‘Smithy’d pitch a fit if he saw what Connor was doing to his pub. Christmas decorations don’t belong in a fine drinking establishment as this one.’
‘I tried my best to dent as many boxes as I could,’ she commented as she looked around the fine establishment. Beneath all the greenery and shiny baubles the interior of the pub looked similar to the bars she’d visited her first year of college.
‘Fred Gates,’ he held out his hand toward Diana and she took it, giving it a brief shake. ‘What’s a pretty lady like you doing with Santa’s elf?’
‘Diana Jenkins. I think I’m being punished by the big red guy for being naughty throughout the year.’
Fred roared with laughter and slapped his hand on the bar. ‘I like you. How long ya staying?’
‘Just long enough to call the rental company and tell them to come rescue me.’ She leaned closer to Fred, enjoying having a fellow Scrooge to grumble with. ‘Do you think if I tell them I’ve been kidnapped by Santa’s Elf, they’d come get me quicker?’
USA Today Bestselling author Nicole Flockton writes sexy contemporary romances, seducing you one kiss at a time as you turn the pages. Nicole likes nothing better than taking characters and creating unique situations where they fight to find their true love.
On her first school report her teacher noted "Nicole likes to tell her own stories". It wasn’t until after the birth of her first child and after having fun on a romance community forum that she finally decided to take the plunge and write a book. Apart from writing Nicole is busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and two fabulous kids. She also enjoys watching sports and, of course, reading.