Welcome back for more Christmas candy at Sweet Saturday Sample this week. My many thinks to all who come by each week. I truly appreciate your time and comments.
Today’s sample comes from a third story in my Christmas collection of love tales called All Wrapped Up. I’m unveiling the cover for the collection in a post here on Monday, so come back to take a look. It’s pretty darn awesome, if I do say so myself!
Today’s story is another contemporary romance that revolves around the Christmas tradition of carolling. In this excerpt college student Chase has been given the odious task of telling Lauren she’s being kicked out of their group of Christmas carolers because she can’t sing. It’s called Sing a Christmas Carol and I hope you enjoy!
Chase knocked again on the door in the upper hallway of Duke, the upperclassman girls’ dorm. The sound of Christmas music drifted through the door, something older, like Bing Crosby, maybe? Was that “White Christmas?” At last the wooden door jerked open and Chase found himself face to face with Lana, Lauren’s roommate. Dressed in jacket and muffler, she looked ready to leave.
“Hey, Lana. Is Lauren here? I couldn’t get her on her phone.”
“Not surprised. Welcome to Christmas Central.” She waved towards the dimly lit room, awash with Christmas lights. “I think her phone’s set to ‘Jingle Bells,’ so she doesn’t realize it’s ringing. Lauren!” She turned toward an inner door that was open a crack and raised her voice to be heard over Bing. “Chase is here!” Lana shook her head when there was no response. “Go on in, she’ll be out of the bathroom in a minute.”
Chase stepped back as Lana adjusted her shoulder bag and brushed past him. “Where’re you off to?”
“Anywhere that’s not so ‘Ho, ho, ho-riffic.’” She continued down the corridor without a backward glance, just a wave of her hand.
He glanced around, then tentatively stepped into the room and shut the door. The dorm room had been transformed into a winter wonderland all right. A small artificial tree sat in the bay window that overlooked the quad. Its lights flashed red and green in counterpoint to the strands of multi-colored lights, strung around the windows, and running around the perimeter of the room. Bing finished “White Christmas” and moved on to “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.”
Chase had to admit, the man’s voice was incredible in its richness and timbre. Lauren might not have a good voice, but she had an ear for quality.
Decorations filled desktops, stuffed Santas and snowmen perched on the beds, well, on the bed to his right. The one to his left had a single pillow, non-holiday themed, which he assumed to be Lana’s.
The bathroom door opened and Lauren walked out, head bent to the side as she rubbed her long wet hair with a towel. Thank God she wore a robe! A skimpy, plush red robe with white collar that made her look like an erotic version of Mrs. Claus. Chase shook his head. Where the hell had that idea come from?
“Chase?” Her eyes grew bigger and she straightened. First she pulled the robe closed across her breasts, then tugged it down over her behind. It didn’t seem to have much give. “What are you doing here? Where’s Lana?”
“I think she went out to study. She called you, but I guess you didn’t hear her. You want me to wait outside until you get dressed?”
She shook her head then pressed the towel to her damp head. “I’m fine. What’s up? Is there an extra practice or something? You could have texted me.”
“Yeah, I tried to call, but you didn’t pick up. No, there’s no practice. I just wanted a chance to talk to you.” This was going to be even worse amidst all the Christmas cheer.
“Really?” Her face lit up, her smile genuine and warm.
He was suddenly reminded of Cindy Lou Who from How The Grinch Stole Christmas. That was it. He was the Grinch, about to steal Lauren’s Christmas.
Do you think Chase will go through with it? Or will he manage to distract Lauren somehow? Check out the anthology, coming in early November, to see if he’s the newest Grinch in town.
Thanks again for sampling my sweets. Come back next week for the last of my Christmas “Sweet Samples” or join in the fun with your own. Follow this link to Sweet Saturday Sample to find more “sweet” offerings. have a great weekend!