Sweet Saturday Sample–10/29 The Kissing Tree

I know I’ve got the wrong season. but I haven’t written a Halloween story yet.  So I have a final Christmas sample from my Christmas collection, All Wrapped Up, due out in early November.

It’s an historical romance that revolves around the Christmas tradition of mistletoe. It’s called The Kissing Tree. Please enjoy and thanks for coming by!



Laughter rang through the crisp, wintry air as Charlie steered his brand new toboggan down the snow-covered hill. They were heading into the woods at the edge of his family’s property.  Seated behind him, his friend Henrietta grasped his middle, hanging on for dear life, laughing just as hard as he.  The sled sped into the tree line, and Charlie fought for control, trying to avoid the looming oaks that threatened annihilation.  Almost deafened by a loud squeal from Hen, they fetched up against a solid tree trunk and tumbled out into the deep snow.

“Oh, Charlie!  What a grand run!”  Hen sat up, wiping her plump red cheeks with the back of her mitten. 


“We can do even better next time.  Now the snow’s packed down we’ll go twice as fast!”  Charlie jumped up, hitting at the clumps of white that clung to his brown corduroy britches.  He grabbed Hen’s wrist and hauled her to her feet.  “Well, you’re a mess!”  His hand shot out to beat at her snow-covered skirt.


“It’s all right.  I don’t care!”   She helped him swipe at the patches before they could melt and soak her clothes. 


“Are you ready to go again?”  Charlie strode over to the toboggan and righted it.


Henrietta nodded then cocked her head.  “What’s that?”


“What’s what?” 


“That noise.  Do you hear it?”


Charlie paused, sled in hand.  “Yes.  It’s voices, coming from over there.”  He pointed to a thick stand of trees to their right. 


“Oooh, let’s go see what it is!”  Henrietta turned and dashed toward the mysterious sound.


“Wait, Hen!”  Charlie dropped the sled and caught up to her in three strides.  He grabbed the long chestnut braid down her back, pulling her to a halt.  “Let me go first.”


“Ouch!  Stop it, Charlie!  Why do you always get to go first?”


“’Cause I’m the boy, and I’m two years older than you, that’s why!”


“Just because you’re ten you think you know so much!”  Henrietta pouted, folding her arms over her chest.  “I’m going to be ten one of these days, and then you’ll have to let me go first.”


Charlie grinned.  Henrietta might be a girl, but she was fun.  “And when you’re ten, I’ll be twelve, you widget.  I’ll always be older than you.”  He grabbed her hand.  “Come on, if you’re coming.” 


What do you think they’re going to find? Check out All Wrapped Up to find out. 

Thanks again for sampling my sweets.  Come back next week for another “Sweet Sample” or join in the fun with your own.  Follow this link to Sweet Saturday Sample to find more “sweet” offerings.  have a great weekend!

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22 Responses to Sweet Saturday Sample–10/29 The Kissing Tree

  1. “Oh, Charlie! What a grand run!”
    This line makes me think of Kathryn Hepburn in The African Queen. It’s lovely!

    This is a great post and a charming story. You have a way with words, Jenna Jaxon!


    • jennajaxon says:

      I hadn’t thought of The African Queen (a fave movie), but you’re right, it does have that ring to it. LOL Thank you, Trish, for stopping by with wonderful compliments. What a treat!! 🙂


  2. This is so sweet. If he’s already bossing her, though, what happens when they’re older? I want to know more about them.


  3. Carrie-Anne says:

    This was a really cute, fun sample.


  4. These two remind me of the childhood characters at the beginning of “Sweet Home Alabama” when 10 yr. old Melanie asks, “What ‘cha wanna marry me for anyway?” Then Jake replies, “So I can kiss ya any time I want to.” Great sample!


  5. Fantastic dialogue! Very enjoyable read 🙂


  6. I love the dialogue between the kids — so real! Can’t wait to find out more about those voices in the woods.


  7. Sue says:

    Gee I was just getting into it when it stopped. I love the way you show that it takes place – what? 100 years ago? no more – the use of “britches” and her clothing and long pig tail – I could just picture it. Marvelous as always


  8. What a cute pair! Sounds like a terrific story. I feature a book on Wednesday on my blog. If you would like a spot in December, send me the cover and the blurb.


  9. This is adorable! I sure hope they don’t find trouble where they’re looking. :c) I am SO in the mood for winter holidays now!


  10. Sherry Gloag says:

    🙂 I love the humour and fun in this sample. ‘widget’! LOL


  11. Lia Davis says:

    This is a sweet sample. Love it! Thanks for sharing.


  12. Jennifer Lowery~Author says:

    Love your Christmas stories, Jenna! Fun sample! Thanks for sharing.


  13. Lindsay says:

    I can’t wait for the stories either. Might even buy the book as a birthday present for myself since no one else will.


  14. Mirriam Smyth says:

    Oh, Jenna, I can’t wait until this collection is available 🙂 Love this sample.


    • jennajaxon says:

      Thank you, Mirriam! I hope it will be out in early November! Just got my cover finalized today. I’ll unveil it on Tuesday, after the hullabaloo of Halloween. Glad you came by!


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