Presenting– Gingersnap: Santa Paws by Lena Austin

December 3, 2008

Gingersnaps: Santa Paws
by
LENA AUSTIN
cover art by Renee George

CHANGELING PRESS

ISBN (13): 978-1-60521-098-8

Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Hot Flashes
Themes: Werewolves, Christmas, Seasonal Themes, Elves, Dragons & Magical Creatures
Series: Gingersnaps
Length: Hot Flash

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Blurb:

“’Twas the night before Christmas…”

JR Thornton seeks redemption for his many unwitting evil deeds by dressing up in a Santa suit to deliver gifts to an orphanage, but the angry wood fairy guarding the house is more interested in blowing his head off.

Phaedra hates JR for destroying her home forest and the lives of her family. Now a caregiver putting herself through college, she’s determined to give the most evil and handsome man she knows a piece of her mind.

So why does she want so badly to sit in Santa’s lap?

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BLURB:

JR Thornton’s Mercedes pulled to the side of the road long enough for him to check his newest delivery at the construction site just down the road from his destination. Yes, the huge truck was there, waiting for his crews to return after the holiday. One repayment on the long road to his redemption. He smiled to himself. Despite what his sister-in-law had advised, JR just couldn’t seem to let go of his lists and plans.

“Learn to be impulsive, you big furry idiot!” she’d told him. Charm wasn’t known for her tact.

He was trying, dammit. That was why he had sent his chauffeur home, donned a Santa suit — God help him if any of his colleagues saw him like this — and was now on his way to an orphan’s group home on Christmas Eve to deliver presents to a bunch of kids who weren’t even there. He pushed the accelerator and eased the car back on the road.

The Lucky Charms Group Home stood isolated in the middle of his project. He’d cleaned out the rest of the rundown subdivision surrounding the group home. In its place would be a planned community with modern homes, a shopping complex, community center, and even a library and post office. The fifty-year-old one-story ranch, owned by Charm and his brother, was the only remnant of the old neighborhood. ’Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. At least he hoped the children were all nestled in their beds. This shit was still new to him, but damn, he felt strangely good.

JR parked and nervously jingled the keys, feeling very awkward in the padded costume. According to Charm, who was on her honeymoon with Lucky, the kids were at an all-night sleepover party in town. All JR had to do was lug in the presents, meet the caterer bringing the feast for the kids, and leave to spend another lonely holiday. Funny how you could be lonely in the middle of a werewolf pack, even if you were the heir presumptive to the pack leader. He wished he could linger to see the kids open their presents. Children had a joy for life he’d lost somewhere along the way.

He first grabbed the big red sack from the back seat, which contained the smaller presents, just in case a kid caught him. No spoiling their little illusions. If he hurried, he could get back home in time to watch the old Rankin/Bass classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. He was a sucker for that movie show, though no one would believe it of him. Next year, he’d bring the disc with him and watch it with the kids here. Yeah, that was the solution. Holiday specials and cookies until they nodded off and were put to bed. Damn, why did Christmas only come once a year? He’d make a note in his planner to return next year with a holiday movie marathon and all the trimmings.

The key turned easily in the lock, and JR stepped quietly inside. The tree twinkled from its position on the wall opposite from where he stood. He hefted the bag and made one step toward his goal.

The clear ka-chink of ammunition loading into the chamber of a rifle stopped him cold.

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Lena Austin
http://www.LenaAustin.com

Sloane said @ 9:25 am | Friends, Holidays

18 Responses to “Presenting– Gingersnap: Santa Paws by Lena Austin”


  1. Merri Says:

    What a great excerpt!! I love the end of the excerpt with the cold ka-kink of the rifle. You have an awesome hook

  2. L2 Says:

    Cool – can’t wait to read the rest Lena!

  3. Selena Illyria Says:

    Oh, I can’t wait to read more. *Grin* This looks so good.

  4. Lena Austin Says:

    *Wiggling Like a Petted Puppy* Thanks, y’all.

  5. Melissa Bradley Says:

    This sounds very intriguing. I can’t wait to get a copy. “the ka-chink of ammunition…” My jaw dropped there when I realized that was all there was to the excerpt.

    Have a great day!

  6. Pam Says:

    Vintage Lena! What more can anyone ask for as a Christmas present?

    WTG, hon! I’m looking for time to read!

    {{{HUGS}}}

  7. Lena Austin Says:

    Yeah, I love this one. Particularly that it’s so inexpensive $2.49, I think. Helps at holiday time when so much of our money goes into gifts.

    Hey, Melissa! Thanks for the comment about the excerpt hook. Yeah, I left it there hoping to entice folks to part with a little bit of their cash.

    Did you know PayPal has this cool thing called a one-use credit card? I’m loving this! Now Changeling can accept PayPal via the secure credit card.

    Lena

  8. Raine Delight Says:

    What a cool and hot book, Lena. I got this on my TBR Llist now. LOL

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SLOANE!! May you have many happy ones in the future. 🙂

    Raine D.

  9. Sloane Says:

    Lena, shame on you for temptiong me with another credit card. Studs will go ballistic. Aa, it’ll keep him young. lol.

    Santa Paws is growling good! May you have great success, my friend. Thank you for coming out to day to play. It means a lot.

    Thanks, Raine! I hope there’s dmany more and I’m not even expecting happy. lol

  10. Lee Anne Says:

    Lena,
    What a great excerpt. I would love to read more and I really liked that ending.

  11. Lena Austin Says:

    But Sloane! It’s not really a credit card. That’s the beauty of it. If you have a Paypal account, this is another way to pay online for the things you want where Paypal isn’t normally accepted. You generate this one-time use Mastercard number that you can use to pay for the item, and the money is deleted out of your Paypal account. It’s a wonderful way to pay with Paypal!

  12. Michelle Hasker Says:

    WOo Hooo!
    Do we need to discuss fairy farts again? LOL
    this is a smokin’ hot read. I wouldn’t mind catching him delivering pressies to my house anytime 🙂

  13. Sophia Titheniel Says:

    I loved it! I cannot wait to get my hands on more! *cheers you on*

  14. Kate Says:

    Sounds like great story, Lena! A nice way to get ready for the holidays and trust me I need to get started!

  15. Sloane Says:

    WOW!! Lena, this is great. I’m off to try it out.

  16. Lena Austin Says:

    It’s easy. Just go to your Paypal account and look for the offer to get the Secure Card Plug-in. I accepted the offer to get the Paypal logo on my toolbar as well, so sometimes Paypal offers to generate the secure card for purchases. If not, I just hit the P to create one. Easy and worth the time to set up.

  17. Cynnara Says:

    OOOH, I want this story. Happy Birthday, Sloane! What a way to celebrate! I think I’m jealous. LOL

    I’m using the paypal plugin in as well and I LOVE it! It makes things so much easier and honestly, I’m about being easy. LOL

  18. Lena Austin Says:

    ROTFLMAO! Cynnie leaves me an opening like that and expects me not to take the shot? Hehehehehe!

    Thanks for having me visit today, Sloane. It’s been fun.

    Lena