Thursday, December 08, 2022

Guest Post: CHRISTMAS HOUSE by LoRee Peery

My guest today is Nebraska country girl LoRee Peery. She writes fiction that appeals to adult readers who enjoy stories written from a Christian perspective, focusing on the romance. These include novels and novellas for women and men in the Contemporary, Romance, Historical, Time Travel, and Mystery/Suspense categories. She writes of redeeming grace with a sense of place. Her Frivolities Series launched her releases, and the book based on her father’s unsolved homicide, Touches of Time, was a personal relief. She is who she is by the grace of God: Christian, country girl, wife, mother, grandmother and great-, sister, friend, and author.


     Pepper Rainwater has just bought the first real home she's ever had, and she' s decorating and celebrating Christmas with everything she has. The neighbor's miniature donkeys and meeting Foxx interrupt her life. Can she turn from all she' d been taught and trust strangers?
     A startling discovery after his father' s death forces Foxx Haven to face an unknown past. His life has been a lie. He' s distracted from work for the first time—by his heritage and his new neighbor. Can he fight his attraction to an unbeliever and discover his new life chapter at the same time?
     Miniature donkeys and learning about Christ have a profound impact on Pepper. But God has a mighty work to bring her hurting soul and Foxx' s new perspective into alignment. Can hope override hurting souls and enable a happily-ever-after?

Now for a sampling!

     Foxx pedaled hard the few blocks to Dad’snohis home now. Pepper was a beauty. He relived the meeting with her. Pert and pretty, but way too serious. And secretive. He grinned. She hadn’t liked it, but he’d drawn her out to talk about herself. Her caution made him more curious, but he wanted to know all about Ms. Pepper Rainwater. Unusual, the way both their names weren’t common to the human race.
     His life had been so crazy lately, following all those months of caring for Dad. Lack of sleep and more apartments to clear before the next tenant. He almost regretted that Dad hadn’t lived in Lincoln, where proximity and traffic kept his driving thoughts turned to his surroundings. Traveling the bike trails in the city, he concentrated on the exercise. Greeted others with a nod, and gloried in the passing air currents he created.
     He secured the house and garage, hopped in his oversized SUV, and left for the job. During the commute from northwest of Lincoln, life and people and the past kept hitting him as distractions. Where did Pepper work? Somewhere on this side, or did she head into traffic for a busy commute?
     It was much easier to let his mind go blank while on two wheels. Thoughts wove from Fred’s donkeys back to pretty Pepper. Where had she come from, what was her story? Why was he so drawn to her?
     And all those months with Dad. Mesothelioma was a killer. Watching him go downhill hurt. It was over. Why relive it? But his memory was relentless. Shortness of breath had led to oxygen tanks. The pain in Dad’s chest hurt Foxx as his elder fought for life. The cough, fatigue, weight loss, swollen abdomen.
     “Stop!” He loosened his grip on the steering wheel. “Oh Lord, take it away. It’s over. Dad’s full of joy in Your presence now.”
     No sooner than he’d asked, a racing motorcycle cut into his lane from the right. And the light changed. He hit the brake pedal. From then on, Foxx concentrated on his surroundings as he pictured his route to the apartment building where a water heater element needed reset.
     Yet Pepper returned to the foremost presence of his mind. The serious woman was a mystery he wanted to unfold.

You can find CHRISTMAS HOUSE at:

Barnes and Noble 

 Connect with LoRee:

Find her publications at Pelican and Amazon 


Barbara Britton said...

Merry Christmas Penny and LoRee. Thanks you for shining the light of Jesus at Christmas.

Carol James said...

LoRee, I loved The Christmas House. Best wishes for much success.

Mary K. Marelli said...

I adored this book. I wish you many blessings

LoRee Peery said...

Penny, thank you so much for allowing me to visit today.
Barb, I so appreciate your support and friendship.
Carol, thank you for your kind words. You know I loved your story as well.
And Mary, the word adored tickled my heart. Thank you.

Gina said...

Penelope, your blog is lovely. And LoRee, this excerpt is fantastic! Best wishes with your book and I wish you both all the blessings of the season.

Penelope Marzec said...

LoRee: I was so happy to have you here as a guest. Good luck with your book!
Barbara and Gina: May you both be filled with joy this Christmas.
Mary and Carol: Thanks for stopping by.
And now I have to read the book!