I met CJ Carmichael in Victoria B.C. over 17 years ago and its been an incredible friendship. Not only do we try to meet once a year for a writing retreat with Barbara Dunlop, our fellow Singletree pal, but we also now do a Montana adventure every Spring/Summer to CJ’s charming cottage at Flathead Lake.
This past June it was just CJ and me for a week and we did a little bit of everything: wrote, shopped, brainstormed cover ideas for this year’s Montana Born books, attended a rodeo in Poulson, and spent a day in what must be God’s country–Glacier National Park.
I’m sharing a few pics from our visit to Glacier National Park below. When we left her cottage for the peak we had no idea that we’d soon be hiking in shorts in snow!
I think you can tell how much I love CJ. She’s my buddy, my mentor, my touchstone, and a huge part of my heart, which is why it gives me great pleasure to help celebrate her brand new Montana Born Christmas release, A Bramble House Christmas!
If you haven’t read her yet, do. CJ’s stories are warm and smart, packed with emotion and characters you will love. She writes the small town setting so very well and here’s her gorgeous Christmas story for 2015, and yes, this beautiful cover happened while we were in Montana last June! (Thank you, Lee Hyat, for your awesome design.)
Finn Knightly a.k.a. Finn Conrad wants to know why his recently deceased father left his nurse fifty thousand dollars after knowing her a mere six weeks. So he travels to Bramble House B&B in Marietta, Montana to find answers.
But Willa Knightly is not the conniving woman he expects to find. Before he knows it, Willa-and her six-year-old son Scout-are stealing his heart. And that’s before he finds out Scout’s secret and the real reason this Christmas is so important.
Start reading now! Here’s a link to the excerpt too. I have no doubt you’ll love this latest story in the Carrigans of the Circle C series. (I personally love how CJ’s Carrigans intersect with my Sheenans. It’s part of the magic of Marietta, Montana!)
As always, no new release celebration is complete without a special reader giveaway and I’ve put together a I Heart CJ Carmichael prize (the prize includes CJ’s anthology Let it Snow, my Taming of the Sheenan anthology, and a Calgary, Canada Starbucks mug). For a chance to win this tote packed with books and treats, leave a comment below, sharing with me what you like most about CJ’s Carrigans series (if you’ve read any of the books so far), or if you’ve read any of her other books. Contest ends on the 31st with winner announced on November 1st.