A Gift for Santa by Beth Carpenter

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A Gift for Santa
(Northern Lights #2)

by Beth Carpenter
Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
December 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

It’s the season for giving…and starting over?

A reindeer farm without Santa wouldn’t be Christmas in Marissa Gray’s Alaskan hometown. Luckily Chris Allen’s there to pinch-hit, although for Marissa, seeing her ex-fiancé again brings back memories of what might have been.

Ten years after their breakup, the feelings between the wildlife biologist and blue-eyed fisherman are stronger than ever. Only now there’s a foster kid in the mix, as well as the shocking crime that cost Marissa her job and her family’s security. She and Chris need to find their way to a meeting of minds and hearts to make this truly a season for second chances…

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Other Books in the Series

The Alaskan Catch
(Northern Lights #1)

by Beth Carpenter
Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
August 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Where life’s currents take you…

Dana Raynott just traveled 3,600 miles to reunite with the brother who changed his name and fled to Alaska nineteen years ago. It’s impossible not to be moved by this wild, breathtaking state, even if Dana’s no closer to finding the answers she came here for.

Her brother’s best friend, Anchorage engineer Sam MacKettrick, might be able to help her. He’s strong and kind—a six-foot, irresistible blend of diverse cultures. He’s also haunted by a tragic family history with a startling connection to Dana’s past…

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About the Author

Once upon a time …

when Beth Carpenter was a little girl, she read everything she could get her hands on, and entertained herself on the school bus by making up stories in her head. Not a lot has changed. She’s still consuming books like M&Ms, and spends her days creating happily-ever-afters for her imaginary friends.

She lives in Alaska and Arizona with her husband and an aggressively affectionate fifty-pound lap dog. She loves to hear from readers.

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Tour Schedule

November 27th:
Paulette’s Papers
Hearts & Scribbles
Heidi Reads…
A Night’s Dream of Books
November 28th:
Celluloid Diaries
Book Lover in Florida
Reading Is My SuperPower
Nicole’s Book Musings
November 29th:
It’s All About the Romance
underneath the covers
Inside the Mind of an Avid Reader
Teatime and Books
November 30th:
Brooke Blogs
The Bookworm Chronicles
Deal Sharing Aunt
December 1st:
Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang!
I Am A Reader
Janices Book Reviews
Rockin’ Book Reviews
December 2nd: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

Reindeer Prize Pack (US only), which includes:

  • Large handcrafted quilted reindeer tote bag
  • Signed Copy of The Alaskan Catch
  • Reindeer Cookie Cutters
  • Inflatable Reindeer Antler Ring-toss Game

$25 Amazon Gift Card (open internationally)

Ends December 6th

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~ Excerpt ~ 


By the time he returned, three girls and a boy had gathered. Marissa handed him Peppermint’s lead rope and led Dazzle a few steps away. The trio of girls tagged after her. The boy hanging around Chris seemed to be more interested in petting the reindeer than talking, so Chris was able to eavesdrop on Marissa’s conversation.

“Are you really an elf?” The smallest girl gazed up at her with wide eyes.

“Of course I am. You have to have the right qualifications to get onto Santa’s team.”

Another girl stroked Dazzle’s head. “What do elves do in the summer?”

“We usually take a vacation, and work on our studies.”

“You study?”

“Oh, yes. Elves have a lot to keep up with. I have an advanced degree in reindeerology from NPU.”

The third girl tugged at Marissa’s dress. “What’s NPU?”

“North Pole University. That’s where all the elves study. We have toy designers and sleighamotive engineers and behavioral specialists.” She turned to the smallest girl, who was hanging back now, watching the others. “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

“I want to drive airplanes.”

“Fantastic. A friend of mine does that.”

“For Santa Claus?”

Marissa grinned. “No, she used to work for Santa but now she flies an air taxi out of Ketchikan…” Marissa and the girls drifted farther away so he could no longer hear them.

More kids arrived, and Chris was kept busy for the duration of the party. Mostly he chatted with the children about their Christmas plans and made sure they didn’t crowd too close to the reindeer. The big animals behaved well, but Chris did have to convince one boy to stop eating seed from the bird feeders and go inside for refreshments instead. Fortunately, as Santa Claus, his suggestion carried clout and the boy obeyed without argument.

At the end of their scheduled time, the home owner came outside and gestured to Marissa, who handed Peppermint’s lead rope to Chris and followed her indoors. A gaggle of kids still hung around, petting the reindeer and peppering Chris with questions.


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