Books By My Friends That I Recommend

“Books by My Friends”


Shopping local is my latest passion, and that includes books written by my writing friends that are available online. I will be sharing some of the latest titles hoping you’ll find a good read for yourself or someone on your holiday shopping list.


First Kiss at Christmas

Lee Tobin McClain

Publisher: HQN


I know Lee Tobin McClain from graduate school where she was one of my mentors while I studied writing popular fiction at Seton Hill University. Lee’s books are well written stories of love, hope, working through struggle, and faith.




Not many women still have “first kiss” on their Christmas list, but somehow Kayla Harris is permanently in the friend zone with men. So when veteran Tony DeNunzio shows up in her preschool classroom with his nephew, Jax, her focus is solely on helping the troubled little boy adjust. But as Tony takes on a volunteer role at the school, she can’t help noticing his softer side is as appealing as his rugged male presence.

Tony will do anything to make Jax’s first Christmas without his mom a happy one. And that includes spending more time than is typical with the teacher who’s drawn Jax out of his shell. Beautiful and kindhearted, Kayla makes Tony long for family and a happiness he doesn’t think he deserves. But with the magic of Christmas in the air, a first kiss might lead them both to a forever love.


Falls Bend Christmas

Barbara Jean Miller

Publisher: Independent


Barbara Jean Miller was another of my graduate school mentors. Her books are fast, flirty, and fun with great storylines. There are many books in the Falls Bend series. Enjoy them all. This one is brand new and holiday-themed. Has a great mystery in it!




Nick Greyson comes to Falls Bend searching for his 5-year-old abducted son, Billy. Deputy Diane Flint pursues the case as she falls for Nick. When they rescue Billy he no longer speaks. Young psychic Evie Bovard is the key to healing Billy. But his addict mother is still on the loose and she has a gun, which may ruin everyone’s Christmas.


More Amish Christmas Miracles

Adina Senft and others

Publisher: Blessed Publishing


Shelley Bates writes across multiple genres and has a story in this new Amish Christmas collection under her pen name Adina Senft.




The Amish Cowboy’s Christmas by Adina Senft
In the beginning, there was no Circle M ranch. Thirty years ago, there was only the girl next door and the boy who was too shy to tell her he loved her…For Reuben, showing Naomi he’s the right man for her will take all the courage and love in his heart—and maybe even a Christmas miracle.


All good things,