Laura Haley-McNeil

12/16/18, Christmas Party

Hello, Everyone!

Christmas is a time of joy and sharing and celebrating. A Christmas party is one way to gather together with friends and family and coworkers and share the holiday spirit.

Sometimes, the season isn’t always bright. A few Christmases ago, I lost my job just before the holiday. Bad timing! At first, I was stunned, and then I knew I had to get busy. While everyone was celebrating the holidays, I spent the season polishing my resume, searching the internet and contacting everyone I knew to see if they knew of any job openings. It was stressful, but after several months and a couple of false starts, I found a job that I really love and felt relaxed enough to focus on other things and people in my life. Phew!

A few years ago, I met a writer who said your life is your next plot. Losing my job wasn’t fun. Some of you may have experienced this dilemma. I’m a firm believer in finding good in all things, and I realized I would make a job loss work for good. What better way to do that than make a character suffer through some pain. After all, life isn’t perfect. Some of my favorite books showcase this theme.

In my story, Christmas Kiss, part of the Christmas anthology ‘Tis the Season, Vera Yeager recently lost her New York editor position. Though she worked hard to find another job, the doors continued to close and her savings dwindled. Ready for a fresh start, she returns to her grandmother’s home in the coastal town of Blue Heron, North Carolina, to enjoy the Christmas holiday and organize a job search strategy. With her plan in place, she and her dog Coco begin their holiday celebration by decorating the Christmas tree.

When a surprise guest, Darroch Winters, walks through the front door of her grandmother’s house, Vera’s plans hit a roadblock. She won’t be conducting a job search. Sparks fly when Vera learns Darroch plans to spend Christmas in her grandmother’s house. With battle lines drawn, Vera and Darroch each stake their claim to the house. Neither one will give an inch. Can the Christmas spirit soften two headstrong people determined to win?

I hope your holiday is smooth and that you’re spending it with those you love and that you make lots of wonderful memories to last you many years to come!!!