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Santa's Last Gift
a Dreamspun Desires title
I’m Sandine Tomas and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to tell you about my new holiday novel, Santa’s Last Gift, by giving you an exclusive excerpt. Plus, there’s an opportunity to win a free e-book copy at the end!
If you are like me, then you appreciate the holidays and all the warmth, laughter and, yes, craziness they can bring. One of my favorite parts of the holiday is coming up with interesting stocking stuffers. The key to finding the best small gifts is to give yourself plenty of lead time. Here are five ideas to consider.
- Oriental Trading. This is my staple. You can find dozens of adorable ideas from toys to stickers to games and more. You can stock up and have stocking stuffers for this year and next year and even the one after that.
- Iwako Puzzle Erasers. People love to collect these adorable micro erasers of animals and food. They aren’t just erasers, they come apart like puzzles. They are made of recyclable non-PVC material, lead and phthalate free. Not for children under three.
- JOYIN Dinosaur Set. Fourteen assorted dinosaurs with moveable legs. I mean, dinosaurs! Enough said.
- SUGRU Moldable Glue. Here’s the thing about the holidays—inevitably something breaks. Listed as one of Time magazine’s top 50 inventions, this unique silicon glue can help save a favorite item from the dust bin.
Fun, small erasers pop up in Santa’s Last Gift! Enjoy an excerpt:
Seb saw the girls accepting red paper gift bags with candy canes sticking out the top. He remembered the thrill of the little gifts everyone got when they finished visiting Santa. Usually a tiny plastic car or whistle and some candy. Once he got a top and got in trouble for playing with it in the kitchen where it somehow got lodged under the stove. He wondered if it was still there.
Those feelings of simple joy had disappeared over time and distance. The holidays had become a task, fulfilling the fantasies of wealthy business people to impress, substituting faux glitter for actual shine.
Matty squeezed his arm. “Hey, they’re done.”
Startled, he saw Chance and Rowen looking up at him, clutching their bags to their chests. Brows drawn together, Matty cocked his head to regard him.
“Sorry.” He held a hand out and Chance took it while Rowen clutched onto Matty.
Matty stopped to help Rowen zipper her coat before the exit. Taking the cue Seb bent to assist Chance, who gave him a look that made him think of Steph as she took care of it herself.
In the car, the girls spilled their loot out on the backseat. A mini yo-yo poured out of each bag along with an assortment of small holiday-themed erasers and the candy cane.
Matty beamed as if he were six himself. “Cool, those are so neat. Let me see.” He held up the tiny snowman, evergreen, and gingerbread house erasers. After a moment he lowered his head to eye level with Rowen in her car set. “Row, remember, not in your mouth, okay?”
Swallowing, Seb realized that he hadn’t even thought about the potential choking hazard with items that tiny. As if reading his thoughts Matty said, “She’s good about that but it’s best to remind.”
Nodding, Seb asked, “Should we take it away while we’re driving?”
They both strapped their seat belts. “Nah. Chance will keep an eye on things.” He glanced in the rearview mirror. “Me too.”
Seb’s chest felt tight at the notion that Matty would never allow anything to happen to his nieces. His patience and deep well of caring made him a great uncle, more so, a father. That quickened his pulse because Matty wasn’t the same easily distracted boy he’d fallen for all those years ago. And maybe the man he’d become was someone worth the risk to his heart.
The greatest gift might be what they already have.
After years away building his career, event planner Sebastian Chesnut returns to his small hometown of Fir Falls to reconnect with his mother, sister, and young nieces before his job takes him to London.
He doesn't expect to find his high school boyfriend, Matty, has become a virtual member of Seb's family. Back then, Matty only offered a casual relationship, but Seb fell hard, and history is soon repeating itself. Seb’s afraid to hope for a second chance, no matter how much they’ve grown and despite the family they share. Instead, he focuses on creating a last perfect holiday, which won’t be easy with his sister’s ex planning to take the girls over Christmas.
Seb and Matty might not know what to do about their feelings for each other, but one thing’s for sure—it won’t be Christmas without the kids. Can these star-crossed lovers pull off a holiday miracle?
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About the author:
Sandine Tomas grew up an unapologetic bookworm, making friends with characters from the ancient past to the farthest reaches of the universe. Her career as a marketing writer has given her insight into the divergence between what a person thinks they want and what they truly need. Relationships are at the heart of her writing, and she enjoys creating characters who become so real that their stories beg to be told. Writing allows her to explore people and ideas from all sides, spinning a notion around like a gem until its facets glisten.
Twisting the old adage about writing what you know into writing what you feel, Sandine doesn’t shy away from raw emotions, turbulent circumstances, and above all, deep passions, fueled by humor, honesty, and trust. She enjoys instilling her characters with the flaws, courage, and idiosyncrasies that brings them to life. Sandine lives in New York with her husband, daughters and a Golden Retriever puppy named Noodle. An unabashed TV and film enthusiast, she happily binge watches her favorites until her eyes glaze over. Her other guilty pleasures include attending fandom conventions, sleeping in on weekends, and recharging solo by holing up with a caramel macchiato and an amazing book.
What was the best stocking stuffer you ever bought or received? Tell me in the comments and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a free e-book copy of Santa’s Last Gift! Please provide contact information.
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