Sandy Loyd has lived and worked in some fabulous places in the US, including San Francisco and South Florida. She now resides in Kentucky and writes full time. As much as she loves her current hometown, she misses the mountains and has to go back to her Utah roots to get her mountain and skiing fix at least once a year, otherwise her muse suffers.
Sandy is a recent empty nester who has published fourteen books in several genres – Contemporary Romance, Romantic Mystery & Suspense, Time-Travel and Historical. All of her heartwarming stories consist of fun characters, who, like single people everywhere, are seeking that someone special to share their lives with among thousands of eligible candidates. She always tries to weave a warm love story into her work, while providing enough twists and turns to entertain any reader.
Currently, she’s working on the fifth book in her California Series about a group of friends in the San Francisco Bay Area who are looking for love in all the wrong places. To see a list of her current books, check out her Amazon page at http://www.amazon.com/author/sandyloyd or check out her website at www.sandyloyd.com.
I’d like to thank those at Romancing the Book blog for having me today to share my thoughts on what Christmas means to me.
Earlier this year, I’ve realized that for the last few years, I’ve come to view Christmas in a negative way. A time that is supposed to be filled with giving and love has in my mind turned into something like a circus in those headlined reports of ravenous shoppers on the hunt for a deal. Intent on saving a few bucks, shoppers can now stand in line for hours on a holiday that is clearly meant to be about family and giving thanks.
I fully understand why shopping is so important this time of year. In my previous profession I was a manufacturer’s rep for Gucci Timepieces. Department and jewelry stores can make sixty-five percent of their year’s revenue between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Shoppers during this time of the year are clearly good for the economy in the form of jobs and productivity, but somehow I think we’ve gone too far and lost our balance. Maybe it’s a sign of the times, because it seems that same loss of balance has permeated other areas from politics to health care to the widening divide between poverty and wealth. I don’t have any answers to solving world problems but I have decided to look in the mirror to solve my own dilemma. At the very least I can find some Christmas spirit and send it out to the world in hopes that it might make a difference.
One way I did this was to write my own Christmas story about an event that brought back my joy of the season and taught me what the season really meant. A Christmas Miracle is a story based on one Christmas Eve I experienced years ago. I admit to changing the circumstances a bit and weaving a budding romance into the plot. After all, I am a romance writer first and foremost. What I realized in penning the events, those feelings of joy that I felt on that night came back to me. I had experienced my own miracle, only I was too wrapped up dreading the holidays to realize it. The spirit of giving is all around us, present in our lives on a daily basis, not just one day of the year. My miracle just happened to take place on December twenty-fourth, but it could have happened at any time. What stood out in my recollection was that I remember being thankful for what I have. I was also filled with love. For my family and for those around me. Christmas and the holidays should be filled with both thankfulness and love.
As you can tell by the cover, A Christmas Miracle involves a Labrador retriever. I’m a cat person myself, mainly because cats require less maintenance. I’ve never owned a dog before Buddy. He came into our lives in such a way as to make me believe he was sent to us for a purpose. That purpose was to restore my faith in people. He’s become a good friend and a necessary part of our family. I count myself lucky to have found him. Or maybe he found us.
Below is a quick blurb of A Christmas Miracle, an uplifting short story to warm the heart on this cold holiday season…
Megan Jenkins isn’t looking forward to Christmas. The holidays will forevermore remind her of what she had and lost. Her husband, and love of her life, died a few days after Christmas the year before, leaving her a young widow with a fatherless son to raise. During the course of this Christmas Eve, Megan experiences her own Christmas Miracle as she learns the true meaning of giving with the help of Kevin Murdock, a long-time friend who’s always been there for her.
As stated above, A Christmas Miracle is based on a true story—a Christmas Eve adventure that had to be immortalized in this short story so it would never be forgotten. The circumstances and names have been changed. Any similarity to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental and not intended by the author
What about you? Do you have any stories to share about the holidays that are heartwarming and show what Christmas is all about? Share your story and you’ll be entered to win an electronic copy of A Christmas Miracle, along with an e-copy of Dancing with an Angel, the fourth and latest Contemporary Romance in the California Series. The winner will be chosen on Sunday, December 22.