Basically, this is a Secret Santa played by Santa’s Elves. And I’m supposed not to love it how??? And a reindeer helps… seriously.
The book is Northern Magic by Laura Strickland, a contemporary fantasy.
When Santa asks his worker, Olja, to help make another elf’s Christmas wish come true, she believes the job calls for a love potion. Brewing it up will require her to travel all around the North Pole gathering unusual supplies, and to take a few dangerous risks. But she’s never failed Santa in the past and doesn’t intend to now.
Elf Runi’s in the business of guiding Santa’s sleigh and making other people’s wishes come true. This year he’s dared make a wish of his own, one from the heart. When he meets Olja, he hopes he’s found his forever. But it will take assistance from a reindeer, a generous helping of love and a whole lot of magic to make his wish come true. That is, if Olja and Runi can just outwit the three troublesome trolls who decide they’d make a fine winter’s snack.
Chatting with the Author
Multi-published and multi award-winning author, Laura Strickland writes stories that span several Romance genres. Her Scottish Romances have been compared to Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander and her American Historicals echo the work of authors such as Susan Wiggs and Kristin Hannah. Her award-winning Buffalo Steampunk series has broken new ground both for its setting and its portrayal of automaton characters pursuing their rights.
Laura also cares deeply about animal adoption, and supports several local rescue organizations. If you visit her on Facebook, you will see numerous posts promoting pets in search of homes. Her last four dogs have been rescues, two of them seniors. She lives in Western New York not far from Lake Ontario and is currently working on her next book.
I asked Laura to share a Christmas story that’s important to her, and here’s what she told me.
A Home for Christmas
I’ve noticed that those who read and write books, tend to have a special affinity for animals. For me, though I love cats, my heart has always gone to the dogs! I find comfort in the presence of a special canine companion, and the attachment on both sides tends to run deep.
Which is all very well, until that moment of parting comes. It happened for my husband and me just recently, when our beloved rescue dog, Jessie, crossed the rainbow bridge. For a while, it looked like we’d have a pretty bleak holiday. But then…a bit of pre-Christmas magic occurred.
I believe in animal adoption, and so I’m connected with many rescue organizations in my area. Husband and I weren’t sure we were quite ready to adopt again, just yet. But then, what to my wondering eyes should appear but the photo, online, of one particular little girl, needing a home for Christmas.
She’d had a rough time, this little angel. Booted out from her home somewhere in Kentucky, she became a stray, picked up and taken to a high-kill shelter. She had one puppy with her, which makes me wonder if she’d been abandoned with a whole litter, only one of which survived. A kind soul at the shelter contacted a rescue organization in my state, up north, and they transported her along with her little boy. Placed into a foster home, she waited.
When I saw her picture, she had a wild, scared, and very apprehensive look in her eyes. Can you imagine? She’d been moved from pillar to post, and didn’t know what might be coming next. I shared that picture with my husband, and together we determined that what would be coming next for Lacy, if we could swing it, was a secure and loving home for Christmas.
So, why will this Christmas be special for us? Because we’ll be sharing our very first holiday with Lacy. And I’ll tell you, a small Christmas miracle has already occurred. Because as soon as Lacy walked through our door and into our hearts, bruised and anxious from her past experiences, she bonded with us. And if that’s not magic, I don’t know what is.
We’ve made a promise to Lacy: she’s home for Christmas, and all the years ahead. May you, too, find joy and warmth this season!
Find Laura here: http://www.laurastricklandbooks.com