on November 16th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Holiday, Romance
Format: eBook, Paperback
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A celebration of love without labels. It’s easy to be brave with you by my side!
Popular DJ Dexx finds himself positively smitten by the precociously pristine Poppy Paris. Too bad she’s already taken by an older boy, Declan Davies, a beautiful model with a thriving career, and a perfect family. By a dreamful stroke of chance, Dexx finds himself invited to spend Christmas at the Davies home by a gorgeous girl, granting him the opportunity to pursue the precious Poppy. But in his quest to win her over, he unlocks a world of imperfection and insecurity, where people are picked on for their disabilities, speech, appearance, and eccentricities. For Poppy and her friends, love trumps labels, and everyone deserves a brave friend to stand by their side. What gifts will Dexx discover this Christmas? Will he ultimately find true love, or will he discover something even greater?
You are invited to read a powerful story about living with autism, but not letting it define you, about being bullied, but carrying on with determination and grit, and about having dreams, but not giving up in the face of adversity. Come celebrate something beautiful with Poppies for Christmas.
Hello Everyone! With the holidays just around the corner, here is a special guest post from Stacy Renée Keywell, author of Poppies for Christmas, as she shares with us her love of world building and what went into creating the world of Poppies for Christmas.
The world of… (World Building)
I have a passion, no an obsession with world building! In my Forbidden Sky series and Cloud City I have constructed dystopian science fiction fantasies. Those worlds are complete fabrications of my imagination with soaring worlds high in the clouds contrasted with zombie bottom dwellers, and strictly controlled societies based on an alphabetical cast system. But when I wrote Poppies for Christmas I was faced with building a world based on reality.
In the world of Poppies for Christmas young adult love and angst are in the air. Jealousy and passion, crushes and crushed hearts, this Christmas tale has a whirlwind of excitement and emotion. The trees are painted with snow and ice. The Davies family home is decorated to the nines. The delicious scent of warm cookies and hot cocoa wafts through the air. The triangles of love are surrounded by music, festivities, and dancing.
The world of Poppies for Christmas is a world I yearn to visit. With one simple invitation to the Davies party the reader takes an epic a vacation of the mind, and tour of the heart. This a world of love and acceptance, where people see past the surface and into each other’s hearts. This a world of bravery and courage to stand up for friends and family.
It is a Christmas light entwined, vanilla cake filled world topped with awesome tunes and young love. Come visit the world of Poppies for Christmas!
Thank you so much!!!
“Um,” Denver cleared her throat, and shook her long hair. “Let’s bundle up. Grab your coat, hat, and gloves. We are going back outside.”
Her eyes sparkled. The departure of her cantankerous relatives, and my pep talk revived her zest.
After layering on the warm clothing, Denver led me out the back entrance. Paper bags populated either side of a shoveled pathway. Someone had cut out decorative holes in each bag, resembling snowflakes, turning the sacks into lanterns. Candles were placed inside the bags which lit up a long trail. The flames flickered, and glowed yellow. The trail filled with a yummy, vanilla scent. The candles created a festive yet eerie atmosphere, a happy nightmare.
Denver and I stood outside alone in the blustery winter night. The wind prickled my nose. A gust of white flakes swirled around Denver. The snow bowed down around her, honoring her as if she were an ice queen.
At the foot of the path was a basket. Denver picked out two long objects. She dipped them into one of the glowing bags, and pulled them out with tiny flames. She handed one to me. It was a long, white candle stuck in a plastic holder to catch the wax. A red and green plastic poinsettia plant with red berries, surrounded the candle. The bouquet had that nice, waxy, nostalgic fake flower smell, reminiscent of shopping in the craft department with my mother as a child. It brought me back home to my childhood. A bout of sadness enveloped me. I momentarily missed my family, whom I left for this mysterious adventure.
Denver playfully knocked into me with her elbow. She snapped me out of my homesick state. Guided by the flickering lights, we began walking down the snow covered path. We passed the snow hill, and entered the forested area. An animal howled from a distance. The dark trees surrounded us in the woods. The sound took Denver’s breath away, and startled her. She gulped, let out an eek, and bumped into me again.
“Oops.” She jumped.
We both laughed.
“I’ll protect you.”
“I’m not afraid,” she defended herself.
“I am,” I said.
We laughed again.
We wandered to an opening near the lake. A crowd of people gathered. They all held the candlelit poinsettia bouquets. We joined them. Debbie and Dereck nodded. The crowd started singing Silent Night. The warm cheerful voices grew in volume. The carolers began to walk around the property, arm in arm. They embraced their candles to light the way.
Denver chanted the words in a soft, dreamy tone. Her voice echoed across the lake. It took my breath away. We walked arm in arm. Silent Night turned into Winter Wonderland. At some point, I stopped singing. My mouth gaped open as I listened.
“What?” Denver asked.
The two of us stopped. The rest of the crowd moved on, in song, without us.
“I guess…I guess I didn’t realize you had such a beautiful singing voice.”
“I don’t.” Denver blushed.
“Not true at all! You do have an amazing voice, you really do. I should have you sing for me some time so I can record it, and sample it over my mixes.”
“Seriously? Honestly, Dexx? Do you really mean it?”
“Yes! Why are you so surprised?”
Thank you again to Stacy Keywell for sharing the world of your Christmas young adult novel, Poppies for Christmas with us, as well as, to Chapter by Chapter for including Read. Eat. Love. in the blog tour for Stacy Renée Keywell‘s novel, Poppies for Christmas. Before you go, as part of the blog tour from Chapter by Chapter, be sure to check out the fun giveaway below. Cheers!