Winter Blogfest: January Bain

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What is the Perfect Story for Christmas?

Christmas is truly my favorite time of the year! And this year it has even more special
meaning than usual because I’m going to write my very own Christmas story set in Sweetwater, North Dakota and Joy’s All Things Christmas Shoppe! So of course, I had to watch ALL the Hallmark movies on tv that thankfully are shown every hour by the hour, looking for the inspiration for the perfect story. I’ve been thrilled with stories of small-town heroes, small-town celebrations, and best of all, lonely people finding and helping each other during the magic that is Christmas. I’ve watched the heroine and hero fall in love over coffee, and Christmas tree decorating, over Christmas Pageants, and racing about solving a scavenger hunt, during cookie making and crafting gingerbread houses, and over the simple pleasure of sitting before the fire together, eating popcorn and watching a Christmas movie. And after watching oodles and oodles of them, I’ve come to the conclusion there is no one perfect story, but hundreds of them! All entrancing you with the magic of the season. And on that note, I wish all of you the very best and may you live your own perfect Xmas story, whether in real life or through the pages of a book, and be blessed with the gift that is Christmas.

Fondest regards,
January Bain
(and writing from a very small town in Canada)

Charm McCall, armed with a library full of Agatha Christie stories and her unique witchy gifts, knows how to solve a small-town murder…
Charm McCall, the oldest of the McCall triplets by a whole day—or one minute before midnight if one’s being picky—is the designated driver for her whole town. Why, if it wasn’t for her, Snowy Lake would incinerate or fall into Hudson’s Bay. With her unique abilities, she’s all set to keep her family and town safe and on its proper course.
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Charm knows just what to do. What’s breaking a few laws if she can sleuth out the culprit? She knows the people of Snowy Lake better than any new lawman possibly could. So why can’t he just leave her be to get on with things?
And why does he have to be so darn hot?


I think I’ve wished on every falling star, every blown-out birthday candle, and every coin thrown in a fountain to be a storyteller. And I know where it all began! I was blessed by being read to by my mom every night at bedtime. 🙂
I love spending hundreds of hours researching the unusual and the mundane to create books that feature strong, kickass women, hot complicated men who aren’t afraid to take risks, and wild adventures full of twists and turns.
You can find me hard at work every morning without fail in my office with a furry baby trying to prove she does a better job of guarding the universe than anyone.
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  1. Love the cover, sounds good.

  2. Debra K Guyette says

    Thanks for the great post.I love to read.

  3. I enjoyed reading this post. You’ve really done your research! Magic, Mayhem, and Murder sounds great.

  4. Good luck with the Christmas story you’re writing! How fun.

  5. Diane Sallans says

    I love to watch Christmas movies and read Christmas stories at this time of year! the featured book sounds like great fun, so a Christmas story would be a nice addition.

  6. I love stories set in small towns. I also love Christmas movies. I enjoyed reading the post.

  7. This looks good!

  8. Jean Patton says

    Enjoyed the post. I always enjoy Christmas movies

  9. The cover is seriously adorable!! I can’t wait to read this!!

  10. Good luck on writing your Christmas story!! How exciting!

  11. Robert Grieco says

    Don’t you just love these types of books?

  12. bernie wallace says

    Great giveaway. I could always use an amazon gift card for more books.

  13. Shirley Emitt says

    Hope your Christmas story is falling in place. We are a reading to the kids family.

  14. Your book cover has me intrigued as does the title. 🙂
    Happy writing. Good luck with your Christmas story .

  15. Mysti Holiday says

    Hallmark movies are a guilty pleasure in my house. It makes me laugh because my daughter, who LOVES horror movies and books, will sit and watch every single Hallmark movie they release. People make fun of them, but there’s just something about the simplicity and sweetness that makes them resonate, especially during Christmas time. I loved your story 🙂

  16. Great post. And thanks for chance.

  17. January Bain says

    Thanks to everyone who kindly commented on my blog post! The Christmas Story titled, Sweetwater Christmas, is indeed coming along, growing by leaps and bounds! Over 40,000 words in the last five weeks.

    I’d like to take this moment to wish all of you a wonderful New Year filled with peace, hope, and happiness.

    Hugs, January Bain

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