Winter Blogfest: Laura Strickland


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Generational Magic
by Laura Strickland

When you think about it, it’s really quite amazing. Generations of parents from differing segments of society and many parts of the globe all bent on perpetuating a single myth: there’s this fellow in a red suit (some even call him a jolly elf) who, on one night each year, accomplishes a truly astounding feat. He travels the world—all in a single revolution of the globe, you understand—distributing gifts to deserving children regardless of weather, door locks or even blazing fires in chimneys.

He may be called by various names. Santa. Pere Noel. Father Christmas. Kertsman, Jultomten or Grandfather Frost. The name doesn’t really matter because his heart’s always the same, warm and jolly and loving. His heart is pure magic.

What makes rational and otherwise-enlightened parents perpetuate such a tale? I have seen parents go to great and heroic lengths to make sure Santa does not fail. They stand on aching feet in checkout lines; they visit eight stores in the hopes of snagging the very last of the year’s must-have stuffed critters. They stay up all night frosting cookies so Santa can have a plate of his favorites. They struggle throughout the dark hours assembling toys with instructions written in a foreign language.

Why? I believe it’s the memory of how believing felt when we were children, the sheer breathless wonderment of the impossible happening year after year without fail. After all, the love in the heart of a parent is pure magic.

This holiday season, may we remember the breathless wonder that’s survived for generations and experience just a little of that magic once again.

Scottish chief’s daughter, Tinnie MacAieth, can think of only one way to ransom her clan’s folk, defeated by the fierce Viking, Claus – agree to his demand that she become his bride. She hopes her faith and love for her people will allow her to endure a lonely, loveless future in the cold north.

Claus has claimed Tinnie for his wife, but the prize he truly wants is her heart. Determined to win it, he offers her many gifts, but not until he undertakes a dangerous winter voyage for her sake does he dare hope she sees what’s in his heart. And on one magical Christmas Eve, while delivering toys to her clan’s children by sleigh, he begins to believe she may grant him the one gift he desires

About the Author: Award winning author Laura Strickland delights in time traveling to the past and searching out settings for her books, be they Historical Romance, Steampunk or something in between. Born and raised in Western New York, she’s pursued lifelong interests in lore, legend, magic and music, all reflected in her writing. Though she’s made pilgrimages to both Newfoundland and Scotland in the company of her daughter, she’s usually happiest at home not far from Lake Ontario with her husband and her “fur” child, a rescue dog.


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  1. I agree. I loved believing in Santa Claus and now I am to be grandmother and she wants wants the same for her child.

  2. I believed in Santa Claus, as did my children, and grandchildren.

  3. I still believe…at least in my heart. Your book sounds delightful.

  4. I still believe…at least in my heart. Your book sounds delightful.

  5. Believing in Santa was a magical, fun time growing up.

  6. Sounds like a good read. Christmas is a magical time.

  7. Laura, the book sounds wonderful. Was the Viking Claus meant–in a fictional comparison– to reflect the Jolly red elf we all know and love?

    • CJ, My Viking Claus is a new–or perhaps very old–take on the Santa Claus figure. Many believe he originated in Scandinavia–hence the North Pole references. I just wove a tale that took it a step further. And who knows? My Claus may have been the true Father Christmas…before he ate all those cookies. LOL.

  8. Debra Doggett says:

    Santa, keeping the innocence of children alive for years. Thanks for the post!

  9. What a wonderful post. Thanks so much for sharing. I truly enjoyed it. Mrs. Claus and the Viking Ship sounds like a great read. Going to Amazon to check it out! Merry Christmas.

  10. So many people working toward the same goal–for a very long, long time. It just shows what we can do it if we want to–and that is magic. I love the sound of this book! The happiest of holidays to you and yours!

  11. Lovely post, Laura. All children should believe in Santa Claus…one of the treasures in life. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Good luck with your book.

  12. I am thrilled to announce that the winner of the $5 gift certificate to The Wild Rose Press is:

    DEBRA G.!!!!

    Congratulations, Debra! I will be contacting you via email about receiving your prize!

    Thank you to everyone who participated and Happy 2017!

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