When Serena Cole came to Chicago for a fresh start, she never imagined she’d save a little girl from getting hit by a car, or that her new boss would turn out to be the little girl’s father. But he is, and now Serena must decide if she can work for the man she’s quickly falling in love with. Her heart has plenty of room for Mark and his daughter, but she wants more than he’s willing to give, and that could very well be a dealbreaker for her.
Mark Harper never wanted a second chance at love, until Serena came into his life. He’s certain she’s the one, but when she asks for the one thing he can’t give her, he’s not so certain of their future. Can he let go of his fear and give Serena the one thing she wants above all else, or will his inability to budge drive her away forever?
The companion to Angelica’s Christmas Wish, this novella will get you ready for the new year!
Tell us how your characters celebrate the holidays
Mark and his late wife Lily hosted a New Year’s Eve party in their downtown Chicago office building each year. Mark quit that tradition after Lily passed away but his family is trying to talk him into having a party this year.
What is the theme of this book? If it’s part of a series, how does this book fit into the series?
Two people falling in love find that their dreams for their lives are not the same. They have to decide if they can overcome their differences or if their relationship will be over before it really begins.
This is the second book in the series.
What inspired this story?
After finishing and publishing the novella, Angelica’s Christmas Wish, I felt like the story of Serena and Mark wasn’t finished. I decided to write more about the characters and called the sequel “Serena’s New Year’s Wish.”
Any future plans for more stories?
I have ideas for more stories in this series about other characters and holiday wishes. The next one I am focusing on is the story of Shannon, who you will meet in the New Year’s novella.
Any tips to share with fellow authors/aspiring authors? What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?
Stick with it. Write the stories that are in your head and in your heart. You may not get it published, but the stories will change you. I find that as I write about my characters overcoming their challenges and finding their faith, it makes my own faith grow stronger. I sometimes cry during tender moments in the stories. They touch my heart as I write them and I know they will touch the reader also.
What is your favorite Christmas tradition and/or memory?
My extended family gathers after the holidays for our Christmas dinner and gift exchange. This often means celebrating Christmas on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. It’s always fun to spend the time with my sisters and my brother and their families. We lost our parents a few years ago so coming together to celebrate is important to all of us.
Finally! Real Christmas tree? Or fake?
We had a real tree for a few years early in our marriage but quickly learned that cleaning up the mess afterwards was something we didn’t enjoy. We switched to an artificial tree after we moved into a new house and I’ve never gone back to real.