A Gift for Santa (Northern Lights #2) by Beth Carpenter – Excerpt & $25 Giveaway

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A Gift for Santa
(Northern Lights #2)

by Beth Carpenter
Contemporary Romance


Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
December 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

It’s the season for giving…and starting over?

A reindeer farm without Santa wouldn’t be Christmas in Marissa Gray’s Alaskan hometown. Luckily Chris Allen’s there to pinch-hit, although for Marissa, seeing her ex-fiancé again brings back memories of what might have been.

Ten years after their breakup, the feelings between the wildlife biologist and blue-eyed fisherman are stronger than ever. Only now there’s a foster kid in the mix, as well as the shocking crime that cost Marissa her job and her family’s security. She and Chris need to find their way to a meeting of minds and hearts to make this truly a season for second chances…

Other Books in the Series

The Alaskan Catch
(Northern Lights #1)

by Beth Carpenter
Contemporary Romance

Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
August 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Where life’s currents take you…

Dana Raynott just traveled 3,600 miles to reunite with the brother who changed his name and fled to Alaska nineteen years ago. It’s impossible not to be moved by this wild, breathtaking state, even if Dana’s no closer to finding the answers she came here for.

Her brother’s best friend, Anchorage engineer Sam MacKettrick, might be able to help her. He’s strong and kind—a six-foot, irresistible blend of diverse cultures. He’s also haunted by a tragic family history with a startling connection to Dana’s past…

About the Author

Once upon a time …

when Beth Carpenter was a little girl, she read everything she could get her hands on, and entertained herself on the school bus by making up stories in her head. Not a lot has changed. She’s still consuming books like M&Ms, and spends her days creating happily-ever-afters for her imaginary friends.
She lives in Alaska and Arizona with her husband and an aggressively affectionate fifty-pound lap dog. She loves to hear from readers.


Excerpt #5, A Gift for Santa


Chris’s first foray into babysitting:


The first hour was a piece of cake. Ryan dragged out all his dinosaur paraphernalia, including the balsa wood model they’d made together, and they set up a dinosaur colony on the living room floor. Then he brought a tub of blocks and built walls for the dinosaurs to knock down. It was edging toward ten and Chris was thinking of starting cleanup when a cry sounded from the baby monitor.

Chris waited to see if April might just have cried out in her sleep, but a furious wail convinced him she meant business. “I’ll get the baby. You’d better pick up these blocks and put them in the tub.”

“Okay. Can I have a piece of fudge first?”

“Sandy said you could have one piece.”

Chris went to get the baby. She stopped crying for a moment when he walked into the room, but when she saw his face, she wailed louder. He obviously wasn’t the person she wanted.

“Shh, it’s okay, April. What do you need, sweetheart? Do you need to burp?” He picked her up and held her against his shoulder. She continued to scream.

He settled into the rocking chair and rubbed her back as he had before. It seemed to have no effect. He shifted her into his lap and rocked her. Her face grew redder. That couldn’t be healthy.

Chris positioned her against his shoulder again, bouncing her up and down as he’d seen Sandy do, and walked into the living room to check on Ryan. April downshifted from screaming to whimpering.

Ryan had put a few of the blocks in the bin, but seemed to have gotten sidetracked. He’d built a ramp against another bin and was marching his dinosaurs up the ramp and into their box. Traces of chocolate clung to the edges of his mouth. On the counter, the fudge tin lay open with the lid resting beside it.

“Hey, bud. It’s after ten. You’re supposed to be in bed. You need to get this cleaned up and brush your teeth.”

“I am cleaning up.” Ryan grabbed another plastic dinosaur and marched it slowly up the ramp.

“Okay, but hurry. I’ll be right back.” Chris took April into the nursery and checked her diaper. Ewww. Okay, he’d probably cry, too, if he’d messed his pants like that. What with the screaming and frantic kicking, it took him four times as long as it had taken Brent, but he finally managed to get her cleaned up and into a new diaper, albeit slightly askew. But when he picked her up, she seemed no happier.

Chris returned to the living room, where Ryan had made a little progress, and was now lying on the carpet rubbing his stomach. “Chris, I don’t feel good.”

Chris was pacing and jiggling April, which seemed to dial the crying down a decibel or so. He stopped and studied Ryan. “What’s wrong? Your stomach hurt?”


April protested, so Chris started walking again. Did they both have food poisoning? What did they have for dinner? But that made no sense. Sandy had told him April wasn’t eating solid food yet, except a little cereal for breakfast.

Chris’s eye fell on the open tin. “How much fudge did you eat?”

Ryan moaned. “Just one piece.”

Chris walked over to the tin. One uncut slab of fudge covered the entire bottom of the tin. Another slab would have fit above it.

“Ryan, that was, like, a pound of fudge. No wonder you’re sick.”

Ryan responded by rolling onto his knees and emptying the contents of his stomach all over the living room rug.


Tour Giveaway

Reindeer Prize Pack (US only), which includes:
  • Large handcrafted quilted reindeer tote bag
  • Signed Copy of The Alaskan Catch
  • Reindeer Cookie Cutters
  • Inflatable Reindeer Antler Ring-toss Game
$25 Amazon Gift Card (open internationally)
Ends December 6th


  1. Thanks for having me here today, Kathy.

  2. Love the book cover, and the excerpt makes it sound so fun!

  3. The story sounds so interesting and exciting.

  4. Sandy Klocinski says

    Sounds like an interesting read

  5. can’t follow candymuret on Twitter… her tweets are “protected”

  6. The book cover is intriguing since you can’t see their faces, so you have to imagine what expressions they have. Sleigh rides are so romantic with a blanket on the lap and someone to snuggle next to.

  7. I love the extra dose of warmth in a Christmas story.

  8. Debbie Welchert says

    I really like the cover and how colorful and romantic it is.

  9. Puts me in the mood for Christmas.

  10. Julie Waldron says

    I love the cover! It sounds like a cozy winter read.

  11. The cover makes me want to snuggle up to him. Lol

  12. Amy Deeter says

    I really enjoy the book cover. looks like a good book to check out

  13. Tracy Shafer says

    This sounds like such a great book!! I love where it takes place.

  14. I love the book cover. It makes me wish I enjoyed cold weather more. LOL