Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Excerpt of Christmas Forever by Robin Bayne

The winner of a downloaded book of their choice from The Pelican Book Group is: Mary Ann Diorio, who commented on Inkwell Inspirations.
Thank you, Mary Ann!

Today on Inkwell Inspirations, I'm featuring some of the Christmas novellas from The Pelican Book Group. On this post, I'm featuring an excerpt from Robin Bayne's novella, Christmas Forever. I'm also reviewing Robin Patchen's novella, One Christmas Eve, on another post on this same blog. This weekend, I'll be drawing for a downloaded copy of a novella of the winner's choice. If you'd like to be in the drawing, please leave a comment here, on the review post, or on the Inkwell post where I feature the novellas before Friday, December 14, 2012, at midnight. 

For the month of December, all of the Christmas novellas are at a great price of $1.00. You can't beat that for a satisfying Christmas read. Below is a description and an excerpt from one of the novellas, by a wonderful writer of inspirational contemporary romance, Robin Bayne.

About Christmas Forever:
Jason hasn’t seen Cami in three years. Now she’s back, with the son he’d wanted to claim as his own. Can he believe her newly found faith or will she desert him, and God, again?

Cami Jones is nervous about spending Thanksgiving with the Becker family, because she knows her old and dear friend Jason will be there. The friend, and employer, she’d deserted three years ago to run away and start a new life. Ashamed of things she’d done before finding faith, Cami reluctantly agrees to start a temporary job for Jason once again.

Still hurt that Cami had taken the son he’d helped deliver and fled, Jason finds it hard to believe she’s now a Bible-believing Christian. But the old spark is still there and he finds himself weaving into Cami and Robbie’s life again. When his new accountant turns out to be Cami’s ex, they panic they may lose custody of Robbie. Admitting he wants Cami and Robbie forever is the best Christmas present he could ever imagine.

Excerpt:  Christmas Forever by Robin Bayne
“When did you start going to church?” He asked the question in a quiet voice, but Cami also heard the unasked part of the query-when you would never go with me?
“In Philly. A woman I worked with asked me to go with her. She didn’t have anyone else, and neither did I. She gave me a few web sites to look at, ones that answered a lot of my concerns about Christ, and I got hooked. Katherine, that’s her name, went with us to all the social events, too.”
“Guess you’ll miss her.”
“Yeah. But she’s getting married in a few months, so she has someone.” They walked together in silence, traipsing into the snow bank as the street dead-ended near the woods. “How come you still aren’t married, Jason? You’ve always wanted a family.”
He touched her arm, and she felt his heat even through her coat. “Let’s turn around and head back now. It looks like it’s going to start snowing again.”
She understood he wanted to change direction of not only their path, but of their discussion. And she couldn’t blame him-it drove her nuts when people asked why she’d never married, too. Well-meaning, most folks had no idea why she couldn’t enjoy the blessing of marriage, of a loving, committed partner. She had too much to make up for.
Halfway home, Jason turned to her again. “Would you like to go to church with us Sunday? Then I could go with you to pick up Robbie.” He scuffed his boot against a curb. “There’s plenty of room in our pew, especially since Dad’s gone on. Mom still takes the family right up to the front row. She’s amazing.”
They stopped two houses from the Becker property. Cami felt a fist in her gut, twisting with the genuine affection she still felt for this man. “I don’t think so.”
That seemed to surprise him, and she watched the myriad of emotions cross his face. Finally a look of smug disbelief settled in his eyes, and the set of his mouth. “Why not? Are you really going to church now, Cami? I know we’ve had this discussion before, and it’s really none of my business. But you can tell me.”
“Of course I am. I’d never lie about that. It’s just that when I attend, I sit in the back row. And I keep my head down.”

Praise for Robin Bayne:
Tender, sweet, heartwarming and utterly charming are just a few words I'd use to describe From Now On. Ms. Bayne vividly brings to life Cami and Jason's struggles to follow Christ, accept, love and forgive as He did, yet never gets preachy or holier-nthan-thou. Cami and Jason are ordinary people, living their lives, dealing with their moments of doubt and hardship as they come along. I highly recommend this enchanting novella." ~~In The Library Reviews

"A good read from a talented author." ~~Carolyn Scheidies, author & reviewer

"A must read." ~~Romance Reviews Today

"An interesting tale that includes real problems and real solutions." ~~The Road to Romance

"A quick and satisfying read"

Christmas Forever and other Christmas novellas can be downloaded from The Pelican Book GroupAmazon, and Barnes and Noble.

Thank you for visiting today. I hope you'll decide to check out this wonderful Christmas collection. To be entered in a drawing for a downloaded copy of one of these novellas please leave a comment below, on the post where I review Robin Patchen's novella, One Christmas Eve, or on the Christmas Extravaganza post on Inkwell Inspirations.


  1. Thanks so much for hosting me, Suzie!

  2. Robin,

    Checking in late, but I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your story.Simply lovely!

    Best wishes for the Merriest Christmas ever!

  3. Sounds like another great novel, Robin!

    Best wishes and Merry Christmas~
    JoAnn Carter