19 October 2020

This Christmas | Excerpt + Giveaway


A beautiful story of loss and new love, set in a snow-capped mountain ski resort town.

Celia Batista waited a long time for all three of her sons to be together for Christmas. But after one of her identical twins disappears without a trace, Celia must rely on Police Captain Luke Veldkamp for help. Despite Luke’s accusations that her other twin son is involved with organized crime, she falls for the handsome, Stetson wearing cop.

Luke Veldkamp is facing his first Christmas after the loss of his wife, working nonstop to avoid the holidays and his grief. His daughter, who’d moved home to care for her mom before her passing, pushes him to face his pain. Luke pushes back, telling her to return to college and regain her own life. If his own strife isn’t enough, the mission to locate the missing son of his beautiful neighbor grows more personal than any other case.

While Luke and Celia fight to keep their families from falling apart, they find comfort and strength in one another. And when love blooms between their children, Luke and Celia’s own relationship takes root and grows. But Celia is used to living on her own terms, and loving a man who has isolated his heart is a risk too great. Now, Luke must either confront his emotions or face a life without the woman he’s come to love.
Release Date: October 20, 2020


Christmas decorations were so prevalent, he wondered how many one person could own. A miniature Christmas tree sat in the entryway, filled with glass ornaments of a variety of foods. The Batista house burst with merry cheer—a stark contrast to his home. The smells drifting down the hallway from the kitchen reminded him of past holidays when he’d come home to find Maggie and Kenna elbow-deep in cookie dough and frosting. Pain pressed against his temples, and Luke blocked out the memories. “I’m here about Alex. You called and reported him missing?”

“He should be home by now.” She exhaled and wiped at the corners of her eyes with the back of her hand. “Alex isn’t the type to stay out and not tell me. And he’s not answering his phone.”

The lack of communication concerned him. “Is his car still parked at the store?”

“I called there right after I got off the phone with your department. Someone checked and said it’s there. The car belongs to Marco. I told him to leave it in case Alex comes back.” She shivered.

Luke took out a small notebook and jotted down what Celia had told him. “I know you’re worried. Alex is a young man used to living on his own. He may have met some friends, went out, and forgot to let you know.”

“Look outside at this weather.” She pointed toward a window, where a stream of white blew past, spotlighted by streetlights. “What if he’s stranded outside somewhere?”


Laurie Winter’s head has always been full of stories. Then a dream gave her the inspiration to put her thought into written words, sharing a part of her heart and soul. Now, she creates authentic characters who overcome the odds and find true love. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, daughter, and rescue dog. Please connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Bookbub.


One winner will receive a Loqi Reusable Shopping Bag with birds design, Soy Wax Candle - Snowflake and a $25 Amazon gift card (US only)

Ends October 28, 2020



  1. Sounds like a great book to read.  Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

  2. This sounds like a really good read. Pretty cover!

  3. I love the cover, it's beautiful! I enjoyed the excerpt, it sounds intriguing.

  4. Romantic suspense is always fun to read as it keeps me guessing.

  5. I like reading romantic suspense because there are so many twists and turns before the story ends.