Friday, December 2, 2011

On the Second Day of Christmas Sarah McNeal joined us

On The Second Day Of Christmas

My true love gave to me, two turtledoves...

I never really understood what a turtledove was—a dove with a shell? One thing I do know is that doves symbolize love and peace. Nothing brings together love and peace more than the Christmas season.

Perhaps you can find that love in my Christmas story, Gifts From The Afterlife, in the 2011 Christmas Anthology from Victory Tales Press in which Lydia Sinclair comes to peace with the loss of her loved ones and makes a decision that will alter her future.

As we enter into the holiday season, I wish for everyone peace, love and joy no matter your religion or culture. We all live on a small planet with all God’s creation. May we all live in tolerance, harmony and empathy for all living things.

Gifts From The Afterlife

How dark must it get before Lydia sees the light?


Lydia Sinclair’s life has run off the rails. She has lost everyone she loves and Christmas has lost its meaning. As Christmas approaches, Lydia wants to go to sleep and never wake up again. Perhaps an angel, some ghosts and a childhood sweetheart can convince her that life is worth living again. Can Lydia let go of what once was, renew her joy in Christmas and find the promise of hope for her future?


She felt the heat surge up her neck into her face. Lydia turned away from him and headed toward her house. If she ignored him, maybe he wouldn't insist on asking her about her feelings or about that kiss, and she could escape from her vulnerability.

Just as she reached her back door, he caught up with her, grasped her arm, and turned her around to face him. His sea green eyes were flecked with heated gold as he peered at her. "Don't just walk away. Tell me what I did wrong. Was it because I kissed you?"

She wanted to say something, to tell him that the kiss meant everything to her. It wasn't the kind of kiss that led straight to the bedroom. It felt more like a prelude to something richer, deeper, longer—like an unspoken promise. She tried to form the words but they resisted expression.

He pressed his fingertips to her lips. His voice, when he spoke, rose just above a whisper. "Wait. I know what you're going to say. It's too soon. Hell, you hardly remember me." He held on to her. The wind feathered his hair and swept it over his brow. "But for me, you've been here my whole life." He fisted his free hand and tapped his chest over his heart.

Snow gathered in his hair and melted on his face. He sighed. "All I ask is that you give me a chance. I know it's been hard for you in recent years—so many losses, so much sadness, but when you're ready..." His words trailed off.


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Other Books by Sarah McNeal:

Harmonica Joe’s Reluctant Bride (Time Travel Western 1910) Western Trail Blazers

Bitter Notes (Contemporary) Amira Press

For Love Of Banjo (Western Historical WWI) coming soon Western Trail Blazers

The Violin (Time Travel 1927) with new edits, coming soon

Where you can find me:


Moonlight Romance Authors: Sarah’s Provocative Ponderings: Twitter:!/Starcriter My Blog Spot: My website:


  1. Thank you for having me here today, Tonya. I appreciate it.

  2. Hi, Sarah! I'm excited to read Gifts of the Afterlife. You're such a great storyteller and the situation is so intriguing.

    What is it about Christmas that makes for such good romance stories?

  3. I'm glad I saw the post and will check out the Christmas anthology.

  4. Thank you for dropping by, Jacquie. I've often wondered the same thing--why is Christmas so romantic? Maybe the mistletoe? The magic we learned as kids about Santa and wishes coming true?
    Thank you for your very kind comments. It's such a pleasure to have you come by and visit me.

  5. Thank you for coming by, Andrea. I really appreciate your comment.

  6. I enjoyed your post. Thanks for sharing a little Christmas Spirit.

  7. Tonya love the site. Fae and cowboys-- my favorites!

    Hey, Sarah,

    I have this collection on my list to buy. All the stories sound really good. I enjoy your tales. :)
    I can't wait to indulge. Enjoyed your tidbit of Christmas, too.

    I wish you great success with your new release!

  8. Thank you for dropping by, Ginger. I truly appreciate it.

  9. Thank you for dropping by and leaving such a positive comment, Karen. I love your work. Thanks again for taking the time to come by and visit.

  10. Thanks for sharing the Christmas cheer. I look forward to reading the anthology.

    By the way, a turtle dove is a bird that used to be prevalent in England but is now dying out (it's on the endangered list). It is slightly darker than a collared dove and about the size of a blackbird.

  11. Ilona, I love your unique name. Apparently you know a thing or two about doves. Doesn't it just figure that turtle doves are on the endangered list? I think my Christmas cheer just took a tail spin. I recently learned that there are more lions in captivity in the United States than there are in the wild.
    Thank you so much for coming by today. I hope you get a chance to read all the wonderful stories in the 2011 Christmas Collection. I'mreading the last one by Stephanie Burkhart right now and loving it.
    Thank you again for leaving and comment today.

  12. Thanks Sarah for being part of my Christmas Event :)

  13. Thank you so much for having me here, Tonya. I really enjoyed it. You have a wonderful blog space and it was my pleasure to post here.

  14. I do try to remember that the Christmas season is a time for joy.
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  15. Finding joy at Christmas is what we all hope for. Thank you so much for commenting, Maureen.