I’m so so SO excited to have one of my favorite authors, Sarah Morgenthaler, to the blog today to share what the people in Moose Springs gifted each other for Christmas this year! I have read and loved all three of the Moose Springs novels this year, and they have been the perfect escape. I would LOVE it if this trilogy became a series (you hear that, Sourcebooks?? I don’t want to leave Moose Springs yet!).
Thank you for inviting me to guest post today for A Bookish Little Christmas! My name is Sarah Morgenthaler, and I’m the author of the Moose Springs, Alaska series. Moose Springs is a tiny, picturesque mountain town in Alaska, where the moose and the tourists run amuck while the quirky locals just try to get through the holidays. In true Secret Santa style, I pulled random names for each of the main characters. The rest was entirely up to them. :)
My Alaskan Christmas romcom MISTLETOE AND MR. RIGHT is available now. I hope you check it out!
A MOOSE SPRINGS SECRET SANTA
They’ve been best friends their whole lives, so when Graham draws Easton as his Secret Santa, he’s tempted to tease the quiet mountain man with a joke gift. Instead Graham works every night for a month on an intricate chainsaw carving of Easton’s favorite place on the mountain. He wordlessly leaves it on Easton’s truck bed with a six pack of beer. They never talk about it, but the carving is the most prized possession Easton will ever own.
Rick’s been a little down because his cat Roger has been particularly disdainful of him this holiday. Zoey gives him a self-help book called “My Cat and Me, A Journey to Becoming Your Cat’s Best Friend” for Christmas, even though Zoey thinks Rick’s great just how he is.
Lana has a habit of worrying too much about picking a good Christmas gift for her best friend. Zoey knows this, and while she’s happy with just a hug, it means more than she can say when Lana brings Zoey’s grandmother to visit her for a surprise Christmas present. Time with family and friends is the best gift.
True to form, nothing goes right in Rick’s quest for the perfect Christmas gift for Lana. He decides to swallow his pride and puts on the too-tight Santa suit. After a few glasses of eggnog, he doesn’t even mind how often she pinches his rear end or how hard his nephew is laughing at him.
Jake Barnett the Border Collie
Somehow Jake always ends up pulling Graham for his Secret Santa, but he’s a good dog and he orders (with a little help) a mug covered with pictures of himself. After all, Graham will only drink his coffee from a “Happy Jake Mug” and they both know better than to steal Zoey’s favorite coffee cup.
Having drawn Ulysses the moose, Easton feels like this year they might be taking the Secret Santa thing a little too far. Still, he dutifully buys the moose a bun at Frankie’s and hikes halfway up a mountain in the snow because it’s less work than listening to Graham complain about Ulysses getting forgotten this Christmas.
Ulysses the Moose
No one knows how Ulysses draws Ash when he wasn’t even a part of the official Pre-Secret Santa Planning Committee, but his taste is impeccable. She’s not really sure what to do with the three gift-wrapped pine cones she finds on the porch but the plushy moose sitting with them is pretty cute.
Everyone wants to get Jake for their Secret Santa, but there can only be one winner. Ash might have cheated a little, but he’s completely worth it. She’s not sure what’s better: buying Jake untailored clothes that’ll drive Graham nuts or spending Christmas with the blind border collie in her lap, both of them munching on holiday treats and happy to be with the people they love the most.
Mistletoe and Mr. Right by Sarah Morgenthaler
Series: Moose Springs, Alaska #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on October 6, 2020
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How the moose (almost) stole Christmas.
Lana Montgomery is everything the quirky small town of Moose Springs, Alaska can’t stand: a rich socialite with dreams of changing things for the better. But Lana’s determined to prove that she belongs…even if it means trading her stilettos for snow boots and tracking one of the town’s hairiest Christmas mysteries: the Santa Moose, an antlered Grinch hell-bent on destroying every bit of holiday cheer (and tinsel) it can sink its teeth into.
And really…how hard could it be?
The last few years have been tough on Rick Harding, and it’s not getting any easier now that his dream girl’s back in town. When Lana accidentally tranquilizes him instead of the Santa Moose, it’s clear she needs help, fast…and this could be his chance to finally catch her eye. It’s an all-out Christmas war, but if they can nab that darn moose before it destroys the town, Rick and Lana might finally find a place where they both belong…together.
About Sarah Morgenthaler
Geologist and lifelong science nerd, Sarah Morgenthaler is a passionate supporter of chocolate chip cookies, geeking out over rocks, and playing with her rescue pit bull, Sammy. When not writing romantic comedy and contemporary romance set in far-off places, Sarah can be found traveling with her husband, hiking national parks, and enjoying her own happily ever after. She is the Indie Romance Bestselling author of THE TOURIST ATTRACTION.
Find out more at: www.sarahmorgenthaler.com
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