MERRY CHRISTMAS, MONTANA – Release Day Blog Post Featuring Author Elsa Winckler!

It’s release day for Merry Christmas, Montana, the final story in the Millers of Marietta series. I had so much fun planning Riley’s and Mitch’s story, not only because I fell a little bit in love with the hero myself while writing him, but also because it’s a Christmas story.

I love everything about Christmas – the trees, the lights, the songs, the decorations, buying presents for the grandkiddies, baking cookies, planning the menu, welcoming the kids home. 

I’m from South Africa, so for us Christmas means long, hot summer days and braais, the Afrikaans word for “barbeque”. Most South African boys can braai before they can talk! It’s the time of year when schools close and people go on holiday. Christmas for us, like everywhere else, is also more than just a holiday, it’s a time for cherished traditions, heart-warming moments and family. 

And have I mentioned how much I love Christmas songs? Even though most of them don’t make any sense in sunny South Africa! When writing this story, though, I had the delightful opportunity to “escape” to Marietta, Montana where Christmas is actually “white”, where words like “reindeer” and “sleighbells” and “sleigh ride” and “snowman” are indeed the appropriate words to use in a Christmas song!

In this story Mitch and Riley find the courage to give love another chance, to step out of their comfort zones and find happiness – my wish for all of you this year.

Thank you for all the messages and reviews – I so appreciate your feedback. 

Whether you’re in front of a fireplace or on a beach, I hope you’ll enjoy this story!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

About the Author.

Author Elsa Winckler headshotI have been reading love stories for as long as I can remember and when I ‘met’ the classic authors like Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Henry James The Brontë sisters, etc. during my Honours studies, I was hooked for life. 

I married my college boyfriend and soul mate and after 43 years, 3 interesting and wonderful children and 3 beautiful grandchildren, he still makes me weak in the knees. We are fortunate to live in the picturesque little seaside village of Betty’s Bay, South Africa with the ocean a block away and a beautiful mountain right behind us. And although life so far has not always been an easy ride, it has always been an exciting and interesting one! 

I like the heroines in my stories to be beautiful, feisty, independent and headstrong.  And the heroes must be strong but possess a generous amount of sensitivity. They are of course, also gorgeous!  My stories typically incorporate the family background of the characters to better understand where they come from and who they are when we meet them in the story. 

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