Contemporary Romance Novella
After losing her husband, Vienna Campbell thought that coming home to Birch Bay, Wisconsin, on the shore of Lake Superior, and running Vienna’s Gifts & Antiques for her grandmother would help her find a way to move on. When things get worse, in steps the town nerd and her rival all through school, Joseph Millbauer, taking pity on her and offering her an unexpected, extravagant gift. But if she accepts it, what does good ol' dateless Joe expect in return in his Christmas stocking?
The Christmas Magi of Birch Bay
Christine DeSmet is a novelist, screenwriter, and writing teacher at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her new mystery series, The Fudge Shop Mystery Series, set in Door County, Wisconsin, debuts in September 2013. Her first novel, a romantic suspense called SPIRIT LAKE, is an award-winning, best-selling novel available now from Mundania Press.
In the film world, she co-authored with Peggy Williams and Bob Shill a true-story film script "Chinaware-Fragile," which is a past winner of the Slamdance Film Festival writing contest and was optioned by New Line Cinema. With Peggy, Christine has optioned other projects. She's a fellowship graduate of the Warner Bros. Sitcom Writers Workshop, and member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum, Romance Writers of America, and Writers Guild of America, East. She has a bachelor's and master's degree in journalism from UW-Madison and grew up on a farm near Barneveld, WI.
Christine's releases include a novella called Sex with the Man in the Moon in TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, the first Jewels of the Quill Anthology; When Rudolph was Kidnapped, the first story in her Mischief in Moonstone Series, in the Jewels of the Quill Christmas anthology, SMALL GIFTS; Misbehavin' in Moonstone, Book 2 in her Mischief in Moonstone Series, in TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume II; Mrs. Claus and the Moonstone Murder, Book 3 in the Mischief in Moonstone Series, in TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume III; When the Dead People Brought A Dish-to-Pass, Book 4 in the Mischief in Moonstone Series, in SHADOWS IN THE HEART, A Jewels of the Quill Halloween Anthology; and the newest The Big Love & Murder Shilly-Shally in Moonstone, Book 6 in the Mischief in Moonstone Series, in TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume V. Also available now are the first two books in her Men of Moonstone Series: The Moonstone Fire, in TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume IV and All She Wore Was A Bow, in CHRISTMAS WISHES, A Jewels of the Quill Christmas Anthology. Christine’s newest release is The Christmas Magi of Birch Bay in CHRISTMAS GEMS, Jewels of the Quill’s third Christmas anthology.
Available now are Christine's two Dame series collections: MISCHIEF IN MOONSTONE SERIES, with the first four books and a bonus novella in the series, available now. MEN OF MOONSTONE SERIES, with the first two books and a bonus novella in the series, is also now available, and is a 2010 EPIC Award finalist.
Additionally, Christine had a romantic mystery novella in THE OBJECT OF ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY, Stolen Pleasures, published by the now defunct Beacon Books. THE OBJECT OF ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY was nominated for a 2007 CAPA (anthology category).
The first cozy mystery in the Fudge Shop Mystery Series will be FIRST-DEGREE FUDGE in September 2013. The next two books in the series are TBA also in paperback. Click on the Books & Awards button below to purchase any of Christine's books.
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