A Home for Christmas Blog Tour
A Home For Christmas
by Katie Eagan Schenck
Genre: Contemporary Holiday Romance
Brad has just one wish this Christmas: to find a real home. Having lost his parents before joining the Marines, he misses that sense of belonging and family. When he meets an introverted flight attendant on his journey to start his civilian life, he wonders if this might be his chance.
After a messy divorce, Shelly has decided the only person allowed within the brittle walls of her broken heart is her daughter, Lilly. At least, until she meets a friendly man who hails from her hometown while working a routine flight. When she learns he needs a place to stay, she offers the apartment over her garage out of the kindness of her heart – and her desperate need for extra cash.
Even as Brad endears himself to Shelly by saving the town's Christmas pageant, she attempts to keep her distance to protect the fragile stability she's built since her divorce. But Brad's willingness to walk the fine line between what Shelly's heart wants and what her head allows slowly wears down her resolve. And when Brad receives a job offer near the only family he has left, Shelly must decide whether she's willing to risk her heart again before he leaves her home, and her life, for good.
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Debut author, Katie Eagan Schenck, writes sweet romance that warms the heart and gives all the feels. When she's not writing fiction, she's either working on regulations for the federal government or binging Hallmark movies. She lives in Maryland with her husband, daughter, and their three cats.
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What can we expect from you in the future?
In addition to A Home for Christmas, I have written two other sweet romances: When Cardinals Appear
and Barefoot in Blue Heron.
When Cardinals Appear is very near to my heart because it deals with grief and loss. It’s about two former
high school sweethearts, Lanie and Nate, who reconnect when Lanie comes home to settle her late
mother’s estate. At first, they try to avoid each other, but it’s a small town and thus, they’re thrown
together often. Each time they are, Lanie sees a cardinal. She soon learns the legend “when cardinals
appear, angels are near,” but she dismisses it as a myth. However, when she discovers that Nate is hiding a
secret from her about her mother, she starts to wonder if there’s a purpose to the cardinal’s visits. She
confronts Nate and forces him to choose: break Lanie’s heart with the truth, or his by letting her go for
Cardinal was chosen to be part of the Romance Writers of America’s Romance Author Mentorship
Program this summer, and I worked on editing it with author Virginia McCullough. I’m currently
querying it and hope to find an agent soon!
Barefoot in Blue Heron is really three romances combined into one. It was inspired by Jane Austen’s
Sense and Sensibility and is written in the vein of Love, Actually. It’s about three very different siblings
who are called home to their small beachfront town to help save their family’s pub, but they can’t agree
on the best course of action. Loyal Emily teams up with a hotel heiress, but there’s more to their
relationship than business. Ambitious Peter wants to sell, but his attraction to an interested buyer clouds
his judgment. And Cassie’s too caught up in her own love triangle between the local mayor and a high
school crush to be of much help either way. But when Cassie suffers a life-threatening experience, the
siblings must put aside their differences and work together before they lose the pub, their bond, and a
chance at love.
Barefoot is still being edited, though I have stuck my toes into the querying pool with it. The responses
I’ve received thus far have been promising, and I hope once Cardinal finds a home, Barefoot will soon
I’m currently working on the first book of a faery fantasy trilogy for National Novel Writing Month
(better known as NaNoWriMo). Now that I’ve fulfilled my promise to my mom, I’m ready to tell the
story of Astreilles, my main character, who has patiently waited her turn for almost two decades. I’m
undecided on whether I’ll try to go the traditional route or self-publish the series under a pen name, but I
expect it will be a while before the books are ready. Still, I’m excited to delve into this new genre, and I
hope I can share my other two completed novels with the world soon!
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