Calisa Rhose hosts Barbara Edwards and Journey of the Magi


I’m honored to have Babara Edwards take over the round pen today with her new Christmas story! Find a chill-chair and get comfortable as Barbara tells us about this book. 🙂 The floor is yours, Barbara.

Thanks, Calisa, for hosting me. Journey of the Magi is #free on #kindle today.

Christmas 2012 034BEThe idea for this Holiday romance came while I was setting up the manger for Christmas. Over the years I’ve collected more than the basic Holy Family, shepherds and wise-men. There are several cows and a calf, a dozen sheep, the sheep dog, ducks, chickens, deer, rabbits, I could go on but the list is too long. I have two sets of Magi and use them both. One is fairly new the other belonged to my Mother and her Mother before her. They are plaster of paris, the paint is chipped and they look like they had a long hard, journey.  I love them because they remind me of my childhood. Somehow the ideas connected in my imagination.
My heroine is a loving mother who dearly wants to give her children the happy home she remembers from her childhood. My hero is a nice guy with a soft streak for those down on their luck. Journey of the Magi is for everyone who longs for a happy holiday.

BarbaraEdwardsI’m Barbara Edwards and a native New Englander. I’m a graduate of the University of Hartford with a Master’s degree in Public Administration. I write poetry for myself and novels when I need to tell a longer tale. I’m fascinated by the past so naturally turned to writing historical romance. The dark paranormal stories evolve from nightmares. The romance comes from my belief in people’s basic goodness and longing for love.

            I lived in Florida for several years and am past president of the Central Florida Romance Writers and a member of Romance Writers of America.

            When I returned to Connecticut, I founded the Charter Oak Romance Writers, a Chapter of Romance Writers of America, along with several close friends.

            My husband is a retired Police Sergeant. We share an interest Civil War re-enacting and travel the Eastern states to participate in events. I love visiting museums, galleries and battle sites, gathering information for my stories.

            I taught Romance Writing at Manchester Community college for three years.

            I’m fond of gardening and growing antique roses with limited success.

            Most of my exercise is when my Belgian Shepherd, Dixie, demands a walk.

Journey of the Magi blurb

Widow Noel Martin never breaks promises, and she promised her kids they’d have Christmas at her childhood home in Connecticut. But driving across country takes money. Noel is broke when a snowstorm blows them into a tiny Minnesota café owned by a man who can change her mind. She accepts his offer of a job. Despite her attraction to him, she makes it clear she is only temporary help.

Dan Longstreet isn’t adopting any more strays, but he needs a waitress. Dan works so hard to make his café a success, he doesn’t have time for love. Though Noel’s slender blonde beauty stuns him and her two adorable children tug at his heart, he denies how they threaten to change his life.

When tragedy strikes, their new-found love is the first victim. Noel can’t stay and Dan can’t leave. Will their journey be the gift that reunites them? 

Journey of the Magi excerpt:


“Is that job still open?”

“I need a waitress.” His rich voice woke tingles of awareness that she’d forgotten, or maybe never knew.

“Is that a yes or a no?” she asked impatiently. These unfamiliar feelings were scary and unwelcome. She was too tired to be diplomatic and this job was too important.

“What are you going to do with them?” He jutted his chin toward her children.

“I, I d-d-don’t know,” Noel stammered before she slumped onto the nearest stool. Leaning forward onto her elbows, she looked at her clasped hands. “I didn’t plan that far.”


Noel watched his long, strong fingers dexterously polish another glass. His wide palms held the heavy restaurant-ware like fine china. He had nice hands, a gentle touch. Instinct murmured he’d be as careful with a woman.

“I guess I should move on. I…”

“Could keep the kids next to the kitchen, there’s a place there. Then if they needed you, you’d be right close.” His deep voice was like an angel’s song.


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Thanks for sharing your new book with us, Barbara! I’ll be checking this one out. 🙂


About Calisa Rhose

I'm a mother of three daughters and wife to a wonderful man of 35+ years. I'm also an avid seamstress, polymer clay artisan and die-hard crafter, always coming up with things to make with, and for, my six granddaughters and two grandsons. Check out my craft site when you have a moment. I'm also a small online business owner of Okie fLips on Etsy and Poshmark (eBay/Merkari coming soon), and I'm a published author of sensual romance. I write about stubborn men and women who don't take no for an answer, and there's always that golden HEA. Cowboys and first responders are my favorite contemporary heroes to write about. My light paranormal heroes are strong men ready to protect their women--not that they need protecting, since they are capable of caring for themselves.

Posted on 10/08/2013, in Blog Tour, guest blogging, holiday, Pen of the Dreamer, Promotion, Tuesday Round Up and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. So not ready to be thinking about Christmas…unless it’s in a book


  2. What a wonderful day it’s been here on the ranch. I feel like decorating for the holidays already! Thank you for being a lovely guest.


  3. Picked this up and shared it on facebook. It sounds like a great story and very touching. Love a heartwarming read!


  4. I’ve downloaded and waiting for a nice cold day to snuggle in front of the fire with your book and a glass of wine. Shouldn’t take too long here in the NC mountains! Looking forward to the read.


  5. Hi, Barbara. I’m looking forward to diving into your story. Nice post.


  6. I’m so jealous! I would love to visit New England, especially at Christmas time. I’ve always been fasciniated by and drawn to that part of the country. I am also fascinated by the Civil War. You have an awesome life. Great story about how you came to write Journey of the Magi. Sounds like a wonderful read. I am off to download also. 🙂


  7. Lovely. Gorgeous cover and it sounds just like the perfect heart-warming read for the holidays! I’m off to download. Thank you, Barbara!


  8. So wonderful to see you again, Barbara! Let’s get this thing going and have a fun day. 😀


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