Marji Laine

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Bonus Features: SANTABILITY

For the remainder of October, the authors of Warm Mulled Kisses are sharing Bonus Features from their individual stories. Today, Trudy Moore, star of “Santability,” shares her letter to Santa this Christmas.

cover SantabilityDear Santa,

Here I sit at my folks’ kitchen table. Mom is turning the last of the Thanksgiving turkey into soup. The scent of pumpkin pie lingers in the air. Mom insists my brother, sister, and I keep up our tradition of writing to you with our Christmas wish. To Mom, we shall always be little children. We do what makes her happy. After all she keeps us supplied with the best fudge ever. And it wouldn’t be Christmas without her fudge.

Tomorrow I return to Texas. You know I live in Arlington now? Where the Cowboys play football and the Rangers play baseball? Of course you do. You know everything about those of us who believe. Mom always says what we send to you goes straight to God’s ears.

I must confess. I haven’t been all that well behaved this year. I’ve spent much too much time working and not nearly enough time on family and friends. That and getting back to church on a regular bases is tops on this New Year’s resolutions list. But, first, I have to get through Christmas.

That is what my Christmas wish is all about. You see, the radio station I work for has been sold to a big company from up north. Well, not as far north as you, but New England.

The sale changes everything for Jim Cooke and me on our morning show, Cookin’ up Moore Country. With Jim and Marie expecting a baby girl close to New Year’s, it’s not a good time to relocate. And that is what we’d have to do, if the new company cancels our contract.

The station is set to push the Christmas promotion that I designed and pitched last spring. The Santability Project is named after you. Your gift giving is all about love, sharing, and making people happy. That is what the project is meant to do—get listeners to think about their giving. And … raise our ratings to impress the new management.

This brings me to the grinch, Gunnar Stone, Vice President of Operations. He oversees everything from the paper clips to staff. He seems cold and unapproachable, with no tolerance for warm Texas weather. But he does have incredible blue eyes and a grin that makes a girl’s heart melt. He, more than anyone, holds our fate in his hands.

Bah humbug attitudes prevail inside radio stations during the holiday season. My Christmas wish for this year is for everyone at K-FOLK. May peace, acceptance, and tolerance settle in our hearts as we go through this transition. Wherever we end up, may it be exactly where we are meant to be.

From one who believes in your cause,

Sign Santabilitya



About the Author:

MarilynAn established writer, Marilyn Eudaly started with stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul publications and several devotions. Now retired from administrative work at Texas Christian University, she has transitioned to romance novels. Santability is her first novella. She hones her craft as a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, the local DFW Chapter, and Lena Nelson Dooley’s critique group.

Married to Ron, her radio guy and high school sweetheart, they will soon celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Their daughter, a multi-published author, lives close by. The most adorable dog in the world, a son-in-law, two grand-friends, and two grand-dogs, makes life complete.

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

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