Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!


Christmas letters from the heroines of the novellas included in Warm Mulled Kisses have been posted on Faith Driven Fiction for the last few days. Here’s the link to yesterday’s letter from Emma Rose Carter to her WWII soldier friend from Jackie Castle’s “Riveting Christmas.”

Today, we’ve got double the fun. Not only did Callie from “Reindeer Games” by Lisa Crane share her letter to Santa Claus, but the hero of the story, Luke, sent one in as well, for reasons of his own.cover Reindeer GamesDear Santa,

I’m not even going to pretend I’ve been good this year, because my older sister would tell you otherwise. Actually, I have been pretty good. I’ve met my deadlines all year long, and I’ve written some great articles for my editors. Most importantly, I didn’t strangle that gold-digging Derek—I assume he’s on your naughty list.

Santa, I don’t need much this year. Oh, I can always use a new pair of boots … or five. Really, almost any shoe will do. But I do love boots.

And Santa, as you probably remember from last year, I did not leave milk and cookies for you. I have always thought about midway through Christmas Eve, you might be in need of something a little more substantial, so I left you a pastrami sandwich and that nice cup of medium roast, Kona coffee. I hope you enjoyed it. So you might have guessed that I’m a caffeine junkie. Anything coffee-related would be greatly appreciated.

Love, Callie

P.S. I sincerely enjoyed being one of your reindeer this year.



Dear Santa,

I’m not sure this is okay. I mean, I’m a little old to be writing a letter to you in the first place. And I’m immensely blessed from a financial standpoint, so I can buy most of the things I want or need. But Santa, there’s one thing I can’t buy, and that’s love.

All my life, I’ve seen my parents in their happily-ever-after marriage. Their love for one another is clear in their every word and action. My mother is that woman in Proverbs 31:10, a noble wife. A woman whose husband considers her more precious than jewels and whose children call her blessed.

Santa, that’s the kind of love I want. I want a woman I can love and cherish. I want a woman who loves and honors me in return. I know that’s a tall order, and I don’t really expect to find such a woman under my tree—although I have to admit, I’m more than a little intrigued by one of your reindeer. Now if only I could find her.

Ah, well, merry Christmas, Santa. Take care of that special reindeer for me.

Love, Luke

About the Author:

Lisa Crane is a Texan, born and bred, tried and true. She lives in Euless, right smack in the middle of Fort Worth and Dallas, with the love of her life, Charles. They have two children, Harley and Chloë. Lisa also shares her home with Socks, the world’s laziest cat, Jingles Wigglebottom, a Jack Russell who’s hyper even for a Jack Russell, and Cash, the wonder-chiweenie.

Lisa is the author of nine romantic comedies, including her McKenna’s Haven series, and her Opposites Attract series, along with numerous novellas and short stories. You can find her e-books at her Amazon Author page.

She can also be found on Goodreads as Lisa J. Crane, on Facebook as Lisa Miller Crane, and on Instagram and Twitter as @happyheart1993. Readers can email her at … and she loves to hear from readers.

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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