Today is full of goodies for you – and time to enter to win your very own gift for the holidays. Of course – the big prize won’t arrive until after the holiday – but you can get the book now and look forward to the other goodies. I will be presenting a flash fiction short by author D.L. Richardson, author of Feedback as well as the information about where to get the book, AND an option to enter to win a swag pack FULL of goodies! This tour has been all month – so be sure to check out the tour stops for reviews, excerpts, interviews and MORE flash fiction by this author.
But let’s get to the fun stuff:
Thanks to I Am, Indeed for promoting my novel Feedback during my December book tour. In the spirit of Christmas I have written a flash fiction story that I hope your readers will enjoy. I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and a safe new year. Take care, D L xox
“Forever Christmas Eve”
By D L Richardson
Becky held the ribbon in place with her finger while Mom tied it around the box. “Now what?” she asked.
“It’s a gift,” Mom said. “We need to give it to someone.”
Becky looked around the kitchen and saw was a cat. As if reading her mind, Mom laughed and said, “Dexter already has a present under the tree. We need to give this to someone who truly needs it.”
So Becky spent the morning holding the box and staring at everyone she saw. In the supermarket, an elderly lady was struggling to push the trolley. “What about her? She looks like she deserves a special present.”
Mom shook her head. “Is the box so heavy you would give it away to the first person you met?”
Becky sighed and rolled her eyes. “I’ll keep looking.”
Waiting in line at the bank, Becky asked her mom, “What about the manager. He looks exhausted.”
Mom frowned. “You’ll know the person the moment you see him or her.”
Becky wasn’t so sure.” “Is there a time limit?” she asked.
“We have until midnight Christmas Eve. After that, the gift is useless.”
Christmas Eve was today. By four o’clock Becky still had not found anyone to pass her gift onto. She began to worry she would run out of time.
As usual on Christmas Eve, stores were open late for people to grab last minute presents. At eight o’clock, as Becky and Mom walked past the hair salon, Becky felt a chill in the air. She saw a woman hovering near the doorway of the salon, casting nervous looks inside. The woman appeared to be talking to herself.
“What is she saying?” Becky whispered.
Mom closed her eyes. “Listen and you’ll hear.”
Becky did and heard the muddled noise of a thousand voices. She took a deep breath and focused only on the woman.
“I shouldn’t. But if I don’t pay the rent I’ll lose the kids. No! I won’t do it. If I end up in prison I’ll lose them forever. Oh, what am I going to do? I need money… but stealing?”
Becky saw in her mind’s eye that the woman was planning on racing into the hair salon and snatching a purse to pay for food and gifts for her children. Becky also saw that the woman had lost her job that morning.
The woman edged closer to the from door. As a river of tears ran down the woman’s cheeks, Becky stepped out of the darkness. She held the gift out in front of her. The woman, her face awash with surprise and guilt, began to back away. “Where did you come from?”
Becky pushed the box into the woman’s hands. “This box is filled with hope. I wish to give it to you.”
The woman nervously accepted the gift. Then her eyes widened in fright. “The kids… they’re home alone.”
“They’re safe, but go. They need their mother.”
Later, Becky and Mom stood in front of a giant Christmas tree. The branches shook as other dozens of angels twirled and twirled until they were transformed into decorations on the tree. As the air stirred and captured Becky’s wings, she thought of the hope she’d delivered today to the woman who had lost her job, and she thought how wonderful it would be if it was Christmas Eve every day. Because on Christmas Eve the angels on every tree came to life to deliver special gifts to the world; gifts of peace, faith, hope, strength, courage and goodwill to those who needed it the most.
Thank you so much for the lovely story! Read more about the book, see the swag pack prize, and to learn more about D.L. Richardson
Let’s start with the book:
Book Description: Ethan James, Florida Bowman, and Jake Inala need organ transplants. When they receive the organs of a dead CIA agent, Dylan Black, they take on more than the task of completing the mission of deactivating bombs that threaten millions of lives. Kidnapped, their lives under threat, the memories stored in the CIA agent’s mind begin to awaken within each of them, except the one piece of information they are abducted for – the location of the bombs.
About the Author: Music first captured the creative interest of D L Richardson. She got her first acoustic guitar at age ten, and in high school she sang with the school band. When she left school she helped form her own rock band where she sang lead vocals, played bass guitar, and wrote all the lyrics. At age 26 she realized she wanted to write novels for the rest of her life, or die trying, so she sold her equipment, quit pursuing a music career and began writing instead. She currently lives in Australia on the NSWSouthCoast with her husband and dog. When she’s not writing or reading she can be found practicing her piano, playing the guitar or walking the dog.
But WAIT! You aren’t done yet! You can enter this Rafflecopter to win the swag pack in the photos below. It is open to INTERNATIONAL entries – and contains:
AND THE WINNER IS: Donna George — an email has been sent!
1 Signed postcard
1 Code breaker
3 business cards with secret codes to decipher using the code breaker
1 outer cover which is a greeting card sized manila folder designed to resemble a CIA file
So – go enter at this Rafflecopter (link will open in a separate window)