These words in the opening paragraph of Forever Christmas by local author Christine Lynxwiler will take readers far away from the heat of September to a town called Jingle Bells, Arkansas.
Forever Christmas is the 10th story Lynxwiler has had published by Barbour Publishing of Uhrichsville, Ohio. It will be available at an exclusive premier Sept. 8 at Words bookstore in Hardy.
"We are honored to have the exclusive early release of Christine's latest book," Greg Bess, owner of Words bookstore and AfterWords coffee shop said. "She will be discussing her work and signing copies of Forever Christmas from 2-4 p.m. on Sept. 8. We invite everyone who is a fan of Christine's work to come out and meet her and take advantage of this early release of her book."
Fans of Lynxwiler are also welcome to bring other books by her to sign.
Refreshments for the event will be served at AfterWords.
Although a popular author in Christian bookstores for several years, Lynxwiler's success reached a new level with the release of Arkansas last year. This book, which is a four-book McFadden Brothers series, has sold over 160,000 copies nationwide.
Lynxwiler has lived in Sharp County for six years and is the wife of local chiropractor, Dr. Kevin Lynxwiler. They have two children, Kristianna, age 14, and Megan, age 10.
Her two daughters were the inspiration for two fictional characters in Promise Me Always, a full length fiction novel released last year by Barbour Publishing. This book is also available at Words bookstore in Hardy.
Lynxwiler often uses family members' names in her books.
"I have five nieces and five out of my first six heroines were named after them: Annalisa, Megan, Danielle, Brandi and Jessa," Lynxwiler said. "In Search of Love was dedicated to my in-laws, Billy and Elva Lynxwiler, because I set the location of that story on their cattle farm near Maynard in Randolph County. In Patchwork and Politics, I made my heroine a quilter like my sister-in-law Jana who has Jana's Quilting and Decorating in Jonesboro."
"You'd be surprised how hard it is to come up with many different names," Lynxwiler said. "I've used my mother-in-law's name and my mom's name, Ermyl McFadden Pearle. The characters in my stories are not based on them, but I used their names."
"In my new release, Forever Christmas, I named the heroine Kristianna after my oldest daughter. I told her, when she turned 13 I'd use her name as a heroine in one of my books, but not before. So, I kept my word."
Lynxwiler's career began in 2001 when her novella, Beneath Heaven's Curtain, was included in the anthology, City Dreams. Her second published work, A Change of Heart, was published in Prairie County Fair, an anthology with three other Barbour Publishing writers.
In addition to her McFadden Brothers novels, which were first published as a Barbour Publishing Heartsong Presents book club, Lynxwiler has had two novellas, My True Love Gave To Me and Home for the Holidays, included in special Christmas publications.
In 2003, Lynxwiler was voted the number two Favorite New Author by Heartsong Presents Book Club members.
In January of 2008, a Heartsong Presents Mysteries book club publication, Death on a Deadline, will be released. This is the first of a series of novels Lynxwiler is co-writing with her sisters, Jan Reynolds of Trumann and Sandy Gaskin of Beedeville.
"Working with my sisters on these mystery novels has been a lot of fun," Lynxwiler said. "We don't have a set-in-stone routine but Jan's largely responsible for the plot, and Sandy's largely responsible for research, but we all three have quite a bit of input in both areas. They both do what I call 'skeleton sketches' of scenes where they take the plot and write out very rough sketches of the scenes. I can use this to make the writing of the book go more quickly and it helps us all to have a part in the writing."
Death of a Diva is scheduled to be released in June of 2008 and Death Outside a Diner will be released in November of 2008.
Lynxwiler is currently putting the finishing touches on a new novel, Along Came a Cowboy, scheduled to be released nationwide in May of 2008.
Lynxwiler said fans will find a familiar heroine in Along Came a Cowboy as Rachel, a central character in Promise Me Always, continues her journey toward love and happiness.
Lynxwiler has recently signed an exclusive contract with Barbour Publishing for six more books -- all unnamed -- which will be released every six to nine months beginning in the fall of 2008.
"I'm very excited about this," Lynxwiler said. "This is something new for Barbour Publishing and I'm honored to be a part of it. They will be concentrating on promoting four to five authors' books, and I was chosen to be one of them."
Lynxwiler said the new contract may mean some travel and more book signings but she said she's looking forward to the challenge. "The book signings are great," she said. "I sit here in seclusion writing and I begin to wonder sometimes if I really know what I'm doing. Do people really like to read what I write? When I meet my readers at book signings or get an e-mail or letter, it gives me a boost I need when I hit those writer's block."
Lynxwiler graduated from Beedeville High School. Her father, H.B. Pearle, is a retired rice farmer and her mother, Ermyl McFadden Pearle, is a retired kindergarten teacher. Her parents still live at Beedeville.
She attended Crowley's Ridge College where she met her husband, Kevin. They married at age 19 and have been married for 25 years. She continued her education as an English major at Arkansas State University at Jonesboro. She later graduated with a chiropractic technician degree from Life University in Marietta, Ga. She continues to help out, on a part-time basis, with her husband's chiropractic practice in Highland.
Lynxwiler said she has pulled from her own job experiences for the occupations of many of the characters in her books. "I've held many jobs, including medical records clerk, chiropractic assistant, landscaper, offbearer at a sawmill (which she and her husband operated) and even a telemarketer, but I've always dreamed of writing fiction. God has blessed me," she said.
Lynxwiler can be contacted through her Web site at www.christinelynxwiler.com. Copies of her books are available through Barbour Publishing's Web site at www.barbourbooks.com, Words/AfterWords in Hardy, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Hastings, Wal-Mart and many Christian book stores. Readers can also obtain information about Barbour Publishing's Heartsong Presents and Heartsong Presents Mystery book clubs on the publisher's Web site or by calling 800-847-8270.