Work In Progress — My Mistletoe Hero

I’m currently working on my story for the Authors of Main Street Christmas 2020 boxed set, Christmas Heroes on Main Street. My story is My Mistletoe Hero.

Tara Early is a frazzled, stay-at-home mom of two rambunctious boys. Her husband, Brent is a world away with Doctors Behind the Lines. All she wants for Christmas is her husband home by Christmas Day so he can be the town’s Mistletoe Hero this year. When he is reported missing, will all her hopes and dreams disappear like melting snow?

Chapter 1

“If only I could bottle that energy,” Tara Early muttered to herself as her sons sped through the living room for the hundredth time in the past hour. A yelp and a clatter of toys announced enough was enough.

“Joel.”

“Robby.”

Their crestfallen faces let her know her voice had ratcheted up an octave too far. A deep breath brought her heart rate down and the heat leaving her face. It wasn’t their fault school was out for vacation and Christmas was just a week away. And their father was away on the other side of the world. How did single mothers do it?

She glanced at their anxious faces and sighed. Eight and four years old was too young to spend a gorgeous winter day inside. Tara bit her lip. She had to get this letter done, but her children were only children for a short while. A blink and their childhood would be over.

Staring out the window, she made up her mind. “Let mommy finish this letter to the mayor and we will go get the Christmas tree. Joel, help Robby with his snowsuit and I’ll be all done.”

“What are you writing, Mommy?” Joel asked.

She smiled at his eager grin and Robby hopping up and down in anticipation. “A letter to the city council to have your daddy be the Mistletoe Hero this year.”

“You’re a hero, too, Mommy,” Joel intoned sincerely. Robby nodded.

Her cheeks heated with a blush as she swept her hair out of her face. “I’m just a mother and a wife. Your dad is across the world, saving lives. Now, let’s get ready to go.”


My Mistletoe Hero will be part of the Christmas Heroes on Main Street boxed set from the Authors of Main Street.


Jill James, romance author

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