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Calm By The Christmas Tree: My Debut Novel

AD|Little did I think back at the start of 2020 that I wouldn’t get focusing on a good three quarters of my lifetime bucket list or goals for the year. All those thoughts of travel and concerts and events that are for making memories – they disappeared so quickly in March it was kind of scary. But we looked for silver linings, and today I’m here to share one with you. My debut novel; Calm By The Christmas Tree! This post contains affiliate links.

“Christmas isn’t a season;
It’s a feeling”
                          – Edna Ferber

Christmas is a magical time of the year.  In fact, some would go as far as to describe it as the most wonderful time of the year.  One of the best parts about December is the build up to Christmas.  Let your inner child be indulged, as you join author Katie Burton for her debut collection of short stories and pieces of flash fiction in the lead up to one of the busiest times of the year.

Calm By The Christmas Tree invites readers to indulge in some reflective “me-time” once every few days, spacing each story out through the month of December, and allowing them the chance to reflect on the hope, love, and magic of the festive period.  From lovers’ tiffs, to making amends, and from old to young, each of Burton’s protagonists are relatable in both character and the lessons they learn.

Written for reading before bed, on your travels, or during a brief moment of peace with a comforting drink, these tales whisk you away to a world where Christmas is as magical and important as it was during your childhood.  Despite the often painful realities of life, there is always a lesson to learn and a reason to celebrate.

Back in August, when I published my Blogmas Guide and Planner [AD], I felt like I had half achieved something that has been on my “lifetime achievements list” for so long. But only half. Yes, I had published a book, but it wasn’t what I had always thought I would be sharing as my first piece of writing. If that makes sense? Then we were out for lunch before a family wedding, and Cameron asked if I was working on another book. I admitted that any time I started a piece of fiction I get distracted and move on. I probably had about 12 half written pieces saved on my laptop! He asked why I didn’t then combine them into a collection of short stories. Why hadn’t I thought of that??

Gathering all my previous works together, Calm By The Christmas Tree started to form. I mean, I had plenty of pieces that weren’t Christmas themed, but why break the habit of a lifetime? From that point on, I spent every available minute writing. If I wasn’t in work, with family, or blogging, I was editing old writings. I was thinking up new stories. Jumping between writing and editing, I feel like I barely slept in September as Calm By The Christmas Tree was coming together.

And now here we are – it’s officially publishing tomorrow! You’ll be able to purchase your own copy of Calm By The Christmas Tree in both paperback and ebook copies through the Amazon store. The Kindle ebook is currently available for pre-order, and I will also be selling e-reader copies through Gumroad for those of you who don’t use a Kindle. In fact, if you’re reading this after 7am GMT on Sunday 1st November, you’ll be able to click the below links to get your hands on your copy now!

I’m so excited to have finally a piece of fiction out there in the world with my name on it. And to be honest, it fits in perfectly with this year’s Christmas With Ktkinnes theme on the blog too! So if you do purchase your own copy, all I ask is that you kindly leave me a review – whether it’s on Amazon, Gumroad or Goodreads – and I look forward to hearing what you think!

Get Calm By The Christmas Tree Here!

Paperback…

Can be purchased via this link. Priced at £9.99. P&P charges may apply.

Kindle Ebook…

Can be purchased here for just £4.99

Gumroad Ebook…

Can be purchased here again for just £4.99! If you haven’t already bought my Ultimate Guide to a Successful Blogmas, check out the bundle dealbundle deal that gives you both ebooks for a special discounted price!

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Hey :) I'm 25, from Northern Ireland and no longer new to blogging. I love all things TV, books, food, music and film as well as going out with friends. This is hopefully somewhere you'll be able to come if you feel you need a laugh or even just to stay in touch. Life can be hard and confusing, so

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