Friday, October 29, 2010

SNOW GLOBES AND STORIES

My guest is women’s fiction author Sheila Roberts. She writes things near and dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate (oh, I love this woman!).

Before she started writing about those things, she wrote music (still does), was in a band, and—are you ready for this? —She owned a singing telegram business. Yep, she was the perky person who sang them to you. I’m not sure if she wore costumes or not, but kudos to her. I can sing to you and no problems from a stage, but in person and at your door, restaurant, or in your office? Um, that would be no.


Sheila sent me an Arc of Snow Globe (did I mention I love this woman?) and it was my first (but certainly not my last) introduction to her writing. I reviewed the book here and on Night Owl Reviews.


Sheila says she originally wanted to create a story that would become a Christmas Classic, “serious and heartwarming and a real tearjerker.” But I’ll let her tell you about that.


Don’t you love snow globes? I sure do! There is something peaceful about that charming scene frozen under glass that simply fascinates me. And I’m not the only one. These pretty ornaments are highly collectible (especially some of the Disney ones) and can go for a small fortune on eBay. I understand how that bidding fever can take over a girl, believe me.

Last year at a girlfriend party I got, well, let’s just say highly competitive over a gorgeous snow globe that someone had brought to our annual Christmas party. We were playing the old steal-each-other’s- presents game and, wouldn’t you know? I was the first to pick the package with the gorgeous globe. Needless to say, I didn’t hang onto it long. I tried every sneaky strategy I could think of to get it back. And failed. And complained loudly. All to no avail. There SHOULD NOT be a limit on how many times you can snitch a gift when you’re playing that game, and that’s all I’m going to say about that. Oh, except that I actually found an even prettier one at TJ Max on the way home from the party. My reward for (almost) being a good sport! :-)

Not only do I enjoy snow globes, I also love Christmas. It’s my favorite holiday. And I wanted to write a book that could become a Christmas classic, something people could read and enjoy every year. I wanted it to be serious and heartwarming and a real tear-jerker, like The Christmas Box. And I had a big, dark, tear-jerker plot all figured out. Well, somehow the book morphed from big, dark, and tear-jerking to sweet and funny. But also, I hope, encouraging. And I’m very happy with it.

Maybe someday I’ll write Snow Globe 2 and get to write my deep, sad, story. But for now I’ll simply be happy with the tale I’ve told and celebrate the season of miracles. And bring out my snow globe!

  • Snow Globes do seem to make me think of winter and Christmas. What makes you think of Christmas?


Snow Globe:


On a blustery afternoon, Kylie Gray wanders into an antique shop and buys an enchanting snow globe. “There’s a story behind that snow globe,” the antique dealer tells her. The original owner, he explains, was a German toymaker who lost his wife and son right before Christmas. When the grieving widower received the handcrafted snow globe as a Christmas gift, he saw the image of a beautiful woman beneath the glass—a woman who would come into his life, mend his broken heart and bring him back to the world of the living. For years, the snow globe has passed from generation to generation, somehow always landing in the hands of a person in special need of a Christmas miracle.


Kiley could use a miracle herself. This year, all she wants for Christmas is someone to love. A hopeful shake leads her on an adventure that makes a believer out of her. When Kylie shares the story of the snow globe with her best friends—two women with problems of their own—they don’t believe it. But they’re about to discover that at Christmastime, sometimes the impossible becomes possible and miracles really do come true. Excerpt

Discover an unforgettable holiday treasure in Sheila Roberts’ heartwarming tale of love and laughter, magic and miracles, friendship and coming home…


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Sheila Roberts lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. She’s happily married and has three children. She’s been writing since 1989, but she did lots of things before settling in to her writing career, including owning a singing telegram company and playing in a band. Her band days are over, but she still enjoys writing songs. When she’s not speaking to women’s groups or at conferences or hanging out with her girlfriends she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.


Be sure to check out Sheila's Contests, Blog (she talks about MAKING snow globes) Facebook.


11 comments:

Jo said...

Guess I will be looking for this book any day now

Mason Canyon said...

This sounds like a wonderful story. Sheila, I'm glad you went with the happy and funny story instead of the tear-jerker. I'm adding this to my 'must get' list.

Sia, I agree with you. Gotta love a woman that writes about chocolate.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

aries18 said...

This sounds like a great story, a real classic for Christmas. I love snow globes and collect them as Christmas decorations.

I had a favorite one that was for Halloween that, unfortunately, got broken in a move. It played a spooky song, had bats instead of snow and a jack o'lantern instead of a Christmas tree.

Other things that make me think of Christmas, sparkly lights, tinsel, caroles and my favorite stories and movies. It's my favorite holiday too.

Your book is on my TBR list now. Thanks Sia for a great blog and thank you Sheila for writing a new Christmas classic.

~Sia McKye~ said...

That was my thought. As far as chocolate goes, resistence is futile.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Jo! Good to see you. I really enjoyed her book. Light, funny, heatwarming, and with a touch of magic. Good read.

Tonya Kappes said...

Hi Sheila! I do love snowglobes. My boys get me one every year for Christmas. They are so beautiful. One year we had such a HOT winter and I keep my decorations in the attic. I got my snow globe collection out of the attic and all the water had evaporated! I was horrified;( NOW my decorations are stored in the basement. I love your cover.

Kat Sheridan said...

Oh, what a wonderful story this sounds like! I'll be looking forward to reading it! And I adore snowglobes. Mine aren't just Christmas ones--my favorite depicts Las Vegas and "snows" glitter! And plays "Luck Be a Lady Tonight" (the best snowglobes also play music!) Hoping your "Snowglobe" makes YOUR wishes come true!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I can resist chocolate! (I don't eat it.)
Sounds like a sweet story. And I hate those steal the gift parties. I always end up with something lame that no one wants to steal.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Say it isn't so! NOT eat chocolate? What is this world coming to? lolol!

You know, I've never played steal the gift parties.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Kat, Las Vegas is full of glitter and shiny things so I'm not at all surprised with your snow globe.

I like the ones that play music too.:-)

Olivia Cunning said...

I love snow globes! There is something magical about them. I always think of the one in The Santa Clause. Sounds like a great book!