A Father for Christmas by Rachelle Ayala

Sweet romance between a homeless veteran and a single mother whose daughter asks Santa for an unusual gift.

A father for christmas

Single mother Kelly Kennedy can't afford lavish gifts for her four-year-old daughter, Bree. Homeless veteran Tyler Manning doesn't believe he deserves a Merry Christmas.

When Bree asks Santa for a father and picks Tyler, both Tyler and Kelly vow to keep Bree from being hurt while fighting their feelings for each other.

Tyler struggles with frightening flashbacks that scare Kelly. Meanwhile, Kelly's criminal past threatens her chance for happiness. Tyler and Kelly must believe in the power of love to give Bree her best Christmas ever.

Genre: FICTION / Romance / General

Secondary Genre: FICTION / Christian / Romance

Language: English

Keywords: christian inspirational faith, second chance, family for christmas, single parent romance, veteran military ptsd, clean and wholesome, holiday love story

Word Count: 42,000

Sales info:

Sold 2000 copies during the Christmas season and ranked as low as 1400 overall and 40 in Holiday fiction. Continues to sell even after Christmas at a good rate without advertising. [Update, sold over 4300 copies in less than a year.]

Won 2015 Readers' Favorite Gold Award

Sample text:

“I want a papa for Christmas,” my four-year-old daughter, Bree, tells Santa. She bounces in his lap and tugs his beard. “A real live papa to play with me and take me to the zoo.”
“You mean a puppy,” I cut in, my face flushed with heat. Ever since I put Bree in preschool, she’s realized she’s missing a father and bugging me to find one. She even suggested we put up posters on telephone poles like they do for lost pets.
“No, silly mama.” Bree crosses her arms and shakes her blond ringlet curls. “I want a papa with two legs and two hands.”
The mall-supplied Santa chuckles. “And a papa you shall have.”
Giggles and titters spill from the women behind me.
“I need me one of those, too,” a young mother holding a baby boy says. “Let’s see, six-foot-six, blazing hot and built like a fire truck.”
“Oh, yeah,” another mother with two squirmy toddlers replies. “Do they have a catalog? I can spend hours drooling instead of wiping up drool.”
Much like the hours I spent perusing anonymous sperm donor profiles back when I was a successful investment banker worried about aging eggs and the probability of getting struck by lightning without hitting the husband jackpot.
Bree hugs Santa. “Will he be under the tree? Pwo-mise?”
“You bet.” Santa high fives her.
“Picture?” I scramble with my camera, an old Canon point-and-shoot borrowed from my mother, but the battery light flashes and the camera shuts off. Meanwhile, the elf manning the professional camera snaps a few shots of my sweet daughter kissing Santa. Ugh, I wonder how many germs are embedded in that polyester beard?
Santa hands Bree to me and winks. “Shall I put a smartphone under the tree for you?”
I’ll need a lot more than a smartphone: try rent, 

Book translation status:

The book is available for translation into any language except those listed below:

Already translated. Translated by Eva Markert and Christina Löw
Author review:
Eva and Christina are awesome to work with. They are professionals and I appreciate everything they did to translate my book. Thanks!
Already translated. Translated by Irene Aprile
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Irene is a pleasure to work with, a great communicator, and on top of deadlines. I checked with an Italian friend and she says that Irene is a writer and captures the story very well.
Already translated. Translated by Daniella Pabriny Viégas
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Top notch. Great communication and reliable. Thanks!
Already translated. Translated by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa
Author review:
Cinta is awesome! She communicates well and is a hard worker. I'm very pleased with my translation.

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