Saturday, October 10, 2015

FEATURED BOOK AND INTERVIEW: A Texas Christmas Wish by Jolene Navarro

Karly Kalakona's new nursing job is the perfect Christmas gift she and her son needed for their future. The single mom just never counted on dealing with not only a stubborn patient, but also with his prodigal son. After years away, pilot Tyler Childress is only a temporary traveler to the Texas ranch he's spent his life escaping. But the chemistry he shares with his father's nurse is undeniable—and has him thinking of sticking around past the holiday season. Can Tyler learn to trust the woman whose caring ways are bringing his father back to life…and who might just be the partner his wandering heart can find a home with?

How exciting to have Tyler Childress the hero from A Texas Christmas Wish by Jolene Navarro an October 2015 release from Love Inspired Romance.

1.  Tyler, tell me the most interesting thing about you.
            I’ve been flying airplanes before I could drive a car. I got my private license when I turned thirteen. I would have gotten it earlier but my father wanted me to have more hours in the air than was required. He was a tough, tougher than any of my instructors in flight school.

2.  What do you do for fun?
I fly. I’m an international commercial polite but I also have my own Piper. Been thinking about buying a bi-plane.

3.  What do you put off doing because you dread it?
Going home. I had a great childhood growing up on a ranch in the Texas Hill Country.  But then I lost my mom to cancer and two years later my sister was killed in a car crash. Going back to the ranch just reminds me of all the memories we won’t be able to make. I see them in every corner. My father is always asking when I’m coming home. When am I to start dating the right kind of girl? We can’t be in the same room for more than fifteen minutes without arguing about something. As much as I love my dad I dread talking to him. He had a stroke so I’m heading home now. I promised my brother-in-law I wouldn’t argue with anything my father says. We’ll see how that goes.

4.  What are you afraid of most in life?
After losing my mom and sister there isn’t much else I’m afraid of. Maybe someone taking advance of my dad. He’s so trusting and always helping people. I’m afraid he’s going to trust the wrong person one day. When people think you have money they’ll use you.

5.  What is the most important thing to you?
My freedom. I like being able to go and do whenever I want too.

6.  Do you read books? If so, what is your favorite type of book?
As a pilot there is a great deal of down time and usually I read suspense or stories about historical event. Don’t tell anyone but one day I was bored and picked up a romance. So now I’m a secret romance reader.

7.  If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I wish I could feel more settled, content. You know, learn to live in the moment.

8.  Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?
Nope. I’m always gone.

9. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?
That’s easy, the Christmas before my mom died. We were all there, like every Christmas. All the food and family. She loved traditions. We would get a tree from the ranch and decorate the house even the barns. There was not a tree saved from being wrapped in lights. She finished the days with hot chocolate and stories. Each year she had us make angels with our hand prints. The year I was a senior in high school I thought I was too cool to do all the corny family things. I’d give anything to go back and hug her and do all the things she wanted me to do. I’d let her know how important she was to me. Her and my sister, I’d tell them I loved them one last time. How about you? Where would you go back to? Who would you want to talk to one last time?


  1. Such great answers from a fabulous character in a wonderful story!

    Excellent job, Jolene...uhh...Tyler. :)

  2. LOL, I agree Cate. If I could go back, I'd want my mother, too.

  3. Thanks Guys - Yeah - I would want to talk to my parents one last time - Lost them without any warning.

  4. This sounds so good and the cover is beautiful!

    If I could go back, it would be the year before my son was diagnosed with cancer. We were all so happy and unaware of the future heartaches.

  5. Jolene, your book sounds so good. I'll have to read it! If I could go back - there are just too many: If I could go back, I'd go back to my childhood Christmases. Those were the best - celebrating with my parents and my sisters. If I could go back, I'd go back to when my sons were little and we were waiting for Santa Claus. If I could go back... that's why we can't go back. We'd be going back ALL the time. :(

  6. Linda, being unaware of the future can be a blessing. One of my favorite songs is Garth Brook's The Dance. I think of you and your family often in my prayers.

  7. Lupe, yes there is a good reason we can't go back - we have to move into our future and often that doesn't include some of the people we love the most. Love you girl.


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