Monday, October 23, 2017

An Early Christmas Idea

Louise M. Gouge here with you today. When we authors create our characters, we try
 to make them likable and relatable. So, since most of us have more than one thing we’re interested in, I like to give my heroes and heroines extra pastimes readers might relate to or appreciate, such as hobbies or talents beyond their job or career.
In my October release, Cowboy Lawman's Christmas Reunion, my hero is a no-nonsense small town sheriff who can cause outlaws to quake in their boots. But he also has a talent for carving. Having enjoyed a Grand Tour of Europe as a young man, he took particular notice of the German displays of toy Christmas villages. In my story, he sets out to delight the hearts of his hometown’s children by carving a similar village for them.

It’s quite an ambitious project, and all the while he’s working on it, he has an ongoing conflict with the beautiful widow lady who was once his fiancée. So, of course, I had to give her a talent for painting the delicate houses, church, trees, and people he has carved. The village must be finished by the annual Christmas pageant and party at the church, so this puts them together quite a bit, even though neither of them wants to be. Will they finish the project in time? And will they discover being together is not such a bad thing? I hope you’ll read  Cowboy Lawman's Christmas Reunion to find out.

In trying to find pictures of very old toy villages, I ran into the usual problem of copyrights, but I did find this lovely little village that offered free use. Isn’t it a delight? The lights that brighten it would not have been available in 1887 when Sheriff Justice Gareau carved his small town, but I know the children and adults were just as delighted in their time. Perhaps if they were careful, they could use candles, as they did on Christmas trees back then. Colton: I, the copyright holder of this work, release this work into the public domain. This applies worldwide. In some countries this may not be legally possible; if so: I grant anyone the right to use this work for any purpose, without any conditions, unless such conditions are required by law.

Here are links to other lovely villages: and If you click on the links, be sure to check out the details of these beautiful creations.

Finally, my daughter-in-law has this lovely carved church she sets out each Christmas. Notice the details inside. This was an inspiration to me as I wrote about my carving sheriff.

At our house, we love Christmas and all of the trappings. We have about fifteen Nativity scenes we display, but I’ll save those picture for another time. Do you have any special decorations you put up for Christmas?

Tell me about your Christmas decorations in the comment section below, leave your email address, and I’ll enter you in a drawing for a copy of Cowboy Lawman's Christmas Reunion. Sorry, U.S. residents only.

Cowboy Lawman's Christmas Reunion is my fifteenth novel to be published by Love Inspired Historicals. Here’s the story:
Sheriff Justice Gareau can make outlaws quake in their boots…yet coming face-to-face with Evangeline Benoit once again takes away all his composure. She broke their engagement, and his heart, to marry a wealthy older man. Despite his reluctance, Justice can't avoid the widowed single mother of two when they're collaborating on a Christmas village for the town's children.  

The loving boy Evangeline once knew has become an unyielding lawman. Forced to flee New Orleans over false allegations, Evie doubts Justice will take her side when the past follows her to Colorado. Especially when he and her troublesome son butt heads. But perhaps the spirit of Christmas will soften his heart and give them a second chance at love.
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Florida author Louise M. Gouge writes historical fiction romances. She received the prestigious Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award in 2005 and was a finalist in 2011, 2015, 2016, and 2017; and placed in the Laurel Wreath in 2012. When she isn't writing, she and David, her husband of fifty-plus years, enjoy visiting historical sites and museums. Please visit her Web site at,, Twitter: @Louisemgouge


  1. Louise, I love your characters hobbies. The book sounds wonderful. And Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I love to go all out in decorating. With three granddaughters, we've started a tradition where we do walking to Bethlehem where we reenact the trip to Bethlehem in a unique way. Congrats on the new release.

    1. Mary, we do a walk to Bethlehem, like the Mexican Posada tradition, on Christmas Eve.

  2. Louise, I used to put up a Christmas village. My granddaughters enjoyed it.

  3. What a lovely hobby. I have two wooden German chalet music boxes that were my mother's and a prize them. Wishing you every blessing of the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.

  4. Amazing talent. The best I could do with carving, is run to the emergency room for stitches. The book sounds like a great read.

  5. What a great idea to give your characters special talents. I love Nativity scenes and have a number, as well, Louise!

    We had a friend who carved for a hobby. He was amazing. I have one of his St. Nick's that remains a treasured Christmas piece.

  6. That little church is a work of art. Thanks for showing it to us! Your hero sounds delightful, too.

  7. Louise, thank you for sharing! Congratulations on the new release! I'm eager to read a "Cowboy Lawman's Christmas Reunion"

    We've started a Christmas tradition 14 years ago, when our first son was born, to put a train under the tree with a little village in the background. 14 years later, we still have the same train :) and four kids to enjoy it, esp when it goes around with the sound "All Aboard!"

  8. I collect Angels , so we usually do our tree with Angels and crocheted snowflakes. We also have a white porcelain nativity set with gold accents.
    The carved church is so detailed and cute. I like the idea of your characters having hobbies! Thanks for the chanc3 to win. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet


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