Announcing My Very First Christmas Novel
By Jeff Salter
First of all… Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you and yours are happy, healthy, and among family and/or friends on this special American holiday.
Among the MANY, MANY things I have to be thankful for are the upcoming release (Dec. 13) of my very first Christmas novel. Random Sacks of Kindness is actually my 20th completed fiction title (including four novellas), and will become my 18th title to be published. I’ve always tried to market my published titles as Christmas approaches each year… but never had any titles which were set at that time of year. I’ve seen bocoodles of Christmas stories – both on TV and in book form – and often wondered if I’d ever find the time / inspiration to write my own novel with that holiday’s theme.
Well, I did! I wrote about half of this story back during 2016, but had to drop it for other deadlines of editing and writing. Finally picked it back up around mid-summer this year and was able to finish it in a few weeks.
AVAILABLE NOW for Pre-Order:
If you’re not aware – this is fairly new to me, BTW – you can pre-order my title NOW and it will be delivered to your Kindle promptly on release day… Dec. 13. At that time, as I understand it, this title will also be available in PAPERBACK to order directly from Amazon.
Random Sacks of Kindness
By J. L. Salter
At Christmas, they could mean so much more than sandwiches
With a college degree and a successful military hitch behind him, finding a seasonal job in this small town shouldn’t be so difficult — even during this financial crisis. But, unlike the homeless guys he encounters, at least Josh Donovan has bed and board at his uncle’s farm. Then he meets Laura…
When Josh Donovan spots the attractive young lady eating her sandwich alone on the nearby park bench, he figures she’s likely just one more downtown office worker who’s skimping to get by in the tough economy. At least she apparently has a job.
Josh surely doesn’t and his weeks of unemployment (after his Army hitch ended) had already run out before he even arrived in this small Tennessee town. As he begins to encounter some of downtown’s homeless individuals, Josh realizes that without bed and board at his uncle’s small farm, he might also be existing right on those same dark, cold streets.
Laura has noticed Josh and initiates contact. But is she interested in Josh himself or in the sandwiches and chips he’s sharing with those homeless folks? Or both? She does not reveal much about herself, or where she works… or who she works with.
Already providing what assistance he can at the pavilion and on the town square, Josh sees both the big picture and its individual faces. In his methodical job search, he also discovers numerous needs for workers, even though the local offices and businesses don’t seem to have enough money or fiscal confidence to hire anyone. Together, he and Laura look for solutions outside the proverbial box.
While there are shelters and food banks currently operating, they appear to be serving mainly a mobile portion of the disadvantaged population. Josh sets out to help those with less mobility who have fallen through the cracks… by bringing them a small but much-appreciated meal. He doesn’t think his efforts are all that important until Laura identifies them as Random Sacks of Kindness.
[JLS # 464]