New Novel, The Yuletide Caper

A Bit of Its Back-Story

By Jeff Salter

As I was responding to several questions posed by the TouchPoint Press publicity department recently, I had occasion to reflect on the origins of my new Christmas novel, “The Yuletide Caper.”

Why I wanted to write this story

I was actually in the middle of drafting an entirely different Christmas novel when the concept hit me for this one — on a typical visit to my mom. I think what struck me was the idea of a story in which two individuals were not trying to ESCAPE an “oppressive” nursing home… but trying to get INTO a “welcoming” one — because of their lack of shelter, food, and resources. Who better to attempt such a caper, but an old WW2 veteran (about 80… since the story is set in 1994) and a 30-year-old guy passing through town who’d just had his truck stolen.

What this story means to me

In getting to know many of the nursing home employees (at a variety of positions), I was truly impressed with how much these people seem to CARE. I mean, sure… it’s a job they’re paid to do and they have all manner of federal and state requirements about procedures and protocol. But above all that bureaucracy and the often hectic pace of a typical floor or ward, I perceived a sweet, helpful spirit in many.

And as I got to know several of the other residents, I realized that several still had a significant degree of individuality. True, many were pretty much “out of it” – due to age or infirmity – but some were alert and active… and a few displayed wonderfully positive outlooks. That touched me. And some of those individuals inspired a few of my composite characters.

What kind of message I wanted this story to tell

Certainly there are nursing home horror stories here and there, but the facility where my mother now resides is a dramatic exception to such negative news. What I hope I’ve been able to capture in this novel is the sweet spirit of several patients, the genuine concern of administration and management, and the caring attention of most nurses, aides, housekeepers… plus others in support functions.

“The Yultide Caper” by J.L. Salter is available now!

Two formats: E-book and paperback!

How can a down-on-his-luck 30-year-old possibly assist this old WW2 combat veteran who briefly needs shelter and food? On this cold Christmas weekend, Matt Clarke has his own worries—he’s a stranger passing through this small Tennessee town when his truck is stolen. There has to be an empty bed in this four-story nursing home because grizzled John Lester just saw the funeral home staff drive away with a body. If they do manage to get inside, perhaps they can fool the skeptical, lovely, young nurse, Lucia Alvarez. But what about the brusque aide who’s a stickler for rules and challenges the absence of a doctor’s referral and other vital paperwork? Is there any possibility of a future… for Matt and Lucia? Where’s a Christmas Miracle when you need one? Or two?

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[JLS # 516]

About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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9 Responses to New Novel, The Yuletide Caper

  1. I would never have known how caring so many employees in nursing homes were if my brother had not had been sent to so many for ‘rehab’ after hospitalizations. Granted, some were not so great, but where he is now is fantastic. The staff is caring and they pay attention to the special needs of each particular patient. My brother is back to being his old congenial self there, whereas he was bitter and very argumentative at home, and would not take care of himself or let others,(and that was more limited than he needed anyway.)
    All of this is particularly important since we have not been able to visit since March, where we had been visiting generally once a week and speding about 3 hours each visit,(over 40 miles away).
    I wish you luck, and this is right up on my TBR list.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all of yor family.

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    • Jeff Salter says:

      Thanks for your support.
      Yes, it makes such a difference for the staff and facility to inspire confidence in the family of the resident.
      And such a shame that one of the MANY effects of CoVid is that these loved ones can no longer have normal visits.
      In our case, since my mom is nearly deaf, we cannot do the video “visits”.


  2. jbrayweber says:

    This sounds like a fun, well, caper. Haha! Maybe even a movie!
    Wishing you and yours a wonderful, peaceful Thanksgiving!

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    • Jeff Salter says:

      Thanks, Jenn. I’d love to see one of my novels made into a movie (even though I understand that experience is not always totally positive). Who knows… maybe this will be the one!

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  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    What a lovely premise! I agree, it takes a special person to work with seniors. I’ll have to add this to my reading list! Happy Thanksgiving.

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  4. What a good idea. As I get older I like to read about seniors.

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