Patti's Porch

WHAT IF? by BONNIE ENGSTROM
Friday, November 29, 2019 by Patti Shene

 

 

Patti never expected to portray a legendary character, nor fall in love. She just wanted a part-time job over the holidays. But between the Simon Cowell look-a-like guy who played Santa and her eleven-year-old granddaughter Tabitha, and maybe God, she pulled on the green vinyl boots, powdered her eyebrows and “sucked it up,” as Tabby would say until . . . the Santa who came to give out gifts at church was different. And she kissed him. Did she kiss the wrong Santa?

Clean, inspirational fiction. Publisher ~ Winged Publications. A novella for ages 10-100.

 

 

 

WHAT IF?

 

What if you were a “slightly” older woman, a school teacher, widowed, living alone and bored during the holiday season?

 

What if you have a super smart granddaughter who is a bit precocious at eleven?

 

What if you depended on her for the truth?

 

What if you loved all things Christmas and always had a secret desire to be Mrs. Santa Claus?

 

What if the opportunity came up? Would you take it? Even if the other teachers chided you?

 

What if the Santa who hired you needs your help with his grandson?

 

What if with every suggestion or comment you make, he replies with “Whatever.”?

 

What if your granddaughter played Elf?

 

What if she spotted the fake Santa and said you kissed the wrong Santa because he smelled different?

 

What if you found the answers to these questions in HER SECRET SANTA?

 

 

Something fun to know:

This book is dedicated to my longtime friend from high school, Sandy Cervi Bacasa, who inspired this story by playing Mrs. Santa and never colored her stunning gray-white hair. She is a beautiful woman and a perfect Mrs. Claus.

 

 

Another fun fact:

Tabitha, the granddaughter in the story, is based on my granddaughter, Teagan, who really does always call me “Grammy.” But you have to read the story to understand this comment.

 

 

 

Bonnie will gladly gift either an eBook or mail a print copy of Her Secret Santa (reader’s choice) to a reader within the contiguous U.S. who makes a comment

by Tuesday, December 10th at midnight MST.

She promises you a lot of “Ho, Ho, Ho, s.”

 

Please join her every Monday on her FB author page to enter the drawing for multiple prizes. https://www.facebook.com/bonnieengstromauthor/.

 

 

 

HER SECRET SANTA is on sale this week for 99 cents eBook. Just in time to snuggle up with a fun story while the cookies are baking.

https://amzn.to/34azidY

 

 

Bonnie Engstrom loves Christmas and lives with her own Santa of 55 years, even though he complains about setting up the nine-foot tree every year, then loves putting the angel on top and stands back to admire it. She and Dave are blessed to live in Arizona with their two dogs and near four of their six grandchildren. The other two live on the beach in Costa Rica and surf. Pura Vida!

To see them all go to www.bonnieengstrom.com.

To connect with Bonnie visit her Facebook author page where she has weekly contests to win books and stash. https://www.facebook.com/bonnieengstromauthor/.

Email her at [email protected] and put BOOKS in the subject line. She loves to chat with readers.

 

 

SUBSCRIBE TO PATTI’S BLOGS HERE.

 


Comments

Bonnie Engstrom From AZ At 12/3/2019 6:16:45 PM

Ha, ha, Patti! No this Patti isn't you, but I must have had your name on my mind when I wrote the story. But, the Santa in the story does deserve coal in his stocking! He's a bit of a curmudgeon until he meets Mrs. Santa Patti.

Reply by: Patti Shene

LOL! Sounds like a fun Christmas read, Bonnie!

Bonnie Engstrom From AZ At 12/3/2019 6:06:03 PM

Thank you Vivian, Alicia, Lisa and Elaine for your comments. It is a fun book, one I had so much fun writing. I loved the banter between the characters and Patti's sarcastic comments to Mr. Santa. I hope you will, too. If you read the story I would love to know who your favorite character is.

Reply by: Patti Shene

That’s Bonnie’s character Patti! Patti’s Porch Patti would never dare make a sarcastic comment to Mr Santa for fear of finding coal in her stocking!

Vivian Furbay From Colorado Springs, C) At 12/2/2019 6:53:28 AM

Looks like a cute story for me to read and then give to my niece so she can read it to her four kids.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Yes, I'm sure it would be excellent for that very purpose, Vivian! Thank you for stopping by!

Alicia Haney From Texas At 12/1/2019 10:51:58 PM

This sounds like a great book to read around Christmas, perfect for now. Thank you for sharing about this book. I would love to read it. I love the cover.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Alicia. Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comments. Good luck in the drawing!

Alicia Haney From Texas At 12/1/2019 10:48:40 PM

This sounds like a super cute Christmas story! I love the cover and I would love to read this book, I will be adding this book to my TBR list. Thank you for sharing this.

LisaHerring From TX At 11/30/2019 6:42:29 PM

This books sounds intriguing!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Lisa. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Merry Christmas!

Elaine Williams From Birmingham, AL At 11/30/2019 6:40:53 PM

I need some good seasonal reading. This sounds like the perfect book!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Elaine. Glad you stopped by to leave a comment. Thank you. Merry Christmas!

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WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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WELCOME AUTHOR LEE CARVER
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WELCOME AUTHOR VALERIE COMER
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WELCOME AUTHOR MARIAN MERRITT
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WELCOME AUTHOR AMBER STOCKTON
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WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE ALMONY
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WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
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A MODERN DAY MIRACLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE PEASE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SEVEN
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AUTHOR GINA WELBORN RETURNS
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WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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WHAT DOES ADVENT MEAN TO YOU?
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WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
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WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
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WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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WHAT DO YOU MISS?
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
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DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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BY THE NUMBERS
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WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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8/30/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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SITTING IDLE
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It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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6/20/2014

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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4/19/2014

PLAY BALL!
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JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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3/22/2014

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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3/19/2014

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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3/13/2014

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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3/8/2014

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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3/1/2014

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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2/22/2014

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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2/15/2014

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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2/12/2014

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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A Matter of Perspective
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Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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1/25/2014

Monopoly!
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1/21/2014

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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1/17/2014

What Did You Mean By That?
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1/14/2014

Wildlife Video
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1/10/2014

My Best Reads of 2013
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The Dumbest Kid in School
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Good-bye to 2013
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1/1/2014

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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One Spectacular Christmas Display
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Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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Shared Experience
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Facing the Monster
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Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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I'll Be Happy When...
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5/14/2013

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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I Can't Do This!
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5/2/2013

BREAKING THE RULES
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4/28/2013

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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Vulnerability to Fear
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Faith and Fear
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4/15/2013

Those Temporary Interruptions
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2/21/2013

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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Taking Stock
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Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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Winter - Bah Humbug!
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1/22/2013

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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1/12/2013

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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1/9/2013

The last Day of the Christmas Season
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1/5/2013

Accountability in the Extreme
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The day after Christmas
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It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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12/12/2012

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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News From Nashville & Beyond
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Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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Welcome Home!
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11/13/2012

Confessions of a first book editor
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Going Home
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11/13/2012

GPCWC in Restospect
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Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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11/13/2012

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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