A Gift for Santa
(Northern Lights #2)
by Beth Carpenter
It’s the season for giving…and starting over?
A reindeer farm without Santa wouldn’t be Christmas in Marissa Gray’s Alaskan hometown. Luckily Chris Allen’s there to pinch-hit, although for Marissa, seeing her ex-fiancé again brings back memories of what might have been.
Ten years after their breakup, the feelings between the wildlife biologist and blue-eyed fisherman are stronger than ever. Only now there’s a foster kid in the mix, as well as the shocking crime that cost Marissa her job and her family’s security. She and Chris need to find their way to a meeting of minds and hearts to make this truly a season for second chances…
Where life’s currents take you…
Dana Raynott just traveled 3,600 miles to reunite with the brother who changed his name and fled to Alaska nineteen years ago. It’s impossible not to be moved by this wild, breathtaking state, even if Dana’s no closer to finding the answers she came here for.
Her brother’s best friend, Anchorage engineer Sam MacKettrick, might be able to help her. He’s strong and kind—a six-foot, irresistible blend of diverse cultures. He’s also haunted by a tragic family history with a startling connection to Dana’s past…
Research also known as Playing with Reindeer
Any writer will tell you research is vital, and if my research for A GIFT FOR SANTA happened to require a visit to the reindeer farm in Palmer, Alaska, well that was just part of the job. (I love this job.) The most interesting part of the tour came when it was time to feed the four-month-old reindeer calves alfalfa pellets. Notice that at four months, they’re already growing impressive antlers. According to our guide, having strangers in their pen hand-feeding them helps condition the young reindeer to be comfortable around all kinds of people. Here are a few photos of my trip to the reindeer farm.
This guy pushed right up to the front to get his treat.
She was a little shy at first, but soon we were BFFs.
I’ve noticed most reindeer antlers aren’t perfectly symmetrical, but this calf seems to be having a really bad hair day. Good thing antlers regrow every year.
There were other animals at the farm as well as reindeer: chickens, pigs, elk, and this mountain bison who has spent her whole life around reindeer and probably thinks she is one.
And then there’s this cutie. Her mother didn’t breed in the fall with the rest of the reindeer, but three months later, she had a little fling. So, while all the other calves were four-months-old, this darling was only born a month before our visit. See her little white tail?
Tough duty, I know, but I had to make sure to get all the details right for the story. The farm I created for Marissa and her family isn’t exactly like the one in Palmer, but they’re similar. If you’re ever in Alaska and like animals, I’d recommend a visit to the reindeer farm. You know, for research.
when Beth Carpenter was a little girl, she read everything she could get her hands on, and entertained herself on the school bus by making up stories in her head. Not a lot has changed. She’s still consuming books like M&Ms, and spends her days creating happily-ever-afters for her imaginary friends.
- Large handcrafted quilted reindeer tote bag
- Signed Copy of The Alaskan Catch
- Reindeer Cookie Cutters
- Inflatable Reindeer Antler Ring-toss Game