The Christmas Lily

Is Christmas Magic worth risking everything for… including the love of those they care about most?

Juliet Capel, from a remote southern sea isle shrouded in history and secrets, has never truly belonged anywhere. But now that she’s married to the man she’s always loved, she’s determined to share her dream of the perfect Christmas with her new family and the people of the Isle of Grace who’ve never accepted her. Except on Christmas Eve, a rare snowstorm hits the isle, her father disappears, and Father Thomas threatens to cancel Midnight Mass. 

Green Beret Rafe Montfort will do anything for his new wife, even if that means hunting down everyone on the godforsaken Isle of Grace and forcing them to attend Midnight Mass. Although he doesn’t understand why his beautiful bride needs the acceptance of the people of the isle–especially those who treated her terribly during her poverty-stricken childhood–he knows this perfect Christmas is important to her. But what he’s willing to do for her could threaten everyone’s Christmas… along with their future happiness.


The Christmas Lily has had a curious publication history.

The Christmas Lily, the second Deadly Force prequel, is now in a free holiday Bookfunnel anthology called A Christmas Wish.

This story debuted last year in the Christmas Wishes & New Year’s Kisses limited edition romance anthology. After that anthology came down, I was going to republish it on its own–until I had an opportunity to join A Christmas Wish. Since this is a Bookfunel newsletter builder (that means your only cost is your email address), I decided to include The Christmas Lily. It’s a perfect Christmas story for this collection of free holiday novellas that released on 11/1/23.

If you read The Christmas Lily in last year’s Christmas Wishes & New Year’s Kisses anthology, this version is exactly the same. Once this anthology comes down later this year, I will republish The Christmas Lily on my own. Your patience, dear reader, is much appreciated! 

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