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Hello! I'm new adult and contemporary romance author Kate Givans. Those closest to me might say I'm quirky, clumsy, and a little off-key . . . but they also know there's more to me than my oddities and eccentricities.
I've always been a bit of a book nerd, reading almost anything I could get my hands on. Now I'm fortunate enough to be the one writing the stories. No stranger to the darker and more painful aspects of life, I drag my complicated characters through unimaginable losses and pain--domestic violence, death, sex trafficking, child abuse, and more. But because I'm obsessed with creating more empathy, understanding, and compassion in the world, those same characters often find the happily ever afters that seem to evade us in everyday life.
In addition to my fiction writing, I contribute annually to the End the Silence Campaign. I also blog about parenting at Growing Your Baby, and I provide non-fiction copywriting services. In my "spare" time, I also offer formatting services to other Indie authors.
I'm also a wife and mother of five with a serious coffee addiction. I like to dance for no reason at all, I'm a day-dreamer who loves to play with the voices in my head, and somewhere in the midst of all the fun and crazy, I remind myself to "breathe" and enjoy the life I have.
on Dec. 21, 2014 :
All I Want for Christmas is about Reyna, who was placed in the care of the kind-hearted Millers after Child Protection Services rescued her from her pill-popping, hallucinating mother. At first, she was adamant & refused to accept her new family, but as time progressed, she loved having a new one. Then she met her foster sibling, Neil. Theirs was a special kind of relationship – they bring out the best of each other when together. And also the worst. Which led to Neil doing something that tipped the police and him escaping to nowhere. Reyna felt betrayed, hurt, and her family, devastated. Trusting someone, or anyone for that matter, had always been one of Reyna’s issues so when Neil wounded her heart, she never wanted anything to do with him. Until they saw each other again. Until he saved him from a possible assault. Until he joined her foster family for Christmas. Until he kissed her again.
Soon, they would have to let go of their feelings, learn to forgive and forget, although the truth is, these emotions are easier said than done. Will Reyna and Neil ever get what they want for Christmas?
Kate Givans impressed me again with her Christmas offering. If there’s one thing I learned from this novella, it is that when one falls in love, trust should always come along. Although Trust is not something all loving relationships start with. But with Reyna and Neil, they learned to trust and love the hard way. They’re both scarred from their past, they’re both still reeling to face the future. Like what Neil had said, “We’re not that different. Different scars, different pasts, but trauma, pain, loss, hurt.. those things bind us together. We know what they are and we know what they feel like, and because of that, we’ll take special care of each other.” Big words from a troubled man. Big words from a man I am starting to admire. Big special words that struck my heart.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)