It’s no real surprise that I’m feeling thankful this week. It’s that time of year, after all. And when I really think about it (and ignore the stresses and frustrations of the every day), I have a lot to be thankful about.

I’m thankful for a daughter who will randomly put her arms in the air, say “hug” and whisper “I love you” in my ear.

I’m thankful for a husband who takes the time to compose a Facebook video that says “thank you for being my friend” (even if always-skeptical me had to call first to make sure it was legit and not some scam or virus).

I’m thankful for colleagues who make my workday more enjoyable instead of less.

I’m thankful to have a job I love in an industry full of creative and inspiring people.

And I’m thankful that said job allows me to take time off during the holidays to spend with those first two people I’m thankful for, plus lots of family who live far from here and whom I don’t see nearly often enough.

But don’t worry, while I’m gone, the trusty WMG elves will continue to post to this blog and even spread some holiday newsletter cheer <grin>.

Dressed in Holiday Style ebook cover webBut before I sign off for an extended vacation (I’ll be back the first of the year), I want to tell you one more thing I’m thankful for: An annual holiday treat from Kristine Grayson.

Tomorrow marks the publication day for Dressed in Holiday Style, the third in a series of Christmas novellas Kristine has written in as many years.

In this year’s novella, Raine Wilkins covers Life and Style stories for the Chicago Courier. When she runs into Niko North outside a gala event, she finds herself drawn to him in ways she can’t explain. She trusts him—an enigmatic stranger!—but she doesn’t quite know why, although his stunning good looks might play a role. And he seems to need her help.

Because Niko might inherit his family’s business, Claus & Company. He thinks the business should help needy children all year round. He wants to make that change, but he doesn’t know how.

Few know more about Greater World need than Raine. Can she help Niko fight decades of tradition for the greater good? And can they help each other believe that fairy tales really do exist?

Kasey Michaels has said, “Kristine Grayson gives ‘happily ever after’ her own unique twist!” I couldn’t agree more.

And I’ll give you a little bit more to entice: This novella threads in Kristine’s Charming Universe in a very clever way.

Up on the Rooftop ebook cover rev 091213 web 285Visions of Sugar Plums ebook cover web 285And if you find yourself looking for more of Kristine Grayson’s brand of holiday cheer, the first two of these holiday novellas, Up on the Rooftop and Visions of Sugar Plums, are available in ebook, paperback and audiobook.

And with that, I wish a very happy (and book-filled) holiday season to all.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer.