Hi, I’m Sandine Tomas and I’m pleased to present my holiday novel, Santa’s Last Gift. The holidays are a special time of year for me, as they are for so many people. Part of the holiday fun has been to create new blended traditions with my family. My husband was raised Catholic and I was raised Jewish. Although neither of us consider ourselves practicing members of our faiths, we enjoy the holidays from a cultural perspective.
Growing up, our two girls considered themselves lucky because they got to participate in both Christmas and Hanukkah. We’ve always decorated with both holidays in mind without worrying about the calendar. Hanukkah starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev. That means its start can be as early as the beginning of December or late enough to coincide with Christmas, and it lasts for eight days. So right after Thanksgiving, we’d get started with the decorations!
It’s easy to blend decorations. Our menorah, which holds candles for the eight days of Hanukkah sits in the center of our fireplace mantel, surrounded by red ribbon, snowmen, nutcrackers, and sparkling dreidels.
Of course, the extra gifts were the girls’ favorite part! When they were young, we’d give them eight small gifts every night for Hanukkah and then the remaining family gifts on December 24th. On Christmas Day there were only the presents that Santa brought.
I used our family’s Christmas tradition of opening family gifts on Christmas Eve and reserving Christmas morning for Santa in Santa’s Last Gift. My characters Sebastian and Matthew also have two special little girls in their lives who are having to learn new traditions. Respecting the old ways while building new memories is key to what keeps the holiday spirit alive.
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Santa’s Last Gift Blurb:
The greatest gift might be what they already have.
After years away building his career, event planner Sebastian Chesnut returns to his small hometown of Fir Falls to reconnect with his mother, sister, and young nieces before his job takes him to London.
He doesn’t expect to find his high school boyfriend, Matty, has become a virtual member of Seb’s family. Back then, Matty only offered a casual relationship, but Seb fell hard, and history is soon repeating itself. Seb’s afraid to hope for a second chance, no matter how much they’ve grown and despite the family they share. Instead, he focuses on creating a last perfect holiday, which won’t be easy with his sister’s ex planning to take the girls over Christmas.
Seb and Matty might not know what to do about their feelings for each other, but one thing’s for sure—it won’t be Christmas without the kids. Can these star-crossed lovers pull off a holiday miracle?
Sandine Tomas grew up an unapologetic bookworm, making friends with characters from the ancient past to the farthest reaches of the universe. Her career as a marketing writer has given her insight into the divergence between what a person thinks they want and what they truly need. Relationships are at the heart of her writing, and she enjoys creating characters who become so real that their stories beg to be told. Writing allows her to explore people and ideas from all sides, spinning a notion around like a gem until its facets glisten.
Twisting the old adage about writing what you know into writing what you feel, Sandine doesn’t shy away from raw emotions, turbulent circumstances, and above all, deep passions, fueled by humor, honesty, and trust. She enjoys instilling her characters with the flaws, courage, and idiosyncrasies that brings them to life.
Sandine lives in New York with her husband, daughters and a Golden Retriever puppy named Noodle. An unabashed TV and film enthusiast, she happily binge watches her favorites until her eyes glaze over. Her other guilty pleasures include attending fandom conventions, sleeping in on weekends, and recharging solo by holing up with a caramel macchiato and an amazing book.
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