Viola Shipman
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Viola Shipman

Dear Reader: Welcome! I'm SO glad you're here! I am the USA Today and internationally bestselling author of fifteen books that have been translated into 21 languages. I write fiction under the pen name, Viola Shipman, as a tribute to my working poor Ozarks grandma, whose family stories, heirlooms and love inspire my novels and inspired me to become a writer. My novels are a tribute to family and our elders and meant to inspire hope. My grandma used to say, "Life is as short as one blink of God's eye, but we too often forget what matters most in that blink." As a result, my novels are meant to remind readers of what's most important in life: Each other. My new Christmas novel, A WISH FOR WINTER, publishes November 15 and is available for preorder now. I'm honored that Susan Mallery and Sherryl Woods have raved about it, and I know it will touch your heart. The soul of A WISH FOR WINTER – and its title – was inspired by my Grandma Shipman. Growing up in the Ozarks, my parents and grandparents used to take me to see Santa at a local department store in the nearest “big” city. My brother and I had our pictures taken with him nearly every year. I never realized the man in the costume wasn’t really Santa until a boy in grade school told me otherwise. “Grow up!” the kid told me. That was a small but seminal moment in my life because it signaled a change from childhood to adulthood. Like so many of you, I’m sure, I used to make a Christmas list when I was a kid. It was often a long laundry list of every new toy and game. But my Grandma Shipman used to always ask me after we’d visit Santa what my wish was. “Not what you want,” she’d say, “but what you wish for, more than anything in the world.” Oh, did I wish. One year, after the death of my brother, I wished that my Christmases would forever be the same as they were. But life, well, is life, and it changes us profoundly. What do we wish for most in life? Not things, as my grandma taught me, but love, happiness, health, home, dear friends, a wonderful family, a passion for what we do. A Wish for Winter is about those simple wishes. It’s about wanting to find love but fearing getting hurt again. This is a book about hope, in all forms: the hope a first snow brings, the hope of finding love, the hope this holiday season will be the best. This is a book about belief – in faith, family and friends – but mostly about believing in the things you’re not supposed to believe in, like Santa, second chances and yourself. The main character, Susan, a 40-year-old independent bookstore owner, is named after the main character in one of my favorite Christmas movies, Miracle on 34th Street, who says, “"I believe... I believe.... It's silly, but I believe." It’s a book about forgiveness, of others and yourself, of things that happen in life that are too often out of your control, that critical moment when we go from child to adult, too often in the blink of an eye, and how that can change us forever. This is a book about love – BIG love, in all its forms, from friendship to family to romance. It’s about wanting to find love but being too scared of getting hurt again. It’s a book about chances. Taking them. Missed chances. It’s a book about books, and the people who love them. It’s about how books save us, change us, and how bookstores are the hearts and souls of our community. It’s about happy endings, and why we too often are willing to believe in happy endings in books but not in our own lives. It’s about the people who believe in them and never, ever give up trying to make them happen. More than anything, this book is about wishes, the ones we dream as children, the ones we say in a prayer before bed, the ones we too often let go as adults. It’s also, I believe, my most unique novel to date. I mean, what if you felt it was your life’s destiny to meet a man who had to be dressed as Santa Claus the first time you set eyes on him? The book is populated with a beautifully, kooky cast of characters, inspired by my own diverse, funny, loving family and friends. My wish for you is that you know how much you are loved and that you love A WISH FOR WINTER! XOXO! Viola Here's more about it! *** “I love this book—funny, perfect and wonderfully good. A not-to-be-missed delight.” —New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery With echoes of classic Hollywood love stories like Serendipity and An Affair to Remember, Viola Shipman’s latest winter charmer following the USA TODAY bestseller The Secret of Snow is sure to tug on heartstrings and delight readers who love books about books, missed connections and the magic of Christmas. Despite losing her parents in a tragic accident just before her fourteenth Christmas, Susan Norcross has had it better than most, with loving grandparents to raise her and a gang of quirky, devoted friends to support her. Now a successful bookstore owner in a tight-knit Michigan lakeside community, Susan is facing down forty—the same age as her mother when she died—and she can’t help but see everything she hasn’t achieved, including finding a love match of her own. To add to the pressure, everyone in her small town believes it’s Susan’s destiny to meet and marry a man dressed as Santa, just like her mother and grandmother before her. So it seems cosmically unfair that the man she makes an instant connection with at an annual Santa Run is lost in the crowd before she can get his name. What follows is Susan and her friends’ hilarious and heartwarming search for the mystery Santa—covering twelve months of social media snafus (including the start of a social media dating site, THE SINGLE KRINGLE, behind Susan's back), authors behaving badly and dating fails—as well as a poignant look at family, friendship and what defines a well-lived and well-loved life. “Viola Shipman has written a captivating story for anyone whose memories run deep… This book keeps faith and hope alive!” —New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods
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