An Unlikely Santa

An Unlikely Santa

by Kathryn Brettell


Publisher Jazz Dog Press

Published in Children's Books/Holidays & Festivals, Children & Teens (Young Adult), Children's Books

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Book Description

An unlikely Santa, and a lonely boy meet in this quirky, short, Christmas story.

Sample Chapter

Hank needed a bottle.

Hell, I really need a whole case of bottles, he thought, but I’d be happy right now just to knock back a few fingers of Jack. He needed some anti-freeze to get his motor going – to bust the ice off his nose and light that slow burn in his gut.

He rubbed his hands together and blew warm breath into the thread bare gloves, then checked his pockets for the thirtieth time that morning. Fifty-seven cents. His lucky nickel, two pennies he’d lifted from the dish at the 7-11, and two quarters he’d panhandled off geeks down on Harwood Street. Not enough for even one drink.

“Crap,” said Hank. “I can’t believe I’m gonna do this.”

The downtown employment office sometimes hooked him up with jobs sweeping or hauling trash for a few bucks, but not today. It was Christmas Eve and the bulletin board was seriously lacking posts for hourly work. Only one fit Hank’s requirements: indoor work, paid by the hour, and within his geographical limit – walking distance of a liquor store. Somebody wanted a Santa to visit the county hospital children’s ward. He unpinned the note and shoved it into his pocket.


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Author Profile

Kathryn Brettell

Kathryn Brettell

The Olive Picker is Kathryn’s first full-length novel. She has previously written Solitaire, a short story that was published in The McGuffin magazine in 2006. Her short stories Hot Lips and Runners were both accepted for on-line publications in 2005 and 2009 respectively. Kathryn lives in a little log cabin in Colorado. During the previous three years she lived in India and Singapore and wrote a travel blog reporting on the second half of her life, which featured the humorous aspects of travel and other issues. One of those letters, Naked Guy, was published in her hometown Colorado newspaper, The Mountain Connection, in 2013. Kathryn happily retired when she and Peter moved to India, and she is pursuing her lifelong love of writing. She hopes, through her writing, to give hope to people who find themselves in situations of abuse, wherever they are in their journey.

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