Day 3 of the 10-day Countdown!

It’s day 3 of the 10-day Countdown!! In Don’t Mess with Christmas, Julian Murphy and Parker Roy go out to find the perfect real Christmas tree. With all the choice, how to decide which type of tree to buy?

Don’t Mess with Christmas is Book 4 of the Dr. Brogan Corkie Matchmaking Doctor series, a humorous Christmas contemporary romance! November 2 is the big day. Woohoo!


Here’s an excerpt from Don’t Mess with Christmas when Parker is explaining the pros and cons of the different varieties of Christmas trees.

“Are you looking for balsam fir, Scotch pine, or white spruce?” Parker asked, getting out of the truck and walking around to join Julian.

“So many? I figured my choice would be Scotch pine or Scotch pine.” Julian picked up a saw from the back of the truck.

“Yup. That’s why I like this farm best. Jeff Donaldson grows all three, and he also has a selection of Douglas fir and Fraser firs that he ships in.”

“The only thing I know about Christmas trees is what I tell patients who want a real tree but need one with very little scent. For them I recommend white pine.” He grinned. “Or better yet, a fake one.”

“A fake tree? Blasphemy. Allergies aside, ya gotta go with balsam fir. They smell heavenly. Take a lot of water, but that pine scent more than makes up for it.”

They made their way to where a tractor idled. The wagon hitched to the back was almost full. They climbed aboard and sat down on a hay bale, squished close together.

“The only drawback with a balsam fir,” Parker said, “is that the branches are a bit flimsy. If you like a lot of ornaments, you’re better off with a Fraser fir. A white spruce would work, too, for weightier decorations, but you have to be careful not to crush the needles ’cause they’ll stink.”

Julian put his arm around Parker’s shoulders. “Lights only. I’m good there.”

Parker blinked at him, feigning shock. “What do you mean, ‘lights only’?”

“I haven’t accumulated any ornaments yet.”

“Go to the dollar store and load up.”

“What? No.” He poked her in the ribs. “Blasphemy. They have to mean something; have a story behind them.”

“Ah, you’re sentimental. That’s so cute.” She knew what she could make him for Christmas. “Then any tree will do.”


Dr. Brogan Corkie is happily semi-retired from medicine and now has time for other hobbies. Her passion for food is second only to her skill at matchmaking!

Parker Roy grew up in the middle of four brothers and has lived with enough testosterone to last her a lifetime. She’s finally moved out and made a life of her own. Between putting the finishing touches on the set for Mapleton’s Christmas play, plowing snow, and transforming her hydroponic greenhouse into a Christmas wonderland, it’s ramping up to be a hectic season.

Dr. Julian Murphy, the only allergist in town, has his eye on the woman behind the set design of the holiday play. He’s volunteering backstage in the hope of getting to know her. There’s a bit of a snag when she’s referred to his clinic for a rash – doctors aren’t allowed to date their patients – but Dr. Brogan Corkie doesn’t see it as an insurmountable problem and steps in to give their romance a nudge. She’d better be right because, if not, it could seriously mess with Christmas.

The allergist or the rash– which itch does Parker want to scratch?


Don’t Mess with Christmas is available for pre-order. A bargooooon for $1.35! Release day for the e-book is November 2!


Stay tuned tomorrow for more Don’t Mess with Christmas fun!