Welcome to the Honky Tonk today! We’re havin’ a Christmas party because the construction at the Tonk is finished. Sharlene has put all Christmas songs on the juke box for the day and there’s mistletoe hanging from a red satin ribbon right in the middle of the floor … exactly in the same place that Travis laid that passionate kiss on Cathy in Hell, Yeah!
There’s pecan divinity, fudge, egg nog, chips and picante and so many other finger foods on the bar that if you go home hungry, it’s your fault. If you don’t like egg nog, I’m sure you can rustle up a bottle of beer from behind the bar.
Chigger plugged money into the juke box and let me choose my top three favorite songs by Toby Keith since she played a part in getting Daisy and Jarod together in I Love This Bar. Oh, my! Decisions! Decisions! Okay, number one … “Christmas Rock.” I just love the way Toby sings that song and doesn’t every woman dream of opening up a little black or red velvet box and finding a nice big rock inside?
That brought out some two steppin’ folks. I see Billy Bob, Jim Bob and Joe Bob, the red haired triplets out there with their new wives. Those boys haven’t lost a bit of their charm and they still do a fine job on the dance floor. B-32 gets me “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Toby and Chigger is starting a line dance. And my last choice is Toby’s “Please Come Home For Christmas.” Awww, ain’t that cute! There’s Sharlene and Holt dancing a nice sweet slow dance.
Travis and Cathy are coming across the floor and putting their money in the juke box. They’ve played another of my favorites: a duet by two of my very favorite singers, Elvis Presley and Gretchen Wilson singing “Merry Christmas Baby.” I wasn’t even aware they’d blended their voices until Sharlene put it on the juke box but they sound wonderful together. The past and the present all combined into one beautiful song. Much like Travis and Cathy in Hell, Yeah! Cathy had to overcome past mistakes before she could move on with her life and truly have many merry holidays with her sweetheart. Don’t they look cute out there dancing together?
Larissa and Hank just came in the door and put more songs on the juke box. There’s Jo Dee Messina singing “What Child is This?” Larissa just handed off her new baby daughter to Chigger and she’s looking up in Hank’s eyes as they dance together. It’s hard to think that a year ago Larissa was playing “My Give A Damn’s Busted” by Jo Dee to him and telling him not to set foot in the Tonk ever again. Sharlene just told me that Joe Dee is singing “Silver Bells” next. I think I’ll grab a cup of Jezzy’s egg nog and sit over in the corner while that one plays. It’s my very favorite Christmas song.
Sharlene and Holt said that it’s their turn to choose the music and their first choice is “If We Make It Through December.” Alan Jackson is singing but I remember when Merle sang that one years and years ago. They’re dancing slowly to the song and Sharlene whispered to me that she’s also played two others by Alan Jackson: “There’s A New Kid in Town” and “Honky Tonk Christmas.”
What a wonderful day! Everyone is here and all my favorite country music Christmas songs have been played. I’ve visited with all the previous bar owners and the characters that made all four books possible. Now it’s my turn to play a few tunes. I think I’ll choose “O Holy Night” by John Berry; “Christmas in Dixie” by Alabama and “Two Step ‘Round the Christmas Tree,” by Suzy Bogguss.
When they finish it’ll be time to turn out the lights and go home. The party will be over but the Honky Tonk will be open again as soon as the holiday is over. Go ahead and kiss that sexy cowboy under the mistletoe. What goes on in the Honky Tonk, stays in the Honky Tonk!
What’s your favorite Christmas song? What kind of memory does it bring back to you?
THE HONKY TONK SERIES BY CAROLYN BROWN
My Give a Damn’s Busted (Book 3)—In Stores Now!
He’s just doing his job…
She’s not going down without a fight…
If any dime store cowboy think’s he’s going to get the best of Larissa Morley—or her Honky Tonk—then he’s got another think coming…
As secrets emerge, and passion vies with ulterior motives, it’s winner takes all at the Honky Tonk…
Honky Tonk Christmas (Book 4)—In Stores Now!
She Means business…
Sharlene Waverly is determined to have the “new and improved” Honky Tonk up and running before the holiday. For that, she’ll need Holt Jackson, the best darn carpenter in the state. But his warm, whisky-colored eyes make her insides melt, and before she knows it, she’s sharing her darkest secrets and talking about the nightmares…
He’s determined to keep things professional…
Holt Jackson needs the job at the Honky Tonk, but is completely unprepared to handle the beautiful new bar owner he’s working for.
Sharlene and Holt try like crazy to deny the sparks flying between them, but their love may just be the best Christmas present either one of them ever got.
About the Author
Carolyn Brown is an award-winning author who has published 36 historical and western romance novels for the library market, many of them bestsellers in that market. Born in Texas and raised in southern Oklahoma, Carolyn and her husband now make their home in the town of Davis, Oklahoma. For more information please visit http://www.carolynlbrown.com/
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