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5 Fact Thursday - A First Class Christmas @KatyEeten #Christmas #romance

Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Kryssie! Today, I want to share about one of my past books, a novella entitled First Class Christmas. As the title suggests, the hero and heroine meet in none other than an airport, and then sit next to each other on their flight where the sparks fly.

Five Facts about First Class Christmas:

First Class Christmas is a contemporary Christian romance. I have two other Christmas novellas that are also short, sweet, clean reads available on Amazon, and two full-length novels.

The hero (CJ) is a former Olympian, having scored both a gold and silver in pole vaulting.

Just like the heroine (Mandy), I tend to drink ginger ale on airplanes, but nowhere else! Not sure why, but every time I fly, I’m in the mood for this random fizzy drink.

Mandy experiences motion sickness while on a turbulent flight. I can relate! I can’t even swing on a swing set without getting dizzy. And don’t get me started on the last time I snorkelled in the wavy ocean. (Let’s just say the fish ate well that day).

A few “fun facts” about CJ – he has a dog, loves coffee, volunteers at his church, and plays the guitar.


When Mandy Brockman flies home from her friend's destination wedding, her heart is on empty at the thought of spending Christmas alone. It doesn't help that her ex is on the plane, seemingly unaffected by their breakup. But the kind-hearted man seated next to her seems to have it all together—and he's handsome to boot. She knows her emotional healing won't come in the form of another guy, but will the source of this man's peace and joy help Mandy find the Christmas she's looking for? CJ Hawkins is captivated by the beautiful, feisty woman he meets on his flight. The only thing is, she's fresh out of a relationship, and he has no interest in being anyone's rebound. But the more he learns about Mandy, the more he's drawn to her unique mixture of compassion and spunk.

Can he figure out how to make their relationship take off before this First Class Christmas is grounded forever?


Once the bill was squared away, they stood to leave, retrieving their coats from the coat check on the way out. The thought of leaving CJ only to return to her lonely apartment brought the same sense of emptiness they’d been talking about earlier. She tried to shake it off. Out in the parking lot, he walked her to her car.

“I’d love to see you again, but I have plans tonight. Although…” his voice trailed off.

Mandy narrowed her eyes. What wasn’t he saying? “Although…?”

A small smile crept to his face. “You should totally come with.”

She was intrigued. “Where to?” They arrived at her car, and she turned to face him with her back against the driver’s side back door.

He waggled his eyebrows. “To fill that emptiness in your heart.”

She tilted her head, giving him a dubious look. “What makes you so sure?”

CJ placed one hand on the car behind her on her left, and then another on her right, pinning her in place between his arms. Their bodies were only inches away from each other. “Do you trust me?” She could hear the smile in his voice.

Taking a deep breath, Mandy kept her gaze on CJ’s. The truth was, she did. But that fact scared her a little. She pressed her lips together before responding. “Yes.”

He gave a flirty lift to his eyebrows. “Good.”

Her heart was racing as she pressed the back of her body flat against the car. For the second time this day, she wondered if he would kiss her. A part of her even yearned for it, but at the same time, she wasn’t ready. She would turn away if it came to that. But as his face drew even closer to hers, his left arm dropped from her right side, and she heard the sound of a car door opening. Before she knew what was happening, he backed up and opened her driver’s side door with a lopsided grin.

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Katy Eeten lives with her husband and their two sons, ages 14 and 11, in southeast Wisconsin (despite her dislike for cold weather!). She works full time in corporate America, but her true passion is writing. In addition to First Class Christmas, she has four other contemporary Christian Romances available on Amazon. When she’s not working or writing, she can be found taking walks or bike rides with her kids, baking goodies, playing the piano, or spending time with her family.

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