Sara V. Olds has been telling stories for as long as she can remember. One of her favorite memories is of unfolding a tale for friends while they were all bundled in sleeping bags watching a comet shower in the Uintah Mountains.
Mother of three: Large, Medium and Small, she welcomes her newest role, that of mother-in-law.
Life has taken her from thither to yon and back again—she’s moved 22 times during her marriage. She breathes to travel. Longs to fulfill a lifelong dream of owning a horse. Is an addictive reader. Enjoys swimming, skiing, violin and movies. Wonders if she’ll ever get to SCUBA dive again. And has found a calling that fulfills her in ways she never could have imagined—teaching history to—wait for it—8th Graders.
Her stories consume her. There’s nothing she’d rather do than spend all day, all night and the next day conversing with her latest set of characters. History, adventure, action, romance, humor. Adults, YA and kids. Yep, she does it all. Looking for something to enjoy on a quiet rainy afternoon? Or wanting a pulse-pounding, stay up all night turning pages adventure? Or a you’ve-GOT-to-be-kidding romp? You’ll find them in her pages.
A Peek into “All She Wants for Christmas”—by Sara V. Olds
‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the land
The greedy and selfish had taken a stand.
The stockings ‘cross town had been hung everywhere
With expectations and demands that St. Nick would come there.
Now handsome Ben Herod, Ebenezer by name,
Knew that his not-so-good family had a part in that game.
He had a good heart and loved one and loved all,
And he may have been rich but his heart wasn’t small.
He knew that his family had been trying for years—
And destroying this Christmas and would bring them great cheers.
But as the hero of this tale he knew that won’t do,
And to overcome evil would be quite a coup.
(Okay now you have to say that word right “coo” or rhyme won’t work—just saying.)
So he’s determined and tough and will have no distraction.
But he’s met a young lady and they have quite an attraction.
What he does not know yet, which could change everything—
Is that George, yes it’s George, has her own secret to bring.
She’s the daughter of Santa Claus, oh what a surprise!
And she can do magic right before Ben’s blue eyes.
But she’s had enough of the holiday to last a lifetime
And she’s sure that the Herod’s are nothing but slime.
So can their love blossom and solve problems too?
Will they rescue the holiday or do something new?
You’ll just have read it and find out for yourself.
Or wait for the next visit from that Jolly Old Elf.
Well, I don’t mean to cheat and steal this fine rhyme,
But I will tell you one thing that might give you some time.
I’ve heard that he said ‘ere he drove out of sight—
“Happy Christmas to all and George bid them goodnight!”
George Clauson is Santa’s daughter, but she can’t stand Christmas. All that ho-ho-hoing, caroling and people’s greedy wants? No, thank you. She’s left the family business and struck off on her own in the human world finding her niche as a humble second-grade teacher.
Ebenezer Herod is a descendent of King Herod. His family has never stopped trying to destroy Christmas. This year they may actually get their wish, but not if Ben can help it.
George wants nothing to do with restoring balance to the Christmas season, and she certainly isn’t interested in the shockingly handsome and devilishly rich Ben. A determined do-gooder, Ben’s used to saving the day, but he can’t rescue Christmas alone. Can George and Ben find a way to work together despite their opposing heritages to make the Season bright?