A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie
received a B.A. in Creative Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of
Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, as well as ANWA, the
American Night Writers Association.
Karlie is interested in all things magical and
mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien
and J.K. Rowling.
When not writing, Karlie can often be found
drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time
with her family.
She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her
husband and a cat named Kally
alone become Santa’s Emergency Replacement. It was a job she never wanted but
couldn’t turn down, thanks to Clarence, Santa’s right hand man. Now, Marie has
to work with Clarence, who believes she is some kind of criminal who will cause
the destruction of everything he holds dear.
Trying to prove that he’s wrong, Marie keeps making mistakes that push them
even further apart. It doesn’t help that she has a past she’d rather keep
hidden. However, trying to keep her past where it should belong isn’t easy.
Just when Marie starts to feel like things are coming together, a madman with a
bone to pick, and Christmas to ruin, threatens the whole of the North Pole
Organization. Marie must rely on Clarence and her new friends to help her face
her past before Christmas is gone forever. But does she have the courage to
truly be herself when it could mean losing everything?
Replacement instead of Sandra’s assistant?” Clarence blurted. His words
tumbled out before he could even think about the implications. “You’ve
always wanted to have someone just in case of an emergency.” His eyes
sparkled with vexation, knowing he was being impertinent but not caring. He was
sure Santa would never consider his suggestion with any seriousness.
Santa smoothed his beard. He measured the risks
and the information his wizened eyes gave him. He included the intentions of
his Head of Operations. He rubbed his chin, looked to one side, and nodded.
“That’s not a bad idea. It’s nice to have someone. Just in case.” He
strode back to the desk and picked up a quill. “It does sound reasonable.
All right, why don’t we do just that? It will give her full access to all
Leagues and privileges due to someone up that high. She’ll pretty much be equal
with you, Clarence.” He gave his elf a knowing glance, eyes twinkling as
he wrote down Marie’s name and new position. The elf had played right into his
hands, not that it had been all that hard to persuade him. They had both known
the position was necessary and had discussed it at great lengths recently.
Clarence stared back, jaw somewhat agape. He’d
only said it to vent his frustration, a mere joke; a joke that seemed to have
been taken far too seriously. “But Santa! You can’t think I was