“Sometimes, she wondered if Gingerbread Falls was an idyllic town inside a snow globe. Every so often someone gave it a good shake to watch the fluffy romantic snow drift around the people who inhabited the town.”

From sleigh bells to snow globes, actress Carrie Murray has appeared in a myriad of Christmas-cookie-sweet holiday films — 17 to be exact. While her movies are ripe with holiday cheer and happy endings, the Christmas magic does not extend beyond the screen, and Carrie welcomes the escape from reality the job affords her and her audience. 

Carrie can hardly believe it when she is presented with a life-changing, career-defining opportunity to finally make a name for herself as an actress. “Christmas Carrie,” as her best friend Ari affectionately calls her, has been asked to star alongside Hollywood’s biggest and hottest action star, Braxton Timothy, in the new Christmas movie. The movie, A Christmas at Gingerbread Falls, also happens to be the title of Katie Mettner’s scrumptious holiday romance novel from Breaking Night Press!


Braxton’s reputation precedes him, and not just his impressive list of acting credentials. He is successful, talented and handsome, but also a certified player, known for leaving a cookie crumb trail of broken hearts behind him from film to film. It comes as a surprise to all that he has decided to venture into new territory as the leading man and producer of a wholesome Christmas love story, perfect for the Christmas Channel. With his new direction, Braxton plans to remove himself once and for all from the naughty list. He knows what he wants now, but will his new costar understand he has changed and he means it?

Braxton hand-picked Carrie for the role of Noelle and sings praises of her artistic prowess as an actress any chance he gets. His sudden interest in a charming romance may apply off-screen too, and though Carrie finds him utterly irresistible, she is guarded, swearing fiercely to protect her heart. When it becomes clear to Carrie that Braxton desires something more from her than her flawless acting chops, she worries life is imitating art. She knows life is a lot messier … but as she is starting to realize, it can also be a lot more fun!


The story unfolds in a unique way. It alternates between scripted scenes of Noelle Butler (played by Carrie) and Dr. Carson Stark (played by Braxton) in a picturesque made-for-TV movie love story, and fiery and unexpected, off-screen moments of chemistry between the two troubled thespians.

A Christmas at Gingerbread Falls if full of surprises, and as the two reveal to one another the scars of their tortured pasts, Carrie begins to wonder: do they stand a “snowball’s chance in hell” at getting on the Christmas Channel and making it as a couple? Join Noelle and Carson, and the actors who play them, Carrie and Braxton, on this whirlwind tale of romance and recovery, as these two hurting people attempt to find healing in one another.


A Christmas at Gingerbread Falls is a sexy, startling and satisfying seasonal romance. 

The style of switching between the dreamy Christmas movie world and the real lives of the leading man and lady gives Mettner’s holiday romance an especially intriguing flair! The story seems to invite you to examine Noelle and Dr. Stark’s story — to look for the realness behind Carrie and Braxton’s acting, just as you might whilst watching the actors in a favorite made-for-tv film. Readers may be surprised to begin Chapter One from “Noelle’s” perspective, but don’t be fooled by its super-sweet nature; Carrie’s story is an emotional rollercoaster and far less predictable.

Holiday romance fans will devour this book the way one might Maple-Glazed Gingerbread Scones (recipe included in the back of the book!). A Christmas at Gingerbread Falls blends together the light-hearted whimsy of a holiday TV special with the intrigues of a mysterious and challenging past by creating characters with real-life hardships. With all the charm of a Hallmark movie and the heat of a steaming cup of cocoa, Mettner has created a tangled love story that is sure to be a joy for romance readers this holiday season!

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Katie Mettner writes small-town romantic tales, filled with epic love stories and happily ever-afters. She proudly wears the title of ‘the only person to lose her leg after falling down the bunny hill’ and loves decorating her prosthetic with the latest fashion trends. She lives in Northern Wisconsin with her own happily-ever-after and three mini-mes. Katie has a massive addiction to coffee and Twitter, and a lessening aversion to Pinterest— now that she’s quit trying to make the things she pins.