Over her 20-plus years in business, public relations executive Grace McBride has represented some
challenging clients, but none more than the Soltero Brothers, Rolando and Ernesto. Each holiday
season, the retired craftsmen delight children (and their parents) in the Sacramento area by
producing custom-crafted wooden “wish boxes” that inspire the children to post their wish for a
friend or loved one inside the box.
This year, Ernesto’s son Donte, a recent widower, inadvertently embroiled the family toy business
in a legal controversy when his custom logo incited charges of trademark infringement by Stoyonix,
a corporation focused on the nether world of "cloud computing storage." An injunction would
forestall delivery of the Soltero wish holders past the holiday selling season. So, Ernesto called
on Ms. McBride, Donte’s high school sweetheart, to use her PR skills to help mediate a settlement
Grace learns that Donte's Amazonian-inspired logo was a tribute to the family's Brazilian
Portuguese heritage. Moreover, dust from the Rosewood tree cuttings—which are applied to the finish
of the logo— is thought to possess magical properties, an idea she is hesitant to embrace.
Originally, Donte is non-supportive of Grace's initial solution to the legal challenge, displaying
loutish behavior during a mediation session with Stoyonix executives. Soon, however, Donte and
Grace reach a unique compromise while learning of the mysterious and miraculous powers inherent in
the wooden vessels on Christmas Eve.
Valentine Davies’ 1947 novel “Miracle on 34th Street” to Lori Copeland’s 2009 release “The
Christmas Lamp: A Novella” readers of holiday classics will enjoy this tale of Christmas magic with
To read Chapter One, go here.
A short bio of author R.A. Cabral is found
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