Tag: Christmas

Nov 28
Review: Picturing Christmas by Jason F. Wright + GIVEAWAY!

Review: Picturing Christmas by Jason F. Wright + GIVEAWAY!

Title: Picturing Christmas Publisher: Sweetwater Books Publish Date: November 14, 2017 ISBN: 978-1462121526 Source: Author/publisher Pages: 183 Rating: 5 Stars Purchase: Amazon~BN About The Book Fresh out of college and about to start her dream job as a photographer in New York, Aubrey is sure her life is picture perfect. From the moment she sets foot in the city, though, everything starts to crumble around her. With family problems back home, a complicated relationship, and an unforgiving city all around her, this Christmas, all Aubrey really wants is to find the real meaning of the holiday. My Thoughts As a long time fan of both Christmas, and Jason F. Wright, I get excited when I see he has a new book releasing. So, when I saw Picturing Christmas making it’s rounds on the blogosphere, I felt like a kid in a candy story. I couldn’t wait to get my grabby hands on it. When I got the chance to, I devoured it. In one sitting. Literally. It was 183 pages of Jason Wright awesomeness. With Jason’s books, he writes real life. He takes real situations-divorce, false illusions,hope- things that we deal with on a daily basis, and incorporates them into… Read more »

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Dec 16
Guest Post & Giveaway: Mistletoe And Magic’s Gina Ardito

Guest Post & Giveaway: Mistletoe And Magic’s Gina Ardito

Magical Christmas Memories by Gina Ardito I grew up with a mother of Polish descent, so there were always lots of bad ethnic jokes and the perfect excuse for every screw-up (“My Polish is showing.”) in our household. But we also had some wonderful traditions—like at Christmas. For us, Christmas Eve was the most important holiday of the year. In my story, “The Gift of the Magic,” featured in the Christmas anthology, Mistletoe and Magic, I managed to cover a lot of the holiday traditions so important to my mother’s ancestral heritage. There were a lot, though, I didn’t get to include. So, come back the house on Long Island in the 1970s where I grew up, and share some traditional Polish Yuletide cheer. Don’t worry that you weren’t invited: according to Polish custom, surprise guests are considered good luck for Christmas. We’ll have to enter through the back door, though, because the dining room table has taken over the living room to accommodate all the guests, making opening the front door impossible. The pink-and-silver artificial tree is in one corner—decorated—but no presents sit beneath it yet. Dad’s already got the television set to Channel 11’s “Yule Log.” It’s a… Read more »

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Dec 11
TLC Blog Tour Review: A Cowboy For Christmas by Lori Wilde

TLC Blog Tour Review: A Cowboy For Christmas by Lori Wilde

A Cowboy For Christmas Lori Wilde Jubilee, Texas series, #3 Avon Books October 30, 2012 384 pages Amazon | B&N provided by publisher RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books It’s Christmastime in Jubilee, Texas, but Lissette Moncrief is having a hard time celebrating . . . Especially after she accidentally smashes her car into Rafferty Jones’s pick-up truck. Yes, he’s a whole lot of handsome-from the tips of his boots to the top of his Stetson. But he’s no Christmas present. Lissy’s not about to let herself get whisked away by his charming ways and words . . . only to watch him drive away in the end. But what Lissy doesn’t know is Rafferty’s in town just to meet her-and to give her a share in a windfall that doesn’t rightly belong to him. At first, he just wants to do his good deed and get out. But one look at this green-eyed beauty has him deciding to turn this into a Christmas to remember . . . making promises he’s determined to keep-whether she believes in them or not.

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Dec 15
TLC Book Tours Review: Merry Christmas Stories by Jeff R. Spalsbury

TLC Book Tours Review: Merry Christmas Stories by Jeff R. Spalsbury

Merry Christmas Stories is a collection of 25 Christmas tales that emphasize the value of Christmas love and laughter. These short stories will make you laugh, smile and just feel good about this magical time of year. These delightful stories, written in a variety of genres, all reflect Christmas love, hope and charity. A firm believer in the power and importance of laughter, Spalsbury employs humor in his books and hopes the stories will provide some Christmas cheer for all who read them. The stories represent a variety of genres ranging from the traditional to romance to science fiction. There are stories of adventure along with humor, unexpected surprises, romance and poignant moments. These are feel-good stories, to uplift your spirit and to leave you with a smile or a warm feeling. Just the way Christmas should feel. Merry Christmas Stories Jeff R. Spalsbury Black Rose Writing September 23, 2010 214 Pages provided by author Amazon|BarnesAndNoble|Publisher RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books About The Author: Jeff R. Spalsbury also writes science fiction and western novels. Avalon Press published his western novel, Hunt the Hunter, in December 2010 and the second novel in his Hunt series, The Hunted Return is scheduled to be… Read more »

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Dec 10
CedarFort Books Blog Tour: Carving Angels by Diane Stringham Tolley

CedarFort Books Blog Tour: Carving Angels by Diane Stringham Tolley

Carving Angels Diane Stringham Tolley Cedar Fort September 8,2011 128 Pages provided by publisher Amazon|Carving Angels RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books Papa Adam, the North Pole’s oldest elf and Santa’s former chief carver, has given up. Blind, frail, and feeling useless, he counts the minutes in every day waiting for the end—until his youngest granddaughter challenges him to carve again. Together they prove that the most beautiful creations can come from the most unlikely sources and with the right love and encouragement, anything is possible. My Review:If you are looking for something that is sweet and lovable to give to your children for Christmas to read, or to any book lover for that matter, then look no further than this ADORABLE Christmas book. Diane Stringham Tolley is super talented and created a fun, inviting story for kids of all ages. Set in the North Pole,  Santa’s oldest elf has stopped working. Stopped carving. Even though he was one the best carver in all the Pole. When a special visit from his youngest grandchild, he dreams again. He believes again. And, though he’s blind, he begins to carve again…..and what results is beyond just a beautiful carving. Through this special book, both… Read more »

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Dec 06
PUYB Tour Review: Slouching Toward Bellingham by Anneke Campbell

PUYB Tour Review: Slouching Toward Bellingham by Anneke Campbell

Slouching Toward Bellingham Anneke Campbell BooksBNimble December 6,2010 eBook provided by author Amazon RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books When a pregnant girl named Mary waddles into Bellingham, Indiana, she also wanders right into the hearts of its townspeople. Not to mention their imaginations: Because Mary’s a virgin!Joe the postman is the first to spot her, struggling bedraggled and dirty down the road into town. He introduces her to Violet, the waitress at his favorite diner, who has her own reasons to be kind. Next thing you know their friend Dr. Bob’s examined her and proclaimed her a virgin.And then the whole world wants a piece of her.News stories are written; websites built; roving gangs of paparazzi set in motion. Throughout it all, Mary maintains sacred silence. Juggling a townful of characters, each with his or her own agenda, not a single one selfless or blameless, Campbell makes Bellingham come alive as she shows how each is changed by the apparent miracle.This good-natured tale about an extraordinary event in an ordinary town pulls off the rare trick of being satirical, funny, and very, very real without ever sinking into the cynical. A great gift for anyone who reads—especially if they’re a mom…. Read more »

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Nov 22
PUYB Tour Review:The Nine Lives Of Christmas by Sheila Roberts

PUYB Tour Review:The Nine Lives Of Christmas by Sheila Roberts

Title:The Nine Lives Of ChristmasAuthor:Sheila RobertsPublisher:St. Martin’s PressRelease Date:October 25,2011Pages:224Source:provided by the publisherFTC:RBM’s DisclaimerPurchase: Amazon|BarnesAndNoble|PublisherRating:5/5 Books About the Book:Bestselling author Sheila Roberts brings us a humorous, heartwarming Christmas novel about a matchmaking cat who brings a couple together just in time for the holidays. When a guy is in trouble, he starts making deals with his Creator…and Ambrose the cat is no exception. In danger of losing his ninth and final life, Ambrose makes a desperate plea. He’ll do anything—anything!—if he can just survive and enjoy a nice long, final life. His prayer is answered when a stranger comes along and saves him, and now it looks like he has to hold up his end of the bargain. The stranger turns out to be a fire fighter named Zach, the quintessential commitment- phobe who’s in need of some serious romantic help. If Ambrose can just bring Zach together with Merilee, the nice lady who works at Pet Palace, it’s bound to earn him a healthy ninth life. Unfortunately for Ambrose, his mission is a lot harder than he ever anticipated. Now it’s going to take all his feline wiles—and a healthy dose of Christmas magic—to bring them alltogether in time for… Read more »

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Nov 21
Cedar Fort Blog Tour Review: Miriam’s Christmas Wish

Cedar Fort Blog Tour Review: Miriam’s Christmas Wish

Title:Marian’s Christmas WishAuthor:Carla KellyPublisher:Cedar Fort BooksRelease Date:September 8,2011Pages:304Source:publisherFTC:RBM’s DisclaimerPurchase: Amazon|BarnesAndNoble|Deseret BooksRating:5/5 Books About the Book:Miss Marian Wynswich is a rather unconventional young lady. She plays chess, reads Greek, and is as educated as any young man. And she’s certain falling in love is a ridiculous endeavor and vows never to do such a thing. But everything changes when she receives a Christmas visit from someone unexpected—a young and handsome English lord. About the Author:A newcomer to Cedar Fort,Inc.,Carla Kelly is a veteran of the New york and international publishing world. The author of more than thirty novels and novellas for Donald I. Fine Co.,Signet,and Harlequin,Carla is the recipient of two rita Awards (think oscars for romance writing) from romance Writers of America and two Spur Awards (think oscars for western fiction) from Western Writers of America. Recently,she’s been writing regency romances (think Pride and Prejudice) set in the royal Navy’s Channel Fleet during the Napoleonic Wars between england and France. She comes by her love of the ocean from her childhood as a Navy brat. Carla’s history background makes her no stranger to footnote work,either. During her National Park Service days at the Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site,Carla edited… Read more »

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Nov 20
CFBA Tour Preview: Christmas In Sugarcreek by Shelley Shepard Gray

CFBA Tour Preview: Christmas In Sugarcreek by Shelley Shepard Gray

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing Christmas In Sugarcreek Avon Inspire (October 25, 2011) by Shelley Shepard Gray ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Since 2000, Shelley Sabga has sold over thirty novels to numerous publishers, including HarperCollins, Harlequin, and Abingdon Press. She has been interviewed by NPR, and her books have been highlighted in numerous publications, including USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. Under the name Shelley Shepard Gray, Shelley writes Amish romances for HarperCollins’ inspirational line, Avon Inspire. Her recent novel, The Protector, the final book in her “Families of Honor” series, hit the New York Times List, and her previous novel in the same series, The Survivor, appeared on the USA Today bestseller list. Shelley has won the prestigious Holt Medallion for her books, Forgiven and Grace, and her novels have been chosen as Alternate Selections for the Doubleday/Literary Guild Book Club. Her first novel with Avon Inspire, Hidden, was an Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist. Before writing romances, Shelley lived in Texas and Colorado, where she taught school and earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. She now lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. Shelley is married, the mother of two children… Read more »

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Nov 20
Revell Blog Tour Review:Remembering Christmas by Dan Walsh

Revell Blog Tour Review:Remembering Christmas by Dan Walsh

Title:Remembering ChristmasAuthor:Dan WalshPublisher:Revell BooksRelease Date:September 1,2011Pages:272Source:publisherDisclaimer:RBM’s FTCPurchase: Amazon|BarnesAndNoble|DeeperShopping.comRating:5/5 Books About the Book:Rick Denton lives his life on his terms. He works hard, plays hard, and answers to no one. So when his mother calls on Thanksgiving weekend begging him to come home after his stepfather has a stroke, Rick is more than a little reluctant. He’s never liked Art and resents the man’s presence in his life, despite the fact that his own father abandoned the family when Rick was just twelve. When what was supposed to be just a couple days helping out at the family bookstore turns into weeks of cashing out old ladies and running off the homeless man who keep hanging about, Rick’s attitude sours even more. Still, slowly but surely, the little bookstore and its quirky patrons–as well as the lovely young woman who works at his side each day–work their magic on him, revealing to Rick the truth about his family, his own life, and the true meaning of Christmas. With skillful storytelling, Dan Walsh creates a Christmas story will have readers remembering every good and perfect gift of Christmas. About the Author:Dan Walsh is the award-winning author of The Unfinished Gift, The Homecoming, The… Read more »

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