The Paperbag Christmas by Kevin A. Milne Preview and Giveaway

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Thanks to Miriam at Hachette Book Group, I have one copy to give away for a lucky person!!!

About the Book:
Dr. Christopher Ringle is the last person you’d expect to find moonlighting as Santa Claus at the mall on the day after Thanksgiving. But it is there that he meets a young man named Molar Alan, who desperately needs a new perspective on the underlying value of Christmas. Dr. Ringle recruits Mo and his older brother as volunteers at a nearby children’s hospital for the holiday season. At the hospital, Mo is tasked to help bring holiday cheer to the young cancer patients on the fifth floor. His biggest challenge is befriending a decidedly angry girl who is so embarrassed by her scarred appearance that she hides her face behind the safety of a paper bag.

About the Author:
Kevin Milne was born in Portland, Oregon on June 13, 1973. As with the main character of his book, The Paper Bag Christmas, Kevin’s father, Robert Milne, was in the middle of his final examination of dental school when he was notified that Kevin’s entrance into the world was imminent. Robert left his exam, ran over to the nearby delivery room just in time to see his son born, and then raced back to finish the test. Robert and his wife, Diana, toyed for a full week with the idea of naming their child Molar in honor of Robert’s favorite tooth, but reason eventually won out and baby Kevin was taken home from the hospital.



Eighteen years later Kevin graduated from Sherwood High School in Sherwood, Oregon, a small country town outside of Portland. In college, Mr. Milne studied anything and everything that caught his interest. In his first two years as an undergraduate student he changed majors nearly a dozen times, studying such varied fields as film, journalism, communications, philosophy, pre-dentistry, advertising, pre-law, pre-medicine, political science, and German, then finally earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Just about the only thing he didn’t study was business, which, ironically, is what he chose to pursue in graduate school, earning an MBA at Pennsylvania State University in 2000.



Today, Kevin is a business professional by day, an author by night, and a husband and father around the clock. He and his wife Rebecca were married in Washington D.C. in 1995. They now reside in Kevin’s hometown of Sherwood, Oregon, where they are the proud parents of five children: Mikayla, Kamry, Mary, Emma, & Kyler (aka “the boy”).



Chief among Kevin’s personal interests is international travel. To date he has spent time in Austria, Bermuda, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, and Ukraine.



Mr. Milne has also lived in many diverse places since his dental-exam birth in 1973, including Oregon, Washington DC, California, Hawaii, Utah, Austria, Croatia, Pennsylvania, New York, and Vermont.


*Giveaway Rules*
NO P.O. Boxes; Open to residents of the US and Canada only!
Email address must accompany all comment posts so I have a way to notify the winner(yourname {at}domainname{dot}com)

Leave a comment on this post and tell me why you would like to have this book. Entry is that simple!

Bonus entry if you refer someone to enter this contest….they must leave your name so your bonus entry counts!

**Giveaway ends December 2nd at 6pm**

16 November, 2009
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35 Comments

  • Reply g.g.

    This sounds like a wonderful book to get into the holiday spirit. Thanks for the chance!

    anjamie4 (AT) gmail (dot) com

    16 November, 2009 at 3:12 pm
  • Reply LuAnn

    I started collecting Christmas books and stories last year and this would make a great addition to my shelf!

    reading_frenzy at yahoo dot com

    16 November, 2009 at 4:10 pm
  • Reply Mason Canyon

    The book sounds good and could be a reminder of what the holiday season should be about. By the way, love your blog look.
    Please enter me in the contest
    mcbookshelf@gmail.com

    16 November, 2009 at 4:50 pm
  • Reply Mark

    Sounds like a great book. I’d like to win it because I love Christmas books marcus802001(at)yahoo(dot)com

    16 November, 2009 at 5:11 pm
  • Reply rubynreba

    The book makes me in the mood for Christmas and it sounds like one we would like – thanks!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

    16 November, 2009 at 6:22 pm
  • Reply GFDesignz

    I would love to read it and hopefully get in the spirit of the holidays.

    girlfrienddesignz(at)gmail(dot)com

    16 November, 2009 at 7:23 pm
  • Reply Bethie

    Please count me in. I would love to win this. I just love everything to do with Christmas!

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

    16 November, 2009 at 7:44 pm
  • Reply tanya904

    I would love to win because this sound like cute book to share with friends for Christmas
    tanyainjville@yahoo.com

    16 November, 2009 at 8:20 pm
  • Reply SandyM204

    I also collect Christmas books, and this would be great to add to my collection.
    sandym204 @ gmail dot com

    16 November, 2009 at 9:20 pm
  • Reply Stacie

    I don’t own any Christmas books and would love to get one to bring some holiday cheer to our home.

    simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

    16 November, 2009 at 9:33 pm
  • Reply Margaret

    Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful story.

    17 November, 2009 at 11:47 am
  • Reply Vicki

    I thought I’d already entered this! Good thing I came back for a visit!

    I’d love to win this book because of the message it gives children about the way they look.

    readingatthebeach at gmail dot com

    17 November, 2009 at 8:21 pm
  • Reply Winning Readings

    This looks like a book that gets into the true spirit of Christmas, and I love Christmas!

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

    We posted about this at Winning Readings: https://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2009/11/paper-bag-christmas.html

    18 November, 2009 at 3:09 am
  • Reply wmmahaney

    I love Christmas books and would love to win this.
    wmmahaney(at)att(dot)net

    18 November, 2009 at 4:46 am
  • Reply Janet Ruth

    I love Christmas stories, and there is nothing better than curling up with a good book in front of the fireplace during the holidays.

    alongtheway(at)telus(dot)net

    18 November, 2009 at 7:23 am
  • Reply Melanie

    Christmas books are a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Thanks for the giveaway!
    phdserts(at)gmail(dot)com

    18 November, 2009 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply Annette

    Jane (winning readings) sent me!

    I really enjoy Christmas books year round, and this looks like a real winner!

    derekannette (at) gmail (dot) com

    18 November, 2009 at 2:50 pm
  • Reply Buukluvr81

    Bonus entry for Jane@Winning Readings for referring a friend!

    18 November, 2009 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply plb8156

    I have 5 kids & love to read holiday books to them…this would be a favorite for years to come 🙂
    plb8156@aol.com

    18 November, 2009 at 5:29 pm
  • Reply Ticia

    I love Christmas and am always up for a new Christmas book!
    pucktricks6802[@]yahoo[dot]com

    18 November, 2009 at 8:00 pm
  • Reply Marie

    I would love to share this with my kids, it sounds like a wonderful holiday book!

    marielay@gmail.com

    19 November, 2009 at 1:58 am
  • Reply Esme

    this sounds like it would make a nice Christmas read

    thanks chocolate and croissants at yahoo dot com

    19 November, 2009 at 6:10 am
  • Reply Marjorie

    The cover is just so beautiful,
    I would love to win this book.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

    I follow by google reader.

    20 November, 2009 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply Jaime

    sounds like one I really need to read to get into the holiday spirit
    copperllama at yahoo dot com

    20 November, 2009 at 3:24 pm
  • Reply Barb

    I would love to have this book because it reminds the readers that life is about helping others in an unselfish way so each person can feel special. This is a great lesson for everyone and can be used with young listeners and old to remind them of this value lesson.

    bstilwell12 at comcast dot net

    21 November, 2009 at 12:55 am
  • Reply Beth (BBRB)

    I love to read Christmas stories every year, so this will be nice.

    BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

    24 November, 2009 at 6:25 pm
  • Reply pippirose

    I would love to win this book, as it teaches a great lesson.
    I love Christmas books.
    :o)
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

    26 November, 2009 at 10:46 pm
  • Reply bison61

    this sounds like a wonderful book for the Christmas holidays-I’d love my grandkids to read it

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

    27 November, 2009 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    I’d love to win this in order to gift it to my young nephew… I love this season and the true meaning. Please accept this as my entry. Thank you!

    Aliya D.
    aliyadaya(at)shaw(dot)ca

    27 November, 2009 at 11:13 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    It sounds like a great book! I would love to read this book and share it with my daughters as well.

    Thanks!
    Michelle
    scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

    28 November, 2009 at 7:49 am
  • Reply scottsgal

    Sounds like a very heartwarming story – I’d love to read this

    msboatgal at aol.com

    28 November, 2009 at 4:22 pm
  • Reply Robyn

    Sounds like a wonderful book. I would love to own and read it.
    robby1_asst at hotmail dot com

    28 November, 2009 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply Nancye

    This sounds like a great book my whole family would enjoy! Thanks for the chance!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT

    29 November, 2009 at 9:00 am
  • Reply Renee G

    I would love to read this because it sounds like a heartwarming story for the Christmas Season.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(Dot)com

    30 November, 2009 at 4:30 am
  • Reply kp

    The book sounds like just what I’d love to read in this coming season. It’s snowing outside as I write this and I’m definitely in the mood for Christams. Thank you.

    30 November, 2009 at 8:16 pm
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