Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I hope you are enjoying this holiday season! As much as I adore Christmas, I can’t ignore the fact my Facebook feed tugs my heart. Not everyone is happy and jolly right now, and that’s okay.

 

Merry Christmas

 

You might be struggling. Health scares, job problems, relationship troubles, money issues, grief, loneliness–all hit us hard around the holidays. If you are less than jolly this year, I’m sorry. I pray God brings you comfort.

You might be overwhelmed. Yeah, I get this, too! Too much to do, too few hours to do it all. Hang in there and be kind to yourself.

You might be overjoyed. A new baby, great job, the love of your life, reconnecting with family–all are exciting, wonderful things to celebrate. I’m cheering with you!

Whatever you’re going through, I pray you find the peace that only comes through faith in God this Christmas season. As Philippians 4:7 states, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Eat a cookie for me and heat up some cocoa! It’s Christmas!

I’m taking a nice, long Christmas break, so I’ll be back to blogging in January.

Have a blessed Christmas and a happy New Year!!

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway~Day 8!

12 Days Of Christmas Giveaway~Day 8!

On the 8th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

It’s Day 8 of the #12DaysofChristmas giveaway! If you haven’t heard of it, ten inspirational authors joined forces to shower readers with gifts! Each day a new gift is added, which means the prizes are growing. Woohoo!

 

12 Days of Christmas Givewaway!

 

Each day the prize builds with another book or book-related goodie, AND the Rafflecopter entries roll over so every day you have a new chance to win!

The winner of Day 8 will receive:

 

Yuletide Redemption

YULETIDE REDEMPTION:

A Mother’s Christmas Wish 

After an accident leaves Celeste Monroe to raise her baby nephew, all she wants is to provide one-year-old Parker with a happy life. She hopes taking a job caring for injured Sam Sheffield will help fulfill that goal. But Sam’s determination to avoid the world throws a wrench in her plans. Despite his best efforts, Sam can’t take his eyes off the pretty caretaker. Her strength and her loving nature has him falling for her—and her baby. But he refuses to burden them with a man who’s not whole. Can Celeste convince Sam he’s daddy—and husband—material in time for them to celebrate Christmas together?

And that’s not all! Day 8’s winner will also receive:

The Gingerbread Pony by Patricia Bradley
Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson
His Prairie Sweetheart by Erica Vetsch
A Family Arrangement by Gabrielle Meyer
Concealed Identity by Jessica Patch
Watercolor Dreams audio book download by Sherry Kyle
Hazardous Holiday by Liz Johnson

Are you as excited as I am?? Wheee!!!

Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below (US only) by following some of your favorite authors on social media and signing up for their newsletters. Every entry carries over–so the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win. Here’s the entry form!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
 Be sure to stop by Susan Tuttle’s blog, Steps, tomorrow for Day 9’s prizes! (FYI, Steps is one of my favorite devotional blogs. If you need a pick-me-up and some Bible truth, follow her blog!)

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Chapter Five of A Cradle for Christmas released on Monday! If you’ve been following my FREE Christmas novella being released one chapter at a time on Harlequin’s Online Reads page, you’ll want to jump right in to the next installment! If not, you can catch up below. I have all the chapters linked! You don’t need to download them or anything–you can read them right from Harlequin’s website on your phone or tablet, or you can print them out!

A Cradle for Christmas Graphic

 

A CRADLE FOR CHRISTMAS

With just days to go until Christmas, Heather Springfield is nine months pregnant and all alone. So she escapes to her family’s old cabin in Michigan. The happiest summers of her life were spent there…all until that last one that ruined everything. But she’ll have to do her best to focus on her baby and avoid Mason Aldridge, the boy next door and the one who got away

Mason’s never forgotten the sweet girl who once held his heart. So when Heather arrives one snowy night, her very pregnant belly triggers a fresh round of regrets. If things had been different, he might have been the man fortunate enough to call her and the baby his. But in the spirit of the season, forgiveness is in the air, and two old friends may just find their way to the best Christmas gift of all—a brand-new family.

Chapter Five

Chapter Four

Chapter Three

Chapter Two

Chapter One

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Who is baking Christmas goodies? I haven’t started, but I always find time to make Christmas cutouts!

 

I’m busy with a few deadlines, so I won’t be posting on Friday, but have a delightful weekend!!

{friday five} Fun Stuff Galore!

Welcome to the first Friday Five of December! It’s been a very special week. My new Christmas book, Yuletide Redemption, is available in stores, and the digital book released yesterday. I’ve been blessed to take part in some really cool promotions, and I want to make sure you get the scoop!

 

Yuletide Redemption Tiny

Friday Five: Fun Stuff Galore!

1. “When Your Calling Flatlines” on Seekerville.

I’m sharing encouragement for aspiring and published writers who wonder if it’s time to give up (12/01/16). If you’re not familiar with Seekerville, it’s an amazing blog formed by thirteen Christian authors who kept finaling in the same contests when they were unpublished. In the nine years since the blog was formed, ALL of them have gone on to be published. These ladies are so generous with writing advice, and they have terrific readers! Check the comments out every day–I learn from both the posts and the comments.

2. “Friday Fun: Cozy Christmas Reads!” on The Pink Heart Society.

I’m sharing favorite Christmas books I read growing up. (Hint: Sweet Valley High makes the list.) Stop by–I’d love to know what yours were!

3. “#12DaysofChristmas” was the spectacular idea of Liz Johnson’s, and she kicked off this mega-contest yesterday!

Eleven authors, including myself, are giving away oodles of books, bookmarks and even one $25 Amazon gift card. There’s a winner every day, and the prizes snowball as the days wear on. Go to Liz’s blog and check it out! My post will be on December 8, right here!

4. #CategoriesForChristmas sponsored by #1 New York Bestselling author, Susan Mallery, is another huge contest where one winner will over 20 category novels (including one of mine) and a cute Harlequin tote bag!

Simply sign up for Susan Mallery’s newsletter (linked), and after you confirm the subscription, you can go to her “Members” tab, click on “Contests” and enter your information in the form at the bottom of the page. Easy!

5. Chapter Four of A Cradle for Christmas is live!

My FREE novella on Harlequin’s Online Reads releases one chapter at a time every Monday. You can read it on your phone or tablet or print it out!

What fun stuff have you enjoyed lately?

Thanks for joining me today! I hope you have a very lovely weekend.