April Giveaway!

April Giveaway!

Game On: The Christian Parents’ Sports Survival Guide officially releases April 4, and I’m hosting a month-long giveaway to celebrate. Game On is my first nonfiction book, and I’m praying it blesses parents like myself who spend a big chunk of time, money, and emotional support on their kids’ sports. I figured out how to keep sports in perspective when I asked myself a few key questions.

  1. Why do I have my kids playing?
  2. What kind of adults do I want them to become?

Whether you’re new to youth sports or knee-deep in them, you most likely feel the pressure. It’s easy to get caught up in the extreme competitiveness of other parents or be tempted to play politics to help your child. But I’m convinced this hurts our kids, and I share the reasons why as well as strategies to keep your composure.

 

Game On: The Christian Parents' Sports Survival Guide

 

A GAME PLAN FOR CHRISTIAN PARENTS

For years I couldn’t escape the anxiety that came with my children’s sports. The competitive atmosphere prevalent among parents often left me anxious, upset—even  bitter. But all that changed when I defined why I wanted my kids playing. Instead of fretting about their performance, I saw opportunities for them to grow. Now I enjoy watching them play without letting politics, other parents, or my own unrealistic expectations get in the way.

Join me in exploring the realities of sports, the reasons parents get caught up in unhealthy competition, and strategies to keep the big picture in mind when we’re too close to the game. We can be composed and confident while our kids are in sports.

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April Giveaway!

Woohoo! Giveaway time! The prize package includes an autographed copy of Game On, an insulated bag for game day, a motivational plaque, and a tin of candies. You can enter below or on my Home page anytime between April 1 at 5:00am (EST) through April 30 at 9:00pm (EST). US residents 18+ only. See Terms and Conditions in giveaway.

Game On Prize Package!

Come back April 1st to enter! (Runs April 1, 2017 through April 30, 2017)

 

 

Thanks for celebrating with me! Please share this with your friends, and have a lovely weekend!

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!!

Need a Black Friday Break?

Need A Black Friday Break?

This post is super late, but I’m having a great time hanging out with my family! We did some black Friday shopping earlier, and now I’m settling in for an afternoon of relaxation.

I’m guest blogging at Inspired by Life and Fiction today, and I’m hosting a giveaway. Stop by for some Vince Guaraldi, “O Tannenbaum,” and scroll down to the easy entry options for the prizes (US only)!

 

Cozy Christmas Giveaway at Inspired by Life and Fiction

 

Have a terrific weekend!!

Chapter Two: A Cradle for Christmas

The second installment A Cradle for Christmas, my FREE Christmas novella, released on Harlequin.com today!

 

A Cradle for Christmas Graphic

 

Here is the link to the chapter!

Chapter Two: A Cradle for Christmas

If you missed the first chapter…

Chapter One: A Cradle for Christmas

 

New chapters are released on Harlequin.com (Online Reads, Love Inspired) every Monday until December 26, 2016 and I’ll post them here each Monday too.

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Yuletide Redemption Tiny

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?

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Enter the November Giveaway with lots of Christmas goodies and my December Love Inspired release, Yuletide Redemption!

 

Yuletide Redemption Giveaway

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Are you getting into the holiday spirit yet, or do you hold off until December?

Have a great day!

{Friday Five} Music and Candy

This week I worked through the final edits of my June 2017 release, watched the election coverage and got a nasty migraine. I turned to music and candy often!

Music and candy. My Friday Five.

1. “These are the Days” by Jamie Cullum. I love this song and the entire album. I’ve played it many times over the years. It’s a mix of jaunty optimism and reality. So good!

2. Bottlecaps. Soda flavored sugary candies? Necessary when I have a migraine. Nothing tastes right, and I get nauseous, so I’m thankful that Bottlecaps always taste great even with a headache.

 

3. “More of You” by Colton Dixon. Love this song. It’s a few years old, but the message speaks to me today. This contemporary Christian song has such powerful lyrics. More of you, less of me? Yes, please!

 

4. Peanut M&Ms. Shocking, I know, but I’ve been working my way through a huge bag of these little delights. Do I feel guilty. Nope. I love them!

 

5. Peppermint Trident. I’m not a big fan of spearmint or the really intense mint flavors of gum. I really like straight up peppermint. Mmm-mmm!

What’s your favorite candy? Any songs you’re listening to this week?

Have a terrific weekend!!

If you haven’t entered my November giveaway, the entry form is below! (US only, 18+)

Yuletide Redemption November Giveaway!

 

 

Yuletide Redemption November #Giveaway!

Yuletide Redemption November #Giveaway!

 

My Christmas Love Inspired, Yuletide Redemption, will arrive in stores November 22, 2016, and I’m celebrating with a giveaway!

What’s in the gift package? A signed copy of Yuletide Redemption, an adorable mini-tote, peppermint bark, Starbucks hot cocoa, and a miniature carved nativity! The contest runs from 11/02/2016 through 12/01/2016 (9pm EST) and is open to US residents 18 and older (see full rules in the contest entry).

Scroll down for the easy entry options.

 

Yuletide Redemption November Giveaway!

 

About Yuletide Redemption ~

 

Yuletide Redemption Tiny

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?

 

For purchase links through all major retailers, go to my Yuletide Redemption page.

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What early reviewers are saying ~

“This book contained a depth that I don’t usually find in a Love Inspired book. I found the characters in this novel so well developed and matched that I couldn’t put the book down. I loved the things that Sam and Celeste had in common both the good and the bad. And little Parker was so adorable.” Read more at 100 Pages Per Hour

 

“This is author Jill Kemerer’s fourth novel and her writing is only getting better with each book. Jill had me hooked within the first few pages. That, my friends, is a very important gauge in my reading life. If you can’t hook me by then I’m singing NSYNC’s Bye Bye Bye  which will be stuck in my head all day. And, I may or may not attempt the dance and no one wants to see that! No pressure, writers, no pressure.” Read more at Sing Over Me

Enter the Yuletide Redemption November Giveaway!

 

 

 

Now that November is here, are you getting excited about Christmas? Or do you take one holiday at a time?

Have a terrific day!!

{giveaway} Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson

The second book in Liz Johnson’s Prince Edward Island Dreams series is here!! Where Two Hearts Meet features Caden Holt and Adam Jacobs. If you read the first book in this series, The Red Door Inn, you’ll remember Caden as the baker of delicious cinnamon rolls. She’s now working for the Red Door Inn as a chef, and a mysterious guest arrives. I won’t give any spoilers, but I will say this–the romance progresses like a batch of the cinnamon rolls Caden whips up, rising, baking, and filling the room with a sweet aroma! I LOVED this book! I loved it so much, I’m giving away a paperback copy to one winner! Easy entry options are below (US residents, 18+)!

WHERE TWO HEARTS MEET

Where Two Hearts Meet
In her kitchen at the Red Door Inn, executive chef Caden Holt is calm, collected, and competent. But when her boss asks her to show off their beautiful island to impress a visiting travel writer and save the inn, Caden is forced to face a world much bigger than her kitchen–and a man who makes her wish she was beautiful.

Journalist Adam Jacobs is on a forced sabbatical on Prince Edward Island. He’s also on assignment to uncover a story. Instead he’s falling in love with the island’s red shores and Caden’s sweets.

When Caden discovers Adam isn’t who she thought he was, she realizes that the article he’s writing could do more than ruin the inn’s chances for survival–it might also break her heart.

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Purchase Where Two Hearts Meet HERE!

Enter to win a copy!

 

Want to know more about Liz Johnson  and her books? Visit her website, Liz Johnson Books!!

I would love to visit PEI! Where would you love to visit?

Have a wonderful day!!

 

 

The Inside Scoop with Alison Stone and a Giveaway!

The Inside Scoop With Alison Stone And A Giveaway!

Today Alison Stone is graciously answering questions about her writing life. Alison writes for Waterfall Press and Love Inspired Suspense, and her new book, Pointe and Shoot, is available in stores and online. Alison is graciously giving away one paperback copy. Don’t worry, I have all the links and book info below!

Let’s get to it.

THE INSIDE SCOOP WITH ALISON STONE

1. How did you know you wanted to be a writer

I didn’t realize I wanted to be a writer until after my first child was born. I kept seeing those ads in women’s magazines about writing children’s books. Remember those? I’m talking twenty years ago. Anyway, I signed up to take an online creative writing class. From there, my love of writing grew. I switched my focus from attempting to write for children to eventually getting published in novel-length fiction with both Harlequin and Waterfall Press.

 

2. What is unique about your process?

I’m not sure my process is unique. As a former engineer, I want more than anything to be able to plot out the entire book and then sit down and write it. But, that never seems to be the case. I have a general idea, a few plot points, and then I start to write. I get some of my best ideas while writing. So, even though I can’t seem to plot everything out beforehand, my process seems to work. I also do a lot of rewriting. That’s okay, too. By the time I have a rough draft, I finally know the entire story and I really enjoy the editing process at this stage.

 

3. What inspired your book?

Pointe and Shoot is what we writers like to call “the book of my heart.” I broke into fiction writing romantic suspense for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line. I enjoy writing for Harlequin, but I knew Pointe and Shoot wouldn’t work for this line. It’s what I like to call my “Dance Moms” meets “Blue Bloods” book. (You know, the cop show with Tom Selleck?) Anyway, both my daughters were competitive dancers at the time. (One still is!) If anyone knows what it’s like to take their children to any activity five or six days a week, you also start to live and breathe the activity – whether it’s hockey, gymnastics, dance or whatever. The idea of setting a murder mystery in the dance world wouldn’t leave me. My dance-mom friends even helped me brainstorm titles long before the book was written. Finally, when Amazon Publishing announced they were looking for proposals for their new Christian imprint, I knew this was my chance to submit my dance book idea.

 

4. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

Despite not working in the corporate world for eighteen-years, I am still an engineer at heart. This means I want everything to have a clear-cut answer. You know, 2 + 2 = 4. However, writing doesn’t work that way and it was difficult for me to adjust. I am a perfectionist at heart (but hardly perfect.) The best advice I’ve ever received is that “you can fix a crappy draft, but you can’t fix a blank page.” (I’m paraphrasing here because the advice I received was much more colorful.) Like I mentioned above, some of my best ideas come during the process of writing, so I’ve learned to get out of my own way and allow myself to “just write.”

 

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Oh, Alison, I could relate to ALL of your answers! Yes, I do remember those commercials for writing children’s books. I’m impressed you signed up for an online course, unlike me who decided I could write one of those romance novels I so enjoyed reading (those early attempts were burn-worthy). And Dance Moms meets Blue Bloods! Perfect!! I’ve been a sports mom for many years, and yes, you can’t help but get immersed in the world. Thanks so much for being my guest!

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Pointe and Shoot

 

Pointe and Shoot ~

Jayne Murphy has always put family first. That’s why she abandoned her dream of joining the police force to run her ailing mother’s dance studio.
When one of the studio’s most talented instructors dies in a car crash, Jayne isn’t convinced it was just an accident. Relentlessly pursuing her hunch, she teams up with Officer Danny Nolan, the best friend and partner of her brother Patrick, who died in the line of duty. Haunted by Patrick’s death, Danny has begun to question whether he should still be a cop at all.
As Jayne digs deeper, suspects emerge, including the victim’s clingy ex-boyfriend and a jealous foe from the cutthroat dance world. Her evolving insights into the case rekindle Jayne’s passion for police work. Danny, too, feels a renewed sense of purpose…and a definite attraction to his unofficial partner, which seems to be mutual. Now, if Jayne can only keep herself out of harm’s way, she and Danny both might get a second chance—with their careers and each other.

Purchase Pointe and Shoot HERE!

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Giveaway time! Alison is giving away one paperback copy of Pointe and Shoot! Entry form is below.

 

 

(US Residents 18 and older. Giveaway starts 10/12/2016 at 6:00am EST and ends Sunday, 10/16/2016 at 9pm EST. See entry form for complete rules.)

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Alison Stone

 

About Alison ~
With a degree from Georgia Tech, Alison Stone was an engineer in several industries before trading her corporate career for motherhood shortly after the birth of her second child. She became a novelist in a roundabout way, first trying her hand at writing children’s books and articles for local publications before eventually discovering her love of romantic suspense.
Stone lives with her husband of twenty-plus years and their four children in western New York, where the summers are gorgeous and the winters are perfect for curling up with a good book—or writing one.

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Have you watched Dance Moms or Blue Bloods? Which do you prefer, reality television or scripted?

Have a wonderful day!

2 Great Books Giveaway! Week 2: Almost Like Being in Love

2 Great Books Giveaway! Week 2: Almost Like Being In Love

The 2 Great Books by 2 Great Authors Giveaway continues! Last week I featured Becky Wade’s Her One and Only, the fourth and final book in the Porter Family series. This week is Beth K. Vogt’s Almost Like Being in Love, part of her Wedding Destinations series! I’ll be giving away a gently used copy of Becky’s novel and a new copy of Beth’s novel on July 10, 2016 so be sure to scroll below for the easy entry form!

2 Great Books by 2 Great Authors! Week 2: Almost Like Being in Love by Beth K. Vogt

 

Almost Like Being in Love

 

She’s won a luxurious dream wedding—now all she needs is the groom!  

Winning an all-expenses paid Colorado destination wedding might seem like a dream come true for some people—but Caron Hollister and her boyfriend Alex Madison aren’t even engaged. How is she supposed to tell him that she’s won their wedding and honeymoon when he hasn’t asked her to marry him? And while everyone says they’re perfect for each other, how strong is a relationship when it’s built around protecting secrets?

Realtor Kade Webster’s business savvy just secured his company’s participation in the Springs Tour of Homes. He never imagined he would run into Caron Hollister—the woman who broke his heart—right when Webster Select Realty is taking off. When Kade learns his home stager won’t be able to help with the Tour of Homes, he vaults past all the reasons he should avoid Caron, and offers her a temporary job helping him on the project. This time, their relationship is purely business—Realtor to Realtor.

Spending time with Kade again has Caron questioning who she is and what she wants. The man intrigues her—at times infuriates her—and reminds her of what she walked away from. Has she been settling for what everyone expects of her? How can Caron say “I do” to one man when she’s wondering “what if?” about another?  

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Beth’s Wedding Destination series has been so much fun! Don’t miss the other books in the series, Can’t Buy Me Love, Crazy Little Thing Called Love and You Can’t Hurry Love! You can purchase Almost Like Being in Love Here!

 

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About Beth K. Vogt ~

Beth K. Vogt

 

Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” Beth is a 2016 Christy Award finalist, as well as a 2015 RITA® finalist, and two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist. She continues her destination wedding series with You Can’t Hurry Love (May 2016) and Almost Like Being in Love (June 2016). Visit Beth at bethvogt.com.

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Giveaway time! Use the form below to enter to win one gently used copy of Her One and Only by Becky Wade and one new copy of Beth K. Vogt’s Almost Like Being in Love!

US residents 18+. Starts June 29, 2016 at 6:00am and ends July 10, 2016 at 9:00pm EST. Full terms and conditions in entry form.

 

 

Are you as sappy as I am when it comes to weddings? I love them!

Have a terrific day!

The Inside Scoop with Sarah Sundin and a Giveaway!

The Inside Scoop With Sarah Sundin And A Giveaway!

Today Sarah Sundin is  graciously answering questions about her writing life. Sarah writes Christian WWII romance novels for Revell, and her new book, Anchor in the Storm, is available in stores and online. Sarah has graciously agreed to give away one copy of Anchor in the Storm! The easy entry options are below! Contest is open until Sunday, May 15 9pm EST. Winner will be notified via email. Don’t worry, I have all the links and book info below.
Let’s get to it!

THE INSIDE SCOOP WITH SARAH SUNDIN

 

1. How did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I’m odd for a writer—in many ways. I didn’t always want to be a writer. Although I loved reading, I was drawn to science and became a pharmacist. Then in 2000, I woke up from a dream that was so compelling. I knew it was a novel, and I had no choice but to write it down. Since then, the story ideas have flowed. I often say it’s as if God flipped on the writing switch in my brain! I hope He never turns it off. I’m completely addicted.

 

2. What is unique about your process?

It’s probably my scientific background, but I have a long pre-writing process. I fill out thorough character charts (my favorite part!) and plot charts before I start writing. Some writers find an outline stifles their creativity, but it unleashes mine. By the time I start my rough draft, I know my characters and story so well that the story flies! I don’t get writer’s block, and editing is a fairly quick process.

 

3. What inspired your book?

My husband is also a pharmacist. A few years ago, he became the pharmacy manager at a local drugstore in the thick of the current narcotic abuse epidemic. He began cracking down on suspicious and illegal prescriptions—and he’s even called the police for a few forgeries! Well, my little novelist’s brain began churning. What if he angered the wrong people in the drug world? A little twist, and I had Anchor in the Storm, where a female pharmacist begins noticing suspicious prescriptions—and uncovers a drug ring. And of course, I set it in World War II.

 

4. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

In 2001, I was blessed to attend a writers’ conference where Lauraine Snelling was teaching the fiction track. She introduced me to the hero’s journey (Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey), and it revolutionized my writing. Understanding solid story structure allowed me to tackle plotting, which I always struggle with.

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Sarah, I’m so impressed you remembered the dream and actually wrote a book about it! I tend to forget my dreams within minutes of waking up. I’ve heard of Christopher Vogler’s book, but I’ve never read it. I’m adding it to my study list–thank you! Congratulations on your new book, too. The plot sounds amazing, and the cover is so gorgeous!!

 

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Anchor in the Storm

 

For plucky Lillian Avery, America’s entry into World War II means a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. The challenges of her new job energize her. But society boy Ensign Archer Vandenberg’s attentions only annoy—even if he is her brother’s best friend.

During the darkest days of the war, Arch’s destroyer hunts German U-boats in vain as the submarines sink dozens of merchant ships along the East Coast. Still shaken by battles at sea, Arch notices his men also struggle with their nerves—and with drowsiness. Could there be a link to the large prescriptions for sedatives Lillian has filled? The two work together to answer that question, but can Arch ever earn Lillian’s trust and affection?

Interested in purchasing Anchor in the storm?  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | ChristianBook.com 

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Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin is the author of eight historical novels, including Anchor in the Storm (May 2016). Her novel Through Waters Deep was named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years,” and her novella “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in Where Treetops Glisten was a finalist for the 2015 Carol Award. A mother of three, Sarah lives in California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school. http://www.sarahsundin.com

Giveaway open to US residents 18 years and older. See entry form for complete rules.

 

 

Have you ever had a dream so vivid you thought it could be a book?

Have a terrific day!

 

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