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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.

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 3: A Cradle For Christmas {free novella}

Things are heating up in Lake Endwell! The third chapter of my free serial Christmas novella released on Harlequin.com today. All the live chapter links are below. You can read them on your phone, tablet or even print them out! A new chapter is released every Monday until December 26, 2016.

A Cradle for Christmas Graphic

 

Chapter Three: A Cradle For Christmas

 

If you missed the previous two chapters, links are below.

Chapter One

Chapter Two

 

There is still time to enter my November giveaway!

 

Yuletide Redemption Giveaway

 

 

 

 

I’m also giving away two copies of my December release, Yuletide Redemption, on Goodreads! The entry form is in the sidebar of this blog.

Yuletide Redemption will be in stores tomorrow! Whee!! Purchase links to all major retailers are HERE if you’d prefer to order it.

Have a lovely Monday!

The Inside Scoop with Nicole Deese #WW

The Inside Scoop With Nicole Deese #WW

Today Nicole Deese is graciously answering questions about her writing life. Nicole writes sweet romance novels, and I had the pleasure of meeting her at the ACFW conference this summer. Her new release, The Promise of Rayne, just released! Don’t worry–I have all the links and info below.

Let’s get to it!

 

 

THE INSIDE SCOOP WITH NICOLE DEESE #WW

 

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

I’ve always had a love for story and a HUGE love for the written word. About five years ago, after a super intense reading binge, I literally closed my latest read (which was the fantastic Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi), set it on the arm of the sofa and said to my husband, “I want to do this. I’m going to do this.” And just shy of a year later I independently published my debut novel, All For Anna. I’m extremely blessed to do what I love.

2. What is unique about your process?

One of the unique parts of my process is the feedback I rely on from my writing partners. Upon finishing a chapter in my first draft, I send it off to my two faithful pals for an overall content check, and then again for a more thorough critique on the second (or third) draft. I can hardly remember when I used to write “alone”… and honestly, I’d never go back. I love living in community.

3. What inspired your book?

About a year ago I was meditating on the love your enemies passage in Luke 6. And while I sat pondering one morning, overlooking our property in north Idaho, the beginnings of The Promise of Rayne started to spark. Just a few weeks later those little sparks ignited into a raging fire of conflict, characters, and a story that seemed to grab ahold of my heart until I’d written those last two words: The End.

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

If you make your readers worry… they’ll keep turning pages.

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I’m getting all goosebumpy over here, Nicole! I love that you told your husband you were doing it, and you did. I remember the day I realized I could “try” to write a novel. So exciting! I agree with you on the writing community–how does anyone do it alone? I rely on my writing friends for moral support and writing support. We need each other. And by the way…the advice  you shared is really good advice! Thank you so much for being my guest!

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THE PROMISE OF RAYNE

The Promise of Rayne

Rayne Shelby has spent her entire life trying to earn the approval of her high-powered family, with the hope of one day managing her late grandfather’s prestigious Idaho lodge. But when she makes a mistake that puts her future in jeopardy, she faces an impossible choice: defy her family or deny her dream. The only way to fix the mess she’s created is to enlist the help of her neighbor, Levi, the apprentice of her family’s greatest enemy. And if Rayne gets caught crossing the divided property lines, the consequences will be irreparable.
Levi Harding has never forgotten the August night he shared with Rayne when they were teens—or the way she later rejected him. Despite his warring instincts, he can’t ignore her plea for help or the spark that’s ignited between them. But now, as wildfires bear down on their town and family secrets are revealed, their newfound alliance might just go up in smoke.

Purchase THE PROMISE OF RAYNE HERE!

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Nicole Deese

 

Nicole Deese is a full-time lover of humorous, heartfelt, and hope-filled fiction. She is the author of seven published novels including the Love in Lenox novels, A Cliché Christmas and A Season to Love, and her newest standalone release, The Promise of Rayne. When she’s not writing sweet romances, she can usually be found reading near a window while sipping a LaCroix. She lives in small-town Idaho with her handsome hubby and two sons.

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What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?

  1. FREE Christmas novella!! Chapters one and two of A Cradle for Christmas are now live on Harlequin.com! Click HERE, and select “Love Inspired” to read them!
  2. There’s still time to enter my November giveaway full of Christmas goodies! Go to my HOME page (linked) and scroll down for the entry options.
  3. I’m giving away two copies of Yuletide Redemption on Goodreads. The entry form is in the sidebar of my blog!

Have a terrific day!

 

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!

 

 

FREE Christmas Novella: Chapter One

FREE Christmas Novella: Chapter One

I’m so excited!! Today the first chapter of  my Christmas novella, A Cradle for Christmas, released on Harlequin.com! Every Monday from now until December 26, a new chapter will release, and did I mention it’s free??

Here’s the scoop!

 

A Cradle for Christmas chapter one

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.

READ CHAPTER ONE HERE!!!

I’ll post each Monday with the link to the new chapter. You can find the released links anytime by clicking on Harlequin.com, selecting the Online Reads tab, and scrolling to Love Inspired!

 

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There is still time to enter my November giveaway for Yuletide Redemption (US only, 18+)!

Yuletide Redemption November Giveaway!

Entry form is below!

 

 

Have a marvelous week!!

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!!

The Inside Scoop with Barbara M. Britton

Today Barbara M. Britton is  graciously answering questions about her writing life. Barbara writes for Pelican Book Group, and her new book, Providence: Hannah’s Journey, is available now. Don’t worry, I have all the links and book info below!

Let’s get to it.

THE INSIDE SCOOP WITH BARBARA M. BRITTON

 

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

I didn’t. I took creative writing classes in high school, but I don’t remember any teacher mentioning writing as a career choice. Three decades later, after writing curriculum for elementary school chapel, I had the prompting to write. I asked the Lord to “hit me with some creativity” to write my curriculum and I just kept writing. It has taken me nine years to birth a book into the world as I had a lot to learn about the craft of writing and the business of publishing. Now, I can’t imagine doing anything else.

 

2. What is unique about your process?

I’m so old school. I write on a notepad and then hunt-and-peck my way on the computer to craft a manuscript. I also like to draw maps of the cities and areas where my books are set and tape them to a wall in my office. I tape perfume advertisements above my computer when I see a model that resembles one of my characters. My office walls are an eclectic smattering of pictures.

 

3. What inspired your book?

I taught chapel lessons about young people in the Bible who did brave things, and one of those brave characters was the servant girl in the story of Naaman in II Kings 5. I started thinking about how she got captured and I wondered if she ever received her freedom. Alas, Hannah’s story was born.

 

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

I received the best writing advice from the very first publishing course I attended. I was told to join a professional writing organization and get involved. Also, I was advised to go to writing conferences. I don’t know what I would do without the friends I have made in my writing groups. They are my biggest supporters, brainstormers, and marketing team. I am a member of RWA, WisRWA, SCBWI and ACFW.

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Barbara, I love that you asked the Lord to hit you with creativity! He certainly answered! And you write on pen and paper–I’m very impressed. My hand cramps easily, so the laptop is my best friend. Your book sounds amazing. I enjoy Biblical fiction. Congratulations!!

 

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Providence: Hannah's Journey

Providence: Hannah’s Journey ~

As the sole daughter of the chief priest, Hannah is publicly shamed when the prophet of Israel refuses to heal her.

Determined to restore her family’s honor, Hannah escapes Jerusalem in hopes of finding the prophet and convincing him to heal her deformities. Gilead, a young Hebrew guard sympathetic to her plight, willingly accompanies her. On their way, they are captured by a band of raiders.

Hannah is forced to serve in the household of the commander of the Aramean army, an officer who is in need of healing himself. Meanwhile Gilead is being used as sword practice for the Aramean soldiers.

Hannah must act fast to save Gilead and herself. But survival means coaxing the prophet of Israel to heal and enemy commander.

Purchase Providence: Hannah’s Journey: Pelican Group * Amazon * Barnes & Noble

 

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About Barbara ~

Barbara M. Britton was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but currently lives in Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. She writes Christian Fiction for teens and adults. Barb has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate. Barb kicks off her Tribes of Israel series in October with the release of “Providence: Hannah’s Journey.” Barb is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Romance Writers of America and Wisconsin Romance Writers of America.

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Have you read any Biblical fiction? What is your favorite book?

Have a terrific day!

 

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