Thursday, December 5, 2019

12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaways: Terri Weldon's Christmas story


Let's welcome my author friend Terri Weldon to the blog today!

She's here to give away one e-book copy of her Christmas story, Mistletoe Magic.

Meet Terri:


Author Bio: 

Terri Weldon feels blessed to be a full time writer. 

She enjoys traveling, reading, and shopping for shoes. One of her favorite pastimes is volunteering as the librarian at her church. It allows her to shop for books and spend someone else’s money! Plus, she has the great joy of introducing people to Christian fiction. 

Terri lives with her family in the Heartland of the United States. She has two adorable Westies – Crosby and Nolly Grace. 

Terri is a member of ACFW and RWA.

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Here's the blurb and cover photo for Terri's book:


Misty Winslow is determined to find her prince, and she meets the man of her dreams through an Internet dating service. Or is he, because the new dentist in town also sets her heart aflutter. 

It's love at first sight for Tyler Davenport, but before he can finish his first root canal, Misty is involved in an exclusive online romance with Wes99—Tyler's online persona. How can he tell her he's the man she's been waiting to meet, and how rational is it for him to be jealous of Wes99! 

Soon Tyler's pulling out all the stops to woo Misty. As Christmas approaches, Wes99 and Tyler both ask her to meet them under the mistletoe. Which man will she choose?

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Devotionals for the Heart: A Closer Look at the birth of Jesus Christ


Where Jesus Was Born?
A devotional by Allison M. Wilson


Key Scripture: Luke 2:8-20, Genesis 35:19-21, Micah 4:8-5:2, John 1:29,
1 Peter 1:18-19, 
1 Corinthians 5:7, Revelation 5:6-14 (NASB)

I’m about to challenge you to dig into the Word of God to search for an amazing treasure that has been there all along. A pastor friend of mine taught on, “Where Was Jesus Born?” The entire teaching is linked here. There’s not enough space to do more than whet your curiosity. This made me sit back in awe, again, at Who our God is.

We’re told in Luke that an angel appeared to shepherds. Why these shepherds? They were very special. They were likely the ones who tended the Passover lambs and flock. 1 Corinthians calls Jesus Christ our Passover Lamb. Genesis talks about a “tower of Eder.” In the original Hebrew, that means “migdal eder,” or “tower of the flock.” Micah 4:8 tells us, “To you it will come—Even the former dominion will come, the kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem.” This tower is something special, but why?

We have “certain” shepherds, as one of the carols calls them. We have John and others referring to Jesus as the Lamb of God. We know Christ to be our Passover Lamb taking away the sins of the world. How did the shepherds know where to find Mary, Joseph, and the Christ? It wasn’t the star which led the magi. That didn’t happen until later. 


They knew where to find a “Passover lamb” because they were shepherds of that very flock! Where else would a place be prepared to accept the birth of “perfect” sheep, destined to die on an altar? What other lambs were wrapped up to keep them from harming themselves and making a blemish? Where else would perfectly cleansed swaddling be available which had to be done according to the Law for the lambs of sacrifice? They had to be kept separate from less worthy sheep. They had to be protected. They were sacred.

If you read on in the Bible book of Micah, it talks about a woman in childbirth … giving birth to the Savior! I hope you believe that there is no coincidence in the Word of God. Every word is intentional and necessary for His perfect will to be made known. This is no coincidence that a description of childbirth is given in this passage about Migdal Eder. We are given crumbs, here and there, to show us the way through the Scriptures to find truths we never saw before. It reminds us that His thoughts are so much bigger than our thoughts, and His ways immensely different than our ways.

Yes, Mary and Joseph were turned away from the inn, but there is no recorded place in Scripture that says they went to a stable. Where else would the Holy Spirit lead the Lamb of God to be born, but to the very same place that the lambs, which had fulfilled the promise as far as they were able, were born? God leaves nothing to chance. Everything in the Old Testament is a shadow of what was to come in Christ.

I think the part which hit my heart the hardest in all of this study was when I read, again, that Mary wrapped her Babe in swaddling clothing, and treasured all these things in her heart. As a mother, Mary wrapped up her sacrificial Lamb when He was born, in the place where death was assured as soon as life began for those lambs. She had no idea she would be wrapping her Son just 30 some years later, in grave cloths. A different swaddling with tears staining the material, I have no doubt.

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, the birth of Christ is significant enough for God to have written about it, hidden nuggets of priceless truth within the Scriptures, and rejoices when we seek them out.

Let’s Pray: Jesus, You amaze me at every turn. You hide nothing from us, but we must want to seek out these gems. Give us the desire to find more “hidden” things in Your Word that we may learn more of You. In the Name of Christ we pray, Amen. 


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Author Bio:

A very early reader and lover of the written word, Allison M. Wilson has been writing since the age of eight with the heart to impart stories and God's truth. 


She has judged countless contests for the last 25 years, reviewed for several online publications, professionally edited, and written articles and devotionals.

Wife, mother, writer, editor, teacher, mentor, and mompreneur, God keeps her busy while living in east central Florida with her family.

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Connect with Allison:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allisonmwilson
Twitter: https://twitter.com/amwilson

12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaways: Cindy Flores Martinez's stories


Let's welcome my author friend Cindy Flores Martinez to the blog!

She's here to give away one e-book copy of her Christmas story, Mia's Gift!

Meet Cindy:


Author Bio:

Cindy Flores Martinez is a USA Today bestselling author who writes Christian Romance.

She has an MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Screenwriting. 

Her debut novel, Mail-Order Groom, started as a screenplay and movie project, which she shopped around Hollywood, New York, and other parts of the world. 

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Blurb and cover for Cindy's book:
Mia's Gift (Small-Town Christmas Wishes Series Book 1):

Mia Rosa is thinking of leaving Snowflake, Colorado for good. Her cupcake shop on Main Street isn’t doing well, and seeing her ex-fiancĂ© around town is awkward. 

When she receives a letter from her old high school friend, Charity Hart, asking her to be a secret angel, she’s convinced that she can’t go through with it. 

But Mia soon learns that handsome Jesse Quinn and his fifteen-year-old niece, Kristi, are in desperate need of a miracle. The group home where Kristi lives is shutting down, and no other foster homes are available in Snowflake. 

Will Mia be able to secretly grant Jesse and Kristi’s wish for Kristi to stay in the town she calls home?

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Connect with Cindy:




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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaways: Toni Shiloh's Christmas story


Let's welcome my author friend Toni Shiloh to the blog today!

She's here to give away a copy of her sweet holiday story, 
Deck the Shelves: A Heartfalls Romance.

I've read this book and must tell you that it's my absolute favorite 
holiday story written by Toni!

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Meet Toni:


Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. 

Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Virginia Chapter.

You can learn more on her website at http://tonishiloh.wordpress.com.

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Here's the blurb and cover for Toni's book, Deck the Shelves:


Kendall Jackson is the proud owner of Heartfalls’ bookstore, The Cozy Shelf. 

Her life is one straight out of the pages, except she’s missing that leading man. Although she has a crush on the handsome auto mechanic, Quinton Hendricks, Kendall wants an old-fashioned type of romance—the stuff swoon-worthy romance books are made of. But Quinton seems to need a little prodding. 

Something about Kendall sparks hope in Quinton Hendricks that love could be his again. Only being abandoned by his ex-wife has made him cautious to the point of non-moving. 

Can two people hesitant on second chances find love as they Deck the Shelves?

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Connect with Toni:


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Monday, December 2, 2019

Devotionals for the Heart: The Light


Sharing the Light of Jesus Christ
A devotional by Jessica Brodie

It had been a hard week—rent was due, and she had no idea whether she’d make it or have to ask the landlord for an extension. Again. Her cupboard was down to Ramen noodles, two eggs, white rice, and a can of black beans, and while she still had gas in her tank, it wouldn’t be long until she ran out.

Despair circled her like a cloak. Would it always be this way? Why did everything feel like such an uphill climb and she was walking against the wind?

Then, in line at the post office, the lady in front of her waves her ahead, winking kindly. “You go first, sweetheart. I’m in no rush.”

Trying to turn left in traffic, first one car stops for her and then another, letting her pass instead of having to wrestle her way through the throng.

Walking into her office building, a man holds the door for her, and in the elevator, an older woman puts her cell phone away and looks her in the eye.

“Good morning! Beautiful day, isn’t it?” the woman says to her with a smile—the sort of smile that says: I see you. You matter. You are a child of God.

With that, her mood has lifted. Her circumstances haven’t changed, but a kernel of hope, comfort, and perseverance has taken hold of her heart. A fresh wind begins to blow.

And that day, driving home from work, she finds herself doing much the same: letting someone go ahead of her in traffic. Smiling at a stranger. Saying hi to the little kid on the stairwell.

They are such simple things, these small acts of kindness. They cost nothing, usually, and yet have the power to bring such great love, consolation, support, and camaraderie to those around us. A smile. Meeting someone’s eye. Holding a door. Little things, but hugely significant in impact—like a sliver of moon shining in the dark night can illuminate your path, or the glow of one small cell phone light in a pitch-black hotel room can help you feel safe.

In Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, He talks about the importance of being that light to others: “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father” (Matthew 5:14-16 NLT).

Sometimes, life can be hard, and it can feel like you are an island by yourself in the middle of a storm. Even for believers, the light of Christ might shine in your heart, but it’s tough to see any other lights in an often-gloomy world.

But Jesus tells us not to bury that light beneath a basket, not to hide it in our hearts. Instead, we must place it on a stand for all to see. That means compassionate gestures in a cold, isolating, sometimes unfriendly world. That means offering words of comfort or sweetness to another, even a stranger, when we feel that nudge from the Holy Spirit. That means paying for someone’s meal behind you at the drive-thru just because.

You never know what your light can mean to someone else—or how you can draw them to Jesus.

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Author Bio:

Jessica Brodie is an award-winning Christian novelist, journalist, editor, blogger, and writing coach and the recipient of the 2018 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award for her novel, The Memory Garden.


She is also the editor of the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate, the oldest newspaper in Methodism, and a member of the Wholly Loved Ministries team.

Learn more about her fiction and read her faith blog at http://jessicabrodie.com/shiningthelight.

12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaways: Dr. MaryAnn Diorio's Christmas story


Let's welcome my author friend Dr. MaryAnn Diorio to the blog today! 

MaryAnn is a very talented individual who earned her Ph.D. and her MFA degree!

Somehow, she finds the time to write wonderful fiction stories too and best of all, she's giving away her Christmas story to one winner today!

Meet MaryAnn:


Author Bio:

MaryAnn Diorio is a widely published, award-winning author of fiction for both children and adults. Her latest novel, In Black and White, is a riveting story about the love of a white woman and a black man during the 1950s.


MaryAnn resides in New Jersey with her husband Dom, a retired ER physician. They are the blessed parents of two wonderful daughters, a very smart son-in-law, and six rambunctious grandchildren. 

When not writing, MaryAnn loves to paint, play the piano, and make up silly songs with her grandchildren. 

Learn more about MaryAnn at https://www.maryanndiorio.com.

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Book blurb and cover for MaryAnn's book, A Christmas Homecoming:


Seven Christmases have passed since Sonia Pettit last heard from her daughter Jody. Since Jody's departure, Sonia's world has been turned upside down. Her husband has died of a broken heart, and her son, bitter over his sister's destructive actions, has become rebellious. 

Her greatest desire is to have her family together at Christmas, but after what Jody has put them all through, can Sonia truly forgive her daughter? 

Jody Pettit O'Dair ran away to experience a life of adventure and excitement, but since her departure, her world has been turned upside down. She's been abandoned by the man she met and married, lost her job, and is unable to care for her two children. 

With nowhere else to turn, this prodigal daughter begins the long journey home and prays she will be welcomed after walking away so long ago. 

Will Jody find forgiveness in the arms of her family as easily as she received it from God?

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaways: Julie Lessman's Christmas stories


Let's welcome my author friend Julie Lessman to the blog!

She's our first guest for my blog's holiday series, "12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaways" and she's certainly the most generous because she wants to give away a bundle of SIX e-books to EACH of the six winners of this book giveaway contest!

Enjoy this special treat because it's only happening once (the other authors are not giving away these many books but they are each giving away at least one, so stay tuned)!

Now let me tell you a little bit about Julie and her wonderful Christmas stories:

This is Julie:


Author Bio:

Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. A lover of all things Irish, she enjoys writing close-knit Irish family sagas that evolve into 3-D love stories: the hero, the heroine, and the God that brings them together.

Author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, Heart of San Francisco, Isle of Hope, and Silver Lining Ranch series, Julie was American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and has garnered over 18 Romance Writers of America and other awards. 

Voted #1 Romance Author in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie’s novels also made Family Fiction magazine’s Best of 2015, Best of 2014, and “Essential Christian Romance Authors” 2017, as well as Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction and Borders Best Fiction. Her independent novel A Light in the Window was an International Digital Awards winner, a 2013 Readers' Crown Award winner, and a 2013 Book Buyers Best Award winner. 

Julie has also written a self-help workbook for writers entitled Romance-ology 101: Writing Romantic Tension for the Sweet and Inspirational Markets. Contact Julie through her website and read excerpts from each of her books at www.julielessman.com.

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These are Julie's books:


Book Blurb for A Light in the Window:

A Light in the Window: An Irish Christmas Love Story (Award-winning Novel)

One Woman. Two Men.

One stirs her pulse, the other her faith.

But who will win her heart?

Marceline Murphy, a gentle beauty with a well-founded aversion to rogues, catches the eye of two of Boston’s most notorious. Patrick O’Connor and Sam O’Rourke are best friends with a bond like brothers … until they meet one woman neither can have.

Overseeing St. Mary’s Christmas play—A Light in the Window—Marcy wrestles with her attraction to both. But when disaster strikes, she’s destined to discover the play’s message firsthand. For although two men have professed their love, only one has responded to the light in the window.

Here's the video for A Light in the Window: http://bit.ly/1ROm4d6

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Book Blurb for A Whisper of Hope:

A Whisper of Hope — An O’Connor Christmas Novella (associated w/Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change Series):

She’s desperate for a baby.

He’s desperate for an empty nest.

Love is desperate to surprise them both.

With a husband dead set against adoption,

Charity O’Connor Dennehy has barely a whisper of hope

for more children. But if hope doesn’t disappoint …

will it be enough to find a precious bundle under her tree?

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Book Blurb for The Best Gift of All:

The Best Gift of All — An O’Connor Christmas Novella (associated w/Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change Series): 

She longs to be the perfect mother.

He just longs for his wife.

Until they receive ... the best gift of all.

Everyone knows Lizzie and John Brady have the perfect marriage.

But when Lizzie’s desire to be a good mother

eclipses her desire for her husband, the honeymoon is definitely over.

Can the spirit of Christmas heal their hearts when Lizzie gives John the best gift of all?

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Book Blurb for A Dream Fulfilled:

A Dream Fulfilled — An O’Connor Christmas Novella (associated w/Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change Series):

She’s always dreamed of a best friend.

He’s always dreamed of a large family.
Until hope intervenes with a dream fulfilled.

Katie O’Connor McGee learned early on not to let anyone get too close. Picked on mercilessly in school because of an unsightly handicap, she kept everyone at arm's length, including three big sisters seven to fourteen years older. As far as Katie was concerned, friends were meant to be restricted, not embraced.

But when she meets Arlene Campbell and her little girl, Addie, during playtime at a park with her own children, she discovers a friendship for which she’s waited a lifetime. A dream hidden deep in her soul she didn’t even know existed until she connected with a woman who would change her life forever, teaching her the depth and sacrifice of true friendship.

Luke McGee has dreamed of having a large family since he roamed the streets of Boston as a virtual orphan, finally finding a home—and his heart—in a marriage to Katie O’Connor and their two young girls. However, once Katie’s time and affection shifts toward a new friend who needs her, it creates turmoil in Luke’s happy home. It doesn’t help that as Director for the Boston Children’s Aid Society, Luke works long hours providing homes and hope for troubled children on the streets.

But when he reaches out to one hardened little boy, his hope to make a difference suddenly coincides with that of his wife’s, sowing the seeds of a dream fulfilled for them all.

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Book Blurb for A Gift Like No Other:

A Gift Like No Other — An O’Connor Christmas Novella (associated w/Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change Series):

Her dream is writing.
His is the perfect wife and mother.
Until God fulfills them both with a dream like no other.

Twelve years ago, Faith O’Connor happily gave up her dream as a copywriter to become a wife and mother, clinging to her husband’s promise she could return someday. But when the opportunity arises to write for the Boston Herald again two days a week, her dream hits a snag … along with her marriage.

To Collin McGuire, family is everything because he never really had one of his own. Raised by a father who died early and a mother who didn’t care, Collin is determined to give his children the very best with a full-time mother. But when he denies Faith her dream, he soon discovers he’s denied his own as well … until Christmas day brings a healing through a gift like no other.

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Book Blurb for The Gift of Grace:

The Gift of Grace — A Frontier Christmas Novella (formerly part of the Cowboy Christmas Homecoming Collection):

She’s the Accident to His Prayers …

Pastor Cole McCabe isn’t sure he’ll survive the holidays

with his new housekeeper and nanny.

She’s caught fire to the kitchen, dyed his long johns pink,

and scorched nearly everything she cooks.

But he’s desperate, and she’s as destitute as they come.

Even though she’s no good with her hands,

Grace sure has a way with her heart.

She’s brought a warmth into Cole’s home,

added color to his daughters’ lives, and broken

down the wall he’s built up since his beloved wife died.

But when Grace’s past threatens Cole’s family,

she’s given one last chance to be home for Christmas ...

if she hasn’t burned it down yet.

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