Grace Filled Fiction Christmas Sweeps ~ 2019

 

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given…[KJV]

 

Five authors are promoting their novels/novellas … and they will give away a copy of their book to five winners from readers who leave comments. This is our authors’ Christmas gift to the winners. Click above, under the blog’s title, to leave a comment. Winners will be selected between December 26th and January 7. We will begin notifying winners after the second week in January.

ANNABELLE’S JOY by Betty Thomason Owens ~ When the rush of the holidays leaves us stressed, it’s nice to retreat to a happy place. Annabelle’s Joy is a respite from the hustle and bustle of present-day holiday prep. Take a ride back to small town 1957, a simpler time when folks spent their evenings sitting out on the porch, sipping sweet tea. Annabelle and her next-door neighbor, Tom Franklin, keep the town gossips busy trying to figure out whether they’re just good friends, or something a lot more interesting.   Website Purchase On Amazon

 

ACTS OF MALICE by Nike N. Chillemi ~ Lavender Raines and Mac ‘Mackey’ Mackenzie hardly know each other. They’re polar opposites. She’s ever the diplomat. He’s got a tough-guy guardian spirit. Each spends their holiday season filled with angst, a bit of humor, and bittersweet moments and memories. It won’t get better and it could get worse if greedy real estate moguls and the Deep State have their say. A classic Christmas murder mystery read with underlying national security themes. Website   Purchase On Amazon

 

 

COWBOYS, BILLIONAIRES, AND OTHER CHRISTMAS FANTASIES: A Christian Romance Collection by Suzanne D. Williams ~ Four exclusive Christmas romances to put you in the spirit of the season. Spend your daydreams with cowboy Mustang Holt, as he tries to find home again. Enjoy a sweet and funny trip to Mama’s with married couple, Karen and Carlton Mead, and their two teenagers. Spin a royal Christmas fantasy with coworkers, Laurie Gray and Skelley Black. But especially, don’t miss reclusive billionaire Cash McShane, and the double crossover story, Christmas Cash – only available in this set! Christmas is better with romance.   Website   Purchase On Amazon

 

CHRISTMAS UNDER WRAPS by Fay Lamb ~ How does an alligator fit into a Christmas romance? Well, Abercrombie is the mayor’s fiercest foe, the heroine’s best friend, and the hero … Abercrombie risks his life to save that man’s hide. It’s just Christmas in Mullet Harbor.   Website   Purchase On Amazon

 

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THE SECRET IN THE CLIFFS by Kristin Tucker ~ The reason we celebrate Christmas is often lost in the commotion of gift buying, meal preparation and spending time with family.  Although these are all wonderful things, the hope is that  people will reflect on the fact that we are celebrating Jesus’ birthday.  The Secret in the Cliffs is an adventure/ mystery story that endeavors to prove that the Bible is not just a made-up story, but indeed based in historical fact.  Anyone who reads it will certainly be encouraged to find the proof for themselves, and for those who already believe, that it will strengthen their faith.

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Suzanne D. Williams ~ Grace Filled Fiction Author Spotlight, Fall 2019

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Author-Author: Romance, Westerns, Devotionals

 

Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight is thrilled to showcase one of our favorite authors who is a wonderful writer and a wonderful person…Suzanne D. Williams. We’d like to get to know a little more about her.

GFFS:  Grace is an important concept to Grace Filled Christian Fiction as a Christian writers organization and a theme that runs through everything we do. How has grace been important in your life and what does it mean to you?

Suzanne:  When I was at the bottom of life, too afraid to leave home, though I didn’t fully understand God’s grace, looking back, I was the least deserving of it and in no mental shape to earn my freedom. But then, that is the grace of God, that He loved me enough to show me the way out, one step at a time, one day at a time. And to give me the gift of writing to express myself and share what God wants to do for others, whether in fiction or nonfiction format. I write what God gives me, humbled that He uses me at all.

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GFFS: What is your latest release and what would you like us to know about  it?

Suzanne:  I have 2 books this fall and Christmas season. A compilation set, COWBOYS, BILLIONAIRES, and OTHER CHRISTMAS FANTASIES  and a book release on October 15th entitled, GRAVEROBBER (The Reserrectionists, Book 1). The first is a set of 4 exclusive Christmas-themed stories, which includes a double crossover to two of my billionaire series. This is a story I have wanted to write for quite sometime.

GFFS:  What will you be doing next, either in writing or in life?

Suzanne:  I am writing Book 2 of a western series and a top-secret novel to be released next year.

GFFS:  Looking back at books you’ve loved by other Christian authors, tell us about one.

Suzanne: LIGHT OF MY HEART (Silver Hills Trilogy Book #1) by Ginny Aiken  ~~  This is a beautiful book. The description and turn of phrase put me in mind of Jane Austin’s novels, although set in the Midwest. I could see Hartville and felt myself pulled back in time with each page. Dr. Morgan was a delightful spunky character with a great heart for others. Eric, the newspaperman, made for a stubborn, handsome contrast. I can’t recall a male character with a mustache that I enjoyed reading about quite so much. There was also a wonderful array of sub-characters, each one unique and perfectly painted, especially the Patterson children. There were a few instances of head-hopping and a couple times that I got lost in the action sequences, but in general, the plot flowed well and kept my interest, introducing enough new elements as it went along that I wanted to turn the page. The story was clean with a nice attraction in the romance. A couple should show some physical desire, or the book grows stale. That said, there’s no sexual content and no cursing. The Christian message was very clear and, in my opinion, needed in the church. Many would turn their noses up instead of helping those less fortunate. But Jesus consorted with sinners far more than saints. I did feel Eric did a bit too much self-impalement. Overall, a really beautiful book that I enjoyed. I recommend it to adults or teens who read Christian fiction. I’d love to read book two.

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Grace Filled Christmas Book Bash 2016 ~ Day One

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Authors who have won or finaled in the Grace Awards, who have been judges, who are active members of the Grace Awards Face Book Group, or who have in other ways supported the Grace Awards are happy to show their Christmas spirit with this showcase of their novels at this joyous time of year.

 
more-than-a-tiara MORE THAN A TIARA by  Valerie Comer
 
Welcome to Helena, Montana, and fall in love on Christmas Eve at the Miss Snowflake Pageant! Marisa Hiller’s interest in competing is at zip zero zilch when she discovers the official photographer is the man who ruined her modeling career. She’s made a new life on her family farm, but balks at representing the CSA program in the pageant. Jase Mackie’s regret runs deep for the hot accusations he’d flung at Marisa over two years before. God has forgiven him but hasn’t answered his prayer to bring her back into his life… until now. Can Jase make amends for past mistakes and offer Marisa more than a tiara? Enjoy the rich heritage and innate charm of Montana’s capitol city in this heartwarming Christmas romance offering a second chance at love amid swirls of snow, cups of cocoa, food for the hungry, and the glitz of pageantry.
 
 
 
onenightintehran-1 ONE NIGHT IN TEHRAN  by Luana Ehrlich
 

The message of Christmas suddenly became real for CIA intelligence officer, Titus Ray, one night in Tehran when he found shelter with a group of Iranian Christians. Compelled by their unwavering faith, the battle-hardened agent becomes a believer shortly before they smuggle him out of Iran to freedom in Turkey. Returning to the States, he discovers his Iranian mission failed because of political infighting within the Agency. After delivering a scathing indictment against the Deputy Director of Operations, he’s forced to take a year’s medical leave in Oklahoma. Before leaving Langley, however, he discovers a Hezbollah hit man has targeted him for assassination. Now, while trying to figure out what it means to be a follower of Christ, he must decide if the Iranian couple he meets in Oklahoma has ties to the man who’s trying to kill him, and if Nikki Saxon, a beautiful local detective, can be trusted with his secrets.

One Night In Tehran on Amazon

Luana Ehrlich’s Website

 

 
Christmas is a time for celebrating with family, but nineteen-year-old Bitty Brown lives alone, without family or friends, on the streets of Ireland. Sick and in need of warmth and care, she stumbles upon a beggar and his dog. This chance meeting will change Bitty’s life forever and provide her with the love she needs to be healthy and whole again. Bitty Brown gives readers a heart-warming story of hope and rebirth, of gifts beyond measure. A story of love, faith, and hope, it is the perfect gift for any reader.
 
 
 

blood-speaks-sharon-lavy-2 BLOOD SPEAKS by Nike N. Chillemi

Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels, Brooklyn gal PI, waited a long time for the solitaire on her finger. When her sometimes boss, a shadowy figure and director of a secret government organization, offers a one-week bridal shopping vacay in Maryland right before Christmas. Ronnie jumps at it. Joined by bridesmaids, Sandra Daube and Bertha Dagney, she sets off for the village of Heritage Cove on Arrowhead Lake, Maryland. Their joyous stay at the rustic yet luxury Heritage Cove Inn is shattered by a murder with tendrils and a clandestine motive stretching back to the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. It doesn’t take long for Ronnie and her gal-pals to become targets of the killer. It goes without saying, Taylor County Deputy Sheriff, Lieutenant Dawson Hughes leaves Texas to protect his bride-to-be. He’s joined by Sandra’s employer, conservative political activist Ben Cohen. Neither hell-nor-high-water can keep Gabby Hayes look-alike Hoot Dagney from the side of Bertha, his new bride. This novel is proof positive that romance, Christmas, and murder do mix.

BLOOD SPEAKS on Amazon

Nike N. Chillemi’s Blog

war-of-the-heart-1 WAR OF THE HEART  by Jenna Victoria

When a vintage Christmas snow globe sends Boston dress designer Louise Martin & British B&B owner George Walker back in time to London, December 1940, they race against the clock to reconcile a feud between their families and solve a 75-year-old mystery. As Louise relies on God; and on George for guidance, friendship then love, will the future George envisions strangle her own dreams? Will their love survive generations of mistrust, the Blitz and being stranded in wartime 1940, possibly never to return to their former lives?

WAR OF THE HEART on Amazon

Jenna Victoria’s Website

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CLADDAUGH by Tammy Doherty ~ a story that engages Christmas memories

CladdaughMore than any other time of year, Christmas is a time to be with family and friends.

 

But Leigh Latham Parker turned her back on her family and friends when she married, choosing money over love. When her dream turns to nightmare, she runs back to the only man she ever truly trusted. Can Rory forgive her? Does she have any right to ask him? Marshal Rory Johnston thought he was over Leigh. Now he isn’t so sure they can be just friends. She’s hiding something, running from someone. How can he protect her and his heart at the same time?

 

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Gracie, our Christmas angel, loves Christmas memories. She can’t wait to interview Tammy.

Gracie:  Tell us about your fondest Christmas memory.

Tammy:   In CLADDAUGH, Leigh asks her housekeeper about fond Christmas memories. Dour, negative Letitia warms slightly as she recalls, “Mother baked pies– fruit pies, meat pies, custard pies. Everyone loved her baking. Then we would have extra money and she would let my brother and I each buy a bit of candy. I had a different favorite for each holiday. For Christmas it was the peppermint sticks.”

For me, fond memories are packed with my grandmothers but for Christmas it’s my father’s mother who dominates the happy thoughts. After opening gifts at home we traveled the 2-hours to Grandma’s & Grandpa’s to spend the day with a huge gathering of family. There were always at least 20 to 30 people in that house throughout the day. The Christmas tree was tall and nearly buried by gifts. Christmas stockings were about 3-feet long – everybody put in gifts, not just Santa. Anchoring the day was the meal. One of my fondest memories is my grandmother basting the turkey and shooing away anyone who tried to snitch a piece – she was not shy with using wooden spoons!

Gracie:  What is your favorite Christmas carol and why? Do you have a favorite performing artist who performs that song?

Tammy:  I like most of the traditional Carols. What I LOVE the most, though, is Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s ‘Christmas Eve/Sarajevo’. It evokes strong emotions, seeming to bring every memory to mind with each note. It captures the splendor, wonder and bittersweet joy of this holiday. Yes, unto us a Savior was born but He came to save us from our sins which ultimately led to His death. Ironically, while ‘Mary Did You Know’ also fulfills this bittersweet concept, I can’t listen to it because it’s too much of a tear-jerker.

Gracie:  Do you have a favorite Christmas movie? What about that film thrills you…makes you tear up?

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Tammy:  There are several I really like, one isn’t even a Christmas movie. For the “real deal,” I love It’s A Wonderful Life, White Christmas, and Miracle on 34th Street  (the original). They all capture the joy and wonder of the season, the selflessness first demonstrated by Jesus. As for the non-Christmas movie that I associate with this season? Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – it was always on each year in early December, or maybe it was Thanksgiving. In either case, my mind associates it with Christmas even when I now watch it with my kids in the middle of the summer.

 

 

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GOODBYE NOEL by Nike Chillemi ~ a Christmas/New Year whodunit

For some readers there’s nothing better than murder at Christmas with a detective slogging through snow drifts chasing after a killer. If that’s you, then check out GOODBYE NOEL, set in the mid-1940s on the south shore of Long Island. You’ll be mesmerized by the lingo, fashion, cars, and culture of the era.

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The first body is found under a trimmed Christmas tree, the second as they ring in the New Year (1947), the third goes head long out a window. Will a young pediatric nurse determined to make it on her own be able to care for an infant whose mother was murdered and escape the killer who has struck again? Can she trust the stalwart village detective with her life and her heart as he works to catch this killer before somebody else dies?

Pediatric nurse, Katrina Lenart, grew up strong willed and independent minded, while sharing her mother’s flair for high fashion. When the police chief gives her an orphaned baby to care for, her maternal instincts take over and she’s willing to fight anyone who might not have the infant’s best interests at heart, even the man she’s growing to love. After an attempt is made to kidnap the baby, she and the resolute village detective team up and do some sleuthing, undercover at a cult as well as at a fancy ball.

Detective Ian Daltry is a widower with a child and is not interested in a new love. Hunting a killer who stops at nothing has placed him in the position where he must protect a beautiful young woman he’s drawn to. Is there’s something he’s overlooked in analyzing the case? Will he find out what that is before this ruthless murderer kills someone he loves?

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Of course, Gracie, our little Christmas angel was around in the 1940s and particularly recalls the jolly merriment at Christmas in America then, and also the reverence. So, she’s interested in interviewing an author who writes about that time period and finding out what makes her tick.

Gracie:  Are you a Christmas fanatic…a real crazy? Or is your approach more down to earth and relaxed?

IMG_1330Nike:  Not a real crazy, but I’d say I’m determined. I do things a certain way every year. The outside lights go up first. My porch and the postage stamp front yard we have here in Gotham are done in burgundy-red with a lot of white lights. Both miniature lights and then huge bulbs on the small fir trees and bushes. Then I come inside and start on the interior which is all in traditional Christmas-red, green, white, with dashes of silver and gold. I do the staircase first, every year. Then the diningroom, the kitchen, the living room. I also put up a few decorations upstairs. The last thing to go up is the tree. My youngest is always after me to get the tree up early, but I won’t. When I was a child we put a live tree up on Christmas Eve and took it down after Epiphany. I put up a faux tree, but it still goes last, usually a few days before Christmas Eve. I have ornaments from my mom, my grandmother, one of my aunts, and my mother-in-law. The story of our family is told in all the decorations I put away every year, only to take out the next year.

Gracie:  Do you have a particular Christmas tradition? Perhaps something handed down from generation to generation?

Nike:  Both my husband’s family and mine always had a meatless meal on Christmas Eve. We continue that in our house. Since my husband is Italian-American, I have been making seafood and pasta for the last few years. Before that, I was serving perogis in a butter sauce with sour cream, which come from my Eastern European side of the family.

Gracie:  Have you ever done something unusual or totally out of character for Christmas? 

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Nike:  Well, I don’t know how unusual this is, but it’s a tradition that our immediate family started. This wasn’t handed down to us. Every year we drive to the big mall on Long Island, not so much to shop, but to catch a Christmas movie and have dinner at a nice restaurant. While we’re there we’ll pick a few odds and ends up at the mall if we have to get something, but that’s almost an after thought.

GOODBYE NOEL Purchase Links:

Amazon/Kindle.   http://amzn.to/12nzi3j 

Christianbooks.com  http://bit.ly/1dW5KVg

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A MIRACLE FOR MARI by Suzanne D. Williams ~ Christmas Themed

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What could be more perfect for Christmas than a girl who plays Mary, mother of Jesus, in the Christmas pageant?

 

I’m pregnant.”

All the air left his chest in a whoosh. Opening and closing his mouth, he sought for breath that wouldn’t come. Then his legs gave way, and he sank onto the tile in the hallway.

Pregnant. Mari was pregnant.

A fall from grace. A miracle of life. A gift of forgiveness.

Sixteen-year-old Mari Tatum has a secret. Forced to be Mary, the mother of Jesus, in the church play, she finds herself working alongside Shay McNab, the very boy she’s keeping a secret from. Yet in the story of Christ’s birth, she finds that in God’s hands her fall from grace can become a miracle. 

Drawing a parallel with the true story of Mary and Joseph, A MIRACLE FOR MARI, reaches into the heart of the Christmas message to bring hope and joy to families touched by teenage pregnancy. 

Purchase Links:

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Barnes & Noble  http://bit.ly/1cUEu4D

Kobo  http://bit.ly/1bgpCKR

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Our little Christmas angel Gracie is thrilled to ask Suzanne a few questions. Gracie has always wished she had been one of the angels present at the birth of our Lord.

Gracie:  What is your favorite Christmas carol and why? Do you have a favorite performing artist who performs that song?

Suzanne:  Silent Night has always been my favorite song. I prefer Josh Groban’s recording from his album, Noel.

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Gracie:  Tell us about your fondest Christmas memory.

Suzanne: My fondest memory is of Christmas meals with my grandparents: the large farm meal, chatting with oodles of cousins, opening gifts, no matter how small. I never realized how special those times were until my grandfather passed away one year, and there I was staring at his empty chair. It was during my grief the following holiday, that I poured out my heart and put my memory down on the page.

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HEAVENLY HAVEN by Christine Lindsay First in the Grace Filled Christmas Book Bash

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The Grace Awards is thrilled to kick off its Grace Filled Christmas Book Bash 2013 with a delectable novel by renowned author Christine Lindsay, HEAVENLY HAVEN.

 

 

Avalanches happen to other people, not us. Marital problems happen to other people, not us, especially nine days before Christmas. That’s what the characters Jack and Shaina Burke think in HEAVENLY HAVEN.

But what about us readers in real life? We need to decorate the tree, the house, there’s baking to be done, choir practice, shopping, cleaning….

Remember the old adage—a woman’s work is never done. Or is it? Christmas is one of those times when women get caught up in what we think we should be doing. Is it possible other things are squeezing the most precious relationships out of our life and right under our noses? Life is too short.

On a trip through the majestic Canadian Rockies with my husband, I noticed a large artillery gun at the summit. My husband explained that avalanche control experts shoot artillery shells into the snowcaps to trigger avalanches. They do this to control the snows from building too high and thick and thereby causing a fatal avalanche.

I compared avalanche control to what I needed to do to keep my loved ones close. So, like avalanche control experts, I choose to cut back on my schedule to spend more togetherness time with my family.

Just like me in real life, Jack and Shaina Burke in HEAVENLY HAVEN thought they were fine too. Married for ten years, avalanche control expert Jack, and Shaina, only wanted to celebrate their December anniversary in a romantic way…until the shifting snows on the mountain bring havoc tumbling down upon them.

I wrote my short Christmas novelette HEAVENLY HAVEN with the hope that the drama, suspense, and the romance inspire you into deeper love relationships this Christmas.

Heavenly Haven is available as an Ebook on Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Kobo.

 

Xmas, Angel

 

 

For some extra fun this year, we thought we’d have Gracie, our Christmas angel, ask Christine a few Christmasy questions.

 

Gracie:  Are your Christmas decorations traditional, or do they have a more modern flare. Perhaps they’re eclectic? Do you have a particular theme? Or does each and every ornament and decoration have a personal meaning to you?

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Christine:  I LOVE to decorate at Christmas time, inside and out. My style is an eclectic bunch of ornaments around a couple of Christmas themes—color, music, words, and angels.  The color Gold is in the ribbons and metal tying in all the other colors on my tree and throughout my house. Gold makes me think of the King of Kings who came to us as a baby. And jewel colors, like ruby, sapphire, emerald, amethyst, and emerald, again for the King of Kings. There are all sorts of ornaments on my tree and other spots in the house that denote music, because music was one of the ways God announced the birth of His son. I also love these musical instruments because my youngest son is a musician.
Gracie:  Are you a Christmas fanatic…a real crazy? Or is your approach more down to earth and relaxed?
Christine:  I’ve turned into a bit of a fanatic. The spiritual reasons for Christmas just excite me so much that I consider decorating and enjoying the full month of December with Christmassy things as a form of worship. I’m not into gifts much. But I love to listen to the music of Christmas–one the street corners, in church, at concerts, from children, and on TV. But I hate to turn Christmas into a hectic time. For me Christmas is the time to relax, slow down and enjoy those Christmas movies. Spend time taking the grandkids to fun Christmas events. Slow down in the store parking lot and give a Christmas gift to a stranger by letting them have that parking spot.
Gracie:  Tell us about your fondest Christmas memory.
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Christine:  The memory that keeps coming to me lately is last year. We still had our dog Zeke, who passed on later in the spring. But last Christmas at ten years old, he still thought he was a puppy. Zeke and our three grandsons were going around and around one of the sofas in the living room chasing some radio controlled car. This went on for quite a while, and the laughter was amazing out of my three small grandsons. And in the middle of that parade was Zeke with the silliest, happiest, doggy grin you ever saw.