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We, at Grace Awards, have been having so much fun with the GRACE FILLED CHRISTMAS BOOK CELEBRATION we decided to keep going. Our imaginations take off at the thought of the blessing a wonderful book can be during the holiday season, as a gift or as a reading respite from the rush of the season.

 

TAMMY DOHERTY

She's MineIn SHE’S MINE, Caitlin Harrington learned one thing from her parents’ messy divorce – never get married. Since she wasn’t looking for a husband, why bother dating? So it’s not fair that the first guy she dates – ever – turns out to be a stalker. Thankfully, her new job lets her escape…she thinks. But now someone is leaving ominous notes on her front door. Could be Marci Coffey, who didn’t want Caitlin moving back to town. Or Sean Taggart, who Caitlin accused of stealing her grandfather’s tractor. What if the notes are from Adam, the guy she left behind? ~~ A broken engagement taught Sean Taggart to guard his heart. Yet he can’t stop the attraction he feels for Caitlin. When she backs into a gas grill, burning her hand, Sean wants to figure out what spooked her. But Caitlin is reluctant to trust him. To get her to believe in him, Sean will have to open his heart. Then the stalker sets his sights on Sean. Threatening notes. Scratching at the windows during the night. A shadowy figure lurking in her yard. The perfect gift for the romantic suspense lover on your Christmas list!

In CELTIC KNOT, Abby Finnigan struggles with the idea of a loving God. Her abusive father and unloving family left her unprepared to find true love. Meeting, falling in love with and marrying Liam Finnigan gave her hope in the idea of God. His death sealed her heart behind a thick wall. Now she focuses only on raising her daughter. Moving back to her hometown may have been a mistake as her oldest brother, Clayton Bigelow, seems bent on torturing her. Then Abby meets Kyle Lachapelle. Although just another cowhand on her father’s ranch, Kyle seems like a real gentleman. Abby sure could use a friend, and her daughter, Millie, is enchanted with Kyle. If only he didn’t work for the Big L-O. ~~ Kyle can’t tell Abby why he’s really in Prophecy, Colorado. An undercover Treasury Agent can’t give himself away. Especially after Kyle learns Abby’s relationship to his case. But when counterfeiting turns into kidnapping and murder, Kyle can’t keep his heart from becoming engaged. He’ll do whatever it takes to save Millie and Abby from the Bigelow family. Will it be enough? A great holiday gift, and at 99¢. You can afford to give it to someone you love AND yourself!

NIKE CHILLEMI

Harmful Intent, thumbnailAre you giving a detective story lover a Kindle for Christmas? Add HARMFUL INTENT to the gift for a welcome surprise. Only 99 cents through New Year’s. ~~ Betrayal runs in private investigator Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels’ family. So, why is she surprised when her husband of one year cheats on her? The real shock is his murder, with the local lawman pegging her as the prime suspect. Ronnie Ingels is a Brooklyn bred private investigator who travels to west Texas, where her cheating husband is murdered. As she hunts the killer to clear her name, she becomes the hunted. Deputy Sergeant Dawson Hughes, a former Army Ranger, is a man folks want on their side. Only he’s not so sure at first, he’s on the meddling New York PI’s side. As the evidence points away from her, he realizes the more she butts in, the more danger she attracts to herself. Sweet, askance romance, warm intimacy, sophisticated themes presented tastefully…prefect for holiday reading and/or giving!

For vintage holiday reading the go to book is GOODBYE NOEL, a classic mystery set in the mid 1940s during the Christmas/New Year holidays. The first body is found under a trimmed Christmas tree, the second as they ring in the New Year, 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? Lovers of.

MARCY DY ER

Blood & Lies

BLOOD & LIES makes a great Christmas gift for the suspense addict in your family. The story, set in Ukraine, is filled with intrigue and family secrets long buried. When a woman goes to Ukraine to search for her missing brother, she finds herself embroiled in theft, deception, and murder. Not only wonderful for giving, it’s a thrilling winter read to go along with a cup of hot chocolate before a roaring fire.

DOWN & OUT, the first book in the Desert Winds series makes a terrific Christmas gift. This book is best read when not alone because it will have you checking over your shoulder to make sure the bad guy’s not after you. ~ A young woman takes a job working for a towing company and one of the clients sets his sights on her. He’s determined to have her at any cost.

LISA BELCASTRO

A Shenandoah ChristmasA SHENANDOAH CHRISTMAS will fill your heart with love, faith, and the true meaning of Christmas. Travel to Martha’s Vineyard to celebrate the holiday season with the Roberts family. Andrew Roberts has picked out the best Christmas present ever – an engagement ring for Allyson Flanders, the woman who captured his heart and made bachelorhood loose every ounce of its former appeal. Andy’s more than ready to start a new life, but as the chill of winter settles into the shortened December days, Andy notices that Allyson has cooled as well. She’s distracted, distant, and dedicated to anything other than spending time with him. Andy is praying for answers, and a miracle. A SHENANDOAH CHRISTMAS will lift your spirits, fill your heart, and renew your hope in true love.

RUTH O’NEIL

Come Eat At My TableChristmas is a time filled with memories for me. Some of my favorite gifts were books. I received The Little House on the Prairie series one year and still have those worn out books today. Books are truly the books that keep on giving. In my book COME EAT AT MY TABLE, the holidays are one of the main characters favorite times of year because she finds joy in feeding people. Karin is a woman with a past. About the time she thinks no one will ever know, it comes back to haunt her. The deeper she tries to push it away the more prominently it returns. Forgiveness is a word that isn’t in her vocabulary as far as the people from her past are concerned. With the help of her family and other people around her she realizes that she must learn to forgive, even if forgiveness wasn’t asked of her.

Speaking of Christmas memoires, this short, family friendly story is full of them. Martha’s Christmas greatly resembles Christmases from my childhood. Moms work hard all year long, but especially during the holidays. Christmas is often a time where we feel overwhelmed, overworked, and underpaid. These feelings do not allow us to enjoy the true meaning and celebration of Christmas. Martha is definitely overworked during the Christmas holidays. She allows the cares of the world to take over her life so much so that she forgets to celebrate the one true reason for Christmas. The tongue in cheek humor will have readers smiling and reminiscing about their own lives. Take a few moments of your day to read CHRISTMAS AT MARTHA’S HOUSE. I guarantee you will laugh, probably recognizing your own family in the story. Get it now for only ¢.99!

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OUT FOR BLOOD by Marcy Dyer ~ a ‘thrilling’ read at Christmas

What better time for a good suspense novel than on a cold winter day? Out for Blood isn’t a Christmas story, in fact it’s set in the middle of summer, but it is about loss, anger, separation from God, and restoration, so it would be an uplifting and engaging story to give to a loved one this season.

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Dialysis nurse, Danielle Battershawn’s, life is turned upside down when her identical twin is murdered. As she strives to deal with yet another death, the killer sets his sights on eliminating her. Can handsome security consultant, Tyler Covington, keep her alive?

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Under the cloak of darkness, the man donned latex gloves. He picked the lock on the back door to Janine’s house and tiptoed over the threshold. The soft fragrance of her perfume permeated the air. Such a shame. Inquisitive mongrel. They could’ve shared an exciting time together, but she had to play buttinski and stick her beak into his business, cutting short their love affair. Anger threatened to engulf him, but he shook it off and turned his attention to his search.

In the living room, he pulled books off the shelves, thumbed through them, and overturned the bookcases. He slashed furniture cushions and dug through the foam, then ripped up the corners of the carpeting. As small as the drive was, the witch could’ve hidden it anywhere. He pulled her antique glassware off the fireplace and broke them open. Empty.

After he pulled pictures off the walls and slashed open the backs, he moved on to the air vents. He unscrewed each one, stuck his hand inside the duct, and felt around.

Cursing, the man moved from room to room, dumping out contents of cabinets, drawers, the dresser, and desk. He turned over the furniture and checked the backsides and underneath.

In the bathroom, he checked under the cabinets and behind the mirror. Where did the conniving broad hide the flash drive? He slashed her bed to ribbons, dug through the stuffing, and pulled out handfuls of the cotton batting, but found nothing.

He slammed his fist through the drywall. “Stupid witch.” He composed himself and explored the entire house once again.

Slipping out the front door, he removed his latex gloves and stuffed them in his pocket. As he wove through the sprawling subdivision, he hummed the tune to “Death’s Head.”

Knowing Janine, she gave it to her sister for preservation. He would search Dani’s house and, after he had the drive, he’d dispose of her. Doing away with both of the meddlesome twins would solve two problems for him. He allowed himself a smile at the thought of carousing with Dani before he got rid of her.

Xmas, Angel

Not many would suspect, but our little Christmas angel, Gracie, loves a thriller-diller of a mystery novel. So, she was very excited about interviewing Marcy who writes suspense on virtually every page.

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

Marcy:  Wow, this is a really difficult question to answer. I love Christmas carols and am constantly finding new artists that I just love. I spend a tremendous amount of time driving so as soon as XM Radio starts playing Christmas music, I flip between Country Christmas, Holly, and Holiday Traditions. One of my new favorites is Little Drummer Boy performed by Pentatonix. A friend sent me the YouTube link for this acapella version. The singers were incredible.

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?

Marcy:  I’m probably what you would call eclectic. My ornaments and decorations have a meaning to me, though to the casual observer, it looks like an odd mix. I have a beautiful ceramic nativity scene that my mother made for her mother. When my grandmother passed away, Mom took the set and displayed it every year. When Mom passed away, I took it. Now this beautiful nativity scene reminds me of them.

Gracie:  Tell us about your fondest Christmas memory.

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Marcy:  Christmas Eve 1997 I drove to my boyfriend’s house to pick him up for the Christmas Eve church service, then we would go to my mom’s house for a Christmas Eve celebration with family. Dennis and I had been dating for many years, but we were both divorced and a little skittish about the thought of marriage. While we were standing in his kitchen talking for a few minutes, he hugged me and said something about getting married. I cracked a joke. He took my hands and said, “Marcy, I’m serious.” We were married the next Valentine’s Day.

Purchase Links:

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Barnes & Noble/Nook:  http://bit.ly/1dsDxAy

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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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WALKS ALONE by Sandi Rog ~ an abundance of scenes knee deep in snow

Want to escape the holiday rush? Curl up with a good book and enjoy a hot cup of excitement and adventure on a cold snowy day? Walks Alone Amazon

WALKS ALONE opens on a crisp November morning aboard a ship arriving in America and carries us into a lonely Christmas that our heroine will never forget. As she admires the popcorn decorations on the tree, the clock above the mantle ticks the minutes by as her father’s life ebbs away.

Soon the reader is swept into an adventure when Anna flees an abusive uncle and is determined to reach the city of her dreams. But White Eagle and his fierce warriors take her prisoner. Anna attempts a harrowing escape, but her savage captor is determined to have her at all costs and forces her to be his wife. Has God forgotten her, or does He have plans of His own?

A man with a boot in one world and a moccasin in the other, White Eagle is disillusioned with his faith after a minister leads a massacre on his peaceful tribe. Where is his God? He’s definitely not with the white men who are slaughtering his people. But White Eagle also can’t give in to the idolatry practiced by his fellow tribesmen. Only the Truth can set him free. And it’s found in beautiful Anna’s carpetbag.

Xmas, Angel

 

Gracie, our intrepid Christmas angel, loves the wild west and had been chomping at the bit to interview the author of this exciting novel.

Gracie:    Tell us about your fondest Christmas memory.

Sandi:  My fondest Christmas memory was back in 2011. We thought it was going to be my last Christmas (at that time I’d been battling cancer for an entire year). By then, I desperately wanted fun and lights, not just for myself but mostly for our children. So, my husband (despite not having the money) went out and bought a gazillion lights and outdoor decorations to bedeck the house and lawn for Christmas. I, with the whole family, posed for a family picture in the cold in front of all the lights. That moment is one of my fondest memories, to know my husband would go to such lengths to make my last Christmas a happy one.

Gracie:  Ah, but it wasn’t your last, PTL. God had other plans, just sayin, girl friend…

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

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Sandi:  It’s a Wonderful Life is my favorite Christmas movie. We watched it together last year in 2012, and both my husband and I felt like I got to experience this movie in real life. God used my getting sick and nearly losing my life to help me see my value to family and friends.

Gracie:   What foods can be expected on your holiday menu? Are you known for a particular Christmas delicacy or treat?

Sandi:  I’m going to attempt to make pumpkin pie for the first time from scratch. My sixteen year old says, I’m not going to “attempt to make pumpkin pie, I’m going to succeed” because she’s going to be here to help me, and she made it last year with her daddy. I’m looking forward to this endeavor!

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

Sandi:   Before I got sick, we knew of a family that was suffering. One of the girls was a friend of my oldest daughter from school; she had four younger siblings. We packed together a bunch of presents for the kids and movie tickets for the parents, along with some goodies to eat, and we put them on their doorstep on Christmas morning. We rang the doorbell and ran! We hid around a corner and watched them collect the bag of gifts. That was probably the most fun and exciting Christmas we ever experienced.

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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:

Amazon/Kindle  http://amzn.to/1bf3dRF

Barnes & Noble  http://bit.ly/1cUEu4D

Kobo  http://bit.ly/1bgpCKR

Xmas, Angel

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 and Puss Puss the kitty and Zeke.
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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 Zeke in front of the hearth.
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. 

The Grace Filled Christmas Book Bash 2013 Is Coming!!!

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Another Christmas season right around the bend and we’re so excited. We’ve got a line up of wonderful authors with delightful and inspiring novels perfect for a Christmas read or to gift.

Each author will have a day to showcase her novel and tell us exciting stuff about her Christmas memories, favorite recipes, and the like.

Oh, by the way, this is Gracie, our Christmas angel who can’t wait to interview our authors and find out more about their books. Not only that! She’s got an entire list of questions she can’t wait to ask our writers about their Christmas experiences.

So to find out more…come visit each and every author on their date right here!

Here’s the line up…

Heavenly Haven
Sat, Nov 30: Christine Lindsay ~ HEAVENLY HAVEN: Avalanches happen to other people, not us. Marital problems happen to other people, not us, especially nine days before Christmas. At least that’s what Jack and Shaina Burke thought. 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.
*To read first pages http://amzn.to/I5pozq
A Miracle For Mari
Wed, Dec 4: Suzanne D. Williams ~ A MIRACLE FOR MARI: A fall from grace. A miracle of life. A gift of forgiveness. 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.
*To read first pages http://amzn.to/1bJp5lF
Faith In The Shadows
Sat, Dec 7: Sadie and Sofie Cuffe ~ FAITH IN THE SHADOWS: The purple birthmark on her cheek brands Alice Wainwright a spinster. When her fiancé bullies her at their engagement party, blind Civil War veteran Hawk steps out of the dark and becomes her champion. Torn between honor and need, Hawk comes to work for the Wainwright family. Friendship turns to love, but each is blinded by a dark secret. Can they face the truth about each other before they’re torn apart?
*To read first pages http://amzn.to/1aN4Ju7
Victory
Mon, Dec 9: Dette Bedkstead ~ VICTORY: Victory, a town where the people love their country and their neighbors, but what happens when two visitors come to town? One comes with fear and control, slowly taking away the freedoms the people love. The other comes with faith. When darkness overtakes the town who will have Victory?
*To read first pages http://amzn.to/1cbg46o
Paint Me Althena
Wed, Dec 11: Naomi Musch ~ PAINT ME ALTHENA: When still life artist Ethan Day discovers a fantasy painting by Althena Bell in a consignment shop, he’s sure he’s found Ava, his wife who abandoned him and their two little girls three years ago. Finding and rescuing her are one thing, but forgiveness and second chances are impeded by outsiders, and conflict between Ava’s search for identity and Ethan’s new faith might break the safety net he offers.
*To read first pages http://amzn.to/I9xPuh
Goodbye Noel, Amazon
Sat, Dec 14: Nike Chillemi ~ GOODBYE NOEL: 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 Katrina, 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 Detective Ian Daltry, the stalwart village detective, with her life and her heart as he works to catch this killer before somebody else dies?
*To read first pages http://amzn.to/17AXaGy
Walks Alone
Mon, Dec 16: Sandi Rog ~ WALKS ALONE: After fleeing her abusive uncle, Anna is determined to reach the city of her dreams. But White Eagle and his fierce warriors take her prisoner and this Cheyenne warrior forces her to be his wife. White Eagle is disillusioned with his faith after a minister leads a massacre on his peaceful tribe. Where is his God? He’s definitely not with the white men who are slaughtering his people. But White Eagle also can’t give in to the idolatry practiced by his fellow tribesmen. Only the Truth can set him free. And it’s found in beautiful Anna’s carpetbag.  *To read first pages http://amzn.to/I8Iwgm
Claddagh
Wed, Dec 18: Tammy Doherty ~ CLADDAUGH: Leigh Latham chose love over money but when the dream becomes a nightmare, she runs back to the friends left behind. Marshal Rory Johnston thought he was over Leigh. Now she’s back and he isn’t sure they can be just friends.  Can he protect her and his heart at the same time?
*To read first pages http://amzn.to/I8Iwgm
Out For Blood
Sat, Dec 21: Marcy G. Dyer ~ OUT FOR BLOOD: Dialysis nurse, Danielle Battershawn’s, life is turned upside down when her identical twin is murdered. As she strives to deal with yet another death, the killer sets his sights on eliminating her. Can handsome security consultant, Tyler Covington, keep her alive?
*To read first pages http://amzn.to/1fsYb8m
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OCTOBER SPOTLIGHT day two: Karin Kaufman

ALL SOULS

Longing for the Supernatural by Karin Kaufman

As Christians we know that the supernatural world—a world “where trees clap hands” and “God’s voice sounds like thunder,” as Bible teacher Beth Moore has said—is as real as the natural one, and I’m convinced we all have a deep, God-given need to experience the supernatural in our ordinary lives. We long to see what Elisha’s servant (2 Kings 6:17) saw when he had his eyes opened by the Lord and looked up to see the hillsides around him filled with horses and chariots of fire. At least in our braver moments we do.

In my twenties, even though I was a Christian, I was drawn to the fast-food side of the supernatural. As much as I longed for a taste of the invisible world I believed was there, I never experienced it through Christianity. But I wanted it. So I played around with wicca and studied “alternative paths”—from Celtic neopaganism to astral projection. All the fun (and pretty) stuff. The stuff without God attached, since an encounter with God would have required something of me I wasn’t prepared to give at that time.

Karin Kaufman

As a result, although I have strong, negative opinions on wicca, neopaganism, and the new age, I have nothing but empathy for young people caught up in those beliefs. I understand what draws them because it drew me too. And I know that someone trying to connect to the supernatural through wicca is far closer to God than he or she may realize.

Needless to say, I’m no longer involved in wicca, so this passion of mine—to expose wicca and similar beliefs for the danger they are—found an outlet in my mystery series. I knew I had to throw the heroine of the series, Anna Denning, into situations where she would have to deal with people—some of them villains, some not—who followed these paths. Witches, wiccans, neopagans, spiritualists, new agers who believe in ghosts—and I’m just getting started.

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ALL SOULS

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The Witch Tree

THE WITCH TREE

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The Grace Filled Christmas Blog Tour Is Here!!!

The Grace Awards is thrilled to announce the first annual Grace Filled Blog Tour!!! Twenty-two talented Christian authors share about their novels and why these wonderful stories would make excellent Christmas holiday reading…and into the New Year.

Join us on this tour as we explore the depths of Christian fiction writing. Why not visit every author on the tour to select your personal Christmas reading and to select reading gifts for your loved ones.

Below is the link for the Grace Filled Christmas Blog Tour:

https://graceawardsdotorg.wordpress.com/grace-filled-christmas-blog-tour-2012/

From the Grace Awards To Your House ~~ Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year!!!

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