12 Days of Christmas

On the 12th Day of Christmas … I’m thankful for the wonderful family and friends that I have to share the holidays with.

My husband, son, and I left Nashville yesterday morning to spend the day in Kentucky with both of our families. We started the day at my parents’ home. Even though my younger sister could not be with us, we were able to conference her in as my father read the Christmas story from Luke, just before the noon meal. It’s a family tradition that I hope we never forget.

Dinner was with my husband’s family. I’d forgotten how wonderful it is to have small children in the midst of presents, candy, and lots of attention!  My son is 19 and his two closest cousins are 18 and 20, so it’s been a long time since they made a list for Santa. But my sister-in-law’s four children are now at the young ages of 6, 4, 2 and almost 1. You can imagine how wonderful it was to see the gleam in their eyes as they opened their presents and played with their piles of new toys.

On our way home from my in-laws, my husband made the comment that it was the best Christmas Eve he can remember having in a long time. It wasn’t about getting presents or eating two big meals (although both of our mothers are amazing cooks). It was truly a day of celebrating the season with the ones we love.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your families. Today, I’m not posting a contest. As a thank you for supporting my second annual 12 Days of Christmas blog series, and generating over 300 visits to my website in the last 11 days, I’m gifting each person who posted at least one comment on Days 1 through 11 with a copy of their favorite featured book. All you have to do is leave a comment by end of day December 26th with the name of the featured eBook that you would like to receive and I will gift it to you through Amazon.

The list:

Compromising Miss Tisdale                               Sealed With a Kiss                             Blind Allegiance                                                  The Hot Shoppe                           Wounded Wings                                                 All I Want For Christmas is a Soulmate   Building a Christmas                                           Winter’s Magic                                       The Zoastra Affair

Merry Christmas!

12 Days of Christmas

On the 10th Day of Christmas …

I can’t believe we’re already on the 10th day, can you?  I’m still trying to get all of the presents wrapped before we head out to all of our Christmas Eve events tomorrow.

Today, we’re highlighting a new release by Victoria Pinder.  I hope you like Sci Fi and Fantasy.

TheZostraAffair500x700The Zoastra Affair just released this weekend.

A hundred years from now, Earth has trading partners with alien beings, mostly humanoid. However, going into space brought forth an unknown enemy who attacks Earth at will.

The Zoastra is part of the Earthseekers, an organization originally designed to go into space. Its new mission is to find Earth’s enemies.

Ariel is stuck on a Victorian planet and steals Grace’s body and life to get off the planet. Grace must get her body back before Ariel bonds with Grace’s husband, Peter. Then there is Cross, the man on a mission to find those who killed his family. Ariel is attracted to Cross, but she’s stolen someone’s life.

For today’s contest, we’re stepping out of the Christmas theme a bit. Tell me what your all time favorite book is.  Tell me what you look for in a book, despite the genre.  Tell me what makes you pick up a book by an author you’ve never heard of – what makes you give them a chance? You’ll earn an entry for each piece of information you share.

The winner of today’s contest will receive a free eBook copy of The Zoastra Affair.  Spread the word, share with a friend.  We only have 2 days left until Christmas!

Yesterday’s winner is Jill Collins.  Be looking at your email in-box this evening for your Starbucks gift card.

Merry Christmas!

12 Days of Christmas

I apologize for the lateness of my post today. My husband surprised me with breakfast out at Cracker Barrel this morning and I’m just now home and getting settled in with my computer.

Our winner for the 1st Day of Christmas is Jill Collins.  Jill – I’ll be sending you an Amazon link for your eBook copy of Compromising Miss Tisdale today.

On the 2nd Day of Christmas … I’m very excited about Darcy Flynn’s newest release, Sealed with a Kiss. It’s the prequel to Keeper of My Heart. I knew she was feverishly trying to finish it by Christmas, so I was surprised but elated when it hit Amazon just yesterday.

SealedwithaKiss3_850Isn’t this one of the most beautiful covers you’ve ever seen? So sweet!  You will love this short story that so perfectly leads you to Keeper of My Heart.

Since the loss of her older brother, Davy, fifteen-year-old Katie McCullough must face the new reality that she is alone in the world, except for a bitter, controlling aunt that is now her guardian.

After her brother’s funeral, Katie escapes to the nearby lighthouse to grieve. While there, she is surprised by a young naval officer, Max Sawyer, who comforts her with one tender kiss, then abruptly leaves.

Max promised Davy that he’d look out for Katie if anything ever happened to him. A task that should be easy, except Katie’s aunt has refused to let him anywhere near her. With only one week stateside before his deployment overseas, Max has to figure out a way to keep his promise to Davy, while keeping his identity a secret from Katie.

For today’s contest, I’m giving away 2 copies of Sealed with a Kiss.  To enter, go to Darcy’s website, DarcyFlynnRomances.com and find out when her next new book releases. You can tell me the title, release date, and/or how many days are left in the countdown.  Leave your comment, spread the word, tell your friends.  I’ll announce the winners tomorrow.

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone. Stay warm, curl up by the fire, and enjoy a cup of hot cider or cocoa. That’s where I’m going to be!