Hi Friends, A Joyful Christmas releases September 1, and it’s available for pre-order now.  To celebrate the upcoming release I’m giving away one paperback copy to a US or Canadian reading friend who leaves a comment on this blog post. Read on for the details.

A Joyful Christmas Giveaway!A Christmas Collection to Warm the Heart

Grab a warm cup of tea and watch as romance is kindled and joy is restored to broken lives during six bygone era Christmas celebrations, including my Civil War novella A Shelter in the Storm

The daughter of a wealthy Tennessee doctor, Rachel Thornton begins nursing James Galloway, a wounded artist-war correspondent. As James recovers, their hearts draw closer together. Having already lost one sweetheart to the war, Rachel is hesitant to reveal her feelings for James, who insists on returning to the front lines. Would she be safer in the arms of another man? This novella was previously published in A Blue and Gray Christmas and also as an individual novella titled Waiting For His Return. If you haven’t read it yet, or if you’d like to order a copy as a gift for a friend, just visit this page for links to your favorite retailer.

The Six Novellas Included in this Collection:

A Christmas Castle by Cynthia Hickey
Married by proxy in Missouri, Annie Morgan sets off for Tombstone, Arizona, to join her new husband as a cattle rancher. But too soon she finds herself a widow with an unexpected daughter and butting heads with her handsome neighbor.
A Star in the Night by Liz Johnson
Wounded within Confederate territory, Union officer Jedediah Harrington finds refuge at the tiny cabin of Cora Sinclair and her grandfather. Still haunted by what she saw as a battlefield hospital volunteer, Cora finds that only Jed can understand. But, though she longs to give him her heart, the risks to both of them are too great.
An Irish Bride for Christmas by Vickie McDonough
When Jackson Lancaster’s brother and wife die, he takes his three-year-old niece home. But a meddling busy-body makes the judge give her custody “because an unmarried man shouldn’t raise a little girl.” Now Jackson has until Christmas to find a bride or lose his niece forever. Larkin Doyle is grateful her employer took in the orphan and believes Jackson abandoned his niece. When her heart says otherwise, will romance blossom? 
Under His Wings by Liz Tolsma
Adie O’Connell, orphaned and left alone in a dangerous Wisconsin logging camp, seeks the stability she once knew when both her parents lived. Despite the compassion and friendship offered by Noah “Preacher Man” Mitchell, she refuses to consider marriage to a man always drifting from one job to another for God.
A Shelter in the Storm by Carrie Turansky
The daughter of a wealthy Tennessee doctor, Rachel Thornton begins nursing James Galloway, a wounded artist-war correspondent. As James recovers, their hearts draw closer together. Having already lost one sweetheart to the war, Rachel is hesitant to reveal her feelings for James, who insists on returning to the front lines. Would she be safer in the arms of another man?
Christmas Service by Erica Vetsch
Beth Sorensen has been put in charge of the Christmas pageant at the little log church, and this year she wants something different. But she didn’t count on a Minnesota blizzard paralyzing the whole town. Can the blacksmith teach this preacher’s daughter about what it means to serve one another in love through the storm?

Pre-Order Your Copy Today!

To enter the giveaway please tell me one of your favorite Christmas memories in a comment on this blog post. I’ll choose a winner on September 1,after 9:00 pm ET. This giveaway is open to US and Canadian reading friends.  I’ll notify the winners by email. Good luck!

Until Next Time ~ Happy Reading!

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  1. Erika L.
    Erika L. says:

    One of my favorite memories is Christmas eve candlelight service at my church. Another one is looking at Christmas lights and getting hot chocolate.

  2. Mary Kay Moody
    Mary Kay Moody says:

    The stories sound very inviting! A favorite memory is explaining to my kindergarten-age son the impoverished circumstances some families experienced (though as a single mom, we just barely made ends meet!). And when I asked if he’d like to share some things with them, he generously and joyfully did so. That he grasped the gift of giving brought me great joy.

  3. Christine Marriott
    Christine Marriott says:

    One of my favorite Christmas memories is driving around looking at Christmas lights on Christmas eve after the evening service. I love the holidays! Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂

  4. Maryann
    Maryann says:

    My favorite Christmas memory was when my sister and I both received a bike. My dad was a construction worker and it was a hard year financially. Our parents told us not to expect much. We knew how much they sacrificed for us and we were so thankful and appreciative.

  5. Pam
    Pam says:

    My favorite memory of Christmas…
    my mom would pick a day for each of us children to get out of school for the day. She would take us downtown ( by bus, as mom didn’t drive) we would be allowed a small amount of money to spend on gifts for our siblings and parents. We would look at all the decorations the businesses put up then we would go have lunch at the lunch counter at the local drugstore. It was so much fun I miss those days. ? wonderful memories tho

  6. Melissa A
    Melissa A says:

    I remember the Christmas we took the train all the way to California from Montana! We always stayed home for Christmas, so this was a very big deal for us! We even got new coats to travel in! My family was 7 children & 3 adults strong(my grandfather lived with us), so this was a major expense! Thankful to my parents for saving & making it possible. Wonderful vacation!! Never forgotten!!

  7. Lynette
    Lynette says:

    My favorite Christmas memories are going to see the Christmas lights with family, and my dad’s traditional Christmas morning breakfast.

  8. Kelley Blair
    Kelley Blair says:

    When my parents were alive and I was younger we would have a party at our house on Christmas Eve and all my cousins and other family members would come.

  9. Sarah
    Sarah says:

    Christmas 1975, I was five and I remember it like it was last Christmas. My mom made my two sisters and I Large Raggedy Ann dolls. The three of them were sitting on the love seat smiling at us when we got up ☺️ I still have mine to this day ❤️

  10. Joan Arning
    Joan Arning says:

    As an adult, I have fond memories of my husband, daughter and I going to my parents for Christmas dinner and gift exchange with them, my sister and her family and my grandparents. After we opened gifts, some of us would usually play card games.

  11. Michelle Kempf
    Michelle Kempf says:

    My fond Christmas memory is bringing our pre-teen youth group to the Billy Graham library.
    I enjoy giving. I believe that beautiful location to be peaceful, inspiring, historical & spiritual – it would be something great to share with these young, impressionable, seeking & starving youths. They LOVED it, live nativity with animals & a baby Jesus!!
    I then thought & was able to plan a “seniors” trip there, & they LOVED it too. ?

  12. Nancy
    Nancy says:

    I always look forward to reading Christmas novels and novellas.
    My younger brother and I loved the tree with all the lights. After our parents went to sleep we would sneak downstairs and turn the tree lights on. Then we would sit there and look at the gifts. We always had to pick up to see how heavy a gift was and if it would rattle a little. When we got older we had a little sort of game going. “I’ll tell me one of yours if you tell me one of mine.” LOL

  13. Linda Klager
    Linda Klager says:

    I would like to enter for this Christmas compilation of wonderful stories. I have many great memories as a child growing up in Pennsylvania. My father loved to decorate – he had all kinds of music box type Christmas ornaments. When you would come to visit, he would take you through the house and play all the decorations for you. He had a big smile and a hearty laugh. I miss my Dad.

  14. Johnnie Steinberg
    Johnnie Steinberg says:

    I’d love to read this! I grew up in the country & every Christmas was shared with 2 elderly aunts who came out from town when my dad drove to get them. One round trip for Christmas Eve & another round trip for Christmas Day. I got so excited that I usually got sick from anticipation. Our tree was usually pine tree or 2 tied together for fullness or a cedar that we found in the woods ourselves.

  15. Donna Irvin
    Donna Irvin says:

    I am very into reading historical fiction right now. I love when a book is published with many great authors writing novellas, and these all sound good! Happy Release Day!

  16. Amanda
    Amanda says:

    For our first Christmas together, as newlyweds, we were stationed in Alaska at Elmendorf AFB. The base allowed military families to harvest Christmas trees from the forest behind the base lake. We bundled up and went in search of the perfect tree. We knew we were in trouble when we strapped it to the top of the 4-Runner, but it wasn’t until we go home that we fully realized the size of our tree. Let’s just say that as our neighbors were driving down the street, they could see the top of our tree and it’s star through our second-story window. It wasn’t just the perfect tree…it was the BEST TREE EVER!!
    We have cut our own Christmas tree every year since. 16 years and counting!

  17. Cindy Adams
    Cindy Adams says:

    My favorite Christmas memory is my huge extended family getting together every Christmas Eve. They’re been doing it for over 50 years!

  18. Jeanette Durkin
    Jeanette Durkin says:

    My favorite Christmas was when I around 10 years old. I really want a bike for Christmas but my parents could not afford it that year. My aunt and Uncle came over that year for Christmas. We hot a lot of presents that year but no bike in sight. My grandmother asked us to help her with something in the basement so my brother and I went down there and lo and behold there were bikes! Best Christmas ever!

  19. Sydney Anderson
    Sydney Anderson says:

    One of my favorite memories is my grandpa telling us a story from his childhood. He was in the tub when Santa came. He and his older brother tried to run soaking wet and jump into bed. But his mom caught him. Santa said he’d come back later though. 😉

  20. Connie Scruggs
    Connie Scruggs says:

    The only Christmas I ever spent with my grandma, I was 22 and my kids were 4 and 3. My grandma passed away in December of the next year, so it was her last Christmas, though she wasn’t sick or anything that year, so we didn’t expect it to be. That part of my family hadn’t been with children at Christmas for a long time, so they really enjoyed Christmas through the eyes of my preschoolers. It was a wonderful time that I wouldn’t trade for anything.

  21. Jan
    Jan says:

    One of my favorite Christmas memories is dancing on the tops of my grandfather’s boots as he twirled me around the living room to Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra holiday records when I was about four or five years old.

  22. Arletta
    Arletta says:

    One of my favourite memories is buying Christmas ornaments for each of our kids every year. We try to pick something that somehow signifies the past year for them. It’s so fun to look back on their ornaments as we hang them to see all their different interests over their lives.

  23. Renee
    Renee says:

    My favorite memory is watching my dad make homemade fudge Christmas Eve. Standing at the kitchen sink shaking the dry ingredients in a pink Tupperware bowl, stirring everything in the old black iron skillet and dropping a drop into cold water to see how it sets. Mmmm good!

  24. Shonda F
    Shonda F says:

    I love all these authors and have read books by many of the. I love Christmas stories and would love to read this. The one book is about a proxy bride in Missouri, that’s where I live! How fun!

  25. Debra Pruss
    Debra Pruss says:

    These stories sound like wonderful Christmas reads. I would love to read them out loud to my 82 year old Mom and my husband.

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