More Christmas Reading!

As the holidays close in fast, I find I need a sanity break more often than usual. It’s been cold here along the Front Range of Colorado, so along with bitter cold temps, fighting holiday crowds and complete apathy for the day job, I have cards waiting to be written, gifts that need wrapping…and the biggest dread of all…cleaning the house.

It times like this I need to make myself take a break. Thankfully, there are some great Christmas stories out right now, books that crept onto the shelves in November and I’m just now getting around to reading them…

I just finished reading Yule Die by Debby Giusti. Packaged with another Love Inspired Suspense, Merry Mayhem by Margaret Daley, the pair of stories can be found within the common cover of Christmas Peril.

Both stories are heartwarming, holiday reads. Here’s the back cover blurb:
Merry Mayhem
When single mom Annie Coleman unexpectedly arrives in Christmas, Oklahoma, police chief Caleb Jackson suspects she’s hiding secrets. He’ll be watching her closely. And his protection is just what Annie and her daugher need, as danger has followed them to their new home.

Yule Die
It’s hardly a happy holiday for medical researcher Callie Evans…until she discovers her ailing patient is her long-lost brother. And he’s being watched by undercover police officer Joe Petrecelli. When the trio is abducted by a cadre of bad guys, Joe and Callie will have to fight to keep her brother–and themselves–alive.
What can be better than Christmas suspense, especially when the HEA comes with a Christmas blessing?
Not that you don’t have anything else to do : ) I encourage you to pick up Christmas Peril and indulge in some suspenseful Christmas cheer!
Merry Christmas!
Happy Hanukkah!
Blessings to all!!
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Caroling Classics

A Holly Jolly Christmas

Have a holly, jolly christmas,
It’s the best time of the year.
I don’t know if there’ll be snow
But have a cup of cheer.

Have a holly, jolly Christmas,
and when you walk down the street,
Say hello to friends you know
And everyone you meet.

Oh, ho, the mistletoe
Hung where you can see.
Somebody waits for you,
Kiss her once for me.

Have a holly, Jolly christmas,
And in case you didn’t hear
Oh, be golly have a holly jolly
Christmas, this year!
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BC or AD…Is there a difference?

December, 2 BC (Give or take a couple years)

Bethlehem: The streets are bustling with activity. All around, merchants and innkeepers are doing a brisk business for a census has been decreed and all must comply to registration, each to his own city.

December, 2002 AD (Give or take a couple years)
Longmont: The streets are bustling with activity. All around, mega-malls and convention centers are packed with travelers and residents alike, each conducting their own business, each off to their appointed city.

2 BC
At the time of Christ’s birth, the angels announced, the shepherds praised and sang, the wise men bore gifts, yet all across the land, the people lived their lives oblivious to the miracle which had come into this world.

2009 AD
At the time of Christ’s birthday, the preachers proclaim, the believers sing praise, congregations worship, yet all across the metropolitan area, people live their lives oblivious to the salvation offered to this world.

Some things just don’t change, do they?


What can we do to bring Christ back into Christmas? An overwhelming task to say the least, but every road is paved one brick at a time. How about this Christmas you choose an “oblivious” friend or relative and make a special effort to show them the joy of Christmas beyond the tinsel and paper. Spread Christ’s salvation by giving a special ornament or book containing the message of salvation. Send cards that speak of the true meaning of Christmas.

Or hey, how about this. . .bring a friend to a Children’s Christmas program!

Be creative in your encouragement, pray the Spirit helps you, and smile with the joy that fills your heart knowing you’re giving Christ the best present of all for His birthday.

And the angel said to them, “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11 RSV.

Blessings to all!

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Holiday Panic? No! How about Fun!

Where has the month gone? Last time I looked it was Thanksgiving and now it’s Saturday, December 12th! I know I’m not alone in my holiday panic, but I still have shopping, cards, baking–deep breath–and writing! Why oh why can’t I just take the month of December off from my day job to do all the important things in life, LOL!!?

I’m not letting myself go totally crazy though. This weekend, I’m sitting down with books from my keep shelf and revisiting old friends. I’m thumbing through:

Love Bites AND Joe’s Girl by Margaret St. George (aka Maggie Osborne)
Sands of Time AND Sheep’s Clothing by Susan May Warren
Letters From a Stranger by Connie Rinehold
Flowers on the Storm AND Uncertain Magic by Laura Kinsale

Take note, these books are not in my writing genre. They are books that captivated me long before I thought to write love stories about cowboys and unsuspecting heroines who needed a touch of God’s love to help them find their way : ) The titles above offer characters that dug into my heart and intend to reside for years to come.

If you have a second, share your favorite book(s) with me. I hearing about authors that have left deep, lasting impressions on tender hearts : )

Okay, on to other things…

Have you been to Seekerville lately? You’ll not want to miss the great line up of posts this week:

Monday: Love Inspired Historical author Janet Dean is our hostess today and she’s giving away a copy of her February release, The Substitute Bride.

Tuesday: Love Inspired author Cheryl Wyatt shares today.

Wednesday: Our guest is multi-published Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense author, Margaret Daley.

Thursday: Love Inspired Suspense Suspense and Zondervan author, Camy Tang leads the fun.

Friday: Love Inspired debut author, Ruth Logan Herne is your blogging and baking hostess.

Enjoy the Christmas cheer and make the most of the holiday spirit!
Happy Hanukkah, too!

Blessings to all : )
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Random Thoughts

A friend sent this list of random thoughts…haven’t we all scratched our heads over one or two of these ideas??

  • I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.
  • Nothing is worse than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.
  • I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.
  • There is great need for a sarcasm font.
  • How the heck are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
  • Was learning cursive really necessary?
  • Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.
  • Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.
  • I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.
  • Bad decisions make good stories.
  • You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
  • Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don’t want to have to restart my collection…again.
  • I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.
  • “Do not machine wash or tumble dry” means I will never wash this thing I have– ever.
  • I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Darn it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voicemail. What’d you do after I didn’t answer? Drop the phone and run away?
  • No one can convince me that lifting a coffee cup isn’t exercise.

What do you think? Can you add more??

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A Forever Christmas

I just finished reading A Forever Christmas by Missy Tippens and can’t keep the smile off my face. Missy’s books have a charming, heartwarming flavor to them, but this one is definitely a Christmas keeper! She takes past love, hurting hearts, untimely grief and wraps it all up in a Christmas story filled with hope and happiness.

The woman is a master of her craft!

Here’s the back blurb:

Home For The Holidays

Sarah Radcliffe’s quiet Christmas back in her hometown will be lost if she agrees to direct the church’s Christmas pageant. But when she meets two little boys determined to gain their father’s attention, Sarah agrees to help. Then she discovers that the dad in question is Gregory Jones, the man she loved and lost. The single dad is working himself to the bone to give his boys the Christmas of their dreams, when all they want is some family time. Time that includes a new mommy. If Sarah can learn to open her heart, she may receive the most wonderful present of all — a family of her own.


If there is a Christmas story you read this holiday season, make it A Forever Christmas! You’ll be filled with joy and ready to face the Christmas season with cheer.

To learn more about Missy, check out her website and blog. Missy is also part of the founding 15 in Seekerville.
A Forever Christmas
Steeple Hill Books
November 2009
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Brrr! It’s cold!

Winter has blown into the Front Range of Colorado with gusto! Last week we had a couple days where the hi temp barely reached freezing! This is the time of year I feel bad for the animals we have that live outdoors. I wish we could climate control the goat shed and rabbit hutch to at least keep the water from freezing solid!

This Christmas season finds me playing pack horse for my dear aunt Ona. Back in October she slipped and pulled muscles in both her shoulders. As we all know, as we grow older, it takes our bodies a bit more time to bounce back. Well, it so happens Ona’s *wings* are taking their own sweet time in repairing themselves.

So.

That leaves me to help aunt Ona shop. This is not a hardship in the least. But it does put me in the midst of all the holiday shoppers when I prefer the comfort of my desk chair and online ordering convenience : )

I’m happy to say that after two weekends of non-stop shopping, Ona is happy with all her purchases and can now settle down and wrap presents in the gorgeous style she is most noted for.

Me?

I’m praying my Internet orders arrive in time and hubby has a strange urge to fight the crowds and go shopping this season.

Not so bad : ) There’s always a nice lunch or dinner involved : )

Happy Shopping!!
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Marlena Fortune in Seekerville!

Check out the latest in present giving and receiving selections! Marlena Fortune has done her homework for the writers of the world, planting ideas for delicious gifts and gift giving! She’s even the footwork for you. Click on her suggestions to be transported right to the site.

Shopping in jammies. Gotta love it : )

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Black Friday

Black Friday, the day merchants wait for all year long.

My daughter plans to battle the crowds.

Me? I’m too chicken. I’ve jabbed elbows with the best of them years ago and have absolutely no desire to wade into the fray. Give me a break. I’m older and wiser.

And the $30 I’ll save off the original model of Cricut just isn’t worth it. I can scrapbook just fine without mechanical assistance. Besides, my husband thinks I have more than enough scrapbooking stuff already.

Can you really ever have enough??

Instead of biting and kicking my way through crowds and possibly contracting H1N1, I plan to work on the plot of my book, sit out on the deck and drink in all the projected warmth of the day. I’ll go shopping TOMORROW!!

Yes, it’s a sickness.

Pray for me.

BTW, this whole writing on the beach is a fantasy. You really don’t want to see my office : )
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Day everyone!
May the peace and blessings of the holiday pour over each and everyone!
Praise the Lord!
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
His faithful love endures forever.
Psalm 106:1 NLT
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