Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Fantastic Christmas Read!! NOT Your Typical Christmas Story!! Heart Wrenching and Realistic! Enter the Author's Giveaway!


"Christmas Embers"
By Chautona Havig

Genre: Contemporary Christmas
Release Date: November 25, 2016
It’s a truth universally unacknowledged that sin will hunt you down and advertise its presence the moment you try to hide it.
Emily Byrne sits in her daughter’s classroom listening to the deepest wishes of twenty kindergarteners as she sketches them. But when little Joey Cordell breaks down, weeping and insisting the only thing he wants to find is his father, she isn’t sure where her Christmas project will take her.
Davia Cordell came to Rockland for one purpose–find her son’s father before she dies. An ex-prostitute, she’s well aware that the news will cause waves, but what’s a mother to do?
As these women join forces to search for Joey’s father–a Rockland area pastor, no less– Emily learns compassion for a woman who just wants the best for her son and can’t quite imagine that Jesus wants anything to do with her.
Each day, Davia weakens until Emily isn’t confident she’ll find the boy’s father in time–if at all. Doubts form. Should she look? Is it right to risk destroying a family like this–an entire church? The weight of that responsibility crushes her as Davia wastes away before her eyes.
A mother’s love. A boy’s confidence. A family’s faith. A preacher’s failure. Is redemption even possible anymore?
Christmas Embers: a story of love, failure, and redemption.

My Thoughts:

If you are looking for a light hearted story that ends happily ever after, this is NOT the book for you!! However, if you are like me, and love a book that has a complex plot with characters that leave a deep imprint on your soul, then it is definitely the perfect novel!! 

I have enjoyed all of this author's books, but this one touches on a heart wrenching topic that is dealt with in such a realistic manner that you are drawn immediately into the characters' lives. I cried as I pondered the problems that just seemed to be getting worse and worse as the plot progressed. My heart hurt as I felt the horrible feelings  that lies and deceit had caused. As Christians, we are all vulnerable to the sins of the flesh. No one is exempt from giving into temptation when the conditions are right in our path.  We don't always plan it, but fall into Satan's traps. The subject makes one cringe but any one of us can stumble and fall. Hiding the weakness, certainly doesn't help the problems. The characters make all of us think of self examination, causing us to take a look at ourselves, maybe our failings are not as deep as this one, however, we all need to confess at times of doubt .

The overall message comes through loud and clear!! Temptations are right in our paths every single day, however we need to make an effort to stay clear of any situations that we know are not in God's plan. God is ALWAYS ready to forgive but we MUST acknowledge our guilt and yes, take the punishment owing. God doesn't refuse us , but He certainly wants us to live a Godly life. 

It is rare that I have read a novel with this depth in both characters and plot. I may have finished reading the book but the emotions and deep thoughts are living on in my soul. This book is a true five star!! Couldn't be any better!! WOW!!!

This book was received as a gift. The opinions expressed are honest and my own.
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About the Author

media-headshotAuthor of the Amazon bestselling Aggie and Past Forward Series, Chautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert. With dozens of books to her name, Chautona spends most of her time writing, but when she takes the rare break, she can be found reading, sewing, paper crafting, or sleeping and dreaming of finishing the dozens of books swirling in her overly-active imagination at any given moment.

Guest Post from Chautona Havig

Infidelity to the Tune of Adeste Fideles

“I think my husband is having an affair.”

An explanation followed. Look, I tend to be one who assumes the best of others—to a fault even. I read the “evidence” and frankly could see it going either way. It’s hard to tell across thousands of miles. While others on the message board saw red flag after red flag—and frankly, I did, too—I also saw perfectly innocent explanations for things. It’s a curse sometimes—that ability to see both sides of an issue. I cautioned against assumptions no one would want other people to make of themselves. And I prayed she was wrong.

She wasn’t.

It wasn’t the first time I’d come face to face with infidelity. As a child, there was an extended family member. As a newlywed, one of my wedding party—then another. Then another. The excuses, the justifications. Friends and I went to confront a sister in Christ on her affair with her husband’s best friend. We foolishly asked “what happened?” regarding her marriage. Her words: “We drifted apart.”

I wanted to scream the words that battered my brain and heart. “Then row back together!

But over the years, it just grew worse. One by one, wives and husbands tossed aside vows made to a brother or sister in Christ—vows made before the Lord—in favor of what sometimes were serial affairs. Abuse. Horror.

I’ve prayed women I love through court cases, medical visits, and disclosures from children no mother should ever have to hear. I’ve prayed for men I didn’t even like because of the pain their wives inflicted each time she left them alone with the kids. He knew. He always knew.

Adultery is real. It’s ugly. And there’s absolutely a cure for it. Jesus. 100% surrender to Jesus. But as long as we rely on those little loops on the back of our boots instead of the saving, healing, strengthening power of Jesus, we’re just as vulnerable as the next person.

And that’s why I wrote Christmas Embers. I took every heartbreaking story I’d observed over the years and put in each character for a reason. Every scene, every plot point, every twist—I put them exactly how and where they are for a reason.

They’re there as a warning.

This isn’t your lighthearted Christmas novel. Some have suggested I shouldn’t have set it at Christmastime. But you know what? Over half the disclosures I’ve ever heard of happened between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. I couldn’t get the idea of Joey’s story out of my head. And to write his story, it had to be at Christmas.

Let me say it again. While Christmas may not seem like the optimal time for a hard-hitting book like this, I had to do it. Adultery is reaching epidemic proportions in the church. There’s a solution. His name is Jesus.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

A Great Read, a Contemporary Romance With a hint of the Amish Genre ! Make sure that you enter the author's fantastic giveaway!!

About the Book

Name of book: Runaway Romance
Author: Miralee Ferrell
Genre: Contemporary romance with Amish thread
Release Date: October, 2017
When a reality TV star meets the reality of life, will it be her downfall or her salvation?
Ann Stanway had it all—a starring role in a reality show, an adoring boyfriend, and a sparkling future with limitless possibilities. Until the rules changed and the life she’d thought was real no longer existed. Leaving L.A. seems like her only option, and she lands in Kentucky at a quiet Amish inn—as far removed from her past as possible. Now she knows what was missing in her life–peace, true friendship and, dare she hope, a man who accepts her for who she is–or at least who he thinks she is.
Hunter Lewis is intrigued by the new woman staying at his friend’s Amish inn. Annie appears to be what she claims, but she’s secretive and won’t open up. He’s been burned by a woman before and can’t tolerate deception. But his interest in Annie is growing, and the attraction seems to be mutual—until something happens that makes Hunter question everything he’d thought was real. Dare he risk his heart, when he’s certain Annie is keeping secrets?
Can their new romance withstand the pressure, or will Ann choose to run again?
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My Thoughts:

Who doesn't love a sweet romance???  Well, I must admit that when I first read the title and looked at the cover, I thought, "Here we go again! Girl meets boy, falls in love, meets challenges along the way... then live happily ever after! HOWEVER......Miralee Ferrell approaches this novel in a unique fashion grabbing my attention by the end of the first chapter and holding me captive until the last page.

The plot was one that was VERY different from the norm. Who hasn't heard of Reality Shows? In this day and age, we meet them every time we turn on the TV. The reader encounters a Hollywood style existence with the typical problems with the nosy , irritating media, the lifestyle of the rich and somewhat famous, as well as the simple, quiet style of the Amish community. Two extremely different worlds, but Ann, the main character, attempts to deal with both!! NOT willingly though! The many twists and turns throughout the book are unexpected and constantly throw the reader for a loop. The Amish , as well as the movie star type characters both had many lessons to learn, the most important being that honesty truly is the best policy. God guides us through the rough patches of life but only if we accept His forgiveness as well as display the same quality to others. 

The characters are so vividly and realistically described that I easily identified with them and walked along side them on their very rocky road of life. At times, they irritated me, made me want to shake them up and at others, I wanted to give them a big hug and reassure them that through God's love and acceptance, all problems can be solved. To me, that is a requirement for a book to be a good one! Miralee has the ability to draw me into the story and live with the characters for a short while.

This is a five star book! Walk in someone else's shoes for a short while!! I am now eagerly awaiting this author's next new book!

This book was received as a gift. The opinions and thoughts expressed are honest and my own.

About the Author
miraleeI love life, love my family, love writing Christian fiction–reading, riding my horse and puttering in my garden are all ways I relax. I often have my little 7 lb Chihuahua, Lacey, on my lap when I’m working–there’s nothing like a warm ball of love on your lap to act as a stress reliever!
First and foremost I’m a child of God and daughter of the King. I’ve been involved in women’s ministries for years, I’m married to a wonderful man, have two grown children, two cats, two dogs, 10 chickens and ride my son-in-law’s Arabian mare since my old mare passed in 2013. We live about 9 miles from the nearest town on 11 acres, in a peaceful setting surrounded by trees.
I started writing shortly after I turned 50, and discovered I loved it so much I don’t want to stop. I have 15 novels out & a five book set of horse novels for middle-grade girls. I write both women’s contemporary fiction, historical & contemporary romance, and horse/mystery novels for girls. One of my Western romances, Love Finds You in Sundance, WY, was awarded the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction, three books have been optioned as movies, and several books have been on the ECPA best seller list. You can find out more about me andmy books at http://miraleeferrell.com/

Guest Post from Miralee Ferrell

In the spring of 2015, I received an email from a Hollywood producer, followed by a phone call. Imagine my surprise when she asked if I’d be willing to write a book for them. They were no longer producing the Love Finds You books into movies and were working on a different project for UP TV, a possible three-movie series, and she hoped I might be able to work with them. She explained that she’d optioned Love Finds You in Sundance, Wyoming, two or three years earlier, and loved it. Of the thirty-five or so titles she’d read of the line, that was her favorite. However, UP TV didn’t want to make historical or old west movies, so she’d shelved it for now.
During that time period, I’d gotten my rights returned to all of my LFY books and had retitled them Finding Love in Last Chance, CaliforniaFinding Love in Tombstone, Arizona, and Finding Love in Bridal Veil, Oregon. Sundance became Outlaw Angel, and all four are still in print.
Here’s the amazing part. I came very, very close to turning down that contract offer with Summerside for Sundance. I was disappointed in the advance and royalty rate, and shortly after they released it, they sold the line to Guideposts, and that company didn’t continue the line much longer. Understandably, sales waned on their final releases, and I was disappointed with my sales from that final book as my others had done quite well. For a long time, I wished I hadn’t taken that contract and instead held out for one with another company for a three-book series. However, had I done that, I doubt Runaway Romance would ever have been written. It was Sundance that grabbed Chevonne’s attention and caused her to contact me. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Leslie Gould Starts Off A Brand New Series in the Amish Fiction Genre!

"A Plain Leaving"

 By Leslie Gould


"Gould Offers a New Amish Series in Idyllic Lancaster County
At age twenty, Jessica Bachman left her two beloved sisters and her Amish community after clashing with the new bishop about her role in the family and the future of their farm. She tried to convince Silas Kemp, who'd been courting her for two years, to join her, but when he said no, she fled anyway. 

Three years later, she returns home for the first time since leaving Lancaster to attend her father's funeral. Her arrival back revives all sorts of emotions--yearnings and sorrows alike. Jessica knows things will never return to how they were. But in seeing Silas again, she can't help but wonder what might have been.

Struggling to decide where her next step should take her, she learns the story of a Revolutionary War-era ancestor that echoes her own choices. Will Jessica leave her family and community forever, or is there peace and healing and love yet to come?"

My Thoughts:

This first book in "The Sisters of Lancaster County" series starts off with a BANG!!! Each time I pick up a book by this author , I am amazed at the depth of the characters and the uniqueness of the plot. This book grabbed me from the first page and I found it very difficult to put down! 

The characters are so realistic and well described that you are drawn into their lives in such a way that you feel every struggle and challenge , as well as their joys and successes. I easily identified with Jessica and she became my best friend. I walked with her along her rocky path of life. What a roller coaster ride we had!!  Leslie has the unique talent of creating Amish individuals who have flaws just as you and I have. They may be the Plain People but they are not exempt from the problems of everyday life. Their way of dealing with them are what makes them different. 

The plot is one that is complicated and actually has two stories woven into one. As I usually am not fond of books written in the first person, I was slightly shocked to find that I found this tale an easy one to read. Unexpected twists and turns shock the reader at every turn of the page. Trials and turmoil stressed the importance of loyalty, forgiveness and love that is indeed unconditional. That old annoying feeling of jealousy rises its ugly head from time to time. An underlying theme of hope and courage in tough times shines through as the story progresses. 

If you wish to read a book that has a totally different look at the life of the Amish , then this is for you!! Far from your typical Amish Genre book!! 

Definitely a five star book! Can hardly wait for book two in this series! Congratulations, Leslie , on a magnificent creation!!!

This book was received as a gift. The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.

A New Author ! Marla Meyers writes a scary, rather twisted story!

            By Marla Meyers


"This story is scary sauce with a side order of quirky. Pure Entertainment." ~ Lighthouse Reviews Stella has an injured hip, but she's hardly ready for a retirement home. At seventy-two, she's enjoying life on her own for the first time. But when Stella's daughter--Jennifer--begins to question Stella's mental state, Stella must hide the happenings in her own house, or face being sent to a home for the elderly. Jennifer sees Stella's mind slipping away. There's no other explanation for her mother's behavior, claiming to hear mysterious voices, carelessly destroying household items, and believing that someone has threatened to cut off her fingers. Can Stella cohabitate with the original ghostly owner of the house and keep her home? Or is her daughter correct, that Stella is losing her mind? As a lonely widow finds comfort in a new friend, danger is brewing. And not just for Stella. Her granddaughter becomes entangled in the web of deception, putting all of Stella's family in harm's way.

My Thoughts:

The title of this short story was perfect for this somewhat classic ghost tale!! However, it soon becomes not such an ordinary story. It becomes really twisted... in the plot as well as the characters!!

The likeable, well described characters had me engrossed in this scary tale. I felt the sudden chills as unexpected events occur!! Unusual,weird!!  A ghost story  doesn't usually appeal to me , but I must admit , this one had me hooked! The characters started out as quite realistic, however, became a bit strange, just like the title of this creation. Romance with a ghost??? Different but interesting!

Readers will have to watch for this author! A good clean read that is VERY different from the norm.

This book was a gift. The opinions and thoughts expressed are honest and my own. 

Read a Great Cosy Mystery by Popular Author, Nancy Mehl!

"There Goes Santa Claus"
       By Nancy Mehl


Ivy towers-tucker is looking forward to her first Christmas as a married woman. But a few days before December 25, Ivy and her husband Amos are awakened by noises on their rooftop. Amos's joke that Santa Claus must have arrived early loses its humor when a body goes flying past their second-story window. A look outside reveals two legs covered in red velvet trousers and black boots sticking out of a snow bank! Ivy and Amos are even more surprised to find they belong to a dead man dressed as Santa Claus. The story circulates quickly through the small town of Winter Break that Ivy and Amos have killed Santa. Who is the dead man and why was he on their roof? Ivy has a Christmas mystery to solve that will bring a satisfying conclusion to the Ivy Towers Mystery series.

My Thoughts: 

I am sorry to say that this is the first of Nancy Mehl's Towers Mystery series and it happens to be the first that I have read!!! It was so enjoyable!! How could I have not found these books before now?? No blood or gore, just a story of intrigue and mystery!! Now, I must go and order the others!!  Nancy has ended her series on a high note. What a great story, uplifting, well, other than Santa's murder,  perfect for Christmas time reading, with a mug of hot chocolate on hand. 

Nancy has a unique style of involving the reader with the characters. They are described vividly, so realistically, that these fictional people become part of your life. I felt every challenge, great and small that they encountered. The town in which they live is one that I would love to visit, a place where everyone pulls together in a time of confusion and heartache to ease the load of worry on their neighbors, as well as celebrate with them when the mystery is solved. 

The plot and subplot are interwoven in such a way that the reader is kept guessing from the first page to the last. Although clues were revealed along the way, I must admit that it took me a while to catch them. This author certainly knows how to write a story of intrigue, keeping one guessing until the final page. The twists and turns in the plot just kept jumping out at me ! 

Now, I must order her other books in this series!! For those of you who enjoy a cosy mystery that is extremely well written, without unnecessary blood and gore of many published mysteries, this is a perfect read!  he humor used to lighten situations had me giggle at times , as well as worrying about the main characters!!

A Five Star Read!!!!

This book was a gift. The opinions and thoughts expressed are honest and my own.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Another Giveaway to Enter!! Another Fantastic Book by Laura Hilton to Read!!

"The Christmas Admirer"
    By Laura V. Hilton

Genre: Amish Romance
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Amish romance fans will love this heartwarming holiday story, perfect for gift-giving.
Benaiah Troyer has loved Susanna King for as long as he can remember, but when his parents died in an accident a year ago, he broke up with her—for her own good. After all, he was now the sole caregiver for his three younger sisters. What woman would want to put up with that? Still, against his better judgment, he can’t help leaving her a gift now and then, anonymously addressing her name in big block print, just to catch a smile. Roses one month, maple syrup candy another; and maybe this time, something special for Christmas.
Susanna has never gotten over losing Benaiah, but now the clock is ticking. Her father is selling his glass-blowing business, remarrying in January, and moving to Iowa with his bossy wife-to-be. Angry and frustrated, Susanna realizes she’s left with three options: one, go with Daed to his new home with a new mom; two, stay in Jamesport, Missouri, as an old maid; or, three, the best yet, flush out her mysterious secret admirer. But how could she be with anyone else when her heart is still with Benaiah?

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My Thoughts: 
In one of my favorite genres, Amish fiction, Laura Hilton has made the cut!! I know now, that when I see her name on a book, I must put it on my "To Read" list!!  Her ability to use scripture wisely and meaningfully , interweaving it within the plot is unique and one that not many can do successfully.

As the tale begins, the reader is at once caught up in the guessing game, who could be Susanna's secret admirer?? This young lady is described as such a sweet young lady . Someone is leaving her gifts that have such personal meaning. Who could it be, Susanna wonders? All of the characters are described in such a realistic, detailed fashion that you become totally caught up in their lives and walk the rocky road of life alongside each of them. Each has their own problems and challenges that are holding them back from true happiness. The underlying theme of trusting the Lord in all times, the good and the bad, shine through. Benaiah is such a charming, kind, young man who always seems to have the best of others at the top of his list, even when it hurts him to do so. 
The feelings were so intense that I became one with these charming, loving people. Their lives just became part of me. 

The plot moved steadily, at a good pace , with the perfect number of twists and turns to keep one totally engrossed in the storyline. I must admit that I did NOT want to put this book down to deal with reality, but alas, had to force myself to cook meals. There would have been a few complaints, had I not done so! Lol!!

This was a delightful read for the Christmas season! I will definitely be eagerly awaiting Laura's next new creation!!

This book was received as a gift. The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own. I was not required to give a positive review. 
About the Author:

Amish fiction lovers responded positively and immediately to Laura V. Hilton’s debut novel, Patchwork Dreams, when she burst on the scene in 2009 with her unique series, The Amish of Seymour, set in the tiny town of Seymour, in Webster County, Missouri. Fans of the genre immediately recognized Hilton’s insider knowledge, not only of the Webster County community, but Amish culture in general. Her natural speech and writing patterns, she says, are uniquely “Amish,” acquired from her Amish maternal grandparents. The Amish of Seymour, includes Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts, and Promised to Another. Her second series, The Amish of Webster County, is comprised of Healing Love, Surrendered Love, and Awakened Love. A stand-alone title, A White Christmas in Webster County, was released in September 2014. The Amish of Jamesport includes The Snow Globe, The Postcard and The Birdhouse. In spring 2016 she released The Amish Firefighter with the setting in Jamesport, MO, the same as for The Amish Wanderer.
Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer. Laura and her husband, Steve, have five children, whom Laura homeschools. The family makes their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas.

Guest Post from Laura V. Hilton

Glass Blowing and The Christmas Admirer
hqdefaultRight before my youngest son joined the Coast Guard we went on a short mini-vacation to Springfield, Missouri, actually going farther north almost to Kansas City to see another Amish community near there in Osceola. There is a cheese factory there and my son wanted to try some of their cheeses – such as a ghost pepper cheese. Too spicy for me.

But upon the return to Springfield, Steve read about a glass blowers shop in the downtown area. We found the address and went to visit it. It is owned by an older gentleman and his son. They had a display area set up where people could see their wares and buy them and then a work area where the son mostly worked, and talked about how the fire needed to be so hot, and showed us how he worked and made things. As we watched, he made a lovely flower, a lily, in different colors of glass, green, white, pinks.

It was fascinating.

And I got to thinking what if…

glass-blowing-1So I did some more research. Asked questions. Probably drove them nuts. But when Whitaker House indicated they’d be interested in a Christmas novel, I proposed one about a glass blower.

The story is set in Jamesport, Missouri, and while completely stand alone, it does have some continuing characters from other books I’ve written set in Jamesport. If you are interested, the books set there are:

Amish Books set in Jamesport, Missouri:
The Snow Globe
The Postcard
The Birdhouse
The Amish Firefighter
The Amish Wanderer
The Kissing Bridge (part of Springs of Love collection)
The Christmas Admirer
Gingerbread Wishes (part of A Plain Thanksgiving collection–November 2018)
Love by the Numbers (February 2018)

glassblowing-experience04I haven’t read any books about an Amish glass blower, but that’s not to say they aren’t out there. I haven’t read all the Amish books available. Jamesport is an area that is more tourist-oriented than the books set in Seymour / Webster County Missouri. They give buggy tours, have bed and breakfasts, open their homes for visitors to eat supper with them, and have businesses.

All Amish districts are different and the rules vary depending on the bishop and preachers. Some are more liberal and some more conservative. Some keep themselves distant and don’t welcome attention from non-Amish and some embrace it. While Jamesport is not as touristy as some districts in Lancaster Pennsylvania or in Ohio, it is much more so than others.


  • 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (thawed), chopped
  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 medium apple, chopped
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  1. In a large bowl, mix the first six ingredients until blended. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Just before serving, fold cream and walnuts into cranberry mixture.Makes 16 servings.


For on top of turkey sandwiches as Becca requested
  • 4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (thawed), chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water or orange juice

In colander, rinse cranberries. In sauce pan, add water or orange juice and sugar, boil until sugar is dissolved. Add cranberries and return to a boil. Lower to simmer and cook about 10 minutes or until most of the cranberries had burst. Let cool.


  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1 T ground ginger
  • 1 t ground nutmeg
  • 1 t ground cloves
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup shortening, melted slightly
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ c water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla
Shift together flour, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. Set aside.
In mixing bowl, mix shortening, molasses, brown sugar, water, egg and vanilla until smooth. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients until they are absorbed. Divide dough into three pieces, pat down until about 1 ½ inch thickness, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for three hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. On lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to ¼ inch thickness. Cut in desired shapes. Place cookies about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 – 12 minutes in preheated oven. Cool on wire racks. When cool, decorate as desired.

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In honor of her tour, Laura is giving away
Grand Prize Package: The Christmas Admirer, “Unto Us a Child is Born” painting on decorative serving plate by Donna White, The Hearthside Collection, Inc., and commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book (not in photo).
1st Place Package: The Christmas Admirer and The Very First Christmas by Juliet David with interactive illustrations by Pauline Siewert (children’s book).
2nd Place Package: The Christmas Admirer and “The Woman Who Honors The Lord Shall Be Praised” myrrh-scented candle from abba Jerusalem!
Click the link to enter! https://promosimple.com/ps/c16f