It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom

November 13, 2017 Christian, contemporary, giveaway, It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads), romance 52

I know Christmas is still a little over a month away, BUT now ’tis the season when I start craving cozy Christmas reads. There’s something about the magic of my favorite holiday that can make even the creepiest suspense novel feel warm and cozy haha!

In doing my own research on what Christmas reads are available, I couldn’t help but pass along my finds to you, my dear readers ♥ Beginning now and continuing through the end of the year, I’m going to spotlight several new Christmasy releases as well as books from recent Christmas past. So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!!

Special thanks to Amanda Dykes for the gorgeous graphic and to each author who has graciously offered a giveaway for their spotlight post!

about the book

Tragedy brings heartache to the community of Apple Blossom. A car takes the life of 6-year-old Mary Noel Simmons’s best friend—her dog—and nearly destroys Mary Noel’s spirit as well. Now she lies in the hospital, traumatized and silent, while the medical bills are piling up with no way for her parents to pay them.

That is, until Mary Noel’s teacher, Amber Kellen, breaks out of her quiet, lonely life to help.

With the help of her new friend Paul, Amber sets out to solve the family’s financial problems by involving the entire community. And as the two friends work together, they discover that creating a Christmas miracle may also have some unexpected benefits. Filled with romance and kindness, this story of hope and faith will warm your heart.

A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom is the winner of Cedar Fort Inc.’s 2013 Holiday Tale Contest.

“The debut novella from author June McCrary Jacobs will break your heart for little Mary Noel and the tragedy she has to deal with. Then your heart will rejoice as the town comes together to help her and her family in their time of need. A sweet story for your Christmas collection.”
—Cindy C Bennett, author of Geek Girl and Rapunzel Untangled

“The romance, faith in the midst of tragedy and miracles brought on by the support of an entire town and surrounding area brings the true meaning of this wonderful season to life in a very special way. . . . This story is one to read over and over regardless of the season.”
—Susan, ‘Mom Loves 2 Read Blog

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about the author

Award-winning author, June McCrary Jacobs, won Cedar Fort Publishing’s 2013 Holiday Tale Contest for her debut novella, ‘A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom’. ‘Robin’s Reward’, released in April, 2015, was her first full-length novel. This inspirational contemporary romance is the first installment of the ‘Bonita Creek Trilogy’. The series is set in June’s favorite location in California—the Mendocino coastal region.

June’s original sewing, quilting, and stitchery designs have been published in over one hundred books, magazines, and sewing industry blogs in the past few years. She wrote a recurring column for a sewing magazine published in Great Britain and contributed several other articles to sewing and craft magazines published in the United States.

When she’s not writing, reading, or sewing, June enjoys cooking, walking, photography, and visiting art and history museums, parks, and botanical gardens. She also enjoys touring historic homes {especially when they’re decorated for Christmas!} and strolling around the many historic Gold Rush towns in the Sierra Nevada foothills. In the summertime you can find June at a variety of county fairs and the California State Fair admiring the sewing projects, quilts, and handiwork other inspired seamstresses, quilters, craftspeople, and artists have created.

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June McCrary Jacobs is offering a copy of A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom to one of my readers! (Hardcover if US winner, ebook if international winner. Void where prohibited by law.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? Have you witnessed a holiday miracle?

Carrie

52 Responses to “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom”

  1. Nancy Stevens

    Im like you and LOVE reading Christmas books this time of year. This book sounds like a good one!

  2. Becky Tarver

    I can’t remember if I have seen a Christmas miracle. However, I need a big miracle this Christmas. I need my anorexia to just miraculously go away so I can enjoy Christmas and my birthday, and so I can restore my relationship with my family.

  3. Julie Waldron

    Our youngest daughter was born on New Year’s Eve(1995). So I guess you could call that a holiday miracle. 🙂

  4. Kay Garrett

    Miracles come in all sorts and sizes. I think I see several Christmas miracles every year. When you can see a despondent individual get a smile in their eye and see them happy I think that is one of God’s sweet miracles. Then to be a vehicle of sorts to make that happen and to witness is the wonder of miracles.

    I try to do little things all year but I realize that Christmas time can be a very lonely and sad time for some so I try to step up my mission of good cheer. I love to bake so when I do I just made an extra batch of whatever I’m baking. Then I make up little gift baskets and take them when I visit the elderly, those unable to do for themselves or folks going through a rough time in their lives. When I deliver the baskets, I do it when I have plenty of time to visit because for some my visit is the only person they have seen or talked to in some time. After all, isn’t time really the best gift we can give someone – part of ourselves!

    You might think that is the miracle and in some way it is, but to me the miracle is the feeling of joy and happiness that I get back in return. I’ve already started my baking for this holiday season and just the thought of it makes me smile.

  5. Connie Saunders

    I don’t often see a Christmas Miracle worthy of mention on the news or even a Hallmark movie script but my miracles occur in little ways. Watching the youth in our church offer their annual Christmas program and realizing that they DO understand the true meaning of Christmas. Seeing the good will that is more readily available during the weeks before Christmas. Enjoying a small child look at toys and asking “Can Santa bring me this”? Praying that there will be food and gifts for that child. No, none of these are really miracles but they are moments of joy in MY Christmas season and I accept them eagerly!

  6. Cathe Swanson

    I have a precious memory of our Christmas Eve miracle. It was over thirty years ago, when my husband was in the Air Force and we were stationed in Germany. We had no money for Christmas and no gifts for each other or our six-year-old son. It was Christmas, and we were a bit homesick and missing our families. We’d checked in at the air base post office every day for mail or packages from the States, but there hadn’t been any.
    On Christmas Eve evening, however, an airman who worked at the post office drove out to our house (and others) to deliver packages from a last-minute mail delivery. It was such a blessing – not just to receive the gifts from our family back home, but also that this young man had taken his Christmas Eve to drive around delivering packages long after the post office was closed and we had given up hope of receiving them.

    It’s strange to think it was just 30 years ago, and the world is so different now. Letters took a week to deliver, packages much longer, and phone calls cost 25 cents per minute (and the quality of the connection was not reliable). No internet or cell phones. 🙂

    God is good. I hope that airman was greatly blessed for his generosity.

    • Carrie

      Oh Cathe! I have chills reading this comment – what a blessing from God that young man was!

  7. Katherine Good

    I’m not sure that I’ve specifically witnessed a holiday miracle, but I think the season itself is a miracle and that so far I’ve been around each year to celebrate it.

  8. Susan Snodgrass

    I have never experienced a Christmas miracle, but I have a memory that is special. When I was five, my Uncle Jim, who was career military, sent me a big ole baby doll that I named Melissa Kay. And it showed on Christmas Eve!!

  9. Lori Smanski

    I was born Dec. 22 so I guess you could say I was a Christmas miracle. Our daughter was born Nov. 24th and our son was born Jan. 8th. My husband was born Feb. 11.

  10. Rebecca Maney

    I am not sure about the “miracle” aspect, but our church sponsors a Christmas store for 30plus families each year and the gratitude they express is such a blessing to receive.

  11. Michelle Lunsford

    I love cozy Christmas reads too. Looking forward to all the suggestions you’ll have to share in upcoming blog posts!

  12. Merry

    Our first son was born two days before Christmas with the cord wrapped around his neck twice. He is a miracle!

  13. Winnie Thomas

    I can’t think of any Christmas miracles right off, although some years I felt it a miracle that I survived the Christmas season. Things have calmed down in the past few years, and I’ve learned to limit myself to what I can realistically and comfortably do and let the rest go. I can concentrate more on the spiritual side of Christmas, which is what it’s all about anyway.

  14. Rebecca

    Being able to give to those in need is my Christmas miracle each year! We are so blessed and we love to share our blessings with others!

  15. Evangeline

    I don’t recall a particular Christmas miraclein my life. But the birth of the One whom we celebrate on Christmas was the greatest Christmas miracle ever! This is a new-to-me author, and I would be delighted to win a copy of her book. The cover is beautiful and the story sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance. Blessings on you!

  16. Martha T.

    I can’t say that I have seen or experienced a Christmas miracle,but it’s always a great time of the year!

  17. Jocelyn

    One year, when my hubby had been out of work, he borrowed a truck from his brother in law. After using it for a few months, he decided he needed to return it. I followed him as he returned it, and then we drove home. He took my car and left, as he was looking for work. That afternoon, someone rang my doorbell, but I was hesitant to answer. I did not recognize the man, and did not want to open the door. My children had seen the man climb into a car and drive away. When I checked the front door, there was an envelope stuck in the Christmas wreath. It contained a key, and a title for the used truck that was now sitting in our driveway. I called my hubby and asked him what I should do. As I read him the note, it said –
    From some folks who love you. Merry Christmas. My hubby paused and said, well drive it into the yard. The amazing thing was that my children had been praying for a truck for my their daddy. We never did find out who gave us that Christmas miracle.

  18. June McCrary Jacobs

    Hi, Carrie ~ Thank you for hosting my book on your awesome blog! I’ve enjoyed reading your readers’ comments about miracles and the compliments about my book. I appreciate their interest in the story. Best wishes, June

  19. Deana Dick

    I have not witnessed a Christmas miracle before. I love reading Christmas books year round.

  20. Perrianne Askew

    I cann only think of 1 Christmas miracle, Jesus Christ our Lord. I do love Christmas books. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

  21. Dianne Casey

    I don’t recall ever seeing a Christmas miracle. I like reading Christmas books this time of year, thanks for the chance.

  22. Kelly Blackwell

    I have not seen a Christmas miracle, but I have received Christmas blessings. I was a single mom for 12 years and for the first 8, I really struggled financially. The Salvation Army quite often provided my son with his only new toy for Christmas.

    I’ve always been a big fan of Christmas stories. They are always so full of hope, and they truly transport the heart. Thanks for the chance

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