It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Making Spirits Bright

November 24, 2017 April Hayman, Cathe Swanson, Chautona Havig, Christian, Christmas, contemporary, giveaway, It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads), romance, Toni Shiloh 31

I know Christmas is 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 ♥ 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

The Christmas Lights Collection returns with four new, never-before-released novellas in Making Spirits Bright! From romance to cozy mystery, this collection features contemporary novellas sure to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Merri’s Christmas Mission by Chautona Havig

Merri Zeiger is on a mission–create a fabulous Christmas for her three children on a dime. Well, that is if she can spare one. After six months of unemployment, her benefits have run out and so has her Christmas fund.

But when she meets her rival in a giveaway for a pool table, things start to look a bit brighter.

“Barney” Barnett isn’t supposed to have to do fundraising for The Mission, but until they replace the last guy, he’s stuck on a daily trek to enter a giveaway for a pool table. Meeting Merri and hearing her story gives him a solution to both of their problems. Merri’s Christmas Mission–one woman’s quest to conquer Christmas.

Lead a Merry Dance by April Hayman

FBI Agent Trip Devereaux’ s time has run out: take his new wife, Libby, on a honeymoon (finally) or find out what it’s like to live in the dog house. His solution? A Christmas Carribean cruise! But when a jewelry thief strikes and Libby is – literally – left holding the bag, Trip’s vacation is put on hold so he can prove his wife’s innocence. Can he find the real thief in time? Or will their first shore excursion be a one-way trip to jail for Libby?

A Sidelined Christmas by Toni Shiloh

Sidelined with a career-ending injury, wide receiver Jahleel Walker is forced to return to his hometown of Peachwood Bay, Georgia to heal. Nothing shocks him more than running into his high-school sweetheart, Lucille “Bebe” Gordon.

Bebe Gordon returned to Peachwood Bay three years ago with a divorce certificate and her daughter, Hope. When Jahleel returns, all the memories of the past come rushing back. She can’t decide if he’s changed or if her heart is holding onto past hurts.

Will Jahleel and Bebe take a chance on love or let life sideline them at Christmas?

Hope for the Holidays by Cathe Swanson

Newly arrived from her home in the Congo and armed with a brand-new degree in nonprofit management, Carrie Strough is eager to organize and improve the Unity Plenkiss Community Center. Unfortunately, no one wants to be organized, and only Micah Neresen, the charming and handsome pastor of the local church, is interested in her plans. Or is he just interested in Carrie?

With a cast of lively and eccentric characters including a homeless vet with PTSD, a con man, an elderly couple with an over-the-top Christmas display, a feisty committeewoman with a past of her own, and a police investigation, Micah and Carrie wonder if there is any hope for the holidays this year!

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about the author

Author 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

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April Hayman lives in the high desert of California with her husband and their three sons. During the day, she focuses on homeschooling the boys and working on client projects. She writes at night when the temperature outside is only somewhat cooler than during the day.  April collects fountain pens, has too many pen pals (and always looking for more), journals sporadically, creates art when she can squeeze it in, and hordes stationery.

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Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the president of the ACFW Virginia Chapter.

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Cathe Swanson lives in Wisconsin with her husband of 32 years. They enjoy spending time with their family and being outdoors, kayaking, hiking, birdwatching and fishing, but summer is short in Wisconsin, so it’s important to have indoor hobbies, too. Cathe has been a quilter and teacher of quiltmaking for over 25 years, and she enjoys just about any kind of creative work, especially those involving fiber or paper. She enjoys writing stories with eccentric characters of all ages. Her books will make you laugh and make you cry – and then make you laugh again.

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The authors are offering a digital copy of Making Spirits Bright to one of my readers! (Open Internationally, except 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? What gets you in the Christmas spirit?

Carrie

31 Responses to “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Making Spirits Bright”

  1. Cathe Swanson

    I am very visual. I don’t really get in the Christmas spirit until I have packed away all of the autumn decor and pulled out the Christmas stuff. 🙂

  2. Laura Hile

    Buying gifts, decorating, listening to beautiful Christmas music … how I love these. But the most fun Christmas tradition is new. Our church goes caroling in the neighborhood — hundreds of people, bundled up against the cold, with guitars and tambourines, and even drums. It’s like being mobbed by joy!

  3. Katie Donovan

    Definitely music. We start singing carols at one of the clubs here at the beginning of December, and that’s when I know Christmas is here 🙂

  4. Faith Creech

    Putting up our tree and decorating our house. Also listening to Christmas music.

  5. Amelia

    Christmas music, giving gifts, decorating, baking and Hallmark Christmas movies!

  6. Ja'net S

    It doesn’t take much to get me into the Christmas spirit as soon as my Christmas tree goes up (day after Thanksgiving) I’m in full blown Christmas mode.

  7. Jan Hall

    Singing Christmas songs and being around children gets me in the Christmas spirit.

  8. Donna B

    Listening to Christmas music and baking gets me in the Christmas spirit as well as reading great Christmas stories.

  9. Jocelyn

    Right after Thanksgiving, my daughter and I dig out the decorations and start preparing the house for Christmas. We put on the Christmas CD’s and egg nog. That’s what gets me in the Christmas spirit.

  10. Janice Moore

    It does not take too much to get me into the Christmas spirit! Just the thoughts of the nativity, Christmas music, decorations, etc. will do it!

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