Happy December, y’all!! ‘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!
Christmas with Hot Apple Cider: Stories from the Season of Giving and Receiving is an eclectic collection of true stories, short fiction, and poetry. With 55 featured authors and poets, the anthology provides a diverse and multidimensional look at the traditions, teachings, and values surrounding the birth of Jesus.
You’ll delight in stories about:
–An immigrant family puzzling over unfamiliar North American customs
–Grandparents passing down a family tradition to a young grandchild
–An elderly man reminiscing about the year he knew there’d be no presents
–A Jewish woman sharing her childhood longing for the joy of Christmas
–An Old Order Mennonite girl experiencing Handel’s Messiah
–A writer struggling to create a meaningful presentation about the innkeeper
–A teacher witnessing the joy of a simple gift at a Nigerian orphanage
As you discover a fresh appreciation for the holiday season, you might even be inspired to share your own stories.
N. J. Lindquist is the creator and publisher of the best-selling Hot Apple Cider books, and the author of the award-winning The Circle of Friends YA series and the standalone novel, In Time of Trouble. In past lives, she has been a high school Teacher of the Year, a homeschooler, part of several church planting teams, a youth leader, a CE Director, a church planter, a small group leader, and founder and executive director of a national writers group.
She’s been speaking to groups of all sizes since she was in her early twenties. A few of her favourite themes are hope, creativity, leadership, and making disciples. N.J has also been teaching writers since 1992.
Mostly, she loves seeing people grow, do what they love, and live joy-filled, meaningful lives. Whether she’s writing or speaking, the stories she tells have heart, soul, and satisfying endings.
She lives in the Greater Toronto (Canada) area.
One of the authors featured in this collection is none other than our friend, Melony Teague!
Melony Teague is a freelance writer who believes everyone has a story to tell and each story is unique and sometimes wilder than fiction. She loves to uncover the good news in society and writes human interest and community pieces. As co-author of As the Ink Flows, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words. In her spare time she reviews books and interviews authors. These reviews can be found on her website. Melony Teague was born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada. She now lives in Toronto with her husband and their two children.
Melony Teague and myself are offering a copy of Christmas with Hot Apple Cider to one of my readers! (US/CAN only) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? Do you prefer to drink hot or cold apple cider?