It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Better Than First

Posted December 16, 2018 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, Christmas, contemporary, giveaway, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) 2018, Kari Trumbo, romance / 26 Comments


9 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!! Single digits! I can’t even.

‘Tis the season when I start craving cozy Christmas reads. (Okay – I crave them all year round but now’s when I can get away with talking about them LOL) I had so much fun with this series last year, so I decided to make it an annual thing 🙂 Continuing through the end of the year, I’m going to spotlight several new/recent Christmasy releases. 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??!! (Because authors are awesome!)

Today’s book is a sweet, contemporary friends-to-more Christmas romance with a bonus guest post from Kari Trumbo!

When Isla Florez’s coach and best friend challenges her to make a twelve item bucket list, she’s worried her dreams of gold will slip away.

The more time she spends with Duncan, the more value she sees in everyday life…and love.

Duncan Schmitz went from homelessness to his dream job as a youth pastor, but it isn’t enough.

He’s loved Isla from afar for ten years. At Christmas, he takes it upon himself to remind her what life is like off the track. And maybe also remind her he’s not just her coach, but the friend who’s always been there for her.

Get this sweet, heart-warming, friends to more romance that reads like a Hallmark Christmas movie by bestselling author Kari Trumbo

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Kari Trumbo is an International bestselling author of historical and contemporary Christian romance. She began her writing journey five years ago and has indie published over thirty titles. Prior to writing, she was a freelance developmental editor and beta reader.

Kari is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the American Christian Fiction Writers Association as well as her local chapter, MN N.I.C.E. She makes her home in central MN—where the trees and lakes are plentiful—with her husband of over twenty years, two daughters, two sons, a cat, a bunny, and one hungry woodstove.

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Thank you, Carrie for having me!

I love Christmas stories, which is probably why I’ve written so many of them. My favorite, though, is the one I wrote this year, Better Than First. There are a few questions readers have asked about this book, and I’ve decided I would answer those here.

Some people are a little confused by the name, how can something be better than first? Well, you’d have to read the story to get the whole answer to that, but sometimes our actions are worth more than a medal. They make us better than the best in the eyes of others. That is the short answer to that question.

The second question I get is, obviously, the setting is significant or it wouldn’t play such a huge role in book. The answer to that is, yes. Minnesota means a lot to me because it is my home state. I wanted to take people on a little tour of Minnesota for those who have never been here. We have so much more than snow, but since most people know MN for the snow, a Christmas story was perfect.

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Most of the fun settings in the book, are places I love. Bucca is a real restaurant, it is family-style, and the atmosphere and food are amazing. Buck Hill really is a place you can go tubing and (pro tip) you really can go there an hour before it closes for reduced rates. At least you can of this posting. The cave that’s mentioned at Minnihaha, really exists and is amazing with blue ice if you go behind the falls during the day. Minnesota really does have a lot to offer…but I don’t write travel guides. I write romance, so my love of MN had to be wrapped up in a sweet romance.

Another question I get is, will this be part of a series? The answer to that is a solid…maybe.

Originally, this series was called Olympic Hopefuls. However, after some research, I realized I could not use the name Olympic/Olympics in the title of the book, so the series was scrapped at that time. However, many people are asking about Jordan, and his story, that I may consider a series titled “Dream Big” or something like that, so that he can get his story.

I have a signed print copy of my book for one lucky US commenter (I will do an ebook to an International winner). Minnesota is one of my favorite places, especially in the winter. What is a place you love?


Kari Trumbo is giving away a signed, print copy of Better Than First to one of my readers! (US only for print, international winner will receive ebook) 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? What is a place you love?

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26 responses to “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Better Than First

  1. Linda Manns Linneman

    I love visiting the mountains in Tennessee. It is so peaceful to sit by a stream there or walk the trails. So relaxing.

  2. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for all the information on “Better Than First”. Sounds wonderful and would love the opportunity to read it.

    Love where we now live – Mountain View, AR. It was a place we always love coming to and were fortunate enough to move to last year. Not only is it the Folk Music Capital of the World, but it’s a fabulous place to live. It’s a small town of less than 3,000 people, but there’s always something to do So you get both the small town feel of friendliness but also the excitement of a the music every where from concerts at the Folk Center from April to November, to events on the courthouse square, to the pickin’ park all year long. Come visit and you will love it too. Be careful or it will get in your blood and you will be moving here too! 🙂

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of “Better Than First” by Kari Trumbo.

    May you have the merriest of Christmas’ and the happiest of New Year!

  3. Rachael de Klerk

    I absolutely loved visiting Norwich, a small town in England. It’s a must for any history lover (like me?) who finds themself touring the English countryside.

  4. Jocelyn

    I love to be home. We moved a lot when I was a child, so having a roots bound home now is the best place for me to be.

  5. Melissa Andres

    I really love the ocean! I’m happiest when I can be looking out at the water. And is it just me or does it look like someone’s actually behind the icy falls??

  6. Amelia

    Catskill Mountains. My grandparents lived there for part of the year and we would go visit them. Those are some of my favorite memories! Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Arletta

    We have gone to so many places on vacation and they all hold dear memories. DC for its lovely museums and history. NYC for all the entertainment and sights. Or course, home is always best!

  8. Home is my favorite, especially during Christmas, and a corner with a good book to read! Thanks for the opportunity to enter a great giveaway! Would love to win a print copy! God bless you and Merry Christmas!

  9. Vivian Furbay

    I love living in Colorado as it is a beautiful state. Living in Colorado Springs is a real blessing.

  10. Winnie Thomas

    I love where I live now, which is northern Utah. It’s home! I also love Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks. Switzerland and Scotland are favorites for places abroad.

  11. Connie Porter Saunders

    I love Cumberland Falls in my home state of Kentucky. Home of the Moonbow and a beautiful place to visit!

  12. Bernice Kennedy

    I love going to a lake house in winter because it is so quiet and relaxing. I do not have to clock watch and have freedom to do things I dont normally get to do.

  13. Jennifer Hibdon

    I love Michigan for a lot of the reasons you love Minnesota. I now like in my husband’s beloved West Texas…such a contrast!

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