It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: All Is Bright (+ guest post)

Posted November 19, 2019 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Cathe Swanson, Christian, Christmas, contemporary, giveaway, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) 2019, romance / 29 Comments


today’s book: all is bright by cathe swanson

Christmas is still 36 days away according to Google (I don’t do my own math, folks), BUT now ’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) This year I’m continuing my annual blog series spotlighting new and recently-released Christmas reads, and I’m super excited! Christmas books make me happy!

So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your own bookish Christmas list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)

Today’s featured book is a lighthearted novella collection from 4 inspirational contemporary romance authors! And one of those authors gives us some tips for surviving holiday interactions!

ALL IS BRIGHT
SERIES:
Christmas Lights Collection #4

GENRE: Inspirational Christmas Fiction
PUBLISHER: Havilah Press Publicatons
RELEASE DATE: October 22, 2019
PAGES: 499

Four of your favorite contemporary romance authors join festive forces to bring you the fourth-annual Christmas Lights Collection.

Kari Trumbo- Merry and Dashing: Merry hates Christmas corporate greed. Jacob loves finding the perfect gift for everyone. When Scrooge and Santa volunteer at a local thrift store together, will the mix be Holly Jolly?

Toni Shiloh- I’ll be Home: What could be worse than being laid off right before the holidays? For Starr Lewis that would include returning home jobless, single, and, oh yeah, just in time to attend her sister’s wedding on Christmas Eve… to Starr’s ex-boyfriend. In the midst of it all, her brother’s best friend soon has her wondering if she can take another chance on love.

Cathe Swanson- Season of Change: Charlea’s ready to sell Serenity Hill, but Drew is back in town, 15 years after their dream date ended in disaster, helping her mother and daughter turn the old commune into a commercial Christmas wonderland. Between poinsettias and sleigh rides, angst and romance collide in this Christmas second-chance romance!

Chautona Havig- The 12 Dates of Christmas: When Reagan runs into Alex, her high school nemesis, he is stunned to discover that’s how she saw him. It’ll take twelve dates and a lot of forgiveness on both sides to even hope for a Christmassy-ever-after.

Brighten your day with these four lighthearted novellas today!

 

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The best part of Christmas is spending time with the people we love.

The most challenging part of Christmas is spending time with the people we love.

All is Bright, the 2019 Christmas Lights collection, features four Christmas stories with this theme:

Kari Trumbo – Merry and Dashing: Merry hates Christmas corporate greed. Jacob loves finding the perfect gift for everyone. When Scrooge and Santa volunteer at a local thrift store together, will the mix be Holly Jolly?

Toni Shiloh– I’ll Be Home: What could be worse than being laid off right before the holidays? For Starr Lewis that would include returning home jobless, single, and, oh yeah, just in time to attend her sister’s wedding on Christmas Eve… to Starr’s ex-boyfriend. In the midst of it all, her brother’s best friend soon has her wondering if she can take another chance on love.

Cathe Swanson- Season of Change:  Charlea wants her mother to retire and sell Serenity Hill, but Drew Wallace is back in town, 15 years after their dream date ended in disaster, helping Charlea’s mother and daughter transform the old hippie commune into a commercial Christmas wonderland. Among the poinsettias and sleigh rides, can Charlea find a renewed Christmas spirit and a second chance romance?

Chautona Havig- The 12 Dates of Christmas: When Reagan runs into Alex, her high school nemesis, he is stunned to discover that’s how she saw him. It’ll take twelve dates and a lot of forgiveness on both sides to even hope for a Christmassy-ever-after.

Our pastor once said that the opposite of love isn’t hate – it’s apathy. Apathy is disinterest, detachment, aloofness, indifference. When we look at it that way, love makes us interested, connected, concerned and caring. That doesn’t mean it’s easy to spend time with everyone we love!

To make your holiday interactions a little jollier, here are five helpful hints:

  1. Come prepared with non-controversial conversation starters. Compliments are always good. “I hope you made your traditional apple pie this year. It’s always a treat.” or “How do you grow such beautiful roses?” or “My friend is thinking of getting a pet snake, and I told him you’re an expert on boa constrictors. Do they make good pets?” or “Do you have any new pictures of your grandchildren?”
  2. Listen to people with your full attention. Listen politely until they are finished talking, smile and nod and sometimes even thank them for explaining their point of view. If you feel attacked for your own opinions, remember that it’s okay to let them be wrong. You don’t have to correct or argue with them, and you don’t have to agree with them.
  3. Find something to bond over. Football? Reading? Music? Movies? A dislike of Aunt Mabel’s fruitcake?
  4. If you have trouble carrying on a one-on-one conversation, invite other people to join you.
  5. Tell people you love them. Actually, get in the habit of telling people you love them, even if it’s as casual as saying it when you separate. “Bye! Love you!”

And a bonus: Extend grace. Always extend grace for past and present errors. We all screw up periodically. Some of us do it frequently.  Just extend grace and move on.

And the best advice: pray for the difficult people you love. Pray for your relationship with them.

In our All is Bright collection, as in many romance novels, misunderstandings and past hurts cause conflicts that could be resolved with the above techniques. But then, there would be no story, right? And we love the stories and happy endings.

Have a bright and blessed Christmas!

Cathe Swanson


Cathe Swanson lives in Wisconsin with her husband of 35 years. They enjoy spending time with their grandchildren 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. The long winters are perfect for writing and reading books. Cathe enjoys writing stories with creative plots and 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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What about you? What interests you most about All is Bright? Which of Cathe’s tips did you appreciate the most?

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29 responses to “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: All Is Bright (+ guest post)

  1. Perrianne Askew

    I like the story about corporate greed, that should be good. I need to take to heart to pray for the difficult people in my life, that can be trying.

  2. Patty

    I’m pretty familiar with two of these authors, the other two not so much.

    Our Christmas gatherings are a pretty familiar group of people, so even if we are not close, we can usually find something bond over.

  3. Kay Garrett

    I would love to read all the novellas in “ALL IS BRIGHT”. Great author’s that I always enjoy reading.

    Loved all her hints, but especially the last one. After so many loved ones spending Christmas in heaven and some of those departing on an expected journey, I’ve learned never to take loved ones or our time together for granted.

    • Cathe Swanson

      I think listening to people – really focusing on them – is such a good thing. I’m trying to do it more often.

  4. Linda Palmer

    I liked the tips for dealing with difficult people. No matter where you go there will be people who are hard to get along with, so these tips are good year round.

  5. Melissa Wenger

    I always love these Christmas collections! They’re always fun to read leading up to Christmas.
    I like her tip about finding something to bond over. I am an introvert and am not good at small talk so this is something I need to work on.

  6. Dianne B.

    I’ve always liked Christmas themed stories, ones that make you remember the spiritual reason for Christmas and remind you of the miracles that happen more often than we think.

  7. Debra Branigan

    The stories just sound so full of hope and cheer which is perfect to read during this season. I think the tip to listen to people with your full attention is so important and not just during Christmas dinner! If we just listened more, imagine what we would learn.

  8. Kathy Cozzarelli

    I think tip #2 about listening to people with your full attention is one I should use more often.

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