today’s book: an old-fashioned texas christmas by karen witemeyer
Christmas is only 28 days away (and Thanksgiving is only ONE DAY away) according to Google (if we get to Dec 25th and we have days left over, blame Google, not me lol. Though I did figure out the Thanksgiving one by myself. #winning), 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 next featured book is a two-novella collection featuring a return to an fan-favorite family of characters as well as a story from The Christmas Heirloom collection – and the author shares how she gets crafty at Christmas!
AN OLD-FASHIONED TEXAS CHRISTMAS
SERIES: Archer Brothers #2.7, The Christmas Heirloom #2
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Christmas Romance
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: October 1, 2019
An Archer Family Christmas
It’s Christmas Eve, 1893, and the entire family has gathered to celebrate the holiday. This day is always bittersweet for Jim and Cassie, who lost a child on Christmas Eve three years earlier. Cassie has devoted herself to being the favorite aunt of the Archer children, whisking her nieces away to a nearby schoolhouse to create decorations for the Christmas tree that the men and oldest boys are venturing out to chop down.
When an unexpected knock at the schoolhouse door reveals a desperate pregnant woman on the run from a dangerous outlaw, it’ll take a Christmas miracle—and the entire Archer clan—to make sure no danger befalls the child born on this beloved holiday.
Gift of the Heart
A widow and her young daughter move to Hope Springs for a fresh start, but with no money to secure a home, Ruth must convince a wealthy resort owner to accept her heirloom brooch as collateral. Will the pin that brought love to three generations soften the heart of a wounded recluse and give Ruth a second chance at love as the holidays draw near?
getting crafty at christmas
by Karen Witemeyer, author of An Old-Fashioned Texas Christmas
One of my favorite things to do at Christmas is to decorate the family tree. It’s no magazine showpiece. It’s a walk down memory lane. Photo ornaments from when my kids were babies. Ornaments they made in school. Ornaments we made together at home. Handmade ornaments are my favorite.
As an avid cross-stitcher, I love to make ornaments as gifts for others. My publishing team has been on the receiving end of several such gifts. Here are the jar ornaments I stitched for them last year.
One of my other favorite ornament-making activities is the handmade ornament exchange that we do in my Facebook group, The Posse, every year. This is our third year to do the exchange, and we generally have around 100 people participate, including members from other countries. During the first year I stitched this ornament:
My exchange partner, made me this adorable ornament from a wooden clothespin, modeled after her favorite book heroine. Isn’t is fabulous? I smile every time I place it on my tree.
If you are interested in getting in on the ornament action next year, I’d love to have you join The Posse. Click here to join.
In my new Christmas collection, An Old-Fashioned Texas Christmas, the first story is a family reunion with the Archer brothers. You don’t need to have read the other Archer brother books to enjoy the novella, but those who have will have fun reuniting with the Archer clan. Travis, Crockett, Jim, and Neill are back with their families for an adventured-filled holiday. Meet the next generation of little Archers, be swept up in the romance of 4 Archer happily-ever-afters, and best of all, find yourself caught up in an all-new Archer adventure filled with renegade outlaws, life-threatening exploits, and family devotion. Even better, this story is told from Jim and Cassie’s point of view. The only Archer couple who have not yet told their own story. Hooray!
So how does this tie into being crafty at Christmas? Well, Auntie Cass has a Christmas craft planned for her nieces. They are creating cornhusk angels to decorate the tree that the Archer males are cutting down. Here is the website where I found the instructions for a simple version of these homemade decorations that Cassie and the girls made with cornhusks, yarn, and scraps of fabric and lace.
How do you like to get crafty at Christmas?
Leave a comment for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card that you can use to buy An Old-Fashioned Texas Christmas.
The e-collection An Old-Fashioned Texas Christmas contains two Christmas stories to warm your heart this holiday season. Not only will you find the much anticipated Archer Family Christmas, but you’ll also find Gift of the Heart, my novella from last year’s The Christmas Heirloom. Two Witemeyer Christmas treats in one handy package!
An Archer Family Christmas. It’s Christmas Eve, 1893, and the entire family has gathered to celebrate the holiday. While the men are off chopping down the perfect Christmas tree, an unexpected request for help leaves Cassandra Archer directly in the path of a dangerous outlaw. Desperate to protect the woman he loves, Jim Archer races to the rescue, only to find that Cassie’s life is not the only one in peril. It will take a Christmas miracle—and the entire Archer clan—to keep a second Archer Christmas from ending in disaster.
In Gift of the Heart, a widow and her young daughter move to Hope Springs for a fresh start, but with no money to secure a home, Ruth must convince a wealthy resort owner to accept her heirloom brooch as collateral. Will the pin that brought love to three generations soften the heart of a wounded recluse and give Ruth a second chance at love as the holidays draw near?
For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. Recently voted #1 Readers’ Favorite Christian Romance Author by Family Fiction Magazine, Karen is a two-time winner of the ACFW Carol Award and three-time RITA® finalist. Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She is an avid cross-stitcher, and makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children.
Karen Witemeyer is offering one of my readers a $10 Amazon gift card! (open internationally except where prohibited by law or logistics) 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? What interests you most about An Old-Fashioned Texas Christmas? How do you like to get crafty at Christmas?