I have a treat for y’all today!! I am positively ecstatic to welcome all five authors of Something Borrowed – Jaycee Weaver, Toni Shiloh, Mikal Dawn, Teresa Tysinger, & Andrea Boyd – to the blog today to talk about their new Christmas Weddings Collection and, of course, CHRISTMAS!!
Lover of Jesus, family, books, coffee, music, and crafting (in that order), Jaycee Weaver is perpetually pursuing at least one of her passions. She writes contemporary Christian romance with realistic characters in everyday situations where they always find a happy ending. Visit her at www.jayceeweaver.com.
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. Visit her at www.tonishiloh.com.
Mikal Dawn is an inspirational romance author, wedding enthusiast, and military (retired) wife. When she isn’t writing about faith, fun, and forever, she is obsessively scouring Pinterest (with coffee in hand!) for wedding ideas for her characters. Mikal lives in Oklahoma with her husband and two of their three children. Visit her at www.mikaldawn.com.
Teresa Tysinger is a wife, mother, and communications director for a national non-profit. She writes charming Christian romance, inspired by grace. Teresa now resides in Texas, though part of her heart remains in North Carolina. She loves Jesus, coffee, and happy endings. Visit Teresa at www.teresatysinger.com.
Each of Andrea Boyd’s series represents a different genre but all fall into the category of romance. All offer an element of her own brand of humor. And all are a tribute to God. Besides writing, she loves spending time with her family, quilting, going to car shows, and driving around in her 1968 Barracuda convertible. Andrea lives with her husband, Tommy, and at least a couple of cats in York County, SC. Visit her at www.andreaboyd11.com.
SOMETHING BORROWED: Christmas Weddings Collection
GENRE: Contemporary Romance / Holiday
RELEASE DATE: October 20, 2020
Old friends, new loves, and a borrowed tiara.
Always Been Yours — Hanady’s planning her dream wedding, but her injured best friend Keenan isn’t the groom. If she can’t see she’s marrying the wrong guy soon, his leg won’t be the only thing broken.
All the Moore — Leilah Anderson has been living behind the screen to hide her disability, then she meets Reggie Moore face-to-face. Can their relationship survive the truth and distance between them?
A Holly, Bolly Christmas — A dream wedding venue at Christmas? Sign Chahna Kapoor up. Even if her fiancé doesn’t know it…
Somehow, This Christmas — When not-so-merry mishaps threaten wedding planner Cate Forsyth’s holiday wedding and reputation, will her own happily ever after with sweetheart Noah Bennett melt away?
A Promise So Sweet — Lydia Osborn hasn’t heard from her ex in ten years, so imagine her surprise when he shows up proposing marriage. Tis the season for love?
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Hi dear friends! Welcome to the blog!
Q: Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Toni: Egg Nog
Jaycee: Hot Chocolate! (Just the thought of egg nog makes me shudder.)
Mikal: EGGG NOOOOOGGGGG!!!!!
Teresa: Why isn’t coffee an option?!
Andrea: Hot chocolate
Carrie: <whispers> Teresa, you were supposed to be the tie breaker LOL
Q: Candy Canes or Fudge?
Authors: IT’S UNANIMOUS, every single one of us answered enthusiastically, “FUDGE!”
Carrie: well, yes, because CHOCOLATE 🙂
Q: Fancy wrapping paper or Find the gift bags from last year?
Toni: Last year’s gift bags for $200, Alex
Jaycee: Whatever I have handy (probably wrapping paper I bought on 90% off clearance at Hobby Lobby, honestly).
Mikal: Reuse for sure!
Teresa: Mostly reuse last year’s, but I always LOVE looking at the new paper. I often will go back to the store the week after Christmas and buy some leftovers on clearance!
Andrea: Reuse last year’s gift bags or just tie a knot in the plastic store bag they came in! (Not kidding!)
Carrie: haha i love y’all!
Q: Open gifts Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
Toni: Christmas Eve
Jaycee: Christmas Day
Mikal: We open our PJs Christmas Eve but to the rest Christmas Day!
Teresa: One on Christmas Eve (always pajamas), the rest on Christmas Day
Andrea: Christmas Day
Carrie: growing up, we always opened one each on Christmas Eve (but not pajamas) and saved the rest for Christmas Day. Now we just do it all Christmas Day – or whenever we’re all able to get together lol
Q: If you were planning a Christmas wedding, what is one thing you would insist on having?
Toni: Portable heaters
Jaycee: Lots and lots of evergreen and twinkle lights.
Mikal: Sparkling snowflakes in different sizes hanging from the ceiling. <3 AND THE DRESS WOULD BE MAGNIFICENT! (You can check out my Pinterest board.)
Teresa: Lots and lots of candles and soundtrack must include Nat King Cole!!!
Andrea: Lots of twinkle lights.
Carrie: i love how Toni goes straight for the practical while everyone else is dreaming of sparkles haha!
Q: Tell us something you love most about Christmas!
Toni: I love the music!
Jaycee: When the kids were tiny, my husband and I decided to make Christmas Eve ours and ours alone. We dress up and go each dinner with the kids at a restaurant we wouldn’t normally splurge on. Then we go get coffee or cocoa and look at Christmas lights and the luminarias in the North Valley. When we get home, the kids can open one present (usually pjs) and we talk about the real gift of Christmas, send them to bed, and then I start the cinnamon rolls for the next morning. It’s a bit of peace and quiet in the middle of a crazy season, and my soul needs that so very much!
Mikal: I love being with my family and friends with no interruptions. Just us. I also love that we do our Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve so all day Christmas Day we can just hang out and play games or nap (because 5am wake-ups, hello!), and read quietly and drink the EGG NOG.
Teresa: It’s so hard to choose, but I love the music, nostalgia of getting out Christmas decorations every year, and the feeling that time sort of stands still on Christmas Day. The world feels quieter and slower for once. I love that.
Andrea: Being with my kids and grandbabies!
Carrie: aww i love these answers! Y’all have expressed all the things I love about Christmas too!
Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from your story in Something Borrowed, and why do you love it?
Toni (All the Moore) : “God knew when she was near the end of her rope and always lengthened the cord.” I love the quote because God will always be there in our deepest need.
Jaycee (Always Been Yours): “No one should ever make another person feel inferior because of their appearance. No one should make another feel inferior for any reason, period.” I love it because not only is it absolutely true, but it’s a huge part of Hanady’s character. She uses positive self-talk to refute a lot of the junk people try to say rather than let it eat away her confidence. I admire that about her!
Mikal (A Holly, Bolly Christmas): Well, while this is a quote, it isn’t technically my favourite–just a fun thing as a nod to a sweet friend and her AMAZING series! “She grabbed Ronie Kendig’s latest novel, a space opera that she was devouring, pulled her blanket over her, and relaxed into the soft cushion. Cate was probably right. He would ask her to marry him. Eventually. She just had to be patient. She opened her copy of Brand of Light and settled into the problems of another world.”
Teresa (Somehow, This Christmas): “…if you work hard every day to focus on the parts of her that made you fall in love with her in the first place—and she does the same for you, though who knows what she ever saw in you,” he joked, slapping Noah on the knee. “Then the years that follow will settle into the routines of life. The obligations and jobs and to-do lists of life. And if you’re lucky, you’ll have a little piece of heaven at the end of every day.”
These words of wisdom come from Noah’s boss when he asks for advice about marriage as his own wedding to Cate draws nearer. I absolutely love the notion that a real love story takes place in the mundane, the everyday, the constant choosing—moment to moment—to love someone through the up, down, and boring parts of life. That’s swoony-worthy for me!
Andrea (A Promise So Sweet): “It wasn’t so much the sweet softness of her mouth, the smell of her perfume, or her arms circling his neck as he held her close. It was the connection between them that held all the power.”
Carrie: ahhhhhh i love these! Can’t wait to read this collection!
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What about you? What makes you want to read Something Borrowed by these fabulous authors? If you were planning a Christmas wedding, what’s one thing you would insist on having?
This sounds really good!
right?? i can’t wait to read it!
Thank you for stopping by, Amelia!!
Thanks so much!
thank YOU 🙂
If I was having a Christmas wedding, I would want the church decorated with white poinsettias and red roses. (That was all I could think of at present. LOL)
Oh, that sounds so pretty, Roxanne!
oh wow! That sounds gorgeous!
I looooove that image!!
Thanks so much for having us, Carrie!
Just finished Toni’s novella! Stupendous in soooo many ways! Can’t wait to read the rest.
Lived the answers to the interview questions! Hilarious!
aren’t they fun?? And YES Toni’s novella is the one I’ve read so far and LOVED it!
I love alllllll of Toni’s books!! She’s pretty amazing. ❤️
So glad you enjoyed it, Paula!
If I was going to have a Christmas wedding, I would have a morning church service. I would decorate the church with a Christmas tree, pine wreaths and greenery, and red and white poinsettas. I like to read about new beginnings and happiness at Christmas.
ooo that sounds lovely, Bernice!
That sounds so BEAUTIFUL, Bernice!!
I can’t wait to read this collection by some of my favorite authors! Thanks for the fun interview/spotlight! Congratulations on your book release authors!
Great post, Carrie, my dear BFFFC!
thank you, my dear BFFFC! Love ya!
Winnie!!! ❤️ Thank you, sweet lady.
Thank you, Winnie!
You can’t go wrong with Christmas and weddings, can you? If I had gotten married in December, I would want white poinsettias. But my anniversary is tomorrow.
Oh!! Happy anniversary, Perrianne!! ❤️
If I was planning a Christmas wedding, I would insist on having lots of white lights and greenery. I’d likely stay away from the colour red. But since I have a birthday near Christmas, I knew I’d never get married in December.
Aletta, my birthday is in December, too! After Christmas. If I could have married my husband at Christmas, I would have, but it was the first time we met in person, so we married a few months later. 😍
Natalya, you’re a woman after my own heart!
This sounds like a great read. All my favorites…love, weddings and Christmas!
Terri, mine too!! I can read Christmas romances all year long.
I love you, Ducky!!! Thank you SO much for having us!
I would want red roses.
Thanks for having us, Carrie! It was so much fun!
What makes you want to read Something Borrowed? short novellas about weddings at Christmas!
If you were planning a Christmas wedding, what is one thing you would insist on having? twinkle lights & a traditional red & green theme