It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Potato Flake Christmas (+ guest post)

Posted December 8, 2021 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Cathe Swanson, Christian, Christmas, contemporary, giveaway, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) 2021, romance / 21 Comments

today’s book: Potato Flake Christmas

Hello once more! We are continuing our annual blog series spotlighting (over 60 this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads! Christmas is only 17 days away, so… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and continue your 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 had me at the ADORABLE cover, and author Cathe Swanson shares the story behind the story!

GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: July 1, 2021
PAGES: 194

It seemed like such a good idea at the time…

Her grandmother’s invitation came at the perfect time to rescue Claire Lucas from the consequences of her good intentions. With no reason to stay in Minnesota, she turns her back on the ice and snow and heads for the Golden Sun Oasis retirement community in Arizona.

Jeffrey Koa is at loose ends after finishing college. He hasn’t found a job yet, and his parents are on their way back to their exotic mission fields, so when his great-uncle calls to ask for his help, Jeffrey leaves the sandy beaches of Hawaii and heads for Arizona.

It doesn’t take long to realize they’ve been set up, but the clumsy matchmaking scheme appears to be working – until Claire realizes that her secret will put an end to Jeffrey’s dreams.

Can they be just friends, or are their hearts stuck on a happily-ever-after?

A heartwarming story of friendship and romance, with plenty of laughter as they turn the tables on their matchmaking relatives.


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by Cathe Swanson, author of Potato Flake Christmas

Thanks for inviting me here to chat! I love reading these Christmas posts!

I think I should have dedicated Potato Flake Christmas to the World Wide Web. Most of my other books have roots in my own interests and experiences, but this one was inspired by a worldwide collection of experiences and ideas gained in the Internet age. Before the Internet, my life was limited to… well, to my own experiences, a few movies, and what I read in books. The Internet changed all that, because it brought me – all of us! – into personal contact with other real people from around the world.

First of all, my brother met a girl online – one who was impressed enough with him that she moved from Hawaii to Minnesota and married him. (Still married, BTW.) Then in 2000, I found an online forum for homeschooling moms, and my life changed. The world opened up in a whole new way as I met real-life moms like me – and they lived in exotic places like Africa and New Zealand!

The ones in the southern hemisphere were especially interesting at Christmastime, when they celebrated Christ’s birth in the heat of summer instead of a winter wonderland. Instead of sledding and skating, they spent Christmas on the beach. Missionary friends in Indonesia and Africa celebrated with customs peculiar to their mission fields.

By the time I joined Facebook, I had friends all over the world. Facebook isn’t as intimate as a private forum, but it’s still fascinating to see pictures and hear stories from real people whose daily lives are different from ours.

The final inspiration for Potato Flake Christmas came when I received a Christmas card from a friend who lives in the desert. But that would be a spoiler…

So, I wanted to write a story about people coming together from varied backgrounds and finding common ground in their faith and personal relationships. I created a girl fleeing the snow and ice (and some other problems, too) of Minnesota. My hero was a native Hawaiian who spent most of his childhood in third-world mission fields. They both ended up in a retirement community in Arizona, visiting elderly relatives at Christmastime. All the traditions and trappings of Christmas were different, but it was still Christmas.

Because it’s always “still Christmas,” regardless of the climate or culture. My childhood in Minnesota gave me Christmases with piles of snow, enormous Christmas trees, caroling, abundant presents, family feasts, and other traditions rooted in our Swedish heritage. That’s what I see as a “classic Christmas.” But how silly that is, when I know that the birth of Christ happened in a culture and climate very different from that!

So, I gathered all my characters into a desert community and let them celebrate Christmas to glorify God with joyful hearts. I pray that my readers, wherever they are, will find joy in the spirit of Christmas, too.

Have a bright and blessed Christmas!

Cathe Swanson

After 40 years of wandering (but always in lovely places and not in a desert), Cathe Swanson has recently returned to her childhood home and family in Minnesota.

In the summer, she and her husband enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and being outdoors, gardening, hiking, birdwatching, and kayaking. The long winters are perfect for playing games, reading, and indoor hobbies. Cathe’s been a quilter and teacher of quiltmaking for over 25 years and enjoys just about any kind of creative work, especially those involving fiber or paper.

Everything inspires new books! A lifelong love of quilting, Cathe’s Swedish heritage and an interest in genealogy led to The Glory Quilts series. The Hope Again series is inspired by her life in the Midwest and experiences with the elderly, the military, and inner-city ministry. As a child of the 60’s, she’s having fun writing about hippies and the Jesus People movement in the Serenity Hill series.

Cathe writes books with creative plots and engaging characters of all ages, to glorify God and entertain and bless readers. Her heartwarming stories will make you laugh and make you cry—and then make you laugh again.

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Cathe Swanson is offering a print copy of Potato Flake Christmas to one of my readers! (US only. Void 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.

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What about you? What makes you want to read Potato Flake Christmas by Cathe Swanson?

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21 responses to “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Potato Flake Christmas (+ guest post)

    • Cathe Swanson

      Several of my books are set in Minnesota, because that’s where I live, too! I also have books in Wisconsin, Illinois and the Upper Peninsula!

  1. Suzanne Sellner

    I would love to read Cathe Swanson’s Potato Flake Christmas because it sounds adorable. My mother lived in a retirement community, and I would enjoy reliving some of those memories as well as enjoy reading a new story.

  2. Lisa Stillman

    This sentence ” But how silly that is, when I know that the birth of Christ happened in a culture and climate very different from that!” let me know that this author would have an interesting take on Christmas celebrations, and I wanted to read about them.

  3. Megan

    That cover is super cute, and the story sounds really fun. I like the idea of reading how people in warmer climates celebrate Christmas too, though being a Northerner I can’t imagine it not being cold for Christmas.


    I was born and raised in Minnesota and your book sounds really funny. I want to read it for sure! Thank you for your giveaway. Merry Christmas from Iowa!

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