today’s 2nd book: One Starry Christmas
We are continuing this year’s blog series spotlighting (over 70 this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads! This is the 7th year for the Christmas Reads Giveaway series, and I think I get more excited about it every year 🙂 Christmas is only 18 days away, according to Google! So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage (wassail anyone?) and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! And no doubt you know the drill by now – there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
ONE STARRY CHRISTMAS by Mary A. Felkins
SERIES: Wild Rose Ridge Christmas #3
GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Clean)
PUBLISHER: Gardenia Publishing
RELEASE DATE: October 31, 2023
A pastor with a dark past looking for a second chance.
A determined jeweler looking to restore favor.
A secret that won’t be silenced.
Former bad boy drummer Pastor Michael Chandler has managed to keep the darker parts of his past a secret while faithfully serving his church in Wild Rose Ridge. If found out, his church might declare him unfit for ministry. When he encounters the woman he abandoned years ago, his day of reckoning blows in like a blizzard.
Custom jewelry designer Leilah Grant doesn’t hesitate to push her business aside so she can manage her parents’ jewelry shop during the Christmas season. She’ll do anything to restore favor in their eyes. But when her world collides with Michael—her ex-turned-beloved-town-preacher—the past threatens to destroy her future. Worse, the town’s meddling mothers conspire to create another heavenly match.Will Michael’s confession from the pulpit free his heart or cost him his reputation—and the only woman he’s ever loved?
It’s the season of miracles, and the meddlers are determined to give the gift of a second chance romance.
gifts we keep
by Mary A. Felkins, author of One Starry Christmas
Greetings from western North Carolina. By this time next year, our home address will return to the great state of Texas. Any Lone Star readers out there? If so, I’d love to connect.
As the sacred season of Jesus’s birth rolls around, I typically reflect on what we’ve done as a family or gifts we’ve exchanged in years past. As I get older—and the amount of physical stuff we own accumulates—I’ve placed greater value on the intangible. Things that will outlive my days.
While I have received and deeply appreciate many Christmas gifts, it’s the laughter and connections with people I treasure most. Practice for eternity? I believe so.
If you could experience one memorable Christmas from your past, what would it be and why was it meaningful?
For me, two Christmases come to mind. (cheating, I know) When I was a senior in high school, my parents gifted me with a darling, smooth haired fox terrier puppy. By that time, my 5 older siblings were either in college or married. My, that squiggly little dog was a ready companion for a girl missing her family!
No surprise that most of the books I’ve written include dogs. They provide great entertainment for the reader and serve a purpose in the character journey. My next book is a modern-day spin on Adam and Eve and will feature an eccentric yoga instructor who doesn’t like animals—or so she claims—but is coerced into partnering with the local—and single—vet. [Stay tuned for an opposites-attract, grumpy-sunshine, fake-dating trope next spring!]
My second memorable Christmas occurred as early as last year. My oldest son gave me a Willow Tree figurine. It depicts a mother standing beside her young adult son, tucking him to her side. Yes, very sweet, but the kicker is that the mother has one hand placed over her son’s head—praying over him, to my way of thinking. Without a word, my son communicated his gratitude for the prayers I’ve prayed—and continue to pray—for him.
Goodness, what a gift! We blubbered a bit, prolonged a warm hug.
What Christmas presents have you received that held significance? Do you still have it/them?
Which Christmas has held the greatest meaning for you?
Here’s praying that you’re able to mentally slow the pace of the season long enough to reflect on the greatest and unmerited gift of all—Jesus.
Mary A. Felkins is offering a signed, print copy of One Starry 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.
What about you? What makes you want to read One Starry Christmas by Mary A. Felkins? What Christmas presents have you received that held significance? Do you still have it/them? Which Christmas has held the greatest meaning for you?