It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: One Starry Christmas

Posted December 7, 2023 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christmas, clean, contemporary, giveaway, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) 2023, Mary A. Felkins, romance / 22 Comments

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Reads 2023

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. FelkinsONE STARRY CHRISTMAS by Mary A. Felkins
Wild Rose Ridge Christmas #3

GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Clean)
PUBLISHER: Gardenia Publishing
RELEASE DATE: October 31, 2023
PAGES: 288

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.


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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

Mary A. Felkins is an inspirational romance author, blogger and contributor to writer’s blogs.

She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Faith, Hope and Love Christian Writers, My Book Therapy, and Novel Academy. She writes happily ever afters with smatterings of hilarity, passion, and Truth.

She can be lured from her writer’s desk if presented with a large, unopened bag of Peanut M&Ms. A surprise appearance by her teen idol, Donny Osmond, would also do the trick, although she’d likely pass out.

If, upon introduction, she likes your first or last name, expect to see it show up in one of her novels.

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One Starry Christmas giveaway

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.

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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?

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22 responses to “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: One Starry Christmas

  1. Janice Moore

    I like stories about ministers, being married to one!
    My favorite Christmas was after we had adopted the first of our two children!

  2. Bea LaRocca

    I love second chance holiday romance stories and the cover and synopsis for One Starry Christmas, this makes the story a must read for me

  3. Lelia “Lucy” Reynolds

    It sounds good. I don’t place much emphasis on gifts for myself and I loved going home for Christmas. I miss my parents so much.

  4. Jane Squires

    When I grew up, we were poor but we always decorated while house for Christmas. My seventh grade Sunday School teacher came to bring me a Christmas gift one year. She picked one student in class to buy for. It was snowing so hard she almost didn’t venture out but was glad she did. I got a dress, slip, white shoes, and a Barbie doll. Years later as an adult I visited her and learned our decorations made her Christmas. We had little but had Christmas. She had just lost her husband that year and had to have her uterus removed so couldn’t have children. She moved from Colorado to Arizona right after my husband and I did. She lived in Sun City. We visited each other a lot. She met my oldest daughter and she could climb on white sofa with white carpeting. A Christmas I never forgot. Would have Barbie if my brother had not lost head

  5. Cheryl Hart

    My most meaningful Christmas gift was my Mother’s last Christmas when I was 18. We knew it would be her last, but were grateful to spend it with her.

  6. Miri Crosson

    I’m just stretched thin right now between work and family and stressed out by events in the news. I love escaping for a bit in a story that I know will have a happy ending.

  7. Roxanne C.

    My grandmother would order gifts for all the grandchildren months in advance, so we all still received a gift from her the year she died. My aunt knew what each of us was to receive and wrapped them up, tagging them from Grammy. I still have my small blue floral decorative plate.

  8. I enjoy reading love stories and especially when they include real life struggles and yet love prevails.
    One of my most cherished gifts was a teddy bear my mom made, one for me and each of my two sisters. They were all made of the same fur, but each had a tummy and paws made of a different fabric left over from a special piece of clothing she had made us in the past. I cherished it for 53 years, but sadly due to circumstances beyond my control, it was cruelly thrown away. I still cherish it in my heart. 🙂

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