Twelve Days of Christmas

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me . . . 

Merry Christmas! This year I’m partying over at my other blog, Resting Life, every day for twelve days leading up to Christmas! If you haven’t followed me at Resting Life yet, hop over to subscribe and follow so you don’t miss the fun. There will also be a giveaway . . .

Hop over there now to see a sneak peek of what’s coming December 14-25!

A blessed season of Christmas preparation – and rejoicing in the good news of Jesus Christ! – to you and yours!
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Black Friday Book Sale 2018!

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Book-lovers, listen up! A HUGE sale is happening this weekend! Over 150 titles are available for either $0.99 or FREE! A long list of paperbacks are also on sale at incredibly discounted prices. And the good news is they are all clean reads. Be sure to go check out this amazing sale here.

You can find all my books on sale at that link as well – Promise’s Prayer in the paperback and fantasy sections (it’s not actually fantasy, since it has no magic, but that was the category the organizers chose to put it under), Gather ‘Round the Fables under Fantasy, Overrun By Your Love under Paperbacks and Non-Fiction, and Happiness Below under Historical/Western.

There is also a gigantic giveaway going on! The Grand Prize winner receives twenty paperbacks and the second place winner gets twenty e-book titles from the sale for free.

You can sign up for the giveaway here.

Giveaway runs from November 22 to November 26 @ 12 AM ET. Grand prize open to US winners only. Second place prize is open Internationally.

Second Place Winner Receives Twenty E-books
Gather Round the Fables by Erika Mathews
The Case of the Tabloid Tattler by Perry Kirkpatrick AudioBook
The Twelve Cats of Christmas by Perry Kirkpatrick Audiobook
Coffee Shop Christmas Ebook by Ryana Lynn Miller
The Land of Cotton ebook by Ryana Lynn Miller
Entertaining Angels – Entertaining Angels Book 1 by Emerald Barnes
Secrets Kept by Jennette Mbewe
The Firethorn Crown by Lea Doue
Beyond Broken Pencils by Julie C. Gilbert
Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie C. Gilbert
Soldier On by Vanessa Rasanen
Burning Rose by Hope Ann
Iced and Nailed by Avery Daniels
Imani Earns Her Cape by Bokerah Brumley
October by J. Grace Pennington
Disowned by Sarah Addison Fox
My Compass Home by Michaela Bush
Summer Shadows and Necessary Evil by Killarney Traynor

Grand Prize Winner Receives 20 Paperbacks
Mythical Doorways by Jenelle Schmidt
Faith is the Victory by Faith Blum
Kiera by Kate Willis
Because Anonymous Diana L. Sharples
After: Book One in The Neverway Chronicles by Savannah Jezowski
Specter: Book Two in The Neverway Chronicles by Savannah Jezowski
Leandra’s Enchanted Flute by Katy Huth Jones
Eagle Eyes by Tammy Lash
London in the Dark by Victoria Lynn
When Beauty Blooms by Victoria Lynn
Aerisia: Land Beyond the Sunset by Sarah Ashwood
Iced and Nailed by Avery Daniels
There Was Always Laughter in Our House by Sarah Holman
Bridgers: A Parable (paperback) by Angie Thompson
Love Blind (paperback) by Angie Thompson
Code by Angie Thompson
Christmas Eve at the Backdoor by Rebekah Morris
The Seven Drawers by Kendra E. Ardnek
He’s Making Diamonds: A Teen’s Thoughts on Faith Through Chronic Illness by Sara Willoughby

Participating Authors
Kate Willis
Hope
C.B. Cook
Vincent Trigili
Malachi Cyr
E. J. Willis
Diana L. Sharples
Sarah Addison-Fox
Annie Douglass Lima
Marc Secchia
Katy Huth Jones
Savannah Jezowski
Kandi J Wyatt
Joan Lightning
Angela Watts
Ava Mallory
Sara Bourgeois
Jaye L. Knight
Sarah Ashwood
Killarney Traynor
Zanna Mackenzie
Valerie Howard
Bokerah Brumley
Kat Bellemore
Faith Blum
RJ Conte
Abigayle Claire
Tayla Alexandra
Kristen Iten
Emily Selby
Stephanie Damore
Erika Mathews
Frances Hoelsema
J. Grace Pennington
Rebekah A. Morris
Frankie Bow
Martha Fuller
Lena Karynn Tesla
Allison Tebo
Sarah Monzon
Victoria Lynn
Sonia Parin
T.I. Lowe
Lia London
Tammy Lash
maria grazia swan
Deany Ray
Paige Sleuth
Jenny Berlin
Annie Louise Twitchell
Jordaina Sydney Robinson
Kelsey Gietl
Kendra E. Ardnek
Frances Hoelsema
Stacy Juba
Laura Guenot
Michaela Bush
Tricia Mingerink
Hailey Rose
Ryana Lynn Miller
Angie Thompson
Nadine C. Keels
Kellyn Roth
Angie Thompson
Vanessa Rasanen
Julie C. Gilbert
Jennette Mbewe
C. S. Johnson
Amy Williams
April Lynn Newell
Lauren Lynch
Lea Doue
Kelsey Bryant
Avery Daniels
Sarah Holman
R.M. Archer
Emerald Barnes
Jenelle Leanne Schmidt
Cathy Perkins
Laura Jackson
P.D. Workman
Emily Hinkle
Hannah Loviisa
Claire Banschbach
Rebekah Jones
Faith Potts
Sara Willoughby

A Royal Masquerade Blog Tour and Giveaway

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Author Allison Tebo is releasing a second book in her humorous fairy tale series! I’m not a fairy tale person, but I LOVED her first book, The Reluctant Godfather. I’m looking forward to enjoying A Royal Masquerade as well! Allison has such a quirky and witty way of communicating deep spiritual messages in a fun story!

BOOK SYNOPSIS

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Burndee can barely tolerate the mischievous Prince Colin, but the two of them are invariably thrown together in a way that keeps them at one another’s throats.

While attending a noblewoman’s wedding, Burndee and Colin’s private feud comes to a climax when Burndee loses his temper and does the unthinkable.  With Prince Colin unable to attend to his royal duties and Burndee bound by an inconvenient spell, can the two of them work together long enough to unsnarl the mysterious goings-on around them?

A madcap and magical retelling of The Goose Girl from a unique perspective.

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ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

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First prize is a paperback copy of A Royal Masquerade, a glass goose, a candle, and chocolate!

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Second prize is a paperback copy of A Royal Masquerade and an Amazon gift card!

Go enter this awesome GIVEAWAY here!

AUTHOR BIO

author photo2Allison Tebo is a Christian author in her mid-twenties. A sales associate for a major transportation company, she writes books in her spare time. A graduate of London Art College, Allison also pursues children’s illustration and cartooning. When she is not creating art with words or paint, she enjoys narration, singing, quilting, and, naturally, baking.  Allison blogs at www.allisonswell.com about the love of Christ, the joys of living, occasionally, all about  the wonder of gifs.

AUTHOR LINKS

Website:   http://allisonteboauthor.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allisonteboauthor/

Twitter:   https://twitter.com/AllisonTebo

Goodreads:    https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16192992.Allison_Tebo

TOUR SCHEDULE

Click here for the full tour schedule, click here to go to today’s other book spotlight post, or click here to go back to yesterday’s post.

The Seven Drawers: Character Spotlight – Gwen

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Kendra E. Ardnek’s The Seven Drawers releases today, and I’m spotlighting Gwen, the main character.

I had the privilege of reading an early version of this book, and it was quite interesting and followed a unique and fascinating premise to a satisfying conclusion. I have the final book waiting for a free moment to reread it and from all I’ve heard, it’s even better.

Giveaway for five paperbacks here, as well as the full tour schedule.

Here’s Kendra, talking about Gwen:

Some characters I plan out in detail before sitting down to the paper to write them… 

Others, I have a situation, so I just throw a random blank slate into the mix and see what emerges. Such is what happened with Gwen in the Seven Drawers. Except that she wasn’t Gwen I first threw her in. Originally, I was going to call her “Blanche,” but I quickly changed it. To Jennifer, which it stayed through the first draft. However, when I plunged into the second draft after the Rooglewood winners were announced, I shifted the book to first person, and, since my only other book in first person was about a Jenifer, I knew I needed to change a name. Gwen also meant White, so I went with that.
Gwen proved to be a very different person than Jennifer had been. While both were recovering from losing everything, and both felt very lost in life, Gwen was taking charge of her situation almost as soon I dropped her into the story, where Jennifer had taken a couple chapters.
And maybe it was because I gave Gwen the tools to retake her life sooner than I gave them to Jennifer, but, honestly, Gwen had a backbone almost immediately. Yet, at the same time, she still fell apart multiple times through the book. Because grief isn’t something you conquer all at once. You take baby steps, and even take what seem like steps backward.
Now … wasn’t this supposed to be a spotlight … not a guest post about grief? Ah, well. Here we are!

Kendra E. Ardnek

But One Life – Guest Post

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Giveaway for five paperbacks here, as well as the full tour schedule.

Wyn Estelle Owens is releasing this book today. I haven’t yet read it, but it has been recommended to me as excellent historical fiction.

It’s also a fairy tale retelling, if you’re into those. They aren’t my thing, but I’ve heard there’s no magic or other fantastical elements in this story, so I’m interested in trying it for the historical side. If what I’ve heard is anything to judge by, it should be brilliant.

I have a guest post by Wyn Estelle Owens to share with you, and it’s a beautiful little piece touching on faith, hope, and love. Here she is.

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What does Snow White mean to me?

I feel like this should be a super easy question to answer. After all, I just wrote a Snow White retelling. This should be a piece of cake, right?

Apparently, if my half-an-hour of staring at a mirror has anything to say about it, ‘piece of cake’ was a lie. 

Girl is pretty. Evil step mom is jealous and tries to kill her. Girl proceeds to befriend and accept gifts from strangers until she keels over after eating a poisoned apple. But (spoiler!) she is saved by a clumsy servant, and the poison was knocked out of her. She marries the prince and they all live happily ever after. 

So what is the moral of the story?

I think I have an answer, or at least what my answer is. Everyone will look at this story differently, but this is what it means to me, at least. 

Snow White is a story about love.

I know, I know, that sounds cheesy, but hear me out. 

Snow White is and always will be fairer than her Stepmother, cause her heart is full of love. She is so sweet that the Huntsman cannot bear to kill her. She’s so kind that she wins over the hearts of seven curmudgeonly dwarves. She believes the best of people, no matter what, which leads to her being tricked by her Stepmother over and over again. Finally, the love her loyal dwarves hold for her lead them to preserve her body and keep it safe even in death.  

So as I said, I believe Snow White is about love. Not romantic love, but just love, plain and simple. Love so pure and bright that anyone who looks at Snow White can see how lovely her heart is. 

And now that I think about it, love is a large part of my own story. I feel a little silly now, thinking about it. I wasn’t even really aware of how big a part love had to play in my story. Again, not romantic love, per se (though romantic love does have its moments in the plot). But a large part of Ginny’s motivations are fueled by love. Love for her father, for her country, and for lots of other things that would be too spoilery if I talked about them.  

I also believe both the original Snow White tale and my own But One Life are also about Faith and Hope, but that almost goes without saying. When you’ve got a story about Love, Faith and Hope won’t be far behind.

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