A Christmas Story of Light by Ora Smith – Christmas Countdown Blitz




God’s light shines in all of His creations, from the Star of Bethlehem, to the angel proclaiming Christ’s birth, to the Son of God Himself—the light of the world.

Through this light, He illuminates darkness, gives us guidance, and shows us how to love one another.


Experience the rich artwork and inspirational messages of A Christmas Story of Light this holiday season and let God’s light bring you the brightness of hope.





As a mother, genealogist, artist, and faithful follower of Jesus Christ, Ora blends her understanding and unique skills to create faith inspired stories that she hopes will give others an added testimony of God’s goodness.




Q&A With the Author:


What inspired this Christmas/Winter book?
I wanted to write a Christmas story for my grandchildren, to let them know my beliefs and also my hope that they will always be kind to those they meet. I’ve always been fascinated with the scriptures in the Bible that tell about the light of Christ being both physical and spiritual, so I decided to tell the traditional Christmas story of Christ’s birth by explaining it all in the aspect of “light” since Christ is the Light of the World. If this light is truly understood, then we realize we are sharing His light by loving others.

Do you have other Holiday books? If so, what Holiday? If not, what other books do you write?
I don’t have any other holiday’s books, but working on an Easter idea for another children’s picture book. My grandson has asked me to write another, and I asked him what he would like it to be about. He’s thinking.  So, there’s that. His mother feels there aren’t enough children’s books for young boys that aren’t related to action heroes or toys. We are putting our heads together to see what we can come up with.
I also write historical novels about my ancestors’ stories. I’m just finishing the third and hope to get it published in 2020.

What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
Getting a historical novel published. The one I’m about done with needs to go through the process of beta readers, editing, and revisions, but it’s a great book about John Lothropp, a man who lived in 17th Century England at a time when church goers were fined, imprisoned, or tortured if they didn’t attend the Church of England. He fought against the system and was imprisoned. It’s also a love story and his wife is a point of view character in the book. Lothropp came to America soon after the Pilgrims and five US presidents descend from him, plus Princess Diana, and a bunch of other famous people. He’s like a founding father most people have never heard of. Writing the story has been a joy and also one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I know it will be worth it in the end!

Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction besides writing?
I’m an artist, but when I write, it’s hard to find the time to paint. I work mostly with oils, and have a goal to learn watercolor for my next children’s book. I’m a genealogist and love all things that have to do with finding out more about my ancestors. I have a blog, Writing About Ancestors. I love to spend time with my grandchildren, but they live in different states than I, so I travel a lot, which is also a love—travel. I went to England in March to research my Lothropp book, and hope to go back soon. The UK and Ireland are my favorite places. Although any city with good art museums and galleries is where I want to be. I’ve traveled to 48 of our 50 states and have Alaska and Maine on my bucket list. I took a 10-day art workshop in Ireland, and it was the best way to see the country because we went to the most picturesque places to paint, even the Aran Islands.

Are your characters/stories/scenes, etc. based on anything in real life?
Yes, everything I’ve written, both children’s book and novels are based on true stories. I try my hardest to get every ounce of truth I know about my characters and the times he/she lived, and use that in the story. I wrote a Civil War drama about my third great-grandparents in North Carolina that is almost all real, other than the thoughts and conversations of the characters. It’s been harder to find information about 17th Century England, but everything I know for fact is in the story.

Tell us one Christmas or Winter tradition that you love to do every year, and why it is so special to you.
For about thirty years, my husband, children and I have Christmas caroled at retirement homes every Christmas Eve. It’s harder now that most of the children live in different places, but they come for Christmas often. We have always done it with friends, too, so their voices can be joined with ours. It’s amazing and sad how many of the elderly are left alone at Christmas time.
Merry Christmas everyone! If you want to feel the Light of Christ, try reading my book A Christmas Story of Light. I wrote it for ages 5-8, but many adults have told me they love it too.




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My Holiday Secret by Jackson Kane – Book tour


Author: Jackson Kane
Title: My Holiday Secret
Genre: Holiday Romance
Release Date: December 6, 2019
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Designer: Hot Tree Group

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It’s time to shine the baubles, pull out the mistletoe, and prepare to swoon in the fun, heat, and mischief of Jackson Kane’s smoldering holiday read, My Holiday Secret.

He’s my holiday secret… and if anyone finds out, I’m screwed.

I did everything I could to get away from my family, but somehow, I’ve let my sister drag me home for the holidays. Now that I’m back, everyone expects to finally meet my fiancé.

The only problem is I don’t have one. He dumped me, and they have no clue.

I can’t let them find out I’m single. Luckily, after a one-night stand with a bad boy bouncer—the chiseled and grizzled Vance Mathis—I’ve got a plan: Hire him to be my fiancé for the family Christmas party.

When he pulls that mistletoe out of his pocket, I know he’s only looking to jingle my bells. Even so, it’s getting harder and harder to keep my hands off him.

I only wanted him to play pretend, but after our not-so-silent night together, I’m starting to want something real.

My Holiday Secret has been polished just in time for the holidays. With a new edit, a Christmas shine, and now traditionally published, kick back and prepare to swoon.

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Jackson Kane is a professional stuntman, athlete, romance author, and above all else, a hopeless romantic. From American Ninja Warrior, to some of your favorite films, Jackson brings a unique writing style forged from countless harrowing adventures.

He’s a lover of travel, his fans, his romance author peers, dulce de leche, and all things beautifully weird and interesting. He invites you to relax, have a pisco sour and let him thrill and excite you in a way no other author can. Jackson will show you what the world looks like through the eyes of a genuine Bad Boy.

Come with him, and…

DARE TO READ DANGEROUSLY


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The Miracle of Joie by Betsy Love – Christmas Countdown Blitz





Betsy Love has loved to write from the moment she could hold a pen and has been creating stories ever since she was in elementary school. Her high school creative writing teacher told her that one day she would be published.


When not sitting at her computer pouring her heart and soul into her novels, she loves going to her mountain property for inspiration and to escape the desert heat. She loves spending time with her family. At last count she has 20 grandchildren, has given up on gardening. If she had a horse, she might give up writing.


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Joie, an over-confident rookie elf, is on her first assignment. 

Its one week before Christmas, and she must find a mother for eight-year-old Emily. Not an easy task, since Emilys grieving father, Matt, is not ready for marriage. Hes still bitter about the accident that killed his wife and handicapped his daughter. 

When events turn Joie into a human, she loses her magic and must use her ingenuity to heal the broken family. How could falling love be the answer?




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Q&A With the Author:

What inspired this Christmas/Winter book?
I’ve been wanting to write a Christmas story for a long time, but just haven’t had any ideas. Then one day I was thinking about the movie Elf and suddenly a whole story formed in my head. 
Do you have other Holiday books? If so, what are they are for which Holidays? If not, what other books do you write?
I’m working on a paranormal winter story. I’m not sure I’m going to call it a Christmas story because it’s a little more on the dark side than I normally write. I’m also writing a series that will take place around different holidays. The first one (still in the writing phase) is called “Ginger in Grayscale.” The theme is “What if you woke up tomorrow with only what you thanked God for today.” This one takes place around Thanksgiving. My other books (all clean) are spread across a couple of genres. I write mail order brides of the future. The series is called “StarBride Chronicles.” My favorite novel “The Penny Project, my anti-bullying book written from the viewpoint of the bully, is inspired by a true story.

What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
 
To actually make a living as a writer. To achieve this dream I am working on my marketing skills and to date, I’m terrible at it. But that is about to change!

Tell us about things you enjoy what you do for fun or personal satisfaction besides writing? 
I love to crochet and am always on the lookout for a fun pattern. Yesterday it was a unicorn hoodie/scarf. My granddaughter is all about the unicorns.

Are your characters/stories/scenes, etc. based on anything in real life? 
Yes and no. But I won’t tell you which loved ones I’ve modeled some of my characters after. I get some of my best ideas by listening to people talk about themselves. My favorite t-shirts reads “I’m a writer. Anything you say or do maybe be written into a story.”

Tell us one Christmas or Winter tradition that you love to do every year, and why it is so special. 
When the kids were little, we loved to open one gift at a time and ooo and ahhh over each item. That allowed the receiver to properly thank the giver. We loved going to the Mesa temple to see the Christmas lights and then having wassail afterward. We would then read the story of The Three Trees and talk about how Christ is the center of Christmas. 
Now that the children are grown and are scattered across the US, instead of sending Christmas gifts, we like to send ourselves. We rotate visiting our children and grandchildren.






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Theresa Oliver’s The Billionaire’s Bride – Release Blitz


Author: Theresa Oliver
Title: The Billionaire’s Bride
Series: Whiskey River Brides, #6
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: December 7, 2019
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Designer: RMGraphX

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 She’s running away from a life of false assumptions. He’s running toward the life he’s always wanted. When their paths cross, identities and ideas clash as their destinations become unexpectedly entwined.

Millie Martin is tired. Tired of her reputation as the town flirt. Tired of going nowhere in her life. Her solution? To get out while she can. But there’s a snowstorm on the way.

Wanting time off from his life, billionaire Charles Whitfield boards a train just before Thanksgiving. His destination? Whiskey River, his favorite place in the world. In Laramie, he takes great care to hide his identity and heads out. But on the way, he meets a damsel in distresshis greatest weakness.

Each are excited to start their lives anew, but the weather has other plans. Snowed in and trying to conceal their identities, will two weary souls find love while a snowstorm rages, or will their hearts turn to ice as danger lurks in the shadows?

In the midst of mayhem and memories, return to the snowy banks of Whiskey River as two hearts discover danger, desire, and what matters at the most magical time of year.
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 WHISKEY RIVER BRIDES SERIES 

Whiskey River
book 1
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Mail-Order Husband
book 2

Whiskey River Princess
book 3

The Preacher’s Bride
book 4

The Banker’s Bride
book 5
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An educator, writer, mother, and free spirit, Theresa Oliver’s love affair with the written word has spanned decades. An Indiana native, Theresa began the foundation of her writing career as a child. Her love of reading, writing, and creative expression guided her to seek a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, News Editorial sequence, from the University of Tennessee at Martin; and then continued on to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, Early Childhood Education sequence, from Armstrong Atlantic State University. 

Her foundational experiences in childhood led her to want to create meaningful, positive experiences with reading and writing for future generations, and inspire the same love of creative expression that has been such a rewarding force behind her career and life. 

Theresa has dedicated her life to the world of writing and the creation of novels that span all levels and genres. First and foremost a mother, her greatest loves are her three beautiful boys, to whom she dedicates the success and longevity of her prolific career. Theresa currently resides in Kissimmee, Florida with her beloved husband and children.

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The Librarian Picks Her Poison by Amber Gilchrist – Book Blitz



Amber Gilchrist lives in New Mexico with her husband and six children. She writes YA , Romantic Comedies, and series mysteries. She calls her lifetime of jumping from one job to another ‘experience’ for her books and not an inability to settle down. Amber loves mysteries and a good, happy romance. She also loves to laugh. Sometimes she likes all of them together.

A fan of quirky movies and indie books, Amber likes to be with her family, is socially inept, and fears strangers and small yippy dogs. She alternates between writing and being a mom. She tries to do both at the same time but her kids don’t appreciate being served lunch and told, “This is the hot dog of your discontent.” So mostly she writes when everyone else is in bed.


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Audrey Scott might be a childrens librarian, but that isnt all she can do. When her best friend, Gretchen Holden, stands accused of a murder, Audrey cant handle doing nothing more than bailing Gretchen out of jail. She has to figure out who really killed Gretchens step-father, a universally hated federal judge.



With a not small list of potential people the judge has wronged, Audrey and her friends have a rough ride ahead of them trying to decide who had a motive, means, and opportunity to put the judge in an early grave. With the help of Derek Hennessy, erstwhile enemy turned very good friend, and her normal crew of cohorts, Audrey wont stop until the threat no longer looms.



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A fragile Gretchen wasnt something I felt good about seeing.  I didnt want to smother her with my attention, but she was still shaking, her legs wobbly and she was pale, with dark circles under her eyes.  I had no idea how long it had been since shed slept.  Or even eaten.  Her blood sugar was likely rock bottom.  I bit my lip, debating if I could push her into letting me at least hold her arm and guide her to the car.  I met Kyles eyes, and I knew he was aware of how scared I was she wouldnt even make it to the car.  He nodded very slightly.
Without asking, he put his arm around her shoulder and directed her towards the door.  It was a sign of how exhausted she was that she let him.  In fact, she huddled into his side, looking ridiculously small, even though in reality she and Kyle both were tall.  She was 510which I knew for sure, and Kyle was over six feet.  I usually hated them both for it.  But right now, she looked tiny and frail.  Kyle was the most solid guy I knew.  If someone was looking for safety, clinging to Kyle was a very good choice.  I hoped his solid presence was returning at least some sense of security to her. 
  



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