Tag Archives: Christmas novella

#BookReview: The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson

1 Oct

The Christmas Blessing tugged at my heartstrings! I delighted in the nostalgic atmosphere of this story, as well as its characterization. Along her tumultuous journey, Amelia Richards endeared herself to me, and my heart ached for her and her struggles. This touching tale is one of love and loss, hardship and hope. I look forward to Melody Carlson’s heartwarming holiday stories each year and am happy to add The Christmas Blessing to my collection.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.  


About the book:

When she receives the news in late 1944 that her baby’s father was shot down in the South Pacific, Amelia Richards loses hope. Jobless and broke, she has nowhere to turn for help but her infant’s paternal grandparents. The only problem is, they don’t know that she–or their grandson–exists. When Amelia discovers that the family is wealthy and influential, dare she disclose the truth of her relationship with their son? Or could the celebration of the arrival of another unexpected baby nearly two thousand years ago be the answer to her dilemma?

Learn more about the book and the author

#Giveaway: The Substitute Bride by Carrie Fancett Pagels

18 Dec

The Substitute Bride

The Substitute Bride by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Purchase a copy: Amazon

A letter for Sonja’s deceased friend arrives at the post office in Michigan, and with it a proposal. With her father threatening to kick her out of his home, Sonja impulsively responds, offering to travel west to be a substitute bride. At the same time, Louis’s railroad promotion sends him back to Michigan, the one place on earth he’d hoped to never return—where Christmas past was full of pain. A mysterious stranger leaves him marked copies of “A Christmas Carol” as he considers romancing Sonja in Christmas present. Will Louis discern the best choices for Christmas future? Does it include the Poor House, again? Even so—will God bring healing and love to him this year?


My thoughts:

The Substitute Bride is an enchanting novella! With this tale of “A Christmas Carol meets It’s A Wonderful Life”, Carrie Fancett Pagels completely charmed me. I loved the delightful characters, engaging story line, and sweet romance. I also enjoyed the touch of intrigue and am left wondering about the mysterious stranger and the gifts she leaves. The Substitute Bride is a heartwarming story and a perfect treat for yourself or others this holiday season!

Speaking of treats, I am treating THREE of my readers to this delightful novella!

Giveaway- The Substitute Bride 

THREE readers will win a print copy of The Substitute Bride!

To enter the giveaway:
Comment with your favorite Christmas movie and your email address. The giveaway ends Sunday, December 20 at noon CST.  The winners will be drawn and announced Sunday afternoon.

To earn additional entries:
Follow this blog and/or share the giveaway via social media. Be sure to let me know what you’ve done to earn additional entries!

What is your favorite Christmas movie?



Carrie Fancett Pagels Ph.D. is an award-winning, best-selling, and multi-published Christian historical romance author. Carrie was a psychologist for twenty-five years. Married for twenty-seven years with two children. Carrie resides in Virginia’s Historic Triangle and enjoys reading, traveling and researching. She’s a finalist for the 2014 Maggie Awards for Excellence.


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#BlogTour: Cooking Up Christmas by Teresa Ives Lilly

8 Dec

Christmas Mail Order Angels Tour

As part of the Christmas Mail-Order Angels Tour hosted by Singing Librarian Books, I’m happy to welcome Teresa Ives Lilly to the blog today!  

Please share a little about yourself, Teresa.
I am in my fifties. I grew up in Buffalo New York…but got out of the snow as fast as possible. I now live in Texas, but I miss the changing seasons…and the snow Ha Ha.

When did you decide to pursue writing and eventually publication?
I homeschooled my children and once they were grown I began writing unit studies. However, I also began to pursue writing. I tried the traditional publishing at first, but met a nice woman on line who told me about self publishing and have followed that course since. (I was self publishing when it was not the THING to do)

What is your favorite part of the writing process? Least favorite?
Favorite is coming up with the ideas, least favorite is writing everything between the beginning and the end.

Please tell us about your latest release, Cooking up Christmas.
Cooking up Christmas is one book I wrote with a group of ladies. I was very pleased to be chosen to be in the group but working on a story line started by someone else in the first book was hard to go with.

What inspired this story?
I just kept wondering what kind of job the character could have in the town and it came to mind.

What will you be working on next?
I’m currently writing Wild Prairie Rose with many of the ladies from this book group. However, we all write our own story as long as we bring in the state flower.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?


Cooking Up Christmas

Cooking Up Christmas by Teresa Ives Lilly

Purchase a copy: http://amzn.to/1jKPqdL

When Henrietta agrees to become a mail order angel for Benjamin Capel, she moves to Angel Vale Wyoming eager to begin working in the town’s eatery. Although happy with her job and attracted to her husband-to-be, she discovers that Benjamin has several secrets. What does he do for a living, why does talking about money upset him so much and who actually owns the Angel Vale Eatery. Will these questions be answered so she can freely say I Do or does God have a different plan for her life in Angel Vale?

My thoughts:

Cooking Up Christmas is a delightful novella! I really enjoyed the chemistry between Henrietta and Benjamin and the development of their relationship through the story. Filled with humor and romance, Cooking Up Christmas is a heartwarming holiday tale!

I received a complimentary copy of this story in exchange for an unbiased review.  All thoughts expressed are my own.


Giveaway graphic- Christmas Mail-Order Angels Tour

I’m excited to share not one, but TWO giveaways!  

Giveaway #1 is just for this blog stop and includes an e-copy of Cooking Up Christmas.  Giveaway #2 is a tour-wide giveaway; the lucky winner will receive the entire Christmas Mail-Order Angels collection.  Click on the links below to enter BOTH giveaways!  

Giveaway #1 ~ An e-copy of Cooking Up Christmas

Giveaway #2 ~ The Christmas Mail-Order Angels Collection


Teresa Lilly

Teresa Ives Lilly has authored 16 novella/novels in Christian Romance. She tends to write historical but dabbles in contemporary as well. She also writes children’s chapter books and Unit Studies which are used in both private, public and homeschool. She lives in Texas with her husband and her grown children live near by. She currently owns and runs a Christian Library which offers over 2000 books to the public in the Christian genre only.

Connect with Teresa: website, Facebook


FREE download + Review: Christmas Lessons

22 Nov

Christmas Lessons

Christmas Lessons by Patty Smith Hall

Love isn’t always enough.

If it were, history teacher Claire Davenport would have married her childhood sweetheart Billy Warner in a heartbeat. But Billy has big dreams of coaching college football, a plan that could be sidetracked by Claire’s disability. Fearing he’ll resent her, Claire breaks their engagement and sets out to build a life around the children at her school.

Two years later, Billy Warner is back in Marietta, the new head coach at the school where Claire teaches, and determined to find out why she broke his heart. Working together to give Christmas to needy families in their community, they can’t deny the love they’ve always shared, but will it be enough to last a lifetime?


Christmas Lessons is an inspiring story! Patty Smith Hall tugged at my heartstrings in this sweet, Christmas novella. I loved Claire Davenport and Billy Warner and their rekindled romance.  Their story delighted me and warmed my heart! 

I am so excited to let you know that Christmas Lessons is FREE on Amazon today and tomorrow, November 22 and 23!

Download your FREE copy of Christmas Lessons!

Review: The Nativity Bride

20 Nov

The Nativity Bride

The Nativity Bride by Miralee Ferrell

Deborah Summers has waited five years and prayed for Curt Warren to return to Goldendale, Washington, passing up another marriage proposal by believing in her first love. When tragedy finally brings him home, will a rift with his father drive him away too quickly?


 I loved The Nativity Bride! Set in Goldendale, Washington, in the fall of 1875, this holiday novella captivated me and warmed my heart. Deborah Summers and Curt Warren’s story was touching and tender and I would love to read more of these endearing characters.

Miralee Ferrell pens stories you don’t want to end and characters you don’t want to let go of. The Nativity Bride is certainly no exception! A beautiful story of enduring love and the power of forgiveness, The Nativity Bride is a must read this holiday season!

Purchase your copy of The Nativity Bride from Amazon or Barnes and Noble for $0.99. 


Miralee Ferrell- headshot


Miralee Ferrell is a speaker, accredited counselor, and former ACFW chapter president who has published multiple contemporary and historical romance novels since starting to write in 2005. She enjoys horseback riding, gardening, and family gatherings around their eleven-acre property in Washington State’s beautiful Columbia River Gorge.


Interact with Miralee:

Website:  http://www.miraleeferrell.com

Facebook Author page:  http://www.facebook.com/miraleeferrell

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/miraleeferrell



I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. All thoughts expressed are my own and no monetary compensation was received.

Free download- An Apple For Christmas

7 Nov

I am excited to share that An Apple for Christmas, the fourth novella in the Christmas Traditions Series, is FREE on Amazon from November 7-9!  Download this delightful novella today!

An Apple for Christmas

Ruby Nelson trades her job in the laboratory for teaching in a small girls’ school in Vermont. Twin sisters challenge her position—and their father captivates her imagination. Will the orchard grower graft Ruby onto his heart?

Review: An Apple for Christmas + GIVEAWAY

22 Oct

An Apple for Christmas

An Apple for Christmas by Darlene Franklin

Ruby Nelson trades her job in the laboratory for teaching in a small girls’ school in Vermont. Twin sisters challenge her position—and their father captivates her imagination. Will the orchard grower graft Ruby onto his heart?


An Apple for Christmas is a wonderful novella! Darlene Franklin has penned a story as sweet and delicious as the apples she has written about. The endearing characters delighted and charmed me, as did the engaging storyline!

I loved An Apple for Christmas and I highly recommend this novella!



Connect with Darlene on her author page at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Darlene-Franklin/e/B001K8993A/ or find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Poet.Darlene.Franklin

Purchase your copy of An Apple for Christmas for only $0.99!



On Monday, I shared a lovely interview with Darlene Franklin.  She has graciously offered a Kindle copy of An Apple for Christmas to one lucky reader, so be sure and leave a comment to be entered! 

Commenting here and on Darlene’s interview post will earn you 2 entries in the giveaway!  The giveaway ends Saturday, October 25 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Interview: Darlene Franklin + GIVEAWAY

20 Oct


DarleneWelcome to Buzzing About Books, Darlene! Please share a little about yourself.

My greatest claim to fame is that I write full-time from a nursing home. I live in Oklahoma, near my son and his family, and continue my interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV in addition to writing. I am an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. I have written over thirty books and has written more than 250 devotionals.

When did you decide to pursue writing and eventually publication?

After I was divorced, 23 years ago now, I felt compelled to write about the things God was teaching me. Once I got into the habit of writing every day, I never stopped.

What is your writing process like? How has it changed in the last few years?

I tend to have a warm up routine. I check any recent interviews and blog spots for comments, emails to answer, sales trends to follow . . .in other words, I waste a lot of time. My computer rests on a movable table in my room. Turn on light and computer and television and get to work.

When I entered the nursing home 2 years ago, I had to adjust my daily goals. I have less time to write, and so I take longer to write a book. I do play fewer online games than I used to.

What is your favorite part of the writing process? Least favorite?

My favorite part? Brainstorming ideas. Seeing the finished product. The satisfaction that the process worked and I have another good book on my hands.

The least favorite is the writing itself. It is long and hard and boring. At times, it is agonizing. In the book I’m currently writing, I’m reliving my days of raising troubled teens as a divorced mother.

What is one of the most interesting things you’ve discovered while doing research?

I was in the Colorado History Museum researching the history of Italians in Colorado when I heard elephants bugling. When I tracked down the exhibit, I learned that circus elephants who spent their winter months in Denver helped with clearing the streets after the worst storm in state history. That scene made it into my story, Dressed in Scarlet.

An Apple for ChristmasPlease tell us about your latest release, An Apple for Christmas.

An Apple for Christmas is Book 4 in the Christmas Traditions series. Ruby Nelson trades her job in the laboratory for teaching in a small girls’ school in Vermont. Twin sisters challenge her position—and their father captivates her imagination. Will the orchard grower graft Ruby onto his heart?

What inspired this delightful story?

I have been writing about Vermont for years – nine books in all, from the Revolutionary War to contemporary. I don’t expect to write any more books set in Maple Notch. But I love the setting (I’m a native New England), so I looked at Vermont industries in the 1890s and was surprised to learn they were leaders in apples nationwide. So I wrote my apple story.

In An Apple for Christmas, I enjoyed the characters’ names and their meanings. How did you decide which names to use?

Choosing Mac(intosh) for the hero was the easy part. I originally chose the last name “Brown” but then decided that Cortland was a fine last name which also happened to refer to apples.

Choosing the girls’ names was harder. Today there are several apples with female names. However, few of them were in production in the 1890s. Margil and Pippin were among the few I could confirm were grown in the United States in that period.

I could nearly smell the scent of apples as I read, especially during the scene where Margil was cooking in the kitchen! What are some of your favorite apple treats?

McDonald’s apple pies. Apple pie of any kind. Apple crisp. Caramel apples, except I can’t chew them anymore.

Is there anything else you would like to share? What will you be working on next?

Thank you for asking. I am finishing up my 8th Maple Notch story, Runaway Love. It should come out from Harlequin Heartsong Presents next August. After that, I will write the final book of the series, Homecoming.

In December, my novella Miss Bliss in the Bear will appear in The Preacher’s Bride Collection. This year, people seem drawn to Colorado Melodies and The New England Romance Collection.

Thank you so much, Darlene. Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

For now, the best places are my author page at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Darlene-Franklin/e/B001K8993A/.

They can also find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Poet.Darlene.Franklin

An Apple for Christmas is available on Amazon



Darlene has graciously offered to give away one Kindle copy of An Apple for Christmas!  Leave a comment, including your email address, to be entered to win this delightful novella.  This giveaway ends Saturday, Oct. 25 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

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