I have the high honor of being included in a box set this Christmas season called Christmas Blessings: Seven Inspirational Romances of Love, Hope & Faith! As you read this, I will be traveling with my family. Tuesday’s activities will take us to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, and then I am scheduled to meet with one of my most loyal readers (one of my favorite things to do!) in Hickory, NC. On Wednesday, we will be in our beloved little mountain town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, nestled in the beautiful Smoky Mountains.
I will be available to respond to comments at some point during the day, but I thought today’s blog would be the perfect opportunity to tell you a little more about Christmas Blessings.
The set is a limited edition box set of eBooks priced at only 99 cents and exclusive to Amazon and Amazon Kindle Unlimited. Originally set to release on October 30th, the date has been moved to October 24th which means it is now available as you read this! The low price will remain the same throughout the life of the set. It features two brand new Christmas titles from Angel Moore and Alexa Verde as well as five holiday classics from Amazon contemporary Christian romance bestsellers Leah Atwood, Belle Calhoune, JoAnn Durgin, Heather Gray, and Melissa Tagg! If I don’t say so myself, that’s quite a deal!
Below are the individual books covers, a brief description of each book, and–to make it even more fun–the inspiration behind each of the stories (if provided by the individual author)!
Please feel free to leave a comment by October 30th answering the below question and you could be eligible to win one of three box sets I will be giving away! Here is that question:
What is your favorite Christmas tradition in your home (either growing up or now)?
COME TO ME JOYFUL by Leah Atwood
Although Kate Jergens presents her life as the picture of perfection to everyone, old insecurities prevent her from letting people see who she really is. As the holidays approach, those insecurities reappear. Luke Tatum realizes he doesn’t know Kate as well as he thought when he sees her with her guard down. As he discovers who Kate really is, his admiration and attraction to her grows. When faced with the possibility of losing someone she loves, Kate’s faith wavers. This Christmas, will she accept support from Luke or will she push him away? The inspiration behind the story? Leah says this: Kate and Luke’s story was originally planned to be the third book of the Come to Me Series, but while writing Book 2, Come to Me Free, one of my characters jumped off script. That action left loose ends to be tied up, and Kate and Luke’s story no longer fit for the final book. However, I knew their story had to be told and I’d had it planned for over year. Lo and behold, it became a companion Christmas novella and one of my favorites I’ve written.
WHEN YOU BELIEVE by Belle Calhoune
Maggie Kilcannon lives in Breeze Point, Cape Cod after leaving her native Ireland. After tragically losing her parents, Maggie’s weary about loving and losing anyone. When she meets Alec Donahue, a soldier on Christmas leave, she falls madly in love with him. Can she live with the uncertainty of loving a soldier on active duty? Alec Donahue always wanted to serve his country, but his life changes when he meets the beautiful, spirited Maggie. He wants forever with Maggie, who’s reluctant to give her heart to someone who might leave her. Can Alec make Maggie believe in happily ever after? The inspiration behind the story? Belle says this: I wrote When You Believe because I think Alec and Maggie Donahue are at the heart of the Seven Brides, Seven Brothers Series. Their unconditional love and support and faith led them to create an amazing family filled with seven adopted children. I always knew they were extraordinary people so I wanted readers to be a part of their love story. After all, their love story is really the foundation of the Donahue brothers.
PERCHANCE TO DREAM by JoAnn Durgin
Ellie Franklin and Ryan Sullivan are the hometown sweethearts of Cade’s Corner, Ohio. As their Christmas wedding approaches, Ryan is expected back from his second deployment to Afghanistan. When an unforeseen event occurs, will Ellie’s plans be postponed or come to a screeching halt? With faith, family, and the support of an entire town behind her, will this bride’s prayers for a holiday miracle be answered? The inspiration behind the story? JoAnn says this: Perchance to Dream is a standalone novel; however, I tied in my TeamWork crew from my Lewis Legacy Series near the end of the book to make it fun for readers. I hadn’t announced the connection beforehand, so it was a fun surprise! It’s also my first foray into first-person narrative from the heroine Ellie’s perspective. I enjoyed the challenge, and the story itself begged to be told in that manner. To say any more would give away a twist in the book, but after my Starlight Christmas Series had ended, this was another holiday story I loved writing with a strong story of love, family, and the closeness of a tight-knit, small-town.
NOWHERE FOR CHRISTMAS by Heather Gray
Avery’s a journalist and mom to teenager Eli. Gavin’s an enigmatic photographer. A botched schedule lands them all in a rental car for Christmas. With everything that goes wrong, it’ll take a miracle to get them anywhere. But miracles come in surprising packages. Like a bait shop owner and a family that can’t agree on how to remove a skunk’s stink. Join the trio as they learn reaching the destination doesn’t mean the journey’s over. God has so much more in store for them. After all—anything can happen on the road to Nowhere. The inspiration behind the story? Heather says this: Personal tragedy has a way of bringing out the best and the worst in us. Following my own personal tragedy, I had a season of sadness. Life still needed to be lived, though, and it called out to me and begged me to embrace it again. Nowhere for Christmas will always have a special place in my heart because it’s the book I wrote when I first decided that I wanted to let sunshine back into my life. When I turned that corner, I did it in a big way – with a romantic comedy that still makes me laugh. I give God all the glory for seeing me through that time in my life, and I praise Him for bringing laughter back to my heart in such a delightful way.
CHRISTMAS LOST AND FOUND by Angel Moore
When Serena comes home determined to save her mother’s shop, the manager blames her for her mother’s troubles. But he’s the only person she can rely on for help. Has Michael wasted the years he spent trying to keep All Things Christmas open? Serena’s resolve to correct things financially threatens the heart of the store. It’s about Christmas. Not just sales. Has Serena become so calculating that she doesn’t celebrate her faith anymore? Angel Moore writes historical romance for Love Inspired, and this is her second contemporary Christian romance.
ONE ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS by Melissa Tagg
Last December, author Maren Grant went on a magical date with her book’s cover model—Colin Renwycke. Fast forward one year. With a looming deadline, Maren is desperate to recapture her creative spark. Then she remembers Colin’s invitation to visit his family’s Iowa farm… Drew Renwycke never planned to move home and take over the farm. But he’s spent too many years watching his siblings unravel—including Colin. When Maren lands on his doorstep, he realizes she may be the key to coaxing his brother home. But what if he’s in for an unexpected holiday romance himself? The inspiration behind the story? Melissa says this: When I first saw the cover for my second Walker Family book, I instantly swooned over the cover model the publisher chose to represent Logan Walker in my series. Logan is my favorite hero I’ve ever written anyway, and when I saw the model on the cover, I happily freaked out. He couldn’t have more perfectly portrayed the Logan in my head! And being the somewhat ridiculous person I am, I very publicly announced my love for the character, for the dude on the cover, everything. And I had quite a few readers and Facebook fans tell me the idea of an author falling in love with her cover model sounds like a story idea. So on a whim, last September I started writing a story about that very thing. I set it in the same fictional town as my Walker series. I didn’t even know if I’d finish writing it or ever release it…but once I started writing it, I couldn’t stop. And it ended up being my first indie-published project.
SEASON OF MIRACLES by Alexa Verde
Nurse Lana Smith gives herself a gift for Christmas, a fresh start in a small town. After escaping a dead-end relationship with a celebrity, she avoids her patient’s grandson, a pro football player. When Arturo gradually thaws her frozen heart, can her Christmas wish for family and affection come true? Football is Arturo De La Vega’s life, but he returns to his hometown to help his ailing grandfather. Lana challenges Arturo to reach for stars of faith and love. Is Arturo’s quest for glory worth crushing Lana’s dreams and sacrificing his heart’s true desire? The inspiration behind the story? Alexa says this: Simply put, I loved writing this book. Christmas is truly the most wonderful time of the year, and Christmas miracles is part of the joy the season brings us. It was a huge honor and privilege for me to be in this wonderful set with such talented authors, and sometimes I still can’t believe I got this chance. I have to admit this novel was a challenge for me in many senses, too. I entered the world of book publishing with Christian romantic suspense. Not only Arturo’s and Lana’s story was my first Christmas novel and the first Christian contemporary romance, I had to learn together with my heroine about football. Yes, I confess to having been absolutely ignorant about this great sport, but now I’m a fan!