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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
New Chrsitmas book & Give-A-Way: "Checkin' It Twice" is sure to delight with new Christmas stories!
Anyone who knows me is well aware that I am a push-over for a good Christmas story and/or movie. So I was thrilled to find this little book full of stories by various authors. An anthology is so nice during this time of year because you can finish a story in one reading and pick the book up the following day and enjoy an entirely different story.
"Checkin' it Twice & Other Heartwarming Holiday Tales" has 16 award-winning stories just in time for the Christmas holidays. The stories are the outcome of LDS Publisher's 2010 and 2011 Christmas Story Contest (and yes, there is a contest this year - you can get details below).
Follow Savanna, a young mother, whose children help her find a merry Christmas despite the financial difficulties her family is experiencing in "Christmas Gifts from Jesus" by Kasey Eyre. "Broken Things" by Angie Lofthouse reminds us that forgiveness is the greatest gift of all. It gave me chills as I read the last few lines. And in "With Wondering Awe" by Jennifer Carson Shelton we watch the transformation of a distraught young teen who finds healing through service to honor her younger sister who passed away. And that's just three examples - get the book to read them all!! Enjoy!!!
You can find out about the book, about the authors and this year's contest at the blog: "Checkin' it Twice" - blog Plus you can even read short samples of the stories!!
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And if you a writer (newbie or seasoned) and you want to contribute a story for this year's contest ~ YOU ONLY HAVE A COUPLE OF DAYS!! Contest ends on Nov. 30th ~ Go here: 2012 Story Contest - ends FRI, NOV 30th
One more thing - If you want to enter to get a free e-book copy of the book - just comment on this blog AND become a follower to this blog (if you aren't already). Then, on Monday, Dec. 3, at 8am random drawing will reveal a lucky winner from among those who qualify. Cheers!!!
~Some of the books I review are given to me by the author or the publisher, some I have purchased myself, some are gifts and some I get at the library. All books, regardless of how I came to read them, get my honest opinion. I also reserve the right to refuse books for review at my own discretion. Just thought you might like to know. (However, in the future, I expect my reviews will be on my book review blog: Stephanie's Book Reviews & Author Interviews)
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I grew up in Southern CA, graduated from Hollywood High School and met my sweetheart in a snowball fight at BYU. I love my remarkable and growing family (great husband, Jim, married in 1970; 5 kids - 4 living - and assorted in-laws and at last count, 18 grandchildren)!!