Happy holidays! Christmas will be here before you know it. Have you finished your decorating, baking and shopping? Me either. But I’ll get to it as soon as I tell you about our November winners…
Anne Baxter Campbell will give away a print or Kindle copy of Blessed by Time to Marilyn R. Congrats!
Judythe Morgan is gifting either a print or a Kindle copy of her book, When Love Blooms, to Ginger Solomon. Woo hoo!
Donna Schlachter is offering a free print copy of MissAdventure Brides Collection to Linda Matchett .
Our faithful readers mean so much to us. We appreciate each and every one of you. THANK YOU!
As a member of the North Alabama Writer’s group, I’m thrilled to be able to share a new Romantic Christmas Novella collection, “The Heart of Christmas”, written by some of our members. Today, we’ll talk to Janie Winsell about her book in the collection, Finding Wisdom in Noel.
Hi, Janie! So glad you could join us. First question:
Do you have any interesting writing rituals?
Janie: I write best at night. Depending on what type of book I’m writing, I will tune up my iPhone to instrumental music that puts me in that mood. For instance, writing my Christmas novella, I was listening to Christmas music in July. Music helps me visualize scenes and tap into my character’s emotions.
What is Finding Wisdom in Noel about?
Janie: Billie Sonders does not like Christmas, but in order to escape her ex-fiance’s wedding, she accepts a Christmas blogging assignment in Noel, Montana “The Christmas Playground.” While there, she meets Aiden, a struggling uncle in need of some guidance with his mischievous nephew. Together, Billie and Aiden discover love, healing, and wisdom.
What is your favorite part of the book?
Janie: I had a blast writing the line-dancing fight scene. Don’t worry, no one really gets hurt, just a few smashed toes, but visualizing two grown men having a dance fight in front of an entire town had me laughing out loud. A few of my critique partners and beta readers also expressed their enjoyment of reading that scene.
Is there a message in your book you hope readers will grasp?
Janie: I always write with a message on my heart. Sometimes the message changes as I write the story. That’s what happened with Finding Wisdom in Noel. I began writing the story with a message of love at Christmas time, but as I dug deeper into my characters, I found that the real message was God provides healing for those that have been hurt. He did not cause the hurt, even though we like to blame Him for it, but He always provided His healing touch to soothe our hurt and heal our scars.
And last question. Where can readers find you online?
Thanks so much for joining us, my friend!
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Janie Winsell is a Christian author who lives in Alabama. She writes Contemporary Women’s fiction, Romance, and Romantic Suspense. She received her Master’s Degree in Creative Writing at Full Sail University. She is a member of ACFW and active in the critique main loop. She writes about real Christians who, like the world, are not perfect, but through God’s love and discipline, they learn the lessons needed to grow in their relationship with their Heavenly Father as well as with each other.
Travel photographer Billie accepts an assignment in Noel, Montana, to escape her ex-fiance’s wedding. Aiden takes custody of his nephew Kris and embarks on a journey of parenthood. When a luggage mishap brings Billie and Aiden together, they must find healing and wisdom in order for their love to flourish.
Finding Wisdom in Noel can be found in the Christmas box set “The Heart of Christmas.” Here’s a little more about the set . . .
The Heart of Christmas: A Romantic Christmas Novella Collection
Announcing five new stories filled with faith, hope, forgiveness, and of course happily-ever-afters. Each story focuses on an element of the Nativity, from the angels to the wise men. Be swept up in the love of the season and the promise of forever that the Christ child, the true Heart of Christmas, brings.
By Jennifer Hallmark
I hope you had a Merry Christmas, my friends, and are looking forward to a Happy New Year, a fresh start in 2018. We’ve so enjoyed spending time with you in 2017 as we talked about writing, life, family, and everything else. The last five years have been a blessing to me and each member of our Crew.
Next year, our blog will see new and exciting changes. We’ll be more focused with a specific audience in mind. And we’ll have a new name. The Crew is hard at work in order to get everything ready in time for the new year. Want to know more? Then don’t miss our January 1st post for all the details.
I love the last week of the year. For me, it’s a chance to take a breath, put away Christmas decorations, and finish 2017 strong. Here are steps you can take to help move from Christmas into the New Year that I found in Jack Hayford’s book Come and Behold Him...
- Fast and pray- seek God. Remember. Renew.
- Read a meaningful (to you) book of the Bible.
- Redecorate the house for the New Year. It is very important to start the New Year fresh and alive!
- Send thank you notes and letters.
- Summarize and organize-write a list of things that you were not able to accomplish in 2017- check off any that are not important and set a few goals for 2018.
These small steps help me focus on what lies ahead. Thank you again for spending time at our blog and we hope to see you often in the future.
Remember: Don’t miss January 1st…
Click to tweet: The last week of the year is a chance to take a breath, put away Christmas decorations, and finish 2017 strong. Here are steps you can take to help move from Christmas into the #NewYear #2018
Wow. Christmas is truly just around the corner. I still have shopping to do, blog posts to write, and cookies to bake. Not to mention parties to attend and family get-togethers, well, to get together. But let’s take a moment to pause and let y’all know who won our Once Upon A Christmas Giveaway III.
Once Upon a Christmas Giveaway
We offered three sets of prizes for our grand prize winners.
First giveaway prize package – $25 Barnes and Noble gift card, Books: Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women (hardback) and The Reason by William Sirls (paperback)
Second giveaway prize package– $25 Starbucks gift card, Books: The Tilting Leaves of Autumn by Robin E. Mason (signed paperback) and Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dating Game (paperback)
Third giveaway prize package – $25 Subway gift card, jewelry, Books: A Perfect Fit by Karen Jurgens (ebook) and The Whisper of the Palms by Harriet E. Michael (paperback)
Now the moment you are all waiting for:
(1)First giveaway- Laura Zimmerman
(2)Second giveaway-Sonnetta Jones
(3)Third giveaway-Sum Dietzel
Congratulations to all our winners! We’ll be getting in touch with you soon so we can send those gifts to you. A big thank you to everyone that entered. It was by far our best contest yet…
Stay tuned to all the big changes ahead in 2018…And don’t forget our weekly 3 Questions Wednesday interviews.