A Party You Won’t Want to Miss!

Do you like books? Do you like giveaways?

We’ve got the perfect event for you!

We’re hosting a Facebook party, and you’re invited!

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What is a Facebook party, you might ask?

It’s an interactive online chat with the authors of A Cup of Christmas Cheer. You’ll be able to come and go as you please, open-house style. Or if you want to stay for the whole time, you’ll have greater odds of winning prizes!

We’ll be sharing behind-the-scenes tidbits about the authors and our stories, as well as giving away books every half hour.

Here’s a sampling of the prizes in store.

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Interested in joining us?

Simply click THIS LINK, then select “Join.” Log onto Facebook just before the start of the party, and you’ll be notified when it’s time to begin.

We hope to see you there!

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“Christmas Dreams” by Ashley Clark

Hello from Ashley Clark! I’m so excited to be included once again in A Cup of Christmas Cheer from Guideposts Books. I’ve got another story set in the modern-day South, which appears in Volume Four: Heartwarming Tales of Christmas Present, but this time I’m moving from Charleston to one of my favorite small towns in Alabama.

sunsetThe setting:
“Christmas Dreams” takes place in Fairhope, Alabama, which is just about the quaintest, nicest small town you’ll ever see—full of sweet tea, pecan pie, and southern hospitality.

The story:
“Christmas Dreams” is about a widow who’s excited to see her family for Christmas, until she gets word their flight has been delayed. Already halfway through her cooking and baking preparations, she decides to finish the food she’s started but realizes she doesn’t have any more eggs, so she phones her neighbor. The neighbor promises to send over a nephew to take her to the store, but what starts as a simple errand turns into an afternoon full of dreams she had long given up on. She dances in the park, for instance, and tries boiled chestnuts. But then the woman gets an unbelievable revelation. What if the man she’s spent Christmas with isn’t her neighbor’s nephew at all…what if he’s actually Heaven sent? She learns you’re never too old to have a Christmas dream that matters to God.

The Bishop's WifeThe inspiration:
When I think of my favorite Christmas stories, they usually blend the disappointing realities of real life with the glitz and hope of Christmas magic—whether that takes the form of an angel, an unexpected gift, or Jimmy Stuart’s friends lending him a whole heap of money. One of my favorite old movies is The Bishop’s Wife, so I drew some inspiration from that story and put it into a completely new context.

The takeaway:
The fact is, everyone has a dream, whether you’re five or ninety-five, but life sometimes has a way of disappointing us. We often think we are being practical or logical in letting go of our long-kept heart dreams, but I wonder if that’s really what’s best? Especially if those dreams were placed in our lives by God. I wrote this story in hopes that readers will be encouraged to fight for their dreams, no matter how hard or far away they seem, because all of our dreams matter so very much to God. And an unfulfilled dream may only be a few steps away from a dream come true.

WafflesChristmas traditions:
I have so many favorite Christmas traditions, it’s hard to choose! I grew up in Florida, so my family and I are huge Disney fans. Each Christmas, after we open presents and read the Christmas story in the Bible, we eat waffles and watch the Disney Christmas parade on ABC. Something about the parade just puts me in the Christmas spirit for the rest of the day, and one year, we even saw it live!

Your turn:
What dreams do you have for this Christmas season? They can be anything from a long-kept goal to a gift you hope to receive!

My giveaway!

I’m offering a $10 Amazon e-gift card to one lucky winner!
Click this link to be taken to our Rafflecopter drawing.
Once there, follow the directions to enter.

For your protection, do not include personal information in a comment.

Congratulations to Amy C, winner of the giveaway!

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Check out the Giveaways page on our site to learn about our  Goodreads giveaway.
We’re offering five sets of A Cup of Christmas Cheer Volumes Three and Four.

(Note: If comments aren’t visible below the post, click the green circle under the post date.)

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ashleyclarkheadshotThe Storyteller:
Ashley Clark writes romance with southern grace. She is represented by Karen Solem of Spencerhill Associates and holds a Master of Arts in English Creative Writing. Her publishing credits include short stories in Guideposts’ A Cup of Christmas Cheer, articles in Susie Magazine as well as SciendaQ, and her editing experience includes two literary journals published by the University of West Florida. Ashley is a 2011 and 2014 Genesis Contest semifinalist, and she teaches writing and literature courses at her local university. When she’s not writing, Ashley’s probably rescuing stray dogs, traveling, or finding new small towns for story settings.

“The Family Quilt” by Mona Hodgson

Greetings! What a thrill for me to partner with Guideposts Books in bringing heartwarming stories of family and community, love and hope to your hearth in A Cup of Christmas Cheer, Volume Three: Heartwarming Tales of Christmas Past.

Gingerbread ornamentsThe setting:
“The Family Quilt” takes place in Cripple Creek, Colorado. Step back in time to stop in and visit with the Michaels family for Christmas 1898.

The story:
An adult daughter is making a scrap quilt for Christmas to cheer her newly widowed mother and soon finds that the painful remnants in her own heart are being stitched together in love.

Join Patsy Michaels for a cup of tea in the parlor at Miss Hattie’s Boardinghouse. She’s an 1890s stuck-in-the-middle mom to three children, two of them teenage girls, and is daughter to a recently widowed and uprooted mother. Good chance Patsy’s not the only one who has found herself in difficult circumstances in the Christmas season. I know I’ve been there. Perhaps you have, too. Join me in the pages of “The Family Quilt” to see how God answers Patsy’s prayers, even the ones she didn’t realize had passed from her heart to His.

Nine Patch cropped 2The inspiration:
I was the one at my mom’s side when she was widowed at age 56. My two daughters were teenagers at the time, so I knew what it felt like to be in the middle. My sister, Linda, is a quilter, and when her father-in-law passed, she made a memory quilt for her mother-in-law.

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The takeaway:
My hope is that readers spending time with the various generations of the Michaels’ women in “The Family Quilt” will find new joy in precious memories from their own family histories and be reminded that it’s the gift of one’s time and one’s self that best expresses love.

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Christmas traditions:
Several years ago, I decided to add a sweet and spicy nut mix to my holiday snack tray and Christmas goodie packages I sent home with friends and family. Enter my Southwestern Spicy Pecans, made using salt, sugar, and cayenne.

Your turn:
Do you make a special treat for Christmas parties and family gatherings? We’d love to hear about it.

My Giveaway!

I’m offering a Christmas cup of cheer, a mug filled with goodies.
(US or Canadian residents only for this giveaway, please.)

Click this link to be taken to the Rafflecopter drawing.
Once there, follow the directions to enter.

For your protection, do not include personal information in a comment.

Congratulations to Robin W., winner of the giveaway!

May your Christmas be filled with warm memories and cozy family quilts!

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Check out the Giveaways page on our site to learn about our  Goodreads giveaway.
We’re offering five sets of A Cup of Christmas Cheer Volumes Three and Four.

(Note: If comments aren’t visible below the post, click the green circle under the post date.)

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Mona Hodgson Gray croppedThe storyteller:

MONA HODGSON is the author of nearly 40 books, historical novels for adults and children’s books, including her popular Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series, The Quilted Heart novellas, and Prairie Song. Her children’s books include bestseller, Bedtime in the Southwest, Real Girls of the Bible: A 31-Day Devotional, and many more. Mona from Arizona speaks for women’s conferences and retreats, book clubs and reading groups, schools, and conferences for writers and librarians. Learn more about Mona at www.monahodgson.com.