Pinterest Treasure Hunt!


Pinterest Story Boards

Pinterest-iconHave you seen our authors’ Pinterest Boards for A Cup of Christmas Cheer? Several of our storytellers have a come up with a creative way of sharing how they envision their stories.  They’ve pinned images to virtual storyboards on Pinterest. The pictures (pins) will give you a glimpse of what each story is about. The images even helped inspire some of the authors while they were writing their stories for A Cup of Christmas Cheer.

If you haven’t been to Pinterest yet, it is a visual feast and a great place to store and view ideas. To access, you will need to have an account and log in. If you don’t already have one, it is easy to set one up, beginning by logging in with your Facebook, Twitter, or email address.

A Pinterest Treasure Hunt!

cccpinTo celebrate the release of this year’s A Cup of Christmas Cheer, Volumes 3 & 4, we’re having a Pinterest Treasure Hunt! The winner will receive a set of A Cup of Christmas Cheer, Volumes 3 &4!

1)  Go to our Pinterest Boards page and visit the volume 3 & 4 authors’ storyboards at

2)  As you browse each author’s board, look for one of the special items from the list below.

3)  When you locate an item, record the title of the CoCC story featured on that board.

4)  Submit your list of items with matching story titles by email to carlagade [at] gmail [dot] com (with the usual symbols and no spaces). Be sure to put “CoCC Treasure Hunt” in the subject line.

So, let’s get started! We hope you’ll enjoy seeing our story worlds on our Pinterest Boards and that you’ll be encouraged to read A Cup of Christmas Cheer!

A Cup of Christmas Cheer
Pinterest Treasure Hunt List

Baby Ruth Bar

Cameo Necklace

Engagement Ring


Magnolia Blossom

Grand Piano

Ringneck Pheasant

Skier Ornament

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Treasure Hunt Prize!

All those who submit an email with the correct answers
will be entered into a drawing for one set of
A Cup of Christmas Cheer, Volumes 3 & 4.

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(US addresses only, please.)

Drawing ends Thursday, November 20, 2014.
Winner will be announced Friday, November 21, 2014.

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Check out our Giveaways page to learn about our other fun giveaways,
including our Grand Prize Giveaway valued at $110.

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“The Memory Shop” by Carla Olson Gade

Greetings from Carla Olson Gade! I’m so excited to be included once again in A Cup of Christmas Cheer from Guideposts Books. I’m moving from the past to the present this year, but with a little nostalgic twist.

The setting:The Memory Shop
“The Memory Shop” takes place on Main Street, Woodbine, Iowa – this Christmas.

The story:
There is a little shop called “Memory Lane” in a revitalized mid-western American downtown. You know the one. It was one of the last hold-outs of the formerly dormant Main Street. Affectionately called “The Memory Shop,” folks reminisce about past times as they peruse all manner of gadgets, household items, entertainment and sports memorabilia, and holiday décor. Mr. Preble, the older gentlemen who runs the shop, encourages conversations and listens to his customers share their experiences and memories and consider the important stuff of life. For in this place, we see Christmas miracles of reconciliation and love that never forgets.

natboxThe inspiration:
I’m so nostalgic. Perhaps that has left me longing at times, but reminiscing can also help build a bridge from one heart to another. I have seen and experienced reconciliation in my own family, like that in my story, and observed the unconditional love of caregivers that are truly miracles of God’s love.

fhlThe takeaway:
My hope is that as the reader visits The Memory Shop they will think about their own personal history — the things that are important to them, what helped shape them, the relationships that matter. Because it’s not just about stuff. It’s about the people in our lives with whom we have shared memories.

Blue Christmas LightsChristmas traditions:
When I was a kid, for some reason we always had blue Christmas lights in our windows and sometimes on our tree. When I had my own family, there have been many years that we displayed blue lights in our windows and Christmas tree. The color has always warmed my heart and given me the glow of nostalgia in my heart.

Your turn:
What item of Christmas memorabilia might you find in a “memory shop” that would remind you of Christmastime during your childhood?

Wishing you all a nostalgic Christmas filled with warm memories, old and new!

My Giveaway:

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I’m offering a beautiful
Spode Christmas Tree ~ 12 oz Tisaniere
(tea mug with infuser and cover/coaster) to one winner!
(US residents only please for this giveaway.)

Click this link to be taken to the Rafflecopter drawing.

Congratulations to Connie R., winner of the mug!

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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.

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The storyteller:
Carla Olson GadeCARLA OLSON GADE writes adventures of the heart with historical roots, including novels Pattern for Romance, The Shadowcatcher’s Daughter, and best-selling Mistletoe Memories. Her story, “Upon a Christmas Tree Schooner” was included in Volume One of the 2013 A Cup of Christmas Cheer from Guideposts Books. A native New Englander, she writes from her home in rural Maine where she looks forward to celebrating a white Christmas with her family. Be sure to connect with Carla online by visiting her website at

See my Pinterest Storyboard for “The Memory Shop” here.

Nativity image courtesy of Oodles at Etsy.