Saturday, July 9, 2022

Christmas in July

A Christmas in July gift—a blog tour! 




Happy Christmas in July! Welcome to the 2022 Christmas in July Reader Blog Tour & Giveaway, which runs July 15-22, 2022 (contest closes at 8 p.m. Eastern on 7/22). At the bottom of each author’s blog post, you will find the name of a Christmas song. Write them all down and provide all song titles (26 in total) on this Google form. Click here for a list of all participating authors and their links!

Note: You must grab all the song titles from every author in the 2022 Christmas in July Reader Blog Tour & Giveaway to be eligible to win the grand prize of a $520 Amazon gift card, plus a copy of each participating author's book OR first place prize of a copy of each participating author's book. At the end of this blog post is a link to the next blog, and so on, to the final blog post (26 authors in all). 


 

I mostly write women’s fiction. Two of my published books are collections of women’s fiction novellas. But my third book, Millie’s Christmas, is a children’s story.

 

Several years ago in December, I decided to challenge myself to write every day by writing a Christmas story. When I started writing the first day, I didn’t know what a gift god was going to give me.

 

Millie’s Christmas has brought me such joy. Truly, I believe this story was a gift from God. I am not a children’s book author.

 

I promote this as a story for children kindergarten to second grade, but I believe people of any age can enjoy it.

 

MILLIE’S CHRISTMAS

 

This is Millie’s first Christmas, and Ruthie says she’ll love it. Ruthie is Millie’s best friend, so she’s sure Ruthie’s right, but why does Millie keep finding Ruthie and Ruthie’s brother Jake crying?

 

This story is told from the point of view of Millie, an orange kitten. Her best friend Ruthie, who is six years old, teaches Millie about Christmas—the food, decorations, music, presents—and Millie keeps hearing about Jesus. Millie’s friend Bruce, the family dog, also helps her celebrate Christmas, and sometimes gets her in trouble.

 

Then Ruthie’s big brother Jake breaks his ankle, and Millie also starts learning about sad things—like divorce—when Jake can’t visit his mommy for Christmas. Millie watches Ruthie’s family love each other through the sadness, and find joy in Christmas.



Now, it’s time for my Christmas song title: Jingle Bell Rock.

Save the holiday song titles from each of the 26 blog stops, and when you reach the final blog, enter all the song titles on this form for a chance to win the grand prize of a $520 Amazon gift card and a copy of each participating author's featured book OR first prize of a copy of each participating author's featured book.

Thank you so much for visiting! The next author on the tour is Donna Schlachter, and her Christmas book Time Will Tell. You can find it at this link:

https://donnaschlachter.com/welcome-to-christmas-in-july-reader-blog-tour

Remember, the 2022 Christmas in July Reader Blog Tour & Giveaway ends July 22 at 8 PM EST!

20 comments:

  1. This sounds like fun. Our temperatures have been reaching past the century mark the past few days with more of the same in the forecast, so the thought of Christmas is a welcome one!

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    1. God bless you, Patti. Stay inside and read Christmas stories.:)

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  2. What a fun idea!!! I love Christmas songs and sometimes can't wait until November to play them. Love your Christmas books, BTW!!! :)

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    1. Oh, I know what you mean. Bring on those Christmas songs!:)

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  3. I enjoy reading children’s books occasionally. Millie’s Christmas sounds like a fun read.

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  4. Your book sounds like a great read, what a beautiful story Millies Christmas sounds like. I love, love everything Christmas. Alicia Haney. aliciabhaney(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  5. Millies story sounds great. I will have to order it for my little one. Signing up for your newsletter thank you.

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  6. My inner child loves to read children’s Christmas stories! Merry Christmas in July! Thank you for sharing about your book and for offering this giveaway opportunity!

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  7. I’m wondering if it was hard for you to go from writing Women’s Fiction to writing a children’s book?

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    1. I wasn't planning to write a children's book. It was just a fun exercise to help me write every day. That's why I really think it was a gift from God. When I think about trying to write a children's book now, it really does seem too hard.:)

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    1. Jingle Bell Rock is a favorite of mine.

      Thank you for participating in this fun, thoughtful and generous Giveaway with all the other authors.

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    2. I love Jingle Bell Rock too.:)

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  9. Sometimes children's books teach us the most.

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