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Christmas Stocking Mash-Up

It began innocently enough–just two friends shopping in Michael’s. We did the usual… you know, finding cool things, spending WAY too much money, laughing!  Talking! But… but then this happened:

Christmas Lights stocking giveaway-mash-up

And today’s the day!

Yep! It’s time! After terrorizing Michael’s with our incessant videos, we bought the stocking and filled that sucker! I’m a sucker for stockings, so that really does fit. Just sayin’.

What’s in this knitted sock of surprises? Well, if I tell you, it won’t be a surprise! Oh, all right.  Here goes! First a couple of pictures….

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Trip the Light Fantastic

  • A bag of “Life Is Too Short for Bad Coffee” brand coffee!
  • Beeswax lip balm
  • Beeswax lotion (from scandalous “naked bees”).
  • A “complete collection” of Miss Marple books… in miniature. And readable!
  • A set of hand-crafted book-inspired notecards
  • A set of mini notebooks because I love those little things!
  • A notepad for taking notes while reading so you can bless the author with a thoughtful review! (Or do it THIS way and save time and trees!)
  • An absolutely stunning, handmade, beaded bookmark.  Seriously. GORGEOUS.
  • Various author “swag”
  • Chocolate (not shown. I ate it and have to replace it.  Just kidding. Didn’t buy it yet).
  • Fuzzy socks (to keep  your toes warm while you read!)
  • Tea bags (spicy goodness!)
  • Trip the Light Fantastic paperback
  • Snow Angels paperback
  • Christmas Stalkings paperback
  • 21 Days of Christmas hardback

A perfect gift for you or any book-loving friend.  International entries are welcome, but the stocking will only be shipped to a US or APO address.  Sorry.  This thing’s heavy!

Of course, the only way to truly appreciate how this stocking is a “mash-up” of Snow Angels and Christmas Stalkings is to read both books in the Christmas Lights Collection. Of course, we recommend you read ALL the books in the collection.  April’s madcap mystery, Vikki’s heartwarming tale of second-chances and the Lord’s provision.  But… guess what?

There’s More Stocking Goodness…

Sorta.   You see… we have NEWS!!!

New Year's RevolutionsChristmas Stalkings has a prequel/sequel coming out. That’s right, there’s more of Wendy, Neal, Wanda, Peter, and gang! The book is available for pre-order now and will release on 12.31.16. That’s right.  New Year’s Revolutions, the “rest of the story” releases on New Year’s Eve!  I’ve even got a COOL BONUS for it! Prepare to revolutionize your life in 2017–and watch my progress as I fumble and bumble to do the same!  WOOT!


Baggage ClaimSnow Angels, the delightful story that it is, isn’t the only book Cathe has written. She’s coming out with the second book in the Great Lakes Series: Baggage Claim.  It’s available for pre-order now! and releases on 2.14.16.  Valentine’s Day.  It’s like we’ve got this holiday theme going or something!

Ben’s on a race against time and with the last people he ever thought he’d want helping him. His kids are in hiding, and his own life may be in danger.  Find out what’s going on at Great Lakes Therapy in Baggage Claim!


Spilled Ink Hidden CoverApril Hayman has the next in her Heirlooms of Deception series coming out in Winter of 2017.  That’s right!  There’s more to Trip the Light Fantastic!  See Landry in his natural environment… and meet Ree!  His niece and his arch enemy–his sister!

Stay tuned on April’s site and social media for her upcoming COVER REVEAL!  This is just a mock cover to whet your appetite!


Here’s an image to share! We’d really appreciate it!

stocking giveaway

AND!  We’ve added another book!  Kathy Ide’s 21 Days of Christmas a fiction lover’s devotional!

stocking readers mash up giveaway

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Please comment and tell us what you’d like most under the Christmas tree this year (or just wrapped in a shiny bow if trees aren’t your thing. 🙂 )

Neal’s Hot Chocolate: The Cheater Gourmet

Just don’t call him that to his face.  He might not like it!

neal's hot chocolate

In Christmas Stalkings, Neal Kirkpatrick tries, or so it seems, to sweeten his disposition with a cup of doctored hot chocolate.  I spent quite a bit of time trying to come up with the version I imagined him using and I did it!

Neal’s Cheater Gourmet Hot Chocolate


(makes 2 mugs or 1 large mug)

  • 2 hot chocolate packets (I used Swiss Miss)
  • 3 TBS Hershey’s cocoa powder
  • 1.5 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 capful (small bottle) of almond extract
  • Redi-whip (or whipping cream to whip your own)


Heat the milk on medium-low until near boiling.  Add all ingredients and stir continually.  Just before boiling, pour into your mug(s) and top with whipped cream.  Cocoa powder sprinkled on top is optional but looks quite “gourmet.”


stalkings quote

THIS… is what Wendy thinks of Mr. “You don’t know how to make a decent cup of hot chocolate.”  For more quotes from the book, visit my Pinterest board for Christmas Stalkings!

To read all the books for an insanely low price, purchase The Christmas Lights Collection while it’s still on sale for just 0.99!

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The Christmas Lights Collection Debuts!

Something magical happens on Thanksgiving day.  In homes all over the country, families gather, friends without anywhere to go find themselves folded into families as if a testament to the Psalmist’s words.  I’ve always loved those words, “God places the lonely in families” (Psalm 68:6 NLT).  Laughter, gratitude, and often mountains of food fill the day.  Football, family stories, Uncle Herbert’s trademarked jokes that even the toddlers know the punchline to.

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Later, as the day draws to a close, as cars load up with children on the trip back home from Grandma’s or Aunt June’s, as Grandma redistributes the single slices in half a dozen pie tins into one motley circle on a cake dome, it happens.  Often, we don’t even know what “it” is.  But a shift forms in the air.

In our hearts.

People all over America rise at ungodly hours and brave freezing temperatures to stand in line for sales that will stretch their Christmas budget. Still others wait until the sun shines and brave the cold to haul out boxes and plastic totes loaded with lights–Christmas lights.

Christmas Lights - a novella collection

All white–with or without icicles.  Vibrant colors that blink. And of course, just blue, just pink, just green, gold, purple.

Over the next few days, yard decor springs up on lawns all over the country. Candles appear in windows.  In some homes, advent readings begin.

It’s easy to be pulled into the hectic side of the season–the race to find the perfect gift, the flurry of activities, the baking! Time becomes a precious commodity to be spent with the same judicious care as the gift and charity budgets.

However, if we don’t take small moments to refresh and reflect, if we don’t take the time to pause and appreciate, it becomes easy to see this wonderful season as a burden. As a matter of fact, often it becomes just another series of check boxes in our frenetic dance to finally complete our never-ending “to-do” lists.

Christmas Lights Collection

That’s where The Christmas Lights Collection comes in.

Four short novellas in a variety of genres–that’s all they are.  Just four stories to quiet your heart and soul as you embrace the beauty of the season.  Inside, you’ll find Vikki Kestell’s historical romance and a reminder that the Lord’s plans are always just what we need.  We’ll introduce you to Cathe Swanson’s unlikely romance about a woman who sets out to do one good deed as she is drawn into the lives of a cast of eccentric elderly people.   And you don’t want to miss meeting April Hayman and her southern madcap mystery.  And you’ll find my book, Christmas Stalkings, a Christian fiction novella that blends comedy, suspense, and a garnish of romance.

We hope that through these light Christmas stories, to lighten and brighten your hearts, so we offer you this collection. Merry Christmas! And a happy, light read!

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