Friday, December 14, 2012

My Holiday Gifts to YOU!!! Gift Card, books and swag!

I love Christmas. I really do. And when I'm asked about my favorite story, one in particular always comes to mind.
When my son was about five, we lived in Ohio in this beautiful multi-level cedar sided house. It had decks on both ends of the house. That year, we had our Christmas Tree in the sun-room on the south side of the house.
At five, our son was curious about Santa. He was worried that the reindeer wouldn't be able to land because our roof was shrouded in trees. We promised him that the reindeer would make it work. They'd get Santa here somehow.
Christmas morning we woke up and had our celebration. After a little while, my husband stepped out to the deck for firewood. Within a few seconds he called me out to look at what he'd found.
Reindeer prints in the snow! They were deer prints, of course, (I think) but it so totally backed up our street cred with our boy when he saw them. Santa and the reindeer had made it to our house!
The deck was 2 stories up! If you look in the background, that's my jeep down below.
Check out the pics! I do apologize for the quality- these are pictures of pictures, but I think you can get an idea.

The even crazier part is where these prints actually were. This side of the house was set into the hill, and the deck was L-shaped. The 'reindeer' walked UP four steps then turned the corner of the L. We couldn't believe them when we saw them. 
So, that's my Christmas story. It added some unexpected magic to the day.

Real quick, I have to mention I have a new release! It would be a wonderful gift!
In the harrowing prequel to The Lost and Found series, three embattled Marines must deal with their devastating physical and emotional injuries in a world that seems to have turned against them. 
When the rescue helicopter crashes into his convoy in Iraq, Marine First Sergeant Duncan Wilde struggles with the loss of men, his career and the use of his body. Things can't get much worse. Until his fiancée decides she has to move on with her life, and that of her unborn child by another man.
Sergeant Chad Lowell knew when he went to war that it would come with a price. And it did. A young Marine under his command is killed by a landmine. Chad's left with one less leg and a mountain of recriminations. That doesn't mean he wants to be a pitied by every female he comes in contact with.
Gunnery Sergeant John Palmer is furious at the hand he's been dealt. He's served his country faithfully, if not without antagonism, for many years. Now they're turning him out like a relative who has overstayed his welcome. And, since he's not even a real man anymore, maybe it is time to move on permanently. 
Can these wounded warriors use a friendship borne out of adversity to form a partnership rescuing others? And can they find real love in spite of their challenges?

Now, on to the prizes!!!
Tell me about your most favorite Christmas story. One person who leaves a comment will win a $10 Amazon or B & N gift card, a free download of ANY of my books and a gift pack of swag. The swag bag is for US residents only, but the GC and download can be for international residents. If you ALSO sign up for my newsletter, your name will be entered 2X! I will draw the winner December 17th.
And don't forget about the GRAND PRIZE!!!
We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $200 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

Be sure to leave your email!!!! That's how you're entered! And click the hop button at the top to return to the list. Good Luck and Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!


KimberlyFDR said...

I'm not sure I have a favorite Christmas story. I just like everything that goes along with the season.

Nancy Reece said...

When my sone was 8 we got him a dirt bike for Christmas. I got a refridgerator moving box, which was about 5 feet tall, filled it wieht newspaper, wrapping paper, anything we could find, after taping the key to the bottom of the box. It took ten minutes to reach the bottom! It was a mess, but he loved it, and the pictures were priceless!

JM said...

Kimberly, it's all good, isn't it?
Bancy, that's too funny!!! What fun for a kid!
Thanks for stopping ladies!

wwe11 said...

My fave christmas story is charlie Dickens. Such an awesome book.

BLHmistress said...

My favorite is when my son was old enough to understand Santa, his eyes just lit up at the presents and a huge smile on his face. Broke my heart when he told me he didn't believe anymore. I so wasn't ready for him to grow up.

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Shannon Bereza said...

I love your Christmas story. That is so awesome! My favorite Christmas story was when one of my sons woke up when I was being "Santa". He asked what I was doing and I told him I woke up and Santa had already come so I was sneaking a peek at what santa brought for me.

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JM said...

wwe11- I love that one too. Such a classic!
Dawna, my son just lloked at me one day and asked me to tell him the truth, so, though I hated to, I did. Luckily, my daughter is still a believer!
Shannon, my son almost caught me when he went to the bathroom one year. Made my heart pound!
Thank you all for stopping!!!

Solera Winters said...

The magic of the season makes everything sparkle. One of my favorite stories is our family advent service and my brother read the bible quote so convincingly. He said, "Look! He is coming!" and everyone at the table looked up. It was a moment that replayed every year after that. We still laugh about it.

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Tonda said...

I was quite a tomboy when I was young. One Christmas I received doll furniture, but was more interested in playing with the Tonka trucks my brothers got. Mom scolded me said dad was ip all night putting that doll furniture together, and I should be playing with my doll. So I put took the doll for a ride in the Tonka truck.

Cassandra said...

My favorite would have to be one of Lori Foster's :)
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

laurie said...

my favorite christmas's were always going away to visit an aunt w/ the family and getting to sleep over

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite Christmas Romance Books is The Untamable Rogue by Annette Blair! The story is about Ashford Blackburne Fifth Earl and he has to get married and get his willing bride pregnant before Christmas or his grandfather won’t let him inherit his money. Ash truly needs to inherit the money because his late father squandered it all away and he is taking care of his mother. After getting stood up at the alter, again, Ash and his friends go to the local pub where the owner plays a drunken Ash in a card game…his consolation prize is the pubs daughter Larkin, who he wants to get ride of. Ash has to learn to forgive…Larkin has to learn how to trust…can two completely different people find love together. This is a cute, extremely funny, romantic story with a surprise Christmas ending!

Eva said...

Waking up to find a pink bike under the tree! I always loved checking my stocking too and the plate of cookies we left for Santa to be sure he ate them!!


Steelerlady2379 said...

WOO! HOO! Who is ready to go blog hoppin? :) lol.... I have done so many blogs, I have lost track of which ones I have already done, so if you get a couple from me then (sorry) lol.... :)
I hope everyone is ready for Christmas!!! I am about as ready as I am able to be lol.... :) Merry Christmas and Happy and Safe New Year to all!!!
Happy reading and writing*

Anonymous said...

Your photos are just too cool. Deer on the deck amazing that got up there. I really enjoy the holiday season. I enjoy the smells, the food and lights. Oh and the music too. Not much into baking anymore. But I do enjoy tasting, ask my scales. Tee Hee. Great blog.

Melinda Dozier said...

Love the reindeer story!

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magic5905 said...

I love everything about Christmas.
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Judy-Ree said...

I was about 8 and my sister was 5. We had talked our grandparents into letting us sleep Christmas Eve outside in their RV. We were busy chatting and giggling when we heard sleigh bells outside. Needless to say, living in Florida with no snow, that they MUST belong to Santa's reindeer. We both immediately pretended to be asleep. It was a completely magical Christmas.

Merry Christmas and thanks for the blog stop.

Bookworm (dot) judy (at) gmail (dot) com

scott wilcox said...

My favorite Christmas story is Twas The Night Before Christmas. When my daughter was younger and still lived at home, I remember reading that to her. It was a special bonding moment and put her to sleep so "santa" could go set the presents out.

Thanks for being a part of the hop and for the amazing giveaway.

Merry Christmas,

JM said...

Tonda, you sound like me when I was a kid. If it couldn't go in the mud it was useless. Dresses? Well, ok, sure hope the mud comes out though...;-)
Mydurango- That sounds pretty good. Annette Blair rocks!
Eva, mine was powder blue, but that was THE BEST Christmas!
Steelerlady, you can visit us as many times as you want!
Mary, oh I know. Swore to stay away from my scales until february.
Judy, that's really cool! I was a kid in Florida, and I hated that there was no snow. Although I did see it flurry in Orlando one year.
Thank you all for stopping. You're all entered for my giveaway!

JM said...

Hi Marlena! Oh, I love reading to my kids like that! Thanks for stopping!

Holly Underhill said...

Hello, thanks for the giveaway! One of my favorite Christmases is the one where my dad pretended that Santa came by drawing "sleigh" lines and "reindeer" tracks. It was great.

crystaley73 said...

My brother has been playing Santa Claus for several years now and my cousins son who was 3 last years was so surprised when you wake up on Christmas Eve and saw Santa claus in his living room The pictures of him are the best Christmas present we got.
I signed up for your newsletter

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Veronika said...

Christmas is my favorite holiday! Here we have snow every year during the holidays, so it's really beautiful! And of course I love spending time with my family!
Merry Christmas to you! Thank you for the giveaway!

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JanD said...

When I was a kid, my friends and I would go caroling with our homemade instruments.
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becca fowler said...

When i would go caroling around the neighborhood with friends and family. happy holidays


Lasha said...

Surfing on a beach in Australia while my family was back in the States freezing. *g*

Thanks for the hop!

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Shannon Ro said...

My favorite christmas story is last year when we had our son's first christmas, it was so exciting to be parents on christmas

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Jeanette Platt said...

I love your story about the deer... I remember on year my mom yelling at us to get in bed... we all were bed and she swears she saw someone by the tree... Needless to say there where gifts with no names under the tree she "didn't" know where they came from Santa must of forgotten to write who they were for... All 5 of us kids opened them up and it was a Family gift of board games... Yep good memories...Oh a second not... Can't wait to read your marine book.. Marine wife here so i know what book i will pick should i win.

Liese2 said...

Our family's favorite Christmas movie is Elf.
Thanks for the chance to win and Happy Holidays!

Anonymous said...

We're a military family, and our first year stationed in Alaska, we decided to chop down our own tree fresh from the forrest (not a farm). We hiked through snow so deep, our 4 year old sank in it up to his waist. We picked what we thought was the smallest tree, trimmed almost two feet off the bottom and the sides then we got it home and realized it was still 9 feet tall. That was a fun adventure.

Theresa Esterline said...

What a great Christmas Story!! Hears to keeping them believing!

Raonaid Luckwell said...

My favorite Christmas Story is growing up. How me and my brothers always opened up our presents, chose certain gifts and walked down to our grandparents. Then we'd encourage them to open all the presents they got. I really miss those times. It doesn't seem to be christmas without either of them.

But I remember one year my grandma got me a lacy bra. My dad was video taping Christmas and I was so embarrassed but my brother was waving it around

Raonaid at gmail dot com

Kaci Verdun said...

I don't really have a particular story, but my favorite times where christmas at grandma's when i was younger. All my family got together and we ate opened all our gift and then came the stockings!
Thanks for a great giveaway

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Heather Thurmeier said...

My favorite christmas is everyone we spend with all our family together. I love seeing the grandmas and grandpas and cousins and everyone playing and celebrating. hthurmeier @ gmail . com

K. April Holgate said...

Happy Happy Holidays! Thanks for the great giveaway!
That is such a cute story!! Oh the magic of Christmas! It is so sad that the age for kids to still believe keeps getting younger and younger!

JM said...

My gosh! What a fantastic bunch of Christmas stories! Seems like the main theme is family, as it should be. Thank you all so much for stopping. You're all entered for the giveaway!

Kym said...

I just love the prints, and what a great story for your son to pass on ...

My fav story is when I was an apt manager, I had gotten ahold of the doctors in our local hospital, and they "adopted" the families. We took trees, gifts, food etc to each apt. One family wasnt home, they had two adorable small boys, we set up a tree and even a train underneath. We left the train running..and I waited for the them to arrive home in the window of my office. Well, I could hear them yell "Santa has been here" The excitement of the year always brings a smile to face.

I am in the Us. Thanks for the fun blog hop !

Merry Christmas ~

Kym said...

sorry I forgot to say I am on the newsletter, and best of luck with your new release !


Miriam Whitewolf said...

i dont think i have a favorite christmas story. i'm looking forward to spending more time with my kids. some are out of the house either married or in college. so this is the one holiday i really get to spend with the whole family. i loved the blurb and can not wait to read the book! thanks for the great giveaway!

Krysta B. said...

I took my nephew to see the lights his year, he loved it :)


Amy said...

Santa use to call me every year when I was little I loved that:)
Happy Holidays!

Shar Simms said...

Happy Holidays! Great giveaway!


Krista B. said...

When my daughter was 3, and we took her to see Santa, instead of telling him what she wanted for Christmas, she gave him a list for her baby sister, because she was worried that since the baby couldn't talk, she wouldn't get presents since she couldn't ask for herself. So precious

Daniel M said...

my fav story is how the grinch stole christmas - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Allyson said...

All these stories are great and cute:) One of the best christmas presents/ stories I have in Sept. 2009 my little boy was born, I had lots of complications...seizures, stroke, bleeding on the brain and on and on! Drs. didn't think I would recover if at all, and my little boy could have effects from it! In December we found out I was on my way to full recovery with minimal damage and my precious baby was completely healthy( still is:)) Merry Christmas

Natasha said...

Thanks for the chance to win!
Happy holidays!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

Molly said...

Hmmmm....I don't have a favorite Christmas story because I love them all! Thanks for the giveaway and the chance the win!

mollydawn81 at yahoo dot com

Rissa said...

Thanks for the chance to win :)
raynman1979 at yahoo dot com

JM said...

There were so many great stories! I sincerely appreciate all of you taking the time to follow the hop.
And Now the WINNER!!!!!


Mary Frances Roya!!! You've won the GC, swag bag and download! Congrats!!
Thank you all for trying!

Dovile said...

I'm international. Thank you for the chance!

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Missie1 said...

Happy Holidays, Big Hugs
Missie Jones
missie25524@netzero .com

Shadow said...

What an awesome hop!! And a fantastic giveaway! Thank you!! Happy holidays to you all! Best wishes and many blessings!

Carla said...

I don't have a favorite Christmas story. My son loves The Miser Brothers so we watch/read it all the time.
planterofhope at aol dot com

Z said...

I thought this went on until midnight on the 17th.
Thanks anyway.

LisaRayns said...

A Christmas Story. I'm spending this holiday season with my family and hoping to win so I can read more romances. I don't have an ereader. Happy Holidays! lisarayns at gmail dot com

Jesse Kimmel-Freeman said...

I have never seen a deer, let alone a reindeer. Not even at like a petting zoo. When we moved to AL I thought I'd see deers all over, but the only one I've seen was roadkill :0(.
Thanks for the chance and happy holidays!

xxsquigglesxx said...

Thanks for participating in the hop! Happy holidays!


Kathryn Merkel said...

I'll never forget the Christmas we moved into our new home. Traditionally Christmas in SW Michigan means snow, usually lake effect, but that year, it was a balmy 70 degrees on Christmas day, so after opening gifts, we mowed the lawn.

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Happy New Year!

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