Tuesday, December 13, 2016

6 Fun Christmas Books {+ Awesome #Giveaway}

Just in time for Christmas, you have a great opportunity to win six Christmas books by six bestselling authors! There's enough here to keep some for yourself and to share the love by gifting some to your friends and family!

Thanks to the lovely Meg at Tandem Literary I have this awesome giveaway to offer you. See the end of the post for more giveaway details.

But first, let me tell you what books are included in the giveaway and then a bit about each. You can enter to win a copy of A LOWCOUNTRY CHRISTMAS by Mary Alice Monroe, CHRISTMAS BLISS by Mary Kay Andrews, THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Debbie Macomber, WINTER STORMS by Elin Hilderbrand, CHRISTMAS IN PARIS by Anita Hughes, and A SHOE ADDICT’S CHRISTMAS by Beth Harbison.


In A LOWCOUNTRY CHRISTMAS New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe explores the story of a wounded warrior and his younger brother who discover the true meaning of Christmas in this timeless story of family bonds.

          As far as ten-year-old Miller McClellan is concerned, it’s the worst Christmas ever. His father’s shrimp boat is docked, his mother is working two jobs, and with finances strained, Miller is told they can’t afford the dog he desperately wants. “Your brother’s return from war is our family’s gift,” his parents tell him. But when Taylor returns with PTSD, family tensions darken the holidays.
          Heartbreak and financial stress threaten to destroy the spirit of the season until the miraculous gift of a service dog leads Taylor, his family, and their community on a healing journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas.

You can connect with author Mary Alice Monroe on Facebook.

CHRISTMAS BLISS by Mary Kay Andrews

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and Savannah was breezy. But there's trouble afoot - and it's heading toward Weezie.
Seems BeBe's been holding a big secret back that would make Santa's reindeer stop dead in their tracks.
Can these two best friends wriggle out of these twists? Will they do it in time to ensure CHRISTMAS BLISS?

Return to the wonderful world of Mary Kay Andrews' Savannah with Christmas Bliss.

You can connect with author Mary Kay Andrews on Facebook.


Continuing in a festive annual tradition, Debbie Macomber returns with a new original holiday novel full of romance and cheer—and the magical prospect of finding love in the most unexpected places.
Friendly and bubbly, Julia Padden likes nearly everyone, but her standoffish neighbor, Cain Maddox, presents a particular challenge. No matter how hard she’s tried to be nice, Cain rudely rebuffs her at every turn, preferring to keep to himself. But when Julia catches Cain stealing her newspaper from the lobby of their apartment building, that’s the last straw. She’s going to break through Cain’s Scrooge-like exterior the only way she knows how: by killing him with kindness.
To track her progress, Julia starts a blog called The Twelve Days of Christmas. Her first attempts to humanize Cain are far from successful. Julia brings him homemade Christmas treats and the disagreeable grinch won’t even accept them. Meanwhile, Julie’s blog becomes an online sensation, as an astonishing number of people start following her adventures. Julia continues to find ways to express kindness and, little by little, chips away at Cain’s gruff façade to reveal the caring man underneath. Unbelievably, Julia feels herself falling for Cain—and she suspects that he may be falling for her as well. But as the popularity of her blog continues to grow, Julia must decide if telling Cain the truth about having chronicled their relationship to the rest of the world is worth risking their chance at love.

You can connect with author Debbie Macomber on Facebook.

WINTER STORMS by Elin Hilderbrand

Gather under the mistletoe for one last round of caroling with the Quinn family in this heartwarming conclusion to Elin Hilderbrand's bestselling Winter Street Trilogy.

Some of the stormy weather of the past few seasons seems to have finally lifted for the Quinns. After a year apart, and an ill-fated affair with the Winter Street Inn's old Santa Claus, Mitzi has returned to rule the roost; Patrick is about to be released from prison; Kevin has a successful new business and is finally ready to tie the knot with Isabelle; and best of all, there's hopeful news about Bart, who has been captured by enemy forces in Afghanistan.
That doesn't mean there aren't a few dark clouds on the horizon. Kelley has recently survived a health scare; Jennifer can't quite shake her addiction to the drugs she used as a crutch while Patrick was in jail; and Ava still can't decide between the two lovers that she's been juggling with limited success. However, if there's one holiday that brings the Quinn family together to give thanks for the good times, it's Christmas. And this year promises to be a celebration unlike any other as the Quinns prepare to host Kevin and Isabelle's wedding at the inn. But as the special day approaches, a historic once-in-a-century blizzard bears down on Nantucket, threatening to keep the Quinns away from the place--and the people--they love most. Before the snow clears, the Quinns will have to survive enough upheavals to send anyone running for the spiked eggnog, in this touching novel that proves that when the holidays roll around, you can always go home again.

Connect with author Elin Hilderbrand on Facebook.


Anita Hughes's Christmas in Paris is a moving and heartwarming story about love, trust, and self-discovery. Set during the most magical week of the year, the glorious foods and fashions of the most romantic city in the world are sure to take your breath away.
Isabel Lawson is standing on the balcony of her suite at the Hotel de Crillon as she gazes at the twinkling lights of the Champs-Élysées and wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake. She was supposed to be visiting the Christmas tree in the Place de la Concorde, and eating escargots and macaroons with her new husband on their honeymoon. But a week before the wedding, she called it off. Isabel is an ambitious Philadelphia finance woman, and Neil suddenly decided to take over his grandparents' farm. Isabel wasn't ready to trade her briefcase for a pair of rubber boots and a saddle.
When Neil suggested she use their honeymoon tickets for herself, she thought it would give her a chance to clear her head. That is until she locks herself out on the balcony in the middle of winter. Thankfully her neighbor Alec, a French children’s illustrator, comes to her rescue. He too is nursing a broken heart at the Crillon for the holidays. With a new friend by her side, Isabel is determined to use her time in the "city of lights" wisely. After a chance encounter with a fortune teller, and a close call with a taxi, she starts to question everything she thought was important.

You can connect with author Anita Hughes on Facebook.


From the author of the beloved bestseller Shoe Addicts Anonymous comes a heartwarming twist on a classic tale filled with holiday cheer.
Noelle is not a fan of the holidays and to make matters worse, she is at a crossroads in her life when it seems that love and adventure are no longer possible. When she stays late at her job in a department store on a snowy Christmas Eve she accidentally gets locked in after closing.
She isn’t too concerned about the prospect of spending the night in the store…until a woman appears out of nowhere and tells Noelle that she’s her guardian angel. Soon Noelle finds herself camped out in the shoe department facing several “ghosts” of Christmases past, present, and future...Will visiting the holidays of yesterday and tomorrow help Noelle see the true spirit of Christmas? And will the love she has longed for all her life be the best surprise gift of all?

You can connect with author Beth Harbison on Facebook.

Thanks to the lovely Meg at Tandem Literary I have all six of the books above to giveaway to one lucky winner. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only (so sorry international visitors) and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, Dec. 20.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have you read any of the books listed above? Are you familiar with all or some of these authors? Do you have a Christmas book you’d recommend to us?

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  1. Christmas NEEDS books. I am only familiar with Debbie Macomber's work - but wish all eligible entrants the best of luck.

  2. AMAZING giveaway! Everyone should get books for Christmas. I've read 4 of the 6 so far.


  3. Like the cover of Christmas Bliss.
    Besides either Luke or Matthew in the Bible, the best Christmas book is still A Christmas Carol.

  4. This is a generous giveaway! And guaranteed to get a person in a Christmas-y mood, too. Thanks for sharing, Mason.

  5. What a Great Holiday Giveaway!!! Awesome Authors & Terrific Titles!!! Debbie Macomber is the "Queen of Christmas" : )

  6. I am familiar with these wonderful authors and the books. Thanks for this great giveaway. A Christmas book which is a classic is A Christmas Carol.

  7. Wow! a wonderful set of books, thanks

  8. What a wonderful giveaway, I have read Debbie Macomber, Beth Harbison, and Mary Kay Andrews. A Christmas story that I read every year is Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory. It is beautiful and poignant.

  9. I can just picture my wife, curled up on the couch, with this stack of books beside her. Thanks for the chance to win them.

  10. I have not read any of these books. I enjoy reading all these authors as do my mom and my daughter. Thank you for the giveaway!

  11. I haven't read any of these books, but I am familiar with some of the authors. Great selections!

  12. No, I have not read any of these books. But definitely want to!


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