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Day 1 of the Days of Christmas Book Giveaway Celebration with Staci Stallings & Sarah Witenhafer

Welcome to  day one of the Days of Christmas Giveaway Celebration! Each day for the next several days (excluding weekends), I will be hosting your favorite authors in a variety of genres for a chance for you to win their books!

Here’s how you enter…just leave a comment for the authors – it can be an encouraging comment or, please feel free to share your favorite Christmas memory or tradition. You can enter to win on as many days as you wish! For example, you can enter to win the two books for today and also the two books I’ll have on tomorrow’s post and the two books on any other day. Remember, anyone can enter, but subscribers to this blog (who have confirmed their subscription) receive two entries.

A winner will be drawn for each day at random using random.org. All winners will be announced on December 19, just in time for Christmas!

We have two wonderful books up for grabs today…

Product Details

Tamed is an action-packed Christian novel.

Cowboy by Staci Stallings is a love story that will tug at your heart and have a special place on your own book shelf.”  For more information, please see http://ow.ly/79VkM

And now, for fun, here are Staci and Sarah’s favorite Christmas memories/traditions!

The Great Tumbleweed Christmas by Staci Stallings

West Texas in December means tumbleweeds. Rain in the summer will make any field not plowed for a crop grow thick with iron weeds.  When winter hits, the iron weeds wilt and wither.  Then the wind starts, breaks the stems, and off they go.

When I was a junior in high school, we had a wet year–perfect conditions for growing tumbleweeds.  Now my mom had this thing about flocking our real Christmas tree every year. She would take the tree to the barn and cover it in flocking.  However, that year for some unknown reason she had an idea…

Why buy a Christmas tree when she could take two tumbleweeds, tie them together and flock them?   Funny.  I never thought of my mom as particularly crafty, but she put her heart and soul into that Tumbleweed Christmas tree.  She flocked it green (yes, they have green flocking… why?  I don’t know!).

Then she reflocked it white.  Well, all that flocking made the thing extremely heavy.  Plus, a tumbleweed stem was never meant to go in a Christmas tree base.  (I’m not even sure how they got it to stand up in the living room at all, but they did.)

Christmas Eve was always when our family celebrated Christmas because Christmas Day was spent at Grandma’s house.  My sister and I were old enough by then to “know” things about Christmas, but for the sake of hanging on for one more year, Mom and Dad sent us to our room. With my brother’s help they commenced putting gifts under the Tumbleweed tree.

That’s when we heard the crash!  My sister and I ran out only to find Mom, Dad, and my brother sprawled with the presents under a giant tumbleweed that had lost most of its flocking in the topple from its perch in the corner.

The moral?  Texas tumbleweeds were never meant to be flocked and decorated!  Leave them in the fields where they belong!

Favorite Christmas Tradition by Sarah Witenhafer

Like many people, Christmas as a child was not the happiest time for me. So when I began my own family I stuffed the season things to make it memorable. My kids were going to get enough traditions to convert any Grinch.

On the list to buy each year: Christmas mugs, Christmas books, Snowbaby ornaments, Christmas candy to stuff the advent calendar, more candy to decorate the gingerbread house, Christmas snow globes, and of course – a new Nativity set – let’s not forget Jesus! We did Christmas crafts for friends and stamped cards. Then there was the baking, twenty different types of cookies, at least six dozen of each, made ahead of time and frozen so we could feast on them Christmas Eve.

Added to all of this were the Christmas events I thought were a must – Zoolights, Nutcracker, and such. Needless to say, I had our Christmas budget blown before we purchased one gift! Plus, I was exhausted from chasing away ghosts of Christmas past. That’s when my husband, Dale, and I started to reevaluate.

We ended up dropping the shopping spree. No more mugs, snow globes, books, or Nativity sets. How many do you really need? We scaled back the candy, and we limited the cookies to twelve different kinds.

And what we kept became sweeter. Christmas Eve is spent in candle light, singing hymns, reading from Luke and eating cookies. We break bread together, reminding ourselves of Christ’s mission: He came to save us from our madness, to free us from our past, and to bring peace with God into every season. May God rest you this Christmas.

Join Sarah Witenhafer and 9 of her author friends at WoMen’s Literary Cafe’s Christian Book Launch, December 13-15. Ten authors will discount their ebooks to just 99 cents. Buy 3 get 1 FREE!

Link: http://www.womensliterarycafe.com/content/december-2011book-launches

Don’t forget to enter and join us tomorrow for authors Amanda Beth and Lisa Mukkove Johnson!

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And the winners are…

I love announcing winners of the giveaways on my blog – especially when there are TWO winners! So…drumroll please…

The winner of Amanda Beth’s book You Can Have a Happy Family is Linda Wagner! Linda, Amanda will be in touch with your shortly. For those of you who didn’t win, I encourage you to check out Amanda’s book at Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/You-Can-Have-Happy-Family/dp/1463764642/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321027428&sr=1-1

The winner of a download of  Dawn Byrd’s book This Time for Keeps is rbooth43! Dawn will be in touch with you shortly regarding your prize as well. For more information about her book, please see http://www.amazon.com/This-Time-for-Keeps-ebook/dp/B005VKMQUG/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321027777&sr=1-1

A big THANK YOU to all who entered! I always appreciate you taking the time to stop by and enter. By the way, we have some EXCITING things coming up soon! Check this out…

November 17 – I will be having my big website remodel party! My website at www.pennyzeller.com was recently remodeled by website/graphics designer Bev Nowlin. To celebrate, I’m giving away a Starbucks Giftcard. Come by this blog on the 17th for more details!

December 1 -16 – I will be hosting The 12 Days of Christmas Celebration here on my blog! There will be at least 24 authors giving away books for this special event. You won’t want to miss this! Come back by on December 1 to share your Christmas memory and to be entered to win – and the great part about it is that you can enter once every day if you’d like for as many giveaways as you’d like!

Feel free to subscribe if you haven’t already to stay posted on upcoming events.

Also, stay tuned for my Movie Monday posts, Tuesday humor posts, devotionals, and a special Thanksgiving post on November 24. You for sure won’t want to miss my hilarious Christmas post about what men shouldn’t buy their wives for Christmas on December 20.

Have a blessed weekend!