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Saturday Spotlight: Fled for Refuge by Kristina Hall

It’s Saturday and I am thrilled to once again welcome a fellow author to my blog!

This week, I’m honored to have Author Kristina Hall as my guest. She is spotlighting her book Fled for Refuge. Kristina isn’t new to the writing world, and has published several books. Welcome, Kristina!

Be sure to join me again for another spotlight and later this week for my regularly scheduled blog posts.

ABOUT THE BOOK

BLURB:

Tyranny. Betrayal. Risk.

Tony Dorence works security for a little country church mostly untouched by America’s downward spiral. Untouched, that is, until a car smashes through First Baptist’s front doors and the driver threatens the congregation. Though Tony thwarts the driver’s intentions, this seemingly random event sets off a chain reaction that endangers his sister, Merri, and everyone involved with First Baptist.

Merri Dorence, though not a believer, supports much of what First Baptist stands for. As Tony’s world is shaken, she too is dragged into the turmoil.

As everything falls apart around them, will Tony and Merri crumble beneath the pressure or flee to the only One Who can provide them refuge?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kristina Hall is a sinner saved by grace who seeks to glorify God with her words. She is a homeschool graduate and holds a degree in accounting. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, arm wrestling, lifting weights, and playing the violin.

FIND KRISTINA AT:

Website: https://kristinahallauthor.wordpress.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21133401.Kristina_Hall

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kristinahallwriter/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kristinahallauthor/_saved/

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kristina-hall

Newsletter: https://kristinahallauthor.ck.page/

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Saturday Spotlight: Unworthy by Vanessa Hall

On this second edition of Saturday Spotlight, I am excited to welcome Author Vanessa Hall and her latest release, Unworthy. Read on for some background info about the book, the blurb, where you can purchase it, and where to find and follow Vanessa on social media.


I wrote this book nearly three years ago, but it’s a far different story today than it was several years ago! Although many things did change throughout the editing process, one thing did remain—Evgeny’s struggle with depression. For some reason, I plotted myself into that corner—or maybe the Lord just shoved me there for a reason—and depression became a driving force throughout the book.

Approaching depression/suicidal thoughts was difficult, given I’ve never suffered severe depression as Evgeny did. Yet, as it turns out, my worries were in vain, because Unworthy isn’t just about depression. It isn’t just about failures and sorrow and pain.

It’s about the grace of God that is greater than our deepest fears, our darkest nights, and our worst choices. When we are His by faith, it doesn’t matter what you struggle with—whether that’s outward danger or inward anguish—the Lord is far greater, and He will carry you through it all. He is far mightier than any feeling or thought or enemy, and He will hold His children fast,even in the darkest of nights.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” (John 10:27-28 KJV)

ABOUT THE BOOK

One moment, one choice can change a life forever.

Two years ago, Evgeny Yurlov’s dreams shattered on the stage of the Bolshoi Theatre. Without many options, he lands a job—far different from ballet—and returns to Moscow. There, he’s reunited with old friends—friends who need his help as government scrutiny intensifies on Grace Baptist Church.

Sasha Dvornikova isn’t the woman she once was, but Dmitri Rykov’s shadow is relentless. Reminders of her past lurk everywhere, and her sins have branded her undeserving of a man like Evgeny.

As mounting danger surrounds both the church and his job, Evgeny finds past struggles reignited, struggles that reach even Sasha. Amidst so much darkness, will Truth prevail, or will Evgeny’s choices destroy him—and those he loves?

ABOUT VANESSA

Vanessa Hall is an author, musician, and homeschool graduate. Most days, she is reading, writing, or practicing the violin—or trying to find time for all three pursuits. Currently, she is working toward gaining a degree in instrumental music education.Unknown was her debut novel. Above all, she is a sinner saved and held fast by the abounding grace of Jesus Christ.

Social media links:

Blog: https://vanessahallauthor.wordpress.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21596469.Vanessa_Hall

Newsletter: https://vanessahall.ck.page

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/vanessa-hall-76d55a60-3f49-4ac3-8e43-

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Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/Vanessa-Hall/e/B09D5FK28P/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

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And the winner of Carol Ann Erhardt’s book “Trapped” is…

As you have probably figured out by now, I love announcing winners! Thank you so much to everyone who entered the recent giveaway of Carol Ann Erhardt’s suspense novel Trapped.

The winner is…

Brenda Parker!

Brenda, Carol will be in touch with you soon. For those of you who didn’t win, I would highly suggest you order a copy at your favorite bookstore or online.

The giveaway for Margaret Brownly”s new release Dawn Comes Early is almost over! Be sure to stop by and leave a comment to win her book at https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/interview-and-giveaway-with-margaret-brownley/ and I’ll see you each Thursday for a new giveaway!

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And the winners of the Laura Hilton’s and D.M. Webb’s books are…

Due to the stomach flu making a visit to our home, I am a  bit behind. However, I do have exciting news! According to random.org, the winner of Laura V. Hilton’s Promised to Another is

Sparksofember

And the winner of D.M. Webb’s Mississippi Nights is…

Beth C.

Congratulations to the winners! Laura and D. M. will be notifying you shortly.

Thank you to everyone who entered – I truly appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment for my fellow authors.

A bit later today, I’ll be posting about another chance to win yet another awesome book! Stay tuned!

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Interview and giveaway with Author D.M. Webb!!!

I love helping my readers discover new authors! And today, I have Author D.M. Webb here for a visit. She is giving away a copy of her exciting suspense novel Mississippi Nights. ..

Two brothers, one death–The bond of brotherhood faces its greatest challenge against resentment and guilt.~~ Can the love between two brothers eventually win against pain and guilt?

When Firefighter David Boyette’s fiancée perishes in a car fire, he blames his brother, Sgt. Jeremy Boyette, for her death.

Three years later, David returns home with a dark and devastating secret. With the help of family, a woman’s love, and a small child’s devotion, can David overcome insurmountable odds as he and Jeremy face the bitterness that enslaves him?

Together the brothers must decide if the bond of brotherhood is stronger than resentment and hate.

I haven’t yet had the opportunity to read D.M.’s book, but doesn’t it just sound so good?!

And now, let’s take a minute to get to know the author behind the book…

Hello, D.M., it’s great to have you on my blog this week. What was the inspiration behind your latest book? Inspiration, beyond what God granted me, was a little different than the books I am working on now. Mississippi Nights started out as a small story written when I was only 14 and with the title One Big Happy Family. Who knows where the original manuscript is, but the story lived inside me until last year. I changed a few names around, resurrected the dead brother, and then the characters grew. The heartaches I had lived through, what I’ve seen others live through, and my own spiritual growth lent a hand in writing Mississippi Nights. That and I LOVE to read. Other authors’ (or musicians) stories help inspire new ideas and new directions.

Speaking of  books, what is your favorite book in the Bible? I will bounce back and forth between Song of Solomon, the ultimate love story, and Matthew. I find Matthew to be a fulfilling and engrossing book. The Book of Matthew has so many stories that relate to today and the things we all go through.

So true! So tell me, If you suddenly were given one million dollars to start a new charity, what type of charity would you launch and why? An orphanage. There are way too many children who has to live life with no love and not knowing of any hope. I would love to start an orphanage that will teach, guide, and mentor to those who were not chosen into families. And maybe a ministry for women, those who need a helping hand, a shoulder to lean upon, or someone to just listen and guide them.

I love your answer! I also have a heart for orphans as well.  So, what project(s) are you currently working on? I am currently working on my next book, Alabama Days. Plotting the third book, which is tentatively based on the life of a musician I know and parts of my life. Then there is the small book titled Bury Me Under the Elmore Tree, which is a comedy of sorts. I use it as a stepping stone into my daily writing. It helps fire up those synapses so I can string together an intelligible sentence.

And lastly, D.M., how can readers connect with you? I have a website: www.dmwebb.com Facebook as https://www.facebook.com/WebbDM, and https://www.facebook.com/MississippiNightsNovel Twitter as @DaphMichele

Wonderful! Thank you again, for being my guest. It’s been an honor to have you here!

All right, readers! This is your chance to win a copy of D.M.’s book! Here’s how…

Just leave a comment for D.M. and those who are confirmed subscribers (be sure to check your email to confirm your subscription) will receive two entries. Sorry, but this giveaway is limited to those in the U.S. The giveaway will end on March 15, 2011 and a winner will be chosen at random.

Thank you for entering and join me each Thursday for more fantastic interviews and book giveaways!

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And the winners of the Days of Christmas Book Giveaway Celebration are…

Before I announce the winners,  I want to invite you to join me for my humor post 5 things a man should never buy his wife for Christmas at https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/5-things-a-man-should-never-buy-his-wife-for-christmas-2/  You won’t want to miss this post!

Phew! What an exciting 10 days with some fantastic book giveaways! Thank you so much to all who entered. Thank you, especially, for sharing your wonderful Christmas memories and traditions with me! I enjoyed reading the comments and “chatting” with you all, as did the other authors! I am feeling rather thankful right now for random.org, which helped me to decide the winners at random.

All right…without further ado, below are the winners. The authors will be contacting you shortly. In the meantime, congratulations and  thank you again for entering these giveaways. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

Day 1 (Staci Stallings/Sarah Witenhafer book giveaway) – Paula Osborne

Day 2 (Amanda Beth/Mukkove Johnson book giveaway) – Terri Harr

Day 3 (Tracy Ruckman/Jordan T. Maxwell book/cd giveaway) – Kim Justice

Day 4 (Shawn Lamb/Suzanne Hartmann book giveaway) – Wendy Marple

Day 5 – (Naty Matos/Valerie Comer book giveaway) – sparksofember

Day 6 – (Lyn Cote/Wendy Young book giveaway) – Judy K. Burgi

Day 7 – (Penny Zeller/Karen Baney book giveaway) – Teela

Day 8 – (Stephanie Shott/Matt Patterson book giveaway) – Janice

Day 9 – (Nike Chillemi/Ada Brownell  book giveaway) – Cindy Regnier

Day 10 – (Gina Conroy/Shellie Neumeier/Darlene Shortridge book giveaway) – Joy (jumpfourjoy)

Movie Monday is taking a break this week, but will resume next week.  And be sure to join me in January for more giveaways from some of my favorite authors on Thursdays throughout the month.

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Days of Christmas book giveaways galore!!!

Below are all the links for the past 10 days’ worth of giveaways. All in all, nearly 20 books will be given away!

And you can enter as many giveaways as you’d like!  (U.S. residents only, please). All giveaways end December 18 and the winners will be announced on December 19. I’ve enjoyed the giveaways, but I am eager to get back my regularly scheduled program with humor posts, movie reviews, and devotionals! I’ll be having some Favorite Top 10 Posts, and on December 20, please join me for my popular humor post “5 things a man shouldn’t buy his wife for Christmas!” You won’t want to miss that post!

Here are the links (each will open in a new window for easier use).  Happy commenting!

Day 10: https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/12/14/final-day-of-the-days-of-christmas-book-giveaway-celebration-with-gina-conroy-shellie-neumier-and-darlene-shortridge/ (Contemporary romance, YA fiction and a contemporary women’s fiction novel)

Day 9: https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/12/13/day-9-of-the-days-of-christmas-giveaway-celebration-with-nike-chillemi-ada-brownell/ (Suspense novel and a nonfiction book)

Day 8: https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/12/12/day-8-of-the-days-of-christmas-book-giveaway-celebration-with-matt-patterson-stephanie-shott/ (Bible study and a touching nonfiction book)

Day 7: https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/12/09/day-7-of-the-days-of-christmas-book-giveaway-celebration-with-penny-zeller-karen-baney/ (Two historical romance books)

Day 6: https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/12/08/day-6-of-the-days-of-christmas-book-giveaway-celebration-with-lyn-cote-wendy-young/ (Historical romance and a mystery-suspense)

Day 5: https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/12/07/day-5-of-the-christmas-book-giveaway-celebration-with-valerie-comer-naty-matos/ (Children’s devotional and a free download of Novel Morsels for every commenter, which includes recipes from your favorite authors)

Day 4: https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/12/06/day-4-of-the-christmas-book-giveaway-celebration-with-shawn-lamb-suzanne-hartmann/ (YA and a suspense novel)

Day 3: https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/12/05/day-3-of-the-days-of-christmas-book-giveaway-celebration-with-tracy-ruckman-jordan-t-maxwell/ (Suspense and YA audio CDs)\

Day 2: https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/day-2-of-the-days-of-christmas-book-giveaway-celebration-with-amanda-beth-mukkove-johnson/ (nonfiction family book and a children’s devotional book)

Day 1: https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/day-1-of-the-days-of-christmas-book-giveaway-celebration-with-staci-stallings-sarah-witenhafer/ (Contemporary romance and action-packed suspense)

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Day 9 of the Days of Christmas Giveaway Celebration with Nike Chillemi & Ada Brownell

Tomorrow is the last day for my special Days of Christmas Giveaway Celebration! I hope you have enjoyed reading about the wonderful Christmas memories of some very talented authors!

I think one of my favorite things about these postings is that the books being given away are so diverse. We’ve had  historical romance, suspense, Bible studies, biographies, and more! Today is no exception, as the winner will take away a wonderful nonfiction book and an action-packed Christian suspense novel. While I haven’t read either book yet, they look fantastic!

So…be sure to leave a comment below. This time, let’s share about someone in our family – it could be a child, spouse, parent, grandparent, or other relative, who has made Christmas extra special. Or, if you prefer, feel free to instead leave an encouraging comment for one of my authors.

And don’t forget to go back and leave comments on the past seven days of giveaways. (The links can be found in the right-hand margin under “Recent posts you may have missed.” All winners will be chosen on December 18 and announced on December 19 and confirmed subscribers receive two entries.

And now…here are the two books up for grabs…

Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal

Both books are available at Amazon and the winner will receive an ebook copy of Burning Hearts.

Here is the blurb for Burning Hearts

Can a young seamstress with an independent streak escape an arsonist/murderer while deciding if she trusts the dashing war hero some claim is the killer?

And the blurb for Swallowed by Life
Do you know physical evidence shows you are more than a physical body? An award-winning medical and religion writer, Ada Brownell, after the death of her daughter, sought to verify if she believed in eternal life. This book shows why she has this hope, not only from a Christian point of view, but because of physical evidence. This book will help you discover if you believe and how to prepare.

And now, let’s hear from our authors!

Grandmothers Make Christmas Magical by Nike Chillemi

I remember Christmases when we went to my maternal grandmother’s house in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York. Sometimes my dad would have to drive through a snowstorm to get there or to get home. The chains on the car would clank as the wheels turned when we went up and down those steep and winding mountain roads. We’d gone through so many storms that we were old hands at it. It had to be a “big one” for us not to go.

My maternal grandmother was born in the Ukraine and we’d have Pierogies on Christmas Eve (cheese or potato filled dumplings swimming in butter) and rice stuffed cabbage because that meal is traditionally meatless in Eastern European countries. Then of course, on Christmas Day we’d have a feast with the table over flowing with Ukrainian and American delicacies. My maternal grandmother was a short plump lady, and I loved to hug her because she was so soft. She was gentle and kind but she wasn’t spineless, she was as strong as they come.

On Christmas, I missed my paternal grandmother who lived in Ohio with my aunt. This grandmother was born in Czechoslovakia and closely resembles the heroine’s mother in my debut novel BURNING HEARTS. One Christmas when I was about nine years old and opening presents at my Ukrainian grandmother’s house in the Catskills, one of my aunt’s called out with a devilish grin, “Who is that big box for?” Well it was for me and it was from my grandmother in Ohio. She’d made me two velvet dresses with lace sewn around the collars. One was in Christmas red and one in Christmas green. I’ll never forget that day. I tried them on and my mother took photographs of me in front of the tree. I have a scene in GOODBYE NOEL where the heroine’s mother sews lace around the collar of the hero’s young daughter’s Christmas red “Sunday-best” dress to make it even extra special. I guess I took that one from my own life too.

Nike loves to hear from her readers at http://nikechillemi.wordpress.com/

12 Days of Christmas: Epiphany by Ada Brownell

The twelfth night of Christmas for some ends in the Feast of Epiphany. In the United States it is known as Three Kings Day and falls on Jan. 6, 2012.

EPIPHANY IS A BEAUTIFUL WORD that even sounds like its meaning: Revelation, Shining Forth, Manifestation.

I WROTE ABOUT EPIPHANY OBSERVANCES in other churches as a newspaper reporter, but I’ve never celebrated epiphany with my congregation. Yet, as with every Christian, I experience epiphany often. I’ll be reading the Bible and suddenly a scripture will pop out, as with when we lost our daughter to cancer: “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory ad honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:9)

THERE WAS THE DAY WHEN I WAS HAVING A PITY PARTY and telling God He even said in this world we would have tribulation. Then I recalled the rest of what Jesus said in John 15:33, “Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

THEN AS I WORRIED ABOUT MY NEW BOOK, Swallowed by LIFE: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal, coming on Amazon in December, I worried about how well it would do. We had other mountains in our lives that needed conquering and I was studying the faith chapter in Hebrews 11. One day I backed up into the last words of the previous chapter: “Do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.

MATTHEW 4:16 IS A FLASH OF INSIGHT SHINING FORTH all year, but especially this season. “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called, Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Matthew 4:16).

GOD WARNED THE FIRST COUPLE if they ate the forbidden fruit, they would die. There in God’s garden, they became mortals. Their flesh would be subject to illness and dying, and it would affect every person born thereafter.

YET, GOD IN HIS LOVE told them a Redeemer would come. Jesus is the Redeemer promised in Genesis 3:15 right after Adam and Eve sinned, and people walking in darkness have seen a great light.

Knowledge that the Redeemer has come is EPIPHANY.

Ada Brownell has written for Christian publications since age 15. She is a retired newspaper reporter (The Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado), and author of the book, Swallowed by LIFE , which is now available. Confessions of a Pentecostal will soon be available as an e-book.

http://www.ada@adabrownell.com

http://www.inkfromanearthenvessel.blogspot.com

©Ada Brownell 2011

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Day 4 of the Christmas Book Giveaway Celebration with Shawn Lamb & Suzanne Hartmann

I am SO excited to continue the Days of Christmas Book Giveaway Celebration! This has been an awesome time of meeting new authors and showcasing their books and hearing their delightful Christmas memories and traditions!

Before I announce today’s giveaways, don’t forget to go back and leave comments on Days 1- 3 for your chances to win those books as well. Here are the links:

Day 1 – The Cowboy (romance novel) by Staci Stallings and Tamed (action) by Sarah Witenhafer https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/day-1-of-the-days-of-christmas-book-giveaway-celebration/

Day 2 – You Can Have a Happy Family by Amanda Beth and Christmas is About Jesus by Mukkove Johnson   https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/day-2-of-the-days-of-christmas-book-giveaway-celebration/

Day 3 – Board to Death (suspense) by Tracy Ruckman and Dandyflowers by Jordan T. Maxwell  https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/12/05/day-3-of-the-days-of-christmas-book-giveaway-celebration/

Remember, you can enter on as many giveaways as you wish! Anyone can enter and subscribers (who have confirmed their subscriptions) receive two entries.

Without further ado, here are today’s awesome books, so don’t forget to leave a comment about your favorite Christmas memory or tradition!

The Huguenot Sword book cover

The Huguenot Sword by Shawn Lamb. Read on for a synopsis…

For faith, for friendship, for freedom.

In the time of Louis XIII and Cardinal Richelieu, when being a Protestant could mean death, The Huguenot Sword roamed the streets of Paris by night, defending those faithful to the young heretical religion. The nobility scorned them as ruffians. To the oppressed Protestants they were saviors, but to the Cardinal’s Guards they were a pestilence needing to be terminated.

The situation becomes desperate when those in power launch a bold plan to destroy the group. One wrong move can be fatal. But the ordeal of Paris pales in comparison to the possible annihilation of the faith and people at the Battle of La Rochelle.

And Peril by Suzanne Hartmann…

A top-secret agent struggles with trusting God to protect her many secrets when she must use her enhanced abilities while escorting a Muslim king-turned Christian to the White House an the Talladega Superspeedway, which not only draws the unwanted attention of the media and a NASCAR champion, but makes her a terrorist target.

And now for some Christmas memories from Shawn and Suzanne!

 A Dog, a Cat and the Christmas Tree  (A Christmas Memory) by Shawn Lamb

When we lived Southern California, Christmas trees were inexpensive at around $10. So when we moved to Tennessee in 1989, we thought nothing about getting a real tree, until we saw the cost starting at $35 for a 5ft tree and up. Since it was too close to Christmas, we bought a 6ft tree at $50.

At the time, our daughter, Briana, was a toddler and we had 3 dogs and a cat named Panther. We barely finished putting up the tree when along comes Ranger, our 75 lb black shepherd, who promptly sniffed the tree and decides to anoint it, to our utter surprise and Briana’s delight. Then the tree starts to move. Rob considers tying it to the vent latch to keep it upright thinking its not secure in the stand. We hear something along with more moving and out pops Panther’s head. He had crawl up into the tree and much our dismay – up come pine needles wrapped in a fur ball.

This time Briana is grossed out and we regretted ever paying $50 for a pine cat tree and doggie hydrant.  Needless to say, the following year we went artificial.

For more information about Shawn and her books, please see http://www.allonbooks.com

The Huguenot Sword  can be purchased at http://www.amazon.com/Huguenot-Sword-Shawn-Lamb/dp/098292044X/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1323185565&sr=1-4

Favorite Christmas Memory by Suzanne Hartmann

While young, my family’s tradition was to exchange gifts on my mother’s side of the family on Christmas Eve. So the four of us would load up the presents, pile into the car, then drive to Grandma’s house. By the time we arrived back at home, Santa had visited and all of our presents lay under the Christmas tree.

When I was eight years old, I decided I was too old to believe in Santa. Even though I knew he wasn’t real, however, I couldn’t figure out how our presents appeared under the Christmas tree every year while we visited Grandma. Finally I couldn’t stand it any more and asked my parents.

They realized that they couldn’t convince me Santa brought the gifts, so they spilled the beans. Every year, after the presents had been loaded into the car, Mom would “forget” something. Dad would take us down the street to a small store to get some cigarettes (and if we were lucky, some .02 candy too!). Then we picked up Mom and went to Grandma’s house.

Ah, what creative parents I had…and what a wonderful memory the tradition leaves in my mind.

For more information about Suzanne and her books, please visit her website at http://suzanne-hartmann.blogspot.com/

Peril can be purchased at http://www.amazon.com/Peril-Suzanne-Hartmann/dp/1602903069/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323185382&sr=8-1