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Thursday, November 13, 2014

An Amish Christmas Quilt by Charlotte Hubbard, Kelly Long, and Jennifer Beckstrand





 
 
 



A Willow Ridge Christmas Pageant
 
Seth Brenneman didn’t expect his holiday would include rescuing pregnant young Mary Kaffman and her two children…or having unexpected feelings for the still-grieving widow. But when they must play the leads in an impromptu live Nativity pageant to help his Amish community, will their roles reveal their hearts—and work a miracle for a lifetime?
 
A Perfect Amish Christmas
 
Anna and Felty Helmuth’s grandson, Gideon, plans to spend Christmas on a beach in sunny Mexico. But Anna is quite sure he’d rather be with them, snowshoeing, ice fishing—falling in love. And she knows the perfect girl. Not only is Dottie Schrock an excellent quilter and baker, she’s having a party. There’s just one complication—Gideon is not invited. Dottie has her reasons, but Anna trusts that the spirit of Christmas—and true love-will change her mind, and her future …
 
 
A Willow Ridge Christmas Pageant
 
“Are we ready? I think our Nativity’s going to be a huge success, with such a heavenly little angel and a regal king,” Rebecca said as she grinned at each of the kids. “And how’s our main attraction?”
 
Emmanuel, cradled in Mary’s arms, wiggled when Rebecca smiled down at him.
 
“He’s been fed and changed, so he’s ready,” Mary replied. She smiled at the little parade walking up the Hooleys’ lane. “And here come our shepherds and the other wise men and angels. Everybody looks really gut, Rebecca. We couldn’t have done this without your help.”
 
As Rebecca murmured something in reply, Mary lost track of it. A tall, broad-shouldered man in a flowing brick-red tunic was striding up the lane toward her, and while she couldn’t see his eyes, she sensed Seth was looking right at her . . . just as she was gazing at him. Thank you for this night, Lord, as we celebrate the birth of Your son and the beginning of our new life in Willow Ridge, Mary prayed quickly. Help me be your faithful handmaiden, as the Virgin Mary was so long ago.
 
“Let’s hope this works the way I envisioned it,” Rebecca said as other folks began to gather from around town.
 
Mary turned just in time to see a star-shaped balloon rise into the air, on a long ribbon tied to the light post—and when Rebecca turned on the second lantern, which was aimed skyward, the star glowed and sparkled. Miriam, Ben, Bishop Tom, and the Zook family all let out a delighted oh!
 
“Folks will be able to see that from quite a ways off!” Tom said. His face shone with boyish wonder as he gazed raptly at the shimmering star above them.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jennifer Beckstrand

 

Jennifer Beckstrand is the bestselling author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series and the Forever After in Apple Lake series, set in two Amish communities in beautiful Wisconsin. She has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth, the two scheming Amish grandparents who try to help their grandchildren find suitable mates in Huckleberry Hill. Who would ever suspect two elderly Amish folks of mischief?

 

Jennifer has a degree in mathematics, which comes in handy when one of her six children needs help with algebra. After twenty-five years of being a chauffeur, cook, maid, and nurse, she embarked on a writing career. Jennifer is a member of Romance Writers of America and is represented by Mary Sue Seymour of The Seymour Agency.

 

She and her husband have been married for thirty years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and two adorable grandsons, whom she spoils rotten.

 

You can find out more about Jennifer and her books by going to her website: jenniferbeckstrand.com or visiting her Facebook page: Jennifer Beckstrand Fans.

 

http://www.jenniferbeckstrand.com

 

https://www.facebook.com/jenniferbeckstrandfans

 

Twitter: @JenniferBeckst1

 


Charlotte Hubbard

 

Many moons ago—like, in 1983 while I was still a school librarian—I sold my first story to True Story magazine. This launched me into writing about seventy of those “true confessions” stories over the years, and I’ve been a slave to my overactive imagination ever since. My stories invariably take on a life of their own, different from the way I’ve proposed them: I love it when unforeseen characters and plot twists come along, because they keep me guessing right along with my readers!

 

I love touring historic homes, trying new recipes, crocheting, and playing with my border collie Ramona—although it’s humbling, having a dog smarter than I am! I’m an ordained Presbyterian deacon, and I devote a lot of time to singing in my church choir and to practicing/performing with our percussion ensemble. I’m celebrating more than thirty-five years with my husband, who—bless him—has never once suggested I get a real job!

 

www.CharlotteHubbard.com

 

https://www.facebook.com/charlotte.hubbard1

 

Buy Links:

 

Kensington Books:  http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/30305

 

The Book Depository:  http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book/9781617735547

 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=161773554X/

 

Barnes & Noble: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?ean=9781617735547

 

B-A-M: http://www.booksamillion.com/product/9781617735547

 

Chapters: http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/a/9781617735547-item.html

 

IndieBound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781617735547

 

Powell’s: http://www.powells.com/biblio?isbn=9781617735547

 

Ebook:

 

Kensington Books: http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/30377

 

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Amish-Christmas-Quilt-Charlotte-Hubbard-ebook/dp/B00JVW6H5U/

 

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/an-amish-christmas-quilt-charlotte-hubbard/1118482472?ean=9781617735554

 

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/an-amish-christmas-quilt/id868217805?mt=11

 

 
 
 


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41 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for featuring our book on your blog today, Melina!

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  2. Melina, we are so excited to be on your blog today. Thanks for hosting. We are so excited for An Amish Christmas Quilt. It will definitely get readers in the Christmas spirit.

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  3. Good interviews and reviews. Looking forward to this book. ty

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    1. Thanks, Robin. It's definitely a great Christmas read.

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    2. Robin, we hope you'll give us a try! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. So excited about this book & your reviews. Would love to own a copy. God bless.

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    1. Thanks, Critchmom, We are thrilled by the response to our stories so far.

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    2. Wishing you luck in the contest! Thanks for stopping by again!

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  5. I liked learning about the different authors!!! It was interesting and enlightening! God Bless You All and Good Luck to Everyone!

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    1. Thanks, Frances. I am honored to have written this with Kelly and Charlotte. I really admire their work.

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    2. Good to see you today, Frances! We three differ in a lot of ways, but we all love to write these Amish Christmas stories.

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    1. Thanks for visiting us again, Rita. :)

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    2. Rita, we're grateful for the time you've taken to check us out!

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  7. Love books that many authors write stories.

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    1. Kim, anthologies are great ways to "meet and greet" both authors and the characters they write about in their series. Thanks for stopping by today!

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  8. I agree, Kim. It's a fun way to become familiar with different author's styles.

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  9. At this busy time of year, I really enjoy great CHRISTMAS stories, especially in books like this one because the stories are shorter and can be read in the short stretches of time in between preparations for both Zthanksgiving and CHRISTMAS. Stories about quilts are always a favorite of mine too! Ronnalord(at)msn(dot)com

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    1. Lots of readers like shorter stories for Christmas because it's a better fit for their busy schedules—and we're happy to help! Thanks for chiming in, Ronna!

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    2. Ronna, I don't know what it is about quilts, but I love quilts. Maybe they remind us of simpler days when not a scrap of fabric got wasted. :)

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  10. I get so sentimental at Christmas--and this looks like a perfect read to fit my mood.

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    1. Sue, in A Perfect Amish Christmas, Gid recites a good portion of the Christmas story. I wrote it in February, by it still made me feel like Christmas!

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  11. I enjoyed reading what the 3 stories were about.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hi, Wendy! Good to see you here today--thanks for spending your time with us!

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    1. Kelly, hi! It's good to see you here! We're getting AMAZING response to our book and so many nice comments!

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  13. this is one of my favorite books! everyone should read it! Rhonda rhonda_nash_hall@comcast.net

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  14. Thanks, Rhonda! We really appreciate your review. :)

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  15. Heidi, the Amish are such fascinating people. We hope you love our novellas!

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  16. I loved the whole post.I enjoyed reading it.

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  17. Just found this blog. Sounds like a delightful book!
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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  18. I liked learning about the authors!

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  19. I'm looking forward to reading the book!

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  20. Thanks for including all the links!

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