Monday, November 12, 2012

Christmas at Holly Hill by Martha Rogers Ends November 19th



Martha Rogers is a free-lance writer and was named Writer of the Year at the Texas Christian Writers Conference in 2009 and writes a weekly devotional for ACFW. Martha and her husband Rex live in Houston where they enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and attending football, baseball, and basketball games when one of the grandchildren is playing or performing. She is a member of several writing groups.  A former Home Economics teacher, Martha loves to cook and experimenting with recipes and loves scrapbooking when she has time. She has written two series and several other novels and novellas.

Martha is giving away a copy of her book Christmas at Holly Hill so be sure to leave a comment to be entered. We'd love to hear of any Thanksgiving traditions your family does. Let me know if you follow by feedburner.

‘Tis the Season for Thanksgiving

Gathering with family and friends around a table loaded with good food is special at this time of year for most people. Many tables will have an empty chair for one who is no longer with us. Those who have lost loved ones since last Thanksgiving may find it difficult to celebrate and have joy, but in their hearts there is comfort and peace when that loved one is now celebrating the greatest time of giving thanks. Many are in hospital rooms this day fighting for their very lives, and some will be sitting down to a table with less than others. In all of this we follow Paul’s example and give thanks in the circumstances and praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Those who are not as fortunate to have a bountiful year can find hearty meals provided by charitable organizations across the country. These groups share not only with the food but also with the story of our Savior. Volunteering at one of these gatherings can be a real eye opener and will bring great joy to the heart. Watching the faces of children as well as adults partake of what others have shared brings a great deal of peace and hope to those who serve.

Many of our sons and daughters, husbands and wives, or even friends are across the ocean serving their country and missing out on the traditions of their families. We remember them and pray for their safe return.

As we take time to pause from our writing and celebrate with our loved ones, we can give thanks for all God has done for us in the past year even though it may have included some rejections and rater meager royalties. God’s plans are far greater than any we could come up with on our own. Let us remember those who are not as blessed as we are. Let us lift our voices in praise to the one true God, the God of Truth and Light and give thanks with a grateful heart for the Son who lived and died that we may eternal life in His presence.

May you all have a blessed and happy day of giving thanks.




Clayton Barlow wants to prove that he’s changed after five years in prison. Even as he is accepted by more and more people in town, he still doesn’t fell worthy of Merry Warner’s love and doesn’t want to hurt her reputation as a fine, upstanding school teacher. His willingness to risk going to jail again in the attempt to free a young girl from bondage finally convinces the town as well as Merry that Clay is a man of courage and deserves their respect. As the trust grows, so does his love for Merry, and the love she once had for him returns as they pledge their lives to one another and to one lonely child. 


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Be sure to leave your email address. Please check your junk mail on and the day after the drawing. I've had to redraw because of no responses. Subject box will have: winner of (book title). I'll email the winner and they'll have seven days to respond. If I don't hear back I'll draw another name. USA shipping only. Thanks so much and please stop back again! Drawing will be held Monday,November 19th, 8:00 A.M. EST. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants

33 comments:

  1. I would love to win Christmas At Holly Hill. Our Thanksgiving tradition has always been to start decorating for christmas and putting up the christmas tree. We also exchange gift lists that day after dinner.
    Katie Johnson (johnsonk133@yahoo.com)

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  2. thanks for the chance to read this beautiful story...i'm a follower, too :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  3. I would love to win a copy of Christmas At Holy Hill. The cover of this book is absolutely beautiful. It would look great sitting on my coffee table! Hint! Hint! :)

    I'm also a follower!

    Blessings!
    Judy
    judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com
    sweetpea.judy(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. I loved writing this book, but then I love the Christmas season. Thanks to Debbie for featuring me this week.

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  5. Please don't enter me. I've had the pleasure of reading this book and it's a sweet story perfect for the holidays. The character of little Jonathan completely stole the book for me. =) and after six attempts, I was finally able to prove I was not a robot. YAY!

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    1. Nancy, just had to comment when I read your post. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has fun with the security codes. I said something along the same lines about being able to prove I wasn't a robot myself on FB. You would think they could figure that out just by looking at my atrocious typing. I blame that on all the misspelled words they want me to type in the code box though.

      :-)

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  6. What a beautiful cover. It looks so inviting! I love reading Christmas stories. Thanks for the wonderful opportunity!

    Blessings,
    Jo
    azladijo(at)aol(dot)com

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  7. I agree, it's a beautiful cover, and I would love to win Martha's book. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  8. I really enjoy Christmas stories and the cover is stunning. Makes me wish I was there!!

    I subscribe by feedburner.

    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  9. Our Thanksgiving tradition is a big breakfast at a local restaurant. With everyone's schedules, we don't have our big dinner until Saturday, so we enjoy a day OFF from cooking on the actual day! ;-)

    Would love to win a copy of Holly Hill!

    Stephanie
    mybabyblessings AT gmail DOT com

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  10. Love the cover! Would enjoy a chance to read this book.
    We usually have a pretty traditional Thanksgiving meal, and often hit the outlet malls of Friday for shopping=)

    I am a blog follower

    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. I always enjoy Martha's devotionals and would love to read her new Christmas book.
    -cllyrics@gmail.com

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  12. I love the cover. It looks like a interesting book. and it is the perfect time to read a Christmas story.

    tina_pinson(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. The cover is so beautiful! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of the books. I look forward to reading a Christmas story, especially, one written by Ms. Martha!

    I am a follower :)

    samanthaakuiper(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. I'd love to win a copy of this wonderful Christmas story. Thank you for offering it in this giveaway! I'm a follower of your blog.
    Nancee
    quiltcat26[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  15. I would love to win a copy of this book. It looks like a good one. We don't really have any Thanksgiving traditions in our family.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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  16. I love Thanksgiving for what it stands for, the many blessings GOD has bestowed upon me and my family.Also, it is one of the times we as a family meet together and gives me a chance to see many I don't see that often. I would love to win a copy of Martha's book, Christmas at Holly Hill. I love the cover and I love Christmas so much! I am a follower by Feedburner also.
    Thanks Debbie for this give-away. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

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  17. I have a lot of traditions that I have tryed to hand down to my family...first of all...we always celebrate the holidays...Thanksgiving, and Christmas together......and I share our blessing and are very thankful for all the goodness of our dear Lord. WE share family favorites such as the traditional turkey and homemade dressing from a recipe that originally was our great grandmothers....and the kids all look forward to it too...and the homemade noodles from great grandmothers recipe too...but oj they are soo good...and we all enjoy they special together that only family knows.....I am looking forward to reading some wonderful Christmas stories when I have my time alone to relax and well be reading Martha Roger's new book 'Christmas At Holly Hill'......and maybe I well win too...but anyway I we read it.....I have shared on facebook and twitter...babyruthmac16ATyahooDOTcom

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  18. Love reading Christmas stories. The book cover is beautiful.
    Our Thanksgiving tradition is the family all get together at my 94 year old mom's house. I bake my pinwheel bread (3 loaves), cook the turkey, stuffing, corn pudding and pumpkin gooey butter cake. Then take everything to my mom's house. My sister brings the side dishes and more dessert. The only thing my mom does is the potatoes and gravy.

    I follow your blog via GFC and Feedburner.

    Karen G
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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  19. I love hearing about all the Thanksgiving traditions. My boys want my cornbread dressing. As for pies and sides, they're divided, but on the dressing they're united. It's the same one my grandmother made when I was growing up and then my mother made it until I took over as a young mom. Mimi said she learned it from her mother, so it's a real tradition now. Thanks, Nancy for the kind words. I loved little Jonathan from the moment he came into my head. Wish all of you could win.

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  20. Christmas at Holly Hill sounds like a good Christmas story. I'm sure I would enjoy it. Thanksgiving traditions in my family have changed a bit through the years. One thing we always do is go around the table and tell what we are thankful for. the best part is just getting together with as many family members as possible.
    may_dayzeeATyahooDOTcom
    I am a follower through feedburner.

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  21. I would love to read this book. Thanks for the give-a-way.
    godblessamerica.jan(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. I could use an uplifting Christmas story right now and this one sounds like it will touch the readers heart. Love the cover art also. As for traditions, my three grandsons and I always make paper turkeys with feathers listing what we are thankful for. They are teenagers now, but we still do it. The night before Thanksgiving we go to a local church and watch their lights display turn on. Thanksgiving day is for family and feast. Then the day after we spend decorating for Christmas. So much to be thankful for.
    grandmabkr at yahoo dot com

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  23. Our Thanksgiving will not be very traditional this year. My brother-in-law will be spending Thanksgiving with Jesus and my mom who has Alzheimer's will be having her turkey dinner at the nursing home.
    Thanksgiving Day is also my birthday.
    Janet Estridge
    von1janet@gmail.com

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  24. This sounds like a great Christmas story! I follow through both. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. Beautiful cover! Will be going to my brother's in-laws house for Thanksgiving. I'm a follower through gfc and email.

    msbookwormlady@aol.com

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  26. Sounds like a great book about second chances.

    Ginger dot solomon at gmail dot com

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  27. This sounds like a wonderful Christmas story. Thank you for your review and this giveaway! I am a follower of your blog.
    Nancee
    quiltcat26[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  28. I follow your site.

    Looks like a great book.

    One Thanksgiving tradition we did when our kids were little was to each year record what we were thankful for into a journal.

    Blessings,
    Jodie Wolfe
    digging4pearls(at)comcast(dot)net

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  29. What a beautiful cover! The story sounds charming, too - would love to win it. Susan

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  30. Christmas at Holly Hill sounds like a wonderful Christmas story for any time of the year. Thank you for the opportunity to win this story. Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

    And, Veronica, shopgirl reminds me of Jimmy Stewart's The Shop Around the Corner movie. So good.

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  31. Don't enter me. I already have the book and it is another good one from Martha!

    Our Thanksgiving traditions have changed a little over the years since my mom's passing, but the one constant is her Pistachio Pudding. Whether we are at home, or going somewhere, my crew begs me to make it and take it! We have all the 'normal' fixins too :)

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  32. I am a feedburner follower - thank you for the chance to win

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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