Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sharing the Joy Double Feature: 100+ Followers Giveaway!


As part of the Sharing the Joy Double Feature (second feature will be a book review) and in celebration of surpassing 100 followers, I am giving away an audio book copy of The Nine Lives of Christmas by Sheila Roberts (find entry info below).  Here's my review and some info about the book and author:

(this is reposted from The True Book Addict)

My thoughts:
Give me a book with a cat and Christmas in it and it's a surefire bet that I'm going to like it.  The Nine Lives of Christmas is a lovely Christmas tale told partially from a cat's point of view.  The cat is named Ambrose and he is a yellow tabby who is on his last life.  Ambrose is so engaging.  Sheila really captured what most of us cat lovers know about cats...little lovers with attitude.  I enjoyed the parts featuring Ambrose best, with his inner monologue all focused on how he is going to achieve a long and comfortable ninth life.  Of course, some matchmaking is in order.  It wouldn't be a Christmas story unless there was a little romance thrown in.

I was afraid at first that this book might end up very sad.  It seems that a lot of the stories featuring animals often do.  Luckily, this book filled the bill of a fun and heartwarming Christmas tail (tale...sorry, had to use Sheila's witticism) that just adds to the fun and magic of the season.  Thank goodness Nicholas Sparks doesn't write Christmas books.

If you love Christmas themed books, you will really enjoy this book.  I know it has become part of my permanent Christmas book collection and, I'm sure, will get a reread in Christmases to come!

The Nine Lives of Christmas Virtual Book Publicity Tour November 2011

About the book:
Bestselling author Sheila Roberts brings us a humorous, heartwarming Christmas novel about a matchmaking cat who brings a couple together just in time for the holidays.

When a guy is in trouble, he starts making deals with his Creator…and Ambrose the cat is no exception. In danger of losing his ninth and final life, Ambrose makes a desperate plea. He’ll do anything—anything!—if he can just survive and enjoy a nice long, final life. His prayer is answered when a stranger comes along and saves him, and now it looks like he has to hold up his end of the bargain.

The stranger turns out to be a fire fighter named Zach, the quintessential commitment- phobe who’s in need of some serious romantic help. If Ambrose can just bring Zach together with Merilee, the nice lady who works at Pet Palace, it’s bound to earn him a healthy ninth life. Unfortunately for Ambrose, his mission is a lot harder than he ever anticipated. Now it’s going to take all his feline wiles—and a healthy dose of Christmas magic—to bring them all together in time for the holidays. (Goodreads)

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About the author:
Writing since 1989, Sheila Roberts has had 26 books published, both fiction and nonfiction, under different names. Her books have been chosen for book clubs, Readers Digest Condensed books, and her popular novel ON STRIKE FOR CHRISTMAS was made into a movie and appeared on the Lifetime Movie Network. Her novel ANGEL LANE was named one of Amazon’s Top Ten Romances for 2009.

However, before she settled into her writing career, she did lots of other things, including owning a singing telegram company and playing in a band. Writing and helping others to find ways to better themselves are her greatest passions and her popular newsletter SUPER YOU, is dedicated to helping women improve their lives.

When she’s not making public appearances or playing with her friends, she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.

Sheila Roberts lives in the Pacific Northwest. She’s happily married and has three children.

Visit Sheila:  Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

I have one audio book copy of The Nine Lives of Christmas for one lucky winner.  I apologize to my international followers, but I must make this U.S. only.  I'm extremely strapped during the holidays. =O(  To enter, leave a comment about your favorite pet.  Do you buy them presents at Christmas, do they have a stocking, do you dress them up in cute holiday outfits or collars?  If you don't have a pet, share anything about your holiday this year.  Please leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.  You do not have to be a follower to enter, but followers will get an extra entry point.  Giveaway will end on Friday, January 6 January 20 at 11:59 pm CST.  Good luck!


  1. How very generous of you! Unfortunately our two year old pet Dalmatian passed away suddenly six weeks ago, but he was always willing to be dressed up for any Holliday occasion. I'm considering getting a cat from the shelter after Christmas so we will be pet owners again real soon. I love books about pets and have quite a few. Still keeping the faith with the Book Challenge, just purchased the 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' Christmas book. Take care, Sally xx

  2. My favourite pet is...impossible to choose. I love each of them and they know it! I think I am their favourite pet!
    Big Sister Maggie P. helped raise Grizelda & Chloe.This is their 1st active Christmas, as they were still bottle-feeding last year.
    I love all three of my furbabies.

  3. +1 A follower of yours

    All my pets are my favorites but my two current pets are wondeful. They each have a stocking for the mantle. They are both cockatiels and are very different.

    Squeaky is the oldest, he is 18 years old and loves music. He prefers soft Christmas carols, particurly violin music and picks up on how I am feeling very quickly. He used to have a crush on a yellow cockatiel at the vets but we had move away.

    Speckles is visually oriented and always comments on the pictures that I show him. He is the mischievous one who gets in trouble each day! He also likes to cuddle. He is only 15 years old.


  4. I don't know that one can say that any animal is better or more a favorite than another. But at this moment all that I can think of is my precious best friend and feline companion of 16 years who just left me to travel to heaven this weekend. I truly believe that animals are the most precious gift that this earth has to offer us.

    I am a follower.

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf


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