Monday, December 24, 2012

Cupid's Christmas by Bette Lee Crosby: Guest Post, Review and Giveaway

I'm welcoming Bette Lee Crosby to the blog today as she shares her essentials for Christmas all year.  Now this is a girl after my own heart.  She's certainly at home on this blog, right?  Stay tuned after Bette's guest spot for my review of her novel, Cupid's Christmas, and a giveaway!

Christmas is no doubt the most wonderful time of the year, we say it in song and we celebrate it in our heart. Christmas is a time when people are kinder, food is tastier and good deeds start appearing from out of nowhere. We start getting ready for Christmas when the first chill tickles our nose and we are saddened when the tree comes down and all the joy is packed away to wait for another year. But wait…why let go of Christmas? I don’t. I have ten fun ways that I carry Christmas with me throughout the year and I’m here to share them with you right now…
  1. Christmas Mugs – I collect them and use them every day, I start the day with my coffee in a Christmas cup.
  2. Night light – I have a bubbling Elf night light in the hall bath, and it remains there year-round.
  3. Christmas Countdown App on my iPhone – Starting on December 26th, one click and I’m reminded of exactly how many days, hours and minutes until the next Christmas.
  4. All year I collect pictures of people I love, because at Christmas I make personalized calendars for family and friends. Each calendar is customized with their family pictures and birthdays.
  5. When the clocks get turned back and days grow shorter, I celebrate the coming of Christmas by lighting a fat red candle and having a glass of spiced wine. (you have to buy it around Christmas and keep it in the fridge until the following fall)
  6. A pick up dollar store stocking stuffers all year long and fill shopping bags with each person name on it – plus two extras for the Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes we do every year.
  7. I freeze slices of fruitcake to have with cinnamon tea on a rainy afternoon.
  8. I buy red tee shirts whenever I see them on sale, in all sizes so there’s always a spare for visitors.
  9. I try to do occasional kindnesses for strangers and act as we all do at Christmastime.
  10. And most importantly, I go to church every Sunday (okay almost every Sunday) to celebrate what Christmas is all about.
My thoughts on Cupid's Christmas:
What a sweet book! I really enjoyed reading it so much.  What a clever idea to have Cupid telling some of the story and about his involvement in the inner workings of romantic relationships.  And I really enjoyed the characters in the book.  I started getting emotionally invested in them and when Cupid started talking about Life Management (they're the ones that make all the bad things happen in life like accidents, mishaps, etc.) meddling in the characters' lives, I was on the edge of my seat.  I simply did not want anything bad to happen to them.

Bette has told a heartwarming story here and even worked in a rescue dog being sought by one of the characters (a Bichon Frise who resembles Bette's own rescued Bichon, Katie).  I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a story to warm the heart during the holidays.

About the book:
CUPID’S CHRISTMAS…A love story for both the young and the young at heart. In a spot somewhere between Heaven and Earth, Cupid is trying to overcome the forces of lust, jealousy and the events brought on by his nemeses — Life Management. 

Cupid matched John and Eleanor thirty years ago, but Life Management stepped in and fouled things up. Now they are both single and back together again, but before Cupid can give them the happiness they deserve, he’s got to come up with some magic, a few miracles and a dog for John’s daughter.

About the author:
Bette Lee Crosby’s work was first recognized in 2006, when she won the National League of American Pen Women Award for unpublished fiction with What Matters Most. Her novel, Cracks in the Sidewalk, received the 2009 Royal Palm Literary Award and then went on to win the 2011 FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal. In 2011 Spare Change received the Reviewer's Choice Awards and it garnered a second Royal Palm Literary Award. Her books have earned numerous five-star ratings with readers acclaiming them as heartwarming and captivating.

Most recently, Bette completed a memoir written for Lani Deauville, a woman the Guinness Book of Records lists as The World’s Longest Living Quadriplegic.

Bette has generously provided me with one paperback copy of Cupid's Christmas to give away.  It will be coming from me so I'm sorry to say, but I have to make it U.S. only (my budget is even worse off than ever).  To enter, please leave me a comment telling whether you keep Christmas all year or not, along with your email address.  Last day to enter giveaway will be Sunday, January 6, 2013 Jan. 13, 2013 at 11:59pm CST.  Good luck!

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1 comment:

  1. I would love to read this. I really love the cover too.. looks like my dog!

    I try to keep the spirit year round. My cousins and I have a run through of our annual Christmas bakeathon every July! :D

    stephaniet117 at yahoo dot com


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