Monday, November 2, 2009

The 12 Books of Christmas - One Imperfect Christmas by Myra Johnson

This week's featured author is Myra Johnson and the book she's giving away is One Imperfect Christmas, just released in September. Leave a comment on this blog post to be automatically entered in this giveaway.

Here is a synopsis of the book:

Christmas is the season of miracles, but when blame and guilt keep people apart, a miracle needs a helping hand.

Natalie Pearce loves Christmas so much she’d gladly make it a year-round celebration—until her mother suffers a massive stroke while taking down the decorations.

Natalie’s guilt over not being there to help her mom soon builds a wall that separates her from the rest of her family, including her husband, Daniel, and their teenage daughter.

As the next December approaches, the last thing Natalie wants to be reminded of is another Christmas season. Only her family’s tenacious love and an unexpected Christmas gift from her mother can help Natalie mend the broken pieces of their lives.

A warm, inspirational story of faith, hope, and love for the holiday season!

View the book trailer of One Imperfect Christmas on my page.


Myra shares a favorite holiday recipe:

A favorite menu item for our family’s Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners is a recipe contributed by my daughter Johanna. It gives the traditional sweet potatoes and marshmallows side dish a tangy new twist.

Yams & Cranberries (serves 8)

½ cup flour
½ cup brown sugar, packed
½ cup uncooked oats

Combine above with 1/3 cup margarine

2 17-oz. cans sweet potatoes, drained
2 cups cranberries
15 regular marshmallows

Toss ½ oat mixture with yams and berries. Place in a casserole dish. Sprinkle remaining mixture on top, arrange marshmallows.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until heated through. Finish under broiler until lightly browned.


Myra’s roots go deep into Texas soil, but she’s proud to be a new Oklahoman. Empty-nesters now, she and her husband share their home with two loveable dogs and a snobby parakeet. Her debut novel, One Imperfect Christmas, is a September 2009 release from Abingdon Press. She also writes for Barbour Publishing’s Heartsong Presents line. Autumn Rains, winner of the 2005 RWA Golden Heart for Best Inspirational Romance Manuscript, releases November 2009, soon to be followed by two more contemporary romances set in Missouri. Myra writes full-time and is active in her church as well as local and national writers groups. She and her husband have been married since 1972. The Johnsons have two married daughters and five grandchildren.

Visit Myra’s Website at

**Contest disclaimer: Void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents. Odds of winning depend on number of entrants. Only one book allowed per person throughout the duration of the event.


Lynda Schab said...

**Contest disclaimer: Void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents. Odds of winning depend on number of entrants. Only one book allowed per person throughout the duration of the event.

Thanks for entering and good luck!

Sandee61 said...

Hi was nice reading about Myra Johnson, and enjoyed the Holiday recipe. Her book, One Imperfect Christmas looks like a really good read. Please add my name for the giveaway. Thank you!


Jo said...

This book sounds like such a interesting read. Please enter me in the giveaway.


Anonymous said...

I would love to win and read this book! Please enter me. Thanks!

Debra said...

This book sounds like a wonderful read. I would love a chance to win a copy. Please enter my name in the drawing. Thanks!


Dee Yoder said...

Count me in! Sounds good and I love Christmas stories of any kind. (:

Cindy said...

I love inspiration books like this, especially for the holidays. I'd love a chance to read it.

Danielle a.k.a Yellie said...

Mmmm, I've never seen a recipe for the yams with cranberries, that sounds wonderful! I'd love to win this book!

Myra Johnson said...

Good morning Lynda and friends! Can you believe Christmas is less than two months away???? I am such a procrastinator about preparing for the holidays. And I'd MUCH prefer someone else do the cooking! That's why I love it when my daughter makes this yams & cranberries recipe. It's delicious!

Deborah M said...

Christmas is right around the corner. I would love to win Myra's book. Keep up the good work Myra!
Deborah M.

Maria I. Morgan said...

Sounds like a great book! I'd love to be entered in your drawing. Happy November! :)

quietspirit said...

This sounds like a story written about my life. I have had a few imperfect Christmases in my time.

Dara said...

That recipe looks yummy!

BTW, I'm now an official member of ACFW :)

Pamela J said...

Thanks for the chance to win Myra's new book. I'm really looking forward to the story. I can identify with the stroke part and how hard it is to go through something like that, ...and then the holiday added to the stress! Sounds like a great one!!
Pam Williams
cepjwms at wb4me dot com

Wendy said...

I love Chrismtas books. Thanks for the chance to win.

K.M. Weiland said...

Wow, that recipe looks scrumptious! I love marshmallows and I love cranberries. Doesn't get much better than that!

Coleene VanTilburg said...

Hi Lynda, Thanks for drawing my name, I will take the win, even the second time around.

This new book sounds like my first Christmas after loosing our son. God has amazing ways of reaching down to us in all our sadness to restore our hope.

Carol said...

Myra's book sounds like a very uplifting Christmasy story. I've added it to my list! Thanks for the opportunity to win.



gahome2mom said...

Hi, Yummy recipe. Thanks for sharing.


Myra Johnson said...

Once again, I really appreciate everyone's interest in my debut novel! Thanks, Lynda, for having me on your blog!

Lynda Schab said...

Thank YOU, Myra. I'm looking forward to drawing a name on Saturday morning! :-)

stephanie said...

Sounds good. I'd like to be entered.

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