Monday, November 16, 2009

The 12 Books of Christmas - Shelley Adina

This week's 12 Books of Christmas author is YA author, Shelley Adina. She is giving away a copy of her book, Tidings of Great Boys (is that a great title, or what?) This book is part of the All About Us series. Another book in this series, The Fruit of my Lipstick, was a Christy award finalist. If you have a teenage girl, or know one, you'll definitely want to enter to win this book. After reading the synopsis and the customer reviews, I intend on buying a copy for my own daughter this Christmas.

Here is a synopsis:

Finals week is approaching, and Mac is still undecided on where to spend the holidays. Normally she’d go home to Scotland, but spending two weeks alone in the castle with her dad isn’t as appealing as it used to be. So she invites Carly, Lissa, Gillian, and Shani to join her for the holidays! Mac is determined to make this the best Christmas ever. She even decides to organize the traditional Hogmanay dance for New Year’s Eve. If she can get her mother involved, maybe her parents will finally get back together. But when Mac and the girls arrive in Scotland, they are faced with bad news: The castle is falling apart and Mac’s parents are struggling financially. Not only that, but Shani is in big trouble with Prince Rashid’s royal family. Can the girls find a way to celebrate the holidays, get Mac’s parents back together, save the castle, and rescue Shani ... and will Mac believe it's all part of God's plan? There’s only one way to find out!

Read the first three chapters of Tidings of Great Boys.

Leave a comment on this blog post to be automatically entered to win. A name will be randomly selected and the winner will be announced on Saturday, November 21st.

Here's one of Shelley's favorite holiday recipes:


1 pound butter
1 cup icing sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
3 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. vanilla

Beat all ingredients together until fluffy (about 20 minutes). Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet (or foil covered, ungreased). Bake 15 minutes at 350F or until golden brown. Makes 8 dozen cookies.

Award-winning author Shelley Adina wrote her first teen novel when she was 13. It was rejected by the literary publisher to whom she sent it, but he did say she knew how to tell a story. That was enough to keep her going through the rest of her adolescence, a career, a move to another country, a B.A. in Literature, an M.A. in Writing Popular Fiction, and countless manuscript pages.

Shelley is a world traveler and pop culture junkie with an incurable addiction to designer handbags. She writes books about fun and faith--with a side of glamour. Between books, Shelley loves traveling, playing the piano and Celtic harp, watching movies, and making period costumes.
Learn more about Shelley and her books 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.


The Smelker Seven said...

My two teenage daughters would love this book. I like the fact that the characters seem to be strong, and I love the use of technology in the book - skype and texting. I am interested in seeing how it continues!

Kate said...

Forget about the teenagers-I want to read this book! :)

stephanie said...

Sounds like fun. I'm like Cari - I want to read this book too.

Anonymous said...

I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks. wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Please enter me! Sounds great.

Karen Ward from Oz said...

Hi Lynda,

Can I enter too if I say I'll pay postage!? Unfortunately the postage is usually more than the book! :)


Lynda Lee Schab said...


I will ask Shelley (as she's the one who will be shipping the book). If she okay's it, I'll add your name to the drawing. :-)

Thanks for your interest. It looks like a great book, doesn't it?

Renee Schab said...

Enter to me..,it looks great, and I an trying to build a good collection of books for the girls, as they get older. Thanks for the chance Lynda

Deborah said...

The book sounds great! My daughter and I both would love it! Please enter me in the drawing!
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Little Lady said...

Oooh! Linda, this is Micah from FW...I'm SO excited! I think you just introduced me to my new favorite series....I ordered all of them from the library and am going to read them over thanksgiving! :D

Lynda Lee Schab said...

Good luck ladies! And great to see you here, Micah! Sounds like a great series, doesn't it?

Edgy Inspirational Author said...

I read the previous book in this series so it would be fun to continue it.