Monday, December 21, 2009

The12 Books of Christmas final giveaways

Can you believe this is the last week of The 12 Books of Christmas? Wow!

To finish out this event, I've got not one, but TWO books to give away. So this week, you can double your chances of winning by leaving a comment on this post.


The first book is An Amish Christmas, being given away by author, Barbara Cameron, whose story, One Child, is included in this best-selling novella. Barbara and two other authors, Beth Wiseman and Kathleen Fuller, were asked by Thomas Nelson to write this book, as well as another novella. An Amish Gathering, which now also available.

Here is a synopsis of the three novellas included in An Amish Christmas:

A Choice To Forgive by Beth Wiseman.
After Daniel disappeared that long-ago Christmas Eve, Lydia built a life with his brother. But now she's a widow and Daniel has reappeared, asking for forgiveness. But can she go back to her normal life with her long-lost love as her neighbor?

A Miracle for Miriam by Kathleen Fuller.
Seth is no longer the arrogant young man who shattered Miriam's confidence and broke her heart. But can he convince "plain" Miriam that she is truly beautiful to him?

One Child by Barbara Cameron.
The birth of one child forever changed the world two thousand years ago. On a snowy Christmas night in Lancaster County, another child changes the world for two very different couples.

Leave a comment on this blog post for your chance to win An Amish Christmas.

Barbara shares a favorite Christmas recipe:

A favorite Christmas recipe which isn't Amish -- although they love cheese! -- is cheese fondue. We eat it on Christmas evening and have chocolate fondue for dessert. After all the turkey of Christmas Day and Thanksgiving, it's a welcome break to have something like cheese fondue on Christmas evening.

Cheese Fondue

1/2 lb Swiss cheese
1/2 lb Gruyere cheese
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 garlic clove
1 cup white wine or apple juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

Shred the cheese, combine it with cornstarch in a bowl. Peel the garlic and rub it around the inside of the fondue pot, then set it aside for other use. Place wine or apple juice, lemon juice, and mustard in a saucepan over moderate heat on the stove and gradually add cheeses until melted. Keep warm in a fondue pot over a candle or Sterno. Serve fondue with cubes of crusty French bread, and a selection of fresh vegetables such as baby carrots, broccoli, asparagus, whatever you like. Tart apple slices are good, too.

For the chocolate fondue, heat 1/2 cup of heavy cream slowly in saucepan and add 4 bars (3.5 oz each) of bittersweet chocolate broken into pieces and stirr, them remove from heat. You can add a tablespoon of Amaretto liqueur if you like. I like to set out fresh strawberries, pieces of apple, fresh pineapple spears, and best of all, Stella D'Oro almond biscotti to dip in the chocolate.

Barbara's favorite holiday memory:

My favorite Christmas memory? The night we came home from Christmas shopping in Daytona Beach, Florida, and it snowed -- for about ten minutes! It was just long enough for us to stand outside with our two little children and watch the flakes fall.

Barbara Cameron is the author of eighteen fiction and non-fiction books, three nationally televised movies (HBO-Cinemax), as well as the first winner of the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart.

Beth Wiseman is the author of the popular Daughters of the Promise Amish series for Thomas Nelson. Kathy Fuller is the author of the Hearts of Middlefield Amish series for Thomas Nelson. My new Amish series, Quilts of Lancaster County, will appear in September, 2010, for Abingdon Press. The three of them loved working on An Amish Christmas together and have become great friends and supporters. They -- and fellow author Amy Clipston who writes Amish stories for Zondervan -- blog about all things Amish on the and websites.



As a bonus giveaway, I will personally be mailing out an autographed copy of The Glassblower, by Laurie Alice Eakes. Here is a synopsis of this Heartsong Presents novel:

Now that Colin Grassick, a master glass-blower from Scotland, has arrived to help at the Jordan glassworks, Meg Jordan's dreams of teaching the poor, local children are coming true. Finally, someone will have time to make windows for the rural New Jersey schoolhouse, to keep out the cold - and vandals. To Joseph Pyle, the wealthy, arrogant man to whom Meg will soon be betrothed, the destruction of Meg's new windows is inconsequential - as his wife, she will be forbidden from teaching. Why would Meg's father insist she marry a man like Joseph and stay away from the endearing Colin? Meg will learn her fate by Christmas Eve...

Leave a comment on this blog post to be entered in this giveaway.

Award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes does not remember a time when books did not play a part in her life; thus, no one was surprised when she decided to be a writer.

Her first hardcover was an October, 2006 Regency historical from Avalon Books and won the National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency, as well as being a finalist for Best First Book. She has also sold other books,
articles, short stories, and essays.

A graduate of the Seton Hill University Master of Arts Degree in Writing Popular Fiction, she is an experienced speaker, making presentations at local and national RWA conferences, as well as universities, schools, and libraries.

She lives in Virginia with her husband and assorted cats and dogs.

Learn more about Laurie and her books on her website:

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.


Anonymous said...

Oh, these both sound good!
Merry Christmas, Lynda!

Jan Cline said...

The books and the cheese recipe look wonderful. Would like to try them all this Christmas!!
Happy Holidays!

Karen Lange said...

The books sound very nice, and the recipe sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing all of it. Blessings!

quietspirit said...

Both of these books look interesting. That fondue recipe looks inviting.

Coleene VanTilburg said...

Well, I already won a book, but what can it hurt. Hi Lynda and a very Merry Michigan Christmas to you from your FW friend in California, Coleene. I copied the recipe for fondue, thank you.

Hampers said...

Thanks for sharing the Cheese Fondue recipe. Will try it this Christmas. Hope it is tasty.

gahome2mom said...

Merry Christmas

I would enjoy reading her book.


Sandee61 said...

I would love to be entered in your giveaway for the Amish Christmas book. Thank you and Christmas blessings to you and your family.



diane said...

Hi, I'd love to read these books! Sign me up! -Diane

Linda said...

I'm totally interested in The Glassblower, by Laurie Alice Eakes. I've read An Amish Christmas, and whoever gets it is in for a very big treat!

Please enter me for The Glassblower. Thank you.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I would really enjoy these books! Please enter me. The 12 books idea is a great one! Thanks!!!

Vicki said...

I've never made cheese fondue, but being a cheese lover, will give this a try.

Both books sound great, but
An Amish Christmas would be my #1 choice.

Charity said...

OO!! Please enter me:) Thanks so much!!


Karin said...

Both books sound delightful.

Merry Christmas!

karin56381 (at)

stephanie said...

Sounds like good books

Terri Tiffany said...

They sound great! Especially the Amish one:) But hey, I'm not picky--enter me please!

Andrea said...

Please enter me in for those neat books! Thanks!

FYI - I have two giveaways happening on my blog:

One is for Mark Batterson's new book, 'Primal.' The other is for a three strand pearl necklace! Please stop by to comment and please also follow or subscribe!

Many thanks & Merry Christmas -


Pa-Dutch-Travel said...

Cheese recipe looks good, I will have to try it.