Monday, October 18, 2010

Week #4 in The 12 Books of Christmas Giveaway: Mistletoe Christmas by Betsy St. Amant

This week's featured author and giveaway are Betsy St. Amant and her book, Mistletoe Prayers.

Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana and is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers group. She is multi-published through Steeple Hill and has been published in Christian Communicator magazine and Praise Reports: Inspiring Real Life Stories of How God Answers Prayer. One of her short stories, ‘Kickboxing or Chocolate’, appears in a Tyndale compilation book, and she is also multi-published through The Wild Rose Press. Betsy has a BA in Christian Communications and freelances for her local newspaper. She is a new mom, wife, author, and avid reader who enjoys sharing the wonders of God’s grace through her stories.

Visit Betsy's website at:


Favorite Christmas carol: O Holy Night

A family Christmas tradition: waiting until the house is quiet at night, then laying under my Christmas tree after it's decorated and peering up through the branches at the lights and ornaments.

A memorable gift you've given or received: Last year I made my parents "memory books" and I think we all cried! I made scrapbook pages of various memories from my childhood and pictures and stickers to represent each one and put them in an album. They each had their own book. It was a great experience.

Favorite Christmas television show or movie? I can't let the Christmas season go by without watching The Christmas Story! I love the marathon they do on TBS on Christmas Eve. Also, A Chipmunks Christmas is a long time favorite. I get to watch that with my two year old this year and I can't wait!

When do you start your holiday shopping? I typically start around Thanksgiving and buy a few things here and there and finish up the week before Christmas. It just all depends on cash flow and sales. I try not to charge anything each season but stay responsible and use cash only or make homemade gifts, like the memory books.

Ever been kissed under the mistletoe? Yes, actually ::wink::

Do you deck the halls in style or keep it simple? I decorate my house but just the rooms we use the most. I put Christmas towels in the kitchen and guest bathroom, a holiday centerpiece on the table, and decorate the mantle and windowsills in the living room and of course, the tree in the corner. I also put just a few things on my daughter's dresser, like a mini tree and some Christmas children's books. But I don't go crazy because its too much to have to put away afterward!

What food do you overindulge in during the holidays? Desserts! Fudge, my mom's holiday teacake cookies, pie, chocolate covered cherries....mmmm.....


Now for the giveaway! Here's a blurb of Betsy's book, MISTLETOE PRAYERS, which is actually two books in one, written by Betsy St. Amant and Marta Perry.

The Gingerbread Season by Betsy St. Amant:
Allie James returns to her hometown in need of a holiday job. Never did she expect old boyfriend Jordan Walker to hire her as his secretary! Years ago Jordan shredded her heart like wrapping paper. Now he must convince Allie that all he wants for Christmas is her love.

The Bodine Family Christmas by Marta Perry
Left at the altar on Christmas Eve, Annabel Bodine has lost her holiday spirit. When her big brother brings home handsome Coast Guard buddy Travis McCall, can she summon the courage to open her heart to love for the holidays—and maybe for a lifetime?

Enter to win a copy of Mistletoe Prayers by leaving a comment on this blog post. Be sure to leave your contact information so I can get in touch with you if you win.

Contest ends at midnight on Friday, October 22nd. The winner will be announced in a brief post on Saturday.

**Contest disclaimer: Void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents. Odds of winning depend on number of entrants.**


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Anonymous said...

Would love to win this. Anything Christmas is GOOD.


Jo said...

I love reading Christmas stories. Please enter me in the giveaway.


Jennee said...

I like the title. Another great festive intro for the writer and book! Sign me up.

jennee thompson at yahoo . com

Betsy St. Amant said...

Thanks for having me Lynda! Can't wait to see who wins =)

Renee Ann said...

I just keep trying to win one of these books because they all sound so charming! reneeasmith61 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Lynda Schab said...

Keep entering, Renee, and you're bound to win one of these times. :-)

Julie Arduini said...

I'm a fan of both Betsy and Marta. I've had my eye on this one!


Rose McCauley said...

Both these stories sound like a great read to get you in the Christmas mood, and I loved Lynda's questions and Betsy's answers, too! crmcc at setel dot com

Cheryl Linn Martin said...

I love learning all the traditions and Christmas favorites of your guest authors, Lynda.

Sally said...

Count me in on the drawing.

Ann Lee Miller said...

Please toss my name into the hat!

BECKY said...

Hi! Looks like a great book that I would love to win! My e-mail is: Writergal53(at)aol(dot)com.

Anonymous said...

I would LOVE to win this book

kelleyand @ yahoo . com

Deborah Bates Cavitt said...

It would be like a birthday present to me to receive this book. Born Christmas Eve

Stephanie Craig said...

Another book that intersted me at the store. I love stories set around Christmas, especially when they are not full length since Christmas is such a busy time of the year.


Lynda Schab said...

I wish you all could win!

Kristy said...
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Wendy said...

I love Christmas stories.
Please enter me in the drawing.
Thank you for the chance.

Tammie said...

I would love to win. I love to read.

Pamela Hamer said...

Looks like a fun Christmas read! Please throw my name into the hat. Crossing my fingers...

Pamela Hamer said...

Pam's e-mail address: pjhamer117/at/gmail/dot/com