The short story anthology, CHRISTMAS TREASURES: A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES, is shaping up nicely. The details for both the e-version and print version will be shared shortly, as well as the book cover. Exciting! And to add to the excitement, check out the BookGiveaway offer below. Ho Ho Ho.
I thought if would be interesting to ask my co-authors an interview question every Friday leading up to the release of the book. This Friday's questions is:
What do you hope your reader will be blessed with upon reading your story?
My (Elaine Stock) story, THE FOREVER CHRISTMAS GIFT, wraps around the themes of peace and hope when an unexpected friendship develops between a young adult woman, who has just about given up on these feelings, and an older man, who has grown accustomed to loneliness. They learn that peace and hope can bring joy, and that is what I hope my readers will be blessed with upon reading this story. http://elainestock.com
Patty Wysong: Sometimes we get so caught up in how we think God should work in our lives that we forget He’s not tied down to working in normal or traditional ways. There are times when how He chooses to accomplish His will makes us think a mistake has been made or we wonder what we’ve gotten ourselves into. In my story, A HUSBAND FOR CHRISTMAS, Cassie’s meant-as-a-joke comment to her father unleashes more than she knows. As a result, she gets to see God work in a totally unexpected way and it more than she ever dared to hope for. It’s a reminder to me to let God work, even if…especially if it’s in ways that I would never think up on my own. www.pattywysong.com
Susan F. Craft: I hope to show that in my story, HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARRAH (intentional spelling), God doesn’t want for us to fear for anything. He is the God of the large and the small – even to a lowly sparrow. If God is concerned about the tiny sparrow and notes its fate, how much greater must His concern be for man.
In Matt. 10:29-31, Jesus talks about sparrows that were so insignificant that if you bought four of them, the seller would throw in one more for free.
In her beautiful song, “His Eye Is on the Sparrow,” Civilla Martin says it best. “Why should I feel discouraged? … When Jesus is my portion, a constant friend is He. His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches over me.” http://historicalfictionalightintime.blogspot.com
Joanne Sher: At Christmastime, we think about the gifts and the baby in the manger - I hope, after reading my story WITH HER OWN EYES, folks will rediscover the wonder of some of the first people outside His family to see the baby Jesus - those who had been waiting for Him all their lives. www.joannesher.com
Linda S. Glaz: I want my readers to never give up hope. In PART-TIME JOB, a Santa style story, it seems like I'm putzing with miracles, but isn't hope a miracle? Our faith keeps us moving forward no matter how difficult our circumstances. We just keep hoping! http://lindaglaz.blogspot.com/
Karen Wingate: I hope my story, THE CHRISTMAS GIFT, will be a reminder that even when Christmas doesn’t meet our expectations, it can still be a wonderful Christmas; in fact, it is when everything else seems bad that we learn to focus on Christ and the blessings He has waiting for us. www.graceonparade.com/blog
Christina Rich: In my story, A CHRISTMAS FOR MADDIE, I hope my readers will be blessed by my characters' heart posture, their willingness to go the extra mile to bring joy to others. http://threefoldstrand.com
Karla Akins: I hope my readers will enjoy a giggle in BANKING ON CHRISTMAS. Christmas can be stressful for some folks, and laughter is good medicine. http://karlaakins.com
April Strauch: There are bright spots even in the darkest times. God never stops surprising us. Especially at Christmas, and that’s what I hope my readers are blessed by in my story, LOVE IS THE KEY.
Kathleen Rouser: Life isn’t easy. Sometimes we are put in unique situations, which are out of our comfort zone, but the Lord uses those very things to stretch and grow us. Also in my story, SPECIAL ASSINGMENT, I would like readers to see that God is at work in mysterious ways that we can’t always see—whether through other people . . . or angels. www.kathleenrouser.com
Readers, when you read a Christmas story, what do you wish as a take-away value? One randomly chosen commenter will receive, upon release, an e-version of CHRISTMAS TREASURES: A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES. Please leave your contact information within your comment.We're looking forward to hearing from you ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Interview with the authors of Christmas Treasures: A Collection Of Short Stories. #BookGiveaway (Tweet This)
Readers: Share what you enjoy the most in Christmas stories. #BookGiveaway (Tweet This)