Christmas Collection Release & Blog Tour– Odelia’s Blog

 

Christmas tour

Christmas time is here! Okay, so not quite yet. It’s still over a month away, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start celebrating early, right? So today, we’re celebrating the release of not one, not four, but eight new Christmas books! All written by Rebekah A. Morris. I’ll be spotlighting two of her books today and you can find out more about the others as you follow the tour.

About the Books

 *this is only two out of the eight,  to give you a taste of the amazingness in store*

                                                 Christmas Smiles

This was Lana’s second Christmas without her parents, who had died in an accident, and she was sure it would bring nothing but tears, because she and her aunt couldn’t seem to get along. When a frightening experience occurs, Lana, her cousin, and her aunt and uncle find unexpected cause for smiles.

“Life was certainly a mess. It wasn’t anything like she had read in storybooks. “~ Christmas Smiles

A Christmas Disaster

As the students of Coolidge High School prepare for their annual Christmas play, excitement mounts. Performed at the local theater, the play, with the students in complete charge of, the performances has become a tradition in town. Everything is going well until the morning of the final performance when calamity hits. Should the students cancel the final performance or try to turn the disaster into something good.

“Whew!” Derek sighed. “There’s no way I want to be an actor now! It’s hard enough running backstage.” ~ A Christmas Disaster

 

 

About the Author

Rebekah A. Morris is a home-school graduate, an enthusiastic freelance author and a passionate writing teacher. Her books include, among others, Home Fires of the Great War, The Unexpected Request, Gift from the Storm, and her bestselling Triple Creek Ranch series. Some of her favorite pastimes, when she isn’t’ writing, include reading and coming up with dramatic and original things to do. The Show-Me state is where she calls home.

Excerpt/Interview/Review

I am very happy– and honored– to be included in the Book tour of one of my favorite Christian authors …. Rebekah Morris!!  Her books are always such a treat!! And now she has an even more exciting, tasty event to announce… 8 Published Christmas Stories!!

*dances around for happiness*

Although I personally do not like to over-celebrate Christmas, I do so enjoy good stories.. whatever the celebration!!

Without further ado, Here is the author interview with the predictable topic … Christmas!!

1. What are your most memorable, funniest Christmases ever? The most touching?
Oh, wow! Probably my most memorable Christmas was the year I was 7. I had gotten the Chicken Pox just before Christmas and since my mom’s side of the family always spent several days together at a camp, and my two young cousins hadn’t had chicken pox before, I wasn’t sure what kind of a Christmas it was going to be. I ended up being confined to the downstairs while my cousins stayed upstairs. But one came to the top of the stairs many times to sing to me. And my aunts, uncles, and grandparents spoiled me! I got to have candle light suppers every night with my mom and two “guests” of my choosing, one uncle pulled me around on my new roller skates, Grandpa read “Heidi” to me, an aunt let me do her hair in the most ridiculous styles, and over all, it was a Christmas I’ll never forget.

I’m not sure what the most touching Christmas was. Sorry, I can’t think of anything. [If you want to take this last bit off and take off the last question from this, that would be fine with me. Sorry I couldn’t answer it.]

2. What is the best part of Christmas for you?
Everything! I love the decorations, the lights, the presents, the yummy foods, the stories, but most of all, I love that my Savior came to this earth to be born as a baby, and then die so that I might be forgiven of all my sins. That is the best part of Christmas.

3. Any wacky Christmas traditions that you and/or your family have concocted over the years?
Not really. For thirty years my mom’s side of the family all got together every year and would spend anywhere from two days to almost a week hanging out at a camp. It was always so much fun getting together with the cousins, playing with the younger ones, going on hikes through the woods with my grandpa and uncles, making cinnamon rolls with my dad, or peppermint ice cream with Grandma. So many memories! But I guess we’re not the “wacky kind” of people. 🙂

4. What inspired you to write stories about Christmas?
I LOVE Christmas. Need I say anything else? 🙂 I have loved reading or listening to Christmas stories for as long as I can remember and once I ventured into the realm of Christmas stories with my pen, I never looked back. Each year I write 1-3 Christmas stories.

5. This goes without saying, but…. Which holiday is your favourite???
Well, actually I have two favorite holidays. 🙂 Both have two colors the same, but while one holiday is celebrated for at least a full month, the other is only celebrated a few days. And while one has colors of red, white, and green, the other has colors of red, white, and blue. Yep, Christmas and the 4th of July are my favorite-est of favorite holidays. 😀

6. What does Christmas mean to you?
It means a time to enjoy family, friends, good food, wonderful stories, decorations, a month long celebration, but most importantly, it is a celebration of Christ. And I hope my Christmas stories share just a glimpse of that joy and celebration with my readers.

Thank you for letting me come and visit!

Tour Schedule

 

November 13
Bookish
Orchestrations
– Introductory Post
Read Another
Page
– Book Spotlight from the author
Kaylee’s
Kind of Writes
– Book Spotlight
Resting Life
– Review and Excerpt
Perry
Elisabeth
– Excerpt
Rachel Rossano’s
Words
– Book Spotlight and Excerpt
November 14
Read Another
Page
– Book Spotlight from the author
Odelia’s Blog
– Author Interview and Book spotlight
Bryce’s
Creative Writing Corner
– Author Interview, Review, and Excerpt
Counting
Your Blessings One by One
– Review and Excerpt
Perpetual Indie
Perspective
– Book Spotlight
November 15
Read Another
Page
– Book Spotlight from the author
Whimsical
Writings for His Glory
– Author, Review, and Excerpt
Maidens for
Modesty
– Author Interview and Review
The Destiny of One
– Book Spotlight
Rebekah
Ashleigh
– Book Spotlight
Stephany’s
BLOG Snippets
– Book Spotlight and Excerpt
November 16
Read Another
Page
– Book Spotlight from the author
Laurel’s Leaves
– Author Interview
Claire
Banschbach
– Author Interview
Kelsey’s
Notebook
– Review and Excerpt
Jaye L.
Knight
– Book Spotlight and Excerpt
November 17
Read Another
Page
– Book Spotlight from the author
Ruffles and Grace
– Book Spotlight
With a
Joyful Noise
– Book Spotlight
Bookish
Orchestrations
– Closing Post

 

The Pain of Separation

A dear friend left me last week. One that I loved,  one I’d miss forever.

Speckle……

Yes, she was only a sheep, an ewe, but friendships forged in love, strengthened over time, are not easily and painlessly broken. She greeted me enthusiastically every time I went to see her, to take care of her. Every time she saw me, happiness lit up her eyes.

Not anymore.

I will miss you so, so much, Speckle.

The poem below is written to her, for her and for me, and for all the other suffering men and women who has lost animal friends due to sickness, death, or simply… circumstances, just like I did.  Friends like these, are mortal and tainted by sin caused by man–like we are.

But there is one Friend Who is eternal, Who loves us more than we could ever love anything, anyone, even more than we could love our own families. Him I love, Him I trust, even when life’s storms and sorrows threaten to swallow me up in their angry, surging waves.

I dedicate this poem to Him: the Friend that—Thank God for His love!!—I never have to let go of.

 I Had To Let You Go

The early morning fog hung in the air; still, dense, suffocating.

The halter rope scraped, bit into, mocked at my trembling hands.

The sun hid itself, unwilling to be a witness of such cruelty.

The time had come for a final tearing apart of friends—I had to let you go.

Your eyes looked up to mine, so deep and clear in its amber confidence, its unwavering trust:

My heart went out to you, breaking and bleeding: I was a traitor, a betrayer of your unconditioned love.

But there was nothing I could do to stop the inevitable, never could stem the flow of time.

The hour was near, was here: I had to let you go.

The door to death and uncertainty yawned before us: and I had to push you in.

Obediently, without doubting me, trusting my guidance you stepped into the darkness—

The door clanged shut, a sickening thud, locking you away from me and me from you forever.

There had been no choice, no other road: I had to let you go.

With a jolt the truck lurched off the road, the taillights the color of blood:

The color, the substance that would soon disfigure you: innocent, loving, gentle friend.

My eyes blurred—tears turned to sobs—as the truck disappeared down the street….

And you disappeared from my life: I had to let you go.

The parting was sudden, our life together too short, too brief:

I loved you while you were alive—I love you now—but now love is overshadowed by grief.

Tears flow down unbidden, irrepressible, for the friend that I had—and lost—

Choice did not exist for you, for me: and I had to let you go.

A bit of wool to remember you by: your playful antics, your carefree life:

Memories fill my mind of you, of us together, of your twin lambs, your unmistakable call…

Memories that cause a smile on my face, and tears to fall down my eyes—

The parting may be past, but the wound is still raw—I had to let you go.

Now standing here, leaves falling onto the ground, dead leaves all around me—

Dead as you are now, or soon would be.

Dead—but forever alive in my heart, in my memories.

And so I let you go.

You were, you are, you forever would be my friend.

Nothing can change that, not even death. I love you.

I only ask that you forgive my wrong—for your sake and mine—

I had to let you go.

 

Summer 2017

Hi there!!

Sorry, all you poor readers… I had been terribly busy over the past few weeks—-have they been months?—that I’ve lost track of blog postings and social activities online. profuse apology. I hope you can all forgive my shortcomings, and enjoy this post!!

My family and I participated in both the Sutton Fair and Horse show and Uxridge Country fair–five of us girls showing our lambs in the Junior Sheep shows.  We all had  a great time!! (go over to Tiffany’s blog to see a few more pictures.. I couldn’t get my hand on a lot, as you can see…)

At the Uxbridge Fair

And the whole family–all ten of us–went to the Bruce Peninsula in September… It was a summer-time (more like fall, but it was still warm then!!) trip that we’ll never forget!!  So that’s another reason why I’ve not been able to touch up this blog for awhile…

Me in front of one of the flowerpot rock formations on the Flowerpot Island

 

We had a Glass-bottomed boat ride in Georgian Bay, swam and climbed around in the Indian Cove, and three of us even got to go down and experience the Grotto and its unique beauty!!

We stayed in a very nice campground, opting for the wooden cabins this time… and it was great!!

Everyone should go over there sometime!!

I am sure that the Bruce Peninsula is a vacation destination that all of my family would love to go to again and again.

(PS. I do have some other photos from the trip, both somehow I have not been able to put them into the post for now.. I’ll be trying to do that later on. 🙂

Tiffany’s new Website!!!!

Hi, everyone, I’m back with some great news!!  My one and only big sis has launched her first, brand-new website!! I’m really excited for her, and hope you all would visit her site right… now!!

Here’s the link, so you don’t forget.

http://tiffanychan.littleapplesofgold.com/

Go over there, explore the site, (did I mention it is rather unique?), and leave a few comments to cheer her on!!