September 01, 2009

Chance To Win Cowboy Christmas!!!

No holiday seems to have the same capacity for joy as Christmas.
That’s why I was so excited when Barbour Publishing let me write
Cowboy Christmas.

Christmas stories, done right, have a richness that doesn’t come from the things of this world. And in the materialist world we live in, to touch that chord of the true meaning of Christmas can be tremendously powerful and fun all at the same time. I think the reason I love stories like this is because I get as caught up in the commercial whirl as anyone and try hard to remember what it’s really all about.
A baby in a manger.
God becoming man.
The birth that leads to the ultimate sacrifice, the ultimate act of love on the cross.

All great Christmas stories transcend materialism and reveal the true meaning of Christmas. Even non-Christian stories do this with a focus on family or peace, but nowhere is it done better than in a Christian setting and I hope so much that I managed it in
Cowboy Christmas.

I wanted a chance to do that with a Christmas book.
I wanted a character who’s heart grew three sizes that day.
I wanted a tiny voice saying, “God bless us everyone.”
I wanted that moment when we all hope we’d be wise enough to abandon our sheep to the wolves and follow a star to where the Christ child lay.

I know, I know, it’s 100 degrees outside. Doesn’t matter, like everything else about Christmas, things start early and my book is releasing in September.
So I’m talking about it now.

A beautiful songstress hiding from danger.
An emotionally wounded cowboy who hates secrets.
An evil man obsessed with the wealth he can garner with that stunning voice.
The Rockies in the brutal cold of winter.
A family who takes in a damsel in distress regardless of their suspicions.
And one perfect chance for a man and woman to follow a star that will lead them to true love.
Cowboy Christmas

Leave a comment telling me your favorite Christmas tradition – yes, in this heat! Just do it!
That will get your name in the drawing for a signed copy of
Cowboy Christmas.
And God Bless Us Everyone


Anonymous said...

My favorite Christmas tradition is sitting around the tree on Christmas eve and reading the Christmas story from the Bible by candlelight/treelight. It always settles the "rush" of the time...and is so peaceful. My daughter believed in Jesus after doing that several years ago. It's special! I'd love to win a copy of this...looks like a great read...even in the heat!

Anonymous said...

Mary, I'm sure you've heard this one before... But, its still my favorite Christmas tradition. ;)
On Christmas morning my mom gets up early and makes homemade cinnamon rolls. They are amazing! After we are done stuffing our faces, we open presents. I would love to win this book!
P.s. When will the winner be announced?

Carole said...

My favorite Christmas tradition is going to our church's Christmas Eve service. We actually have two and I play the piano for both, but the later one is more intimate, and that's the one our whole family attends.

I'd love to read this book! Thank you for the giveaway.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Deborah said...

My favorite Christmas tradition actually took place when my Nana & Papa were still alive, but the whole family (they had 7 kids and their kids) would all gather at Nana & Papa's on Christmas Eve to open the presents given from them. In turn we would watch Nana and Papa open up their gifts from all of us. It didn't matter how long it took, my Nana would always wait until each of the kids and grandkids were done to start opening her own, because she didn't want to miss a moment of joy on our faces. I will never forget that. And I have not found a memory yet to replace it. I still miss her so much. She has only been gone 4 years.
Please enter me in the drawing-she would have read your book too-and watched the movie! (ha!ha!)
Deborah Leathers
dleathers36 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Karen Witemeyer said...

Hi, Mary. You've managed to stir together three of my favorite things: cowboys, Christmas, and fiction. Doesn't get much better than that.

At Christmas, I love to sing carols and go through the stockings with my kids on Christmas morning. I'm nearly as big a kid as they are, so anxious to see what little goodies await.

Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your book.

~Karen Witemeyer

Renee said...

I gotta give you another one of my Christmas traditions since you already know I like to gather with all of my family on Christmas day for a feast! Even though my brothers and I are no longer children we STILL get up at the crack of dawn to open our gifts! As long as we all live at home we'll probably do this no matter how old we are! It may be just me but the sooner I open my gifts (probably a few new books)I want to read them! Please enter me for a chance to win COWBOY CHRISTMAS!


Edna said...

Mary you do get around. LOL
My favorite Christmas is when we all get together and have our family Christmas. We play games (which is so funny) eat and exchange gifts. We take turns goint to each others homes each year as everyone like to show off their decorated home. I also like the Christmas story read.


Mary Connealy said...

Carmen, you know, cinnamon rolls are hard work. You could give your mom a break, you know.

Have you ever tried T.J Cinnabon coffee cake mix? Available in Sam's and other fine stores. Extremely delicious and fast.

I know, your mom says she loves doing it. She might even be telling the truth.

Mary Connealy said...

Hi, Carole, you're a musician, how neat. My mom is the organist for my church and has been for many years.

I am a huge disappointment to her.

I kinda know how to play the piano but all that practicing is, it turns out, essential.

Mary Connealy said...

Do any of you know Mannheim Steamroller?

Mannheim Steamroller

To me, when their album starts playing Deck the Halls THAT'S Christmas

Mary Connealy said...

Karen that sounds so fun. You must still have young children.

Mine now prefer cash.

Mary Connealy said...

Hi, Edna, yes, always remember that I do get around.

No one makes a MOVE I don't know about. I know if you've been naughty or nice.

Wait a minute, that's Santa. Not me. I know nothing about Santa.
Forget I said anything.

~Ley said...

This is making me think of my mom. She always breaks out the Christmas music early... really early! My favorite tradition is probably decorating the tree, and honestly the entire house. Then we sit down with hot chocolate and Christmas goodies (translate: Sugar!) and watch a Christmas movie. The candlelight service is also a favorite.


G.R.I.T.S. said...

O wow, sounds like a great book, and I love your writings!!!
My Favortie Christmas tradition, is that on Christmas Eve we all get to open 1 present, and it's always a new pair of PJ's!!!


Tina Dee Books said...

Early!? Heh, heh...

I (notice I didn't say my family) start popping Christmas CDs into the player in August, when when I'm driving alone. I have to be alone, no appreciation around here, LOL. Usually Amy Grant's 1st two Christmas albums, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, and anything big band swing for the season. And bluegrass, LOL.

Closer to Thanksgiving, the music floats through the house. My favorites - Hark the Herald Angels, O Come All Ye Faithful, Walking in a Winter Wonderland, and I'll Be Home for Christmas, & Tennessee Christmas.

We watch A Christmas Story and Elf every year about hundred dozen times, and this year, I'm watching It's a Wonderful Life again for the first time in decades.

If the weather's not too hot, the aroma of spicy holiday bread or pies lingers in the air.

Christmas eve we usually go to evening service then to my folks house for a midnight feast. Christmas morning I'm kneading and rising dough for special breakfast pastries that we eat while opening presents. The recipe is over 100 yrs old, brought to America by my husband's grandmother from Czechoslovakia. Warm pastries, hot chocolate or a mug of steaming coffee and the laughter of my son and husband around the tree, really good stuff.

We do get snow in the mountains here, and so we make the trek up to play in it. It's so beautiful. I love the mountains, espeically covered in white. Hoping to take our boy skiing in the next year or two.

My Christmas tree is already up, has been all year. Decorated too. Lights aren't lit yet, but soon...soon.

Yes, I love Christmas, but most of all I love the Reason we celebrate it.

Mary Connealy said...

Do any of you know the movie, While You Were Sleeping?
It's a Christmas story and my very favorite movie of all time.

(Yes, I know, it's not Citizen Kane, still.....)

And when at the end Sandra Bullock can't go through with a wedding to the wrong guy and says she wanted to marry him because, "I fell in love with you. All of you." Talking about the hero's family, it's just a precious, beautiful, poignant, (even funny) moment.

Mary Connealy said...

I like Elf all except the eating. All that syrup is just disturbing.

Cherie J said...

I really enjoy it when our family drives around to look at all the light displays on Christmas Eve. Then we come home sit around the tree and listen to Christmas music while sipping eggnog and hot cocoa. The best part is the look on my 6 year old son's and 2 year old daughter's faces. Priceless!


Tina Dee Books said...

Cherie, how could I forget driving through the neighborhoods and all those Christmas lights?!! Yes, we do that too, listen to Christmas music as we go, sipping hot chocolate and eating cookies as we ride in the car oooing and ahhhing.

kellie said...

all my family and my husband and I go to our church candlelite christmas eve service.It has become an event that grows as our family grows.Please enter em into the draw I would love to win this book thanks

Wanda said...

My favourite Christmas tradition is going to church in the morning and spending the afternoon and evening with my family.
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

Keli Gwyn said...

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is wrapping our gifts in drawstring bags we made several years ago. The three looks so festive with those splashes of holiday fabric beneath it. Not only is this fun, but it's green, which pleases my science teacher hubby. :)

Mary Connealy said...

I have a son-in-law who is such an egg nog addict we're thinking of starting a twelve step program for him.

So be careful, Cherie J, it can sneak up on you.

No, there's no rum in his.

Mary Connealy said...

I don't think there's any rum in his.


Mary Connealy said...

Kelly, that's such a cool idea. Reusable festive bags. I love that. It becomes part of the holiday tradition.

raspberrygirl said...

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is that we go to a Christmas Eve service. It wouldn't seem like a "normal" Christmas Eve if we didn't go.

Also we have cats and dogs, and for as long as I can remember we have always given them Christmas bows... many times they don't last long and we may re-do them, but I love "decorating" my animals for Christmas.

Thanks for the chance to win the book. I love Christmas stories.


Jo said...

My favorite tradition is going to church on Christmas Eve and than coming home and spending time with family.

I love Christmas stories so please enter me in the drawing.


Anonymous said...

Is the book only for Christian readers? Coz even I'm not a christian, i love to have and read Mary's work :)
what i like most when my Christian friends celebrate the christmas is when they buy gifts to their love ones..
uniquas at ymail dot com

flchen1 said...

My favorite Christmas tradition is rereading the Christmas story together on Christmas morning. It's a beautiful time of year to be together with family and remember what we're celebrating!

Congrats on Cowboy Christmas!

f dot chen at comcast dot net

Abi said...

Cowboys, Romance and Christmas they all are wonderful to read. this sounds like a wonderful book. I'd love to win.

One tradition we do as a family is bake lots of goodies. Then give them away to others. We love doing this.

Thanks for the give away.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Mary Connealy said...

Wow, I step out for a few measley minutes. (Okay six hours) to attend my sister's 25th wedding anniversary party and look at all of you folks.

Time to pick a winner.

Mary Connealy said...

Wow, I step out for a few measley minutes. (Okay six hours) to attend my sister's 25th wedding anniversary party and look at all of you folks.

Time to pick a winner.

Virginia said...

Mary, this is one of my favorite blogs of all time. Thank you! I love Christmas all year round. As a child, I spen wonderful holidays with my family. Sadly, my family members are all gone, but the memories remain to treasure. I bake certain holiday goodies for special friends, and they do they same for me. Last year, I started a tradition for myself of a Christmas Box. I collected holiday-themed books throughout the year and kept them in my box until December 1st. I then read Christmas stories all month long. This year, I have added ornaments, CDS, DVDS, and little Christmas collectibles as well as the books. Not all are new. Some books and other things are from the Goodwill or Salvation Army. I like the old mixed in with the new. Happy Holidays, Mary! gcwhiskas at aol dot com

Brenda said...

My husband and I really don't have a christmas tradition here at home. We have to spend the holiday with his Mom who is getting on in years. It isn't the greatest thing for us to do a lot of driving and doing things for Mom, but it means a lot to her, so we do it. After she's gone we'll remember those Christmas's with her and my husband especially will feel happy that he did them for the memories!

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Judy said...

My favorite Christmas tradition, when my children were little, was decorating the tree. Each child could invite one friend to help. We'd put Christmas music on the stereo, and afterwards we'd have a treat like cocoa or popcorn.

Now, with an empty nest, my favorite tradition is beginning the season with all my favorite movies, one every night or so, including the OLD "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", "I'll Be Home for Christmas", and "A Christmas Carol".

CenTex - ACFW said...

I grew up in the desert of New Mexico. Stores and services were 100 miles away. Before the advent of the artificial Christmas tree, Dad brought home the largest tumbleweed he could find and Mom took creative liberties with it. One year an especially large one was painted silver with paper and yarn decorations. If the summer was too dry for a large one, we'd stack several together. When aerosol paint was on sale, we'd have a rainbow tumbler with fun decorations. The first year we had a real artificial tree, Mom made a table centerpiece decoration of a very small tumbleweed. Every year after that the centerpiece was a well-formed, but very small tumbleweed all decked out in festive array. Even now, a tumbleweed blowing across the highway evokes sweet memories of a make-do time that built character and fortified relationships. We stopped the tradition when Mom died, but I'm thinking it's time to go tumbleweed huntin'. Merry Christmas.


Mary Connealy said...

Judy that sparked a memory for me. My husband's family always did Christmas Eve. For years we went there, such a great gathering. And Marybelle, my mil always made popcorn balls during the party. It was just like...."Okay, it's popcorn ball time." And she'd pop corn and make the syrup, then mix up the popcorn syrup stuff and everyone would sort of dive and and shape the popcorn balls. It was a lovely, funny, silly, delicious tradition, those sweet, salty, still warm popcorn balls.

LOL as if we needed one more thing to eat. Yikes.
I miss those parties terribly. Now with all the grandkids grown up and my fil gone and my mil spending Christmas in the south, a winter texan, it is no more.

Mary Connealy said...

CenTex/Lin, that sounds so wonderful. It's kind of like the Grinch you know, you can't stop Christmas from coming.

He stared down at Who-ville! The Grinch popped his eyes! Then he shook! What he saw was a shocking surprise!

Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small, Was singing! Without any presents at all!

He HADN'T stopped Christmas from coming! IT CAME! Somehow or other, it came just the same!

And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow, Stood puzzling and puzzling: "How could it be so?" "It came with out ribbons! It came without tags!" "It came without packages, boxes or bags!"

And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store." (<< this line about makes me cry-so beautiful)

"Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"

And what happened then...? Who-ville they say That the Grinch's small heart Grew three sizes that day!

Brenda said...

I stayed with my Grandparents quite a bit and remember they always had the tree decorated with the old type of bulbs that lit up and bubbled. They were so cool.
I still remember Christmas at Grandma's house. It was awesome.

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