Monday, November 13, 2017

THE CHRISTMAS BLESSING - Melody Carlson - One Free Book

Dear Readers, I’m thrilled to introduce you to Melody Carlson’s Christmas book this year. I’ve enjoyed her Christmas novels for several years. This one is historical, a real heartwarming story of loss and reconciliation. The characters really grabbed my heart and held on until the end of the story. I know you’ll love it, too.

Welcome back, Melody. What is the title of your most recent book?
The Christmas Blessing

Who is the primary audience for The Christmas Blessing
Readers of all ages, who want to read an uplifting Christmas story.

What was your inspiration for writing a book set in World War II?
The Christmas Blessing is set during WWII, an era that’s not only admirable for the heroic efforts performed by that generation, but it’s also ripe with an endless supply of fascinating stories. Including ones of bravery on the home-front. So I imagined a young mother with some tough challenges—and then I simply let the story roll out.

How do ideas for books or storylines or characters come to you?
Usually in a small snippet—and usually in the form of a character who has a specific problem and in a setting that interests me. Then I simply jump in and find out how it all works out.

What do you hope readers can gain from reading The Christmas Blessing?
That God is loving and good—and there is hope for everyone and anyone.

What are you working on next?
I almost always have something in the works. Even though I’m trying to slow my writing down, there’s always a story brewing—sometimes it’s just putting down notes for a future project. Right now I’m finishing my Christmas novella (for 2018) and am about to get back to the fourth and final book in my historical Mulligan Sisters series (set in WWII San Francisco).

Tell us about the story, for my readers.
During World War II, Amelia Richards had been serving as USO hostess, when she met James Bradley at the USO New Year’s Eve dance. They immediately fell in love and he proposed 4 days later. That same afternoon he was commanded to report back to the ship. In late 1944, Amelia received news from the War Department that his plane was shot down in the South Pacific. Now she is alone with their infant son Jimmy and the dilemma of contacting James’ parents in Montana to let them know that they are grandparents. Amelia prays that they will accept this grandchild even if she and James did not have the chance to marry?

Thank you, Melody, for sharing this book with us. I loved reading it.

Readers, you can find out more about Melody here:

Here are links to the book.
The Christmas Blessing -
The Christmas Blessing - Amazon
The Christmas Blessing - Kindle

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Melanie Backus said...

What a wonderful book! I would love to read it! Thank you for sharing your wonderful interview, Miss Lena. Melanie Backus, TX

Shelia64 said...

Sounds like a great book! Shelia from Mississippi

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a wonderful story. I would love to read this book.

Linda in CA

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Vivian Furbay said...

Would e to read this book and see how the grandparents deal with the news of their grandson even the parents weren't married.

Vera Godley said...

Oh I love Melody Carlson's books. I signed up to review this one and was accepted. Then there was a glitch and my copy failed to make it to me. Alas, another could not be sent so I lost out. I would absolutely love to receive a copy and have a bunch of older ladies in our church who would also love to read it.

Vera in central North Carolina

Kay Garrett said...

I love historical fiction. I love Christmas stories. Put them together and you have THE CHRISTMAS BLESSING which I would LOVE to read. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
Kay from Mountain View, AR
2clowns at arkansas dot net

kim hansen said...

Love melody's books. north platte Nebraska.

VanG said...

I love Melody’s Books, and love Christmas stories, so this one is definitely a winner! I would be delighted to win a copy of it! Thanks for the giveaway! 😊

Unknown said...

Sounds like a great Christmas read.
Thank you for the chance to win.

Melody B (Quebec, Canada)

Winnie said...

I love Christmas stories. They help me get into the holiday spirit. Thanks for the chance to win this book. It sounds wonderful.

Winnie T. from Utah

Jane said...

I just finished her series focused on sisters involved in WWII. So, this carries on the time frame but different feel and location, plus the Xmas focus. Thanks! Jane in TX

Caryl Kane said...

Lena, thank you for the wonderful interview with Melody! I love Christmas stories. Thank you for the chance.

Caryl K in TEXAS

Connie Porter Saunders said...

I always enjoy Melody's Christmas novels. This sounds like another great read. Thanks for sharing.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Connie from KY

Patty said...

I love a good christmas story, especially a historical!

Patty in SC

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your awesome giveaway!!
Conway SC.

Dianna said...

Melody Carlson is one of my favorite authors.
Dianna (TN)