Friday, December 13, 2013

New Audiobook from Cynthia P Willow

Looking for a great Christmas gift for a family member or friend?  I am excited to feature an awesome Christmas novel on my blog today!  It's the first in a series called Hell's Tales, and it's just been released as an audiobook, so you have your choice of formats!  Hell's Christmas has some great reviews on Amazon, too:

Book Description:

Monika Hell seemed to have it all. She was gorgeous, owned a nice condo, an expensive car, an endless wardrobe, and had a great job as a store manager in the mall. But, she was mean, miserable, and worst of all, hated Christmas.

Kidnapped from the mall parking lot on Christmas Eve, her life is turned upside down. Now, on Christmas morning, she finds herself in a freezing alley with nothing but the tattered clothes on her back. With no identification, no money, and no one willing to help, Monika is forced to start all over. Could losing everything she'd worked for all her life lead her to find what's been missing all along?

Click here to order Hell's Christmas: the audiobook.
Click here to download Hell's Christmas: the eBook from amazon.  (It's just $3.99, and you can use Amazon's gift function to make it a present for the Kindle owner on your list!)
Click here to order Hell's Christmas in paperback from amazon.

Meet the Author:

Cynthia is a writer of Christian fiction/fantasy.  She attends Liberty University where she is earning her BS in Psychology and Christian Counseling.  

Cynthia is an administrator with the CIA... haha, that's Christian Indie Authors.  She is happily married and living in Georgia with her husband and three children. 

Cynthia has many stories to tell.  She loves to write about faith with a twist of fantasy to entertain hearts and minds of all ages.

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Click here to view other books by Cynthia P. Willow, including children's novels and young adult fantasy.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

FTSF: Christmas Stockings With a Purpose

     I'm not going to apologize this Friday for my carpal tunnel, which is keeping me away from the
Finish the Sentence Friday blog hops more often than I'd like. You guys already know I'd be around more if I could, right? Right.

     On a much more upbeat note, I love today's topic: Favorite Christmas traditions. We have  many, but even so, it's easy for me to pick my favorite.

     When my firstborn was a toddler, we got a small nativity set handed down to us from a friend. We were poor Bible college students at the time, and since our plan was to become career missionaries, it didn't seem to make sense to jump into the materialism of Christmas presents and stocking stuffers. We also lived four hours away from the nearest Walmart, so Christmas shopping wasn't what it is to a lot of families we know now.

     We didn't do candy at the time, and we didn't really have that many toys yet (and wanted to keep it that way!). So, instead of putting trinkets and junk food in his stocking, we wrapped up the pieces of our nativity scene for our son to pull out one by one on Christmas morning.

     Over the years, our stocking tradition has grown and evolved. We inherited another nativity set, so we now have something like seven shepherds, six wise men, and at least ten different animals. Each piece is numbered, and each number corresponds to either a song that we sing or a Bible passage that we read on Christmas morning. Not only is it the very best part of Christmas day, hands down; it's probably one of the best parts of the entire year.

     I have no idea what future Christmases have in store for our family. Sickness, strife, poverty, tragedy ... all these unwanted guests may some day make their way to our humble abode some Christmas down the road. But do you know what? Even if things get horrible in the years and decades to come, I hope to always look back on our Christmas mornings, opening up the true gift of the season with our children as they take the nativity pieces out of their stockings one by one, and realize that I am truly one blessed woman.


Blog Love: Thanks to Finish the Sentence Friday Hosts: Kate of Can I Get Another Bottle of Whine…, Janine of Janine’s Confessions of a Mommyaholic, Stephanie of Mommy, for Real and Kristi of Finding Ninee.

Random Fact: Our middle son spent his first Christmas in the pediatric intensive care unit.

Got a minute? My Christian suspense novel, The Beloved Daughter, was nominated for book of the year at If you have a chance, would you give it a vote? (Click the box above the title.) Interested in the novel itself? You can see the description and reviews on amazon.