Is There a Quilter on Your Christmas List?

I’ve enjoyed writing the traditions of my own Swedish heritage into my Glory Quilts books. My fictional Anderson family are descendants of immigrant farmers in central Minnesota – just like my own family! Throughout the series, Great-aunt Violet – spinster, quilter, and genealogist – chronicles the family history in a series of quilts. There’s plenty of laughter and fun and romance in these books, along with a multi-generational mystery that dates back to before World War II. And romance, too, of course!

To make it even better, there are QUILTS!  In each of the Glory Quilts books, the heroine and Aunt Violet make a quilt together. Those quilts are featured on the cover of the books, and you can get the patterns to make your own.  You can find those on Amazon, Etsy, and my website, in digital and paper formats.

Glory Quilts Christmas GIft Set - Cathe Swanson

The Glory Quilts Christmas Gift Set

So… just the other day, I had a brilliant idea: I put together a Glory Quilts gift set with The Christmas Glory Quilt and The Swedehearts Glory Quilt and their patterns. It’s the perfect Christmas present for the quilter or reader on your list! I’ll inscribe and sign the books if you like, wrap it all up in pretty Christmas paper with a nice gift tag, and mail it directly to the recipient.

I wish I’d had this brilliant idea a few weeks earlier, because now there’s not much time left. You only have until Thursday, December 19, to take advantage of this offer in order to have it by Christmas! Unfortunately, that means it’s limited to the United States. Next year, I’ll try to be brilliant earlier. (And next year, there will be a new Glory Quilts book and pattern. Maybe two!)

The gift set costs $45, which includes the two paperback books and both patterns, gift-wrapped, with a gift tag, including postage.  Check it out HERE! 

Don’t delay… I have a limited number of these, and Christmas is coming quickly!

The Christmas Glory Quilt by Cathe Swanson - check out the Glory Quilts Gift Set today!

A few other special deals going on now:

 

Christmas at the Unity Plenkiss by Cathe SwansonThe Kindle version of Christmas at the Unity Plenkiss is on sale for two more days, at just 99 cents! You can read both the Great Lakes Christmas books, Snow Angels and Hope for the Holidays, in this one collection for 99 cents! It’s also free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. ENDS THURSDAY AT MIDNIGHT! 

 

All is BrightSeason of Change by Cathe Swanson, available exclusively in All is Bright ~ the 4th annual Christmas Lights Collection, the 2019 Christmas Lights Collection, features fun, contemporary Christian romance stories from Toni Shiloh, Kari Trumbo, Chautona Havig and myself. It’s available in paperback and for Kindle (just 99 cents for Kindle and available in the Kindle Unlimited library.) My contribution to the collection, Season of Change, is also available in paperback.

 

Betwixt Two Hearts - a Crossroads Collection by Amanda Tru, Cathe Swanson, Chautona Havig, Carol Moncado, Kari Trumbo, and Alana Terry

 

You can get the Kindle version of The Swedehearts Glory Quilt in the Crossroads Collection: Betwixt Two Hearts.  Betwixt Two Hearts has 6 books for 99 cents and is also included in the Kindle Unlimited library. In this collection, you’ll find a connected set of stories involving an online matchmaking service from Amanda Tru, Alana Terry, Kari Trumbo, Chautona Havig, Carol Moncado and myself!

Speaking of Kindle Unlimited…

I love Kindle Unlimited… it’s like Netflix for readers! Check the Amazon page HERE to see if you’re eligible for their current promotion: Three months of Kindle Unlimited for 99 cents! There are over 30,000 results for a search for “Christian Fiction” in the Kindle Unlimited library. And just in case you are wondering, YES! Authors do get paid when you read their books through the Kindle Unlimited program. Thanks for caring!

The Glory Quilts Gift Set is only available for two more days!

Snow Angels and Christmas Stalkings Christmas Stocking MASH-UP

Last month, I was blessed with a visit from one of my favorite people – Chautona Havig! We have been friends for a long time, and this year, we were part of the Christmas Lights team of authors. We had a terrific time together and came up with lots of good ideas for the future. One of the fun things we did was make a Christmas stocking to give away – a Snow Angels and Christmas Stalkings Mash-up stocking!

Here’s the story from Chautona’s point of view. Opinions expressed may not reflect those of the management…

It began innocently enough–just two friends shopping in Michael’s. We did the usual… you know, finding cool things, spending WAY too much money, laughing! Talking! But… but then this happened:

Christmas Stocking giveaway

And today’s the day!

Yep! It’s time! After terrorizing Michael’s with our incessant videos, we bought the stocking and filled that sucker! I’m a sucker for stockings, so that really does fit. Just sayin’.

What’s in this knitted sock of surprises? Well, if I tell you, it won’t be a surprise! Oh, all right. Here goes! First a couple of pictures….

Christmas Stocking GIveaway

Trip the Light Fantastic

  • A bag of “Life Is Too Short for Bad Coffee” brand coffee!
  • Beeswax lip balm
  • Beeswax lotion (from scandalous “naked bees”).
  • A “complete collection” of Miss Marple books… in miniature. And readable!
  • A set of hand-crafted book-inspired notecards
  • A set of mini notebooks because I love those little things!
  • A notepad for taking notes while reading so you can bless the author with a thoughtful review! (Or do it THIS way and save time and trees!)
  • An absolutely stunning, handmade, beaded bookmark. Seriously. GORGEOUS.
  • Various author “swag”
  • Chocolate (not shown. I ate it and have to replace it. Just kidding. Didn’t buy it yet).
  • Fuzzy socks (to keep your toes warm while you read!)
  • Tea bags (spicy goodness!)
  • Trip the Light Fantastic paperback
  • Snow Angels paperback
  • Christmas Stalkings paperback

A perfect gift for you or any book-loving friend. International entries are welcome, but the stocking will only be shipped to a US or APO address. Sorry. This thing’s heavy!

Of course, the only way to truly appreciate how this Christmas stocking is a “mash-up” of Snow Angels and Christmas Stalkings is to read both books in the Christmas Lights Collection. Of course, we recommend you read ALL the books in the collection. April’s madcap mystery, Vikki’s heartwarming tale of second-chances and the Lord’s provision. But… guess what?

There’s More Stocking Goodness…

Sorta. You see… we have NEWS!!!

New Year's RevolutionsChristmas Stalkings has a prequel/sequel coming out. That’s right, there’s more of Wendy, Neal, Wanda, Peter, and gang! The book is available for pre-order now and will release on 12.31.16. That’s right. New Year’s Revolutions, the “rest of the story” releases on New Year’s Eve! I’ve even got a COOL BONUS for it! Prepare to revolutionize your life in 2017–and watch my progress as I fumble and bumble to do the same! WOOT!

and…

Snow AngelsBaggage Claim, the delightful story that it is, isn’t the only book Cathe has written. She’s coming out with the second book in the Great Lakes Series: Baggage Claim. It’s available for pre-order now! and releases on 2.14.16. Valentine’s Day. It’s like we’ve got this holiday theme going or something!

Ben’s on a race against time and with the last people he ever thought he’d want helping him. His kids are in hiding, and his own life may be in danger. Find out what’s going on at Great Lakes Therapy in Baggage Claim!

and…

Spilled Ink Hidden CoverApril Hayman has the next in her Heirlooms of Deception series coming out in Winter of 2017. That’s right! There’s more to Trip the Light Fantastic! See Landry in his natural environment… and meet Ree! His niece and his arch enemy–his sister!

Stay tuned on April’s site and social media for her upcoming COVER REVEAL! This is just a mock cover to whet your appetite!

 

Here’s an image to share! We’d really appreciate it!

stocking giveaway

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Re-light the Candles of Good Cheer

Re-Light the Candles of Cheer - Cathe SwansonI have a little book of George W. Truett’s Christmas sermons from 1928-1944… I don’t remember where it came from, but I keep it because I like seasonal books. His style was simple and conversational, light on Scripture but full of truth and kindness.  The imagery of “re-lighting the candles of good cheer” has a poignant appeal. This passage from his 1932 Christmas sermon is as applicable today as it was then:

At this Season for accentuated emphasis upon home reunions, and upon friendships both old and new, let us worthily re-light the candles of good cheer and cooperative helpfulness, for those who are experiencing privations and restrictions which lay a heavy toll upon their homes and hearts. May we so voice our understanding sympathy and good will, as to give them new heart and hope, for all the days and duties ahead. Let us especially voice our best cheer for the little children and the aged; for the orphan and the underprivileged; for the poor and the needy; for the afflicted and the unfortunate; for the lonely and the discouraged; for the derelict and the unfriended. May we be experts in doing good to all, and in giving hurt to none.                           George W. Truett, D.D.

Voice Our Best Cheer

In my new book, Snow Angels, the main character is confronted with all of these people and – in spite of her initial reluctance – Lisa reaches out with both the kindness and helpfulness Dr. Truett encourages in all of us. I like his emphasis on more than just the good deeds – he also wanted us to “relight the candles of good cheer,” to “voice our understanding sympathy and good will,” and especially to “voice our best cheer.” Our object is to “give them new heart and hope.”

God Loves a Cheerful Giver

People are encouraged when we reach out to them with more than just a helping hand. We need to extend our best cheer, understanding sympathy and good will. That was harder for Lisa. She wanted to write a check instead of showing up to help, and then she wanted to “fix” people. Dr. Truett’s sermon reminds us that we are called to more than write checks, hand out food and shovel driveways.

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.          Leo Buscaglia

Don’t wait for Christmas! We all have that power.  Smiles and kind words cost us nothing at all and are so easy to give!  Can you relight a candle of good cheer for someone today?

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