Giveaway Day #8 – Stacy Monson and Emily Bates

It’s Day 8 already of the 12 Days of Giveaways! I’ve had a riot being part of this great group this Christmas season – a collective of 24 authors writing in a variety of genres, all from a strong faith foundation. Today it’s my turn to take to the podium for the Romance/ Mystery group, as will Emily Bates for the Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Paranormal group.

I encourage you to bop on over to Emily’s site and check out her give-away – a copy of her YA novel Demon’s Hearthttps://bumblesbooks.wordpress.com/giveaway/ 

Two giveaways every day for 12 Days. That’s 24 authors giving away books and other cool stuff! And it’s almost over. Click HERE to see all 12 Days and enter all 24 Giveaways but do so before midnight on 12/25.

Check out the upcoming giveaways at the bottom of this post that you can enter NOW!

And now for…me!

star wrapping paperThere’s so much focus during the Christmas season on gift-giving. We may agonize over just the right gift to give, or quickly snap up something that we think the recipient might like. We buy wrapping paper by the yards, bows and ribbon, boxes and bags to prepare the gifts we finally decide on. The cost, between the gift itself, the wrapping, and perhaps the shipping, can be astronomical.

While we’re busily shopping, perhaps we should pause to consider the cost of Christmas itself. Not the cost of the trappings of the celebration but of the gift that started it all.

The baby in the manger was wrapped in strips of cloth, not expensive foil paper. The night was filled withManger - St Anthony Shrine.org the songs of the angels, not the latest musical group. The meal would have been simple bread and wine carried miles in their belongings, not a special meal served on delicate china in a warm home with family gathered round.

The financial cost of that first Christmas was minimal but its impact was priceless. The Christ child didn’t come to give us material wealth, prestige or worldly acclaim. He came to give us something far more precious – His life. He was born for us so He could die for us. No gift on earth has had that price tag affixed to it. We certainly could never afford it.

Yet while it cost Him everything, He offers it to us for free. We cannot pay for it, earn it, or repay it. We do not deserve it. But it is the gift He picked out specifically for us, wrapped in glory, offered with love. It’s the original gift that keeps on giving. We can unwrap day after day after day, and it will never run out, never expire, never be taken away. So while you’re shopping for that one perfect gift, remember that it’s already yours for the keeping and the sharing. In this case, one size truly fits all.

Merry Christmas. Christ is born!

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Thanks for being part of the Twelve Days of Giveaways! If you’d like to be entered to win an autographed set of books 1 and 2 of the Chain of Lakes Series, click HERE to enter.

ShatteredImage Cover for poster Shattered Image: Kiera Simmons’ career as a high-profile fashion model ends abruptly when a failed relationship nearly lands her in jail. Now she forges a quiet life helping teens understand their eternal value in a world saturated with the distorted messages of society.
Peter Theisen is on the fast track to everything the celebrity life promises, with each step of his meteoric rise in the music world orchestrated by his ambitious manager.
Their sweet, unexpected romance is threatened by her past and his future, a life-changing diagnosis, and financial devastation. As they struggle to find their way back to each other, and to the One who matters most, the allure of wealth and fame may jeopardize everything.

Dance of Grace-FRONT COVERDance of Grace:  In one tragic moment, dancer Vanessa Jordan lost her family, her career, and her future. She blames God for destroying everything that mattered.
Kurt Wagner, an ex-con with a second chance at life and faith, aches to shed his past and see his dream of helping teens become reality.
The former dancer and the ex-con form an unlikely alliance to build River House, a safe haven for kids on the street. But when Kurt’s past threatens his dreams and his life, Vanessa becomes a target as well. It will take a stubborn love, the grace of God, and one courageous teen to keep the River House dream alive.

Did you know that you can enter most of these giveaways as many times as you’d like? Click on this LINK to see all of the authors and find more info about their giveaways.

Check out the details for my Rafflecopter giveaway HEREa Rafflecopter giveaway

Here are the upcoming giveaways. You can enter all of them NOW by clicking on each author’s name.

Day 9 (Dec. 22) – Anna del C. Dye & Peggy Urry
Day 10 (Dec. 23) – Valerie Ipson & Cassie Sheils
Day 11 (Dec. 24) – Frances Hoelsema & Angela Carling
Day 12 (Dec. 25) – Marianne Sciucco & Tara Ellis

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About Stacy Monson

Stacy is an award-winning author and freelance writer. Shattered Image and Dance of Grace, Books 1 and 2 of the Chain of Lakes Series, are available on Amazon in print and ebook formats. Book 3 will release Spring of 2017. Past president and founder of MN-NICE, the Minnesota ACFW chapter, she is now the Area Director for Minnesota.
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