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Christmas tour

Christmas time is here! Okay… not quite yet. It’s still over a month away, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start celebrating early, right? So today, we’re celebrating the release of not one, not four, but eight new Christmas books! All written by Rebekah A. Morris. I’ll be spotlighting two of her books today and you can find out more about the others as you follow the tour.

Christmas Collage

The Books I Read…..

Home for Christmas (Christmas Collection) by [Morris, Rebekah]

Feeling that life is unfair when her father is killed in the front lines of France and she has to live with her relatives on a western farm, twelve-year-old Susanna Stanson runs away to the city. She decides that all will be well when she reaches her old home, but a severe snowstorm interrupts her trip.

This was most definitely my favourite of the two books that I read! It was a short book to read, but incredibly sweet. The pain Susanna feels is so poignantly described, and the faith of her relatives is so sweet to read about. The forgiveness offered by her cousins and aunt and uncle was so wonderful to read about! I also thoroughly enjoyed the historical aspect to the book. I would most definitely give this a five star rating, and recommend it to others =)

The Christmas She Wanted (Christmas Collection) by [Morris, Rebekah]
Christmas had lost its charm and wonder. Mrs. Rush hated the feeling but was powerless to fix things. Traveling to visit relatives for the holidays, the Rush children pass the time with their eyes glued to the screens of their devices. That is, until the flashing lights of a State Highway Patrol car bring their trip to a sudden and unplanned-for stop.

This was also a fun read. While my siblings and I don’t have devices, we have cousins who do. And friends. And it can be extremely difficult to have a conversation with those who are constantly checking their phones! I loved the way this whole story played out, and the where this family ended up spending Christmas……it was so reminiscent of how my family spends vacations. Just sayin’ =) I loved the way family time was emphasized throughout the story, and the activities they did to occupy their time…..once again, I would give this five stars, and I would highly recommend it to others.

And, once again, there is an interview for you all to read =) I have decided that I thoroughly enjoy asking authors questions that I have never met, and who have no idea who I am. Isn’t that a surprising confession from a rather shy introvert? =P

Once again, My questions are in bold and her answers are in italics……

When did you know that you wanted to write?
It wasn’t until I had graduated from high school that I fell in love with writing. Before then it had been a dreaded school subject that brought me to tears. But before I started on my first book I wrote “pretend letters” with several friends which helped me develop my writing. Then my first book took me six years to write, which also helped my writing. By the time that book was done, I had to keep writing.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to read, play the piano, design covers, knit, hold babies, and visit with friends. Among other things. :)
What is your schedule like when you’re writing?
I’m not sure I’d call my routine a schedule, but here’s what I usually do.
If I’m working on a new story, I just start to write. If I’ve already started a story, I will go back to where I started writing the last time and re-read what I wrote, editing, correcting, and changing as needed. Once I get to the end of that, I’m ready to continue the story and I start writing. Now and then I’ll take a few minutes before I start to write and jot some basic ideas for what I am going to work on, but I can’t get too detailed as then I don’t want to write it.
Between “Home for Christmas” and “The Christmas She Wanted”, which was your favourite to write and why?
That’s a hard question. “Home for Christmas” was only the 2nd Christmas story I had ever written (though I revised it some this year), so it is special to me. But “The Christmas She Wanted” was written after seeing so many people become addicted to screens. It was my cry for something better. So I suppose you could say I like them both, but in different ways. :)
Is there something that makes writing easier for you? (tea, chocolate, music, candles etc…..)
Not really. I’m not one who likes to eat or drink, and I can’t listen to music. I’ve been told I can’t do two things at once. :) I guess that goes for writing too. But I do like things quiet. Perhaps that’s why I like to write in the evenings.
Do you prefer reading e-books or physical books?
While I do like e-books (easier on my pocket book and I can read free and review copies that way), I prefer the physical books. I don’t care if they are paperback or hardcover, new or used. I just want to hold them in my hands, turn the pages and be able to hand them to a friend to borrow. Yes, that means I have to dust the bookshelves they are on, but I’d rather do that then have only e-books. :) And if I find an e-book that I really like, I’ll get it in a physical book as soon as I can.
If you were going on a long car ride and could only bring along two books, which ones would you bring and why? 
The impossible question! The honest answer is I have no idea. It would probably depend on if I was wanting to read a certain book at the time or not. If I didn’t have any waiting to be read, I’d have to see what I was in the mood for. I don’t think I could do with only two books. Could I take my kindle instead? That is the size of just one small book. ;)
What is one important thing that you would want readers to take away from what you have written? 
That the life of a Christian doesn’t just happen on Sunday. It’s an everyday life, and no matter what happens, God is there with us. And everything we do is to be for His glory.
Thank you for having me.

About the Author

Author PictureRebekah A. Morris is a homeschool graduate, an enthusiastic freelance author and a passionate writing teacher. Her books include, among others, Home Fires of the Great War, The Unexpected Request, Gift from the Storm, and her bestselling Triple Creek Ranch series. Some of her favorite pastimes, when she isn’t’ writing, include reading and coming up with dramatic and original things to do. The Show-Me state is where she calls home.

Tour Schedule

November 13
Bookish Orchestrations – Introductory Post
Read Another Page – Book Spotlight from the author
Kaylee’s Kind of Writes – Book Spotlight
Resting Life – Review and Excerpt
Perry Elisabeth – Excerpt
Rachel Rossano’s Words – Book Spotlight and Excerpt

November 14
Read Another Page – Book Spotlight from the author
Odelia’s Blog – Author Interview and Book spotlight
Bryce’s Creative Writing Corner – Author Interview, Review, and Excerpt
Counting Your Blessings One by One – Review and Excerpt
Perpetual Indie Perspective – Book Spotlight

November 15
Read Another Page – Book Spotlight from the author
Whimsical Writings for His Glory – Author, Review, and Excerpt
Maidens for Modesty – Author Interview and Review
The Destiny of One – Book Spotlight
Rebekah Ashleigh – Book Spotlight
Once Upon an Ordinary – Review
Stephany’s BLOG Snippets – Book Spotlight and Excerpt

November 16
Read Another Page – Book Spotlight from the author
Laurel’s Leaves – Author Interview
Stories by Firefly – Review
Claire Banschbach – Author Interview
Kelsey’s Notebook – Review and Excerpt
Jaye L. Knight – Book Spotlight and Excerpt

November 17
Read Another Page – Book Spotlight from the author
Ruffles and Grace – Book Spotlight
With a Joyful Noise – Book Spotlight
Ordinary Girl Extraordinary Father – Review
Bookish Orchestrations – Closing post

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I am a 23 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.


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