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Saturday, November 29, 2008

A Christmas Blog Ride

Hi everyone. Christmas is coming soon! To celebrate I'd like to share several things with you. First of all, on December 1 The Best Selling Toy Of The Season will be released by Midnight Showcase. To buy the book you can go to

Want to read a little excerpt? Here it is!

The Chicken Shack was located several miles outside of town, and when Tommy slipped on the greasy floor, he guessed that the business specialized in fried chicken. They seated themselves at a booth with a scarred Formica table top which needed a good washing. Undeterred, Nikki took a paper napkin from the holder on the table and wiped away the rings left by the previous occupants’ glasses.

“I hope you don’t mind sitting beside Michael,” she said. “It’s easier to talk if you and I are facing each other.”

“I don’t mind. Michael and I are buddies.” He turned to Michael and asked, “Did you like what Santa brought you?”

“I sure did. It was the best Christmas ever.”

Teddy snickered. “You said that last year.”
“I did not!”

“Yes, you did.”

A loud and lively conversation broke out. It took Nikki a few moments to quell the riot. Good. The noise had made his ears ring.

Nikki propped her elbows on the table and frowned at Teddy who looked ready to argue. “I wish that Dan was here. He can always make the boys mind. All he does is give them a look, and they behave just fine. I think it’s because he’s a man. Boys respond to a man better than a woman.”

Privately Tommy hoped that he, too, would be able to compel the respect of Nikki’s boys, for that’s what made the children obey Dan, respect.

Michael tugged on Tommy’s sleeve. “Mister? Hey, Mister.”

“What do you want them to call you?” interrupted Nikki.

“They can call me Tommy.”

“You interrupted me,” Michael complained.

“Go on then.”

Michel did so. “Are you going to be our daddy?”

The last thing I'd like to talk about is the multi-author blog ride. Would you like to win some great ebooks or a grand prize of $75.00? Yep, bet you would. It's super simple too. I'll give you some words from a Christmas carol. Figure out which carol they come from and leave a comment identifying the carol. What's the prize for identifying the carol? An ecopy of Purple Heart.

Now, what's this thing about $75.00? To spread more Christmas cheer, the authors of the blog ride are giving one lucky person a $75 Wild Rose Press gift certificate! All you need to do to enter is attend each day's blog post, identify the carol, and make a complete carol list to submit after the final blog post of Christmas Eve. Don't forget to check the list twice! Send it to by midnight, CST Dec. 31st 2008 write it down.

Okay, here's my clue. Round yon virgin mother and child. Your next stop will be

What are you waiting for? Better get busy!

Thanks for reading!
Elaine Cantrell
Hope. Dreams. Life... Love


Mina said...

That's Silent Night!
Mindy :)

Skhye said...

Elaine, I've got you scheduled to be in the blog ride loop the day after tomorrow... Tuesday. Change your contest deadline on your blog and we'll tell everyone you're up with Teri Wilson on Tuesday. ;)

lastnerve said...

The song is
silent night

You have a great day

Yasmin said...

Great contest...the song is Silent Night.

blessedheart said...

Hi Elaine,
Happy Holidays! Your song is Silent Night.

Rhonda :0)

JC Martin said...

Silent Night.

That was an easy one.

Kayelle Allen said...

Silent Night - my favorite as a child. I learned to sing it in German in high school.

kerribookwriter said...

Cool contest! Just found out about it and hope I'm not too late to join in for some fun.

The song is Silent Night, of course! :-)

Happy holidays to all....


lbcanton said...

The answer is Silent Night.


BethRe said...

Silent Night

kimmyl said...

It's Silent Night!!

Skhye said...

Okay, don't laugh. IT's Wednesday!!! I have no idea how I got the day wrong. But I posted your contest everywhere for today. :) Everyone, hang on... It's today!!! I so need a vacation from my 3 yr old. ;)

jer said...

Silent Night

Debra St. John said...

Thanks for sharing the exerpt. Ah "Silent Night", my favorite carol.

Karen H in NC said...

Love this contest. The song is Silent Night. Happy Holidays to one and all!

Anonymous said...

What fun! I can't wait to visit all the blogs on the Christmas Ride.

ps.- I know this carol...

Anonymous said...

Silent Night

lindseye said...

Silent Night
Great excerpt

LJ White said...

Today's song is Silent Night.

Kimberley said...

That is from Silent Night

kaisquared said...

It is Silent Night. This is turning into one crazy Christmas blog ride!

Anonymous said...

Silent Night.