Thank you from the Ladies at the Billboard!

I wanted to take this time to thank our 18 Author Billboard ladies who posted the previous segments about the books they submitted to the Dear Santa 2020 Christmas box collection. They all wrote about why they created their particular stories, and each and every one of them was heartfelt and lovely.

More importantly, I also wanted to thank those of you who took the time to read our blogs posts and support us.

So you’re aware – we truly appreciate every one of you and love that you’ve stuck with us through these emotional times we’re going through.

It’s been a super goal of ours to produce the best stories we can to entertain you for the season and give you many moments of holiday spirit.

Therefore, I wanted to let you know that with your help, our box set is now a #1 BESTSELLER in many categories.

I took a copy from the Amazon.com page to show you how well we’re performing… I just had to. (hopefully, tomorrow we’ll see the rank even closer to #1)

Best Sellers Rank: #395 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)

#1 in World Literature Short Stories

#1 in Stepparenting & Blended Families

#1 in Adoption (Kindle Store)

Because the USA Today folks count the numbers from all the venues and expect a certain percentage to come from other retailers beside Amazon, I’m hoping that people will buy on those places as well.

If you haven’t had a chance to see the wonderful video our member, Nancy Radke, set up on UTube for us, I’ve added it here.

Mimi XOXO

Little Drummer Boy

 

Quick! Think of a Christmas song!

Now, not so quick, find your favorite one that is really about Christmas. If you’re like me, the two weren’t the same. It’s also quite possible that the first one you thought of wasn’t even a Christmas song, but rather a seasonal tune about winter.

The first song I thought of was Jingle Bells. Hmm. Not really Christmas-y, is it? Nowadays, travel over white and drifting snow usually means sitting in a four-wheel drive vehicle as it roars down the highway, not snuggled in a blanket, sleigh bells jingling, as a horse with an innate sense of direction brings you home in a fancy sled.

My favorite Christmas carol/tune is Little Drummer Boy. I guess it is popular with other folks, too, but Debbie Haston was the first to choose it in the Authors’ Billboard contest, so my book is dedicated to her. The song’s soothing tune blends well with its simple message. Thanks for entering, Debbie!

In this classic song, the little drummer boy was poor, but talented. He had no money, so instead shared his gift. The generous young man didn’t do it for attention. His parents didn’t coerce him. He did it out of love for the new-born king.

I always identified with the drummer boy in the song. We were poor when I was a kid, but I didn’t know it. I had siblings to play with, food to eat (even though it was often beans), and a dog. What else could anyone want besides the occasional soda or ice cream treat? We got gifts for Christmas, mostly pajamas and underwear, but Mom made sure we got at least one toy. We also had special food (turkey and real butter!), decorated a tree, and sang songs.

What I remember most, though, is being together. And healthy. Everything else was just stuff that was soon forgotten, broken, or thrown away. dani-leonard-janie-christmas-card-1955The card Mom made for her mother when I was three years old is still one of my most prized possessions. Inside was a picture of Mom’s three treasures: her first three children. A store bought card would have been lost or tossed long ago.

In my contribution to this boxed set the reader discovers how a 1780s family in North Carolina celebrates Christmas, and why love and giving of one’s self is more important than fancy wrapping paper and high dollar gifts. Little Drummer Boy, part of the Love, Christmas – Holiday Stories That Will Put a Song in Your Heart. Introductory priced at only 99 cents.

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And remember to have a safe and friendly holiday season, no matter where (or when) you are.

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Love, Christmas Blog Post #6 by Nancy Radke #mgtab

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The wonderful new set of holiday stories, Love, Christmas uses a song title as the title of each of the 20 stories. I chose “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” since this is a song I love. Back in the ’40’s, songs were written so you could actually sing them, and my family sang constantly.

We would sing when we were shelling peas by hand, or cutting corn off the cob to be canned for the winter, and we would sing on long car trips. Someone would start a song, and we would bounce from the end of that song to the start of another one that the first song reminded us of. We could keep going during a six-hour car trip, and not once sing the same song twice.

If we were visiting my grandparents, grandpa would get out his violin (he was an old-time fiddler) and my mom would sit down at the piano. They used to perform at community dances and get-togethers, and could play anything they heard. Mom usually just played the chords. I can still hear him make that fiddle sing! When they started, all 40-some of the gathered family–from the youngest to the oldest–would sing for hours. I was always sad when he put the fiddle back into its case.

I sang while riding my horse, often from sunup to well past sundown. My voice doesn’t carry well, which might have been a good thing, as I also couldn’t hit high notes, so I dropped an octave to hit them.

I’ll Be Home for Christmas was one of my family’s favorites, especially during WWII when my uncle and aunt were overseas in France and Germany, and my grandfather was building ships in Vancouver, WA. My Uncle Floyd, a tank mechanic, sent a letter to his mother that got past the censors, telling her that he was at a place in France with the same name as one of her granddaughters (Nancy, France). He made it through the war and came back to the ranch to resume his work on our wheat/cattle ranch as the mechanic, keeping the tractors, trucks, and the combine running smoothly.

In this modern short thriller, Navy SEAL Lee Trahern is in the Middle East, and has escaped in a rowboat just ahead of an advancing army. He plucks Sofia out of the Mediterranean Sea after she is thrown off a ship. Pirates shoot holes in their boat, and then… and then…

You’ll need to read the rest when the set comes out. Right now you can get the complete set of 20 brand spanking new stories for 99¢ on preorder. Grab Love, Christmas which is being offered on all main outlets.

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is #15 of the Trahern novellas. Most of these are historical, told in first person, as if your favorite grandparent was telling you what happened to him or her. The modern Trahern novellas are in third person, as these are stories that are happening “now.” This last novella is dedicated to Delene Yochum, in Panama City, Florida.

 

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NYT & USA Today, best-selling, award-winning author, MIMI BARBOUR, has seven romance series to her credit. She also has many single titles and a huge number of box sets – her own and multi-author collections.

Mimi lives on the East coast of Vancouver Island with her husband and writes her various romances with tongue in cheek and a mad glint in her eye. She’s been known to say: “If I can steal a booklover’s attention away from their everyday grind, absorb them into a fantasy love story, and make them care about the ending, then I’ve done my job.”

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Her reviews are numerous and incredibly positive:

“Love Mimi Barbour, love her books. When you can read a book that within just a few words, you are brought right into the book. You feel, taste, see everything going on. Great story lines. Fantastic characters, fantastic plots, story lines like real life both honest folk and of crooks. Humor that will have you giggling then full on belly laugh. You may even shed a tear or two. All in all, Mimi never disappoints.” ~ Reviewed by Shirleen Miller