Welcome to Christine Rimmer's day on the blog. She's spreading a little holiday cheer with her guest post on Looking for a Christmas Book.
She's also offering one copy of her novel A Bravo Christmas Wedding for a giveaway + I've posted my review of her 2015 holiday tale Carter Bravo's Christmas Bride courtesy RT Magazine.
Looking for a Christmas Book…and a Chance to Win One!
As I’m sure is true of many of you, I learned to read at an early age. And oh, how I loved it! Books to me were—and are—the very best place to go to experience all that life has to offer. In a book, I could get all the thrills and chills and challenges of fighting monsters, living through the French Revolution, surviving World War II, falling in love for all time...anything. All of life’s variety and wonder were and are right there, between the pages of my favorite books. And I could go there instantly from the comfort of my favorite chair.
I have a younger sister. Early on I drew her into my love of the written word. Starting when I was five and she was two, I would read to her. With lots of vocal and facial expression. I expected a great deal of her, as my audience. And she always rose to the occasion, sitting there rapt as I swept us both away to worlds we would never know in real life. I was a taxing big sister. Now and then I would stop out of nowhere and demand of her, “What did I just read?” Inevitably, she would repeat my last sentence back to me verbatim, brown eyes wide with wonder at the thrill of the tale.
When I was about seven and she, four, we started reading A Christmas Carol every year. Ten pages a day starting the first of December. Our grandmother had given me a lovely copy of the Dickens treat, illustrated so beautifully by an artist called Maraja—and yes, I still have that book. This is it right here. (Deb, Christmas Carol right here) Oh, how we looked forward, my sister and I, to our yearly adventure with Scrooge and Marley and the three wise spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet-to-Come. We would cry together in joy, every year, when Tiny Tim crowed “God bless us, Every One!”
Later, as I grew to adulthood, a book was always the best, most exciting and uplifting place to go to get away from all my everyday troubles. That’s still true, to this day. If I couldn’t read…well, I just don’t know what.
And I love to give and receive books for Christmas. In fact, that’s my question today. I always need a heads up about a great book I ought to read—or give as a gift. Christmas-themed books are perfect. But don’t stop there.
Is there a book you love and cherish and want everyone to read? I need to know about that book. And in the spirit of the season with the help of the Reading Frenzy, I’m offering one of my own Bravo family Christmas stories, A Bravo Christmas Wedding, as a giveaway. Just scroll down to enter.
Good luck, Merry Christmas Happy Hannukah—and God bless us, every one!
New York Times bestselling author Christine Rimmer has written
more than ninety contemporary romances for Harlequin Books.
She has won Romantic Times BOOKreview’s Reviewer’s Choice
Award for best Silhouette Special Edition. She has been nominated
six times for the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA
award and five times for Romantic Times Series Storyteller of the Year.
The Giveaway is for one copy of A Bravo Christmas Wedding US ONLY
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