Today is my daughter’s last day of school before winter break. I will be wearing my PTO President hat and helping with all of the classroom holiday parties!
There is nothing quite like being in a school on the last day before winter break…all of the excited energy in the air translates into very excited and happy children (and teachers)! When I was a teacher, the last day before winter break was always one of my favorite days of the entire school year! I’m so happy that I get to still be a part of this day by helping out at my daughter’s wonderful school. She LOVES when I come in to help and so do I! I am incredibly thankful that I often have the opportunity to do so. 🙂
I have such a fun and festive giveaway for you today!
This is the perfect time of year to read this holiday book. I love reading holiday books during the season in which they are occurring. If you win a copy, I would suggest reading it right away or tucking it away to read during next year’s holiday season. You will be glad that you did. 🙂
Synopsis from Amazon:
A heartwarming, hilarious Christmas story with a Southern twist.
Like most things in Ellery, Tennessee, this year’s Drive Thru Nativity is a little unconventional. The Dollar General parking lot doubles as a Bethlehem stable, and widowed writer Ivy Long, who’s been roped into playing Mary, sure as heck isn’t a virgin. But then comes an unexpected development: a genuine, real-life baby left in the manger, with only a brief note. And somehow, in the kerfuffle that follows, Ivy finds her life is about to change . . .
The holidays are a bittersweet time for Ivy—filled with memories of her beloved late husband and reminders that life doesn’t always offer the happily-ever-afters her readers expect. So when Ivy ends up with custody of the baby, she can only chalk it up to a Christmas miracle. She doesn’t know if it will be forever, but with help from family, she’ll make little Zuzu’s first Christmas a good one. The nativity’s Joseph, aka Gabe Ledbetter, has a pediatrics background that’s coming in mighty handy. In turn, Ivy is helping Gabe find his place in the quirky community. If that place turns out to be somewhere near Ivy, well, maybe this particular Christmas story will turn out to be merry and bright after all…
Did you see my Instagram story a few weeks ago about this adorable book? If not, here is what you missed:
Today is the day!
Being that I’m Jewish, it was fun for me to experience some parts of Christmas that I previously really didn’t know much about. Icicles (tinsel) on the tree! Nativity scenes! I found myself Googling these terms to learn more. Loved it! So interesting to me. Now when I drive by nativity scenes, I have an entirely new appreciation for them.
The characters in this story and the description of Ellery, Tennessee were so extremely colorful…I couldn’t help but thinking many times as I was reading what a fun movie this could be! A perfect feel good holiday film. Hallmark channel, perhaps?
I was especially interested in learning more about the complex relationship between Ivy and her family as well as the relationship between Gabe and his. The great amount of history within both families and learning about how the pasts of these 2 people formed them into the people that they are today was quite interesting.
This book is adorable and such a quick, light read. I laughed, I cried, I smiled all while reading. You will, too!
A conversation with Sally Kilpatrick, in her own words:
How did you create the idea for your book?
My editor at the time, Peter, asked me if I would like to write a Christmas book, and I said yes because I love Christmas. The more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea of featuring a drive-thru Nativity. I could see all of these people in the parts and a menagerie of odd animals, and then I could envision an abandoned baby and how caring for that child made the others really think about their lives in general and Christmas in particular.
What audience would be most interested in your book?
My audience seems to be predominantly women who like stories with a happy ending. Also, folks who like small town, southern stories tend to like my work–that’s where I pick up some of the guys. If you love Christmas movies, then I think you’ll love this book. It is full of references to other movies, stories, and Christmas traditions.
Where can your book be purchased?
Oh My Stars is actually in many Targets right now and Sam’s Club. It can also be ordered–either paperback or e version–from all of the major retailers. There are some signed copies at Foxtale Book Shoppe and Marietta book Exchange, too.
Use 3 adjectives to describe your book:
quirky, heartwarming, funny
Any additional information that you would like to provide about you or your book:
Oh My Stars is my 5th novel set in Ellery, Tennessee. If you enjoy it, please feel free to go back and enjoy some of my other small town southern stories. You can find me as @Superwritermom on Twitter or at sallykilpatrick.com.
Would you like a chance to win a copy of this adorable story?
(For the record, I wrote how I would love to see this book become a Hallmark movie even before I received Sally’s response mentioning that if you love Christmas movies, you will love this book! Just goes to show that if Christmas movies are your jam, this is a perfect book for you!)
I have THREE copies of Oh My Stars (An Ellery Novel) (affiliate) to give away! THREE!
If located in the US, your autographed book will be mailed directly to you. If located internationally, an “e book” will be emailed directly to you!
To be entered, please complete these 3 simple steps:
1. Follow and/or subscribe to my blog
2. Leave a comment below telling me only ONE word to describe the holiday season
3. Be sure to also tell me in your comment if you are located internationally or in the US!
**You must complete all 3 of these steps to be eligible for the giveaway**
Giveaway will end on Monday morning a 6:00 CDT and the 3 winners will be randomly chosen and announced in Monday morning’s blog post.
Make sure you check back on Monday to see if you’ve won (you will have 48 hours from the time I post the winners to email me your mailing address. If I don’t hear from you within 48 hours, I will pick a new winner).
If you already follow and/or subscribe to my blog, you are still eligible…just leave a comment below to be entered 🙂
Good luck! Can’t wait to read your comments!