Christmas Read, anyone? Part 2

And the winner of Mary L Ball’s Christmas at Angel Ranch is …. Diane Dean White. Congratulations. Mary will be in touch with you.

And thank you, everybody for taking part. But don’t go away. You can enter to win every week as I feature other amazing authors, and their Christmas novels. All you need to do is leave a comment, one that answers the question I’ll ask at the end of the post.

Today, I’m delighted to have another fantastic author for my Christmas Reads series, Deborah Raney. I’m privileged to say I met Deborah at two major writers conferences this year. For those who follow my blog, you know I often stress the importance of attending these conferences. Not only do you learn a lot of important skills, but you also meet wonderful gifted authors. Deborah is one of them.

Deborah Raney

DEBORAH RANEY’s first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title and launched her writing career after twenty happy years as a stay-at-home mom. She is currently writing a new five-book series, the The Chicory Inn Novels. Deb and her husband, Ken Raney, recently traded small-town life in Kansas––the setting of many of Deb’s novels––for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita. They love traveling to visit four children and five grandchildren who all live much too far away. Visit Deb on the Web at


Her Christmas story is titled SILVER BELLS.

Silver Bells new cover

Michelle Penn has started a new job at a tiny weekly newspaper, and the boss’s son, Rob, is quickly making her forget about her former sweetheart. Rob feels trapped working for his father but now that he’s met Michelle, she is what he wants most of all. This Christmas season it seems that the gifts Rob and Michelle most desire-each other- are out of reach. But then they didn’t count on a small Christmas miracle.

I trust you will enjoy this and other titles Deborah wrote. And for your chance to win Silver Bells, in paperback, leave a comment saying which is your favourite Christmas Song.  We will make the draw on Tuesday (because I’m late posting this.. Sorry Deb), and I’ll share with you another Christmas novel. Until then, blessings and good luck.

Renee-Ann <><

97 thoughts on “Christmas Read, anyone? Part 2

  1. Renee my favorite Christmas song is Silent night becuase it has such truly touch message in it that all can feel.

  2. I have 2 favorite Christmas songs.
    1. Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel
    2. While You Were Sleeping by Casting Crowns (not a traditional song, but I love it!)

  3. One of my favorite Christmas songs is O Holy Night. Thanks for the chance to win Deb’s book. I’ve read a lot of her books but not this one (yet). I’m glad you got to meet Deb. She’s one of our Kansas treasures and has met several times with my book club. She’s a very sweet lady.

  4. Oh my favorite Christmas song is Angels We Have Heard on High…. this song puts me right in the Christmas season spirit!

  5. Mary Did You Know Written by Mark Lowry is my favorite Christmas song and I just can’t get enough of it because the song touches the very depths of my soul.
    jennydtipton at gmail dot com

  6. Well one favorite Christmas song Is called “He Gave Everything”! It’s one of the songs in my church’s Christmas Cantata this year!!! I love singing Christmas songs and I enjoy being part of the Christmas Cantata!!!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway and God Bless you!!!

    • Oh how true! And there are so many, it’s so hard to pick just one!

      I haven’t shared mine yet. I love so many of them but I have to say Anne Murray’s Mary’s Little Boy child is my favourite. (Not sure if it’s originally hers but it is on her Christmas CD). The beat gets me going but the lyrics are beautiful as well.

      Okay I had to find out and according to Wikipedia, Jester Hairston wrote it in 1956. Now we know 😀

  7. Can’t beat “Silent Night,” but also really like “White Christmas” and Nat King Cole singing “The Christmas Song.”

  8. My favorite Christmas song is Silent Night. Its always the perfect ending to our church’s Christmas Eve candlelight service.

  9. One of my favorites song is not traditional at all, but I really like “Mary’s Boy Child Jesus Christ” by Boney M. The message just touches me.

  10. My most favorite of favorite Christmas songs is O Holy Night. The lyrics give me goosebumps just reading them.

    Truly He taught us to love one another
    His law is love and His gospel is peace
    Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
    And in His name all oppression shall cease

  11. So many to choose from, but I’d have to say White Christmas is my favorite. It’s tied with Mary Did you Know, I can’t make up my mind. 🙂

  12. I have MANY favorites, but the ones that closet to my heart are: Silent Night and Hallelujah Light Has Come (BarlowGirl).My favorite to sing is O Holy Night. I LOVE Christmas music. Thank you for asking and for the lovely giveaway! What is your favorite Christmas song?

  13. My favorite short song is The Little Drummer Boy. For more complicated endeavors, our church choir does an amazing rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus. I sing tenor.

    • Yay, another female tenor. I do to. Alto is still too high for me. It’s too bad we don’t hear the Hallelujah Chorus more often. It is an amazing song. Blessings!

  14. Favorite Christmas song.. Hmmm… I’d have to say White Christmas! I like it a lot! It reminds me of my grandma who passed away a month ago. And I also love Away in A manger!

    • I was born and raised in a small French community but if memory serves me right, White Christmas was the very first Christmas song I learned in English. So it too, has a special meaning.

  15. My favorite Christmas songs are “Oh Holy Night” and “Carol of the Bells”. I also look forward to the fun Christmas song, “I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.” Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. I also love “Mary Did You Know” by Mark Lowry and Buddy Green but I also like “Breath of Heaven” sung by Amy Grant. I can’t even imagine being Mary in that position! I find myself also praying “I am frightened by load I bear…breath of heaven help me be strong, help me be, help me…”

  17. It is very hard for me to pick one favorite Christmas song. I think it would be easier to what one you don’t like. Any ways, for me it isn’t Christmas until I hear Silent Night sung at the Christmas Eve church service. I also love White Christmas. And last but not least is Christmas Shoes.

    • Christmas Shoes? Certain that was a new one for me, I went to YouTube and watched it. I’ve heard it many times, but first time I see the video. Now I have tears in my eyes. Thanks Jayne. <

  18. I think my favorite Christmas song would be silent night, because we used to sing it in school in three different languages.

  19. I really don’t have a favorite but Away In A Manger first comes to mind when Christmas carols are mentioned.

  20. I noticed that too, Renee-Ann. Several people mentioned it. And the comments caused me to find the video of Breath of Heaven and remember what a hauntingly beautiful song that is.

  21. It is so difficult to find just one Christmas song that I like. I have so many that I enjoy. Let’s see… I think for hymns… “Hark the Herald, Angels Sing” or “Go Tell it on the Mountain”…and… for nonreligious songs… “Ding-a-ling, The Christmas Bell.”

    • You’re right. Many said Oh Holy Night, but I think we had more people who said Mary Did You Know. (I’m too lazy to count them all! Too many comments!) 😀

    • Thanks Alice. And good luck everyone. There’s very little time left… hurry and get those comments in for your chance to win Deborah’s Christmas read, Silver Bells.

  22. I love Silent NIght because it is easy to forget to slow down and “be still and know that I am God” in the midst of all the hurry of the season. It helps me to remember the real reason that we have Christmas.

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