Christmas Read, anyone? Part 6

Welcome back to the Christmas Reads Series. First, let’s announce Part 5’s winner: Let’s hear it for Kim Vogel Sawyer. Congratulations, Kim. Dorothy will be in touch with you.

A side note before I introduce today’s author: I so appreciate my cover designer, Mitch Mealey. These artists don’t get enough credit for the work they do ‘behind the scene’. Thanks for pointing that out, Maggie, it’s so true. This week, I want to recognize ALL cover designers, more specifically, Nicola Martinez for the work on the following covers. I very often pick up a novel because of its beautiful design. Amazing job, Nicola.

I’m delighted to feature wonderful author, JoAnn Durgin. She has THREE Christmas novellas to give away in the Starlight Christmas Series published by Pelican Book Group/White Rose Publishing. But first a little about her:

JoAnn Author Photo (Princess Cruise)

JoAnn Durgin is the author of five novels (and counting) in the popular Lewis Legacy Series as well as a standalone novel, Catching Serenity. Her novellas include the three mentioned above, and Echoes of Edinburgh. A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Louisville Christian Writers, JoAnn lives with her husband and three children in southern Indiana. She’s recently *retired* from her paralegal position to write full-time. She loves to hear from her readers at or

Her Christmas novellas include:

Meet Me Under the Mistletoe (2012)

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Jacob Marston, Starlight, Iowa’s hometown hero made a long-ago promise to the Lord: he won’t kiss a woman until he knows she’s “the one.” Now at age twenty-eight, the rugged firefighter questions if it’ll ever happen. When he meets his best friend’s sister, Jake believes he’s found the woman of his dreams. But what will she think when she discovers his vow?

Starlight, Star Bright (2013)


Dante Moretti, Texas-born goalie of an Italian World Cup champion team, expects Starlight, Iowa will be only a blip on the radar of his life. Grabbing a quick meal at Barney’s Diner during the holidays, Dante meets two women who capture his heart in very different ways. Then his rental car won’t start and leaves him stranded. Does the Lord have a plan for bringing him—and keeping him—in Starlight?

Sleigh Ride Together with You (2014)

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As the popular television co-host of Wake Up, Des Moines! Nicole Reardon has achieved her dream. So why has the network sent “image maker” Alex Kingsfield to the station? The irritatingly handsome man is also the first man she’s been attracted to since Jake Marston dumped her three years ago in Starlight, Iowa. When an unexpected assignment sends Nicole and Alex to Starlight, can she rise above the past and make this interview the defining moment of her career?

Aren’t these covers amazing? All three books are available in eBook format on and other online book retailers. You can also order them in paperbacks by contacting JoAnn Durgin at or via her website at

So now, here’s your chance to win a copy of one of JoAnn’s Christmas novellas (ebook format). We’ll draw three names at random and reveal the winners on Monday. Can you tell me what present you always wanted as a child but never received?

Looking forward to hearing from you. Until then, blessings!

Renee-Ann <><


22 thoughts on “Christmas Read, anyone? Part 6

  1. I always wanted “real” barbie dolls. We didn’t have much money when I was growing up so I always got those cheap dolls where the legs didn’t bend. I didn’t get a real barbie until I was old enough to earn the money and buy it myself. Great question! Thanks for the giveaway.

    • Thanks for the comment, Loraine. I so know what you mean. I wanted a doll called ‘Newborn Thumblelina’. When you pulled the string in her back, she moved her arms, legs, and head. I so wanted that doll but instead, I got a doll I could ‘feed’. The ‘milk’ in her bottle disappeared when I fed her (bottle upside down) but it came back when I stood the bottle up. She was okay, but for a 7-year-old, I can still remember this being a disappointing Christmas for me.

  2. Thanks so much for featuring my Starlight Christmas Series, Renee-Ann! I have so much fun writing romantic holiday stories that incorporate faith and family. Nicola Martinez indeed does a spectacular job on the covers. Loraine, thanks for your comment and blessings to you during this most special season!

  3. There was a specific guitar I really wanted but apparently Santa couldn’t make it in time so I received a different guitar instead. It was still awesome and , looking back, I think I received everything I really wanted and needed which was special memories with family.


    Sarah Butland

    • Thanks Sarah. Yes special memories with family are so important. Sometimes I’d love to go back in time and relive these moments with those who are now gone. <

    • Glad to hear you finally got your shoes. I eventually got my Newborn Thumbelina but mom finally bought it for me a year or two later, Christmas. Thanks for your comment. 😀

      • this was definately a ‘tween” girl’s game..kind of like the dating game on tv. there was door in the middle of the spun the doorknob and you could open it up to a hunk, banker, biker, geek etc..silly sweet fun

  4. Thanks so much for your comments, everyone! I have to say, one year, I really wanted a cool dollhouse. Little did I know my dad and grandmother were making a unique, one-of-a-kind dollhouse for me! It had real working lights, paintings by my grandmother and beaded chandeliers! That was truly a labor of love I’ll always cherish. 🙂 Blessings.

  5. Little Mermaid doll. I grew up in Serbia where anything Disney was scarce. A few years ago they had the Designer Collection Dolls, and I finally got myself an Ariel (I was one of the last people to get it, too–that doll sold out like crazy).

    Great question, Renee-Ann. Thanks.

  6. Thank you for interviewing one of my favorite authors! She is a wonderful lady and a fabulous writer. Yes, I love the covers on all those Christmas novellas. I’ve tried to think of something I wanted for Christmas as a child; but never received. The only thing I can remember is that I wanted my parents to get back together; I prayed for that. But God, in His infinite wisdom,knew that wasn’t really best for my Mother’s sake. Material things I was blessed with far more than I probably should have been!

    • What a selfless thing to wish for. Specially as a child. No matter how old you were. We are a people sometimes so focused on material things. And yes, God is the Wise One who knows best what is good for us. Blessings! <

  7. I always dreamed of learning to play the piano, so I always wished for a piano so I could learn. I’m still wishing.

  8. I can plunk something out, but never learned to play well. Without a piano to practice on, its very hard to become good at it.

    • I thought you might have had a friend who had one, and you’d learned to play there. With me, it was the opposite. We had one, mom signed me up for lessons at the age of 7. I always played by ear, and learning to follow notes on a sheet of paper bore me to death. So I quit after 2 years. 😦

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