Title: Christmas Lights
Authors: Vikki Kestell, Catherine Swanson, April Hayman, Chautona Havig
Number of Books: 4
About The Authors:
Vikki’s passion for people and their stories is evident in her readers’ affection for her characters and unusual plotlines. Two often repeated sentiments are, “I feel like I know these people,” and “I’m right there, in the book, experiencing what the characters experience.” Vikki holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technologies. She left a career of twenty-plus years in government, academia, and corporate life to pursue writing full time. “Writing is the best job ever,” she admits, “and the most demanding.” Also an accomplished speaker and teacher, Vikki and her husband Conrad Smith make their home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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Cathe Swanson lives in Wisconsin with her husband of 32 years. They enjoy spending time with their family and being outdoors, kayaking, hiking, bird watching and fishing, but summer is short in Wisconsin, so it’s important to have indoor hobbies, too. Cathe has been a quilter and teacher of quiltmaking for over 25 years, and she enjoys just about any kind of creative work, especially those involving fiber or paper.
Her family is growing steadily; she and her husband had three sons, and those boys all grew up and married delightful women and started producing grandchildren: four boys and three girls so far! The long Wisconsin winters are perfect for writing and reading books! Cathe enjoys writing stories with eccentric characters of all ages. Her books will make you laugh and make you cry – and then make you laugh again.
April Hayman lives in the high desert of California with her husband and their three sons. During the day, she focuses on homeschooling the boys and working on client projects. She writes at night when the temperature outside is only somewhat cooler than during the day.
Her passion for reading began in grade school and her teachers often reprimanded her for reading when she should have been completing her math assignments. Now she reads whenever she likes and writes for those who love to read.
April collects fountain pens, has too many pen pals (and always looking for more), journals sporadically, creates art when she can squeeze it in, and hordes stationery.
Chautona Havig lives in the Mojave Desert with her husband and five of her nine children. When not writing, she enjoys paper crafting, sewing, and looking forward to retirement from home education.
About These 4 Books
Denver, Colorado, 1914
Joy Michaels, grieving mother and widow, resides in an aging but remarkable Denver home: a beautiful, three-story Victorian/Queen Anne mansion resplendent with towers, turrets, peaks, and gables and known locally as Palmer House. Palmer House—a most extraordinary refuge for young women rescued from prostitution.
Joy and her mother, Rose Thoresen, share the responsibilities of ministering to and mentoring the young women who live under Palmer House’s roof. But now Joy faces an agonizing decision: Should she remain true to the memory of her first love or open her heart to the possibility of new love? “I will always love you, Grant,” Joy whispered, “but God has called you away, and now I must follow the path he has laid before me—even if it is not what either of us would have chosen, had we been given such a choice.”
Book Review About The Heart Of Joy
The Heart of Joy written by Vikki Kestell is a wonderful Christmas Story with a Christian foundation. Vikki Kestell provided through a well developed characters with so much hope. As I was reading this Christmas novella, I can just imagined how Joy allowed God to continue to work things out in her life especially after her child was taken. Vikki Kestell takes the readers on a journey back to the time in between, to have knowledge that Joy’s Faith remains consistent. The blessings of God overflow in such a marvelous ways. I read this particular story in two hours in the Christmas Lights Series. These Christmas Stories are amazing. You will be blessed from reading these stories and in a wonderful path, you will be change. These stories will illustrate about how you will discover life and your personal relationship with God.
When Lisa Marsh is roped into serving Thanksgiving dinner at the local community center, she encounters hundreds of children, lively teenagers, stubbornly independent veterans, eccentric elderly people, and a particularly rude and scruffy homeless man named Pete. The evening ends in disaster, but when her best friend challenges her to reach out and help other people, Lisa decides to take on the project of reforming Pete – whether he likes it or not. Her plan is simple: Help him find a job and become respectable. All he needs is a helping hand and some guidance. And a shave. Definitely, a shave.
Pete is willing to work, especially if it means spending time with the pretty volunteer, but her tactless determination to “reform” him makes him dig in his heels. Her creative ideas for employment become increasingly outrageous, but every time he tries to put an end to her meddling, she charms him with her good intentions and willingness to serve others.
Lisa finds herself unaccountably attracted to her vagabond protégé and irresistibly entangled in the lives of the other people she meets at the community center. Before she knows how to stop it, her one small service project snowballs into an extraordinary Christmas ministry that just may change her life forever. Snow Angels is a companion novella and introduction to my upcoming Great Lakes series. I was a fifth generation Swedish Minnesotan before I married my military man and wandered for a while, finally settling in the land of Packers and bratwurst. In the Great Lakes series, I bring my readers to the land I know and love best – the most remote areas of Northern Minnesota and the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan as well as the small towns and big cities of the Midwest. The inhabitants of these places are a diverse and eclectic (sometimes eccentric) group – and usually very nice people. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
The Book Review About Snow Angels
I found “Snow Angels” well written, simple to follow and a believable narrative. The readers will imagine themselves involved and a part of the narrative and the characters. The narrative takes part in the present time although doesn’t contain the profanity and activities that so many Authors seem to consider necessary when writing a real stories. I love the Insightful that Cathy Swanson mentioned about homelessness in “Snow Angels”and the way she uses a comedy approach to soften those harsh realities. In addition to a narrative that makes the readers feel good and want to help the needy.There were several
timely topics about homelessness, PTSD, and others are brought to light in life-situations. The readers will feel rewarded to walk away with a nugget or two that opened their own eyes or expanded their understanding on a topic, in addition to a warm heart at the hopeful outcome of a good Christmas story.
Lance “Trip” Devereaux is an FBI agent tasked with the nearly impossible job of tailing and, hopefully arresting Landry Crawford, the wiliest conman east of the Mississippi River. But during his investigation, things go horribly wrong for the telutzy gunman. Will Trip nab his man in time for Christmas? Or will he be left out in the cold?
Trip The Light Fantastic Book Review
I loved how the characters were well created in “Trip The Light Fantastic” from the beginning to the end. I believe that the readers will get a great sense of the characters of Trip, Landry, Sissy and Sassy. Chatonga Havig created the characters that are unique, funny, and simple to imagine in the mind of the readers like myself. I really enjoyed this narrative with the surprise twist at the conclusion. The narrative and the characters left me to wanting know more information about them. I also loved to imagine how the character, Trip changed throughout the narrative. It would have been nice to see a little more of the character, Wendy. It wasn’t mentioned the age of Trip. His charisma makes Trip seem like a seasoned man although he is not. This was a great story.
Seven Christmas trees–excessive in some people’s minds, but for Wendy Nabity, they aren’t excessive but essential. One tree for each of her cats. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Cupid, Blitzen, and Vixen each need their own trees, you see. And what “mommy” wouldn’t have stockings hung on her chimney “with care”–one for each of her fur babies?
But something isn’t right at the Nabity house. Wendy keeps finding things where they shouldn’t be, and the local police–well, they think she’s half-crazed and blind to the obvious. The cats are playing with the trees in her absence. Neighbors on each side of her do little to help. Shy Peter will hardly look her in the eye as he blushes his way through conversations and rushes away–the besotted darling. Neal, well the whole town knows just what a rude curmudgeon Neal Kirkpatrick is! But if he makes one more rude demand of her, she might just start dumping the litter box on his front porch!
But even Fairbury’s police can’t ignore a threatening note left in one of the stockings, and one officer takes it upon himself to do something. Nothing could have prepared Wendy for the danger to her and her cats. She’s confident she knows who is responsible, but why won’t anyone believe her? What can she do to prove it? Christmas Stalkings–who knew Christmastime could feel so sinister? And don’t miss the prequel/sequel.. New Year’s Revolutions
Book Review About Christmas Stalking
Chautona Havig really created an enjoyable and arresting narrative with “Christmas Stalkings.” At times genuine, others speculative, and yet others full of hope and love, this Christmas narrative covers a lot of ground.The person who reads this story is pulled in from the first word and Ms. Havig keeps the reader fully engaged from beginning to end. Chautona Havig refined some wonderful and enjoyable characters and written a believable plot line that focuses on one woman, her 7 cats, and someone who seems to dislike them. In addition, the occasion that appears are slowly driving her crazy. A charming and arresting story about the love and joy cats bring to a person’s life, even when others think she is a “crazy old cat lady. Person who reads this can’t go wrong with this holiday story….