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CFBA TOUR - MERRY HUMBUG CHRISTMAS by SANDRA BRICKER REVIEWED

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Merry Humbug Christmas
B&H Books (October 15, 2013)
by
Sandra D. Bricker


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
For more than a decade, Sandra D. Bricker lived in Los Angeles. While honing her chosen craft of screenwriting in every spare moment, she worked as a personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television's hottest stars. When her mother became ill in Florida, she walked away from that segment of her life and moved across the country to take on a new role: Caregiver.

The author says that it was her 8th novel that opened the door to finding her way as a writer. "I'm a Christian woman, first and foremost," she says. "So it was a bit of a dream-come-true when Summerside Press chose me as one of two authors to launch the Love Finds You line."

Sandie's real-life role as cancer survivor has parlayed into her steadfast commitment to raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research. Spearheading a series of devotionals for Summerside Press (such as the popular His Grace is Sufficient...Decaf is Not), the author has stipulated that a portion of each contributor's proceeds will go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

"Being allowed to combine my faith and my humor with raising funds for my pet projects ... and still pursue my writing dream," says Bricker, "well, that's the best of all worlds, as far as I'm concerned!"

And one of the author's pet projects is animal rescue, evidenced by the special bond she has created with one particular formerly-abandoned puppy -- a red-haired collie with "killer brown eyes and the heart of the class clown."


ABOUT THE BOOK
A Merry Humbug Christmas features two holiday romance novellas from hilarious and heartwarming author Sandra D. Bricker. -- the perfect gift to yourself or someone else at this most wonderfully stressful time of year.

 In "Once Upon a Jingle Bell," A Bah! Humbug cruise to the Mexican Riviera is Joss Snow’s answer to this year’s quest to avoid the holidays completely; at least until she’s rebooked on a different kind of cruise altogether. Candy canes, holly wreaths, reindeer and ornaments seem to be stalking her on the 12 Days of Christmas holiday cruise extravaganza. An escape back to land is her only goal . . . until she meets a kindred spirit in rugged Irishman Patrick Brenneman, and then the game is on! Avoid Christmas festivities at all costs . . . except maybe for that one stop under the mistletoe.

In "It Came Upon a Midnight Deer," Reese’s guilt over abandoning best friend Joss on their holiday tradition of avoiding all things Christmas is trumped by the joy of her recent engagement. Meeting Damian’s family for the first time on idyllic Sugarloaf Mountain is about as far from that Bah! Humbug cruise as she can get, and Reese can hardly wait to get there. But from the moment they hit that deer in the road just two miles from the cabin, everything seems to go wrong. There are no drummers drumming or pipers piping this particular year! And once she sets her future in-laws’ family cabin ablaze, she’s pretty sure there won’t be even ONE golden ring in her future.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Merry Humbug Christmas, go HERE.

REVIEW:
MERRY HUMBUG CHRISTMAS
By Sandra B. Bricker
Published by B & H Publishing Group
ISBN# 978-1-4336-8075-5
297 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: A Merry Humbug Christmas features two holiday romance novellas from hilarious and heartwarming author Sandra D. Bricker. -- the perfect gift to yourself or someone else at this most wonderfully stressful time of year.

In "Once Upon a Jingle Bell," A Bah! Humbug cruise to the Mexican Riviera is Joss Snow’s answer to this year’s quest to avoid the holidays completely; at least until she’s rebooked on a different kind of cruise altogether. Candy canes, holly wreaths, reindeer and ornaments seem to be stalking her on the 12 Days of Christmas holiday cruise extravaganza. An escape back to land is her only goal . . . until she meets a kindred spirit in rugged Irishman Patrick Brenneman, and then the game is on! Avoid Christmas festivities at all costs . . . except maybe for that one stop under the mistletoe.

In "It Came Upon a Midnight Deer," Reese’s guilt over abandoning best friend Joss on their holiday tradition of avoiding all things Christmas is trumped by the joy of her recent engagement. Meeting Damian’s family for the first time on idyllic Sugarloaf Mountain is about as far from that Bah! Humbug cruise as she can get, and Reese can hardly wait to get there. But from the moment they hit that deer in the road just two miles from the cabin, everything seems to go wrong. There are no drummers drumming or pipers piping this particular year! And once she sets her future in-laws’ family cabin ablaze, she’s pretty sure there won’t be even ONE golden ring in her future.
 

REVIEW: Sandra Bricker gives readers two delightful tales that will make you smile inside and out. They are delivered in the same spirit as John Grisham's novel Skipping Christmas, whose book is about a couple who decide to get away to enjoy a peaceful time instead of getting caught up in the commercialism and stress of the holidays.

Once Upon a Jingle Bell, is about Joss Snow who's had issues with Christmas since her birth. Joss has made it her mission to skip Christmas every year. She had the help of her friend Reece these past several years but this year her friend is dumping their plans for her fiance. She understood of course but it didn't make it any easier to face their annual Bam Humbug Cruise alone.

Things get crazy and fun for Joss when she finds out at the last minute her cruise has been canceled and she is now on the "12 Days of Christmas Cruise," Really? The very thing she wanted to avoid was highlighted on this cruise. She makes every effort to be beamed out of this situation, but finds her efforts in vain. Then she runs into a rugged Irishman who makes the trip now to hard to handle. He keeps things interesting for her and she stops thinking of ways to abandon this ship.

I enjoyed this story along with Sandra's words to the 12 Days of Christmas song. Here's a peek at some of the song.

12 Cell Phones Swimming
11 Schemes a-forming
10 Sharks a-snapping
9 Scrooges hiding
8 Careers crashing
7 Songs a-shrieking
6 Truth a-breaking
5 Cold sardines
And so it goes!

This is a heart-warming and fun story that will leave you smiling from ear to ear.

SECOND PART of this story is called It Came Upon a Midnight Deer. This is Reece facing her Christmas at her Fiance's house without Joss. Reece feels guilty about leaving Joss Snow to face Christmas alone. Her fiance - Damian wanted her to meet his family. She was excited about this time and wanted their first meeting to be perfect. Her dreams of a perfect meeting shatter after their car hits a deer. Things come to an unexpected stop and head to a slippery slop right before the meeting place.

Both Joss and Reese have a very unexpected Christmas. One neither of them will forget!

These girls will make you laugh and have you look at the holidays just a little differently this year! I recommend this book to kick off your holiday reading and fun! I'm thankful for the review copy I received.

Nora St.Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins!
www.bookfun.org 

1 comment:

  1. Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!
    Bring you Good wishes of happiness.

    Sorry for greeting you earlier,, just don't want miss saying this.
    By the way, I'm clotee. I am blogger too, and now try my best luck to open an e-store. Nice to know you.

    Regards,
    Clotee

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