Merry Christmas! Welcome to the Christmas Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! How fun is this?
Here’s how it works: At each author’s blog post, you will find a question to answer by checking out the free Amazon preview of their book. Provide the answer on this form. Note: You must answer the questions for every author in the round -robin to be considered in the draw to win the $250 first place, $150 second place or $100 third place Amazon gift cards. These prizes are USD values. If you are not a U.S. resident, you will get a gift card from the Amazon store for your country, valued at these USD amounts.)
At the end of my post is a link to the next blog, who will provide a link to the next blog, etc., to the very end, creating a circle (a round-robin) visit through each of the authors’ blogs. You've got until midnight on 11 December to read all the blogs and answer the questions to solve the Scavenger Hunt.
The Nine Readings of Christmas
The Nine Readings of Christmas is the second novella in my series 'St Saviours Seasonal Stories', featuring Richard, the vicar of St Saviours, and his parishioners.
The seasons of the church calendar are important to Richard, vicar of St Saviours, a thriving church community in the heart of London. Christmas, Easter, Advent and Lent — all have a special place in the Reverend's heart and actions.
The first book in the series, A Candle for Christmas, weaves four intertwined stories together around the four candles lit each Sunday during advent.
I enjoyed creating Richard, his wife Marjorie and the others in their congregation so much that this year I revisit them as they prepare for the service of Nine Lessons and Carols. Disaster looms as a sick chorister throws into confusion Richard's plans. Memories of past adventures and lost dreams return to surprise Marjorie. Daughter Ellen is struggling with her own, night-time dreams of Africa. And outsiders Tamara and Joelle discover they belong right in the thick of everything that St Saviours offers this Christmas.
From the back page:
Christmas is fast approaching. The congregation of St Saviours is caught-up with Christmas preparations and parties — not least amongst them, their vicar, Richard.
The service of Nine Lessons and Carols has been months in the planning. Everything is in place for the evening to be the highlight of this year’s church calendar. Until Richard receives a telephone call; his soloist has a sore throat. Can The Service still go ahead? Will Richard seek to find his own solution? Or will God have His way?
Marjorie is baking up a storm; containers full of every Christmas treat occupying all available space. When a Christmas card from afar arrives with unwelcome news — and a gift — Marj is forced to reassess the life she has chosen. Is she where she should be or has her focus on family and church been misdirected?
Ellen, studying and involving herself in the local community, is experiencing dreams of Africa. What do they mean? And does an email she receives have anything to do with them?
Tamara has made her peace with the single life she now leads. But is there more? Are a young girl, a homeless woman, and a Christmas party the key to her happiness?
Joelle has a new home, with a comfortable bed and two cooked meals a day. She also has a family — the family of St Saviours. Can she help Ellen decipher her dreams and discover her heart? Or show Tamara that they are more alike than she may think?
Christmas at St Saviours. Nine lessons. One Christmas story
Before you continue on with the Scavenger Hunt and the next blog post, I want to offer you a set of four printable Christmas cards inspired by the advent theme and cover of A Candle for Christmas. You can get your FREE download when you sign up to my newsletter here.
I think it's now time for you to get on with your Scavenger Hunt, don't you?!
Where did Richard get the pamphlet about the origins and history of the service of Nine Lessons and Carols?
All done? I hope you've enjoyed discovering the St Saviours series! Thank you for joining me for my part in the Scavenger Hunt. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.
Now head on over to the next blog post for some more Christmas fun.