Monday, August 23, 2021

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Christmas Comes to Morning Star (The Maidels of Morning Star #3) by Charlotte Hubbard

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Christmas Comes to Morning Star by Charlotte Hubbard. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a lovely guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card and a chance to have your name featured in an upcoming book by the author. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Christmas Comes to Morning Star
Series: The Maidels of Morning Star #3
Author: Charlotte Hubbard
Publisher: Zebra Books
Publication Date: August 24th 2021
Print Length: 207 pages
Genre: Amish Inspirational Romance
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Founded by five unmarried and enterprising Amish maidels, the new Morning Star Marketplace in small-town Missouri is preparing for a joyous Christmas season. But will the holiday also bring unexpected tidings of love?

Twin sisters Molly and Marietta Helfing are eagerly anticipating Christmas, with Marietta fully recovered from cancer and their noodle making business thriving. But Molly clearly misses having former tenant Pete Shetler and his rambunctious dog, Riley, around. Marietta can’t ignore Molly’s feelings for Pete—or the anxiety it stirs within her. Convinced her illness has made her unmarriageable, Marietta wonders what kind of life she’ll have if her sister marries—despite Molly’s promise never to leave her behind. . .

Then a fire destroys the home of Amish neighbors and Molly and Marietta graciously make room for widower Glenn Detweiler, his dat, and his two young boys. When Pete returns to help the family rebuild, Molly relishes her reunion with the handsome carpenter, while Marietta delights in mothering Glenn’s boys—and is surprised by her poignant bond with their quiet, brooding father. Soon everyone is wondering if this season will bring the blessing of a merry double wedding to Morning Star . . .

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EXCERPT:
Pete cranked up his pickup, gunning the engine as he shot down the Helfings’ lane—and then he kicked himself. He was trying to act more mature, and driving like a clueless kid—he way he had when he’d lived in the twins’ dawdi haus—was not what he’d intended to do. But old habits died hard.

“Riley, we’ve gotta do better, boy,” he said as he slung his arm around the dog’s furry neck.

“Keep reminding me that Molly won’t take me seriously unless I turn over a lot of new leaves, will ya?”

Riley licked Pete’s face exuberantly. The dog loved to ride in the pickup every chance he got, and he’d been excited about returning to the twins’ place.

“Even though she and Marietta stick like glue, I have to admire the way Molly’s supported her sister,” Pete continued as he drove toward town. “Not many girls would’ve shaved their heads during Marietta’s chemo, knowing how that goes directly against the Ordnung! I love it that Molly broke the rules that way!”

When his dog’s eyes widened, Pete laughed.

“Uh-oh, I said that L word, didn’t I? Gotta watch that. Gotta toughen up my attitude,” he continued in a firmer voice. “Molly’s the bossiest girl I ever met—and there’s no prying those twins apart, anyway. So why act like I’m interested, right?”

Riley focused forward, gazing through the windshield as though he didn’t believe a word Pete had just said.

As always, the dog probably had it right.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
In 1983, Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. She wrote around 70 of those confession stories, and she’s sold more than 50 books to traditional or online publishers. A longtime resident of Missouri, she’s currently writing Amish romances set in imaginary Missouri towns for Kensington. She now lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband of 40+ years and their Border collie, Vera.

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GUEST POST:
- What’s your favorite holiday, and why?

I’m going to call myself a “C&E” person, which is the term church leaders often use for people who only show up for worship on Christmas and Easter.

I’m “C&E” for a totally different reason, however! I’ve long been an active church member, especially in various choirs, bell choirs, as a Deacon, and as a substitute church organist, so I love both Christmas and Easter because the choirs’ musical preparations for these holidays and special services during Advent and Lent have always been very meaningful to me. I can’t tell you how much I've missed those rehearsals and church performances during this past year and half of the pandemic! Now that we’re settled in our new home in Omaha, and the masks are coming off in churches here, I’m delighted that we’ve found a new Presbyterian church where we feel very welcome. I can’t wait for summer break to be over so I can settle back into that musical choir routine that has enriched my entire life!

I also love both Christmas and Easter for a different reason, however: Santa and the Easter Bunny still come to my house! I don’t recall how I learned the truth about these holiday visitors, but somehow, I sensed, as a kid, that if I kept my mouth shut and still “believed” the goodies would keep on coming. And I was right! Mom never stopped putting out Christmas presents from Santa, and even when I was married and coming for a visit, she’d be sure to fill my original Easter basket and have it sitting out for me on Easter morning. My husband, bless his heart, has continued the tradition.

I guess this is just another way that I refuse to grow up! And why start now?!
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GIVEAWAY:
Charlotte Hubbard be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. In addition to the gift card, the author would like to select one female reader's name to use in her upcoming book, HIDDEN AWAY AT PROMISE LODGE. Good luck!
 
(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prizes. Goddess Fish Promotions assumes all responsibility for everything related to this giveaway.)

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30 comments:

  1. I love the beautiful cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. I love Christmas stories! Thank you for sharing your guest post and book details and for offering a giveaway, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and am looking forward to reading your stories

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  3. Sounds like a very good book.

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  4. It sounds like a great book, with a very pretty cover. I love Christmas books, and can't wait to read it.

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  5. When my youngest was in 2nd grade a substitute teacher told a class that Santa wasn't real. In 3rd grade some kids were talking about him not being real, as well as all the other characters. She was actually okay with Santa not being real. Her problem was when she was in the 4th grade she learned the Tooth Fairy wasn't real. That was like the end of the world. But my kids still get one "Santa" present, that's sat apart from the presents under the tree.

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  6. I like Amish reads and this one sounds good

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  7. Christmas comes to morning star sounds wonderful. I like to read your books.

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  8. Looks neat, nice to learn about your tour.

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  9. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  10. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  11. This is a little out of my wheelhouse, but I’m interested to try it! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. What inspires your main characters?

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  13. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  14. How do you handle writer's block?

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  15. What is your favorite book you ever wrote?

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  16. Where is your favorite place to write?

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  17. This sounds like a wonderful read.

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  18. How many pages do you try to write each day?

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  19. What inspires your book titles?

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  20. Love to be featured in a book!

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  21. Did you always want to be a writer?
    Or did you consider other occupations?

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  22. What was your favorite childhood book?

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  23. What is your favorite genre to read?

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  24. I like Amish reads, thanks for sharing.

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  25. Love the cover and thanks for sharing

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  26. This sounds like such a great book

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