But I'm getting into the Christmas spirit. Why so early, when the holiday is almost four long months away? Because fellow Inkie CJ Chase and I have a novella collection releasing from Barbour September 1:
|Pre-order on Amazon here!|
The truth is, many holiday-themed books go on sale starting in September. And people buy them early, and read them, even though it's not yet autumn.
I've been known to do this. I have some favorites that I dig out and read every once in a while, all year through, especially when I need a dose of cheer. One particular tough summer, I read nothing but Christmas novellas.
There's something comforting about holiday stories that I crave, I guess--something symbolic of restoration, peace, and goodwill. Something that says "abide and rest" while grand things occur. Something with a touch of whimsy and fun. Something that makes kids' eyes sparkle and their cheeks turn pink.
There's also the deepest, most profound message of Christmas, one we sometimes forget the rest of the year: that the world is sin-weary, and God came into our weariness in humility and love, and opened His arms to us.
Now that's a message that deserves to be shared all year long!
How about you? When do you start reading Christmas stories?
Visit Susanne's website Sept 1 to enter a "Merry Christmas to Me" prize pack, including the book! Each year we tend to run ourselves ragged, so why not take a moment for yourself? Here's the link to click September 1! CLICK HERE
And stay tuned to the Inkwell, where we'll have a party celebrating the book's release!
Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she's the award-winning author of a dozen new and upcoming historical romances. A pastor's wife and mom of two, she loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos. You can visit her on her website, www.susannedietze.com, and sign up for her newsletter for an occasional cheery hello: http://eepurl.com/bieza5