$1.99 Ebooks Sales and Giveaways — Happy December!

I can’t believe December is here. I find it “the most wonderful time of the year” – and also the busiest. This year I am determined to savor the wonder of it – and not let it roll me. 🙂

I hope you can too. In all the pressures of work, family, commitments and fun – I hope you can find a moment to curl up and enjoy the season – the sense of wonder and anticipation… And with so many bookish giveaways going on – I hope you can enjoy a good book too. I will make an effort on my Facebook page to pass the giveaways along as I find them. I’m blessed to be a part of a few of them myself – both with my publisher and with friends.

Here are two:

To celebrate The 12 Days of Christmas, my publisher has put a host of ebooks on sale for only $1.99. Landing Page for $1.99 Ebooks.

Katherine-Reay-bronte-plot-coverThe Bronte Plot is included and here is a little about Lucy and Helen’s story:

“You’re going to love The Brontë Plot.” —Debbie Macomber, #NYT Bestseller

When Lucy’s secret is unearthed, her world begins to crumble. But it may be the best thing that has ever happened to her.

Lucy Alling makes a living selling rare books, often taking suspicious liberties to reach her goals. When her unorthodox methods are discovered, Lucy’s secret ruins her relationship with her boss and her boyfriend, James—leaving Lucy in a heap of hurt and trouble. Something has to change; she has to change.

In a sudden turn of events, James’s wealthy grandmother, Helen, hires Lucy as a consultant for a London literary and antiques excursion. Lucy reluctantly agrees and soon discovers Helen holds secrets of her own. In fact, Helen understands Lucy’s predicament better than anyone else.

As the two travel across England, Lucy benefits from Helen’s wisdom as Helen confronts ghosts from her own past. Everything comes to a head at Haworth, home of the Brontë sisters, where Lucy is reminded of the sisters’ beloved heroines who, with tenacity and resolution, endured—even in the midst of impossible circumstances.

Now Lucy must face her past in order to move forward. And while it may hold mistakes and regrets, she will prevail—if only she can step into the life that’s been waiting for her all along.

*** Starred Library Journal Review

*** 2016 ALA Notable Book Award Finalist

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To make this sale more fun: I’m hosting a giveaway here and on Facebook. Simply leave a comment regarding a favorite Christmas tradition! I will draw 12 random names on December 13th and you could win one of 10 signed copies of The Bronte Plot or one of two MiiR water bottles. (I’m sorry to finalgiveawayimageonly be able to run this for US participants.)

And starting Monday – I’m joining 11 friends for another giveaway. Details starting Monday will be on my Facebook page as well – so please stop by again. But here is a preview of what we have planned…

 

Happy December!

Katherine

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  1. Kristen

    My favorite Christmas tradition is having tuna sandwiches and hot chocolate on Christmas Eve. It started when my grandmother was little, and she and her sisters were complaining that they were so hungry and my great-grandmother was so fed up that she just made them tuna sandwiches and hot chocolate. And we’ve been doing it ever since 🙂
    Thanks so much and Merry Christmas!

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  2. Krystal

    My favorite Christmas tradition is reading the Christmas story with my family. Over the years, my dad would read it to us, and when he does now, it carries such sweet memories, and now reading it with my family- such a gift!

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      Katherine Reay

      I love that too. There was a street in Austin, TX that had every house and every square inch of house lit. It was spectacular fun.

  3. Elisabeth

    I love going to a carol service and singing for hours. Those songs are just crammed with the gospel, with the meaning of the Christmas season, with artistry and with nostalgia. If there’s excellent musicians, candlelight, and homemade cookies, all the better.

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  4. Virginia

    My favorite Christmas traditions is going to my sister’s house on Christmas eve and listening to Christmas music on the way over there.

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  5. Callie

    My favorite Christmas tradition would be a three way tie between going to my church’s Christmas Eve service, watching the Disney Christmas Day parade, and watching It’s a Wonderful Life!

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  6. Julie

    Favorite Christmas tradition is that on Christmas Eve some family comes to our house. After the delicious meal we sit in front of our wood-burning fireplace and read the Christmas story. Then we all pick a Christmas carol to sing. Such joy is shared.

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  7. Miriam Boyken

    My family and I enjoy making “ugly” Christmas cookies on Christmas Eve. By ugly, we mean piling on icing and sprinkles until the cookies are as tall/thick as 300-page novels.

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      Katherine Reay

      Hehehehe… I would never say they are probably better than some three hundred page novels too. 🙂 Certainly not any of mine. 🙂

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  8. Penny A

    Thanks for sharing. I just purchased your book and can’t wait to dig in. I have read a lot of good reviews about Dear Mr. Knightley and will try it after I read The Bronte Plot. Merry Christmas!

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  9. Terressa T.

    I love the sparkle of magic that shines in my children’s eyes during the month of December. They just adore the feeling of the season and I love that they reciprocate that feeling.

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  10. Phyllis Whitaker

    My favorite Christmas tradition is the singing of Christmas carols. I love getting together with family and friends and singing the carols. I love the the hope and joy that the songs represent.

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  11. Paula

    When my kids were little( they are all grown now),we used to make ornaments to give our relatives. I also gave each child an ornament each year and then when they went out on their own they had a collection to start their own decorating. Our new tradition is an angel tree. My husband loves to decorate our small tree with angels , some of which I have made; some were made by the kids when they were in Sunday School. They are supplemented by crocheted snowflakes and other small items.
    Blessings this Christmas season. Most of all : Let’s keep Christ in Christmas!

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  12. Robin

    My favorite tradition is to go see the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, along with the Christmas windows at Macy’s and we are adding the Christmas tree near the NY stock exchange.

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  13. Katie Wilkinson

    My favorite Christmas tradition is waking up to Amy Grants Christmas album being played. We always knew as kids whenever that was album was playing, it meant Santa had come!

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  14. Pat Sakrismo

    A favorite tradition is baking cookies with the grandchildren. They love to decorate the sugar cookies. Also enjoy gathering the family around the Christmas tree to read the Christmas story from the Bible & sing carols.

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      Katherine Reay

      I love Christmas cookies! We make Easter cookies as well because you can never have too many reasons to make cookies.

  15. Joy Shelden

    My favorite Christmas tradition was: when I was kid, I just could not wait for Christmas morning to open my gifts, so my parents let me open one gift on Christmas Eve, and the rest on Christmas morning. It was exciting to know what one of my gifts was already, while knowing Santa was bringing even more presents while I slept, plus the rest of the gifts in the morning.

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  16. Diana Guz

    Simply decorating the tree and thinking up presents for my many loved ones, as well as enjoying Christmas music, are things I do each year with family and friends. However, I never get tired of any of it! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  17. Cynthia Stuckey

    Hi there!!
    I included A Portrait of Emily Price in my What I’m Loving Lately series today and can I just say, I don’t want that book to end?! It’s a good one for sure!

    A favorite Christmas tradition we have is our church’s Christmas Eve service. It’s a sweet and memorable family time and then we usually come home and have our traditional Italian Christmas Eve meal. We aren’t Italian, but who doesn’t love Pasta on Christmas? We also ALWAYS make the Pioneer Woman’s cinnamon rolls to share with others.

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      Katherine Reay

      Thank you, Cynthia. I so appreciate you sharing Emily Price. And what wonderful traditions — yes, I think everyone would/could/should love pasta on Christmas Eve. 🙂

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      Katherine Reay

      That’s a beautiful memory. I especially miss my grandparents at Christmas time. They were such a part of the celebrations.

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  18. Mary

    Ooh, I love Christmastime! It’s so magical and cheerful. ^_^

    Hm…one of my favorite holiday traditions we have is baking treats with my mom and sister. The three of us (or just me and my mom) will often spend hours in the kitchen, baking cookies and brownies and other delicious goodies. Each member of the family gets to pick at least one special treat for Christmas, and it’s so much fun to bake while Christmas music is playing in the background. ^_^

    I’m already so excited about Christmas! It’s definitely my favorite time of year. 🙂

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  19. Winnie

    We have a silly tradition of randomly finding crazy inexpensive gifts for some of the members of our family–something that we think they’d find funny or something that reminds us of them. We always put a label on them from “Bob the Elf.” I can’t remember how or why this started, but because it’s so random, it’s always a surprise as to who gets them. Most of the time they are like white elephant gifts. We have a lot of fun with this.

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  20. Edwina Cummings

    One of our traditions is to go to our church’s Christmas Eve Service. After the service, we drive around and look at Christmas lights. It’s a special time with our family.

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  21. Stephanie

    I have so many wonderful Christmas memories with my family and friends, and I am looking forward to making many more. One of my favorite memories is always when my family gets together to chop down a Christmas tree. Usually the day after Thanksgiving, we will go to a Christmas tree farm and look for a Christmas tree. We will spend most of the day at the farm; and if there is snow on the ground, we will have a snowball fight. If there is no snow yet, we will have a pinecone fight instead. The entire day is filled with lots of love, fun, and laughter. It is something that we look forward to every year.

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  22. Lindsi

    Hi Katherine,
    I love everything about Christmas, but my favorite tradition would have to be helping my Grandma make Christmas stockings. She has a special Christmas stocking she makes for any new babies born into the family, (all of the grand kids have one) and for the last few years I have gotten to help her make them. 🙂
    Thanks for the chance to win your book!

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      Katherine Reay

      I love everything about Christmas too. That’s a pretty special tradition you’ve got there — cherish every moment. 🙂

  23. Bonnie Roof

    My mother’s favorite Christmas was probably the Dec. 25th I was born, however, my favorite Christmas traditions were when my maternal grandparents were living – we always had Christmas dinner at their house, my grandmother always had an aluminum tree with a color wheel rotating on it. She would bake numerous kinds of cookies and give them to neighbors, the postman, friends and family. I loved the home-made custard and jam cake she always made. My grandfather would buy numerous kinds of candy from glass cases in the store, after dinner – he would always pass his platter of candy around. He always gave monetary gifts, however, my grandmother always insisted on buying everyone a wee gift from her small social security check. Each night of the week before Christmas there was always a get-together at the home of a different family member – we would play games, eat, laugh, and just enjoy being together.

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway opportunity, Katherine!!

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  24. Marylin Furumasu

    One of my favorite Christmas traditions was when our children were younger we would get them out of their beds one night the weekend before Christmas and pack them in our car then drive through the street here in town that has every house lite up. It was a fun thing to do.

    One of my personal family’s tradition was every Christmas morning my Dad would read the Christmas story from Luke 2. This was before any of the hubbub of the day got under way. It was always a calm way to start the day.

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  25. Arletta

    One of our favourite Christmas traditions is baking lots of cookies. We usually take a lot of them to a bake sale where proceeds go to missions.

    We also code all the gifts so the kids don’t know which gifts are theirs.

  26. Heather Fellows

    Favorite Christmas tradition is the magical way Santa always manages to get into the house while we are at church to put new pajamas for us to wear

  27. Rebecca

    Growing up, we always hosted Christmas breakfast at our house. So, after opening our presents, just mom, dad, and us 3 kids, we would get breakfast around. The menu always had sticky sweet rolls and an egg dish that had to be prepared the night before. Then, the extended family would arrive, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins. Though our family has spread out significantly over the years, my husband and I have maintained the breakfast menu with our children. Just a reminder of years gone by.

  28. Suzi Durst

    This is my favorite time of year also!!! I think it has a little to do with the fact that my birthday is Dec. 12. This year is the big 70!!!!!! My fav. Christmas tradition was started by my Mom who recognized how tough it is to have your birthday so close to Christmas!!!! Her birthday was Dec. 7th. (she turned 16 the day Pearl Harbor was bombed!!!) So to make my birthday special she started decorating the tree on my birthday!!!! It made my day special and I have continued this tradition throughout my adult life. My grandchildren now come to help me decorate my tree on my birthday!!! Happy, Joy, joy, joy, Suzi

  29. Jackie Wisherd

    A favorite Christmas tradition when my daughter was young was to make it special to look for a bird ornament. By the time she graduated high school she had a good start on enough bird ornaments to take with her for her own tree. Some years there were many different designs and some years we had to look and look to find that special ornament.

  30. Linda D. McFarland

    One of my favorite Christmas traditions is watching the same Christmas movies over and over. I always watch a new one or two. Love It’s a Wonderful Life and always enjoy Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, always a kid at heart. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  31. Andrea Cox

    Hi Katherine,

    What a fun giveaway! One of my favorite Christmas traditions is that my family always goes to see Christmas lights. We take Christmas music for the CD player, blankets to snuggle under, and I’ve been known to bring along a mug of cocoa. My favorite street is the Disney one. It’s fun to see when a new character shows up.

    Blessings,
    Andrea
    andrearenee2004@yahoo.com

  32. Cynthia Powers

    One of my favorite traditions is driving up to the NC mountains on Black Friday with my dad and hiking around to pick the perfect tree. Then, on the first weekend of December, my mom and I listen to carols as we decorate it.

  33. Renee Jackson

    We love to get the kids in their pjs, grab pillows and blankets and pile into the van on a weekend night. We go get small ice cream cones (yes, in the winter) and go everywhere to look at Christmas lights! It’s so fun to hear the kids oohs and aahhs!

  34. Amanda Everett

    Throughout the year we collect spare change in a large mason jar. Then on Christmas Eve we leave it on the doorstep of someone from our church or community who is going through a tough time. It’s quite a thrill to ring the doorbell and try to drive away before they see us! Over the years we’ve left it for international couples with a newborn, a friend who lost their job, and a couple raising money for adoption. It’s a newer tradition in our family, but one I hope will last.

  35. AlyssaZ

    Every year since I was little, we bake a cake (yellow with chocolate frosting!) And sing Happy Birthday to Jesus on Christmas Eve. I’ve loved how this small moment directs us back to The Reason

  36. Crystal Fulcher

    My favorite tradition is decorating the Christmas tree and when it’s done, playing “It’s Christmas, Baby please come home” by U2. It was my husband and my Christmas song when I was away at college, so it always puts that gleam in our eyes and makes our boys roll their eyes 🙂

  37. Donna

    My favorite Christmas tradition is the reading of Scripture (Christ’s birth) together as a family before our Christmas dinner.

  38. kathleen hammond

    Making (and eating!) homemade cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. The whole family is involved in making them….guaranteed to have lots of laughter.

  39. Brooke Smoke

    Ooh, Katherine! You site is BEAUTIFUL. All of your work is so aesthetically pleasing, my goodness.

    Anyway — Christmas tradition! My favorite tradition is pajamas on Christmas morning and family and loads of laughter and hot cocoa into the evening. We don’t really have any weird or specific traditions, but I just love the warmness that accompanies every Christmas day. Sure, everything’s crazy, but at the same time I always sense that it is truly well with my soul

  40. Linda Duffy

    Decorating the tree with ornaments we have collected over the years from places we have visited. It is fun to reminisce about our adventures.

  41. Melissa M.

    Well, my family and I don’t exactly celebrate Christmas, so I hope this counts for an entry, but we do sing carols from time to time, and I’m participating in a “Lessons and Carols” concert this Dec., so that may become a favorite tradition. I love to sing, and thereby to see how much God loves us!

  42. Mallori

    My favorite Christmas tradition is putting up the tree and decorating the house the weekend after Thanksgiving. I also love getting together with my mom’s family to eat and play board games on a Saturday near Christmas.

  43. Margaret Nelson

    I loved your Emily Price book, so am eager to read more of your books. I’m looking forward to making some of my yearly Christmas fudge tomorrow to start sharing with friends!

  44. Vicki

    My favorite tradition is packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. I’m only a little bit obsessed with it now! I watch scores of videos on Youtube with tips for purchasing items and packing them for different age groups. It’s something I get to enjoy year-round, since I am always on the lookout for bargains on items I will need for OCC.

  45. BreAnna Lake

    My family always picks out real trees for Christmas, and we usually go to the tree farm as early as October to make sure we get the best selection. Then we come back in December to cut it down lol.

  46. Alison Boss

    Our family has an Advent fold-out story booklet of the Birth of Christ that I bought from Current many years ago ( I don’t even think the company exists any more). We have used it for over 20 years! Each day through December we rotate, so each person opens a picture window and reads another part of the Christmas story. It’s a wonderful and fun way to experience Christ’s birth…..so many memories of reading it with our 2 daughters….I can hear their sweet little cherub voices chirping out the words. Now they are 22 and 18 years of age. We still enjoy reading it together 🙂

  47. Terri

    Our Christmas tradition is to read Luke 2 as a family before we open presents. And presents are always opened slowly so everyone can see what everyone else got, thanks exchanged, and joy shared.

  48. Elizabeth Litton

    Every December, about a week before Christmas, my mom, sister, my soon-to-be sister-in-law, her mom, and I meet together at my family’s house to make chocolate-and-caramel covered pretzels. The kitchen is always with Christmas music, laughter, and the delicious aroma of melted chocolate. This annual tradition is one we all look forward to. Many, many good and amusing memories have been made!

  49. Susan Wilson

    One of my favorite Christmas traditions is setting out a plate of homemade cookies and a glass of milk for Santa Claus!!

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  50. Denise Turner

    Favorite tradition is to read the account of Christ’s birth from the book of Luke but one verse at a time is read by the person who will be opening a gift. This keeps Christmas morning from being a gift opening frenzy and helps us to enjoy the Christmas story by reading it verse by verse without our minds wandering.

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  51. Auriette

    We don’t trust the cats enough to put up a tree, so I decorate by taping Christmas cards to the French-style door to the dining room. Our only other tradition is opening stockings Christmas Eve and other presents on Christmas Morning.

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  52. Carrie Ann

    Family altogether for at least one day, reading the account of Christ’s birth before opening gifts, sledding, cinammon rolls for breakfast & Swedish potato sausage for Christmas dinner, every year 🙂

  53. Soleil

    Oh cool! Im super excited for Christmas. It’s one of my favorite holidays.
    As for tradition, our parents will hide the Jesus from our nativity on Christmas and we search for him. Though I’m a bit older, it’s fun seeing it passed to my youngest sibling. 🙂

  54. Bianca Santelices

    On the first week of December, my mom, grandma and I send a big package full of toys, clothes and canned goods to our relatives in the Philippines. In return, they’d send a big box of homemade sweet delicacies that my grandpa’s sister makes. Since my parents are divorced, my annual tradition is staying over my aunt’s house (from my mom’s side) for Christmas Eve. From there we would attend an evening mass at a nearby Catholic Church. Days in advance, we’d be busy preparing homemade food & deserts for Christmas day. My mom cooks a special Filipino comfort food called Kare Kare. My grandma makes her deliciously sweet Leche Flan. And for me, I bake my special buttermilk pie 🙂 Our Christmas tradition, as I might say, centers around food and family.

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