Category: ‘Holidays’

Valentine’s Day and a Preorder

February 10, 2018 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? If so, what will you do to celebrate this year?

My husband and I will be attending an old-school concert. I might bake some heart-shaped cookies – depends on how I feel. I certainly don’t need the cookies, but, my sweet tooth aches sometimes and I need to have my dessert!

Do you have any special memories about how you celebrated Valentine’s Day as a child, and as an adult? If so I’d love to hear about them!

So, tell me how you will be celebrating Valentine’s Day. I’d also love to know about your Valentine’s Day memories, too!

I also wanted to mention that The Underground Railroad Brides Collection is now available for preorder! I authored one of the nine novellas in this historical collection. This is my first historical and I honestly believe it’s one of the strongest stories that I’ve ever written. Come and sample these beautiful love stories by some wonderful Christian authors! 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 15, 2018 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy

Remember the dream!!

Have a nice Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Today, remember the dream and show someone some kindness. Remember we’re all children of God!

Happy New Year’s Eve!

December 31, 2017 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy

So, how has your year been?

It’s New Year’s Eve and I wanted to take some time to reflect with my blog readers my email list. This has been a good year for me writing-wise. I started my own company, Divine Desserts Publishing, and during Christmas 2016, I started doing boxed sets with other authors. I’d never worked with a group of authors before on a published writing project. It was a fun and lucrative experience. I made some new friends and I’ve found that it’s great to work in a group where folks share a plethora of story ideas.

For the first time in my life, I wrote a historical. The historical is a novella scheduled to be published by Barbour Publishing as a part of The Underground Railroad Brides collection in June 2018. I still have to pinch myself – I can’t believe I actually stretched my wings and wrote a historical. It was a fun experience and I found once I got started on the story, I was able to keep right on writing. If I’d not been required to write a novella, I sensed that my story could have been made into a full-length novel.

In my personal life, my husband and I have been busy our twelve year old son. I just find it hard to believe he’s twelve now! Seems like he was just born yesterday. Our son was busy with track season during the spring and summer and he also played soccer.

I’ve also been working on a novel partially based upon my husband’s life. I’m going to be releasing Southern Comfort in 2018. I’ve been excited about this book and I hope you’ll enjoy it too.

So, how has your year been? Please tell me about it!

Thanksgiving!

November 13, 2017 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? What’s on the menu? Are you traveling? Will you be cooking/baking? I really want to know! Leave a comment! 🙂

Happy Father’s Day!

June 18, 2017 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy

Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads!

What is the most memorable time you spent with your father? Please comment!

Happy Mother’s Day!

May 14, 2017 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy

Happy Mother’s Day!

How will you be spending your wonderful day? Dinner? Movies? Spending time with family? Whatever you do, be sure to enjoy and pamper yourself! As mothers, we deserve to be pampered!

 

 

A Husband For Holly

May 3, 2017 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy

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A Husband For Holly by Marion Ueckermann

Have you ever hired an interior decorator? Was it expensive? Were you pleased with the results?

When Holly is hired to decorate the office of the new parish priest, she gives the project her best effort, using her talents to make the office look wonderful. However, Christopher (the new Scottish priest) has much on his mind. He’s still reeling over his broken heart, plus, he has a wandering father who suffers from Alzheimer’s.

Holly is not interested in romance right now. Her decorating business takes up most of her time. But, for some reason, she can’t ignore the deep attraction she has for handsome Christopher.

I enjoyed this light, wonderful holiday story. This story also shows how hard it is to deal with an ailing parent.

So, have you ever hired an interior decorator? Was it expensive? Were you pleased with the results?

Heavenly Peace by Lesley Ann McDaniel

April 19, 2017 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy

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Heavenly Peace

Have you ever chose a gift tag from a Christmas tree for a needy child? What did that child request as a gift?

When widowed Valerie and her son Ethan visit a coffee shop, they choose a gift tag for a child in need. Ethan is excited, and he spots a man removing the gifts from the tree. “Is that man the Grinch?” Ethan asks his mommy…

Jake is not the Grinch, he’s a man who works with disadvantaged folks, collecting gift donations from under the tree to distribute to needy children.

Valerie is attracted to handsome Jake, but, although her husband is deceased, shouldn’t she remain faithful to him forever, never to marry?

Jake is smitten with Valerie, but, she’s wearing a wedding ring – so, she’s married, isn’t she?

Valerie is shocked when she finally reads the tag she’s removed from the tree. This child has requested a miracle, she doesn’t know how she can give this child her requested gift. Can Jake help her to fulfill the wish for this needy child?

This was a sweet, heartwarming short Christmas story. It was a good, light read.

So, have you ever chose a gift tag for a needy child? If so, what did that child request as a gift?

Happy Easter!

April 16, 2017 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy

Happy Easter!! I hope you and yours have a wonderful Easter holiday! Remember that he died for our sins and we are forgiven! Accept Him!

So, tell me, what are you cooking for Easter dinner? Are you preparing a ham?

Hope Under Mistletoe

December 27, 2016 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy

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Hope Under Mistletoe by Jessica R. Patch

Has your church ever held services in an alternate location?

I loved this book! One reason why I loved it so much is because the hero, Knox, owns a bar. You don’t find that in Christian fiction very often. I felt this book was so realistic – the characters sparkle and come to life in this wonderful book!

Eden is a widowed pastor’s wife. She’s raising her young son alone and their church has just been burned to the ground. While waiting for their church to be rebuilt, they need to find a place to hold services. The local bar is the only place big enough to house all of the church’s members.

The bar is owned by Knox, Eden’s deceased husband’s best friend. Knox has never been Eden’s favorite person – he’s worldly, plus, she’s always been attracted to him. When she asks if the church can temporarily use his bar as a meeting place, he’s hesitant. Knox has always been attracted to Eden, but, she was off-limits since she was married to his best friend. Plus, Eden doesn’t approve of his worldly ways.

Knox, a former hockey player, doesn’t know what he should do. If Eden knew his secret, she’d run for the hills and never speak to him again. Can he be truthful to her, and, can he learn to forgive himself for his sins?

You should read this endearing book for the holidays! This novella is a great Christmas treat!

So, has your church ever met in an alternate location? Where else has your church held services?

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