do you start decorating your house for Christmas? When do you take
everything down? If you could be a kid again at Christmas what would
you like to experience one more time? If you had all the time in the
world and just as much money, what is something you’ve always dreamed
of doing at Christmas?
These are a few of the questions
we asked our members to answer in December during The Book Club
Network’s largest ever giveaway contest. We had a blast and learned
things about our members that warmed our hearts, made us smile, and
brought a few giggles as we remembered some childhood Christmases. We
also got to know our authors and their books as they answered my daily
questions too. Thanks to everyone for getting the word out about our
party. With your help TBCN’s membership grew in December to over 1,600
Many members said that they had
enjoyed driving around at night to see the outdoor decorations. Some
members said that people started stealing their outdoor Christmas
lights so they stopped decorating the outsides of their homes. Others
like me find no extra time to decorate both the inside and the outside
and just concentrate on the inside.
I enjoyed hearing about various
family traditions, when everyone decorates, and what decorations they
put up first and why. I also liked how this group dreams, about the
things they’d like to do if time and money were not an issue. Most of
our members wanted to do something that included their immediate and
extended family members.
I also discovered some surprises
when I asked, “What was your favorite Christmas story you read as a
child?” Hands down The Night before Christmas was
adored by many and The Christmas Carol came in a
close second. Who knew? Like me, many members had memorized this as a
kid. My grandfather said that if I memorized it, he’d give me money.
Many parents read this story to their children and teachers to their
Then I asked, “What’s your
favorite Christmas novel now that you’re all grown? The
Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens won by a landslide.
I did a Snoopy dance when I saw
the variety of books the authors donated to our huge online book party
than ran from December first to the twentieth. Authors gave away over
100 fiction and nonfiction books. Of course our avid readers where
doing the Snoopy dance too at the chance to win these amazing books.
Dan Walsh with Revell Publishers kicked off the event by giving away
five hardback copies of his newest book, Remembering Christmas.
I was equally excited when Suzy Flory gave away five signed hard back
copies of her new book Thunder Dog, an amazing
story of Michael Hingson and his seeing eye dog, Roselle. It was about
Michael’s life and how Roselle helped him survive his escape from the
Twin Towers on September 11.
huge Christmas book party was made possible through many generous
authors and publishers. Not only did the authors give away books, they
helped spread the word about this event, stopped by, and answered the
fun questions I asked daily.
discovered several things at
1. We have people who love to read
2. We have book clubs looking for fun and interesting books that will
fit their group
3. We have generous authors and publishers—and authors who aren’t
afraid to share their thoughts and experiences
This was the first time we’ve
done a month-long event. Usually we have our “live” chat giveaways on
the third Monday night of each month at 9 p.m. Eastern time. December’s
B & H featured author was Tricia Goyer with her new book Along
Wooded Paths. B & H and Bethany House Publishers are
monthly sponsors of TBCN. They help make it possible for international
members to win books.
Authors who contributed and
participated in this huge Christmas party were Pam Hillman, Maggie
Brendan, Tricia Goyer, Vannetta Chapman, Lena Nelson Dooley, Martha
Rogers, Elizabeth Ludwig, Jan Kern, Dianne Matthews, Melanie Dickerson,
Pamela Ewen, Jenifer Hudson Taylor, Margaret Daley, Jennifer Erin
Valent, Jeff Dixon, WhiteFire Publishing, Christine Lindsay, Roseanna
M. White, Karen Whiting, Jocelyn Green, Robin Hatcher, Kathi Macias,
JeanetteWindle, Tiffany Amber Stockton, Trish Perry, C.J. Darlington,
Donn Taylor, Miralee Ferrell, Sandra Byrd, Richard L. Mabry, M.D.,
Laurie Alice Eakes, and Rebecca Ondov. Thank you all for making this
possible and so much fun.
Yes, we had book fun and so much
more. We were able to get to know one another, share memories, discover
new authors, learn about new books, and make new friends. I’m looking
forward to our next year’s book party. Everyone is invited!
Until next time.
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