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The Because Fiction Podcast

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Taking the pulse of Christian fiction, Because Fiction explores the lastest trends in Christian fiction, discusses genres, specific authors, new releases, and classics as well. If it's Christian fiction (or something readers love), we talk about it.

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Episode 33: 2020 Christmas Collections

So if there's one thing I LOVE it's Christmas fiction. So, this week, I'm going for maximum Christmas fiction impact--collections. Four, five, ten, fourteen books in one nice little file--often available on Kindle Unlimited! Who could ask for more?

Every year, dozens of these fabulous collections come out, and I've collected the ones I've heard the most about, the ones that sounded the most interesting, and the ones that were shared with me.  These are all fresh, new collections for 2020. So, without further ado...

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All the Great Christmas Collections Coming Out This Year!

Okay, so it's a lie. It's not ALL the collections by a long shot, but I did manage to find a good variety of them!  SQUEE!

What makes Christmas so awesome?  Well, I have a blog post about that!

What makes fiction Christmas?  I've got a blog post about that, too!

Finally, why do books make such great gifts  Here's a blog post about that as well.

Okay, without further ado, we need to get to all the bookness!

Historical: Joy to the World:

Authors: Carolyn Miller, Amanda Barratt, Erica Vetsch

Kindle 9.99

Inspirational Regency romance with a Christmas twist from three best-selling authors.

In Joy to the World, three popular romance authors come together to offer a heartwarming collection of holiday Regency romance. Based on lines from a beloved Christmas carol, these three novellas have depth, faith, and satisfying stories all packed into the perfect length for readers to curl up and take a brief break from their holiday busyness.

Heaven and Nature Sing by Carolyn Miller

Two music lovers, deeply devoted to each other, were on the brink of engagement when family circumstances drove them apart. How can they ever overcome both their obligations and their fears to find their way back into each other’s arms?

Far as the Curse Is Found by Amanda Barratt

One winter night, a woman struggling to provide for her illegitimate child encounters a scarred veteran of the Napoleonic Wars on the streets of London. Can love conquer the darkness of two broken pasts?

Wonders of His Love by Erica Vetsch

A Scots portrait painter finds work at a noble manor house over the holidays. He never imagined he’d fall in love with the emotionally frozen widow there. Now he wants nothing more than to thaw her heart.

A Western Romance Christmas Collection:

Author: Nancy Jane Wyatt:

Kindle: .99 or free on Kindle Unlimited

A heartwarming collection of Christmas Mail-Order Bride romances, just in time for the holiday season. Follow along these touching stories of hardship and perseverance rewarded.

Value priced for a limited time only! Clean Western Christmas Romance from best-selling author Nancy Jane Wyatt.

Included in this box set:

  • His Bride’s 1st Christmas on the Ranch
  • A Christmas Wedding in Wyoming
  • A Christmas Bride in Colorado
  • Proclaiming Her Love at Christmas
  • To Montana by Christmas
  • Longing for a Warmer Christmas
Regency Romance Christmas Collection:

Author:  Grace Fletcher

Kindle: .99 or free with Kindle unlimited

A delightful collection of 8 Christmas Regency Romance novellas!

Available at this low, low price for a limited time only!

Another exquisite set of Regency Romance novellas selected especially for you this Christmas season. Journey back to the eloquence and majesty of this romantic era. This assortment of historical romances will keep you enthralled for hours of reading pleasure.

These novellas are clean Regency Historical Romances.

This Box Set includes:

  • The Duke’s Christmas Sanctuary
  • A Glorious Christmas of Forgiveness
  • The Earl & Miss Abigail’s Christmas Delight
  • The Earl’s Christmas Blessing
  • Love’s Embrace at Christmas
  • A Christmas Concert for the Duke
  • The Earl’s Christmas Bride
  • The Christmas Eve Ball
Amish:

Christmas Angels Collection 15 Book Box Set:

Authors:  Hannah Schrock, Emma Ashwood, Elizabeth Downton, Serenity Jones

Kindle:  .99 or free with Kindle Unlimited

This beautiful box set collection contains 15 magical clean and wholesome romance Christmas stories.

These Christmas stories are full of love, loss and hope, all at the heart of Christmas and the festive season.

Even in troubled times the magic of Christmas lives on. Enjoy this collection.

This Box Set includes:

  • Dreams of Christmases Past
  • The Two Christmas Gifts
  • The Amish Christmas Angel
  • The Maid’s Christmas Dream
  • The Christmas Choice
  • The Last Christmas
  • The Christmas Clause
  • The Christmas Grieving
  • Christmas at Woodville Hall
  • The Amish Christmas Box
  • A Christmas Story of Two Sisters
  • The Duke’s Christmas Confession
  • The Christmas Escape
  • Double Blessings at Christmas
  • Kitty’s First Christmas
An Amish Christmas Wedding: Four Stories:

Authors: Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin, Kathleen Fuller, Vannetta Chapman

Kindle: 8.99

From bestselling authors of Amish fiction come four delightful stories perfect for celebrating love, joy, and the everyday miracles Christmas brings.

Evergreen Love by Amy Clipston

Ryan Lapp had promised to marry Lorene Bontrager as soon as he was able to build them a house, but the day never came. Ryan moved away. Five years later, Lorene has settled into her old maid role, and she’s shocked when her younger sister announces her quick engagement to Ryan’s younger brother. As they rush to plan the wedding, Lorene is constantly around the family she almost joined. Worse, she’s forced to face Ryan himself, who has returned to town. As both Ryan and Lorene examine their own feelings, they must decide if they can find grace with each other—and the young people they once were—this Christmas season. There just might still be love in their future.

Holiday of Hope by Kelly Irvin

Henry Lufkin is one of four bachelors who lived in the West Kootenai, Montana, cabins that were destroyed by wildfires. He’s the only one of them who hasn’t since married, but he likes his solitude. Then an old friend asks him to care for his son, and Henry has to share his small cabin and his life with bewildered and rebellious ten-year-old Tommy. When the child encounters trouble at school, Henry reaches out to Tommy's teacher.

Leesa Yoder never expected to find herself single and teaching sixteen young scholars, and she certainly didn’t anticipate an inexperienced bachelor telling her how to do her job. Amid the flying sparks, can Henry and Leesa see that there might be hope and love in this unexpected situation?

Wreathed in Joy by Kathleen Fuller

Mary Wengerd and Jakob Mullet have been best friends since childhood. Pressured by friends and family, they decided to date—with disastrous results. When they break up, their friendship is ruined. A year later, Mary is baking her Englisch friend’s wedding and groom cakes for a Christmas Eve wedding. Mary loves the Christmas season, and had always dreamed of marrying during that time. Now she wonders if she’ll ever marry. After she and Jakob form a tenuous new friendship, Mary breaks her arm. As he steps in to help her with the cakes, Mary is inexplicably and suddenly falling for him. But they've already dated, and that ended so horribly. Could it be better this time?

A Christmas Prayer by Vannetta Chapman

Widower Micah Miller runs the Amish Tour Company, offering Englischers a glimpse of a simpler life as well as tea at Rachel King’s. Rachel has never married and has recently lost her parents. When Micah comes across an abandoned and injured dog, he gives it to Rachel for company. As Rachel is charmed by the dog and shocked by news of the existence of family she never expected, her heart and mind bend toward the possibilities of change in her life—even toward the possibility of love.

Amish Christmas Miracles: 14 stories to touch your heart and warm your soul this Christmas :

Authors: Jennifer Beckstrand, Kathleen Fuller, J.E.B. Spredemann, Dana R. Lynn, Susan Lantz Simpson, Ashley Emma, Lenora Worth, Serena B. Miller, Loree Lough, Rachel J. Good, Laura Bradford, Tracy Fredrychowski, Adina Senft, Mary Alford

Kindle: .99 (at least during preorder)  Releases on November 4.  I don’t know if it’ll be in Kindle Unlimited or not.  Stay tuned for an episode just about this set later!

Spend Christmas in Amish country.

As snow falls softly outside the window, curl up by the fire with this collection of 14 stories by your favorite Amish fiction authors. Let them transport you to Amish communities all across the country.

Travel to small towns where horses clip-clop down the road, farms dot the snow-covered landscape, and families gather to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas.

Sigh over sweet stories that touch your heart. Laugh, cry, rejoice, and smile as couples renew their faith and find their perfect soul mates.

May you be richly blessed this holiday season!

Contemporary: Melodies of Christmas Love: Releases today!

Authors:  Lynnette Bonner, JoAnn Durgin, Chautona Havig, Annette M. Irby, Dawn Kinzer, Lesley Ann McDaniel  (Author), Sylvia Stewart  (Author)

Kindle: .99 and Kindle Unlimited

The Heart of Christmas - Lynnette Bonner

When Wynn Mason sees police lights at Misty Cove’s one-and-only bar, she goes inside to investigate and is just in time to see her ex-boyfriend punch Ryland Sage in the face. What is the star of her favorite TV show doing in their tiny Pacific Coast town? Since Wynn is the only medical help for miles around, she has to stitch up his face—and also maybe his heart—all while protecting her own heart from the worldly charmer.

Love on a Mission in Millcreek - JoAnn Durgin

Angelia Ford wonders if she’ll ever live down her unfortunate outburst at the end of the Millcreek Elementary Christmas program. Sixteen years later, she’s home to care for her grandfather and prays the town’s citizens have finally forgiven her youthful indiscretion.

Millcreek’s newest resident, Nicholas Sanders, recognizes the beautiful blonde server at the local diner, but it’s clear Angel doesn’t remember him. What better time than the festive holiday season for Nick to reintroduce himself to the girl he’s never forgotten?

The Bells of New Cheltenham - Chautona Havig

When Justine Driscoll decides to enter a short story contest using a Christmas carol as the inspiration, she discovers love in the carols she investigates, in the story an ex-Army guy tells, and in the little tourist town of New Cheltenham.

A Christmas Duet - Annette M. Irby

A breakup steals a cellist’s inspiration. How will she create new compositions for her ensemble’s next album? Perhaps the church’s handsome music director could help. Join Kate Fleming and Zach Tillmon as Christmas music brings them together on Whidbey Island, Washington.

A Night Divine - Dawn Kinzer

One chilly December night, a tragedy connects successful model Camryn Tate and outreach minister Trace Gardner. As they share a common mission serving the homeless on the streets of Seattle, they provide more than food—they offer hope. But as Christmas Eve approaches, secrets have the potential to break Camryn’s heart.

To Hear the Angels Sing - Lesley Ann McDaniel

Being guardian of her niece isn’t as easy as Devlin Welsh might hope. When her niece is invited to be in a church show, the free childcare is hard to pass up. But when Devlin admits to knowing how to sew, she’s enlisted as costume designer. How will she find the time?

That movie I mentioned in the episode was: Home Sweet Home and you can actually watch it on Amazon Prime. Not sure why I thought it was Pure Flix, so sorry about that, Lesley Ann!

One of Jonah Ryan’s favorite parts of his job as worship leader is working on the kids’ Christmas musical. There’s something about the woman who’s volunteering to design costumes this year that gets him thinking. Could there be more to life than music?

Prairie Rose - Sylvia Stewart

For many years, Rose Morris has lived alone with her dog, Rusty. Mitch Foster, a handsome, un-married neighbor, brings her a bright red geranium, and insists on helping with chores. But who should drive into Rose’s farmyard? The scoundrel husband who had deserted her and her teenaged son years before. Later, a pre-teen runaway, found in her barn, adds his troubles to her own, so Rose decides to re-capture the peace and serenity of Christmas.

Take the quiz and find out which carol fits YOU.

Five Gold Rings:  A CrossRoads Collection:

Here's the episode I promised about Amanda Tru and the collections.

Some of today’s best-selling Christian authors weave five completely new, unique, interconnected stories where once jilted lovers find worth more precious than gold.

Christmas Mercy by Jaycee Weaver

As the web of lies that kept Rob away from Vera and their daughter unravels, the months following his return, test their capacity for mercy, forgiveness, and a second chance at love.

The Seven Year Glitch by Hallee Bridgeman

Seven years earlier, Timothy left Leanne at the altar stealing years of happiness. Leanne rescues him from a rooftop in a floodplain and it is clear there is much more to the story. Can their love redeem the hurts of the past to rescue their future?

Laughing All the Way by Lesley Ann McDaniel

When Jessica's friends put her up to "fixing" their commitment-phobic co-worker, Conner, she doesn't take them very seriously. Conner doesn't know whether to laugh at Jessica or tell her to mind her own business.

Ghosted at the Altar by Chautona Havig

After his fiancée, Brenna, abandons Mitchell on their wedding day, she insists she loves him and still wants to marry him. As truths come to light, her little sister, Lauren, turns sleuth to solve the mystery of why Brenna ghosted Mitchell at the altar.

Five Gold Rings by Amanda Tru

When three relationship-challenged couples wish for Christmas weddings, commitment coach, Oliver, teams up with a wedding planner, TeraLyn, to help make their marriage dreams come true.

A Star Will Rise: A Mosaic Christmas Anthology II

Authors:  Brenda S. Anderson, Eleanor Bertin, Sara Davison, Angela D. Meyer, Regina Rudd Merrick, Marion Ueckermann, Candace West

Kindle: .99 or free with Kindle Unlimited on November 4

Christmas should be a time of wonder and expectation, but what if tragedy, illness, family secrets, or betrayal strip away every belief in what the future holds? And in a good and loving God?

When circumstances beyond their control dramatically alter their lives, can broken, betrayed, and disillusioned people rediscover their faith and come to see that God's plans are far better for them than the ones they had imagined for themselves?

Brenda S. Anderson | A Christmas Homecoming

Eleanor Bertin | Love and Unexpected Stress Responses

Sara Davison | Sixty Feet to Home

Regina Rudd Merrick | The Twelve Days of Mandy Reno

Angela D. Meyer | Returning to Christmas

Marion Ueckermann | One Christmas Wish

Candace West | A Garland of Grace

Something Borrowed:  Christmas Weddings Collection

The episode I referenced with the interview with Teresa Tysinger is HERE.

Authors: Toni Shiloh  (Author), Jaycee Weaver  (Author), Mikal Dawn  (Author), Teresa Tysinger  (Author), Andrea Boyd

Kindle: .99 or free with Kindle Unlimited

Old friends, new loves, and a borrowed tiara.

Always Been Yours by Jaycee Weaver — Hanady's planning her dream wedding, but her injured best friend Keenan isn't the groom. If she can't see she's marrying the wrong guy soon, his leg won't be the only thing broken.

All the Moore by Toni Shiloh — Leilah Anderson has been living behind the screen to hide her disability, then she meets Reggie Moore face-to-face. Can their relationship survive the truth and distance between them?

A Holly, Bolly Christmas by Mikal Dawn — A dream wedding venue at Christmas? Sign Chahna Kapoor up. Even if her fiancé doesn’t know it…

Somehow, This Christmas by Teresa Tysinger — When not-so-merry mishaps threaten wedding planner Cate Forsyth's holiday wedding and reputation, will her own happily ever after with sweetheart Noah Bennett melt away?

A Promise So Sweet by Andrea Boyd — Lydia Osborn hasn't heard from her ex in ten years, so imagine her surprise when he shows up proposing marriage. Tis the season for love?

Hearts Aglow: Four Christmas Novella Romances (The Christmas Lights Collection Book 5)

Authors: Cathe Swanson, Toni Shiloh, Chautona Havig, Jaycee Weaver

Kindle: .99 or free with Kindle Unlimited

Four Christmas novellas from four of your favorite authors in one collection designed to brighten your day and warm your heart this Christmas.

Potato Flake Christmas: by Cathe Swanson

Matchmaker, matchmaker, who’s getting matched?

Both at crossroads in their professional lives, Claire and Jeffrey don’t need the matchmaking shenanigans of her grandmother or his great uncle.

Although Jeffrey has fond memories of Christmas on the beach, Claire just can't imagine Christmas in a land filled with cactus and a different kind of sand. Can’t we order a freak snowstorm from some online retailer somewhere?

Love is alive in the desert this Christmas.

Here's that picture I promised.

All I Want  by Toni Shiloh 

When Angel is tasked to decorate Bishop's place, she longs to be seen for the woman she's become. He just wants to get through Christmas with his daughter and get on with his perfectly ordered life. Time together changes everything as her heart unexpectedly touches his.

Snow Crossed Letters: by Chautona Havig 

“...waitin' for the matchmakin' man with the (mail) bag..."

When packages go awry in a series of snowstorms that bury Rockland in multiple layers of white two residents find cheering the elderly to be a big surprise!

This and Every Christmas  by Jaycee Weaver

Christmases past and present collide in a humorous yet bittersweet tale of a widowed tree-farm owner and his daughter’s music teacher as they collaborate to create a future worthy of her family’s wacky traditions and his family’s legacy.

Grab your FIFTH ANNUAL Christmas Lights Collection, Hearts Aglow, today!

And here are the links to both last year's paperback All Is Bright and this year's Hearts Aglow!

But wait! There's more!

One thing I didn't mention in the podcast episode because I didn't want to be too self-promotional, is that this year I took all the Christmas novels and novellas that I have that are not already in box sets and put them in some!  I call them Christmas Book Parties and they're broken up into these sets:

Christmas Party in a Box (Set 1)

3 Contemporary Heartwarming Christmas Romances (full-length novels).

Christmas Party in a Box "Noellas" (Set 2)

5 Contemporary Heartwarming Christmas "Noella" (Christmas novella) Romances

Christmas Party in a Box "Noellas" (Set 3)

3 Contemporary Light Christmas Mystery and Suspense "noellas."

Christmas Party in a Box "Noellas" (Set 4)

3 Contemporary Heartwarming Christmas Romances (full-length novels).

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