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1. That Certain Spark By Cathy Marie Hake
2. The Bride Bargain Kelly Hake
3. The Bride Backfire Kelly Hake
4. The Bride Blunder Kelly Hake
5. Forevermore Cathy Marie Hake
6. Bittersweet Cathy Marie Hake
7. Letter Perfect Cathy Marie Hake
8.A Vote of Confidence Robin Lee Hatcher
9. Fit to be tied Robin Lee Hatcher
10. Any of the Love Finds you Series....except Humble Texas

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The Story Of The Christmas Tree

People often wonder where the custom of having a tree in the home during Christmas time comes from. We will probably never know for sure. But there are several historical clues that point out where this custom came from.



An Ancient Symbol

Thousands or years ago, there were people who believed that evergreen trees were magical. Even in winter, when all the other trees and greenery were brown and bare, the evergreen stayed strong and green. People saw the evergreen as a symbol of life and as a sure sign that sunshine and spring would soon return. Candles, or the electric lights we use to decorate our trees today, are also an ancient symbol. They represent the light of spring triumphing over the darkness of winter.
In ancient Rome, people decorated their homes and their temples with greenery during a special December feast. It was a happy time. No battles could be fought, the schools were closed, and people everywhere joined in the carnival-like atmosphere and gave each other presents.


The Modern Tree

So when did the Christmas tree go indoors? Legend has it that the tradition was begun by Martin Luther in Germany. He was a monk and church reformer who lived from 1483 to 1546. According to the legend, Luther was returning home one wintry night when he saw the stars twinkling in the sky through the tree branches. Luther was amazed by the sight, and when he arrived home, he was eager to tell his family about it. To help them understand, he went to the woods and cut down a small fir tree. Luther brought it indoors and decorated it with candles, which represented the stars he had seen.
The custom spread in Germany, and from there all over the world. In England, the Christmas tree first appeared when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert, who was German. In 1841, Albert set up a Christmas tree at Windsor Castle near London to remind him of his homeland. The Christmas tree custom was brought to the United States by people from England as well as by many German immigrants who came in the 1800's. Whatever its origin, the Christmas tree is a beautiful symbol for everyone who celebrates Christmas.




The Legend of the First Christmas Tree

The night of the Saviour's birth, all the living creatures, both flora and fauna, came to Bethlehem with gifts. The olive tree brought its fruit and the palm its dates. But the little fir tree had no gift and was so tired it couldn't resist when the big trees pushed it into the background and hid it from view. But then a nearby angel took pity and commanded a cluster of stars to come and rest on its delicate boughs. When the Baby Jesus beheld this lovely lighted tree, He smiled and blessed it, declaring henceforth that fir trees should always be filled with lights at Christmastime to please little children.

These legends taken from http://www.morning-glow.com/holidays/xmas/xmastree.html


These legends were taken from common legends on the interenet...they do not represent my personal beliefs and views of the Christmas Tree...I just think it's interesting to see how many different stories there are for one thing we have every year!


Merry Christmas to All! And Remember Jesus Christ is the REASON for the CHRISTmas Season!

Rae Byuel
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Cowboy Christmas By Mary Connealy


BACK COVER:
Singer Annette Talbot used her voice to spread the gospel with a traveling missionary troupe. When the Latrells take over and want Annie to dress provocatively and give up singing her beloved hymns, Annie flees to Ranger Bluff, Wyoming, dreaming of reuniting with her father for Christmas. But trouble chases her—right off the edge of a cliff!

Elijah Walker’s heart turned as cold and barren as the high plains in December after his ex-fiancĂ©e betrayed him and caused his father’s death. But when he rescues Annie out of a freezing river, Walker’s instincts tell him he must help her.


With her hermit father retreating to the high country and the Latrells intent on kidnapping her to make money off her singing, Annie may have no way out.

Has Annie hidden the truth about wanted posters bearing her face too long for anyone to believe her now?

Can Elijah overcome the pain from the past and learn to love again?

Will there ever be peace in their hearts in time for Christmas?


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Another Great book by Mary Connealy!!! Not to mention it's revolving around Christmas time!
It all starts with Annette Talbot finding out she is working for the wrong kind of people...They aren't trying to save souls, they're trying to take all their money. But when she tries to get away from them, they frame her for a murder, that she didn't commit! So she's on the run, going from town to town, trying to get home to her father and their ranch.
Elijah Walker, A cowboy still trying to get over the betrayal of his ex-fiance, and how she tricked him, finds himself feeling protective of this slip of a girl he meets on the stage bound for his hometown. Little did he know, it was the little girl who used to live on the neighboring Ranch. All he has to figure out is, How to protect this girl, and his heart at the same time.
As these two find themselves on the same path more often than not, they have to learn to work together otherwise they both might turn up seriously hurt...or worse.
I loved how Mary wove in the Romance, And how even though Elijah had sworn off women, he still did the right thing in protecting Annette...even to the extent of having her live on his ranch with him and his mother. But he's not a basket of roses...this man has a temper, and is on a no speaking terms with God, Blaming himself for the death of his father.
Annette's Character is one that you automatically love, she's a sweet christian girl, who was shipped off to a boarding school soon after her mother died, all because her dad didn't know how to cope. But that didn't dampen her spirits, she started using her talents to serve God. She's also, a stubborn woman who likes to be independent, and doesn't (think she) needs a man to help her out.








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I Promise, I've been reading Christmas Books, I've just been really busy for writing posts about them...but they are coming, I promise!!!!

Posts coming for:
Cowboy Christmas- Mary Connealy
Forever Christmas
The Christmas Shoes
The Christmas Promise
The Christmas Blessing
and the last Christmas book who's title escapes me at the moment.

They are coming I promise!!!

Rae Byuel

And don't forget to check out my Blog giveaway on Rollers, Ribbons, & Rouge....
the prizes for that are
1Manicure Set
1Pedicure set
1Body Butter Cream (Spa H2O)-Travel Size
1 Vitabath Shower Gel (Travel Size)
1 sample of Jaques Hand Creme in Pina Colada Sent
2 Pure Ice nail Polishes
2 Nail Decal Packs.
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Hey there's a giveaway going on, over at my makeup blog, if your interested, please head on over and check it out!!!

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The Cat that Made Nothing Something Again
by James D. Maxon

This month, CFRB presents The Cat that Made Nothing
Something Again
by James D. Maxon.

About the Book:
A nameless cat lives in a town of dry, unhappy people devoid of moisture,
joy and creativity. How did the townspeople get this way? Who stole the
moisture? And how can one crafty cat return moisture -- and life -- to his
town? The Cat That Made Nothing Something Again tells the tale of how a feline hero discovers these answers. On his journey he overcomes obstacles
with wit and determination, finds new friends in unexpected places and
learns the simple joy -- and transcendent power -- of helping others.

About the Author:
James was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and now lives with his wife, Cindy,
in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. A writer of stories, poetry,
expository, narrative and persuasive genres, James targets children and teens
with
messages of faith, hope and insight. Current work in progress is href="http://awizardstale.net"A Wizard Tale, which is a story about a
fifteen-year-old boy who is involuntarily forced to walk in his father's
footsteps-after his death-and finds himself fighting against a powerful and opposing force.

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View the book trailer.

Purchase The Cat That Made Nothing Something Again at


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This is another re-posting....and this is for the Christmas Book Reading Challenge!

Texas Christmas Grooms By Pamela Griffin & Vickie McDonough
The Sequel to Texas Christmas Brides

BACK COVER:

Can Two Grooms be lassoed in time for Christmas?

Hearts are forever changed when retired Texas Rangers try their hands at matchmaking in by-gone days. Will any of their absurd schemes work out as planned?

Erik Olson is shocked when Anna Campbell arrives in town with two small orphans in tow and declares they are his brother's children. Will Erik prove her claims false and see her gone by Christmas?

Travis McCoy is a nomadic photographer with no time to put down roots, find a wife, and raise a family. But when he enters Cut Corners, the temptations to change are strong, and he has to keep reminding himself of his goal to leave by Christmas.

How far will the schemers of Cut Corners go to make sure four wild hearts are corralled by love and tamed by faith in time for Christmas?
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In this sequel, the meddlesome founders of Cut Corners are at it again! They decide that there should be 2 more weddings in Cut Corners, and Christmas seems to be the time to get it done. The only thing missing are the Brides.

Erik is Positive the Children are not his brother's, For he was 99% sure his brother was dead long before the Children were born...But when they look just like him, will he be able to say no? And when he starts to fall in love w/their Temporary Guardian, will she be able to convince him that his brother wasn't dead until a few months ago...or will he just take them in whether or not they are really related to him? But when a letter arrives... Things begin to change!

Travis McCoy, Wasn't even going to give her the time of day, because he didn't want a family, but when his uncle Tricks him into taking her out...His thoughts begin to change. Vivian has watched year after year Women getting married by Christmas, And wonders if this year is her turn? But could Travis overlook how clumsey she is? Especially when she makes his Tent/black room fall on his head.





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Ok, this is a post for my Christmas Reading Challenge...and Yes I have done this book before, but I was looking at that review, and I thought I could give you some more information about it.

Back Cover:
When four retired Texas Rangers try their hands at matchmaking, their efforts cause more fires that they can put out.
Peony Potter, a pretty girl with a mysterious past, has swept into town with a heap of trouble following close on her heels. When she comes head to head with the Local Sheriff and his suspicions, their relationship seems forever splintered before it's even begun.
Lacey Mather has come to Cut Corners to help out at Millie's Diner until her great-aunt's broken arm mends. While she's in town, Lacey's delicious cooking is warming many hearts and stomachs-especially those of a iron-willed blacksmith.
As Christmas draws near, clandestine meetings are held and plans are afoot to foil plots to leave town. Will the town of Cut Corners learn that no matter what plans they hold, God is the grandest planner of them all?

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Not the Marrying Type:
By:Kathleen Y'Barbo

When Peony decides that she is tired of her mother's life, and wants something new, where people don't know who she was, she decides to hop on a train and head anywhere...but when her traveling companion dies, things change. She finds herself in Cut Corners, Texas, finally living her dream of opening her own Dress Shop. But little did she know that her trip to Cut Corners, would include the local Sheriff.

Rafe wants out of this little town where nothing ever happens, he wants to do something important. As he's trying to figure out how to convince his dad to let him join the Rangers like he did...A slip of a girl shows up in town and starts making his job more interesting. And when he tries to teach his father a lesson, he ends up learning one of his own.

Here Cooks the Bride:
By Cathy Marie Hake

Aunt Millie Broke her arm, so when her niece Lacey Mather Shows up to help, everyone wonders if she can cook better than her aunt...who Cookin can Scorch your stomach. When Lacey's First meal comes out, She doesn't have a spare minute to call her own...What with cookin, and turning down Marriage proposal's left and right. But Jeff Wilson (Rafe Wilson's Cousin) Doesn't want to let her get away, but can he come between her plans to teach at a Ladies Finishing School?


Jeff is the Blacksmith in town, and he would rather eat his own cooking than Aunt Millie's, and he's not sure the Lacey is any better of a cook...but when she invites him over for dinner he finds himself saying he'll be there. But the second the food hits his mouth, he's in Love...but he doesn't realize it yet! But once he finds out...can he convince the prettiest cook in Cut Corners?



A Great Holiday Read....I love reading this over and over again!



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The Blue Enchantress By Mary Lu Tyndall???????

Well then Visit Creative Madness!!! She's giving one away, but you better hurry her giveaway ends Dec. 4th!
The Red Siren!!!! also @ Creative Madness, and it will also end Dec 4th
And don't forget on Dec. 4th is also the time that Mary Lu is giving away her first copy of the Raven Saint! so don't forget to hop on over there too!!!

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