Saturday

A Cup of Christmas Cheer Blog Hop Stop 3 -- Anita Mae Draper's "Riding on A Christmas Wish"

[See below for Blog Hop Prize Details] 

My Review of
 
"Riding on a Christmas Wish,"
 
a short story by
Anita Mae Draper

Thomas Coventry has lost two of his children. He's not about to lose a third.

In the wintry chill of 1911 Ontario, the roads are dangerous. Automobiles slide into snow-filled banks. Rambunctious, snowball-throwing boys spook nervous horses. Sleighs overturn.

No wonder Thomas doesn't want to grant his only surviving child's Christmas wish for a bicycle. While Thomas worries, his loving wife Eliza encourages him to remember that their daughter is in God's hands, and Thomas needs to trust God for her safety.

From the first lovely line, Anita will place you into Canada's Christmas-y cold (giving this Florida gal the shivers). The story begins:

"Tiny ice pellets scraped across Thomas Coventry's cheeks like sandpaper, aided by a flag-snapping easterly wind."

Brrr! Like Thomas, I'm longing for the warmth of a cozy farmhouse and a cup of hot tea.

Our modern world holds so many dangers, that it's hard not to worry about the ones we love. But Anita's delightful story is a sweet reminder of the futility of trusting in anything (or anyone) other than God.

Anita Mae Draper lives on a Canadian prairie farm with her husband of thirty-plus years and one teenager, the youngest of four offspring. Anita writes in the quiet solitude of a province known for being the Land of Living Skies.

She has finaled in several contests for her stories about the Canadian Mounties and the American West. Through genealogy, she’s re-discovering her birth province of Ontario with its rich idea-laden history. 

Anita's first published story is “Riding on a Christmas Wish” found in Volume 1 of A Cup of Christmas Cheer: Tales of Faith and Family for the Holidays,  Guideposts Books, October 2013.

Giveaways:

Anita is giving away one $10 Starbucks gift card to someone who comments on this post before Sunday midnight, Nov 24, 2013. Please be sure to leave your email address.

But that's not the only Cup of Christmas Cheer Blog Hop Prize. Scroll down for information on winning a $70 porcelain tea set.
 
 

Connect with Anita:






Today is stop #3 on the A CUP OF CHRISTMAS CHEER blog hop schedule. Each blog "hop" or stop will have a giveaway. And at the end of all the hops there will be a Grand Prize to someone who has visited and commented on every blog stop.  
A $70.00 porcelain tea set from Yorktown's Victory Center will be part of the Grand Prize along with other gifts such as a $10 Amazon card, special hot cocoa packets, the two-book set of "A Cup of Christmas Cheer" and more!

Here's the complete Blog Hop schedule:
Friday, November 8th, Carla Olson Gade is on Carrie Fancett Pagels' blog 
Saturday, November 9th,  Ashley Clark is on Anita Mae Draper's blog.
Saturday, November 16th, Anita Mae Draper is on 
Johnnie Alexander Donley's blog.
Sunday Nov 17th  Julie Carobini on 
Ashley Clark's blog
Friday, November 22nd,  Carrie Fancett Pagels is on 
Carla Olson Gade's blog.
Saturday, November 23rd,  Johnnie Alexander Donley is on 
Julie Carobini'sblog 
Friday, November 29th, Colonial Quills Blog to announce Grand Prize winner.

The Grand Prize winner must leave a comment on each of the Blog Hop blogs.


Thank you for participating. And an early Merry Christmas!

92 comments:

susansbooks said...

I got two new-to-me authors at once on this stop, Anita and Johnnie. I am checking them both out right away.

Susan Manchester
susan.manchester061 at gmail dot com

Carla Olson Gade said...

Anita's story was so wonderful! I know it will be treasured for years to come!

Debra E. Marvin said...

Hi Johnnie - it's nice to visit as I try to follow this book set around.
I did read Anita's story twice (crit partners have perks) but not the others, though I know why these authors were chosen.

I agree- Anita did such a lovely job with this story!

Diana Flowers said...

Congrats to you, Anita! I'm looking forward to reading your story! I love the cover so much on this book---it epitomizes the total cozy warmth of everything Christmas! It would look very lovely with anyone's Christmas decor every holiday season...especially on my coffee table! lol

dianalflowers(at)aol(dot)com

Cheryl Baranski said...

A Cup of Christmas Cheer sounds like a wonderful, heartfelt, touching book! Just the kind of book that I need to read!

CherylB1987 AT Hotmail DOT com

Johnnie Donley said...

Hi, Susan. Thanks for stopping by. Anita is a talented writer. She had me at the opening sentence of her short story. My debut novel is set in WWII so if you like historicals, I hope you'll like it, too. Thanks again!

Johnnie Donley said...

Carla, I so agree with you. These little books are full of treasures. (If I say so myself [with a grin].)

Johnnie Donley said...

Hi, Debra. Love hearing from Anita's crit partner. It's such a sweet story. Thanks for stopping by!

Johnnie Donley said...

Diane, the cover is so beautiful. Don't you just want to curl up in that chair? Thanks for participating in the blog hop.

Johnnie Donley said...

Cheryl, as you may know it's actually a two-volume set. A Christmas keepsake! Thanks for commenting.

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

I can't wait to read this story! I've been going through them at a pretty good clip. Here's a little trivia fact about Anita's story and mine--my heroine's name was Eliza, which is a family name. But because Anita also had Eliza as a heroine's name mine was changed by the Editor. And I found a Henry, too, in another story (my hero's name--but they left Henry alone, lol!)

Patricia Bradley said...

I'm looking forward to reading about all these stories! Such great authors.

Jackie McNutt said...

Such a heart touching story. Reminds us all to put our loved one's in the care of God and learning to trust.
Thank You
mcnuttj0(at)gmail(dot)com

susanlulu said...

I can't wait to get my copies of the books. It's great meeting new authors.
susanlulu@yahoo.com

chaplaindebbie said...

So true! Worry can steal precious moments from your life. You have to learn to put things in God's hands. Congrats on the books! Can't wait to curl up next to my Christmas tree and read the wonderful stories.

Anita Mae Draper said...

Thank you for Liking my Author page, Susan, as well as checking us out. :D

Anita Mae Draper said...
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Anita Mae Draper said...

Thank you, Carla. I'm honored to be published in this book with you.

Anita Mae Draper said...

Ah, Deb, the story wouldn't have been so wonderful if you hadn't been such a great critter.

Anita Mae Draper said...

Hey Diana, you are so right. I absolutely love these covers, too. Thanks for stopping by.

Anita Mae Draper said...

Cheryl, you're right. It's a 2-book set and each heartwarming story is only 24 pages long - perfect for a quick break during this hectic season.

Anita Mae Draper said...

Hey Johnnie, thanks for hosting me here. I love the whimsical feel of your blog. :)

I haven't read your story yet, but as mine arrived this week, I'm going to break the spine of Volume 1 very, very soon.

Anita Mae Draper said...

Ooooh, Carrie, I wonder how he determined which story would use the Eliza moniker? LOL

Anita Mae Draper said...

Thank you, Patricia. As a new author, I love being called an author! :D

Anita Mae Draper said...

Thank you, Jackie. I appreciate you sharing that. :)

Anita Mae Draper said...

Hey, susanlulu, I feel the same. And I hope you get them soon. I think I have another 2 weeks before my shipment gets up here in Saskatchewan and it's such a long wait.

Anita Mae Draper said...

You got it, chaplaindebbie. That's exactly what my story tries to convey. I hope you enjoy all the stories when you do take a few moments of reading enjoyment. :)

Vicki McCollum said...

The books are beautiful. Can't wait to read them.

Linda Marie Finn said...

It is nice to meet new authors, new to me ! I have to agree in the trusting God and having 3 younger children I tend to worry a lot about things. Would you believe i have never been to starbucks, but i hear its deadly...
Blessings
Linda Finn
Faithful Acres Books
http://www.faithfulacresbooks.wordpress.com
faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

Jon and Vicki Marney said...

Blog Hops are so much fun and a great way to meet and greet new authors the covers on these and it would be fun to have two books with several different short stories, all being Christmas stories! I love Christmas and everything that goes with it! Thanks for te opportunity to win all these great prizes!
Vicki
vmarney at hot mail

Karen said...

I will have to put a cup of christmas cheer on my to read list for this holiday season.

sonflower277 at gmail dot com

Anita Mae Draper said...

Thanks, Vicki.

Anita Mae Draper said...

Hey Johnnie, I just realized I responded to some comments the same way you did. LOL so sorry. I was working on social media and so came late to the party then tried to play catch up. I guess your guests are getting a double dose today, eh. :D

Anita Mae Draper said...

Hello, Linda Marie. It's only been the past dozen years that I've been aware of Starbucks up here in Canada. We've always had Tim Horton's and that's where my loyalty lies. However, Starbucks is available everywhere I go southside, so I that's what I drink when I'm in the States.

Anita Mae Draper said...

Good way to look at the Blog Hop idea, Vicki M. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Diana montgomery said...

O my gosh there are no words to how beautiful this tea set is. I would love to own it. Like the book also.
Blessings
Diana
joeym11@frontier.com

Mary Lou said...

Thank you, Anita for sharing about this wonderful-sounding story. I would so love to win your excellent and very generous contest. I am glad to now make your acquaintance. Sincerely, Mary Lou K Blessings upon you!
flowersmarylou85@gmail.com

apple blossom said...

lovely tea set. thanks for being in the blog hop.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Anita Mae Draper said...

Karen, that sounds like a great plan. Thanks :)

Anita Mae Draper said...

Diana, you have a very good chance to win it, too if you leave a comment on each stop of the Blog Hop. This is the 3rd one and there are more to come. Just check the schedule in the post. Hope to see you again. :)

Anita Mae Draper said...

You're very welcome, appleblossom. I'm not sure who the person in your profile pic is, but I love the look with the hat!

bonton said...

Love Christmas books, & love this storyline -would love to read A Cup of Christmas Cheer!

Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

DebH said...

i am so looking forward to reading Anita's first published story. hooray ANITA! and i'm also enjoying the blog tour to get info on all the different stories.

making me want to get those books as soon as possible. nm8r67 at hotmail dot com

Jean Wise said...

Hi Johnnie, what a neat blog hop you are participating in!!

Peggy said...

Lovely story, Anita. Congratulations!

Mary Preston said...

I could feel the cold. Wonderful writing!!

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

maudemaxine@gmail.co, said...

Hi Anita. Congratulations on your Debut story. Sounds like a good one. And, sounds like a very cold place to live. How long does your cold weather last. When I lived in Jackson Hole, WY. I think those winters got longer every year we were there. I would love to win the gift card. Thanks. Maxie
mac262(at)me(dot)com

karenk said...

looking forward to reading this story :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

barb phinney said...

Anita, what a great story opener! Having spent -one years in Canada, even on the Prairies, I can attest to that kind of cold! Thank you for sharing it.
Barbara

Lane Hill House said...

I would like to read "Riding on a Christmas Wish." In our warm house! Thank you for opportunity to win! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

Susan P said...

Yes, it is hard to let our children "go" in a world of hurt! Great interview. :)
lattebooks at hotmail dot com

joye said...

I like these blog hops since I get introduced to a lot of authors I have yet to read. yeah
JWIsley(at)aol(dot)com

Johnnie Donley said...

Carrie, I loved the trivia. Thanks for sharing that behind the scenes tidbit.

Johnnie Donley said...

Anita, you are terrific! I loved your story, and I love having you on my blog. Thanks for being such a welcoming co-hostess.

Johnnie Donley said...

So glad you all stopped by! Everyone who commented (and comments until Sunday midnight) is in the drawing for a $10 Starbucks gift card.

Be sure to comment on the Blog Hop blogs in the days to come to be in the drawing for the Grand Prize.

Thanks, everyone!

Anita Mae Draper said...

You're very welcome, bonton. I hope you enjoy the story. :)

Anita Mae Draper said...

Thanks, DebH. I really, really like seeing you here. :)



Anita Mae Draper said...

Thanks, Peggy. :)

Anita Mae Draper said...

Thank you, Mary. Got your name in the hat. :)

Anita Mae Draper said...

Hey, Maxie. Out here in Saskatchewan I live about 2 hrs from the North Dakota border and we hit -40 C/F at least 6 times a winter and usually in bouts of 2-3 days at a time.

It doesn't get quite as cold as that in the area of Ontario where my story is set because it's Southern Ontario and within an hour of Lake Ontario - across the lake from Rochester, NY. But because of the lake, it's a damp cold which makes it just as bad.

Wyoming winter is shorter and not as cold as Saskatchewan, but it has it's horrid spells as well.

Thanks for entering. :)

Anita Mae Draper said...

I hope you enjoy it, Karen K. :)

Anita Mae Draper said...

Thank you, Barb, and I can tell you honestly, if you want to share more of the cold, you know where I am. :D

Anita Mae Draper said...

You're welcome, Kathleen. And for the record, I wrote this as the weather was warming, but the ground was still covered in snow. It was such a looooong winter and spring this year.

Anita Mae Draper said...

You're right, Susan P. Even today. Three of my four kids have left home and the dangers may be different, but they're just as real as they were a century ago.

Anita Mae Draper said...

Joye, it works both ways because we get to meet potential readers. :)

Anita Mae Draper said...

You're welcome, Johnnie. I really enjoy being here and meeting everyone.

Jennifer said...

I so enjoy history and getting a good story out of it makes it even better.
jennydtipton at gmail dot com

Lane Hill House said...

I want to thank you for responding to each of us, Anita. If I should be fortunate to win ~ our closest Starbucks is 85 miles away ~ we will be going to the big city on Tuesday. I would buy a second 20 venti tall white cup and have it filled with Chai Tea Latte ~ hmm...hmm YuM
Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

Anita Mae Draper said...

Jennifer, I totally agree with you. :) Thanks for sharing.

Anita Mae Draper said...

You're very welcome, Kathleen.

I hope you mean next Tues and not today because the draw doesn't close until Sunday night. But the gift cards should be good for at least a year, if not more, and I bought it in the States, so it's in U.S. dollars. :)

85 miles? That's like me. Well, further than me because I only have 60 miles to go to get to a Starbucks, McDonalds, Tim Horton's, etc.

Safe travels.

Lane Hill House said...

Hi Anita, Yes, Tuesday Nov. 26! A friend I write to tells me she goes to Timmie's for her morning tea and time with the Lord in Steinbach ~ wanting to read Riding on a Christmas Wish, a keeper Christmas story! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

Johnnie Donley said...

Thanks again to Anita and all our amazing commenters for stopping by and participating in the Cup of Christmas Cheer Blog Hop. God bless you all.

debbie curto said...

I am going to order these books!

Vera Godley said...

On this day of the hop, I had just gotten home from the hospital so I'll just leave my comment today. A bit late, but maybe it will count for something.

Wilani Wahl said...

these books look so interesting. I hope you will have a Happy Thanksgiving and a Wonderful Christmas.

wwchildren at gmail dot com

Johnnie Donley said...

Debbie, that's great! So many good stories in the set.

Johnnie Donley said...

Vera, I'm sorry you were in the hospital, but hope all is well now. The deadline for entering the Starbucks gift card drawing is Sunday midnight, so you're still good. Thanks so much for participating in the hop.

Johnnie Donley said...

Thank you, Wilani. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to you, too.

Diana montgomery said...

I am so happy to meet 2 new author's. Look forward to looking them up in other books also. Thanks for the great giveaway.
Blessings
joeym11@frontier.com

Teresa Mathews said...

Sorry I'm behind on leaving a comment! Thanks for this wonderful giveaway! I can't wait to read these beauitful stories! :-)

Teresa Mathews said...

Sorry I'm behind on leaving a comment! Thanks for this wonderful giveaway! I can't wait to read these beauitful stories! :-)

Anne Payne said...

Even when the Lord takes a precious child home to heaven, He is still the One to trust and have faith in. He will see a mother and father through this terrible tragedy. He has certainly been there for my husband and I over the last 18 months since losing our daughter.
I'm looking forward to reading the stories in A Cup of Christmas Cheer!

Anne Payne said...

oops....my email is homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

Johnnie Donley said...

Diana, so glad you stopped by. This blog hop is such fun with lots of cool prizes. Thanks!

Johnnie Donley said...

Teresa, you aren't behind at all. Everyone who comments before midnight tonight is entered in the giveaway. Thanks for stopping by!

Johnnie Donley said...

Anne, I am so sorry for your loss and want to thank you for sharing your faith and trust. God bless, and thanks for participating in the blog hop.

Anita Mae Draper said...

Kathleen... Your friend lives in Manitoba? Neat. I used to live in Winnipeg, so I know the area well.

Anita Mae Draper said...

You're very welcome, Diana. And I hope you do look us up for other books although I'll save you some time and say this is my debut publishing credit. :)

Anita Mae Draper said...

Anne, thank you for sharing about your child. Isn't it wonderful when we know that God is with us through our dark hours? :)

Anita Mae Draper said...

And here we go... using random.org I have a winner for the $10 Starbucks card...

Congratulations - Karen (sonflower277 at gmail dot com)

And thank you to everyone for participating in this blog hop. I hope you've all entered the other hops for a chance at the Grand Prize.

God Bless you. It's been fun. :)

Sonja said...

These blog hops are great fun. Amazing how many wonderful authors are out there! This sounds wonderful!

Johnnie Donley said...

Sonja, thanks so much for stopping by and participating in the hop. We've had such fun!

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