SPEAKING OF CHRISTMAS and… OTHER WORDS!

by Yvonne Lehman 
Yvonne Lehman is an award-winning, best-selling author of more than 3,000,000 books in print, who founded and directed the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference for 25 years, is now director of the Blue Ridge “Autumn in the Mountains” Novelist Retreat. She mentors for the Christian Writers Guild. She earned a Master’s Degree in English from Western Carolina University and has taught English and Creative Writing on the college level. Her latest releases include eight ebooks for Barbour’s Truly Yours line and a Harlequin/Heartsong series set in Savannah GA: The Caretaker’s Son, Lessons in Love, Seeking Mr. Perfect, (released in March, August, & November 2013). Her 50th novel is Hearts that Survive – A Novel of the TITANIC 

CHRISTMAS MOMENTS is 50 inspirational stories about the true meaning of Christmas by 34
authors in an unforgettable faith-focused book.
The stories range from
serious to funny, sad to joyful, entertaining to insightful – each pointing to
the reason for the Christmas season: celebration of Jesus’ birth.
Contributors include new,
award-winning, and best-selling authors: Hanna Alexander, Max Elliott Anderson,
David Knox Barker, Penny A. Bragg, Gary L. Breezeel, Joann Claypoole, Susan
Shelton Dollyhigh, Janice S. Garey, Tommy Scott Gilmore III, Gail Griner
Golden, Gigi Graham, Lydia E. Harris, Lillian Humphries, John Kincaid, Alice
Klies, Yvonne Lehman, Delores Liesner, Lori Marett, Dr. Julie Hale Maschhoff,
Edie Melson, Sharon J. Morris, Vicki H. Moss, Kimberly Pickens, Deborah Raney,
Colleen E. Reece, Linda Wood Rondeau, Toni Armstrong Sample, Sherry Schumann,
Nate Stevens, Fran Lee Strickland, Ann Tatlock, Stephanie Grace Whitson, Eric
Wiggin, Dr. Rhett H. Wilson, Sr.
Instead of personal
compensation, authors requested that all royalties from the sale of Christmas Moments be donated to
Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational Christian organization providing
spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.
The book is a second in a
series, the first is Divine Moments
published by Grace Publishing of Broken Arrow, Arizona. Available online
through barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com, grace-publishing.com, bookstores
through Ingram and Spring Arbor Distributors.
I am now accepting
articles for Spoken Moments, to be
released May 2015 in time for a presentation at the Blue Ridge Mountains
Christian Writers Conference at Ridgecrest. These may be negative words you
have spoken to someone, or they spoke to you and how that was overcome. Or they
may be positive words you spoke to another, or they spoke to you that changed
your life or had an impact. Or they may be stories of how God’s word made a
difference in your life. There is no advance. Royalties
go to Samaritan’s Purse. Authors get one free copy of the book and a discount
on orders. Word length may be 500-2000 or so words, however many it takes to
tell the story well. Deadline is end of December. This is limited to the first
50 acceptable stories. Please put “Spoken Moments” in the subject
line and send to yvonnelehman3@gmail.com
My second
book being released for Christmas is Crashing into Christmas, published by Lighthouse of the Carolinas,
available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon.
Three people are caught up
in the rush of hectic Christmas preparations until a car accident brings them
together—and changes their perspective on far more than the holidays.


Jacob Delaney finds solace
jogging around curves and along nature trails in the western North Carolina
mountains until he’s stuck … with no place to run. Jaded Jenny Jameson,
unwilling to take part in a Christmas Wish Toy Drive, finds her resolve
crumbling when she fears a child may go hungry at Christmas. For Holly Swansen,
surviving a near-fatal accident is the least of her concerns. Her life is
blanketed by the darkness of scandal that blots out any hope of a Merry
Christmas.
As family traditions, a
holiday job, and seasonal scandals collide, Crashing
Into Christmas
explores characters searching for the comfort and joy that
only God and this very special season of the year can bring.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING and MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Christmas Moments 
50 Inspirational Stories of the True Meaning of Christmas Life
is made up of moments strung together like a garland draped around a Christmas
tree. Certain of those moments are so meaningful they become memories that last
a lifetime. For some, those memories center on Christmas. In this book you’ll
find Christmas stories from 34 authors. They range from serious to funny, sad
to joyful, entertaining to insightful. All are encouraging and inspiring. Each
points to the same thing: The reason for the Christmas season is celebration of
Jesus’ birth! The most important part of Christmas is Christ. So while
Christmas day comes but once and year, and years give us Christmas memories
that last a lifetime, the Spirit of Christmas is eternal. And the way we keep
Christmas sends a message to the world about what we believe.