Welcome to the blog tour & giveaway for The Ornament Keeper by Eva Marie Everson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
~ About the Book ~
Title: The Ornament Keeper
Author: Eva Marie Everson
Publisher: New Hope Publishers
Release Date: September 24, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Holiday
Award-winning author Eva Marie Everson wraps up a Christmas story of hope, love, and forgiveness just in time for the holidays.
The Ornament Keeper, a contemporary Christmas novella, features Felicia and Jackson Morgan who are spending their first Christmas apart after twenty years of marriage. But a lifetime of gifted ornaments helps Felicia piece together the story of their marriage and the one mistake of unforgiveness she made before they said, “I do.”
Can these memory-filled ornaments reunite this family before Christmas? Only time will tell.
~ Excerpt ~
I went to the foyer hall bench and coat tree to retrieve my jacket. Within a moment, Travis opened the door, letting in a blast of cold air. “Hey, Mom.” He pulled a wool cap from his head, which sent his straight blond hair in all directions.
I slid my arms into my coat sleeves. “Hey, yourself. Good day?”
“Pretty good. Where are you going?”
I plastered on a smile. “I just need to tell your dad something.”
His face went blank. “Y’all aren’t going to fight again, are you?”
Squeezing his lips together between my pressing fingers, I teased, “No-we-aren’t-going-to-fight-again.” Releasing his face, I added, “We’ve done more than fight over the years, you know. How do you think you got here?”
Mock horror crossed his face. “Eww, Mom, don’t even joke about things like that.” He overexaggerated the willies as he shrugged out of his coat.
I laughed easily on my way out the door. Hank was halfway up the steps as Jackson watched him from his truck. He’d already opened the driver’s door and had one foot perched on the running board. Seeing me, he jutted his chin upward and said, “Hey.”
“Hold on,” I told him. “I need to tell you something.”
Hank looked up at me with the same look Travis had given me moments before, wondering if Mommy and Daddy were going to fight again. “Go on inside,” I told him quietly. “It’s okay.”
The front door closed behind me as Jackson shut his truck’s to keep the heat inside, then took his familiar pose—feet braced apart, arms folded. Refusing to be challenged, I rubbed my hands together to fight off the cold and smiled. “Hey,” I said, stopping close enough to him to keep our conversation between the two of us, but far enough away not to appear intimate. “I just wanted you to know that Christmas Eve is fine with me. You’re right. We don’t have years to alternate with family anymore.”
Jackson’s brow shot up. “I’m what?”
I gave him my best aren’t-you-cute look. “Very funny.”
He relaxed and leaned against the truck’s door, crossing his legs at the ankles. “No, no,” he teased. “Say that again. Because I’m sure I didn’t hear you the first time.” He leaned his ear toward me in mock deafness. “I’m what?”
I frowned. “You were right,” I said slowly. “There now. Are you happy?”
Seriousness relaxed his smile. “Not entirely, but that’ll do for a start.”
~ About the Author ~
Eva Marie Everson is a multiple-award winning author and speaker who hails from the picturesque Southern town of Sylvania, Georgia. She is president of Word Weavers International, director of Florida Christian Writers Conference, Managing Editor at Firefly Southern Fiction, and enjoys coaching new authors through her company, Pen in Hand. She is an avid photographer who enjoys turning her photos into inspiring memes for you to share (with proper attribution). Eva Marie and her husband make their home in Central Florida. They are the parents of three fabulous children who have blessed them with the world’s greatest grandchildren.
~ Tour Giveaway ~
(1) winner will receive:
- a print copy of The Ornament Keeper, and
- an ornament handpicked by the author
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight September 17, 2018 and last through 11:59pm September 24, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.
Follow along at JustReadTours for a full schedule of stops!