Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Christmas Blog Tour 2012

Welcome to
Victory Christian Publishing

and the
Christmas Blog Tour!
We are so glad that you've joined us on the Christmas Blog Hop Tour!  I've got some neat, Christmas-y Items for you, and some information about our new Work In Progress! After you've read the blog, don't forget to post your comment for the contests!
First of all, if you are new to our blog please take a good look around!  You can find out about our Breaking Dawn Christian Romance Series and actually purchase paperbacks directly from the this blog via Paypal.  If eBooks are more your speed, we have direct links to those as well.  
What's New?
Our new WIP is actually Book #3 in the Romance Series that is set in Campbell's Grove, North Carolina.  It is entitled, Coming Home and is a direct sequel to Book #1 Home.  Three years have passed since then ending of Book #1, and we take a good look at where our heroes and heroines are and how they are faring.  Coming Home is slated for release on March 15th, 2013, Lord willing!
Also, if you want to read about other Works in Progress, please visit these blogs:


Mistletoe Memories
 Being a romance writer, I feel that I must mention the one Christmas that I will never forget-the Christmas that I got my first kiss.  I was really way too young, and he was really much too old for me, but nevertheless, it was something that I will never forget! 
Do you have any Mistletoe Memories? Share!  Post them in the Comments!
 Oh, Be Careful Little Ears What You Hear...
We are still a young family, so to speak, and while looking back over our Christmas Holidays through the years, I thought that it would be difficult to select a story to tell today.  But, then my son reminded me of one funny Christmas morning! 
Being the oldest of five children, I married first, and had children first.  My son (14) and daughter (12) are the oldest grandchildren on my side of the family. My brothers were still young when I married, so when my son came along, they declared that they were going to "ruin" him!  They taught him all kinds of things! 
We've always described Santa Claus as a "cartoon character" to our children.  When my son was four, my brothers had a wonderful time telling him that there was no such thing as Santa Claus.  I never denied it-I really liked the excitement that he and my daughter had.  But my brothers just drilled it in his head-'There's no such thing as Santa Claus.'  So, evidently my son went to bed that night thinking that he would wake up to nothing!  But the kicker is that he never complained or whined about it.  He had just accepted it as fact! 
I would always video record their Christmas mornings when they were little, so I was waiting for the two of them to come into the living room.  And I was full expecting them for them to come tearing down the hall, full of excitement!  Well, on that Christmas morning, my son just came strolling in the living room, as he wasn't expecting to see anything.  He actually woke up to a nice little stash of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and a Red Rider BB Gun, with a few other little things.  He walked around his pile of presents, inspecting them quietly.  And then, as if waking up from a trance, he jumps on the couch and screams, "I KNEW IT!!!! I KNEW HE WAS REAL!!!!"  We still laugh about that when we watch the video! 
What are some of your kids' favorite Christmas Memories?  Share!  Post them in the comments!

Coca-Cola Christmas
One Christmas tradition involves my grandparents Dick and Alice Vining.  Their anniversary is Christmas Eve, December 24th, 19xx.  Each year they have faithfully given each other the same gift-a glass 12 ounce Coca-Cola with a $5 bill wrapped around it with a rubber band.  And it always comes in a brown, paper lunch bag!  To this day, it is not officially Christmas Eve until Granny and Granddaddy have exchanged Coca-Colas and kisses!  It's been that way for well over 50 years now!  God is so Good! 
What are some inspiring Christmas memories of yours?  Share!  Post them in the comments!

One thing that anyone in my family will share with you is that I am not the world's best cook, or baker, for that matter!  So, today I am featuring two of my favorite recipes that are great for Christmas, or any other social event of the year!  And if you're like me, you like things SUPER EASY!  So, here's to fleecing the masses into thinking that you're Martha Stewart's cousin!
Festive Party Cheese Ball
This delightful delicacy is from my sister, Mrs. Julie Berry Prince, who lives in Emporia, Virginia with her wonderful husband, Timmy, and two awesome kids, Wade & Abby!  Julie should have her own blog to showcase her many talents (we'll work on that!)  She's a free-lance photographer, chef, organizer, master scrapbooker, and all of the skills belong to her secret identity, because she is actually, SuperMom!
2- 8 oz packages of cream cheese
8 oz sharp shredded cheese (block is better than bag)
2 tsp worchestshire sauce
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1) Mix all ingredients together
2) Form into a ball
3) Roll ball in chopped pecans
4) Enjoy!
Let's hear it for the Four-Step Gourmet!
Merry Mulled Cider
This cozy concoction is from one of my very best friends, Mrs. Jessica Enlow.  (Sorry, I didn't have a pic of Mrs. Jessica! HINT HINT JESSICA!) Mrs. Jessica is an advid reader, amorous wife to her husband, David, and adoring mother of two adventurous teens, Sarah and Lauren in Hartsville, SC. 
1 gallon of any kind cider. (The unstrained is the best- all those bits and pieces!)
1 whole orange cut into slices
1/2 c. brown sugar
3 tsp. pumpkin pie or apple pie spice

Add all ingredients in crock pot and simmer on high for 2 hrs. You can play with the recipe to make it taste however you want. I like mine with a bit more spice to it and add some allspice. Just a dash or two!
UM!  Cuddly and Cozy!  Makes you wanna snuggle and watch Buddy the "Elf"!
Well, now here's the fun part!  Submit your favorite Christmas Recipe in the Comments for a chance to win a free copy of your choice of Book #1 Home, Book #2 Wheels of Love, or the upcoming release of Book #3, Coming Home!
Well, I hope that you've enjoyed your stop on this year's Christmas Blog Tour!  But don't stop-Hop on over to my fellow bloggers who are posting the rest of the month!  Happy Hopping!
Karen Wingate-14th –
Karla Akins-15th

Patty Wysong -- 18th

Davalynn Spencer – 19th

Tamara Kraft – 20th


  1. Amy,
    It was fun hopping around on your site (looking really good, girl -- clean and easier to navigate), reading your fun family stories, and hearing about WIP. Thanks for the invitation. God bless!

    1. Thank you for all of the good advice! I'm still tweaking a few things, but I'm archived up through this month, and I'll update again in January! Have a merry Christmas!

  2. Amy, what a fantastic post! I love all the Christmas memories ... and the recipe for cheese ball looks yummy -- I'm going to try it. The pictures are great. You've put me in a Christmasy mood. Thank you.

  3. I do not share the party cheeseball. It's mine.
    My funniest Christmas memory is from a stint as a church secretary--the "main" secretary was sort of straight-laced and prim. One year as she was leaving, she said, "I'm going home now. I think I'll eat chocolate until I get sick."

    1. I understand! When my sister comes home from Virginia with ALL of her goodies, it is very hard to stay away! And I LOVE the chocolate story! Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  4. Loved the post! And of course the cheese ball. One of my favorite memories is the year Mom nailed the Christmas tree to the floor because
    it didn't stand up straight. Merry Christmas!

  5. What a great post Amy! Blog tours are such a great way to meet new people.
    Christmas memories.....hmmm.....I grew up in a single parent home. My Mom did the best she could to support us, but things were always tight financially. She saved and saved change here and there to make sure we had presents under the tree. One especially tight year we needed a new tree as we had done all we could do to make the old one look decent. The paper needles were just rotting off. Having no money for a new tree, my Mom did the best she could. She borrowed a hand saw, took my sister and I out to the woods, climbed up and cut the top out of a young scrubby Loblolly Pine! (In Florida we didn't have pretty evergreens!) Talk about Charlie Brown's tree. It was ugly! But,do you know what? That tree is the only tree I remember vividly from my childhood. I am grateful that my Mom did everything to make our holidays special.
    Parents don't sweat the small stuff. Don't worry about having the perfect tree or every gift on your child's list. Your children will remember where you heart is. Merry Christmas everyone!