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Review and Giveaway: Merry Humbug Christmas December 2, 2013

Filed under: Book Reviews,Monday Musings — Melissa Finnegan @ 11:48 am
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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Merry Humbug Christmas
B&H Books (October 15, 2013)
Sandra D. Bricker


For more than a decade, Sandra D. Bricker lived in Los Angeles. While honing her chosen craft of screenwriting in every spare moment, she worked as a personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television’s hottest stars. When her mother became ill in Florida, she walked away from that segment of her life and moved across the country to take on a new role: Caregiver.

The author says that it was her 8th novel that opened the door to finding her way as a writer. “I’m a Christian woman, first and foremost,” she says. “So it was a bit of a dream-come-true when Summerside Press chose me as one of two authors to launch the Love Finds You line.”

Sandie’s real-life role as cancer survivor has parlayed into her steadfast commitment to raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research. Spearheading a series of devotionals for Summerside Press (such as the popular His Grace is Sufficient…Decaf is Not), the author has stipulated that a portion of each contributor’s proceeds will go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
“Being allowed to combine my faith and my humor with raising funds for my pet projects … and still pursue my writing dream,” says Bricker, “well, that’s the best of all worlds, as far as I’m concerned!”

And one of the author’s pet projects is animal rescue, evidenced by the special bond she has created with one particular formerly-abandoned puppy — a red-haired collie with “killer brown eyes and the heart of the class clown.”


A Merry Humbug Christmas features two holiday romance novellas from hilarious and heartwarming author Sandra D. Bricker. — the perfect gift to yourself or someone else at this most wonderfully stressful time of year.

In “Once Upon a Jingle Bell,” A Bah! Humbug cruise to the Mexican Riviera is Joss Snow’s answer to this year’s quest to avoid the holidays completely; at least until she’s rebooked on a different kind of cruise altogether. Candy canes, holly wreaths, reindeer and ornaments seem to be stalking her on the 12 Days of Christmas holiday cruise extravaganza. An escape back to land is her only goal . . . until she meets a kindred spirit in rugged Irishman Patrick Brenneman, and then the game is on! Avoid Christmas festivities at all costs . . . except maybe for that one stop under the mistletoe.

In “It Came Upon a Midnight Deer,” Reese’s guilt over abandoning best friend Joss on their holiday tradition of avoiding all things Christmas is trumped by the joy of her recent engagement. Meeting Damian’s family for the first time on idyllic Sugarloaf Mountain is about as far from that Bah! Humbug cruise as she can get, and Reese can hardly wait to get there. But from the moment they hit that deer in the road just two miles from the cabin, everything seems to go wrong. There are no drummers drumming or pipers piping this particular year! And once she sets her future in-laws’ family cabin ablaze, she’s pretty sure there won’t be even ONE golden ring in her future.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Merry Humbug Christmas, go HERE.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I have never read anything by Sandra D. Bicker but I heard rumors she had a snappy sense of humor. After reading Merry Humbug Christmas that has only been confirmed.

I you are looking for a fun read this Christmas this is book you will want to grab. Light romance, smiles and chuckles.

This book has two short stories, each one is based on two women who are best friends and are spending Christmas apart.

The first story is about Joss Snow (her birth name was Merry Christmas Snow) and her how her boycott of Christmas becomes anything but that. She meets a handsome Irishmen along the way:)

The second story is about her friend, Reese (was she named after the candy???). Reese recently becomes engaged and leaves Joss alone so she can celebrate Christmas with her fiancés family. But things don’t go so perfect, is this a sign of things to come?

You’ll just have to read the book yourself to find out.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

Or leave a comment by December 8th at 5:00 pm to be entered win your own copy. (U.S. residents only)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.


25 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: Merry Humbug Christmas”

  1. karenk Says:

    would love to read this novel…thanks for the chance

  2. Karen Spiegel Says:

    This book sounds like a fun read. Would love to win it and share it with others.

  3. Love humor and love Christmas so would love to read this book! 🙂

  4. Pam K. Says:

    I’ve read several of Sandra’s books (including all but the last book of the Emma Rae Creations series) and really liked them. She has memorable characters and writes with humor. This Christmas book of hers sounds delightful.

  5. Barbara Thompson Says:

    I’ve read a couple of books by Sandra Bricker and I enjoyed them. She’s a wonderful, fun author. Enjoyed the great review. Would love to win this book. Thank you for the opportunity to win this giveaway and please enter my name.

  6. sonja1971 Says:

    Looks like a fun read. I enjoy some humor in our stressed out world. Helps to unwind after a long day at work. Thanks for these offers!

  7. Would love to read these Christmas stories! I’m a huge fan of humorous romance, so sign me up! Thank you for the giveaway.

  8. Sandra’s books are great! I have this book downloaded onto my kindle and plan to read it soon. I read the sample and LOVED it.

  9. Love the title, my husband always pretends to be a ‘bah humbug’ when in reality he has more Christmas spirit than I do, lol.


  10. Melanie Backus Says:

    This book sounds like my “cup of tea.” I love humor so I can’t wait to read this one. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  11. Merry Says:

    I love Sandra’s fun, light hearted books! Thanks for the giveaway!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  12. Hi Melissa. I would love to win this Merry Humbug Christmas book by Sandra. Betting it will be good. Makes me think of one of my son-in-laws that we lost a year ago at the age of 60. A sudden death. So wasn’t prepared for it. My daughter was always calling him Humbug at Christmas. This was how he acted sometimes, but he really did love Christmas. This has been a very hard year for her. You know the first everything without him. Please put my name in the drawing. Thanks! Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  13. Janet Estridge Says:

    We have Sandra’s books in the church library. I have met her in person and love reading her books.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.

  14. chose #3, Cheryl as the winner. Congrats! Thanks to everyone who commented. Have a Merry Christmas.

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