Monday, December 19, 2016

A Christmas Celebration! by Kate James
















It's the time of the year for giving! To celebrate Christmas and as a small token of my appreciation for all the wonderful support and friendships I've enjoyed over the course of the year, I've put together a special Christmas gift pack to give away.


The prize pack includes a K-9 Trilogy T-shirt, a box of delicious Godiva Belgium chocolate assorted truffles, a cute owl Christmas tree decoration, a 2016 personalized photo Christmas tree decoration, a package of three Christmas-themed earrings, an additional pair of Christmas tree earrings and a Kindle version of my award-winning novel, A Child's Christmas.* (An excerpt from A Child's Christmas follows.)

The giveaway runs from today until midnight EST on December 22nd. You have three easy ways to enter, and you can enter each day!

Kate James

There is also a second-place prize, consisting of a San Diego K-9 Unit tote and a Kindle edition of A Child's Christmas, to be awarded to one person chosen at random from those leaving a comment on this post.

Please check the bottom of this post after noon EST on December 23rd for the names of the winners.

I wish you and your family a Christmas season filled with love, joy and good health!
Kate
*Prize pack to be shipped within North America only. Should winner live outside NA, ebooks will be substituted.



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The Winners are . . .


Thank you very much to everyone who participated in this giveaway!

The winner of the grand prize is: Karen M. from Detroit, MI.

The winner of the second-place prize is: Sandra L.

Congratulations Karen and Sandra!

Karen, I will send you an e-mail. Sandra, since I do not have your e-mail address with your entry, please e-mail me at kate @ kate-james . com (without the spaces).

Once again, I wish everyone a wonderful Christmas, and a happy and healthy 2017!
Kate
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Excerpt from A Child's Christmas


Irene Cara’s “Flashdance…What a Feeling” was playing, the last song before the official countdown to midnight, when Jason’s door opened. With his teddy bear clasped under his arm, he shuffled into the living room.

Paige was up and rushing toward him immediately. “What’s wrong, sweetie?”

“Nothin’,” he responded, still groggy. “I just wanted to be up for midnight. I set my clock. I have something for you.”

The final chords of the song faded, and the host started the countdown. “Ten…nine…”

“You need to sit on the sofa next to Mr. Kinsley, Mom.”

The last vestiges of sleep gone, Jason dashed behind the sofa. “C’mon, Mom. Hurry!”

“…seven…six…” the host counted.

On five, Jason moved his other hand from behind his back. He clutched a sprig of mistletoe. “You know what this is for, right?”

“…three…” He held it over the space between Daniel and Paige’s heads and giggled.

“…two…” Paige sent Daniel a silent apology, but his expression was amused.

“…one!” At the blast of horns and noise makers on the television, Daniel cupped Paige’s cheek in the palm of his hand and leaned in for a kiss. Paige closed her eyes and leaned in, too, as if irresistibly drawn by a magnet.

Jason whooped loudly.

The kiss was light and brief. When she opened her eyes and gazed into Daniel’s, she could see in the expression on his face that he’d felt it, too. The sweet taste of the champagne lingered on her lips as it did on Daniel’s. She ran her tongue over her upper lip, savoring the flavor.

“My work here is done,” Jason declared cheerfully, his words followed by a huge yawn. He kissed his mother on the cheek. “See you in the morning, Mom. Good night, Mr. Kinsley.” Jason held up his hand, and Daniel high-fived him. “Happy New Year!” he called, waving the bear over his head, as he trotted back to his room.

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Sanctuary Cove and Home to Stay, the fourth book in my San Diego K-9 Unit Series, are both available for preorder.










90 comments:

  1. What a great giveaway, Kate! I love owls almost as much as hummingbirds...what a cute ornament. I've got A Child's Christmas loaded on my Kindle. I'm looking forward to reading it over the holidays. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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    1. The owl is a cute little guy. (I wish I would have thought to buy one for myself!)

      I hope you enjoy A Child's Christmas, Jill.

      Merry Christmas to you and your family, too.

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  2. This is an awesome giveaway, Kate! I love the little owl, and those Godiva chocolates - hmmm. :D And this excerpt was fantastic! Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you, Cerella. I have to admit I had to do some reworking of the giveaway widget this morning when it and the post went live. Thanks for all your help!

      Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, too!

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    2. Well, the widget looks good now, at least! :)

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  3. great giveaway - sorry no twitter account!!

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    1. Thanks, Teresa. That's why I set up the second giveaway for those readers who don't use Twitter. You can still enter for the grand prize by liking my Facebook page. Thanks for stopping by and merry Christmas!

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  4. Merry Christmas to you also Kate. What lovely fun gifts. And your novel sounds charming. I love the holidays. They do keep me busy though as I've missed a few posts. sigh. Thanks for sharing.
    Do you like Gleam as a raffle tool? I've used rafflecopter and really liked it. But its always great to learn about new products out there.

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    1. Thank you, Sandra, and best wishes for the holidays to you and your loved ones, too!

      This is the first time I've used Gleam...with much-appreciated advice and assistance from Cerella Sechrist, who's a master with it. I had to make some adjustments this morning, but it seems to be working well. Please let me know if you have any trouble entering the giveaway.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  5. Cutest scene ever! I can just imagine the little boy clutching that mistletoe. What a clever, clever boy! Great giveaway too!

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    1. Thank you, LeAnna!

      I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Christmas!

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  6. Kate, you are so generous with your gifts. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and that Santa is very good to you. Your books are gifts enough.

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    1. Aww...thank you, Roz! That's high praise coming from a such a gifted author!!

      We're looking forward to Christmas and a happy and healthy 2017.

      I wish you and your loved ones all the very best for Christmas and the New Year!

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  7. Hey Kate! You know I would love to win this bundle! I'm excited about Christmas this year. The reason being we got a new Kay Jewelers near our Wal-Mart store and I was able to take Doug, my husband, to it and he bought me one of the open hearts necklaces I've been wanting 9 yrs now. I know about it because I had to show him where the store was at and which necklaces to pick from. Some men you have to actually show what you want! However, with winning book contests , like I do sure makes it easier! Have a Merry Christmas! Pam

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    1. How wonderful of your husband to buy you such a special gift, even if you miss out on the surprise element!

      Thank you for the good wishes. I hope you and you family have a wonderful Christmas! Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Pam!

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  8. wonderful kate... thanks for the chance and letting us stalk you.. Happy Holidays!

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    1. Thank you for entering, Diana. The only caution I offer about stalking it it's darn cold out there today!!

      Good luck with the giveaway, and best wishes to you and your family for the holidays!

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  9. A wonderful giveaway. Merry Christmas, Kate!

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    1. Thank you, Liz. Merry Christmas to you and your family, too!

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  10. Cute scene and a great giveaway. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Congratulations and best wishes with the release of SILVER RIVER SECRETS!

      Merry Christmas, and a happy and healthy new year to you and your loved ones!

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  11. What a cute scene! And Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you, Patricia.

      Best wishes for the holidays to you and your family, too!

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  12. Love the excerpt and what a fun giveaway! Merry Christmas to you xoxo

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    1. Thank you, Amy. I'm glad you liked the excerpt.

      Congratulations to you for all the fantastic reviews for CATCH A FALLEN STAR!

      Best wishes to you and your family, too, for a wonderful Christmas and a terrific 2017!

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  13. Lovely excerpt, Kate! And very generous giveaways. All the best in 2017!

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    1. Thank you, Janice. I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season!

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  14. Great giveaway, Kate!! Love this book. <3 Merry Christmas!

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    1. Aww...thank you, Anna. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, too!

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  15. Kate, What a fun giveaway! This is going to make someone's Christmas really special. Good luck and Merry Christmas to everyone entering!

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    1. Thanks, Carol. I had fun picking out the items, so hopefully the winner will like them! :) Congratulations to you on the release of CHRISTMAS IN THE COVE and the terrific response it's been getting.

      Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

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  16. What a lovely thing to do for Christmas. Congratulations on all your good work and wishing you a happy, loving holiday!

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    1. It's a small token of appreciation to our readers, Muriel, and I had fun picking out the items.

      Best wishes to you and your loved ones for a wonderful holiday season!

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  17. Love the excerpt. What a great giveaway. Some lucky winners are going to be thrilled.

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    1. I am glad you liked the excerpt, Beth.

      Best wishes for the holidays!

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  18. Love the excerpt ❤️ LOve the owl, owls are my favorite animal❤️ Thank you for the chance! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed the excerpt, Melissa, and good luck with the giveaways!

      Thank you for stopping by, and best wishes to you and your loved ones for a terrific Christmas, and a happy and healthy 2017!

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  19. Nice excerpt and love the giveaway! Off to tweet it out.

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    1. I am glad you liked it, Sophia. Thanks for the tweet.

      Best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful Christmas!

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  20. Nice, thank you! Good luck to everyone & Happy Holidays.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. Good luck to you with the giveaway!

      Best wishes for a terrific Christmas, and a happy and healthy 2017!

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  21. Nice contest. Thank you for the chance. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. Best wishes with the giveaway.

      I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

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  22. How sweet! Great giveaway as well. Thanks for the chance. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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    1. I am glad you like it, Shirley. Thank you for visiting our blog and entering the giveaway.

      I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

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  23. I would love to have the K-9 tote since I live in the SAn Diego area. Thanks for the giveaway. Merry Christmas.

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    1. Thanks for visiting our blog, Jackie. Good luck with the giveaway, and please accept my very best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful holiday season!

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  24. I've been a fan of yours for a while. You always remind me of Dana Delaney, the actress. She's one of my favorites, and she's so pretty.

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    1. Aww...thank you, Misty! That's very sweet of you to say.

      Good luck with the giveaway, and best wishes to you and your loved ones for a wonderful holiday season!

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  25. Merry Christmas!! What a great giveaway!! Thank you for the chance!!!!

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    1. Merry Christmas to you, too, Sarah. I'm glad you like the prize packs. Good luck!

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  26. Merry Christmas to you and your family! I appreciate the great giveaway you have here for your fans. You'll make someone very happy!

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    1. Thank you, Danielle! I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful holiday season, and a healthy and happy 2017!

      I'm glad you like the prize packs. Good luck with the giveaway!

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  27. Owls and truffles are a few of my favorite things! Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks for visiting our blog, Uma. I'm glad I picked the owls and truffles to include in the prize pack!

      Good luck with the giveaway, and best wishes for a wonderful Christmas!

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    2. sounds like a great read, thanks for the chance, happy holidays everyone, keep safe, Julie

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    3. Thank you, Julie. Good luck with the giveaway.

      I hope you and your family have a very merry Christmas!

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  28. ilove swag and gift form authors and then i post about all thing i wiln the owl would sit high with the other on the file cabinet in my office

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    1. Best wishes with the giveaway, Desi, and thanks for stopping by our blog!

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  29. What a great giveaway.A lot of awesome gifts.Thanks for doing it.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!!!!

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    1. It's my pleasure, Teresa. I had fun picking out the items. Good luck with the giveaway, and best wishes to you and your family for a very merry Christmas!

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  30. Thank you for the chance to win this great prize package. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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    1. It's my pleasure. Best wishes to you and your loved ones, too!

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  31. That little boy is sooooooooo cute......with that picture alone you should sale a ton of books....Thanks for giving the chance to win......

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    1. Aww...thank you, Barbara!

      Good luck with the giveaway, and thank you for stopping by our blog.

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  32. Thank you for the giveaway. This book has been on my reading wish list. I have a feeling it's going to be emotional.

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    1. Hello, Kim. Thank you for having A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS on your reading with list. Yes, it's emotional, but I promise you a happy ending!

      Best wishes for the holiday season!

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  33. Wow, what a wonderful Christmas Contest. Thank you for the opportunity to win. Merry Christmas to you :)
    Trudy
    tgorety@hotmail.com

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    1. Good luck with the giveaway, Trudy, and thank you for the good wishes.

      Best wishes to you and your loved ones for a wonderful Christmas, and a happy and healthy 2017!

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  34. What a wonderful giveaway! Merry Christmas to all!!

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    1. I'm glad you like it, Gail. Thank you for visiting our blog and good luck with the giveaway.

      Best wishes for a terrific Christmas and a fabulous 2017!

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  35. This is my first Christmas as a retiree after spending years as an elementary school librarian. I do miss my kids! Have a blessed Christmas, thanks so much for the opportunity!

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    1. First, I would like to say how much I appreciate what you did for your career. I am truly grateful to people who work to shape and influence kids and encourage them to read.

      Congratulations on your retirement, and I hope you get a chance to read A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS.

      Thank you for the good wishes, and I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful Christmas, and a 2017 filled with love, joy and good health!

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  36. Thank you for the opportunity. It add to the magic of the season.

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    1. You are very welcome, Sharon. Good luck with the giveaway, and best wishes for a very merry Christmas and a fantastic 2017!

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    1. Good luck with the giveaway, Gretchen, and best wishes for the holiday season!

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  38. What a beautiful excerpt. The boy is so sweet. I will definitely be picking up that book. You always have the most wonderful giveaways. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you, Jen! I am glad you enjoyed the excerpt!! I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and all the best for 2017!

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  39. What a wonderful scene that must have been to write.. I love when kids are involved in books. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and thanks for the wonderful giveaways..

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    1. I'm glad you liked it, Kathleen. Thank you for visiting our blog, and good luck with the giveaway.

      Thanks also for the good wishes. I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful Christmas!

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  40. I have been reading Harlequin books since I was in my early 20's. I love your books about K-9 dogs because they are such special dogs. They have to been calm around people and then switch to work mode on a dime. Thanks for great stories.

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    1. Thank you, Robbie! I am glad you enjoy our books, including my K-9 Unit stories.

      Good luck with the giveaway, and best wishes for a wonderful Christmas!

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  41. Incredible giveaway, Kate! Good luck to those entering!

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    1. Thank you, Rula Are you ready for Christmas? :)

      Best wishes to you and your loved ones for a wonderful Christmas and 2017!

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  42. Great giveaway! Merry Christmas!!

    Strgth4yu(at)hotmail(dot)com
    Linda Ortiz

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Good luck with the giveaway and best wishes to you and your loved ones for a wonderful Christmas!

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