Really? It’s June already? I can’t believe how fast this year is going by!
So what’s been going on?
December was a whirlwind with all the promotion for An Unexpected Angel. The book received a very positive reception but things slowed down dramatically when the holidays ended. No surprise there, it is a Christmas book after all. I’ve been asked if it will be released again next year and…we’ll see. The publisher recently released an e-book version and that’s all I can say at the moment.
I started teaching a creative writing class for a community education program in January. I’ve taught two semesters so far and the third will start up again in the Fall. My students are wonderfully inquisitive, creative and ambitious, I can’t wait to read their final published works.
My next book is still very much a work in progress. It’s much longer than An Unexpected Angel so publication is still a way off, but it’s coming along.
And how are you all? I hope summer is treating you well.
Well, since the world didn’t end yesterday, I guess I will wrap up the blog tour with these final reviews. I’m still trying to get the colors on the new layout right so I apologize if some of the links are a little hard to see.
“I loved this book. It is a wonderful read that will leave you feeling the tender Christmas spirit that is often hard to find during the busy holiday rush. At first, I didn’t like Ella, but as you learn her story, you feel touched and inspired by this “Scrooge-like” character. This is definitely a holiday must-read and is a perfect addition to anyone’s holiday collection. You’ll want to read it again every year!” Mandi Slack, author of The Alias
“I have to admit that I shed a few tears. This is a very touching story that I think is a perfect reminder the perfect love of God and the reason why we have Christmas.” Bookworm Lisa
“Overall, this book really touched me. It is hard to believe that such a short book can have such a big impact on me, but it did. I will definitely be reading more of Janet’s books in the future.” Nothing Better Than a Book
Here’s an interview by Debra’s Book Cafe.
“This was a really cute book. It’s quite short, around a hundred pages. I liked Ella, but I also liked that she was able to learn a lesson and learn how to move on with her life. I liked the Christmasy feel of this book, it’s kind of a modern take on A Christmas Carol.” A Book a Day
I am so grateful to all these wonderful bloggers for hosting my tour. Without exception they have all been extremely supportive, responsive, and encouraging. They were willing to give their honest opinion about An Unexpected Angel and I appreciate that more than they will ever know. A huge thank you to them all!!
I probably won’t have time to post again until next week so I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!!
Montana author MK McClintock has an interview. I thought these questions were really fun to answer.
Here is part of the review from On the Border: “I loved this story. It is a tale of discovery, courage, compassion and love. Beautifully, tenderly told, it touches the heart just the way a Christmas story should.”
Books Complete Me had this to say: “It’s the season, at least for me, to read Christmas stories. I cried so much reading this one! It was perfect and so good. The twist on a Christmas classic is the Christmas Carol – you know the one with Scrooge, Marley, Ghosts of Christmas. But I love this re-telling.”
I couldn’t do much of anything yesterday except read the news coming out of Connecticut and cry. What a horrible tragedy! My heart is broken and my prayers are for all the victims and their families.
A big thank you to all the bloggers who are participating in the tour. It has been fun to visit your blogs and in some cases, learn about your own books.
“‘An Unexpected Angel’ is hard to put down, and definitely a keeper. If you’re looking for some chocolates for your soul, then this book is just the thing for you.” Over a Cuppa Tea
Author Cindy M. Hogan has posted her review. Cindy is the author of the Watched series. I’m going to check it out, it looks good.
“Oh, this is as must read Christmas season (or any season) read. I’m so grateful to be a part of this blog tour for An Unexpected Angel. It was the perfect read for this month and loved it.” Getting Your Read On
Here are reviews from Kaisy Daisy’s Corner and Blooming with Books.
With a date like that, it’s fitting that there are only twelve more days until Christmas Eve! How are your preparations coming along? My husband and I went on a marathon shopping trip tonight and I’m feeling much more prepared. Probably won’t get to the homemade cookies though. But then again, I’m not much of a baker, so no great loss there.
More blog stops:
Christina made me smile: “I found the book to be well-written as well as entertaining. There wasn’t a moment during the reading that I felt I could let the story rest while I went for a snack. (I ended up asking my kid to find some string cheese for both of us so I could keep going.)”
…Now I’m craving cheese.
The Plot Thickens has a short interview about the plot of An Unexpected Angel and some of the motivations behind the story.
Debra Ann Elliott had this to say in her review: “I found myself drawn into the story and carried away. This is the story of all of us and how we sometimes find an unexpected angel in our lives. I give this story 5 stars.”
“For a little novella, this story sure packs a punch. From page one, right off the bat, it will grab you and keep you glued until the end. It will make you think and question its many what ifs and maybes. The author achieved in making the reader ponder this life and the next, and possibly the previous. This is my first time reading Janet Halling, but trust me, it won’t be the last.” (Bookworm2Bookworm)
“How amazing is it when a short book, only 120 pages long,can make you sit and cry and cry? An Unexpected Angel is truly an unexpected read.Main character Ella is an unlikable,lonely and straight forward lawyer. The story begins on Christmas Eve. With nuances of Dicken’s, A Christmas Carol, Ella is taken on a journey of self-discovery and forgiveness. Each experience that Ella has, draws her closer to her real self …
“Will I share this story with my kids and other family members? 100% yes! I loved this book so much, I plan on buying several copies to give to family members. The messages found in this book are so important I HAVE to share it with my loved ones. This is a 5 star book that you will want to own and share this Christmas.” (LDS Women’s Book Review
And as always, a big thank you to all these wonderful bloggers!
“This is a great story to read this time of year, or any time of year for that matter! Very heartwarming, An Unexpected Angel will quickly become a book that you want to re-read and pass along to friends and family.” Jessie at MomVantage
My guest post at Author Cindy C. Bennett’s site.
My guest post for Coffee, Books and Me.
I was not home at all yesterday, so I didn’t get a chance to post the newest blog tour stops. Here they are:
I’m a Reader not a Writer has an interview and is hosting a giveaway.
Cami over at Love. Pray. Read has posted her review.
I wrote a guest post with my favorite Christmas memories over at My Book Addiction and More. And there’s a giveaway!
Kaylynn at Book Reviews and More has a review.
Maintaining a blog can be a lot of work — especially one that requires so much back and forth between the blog owner and contributors. I am so grateful to all these bloggers for their time, their skill, and their kind words about An Unexpected Angel. Thank you!
Review at My Book Addiction
Guest post at The Dark Phantom Review
I will also be at Seagull Book in West Jordan, UT this Saturday, Dec. 8 for another book signing. 11 to 1.