Once Upon a Christmas Review, Guest Post and Giveaway!

Welcome to the Celebrate Lit blog tour for Once Upon a Christmas! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. In every book you read! Ha 🙂 I love this time of year, as you all know. Reading Christmas stories are so fun, put me in the spirit, and make me want to listen to Christmas music. Which I’ve been doing for about two weeks now lol. Not all day, but here and there I’ve got it mixed into my playlist! Kind of want to get my tree out….BUT I know my family would not approve of that. So in the meantime, I’ll just read books like this one!

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Book: Once Upon A Christmas

Author: Andrea Boyd, Mikal Dawn, Toni Shiloh, Angela Ruth Strong, Jaycee Weaver

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: October 1, 2019

Embrace the magic of the Christmas season with these contemporary twists on timeless tales.

Upon a Dream — A rare sleeping disorder keeps Talia from performing, but when Philip recognizes her gift, he’ll do whatever it takes to see her onstage.

Claim My Heart — Li Na and Colin Wen face off in a Mulan-esque courtroom battle where the real win might be losing their hearts.

A Snow White Christmas — Sheltered heiress Amala White flees her conniving stepmother’s plans and finds refuge with a handsome orchard owner and his seven quirky uncles.

Christmas Ella — Reality TV meets Cinderella story when a location director is swept off her feet by a rising star.

A Splash of Love — Las Vegas glitz meets Land of Enchantment culture in A Splash of Love, a modern twist on the Little Mermaid.

Click here to get your copy!

These authors have managed to combine three things I love into one bundle of happiness – Christmas, reading, and fairy tales. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this is THE best set of Christmas novellas I have ever read – and I’ve read quite a bit! Every single story in this set deserves high praise for its creativity, ability to pull the reader into the story, and making a big impact in a short amount of time.

Fairy tale retellings can be tricky, especially when you’re trying to give them all a Christmas theme when it doesn’t belong. Let’s face it, some of these tales don’t exactly scream Christmas. At the end of each story, this reader was feeling as if Christmas should have always been part of the story. I have to commend each and every author for their ability to alter things just slightly to give it that magical Christmas feel. Yes, you could see the original tales throughout the pages – I knew what each story was without even looking. But these talented authors added their own flare, their own spin, and their own punch to each one.

I am so very thankful that these ladies decided to team up and bring these stories to life. And hopefully they understand that I’ll be expecting more from them come next Christmas 😉 But until then, I am going to reread this several times as we grow closer to the holiday season. And then I’m going to dive into some of their other books, because I know they are all fantastic authors. I highly recommend you do the same!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Andrea Boyd Author–
Each of Andrea Boyd’s series represents a different genre but all fall into the category of romance. All offer an element of her own brand of humor. And all are a tribute to God. Besides writing, she loves spending time with her family, quilting, going to car shows, and driving around in her 1968 Barracuda convertible. Andrea lives with her husband, Tommy, and at least a couple of cats in York County, SC. Visit her at www.andreaboyd11.com.


Mikal Dawn Author
Mikal Dawn is an inspirational romance author, wedding enthusiast, and military (retired) wife. When she isn’t writing about faith, fun, and forever, she is obsessively scouring Pinterest (with coffee in hand!) for wedding ideas for her characters.

Mikal lives in Oklahoma with her husband and two of their three children. Visit her at www.mikaldawn.com.


Toni Shiloh Author
Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. Visit her at www.tonishiloh.com.


Angela Ruth Strong Author
Angela Ruth Strong sold her first Christian romance novel in 2009 then quit writing romance when her husband left her. Ten years later, God has shown her the true meaning of love, and there’s nothing else she’d rather write about. Her books have since earned TOP PICK in Romantic Times, been optioned for film, won the Cascade Award, and been Amazon bestsellers. She also writes non-fiction for SpiritLed Woman. To help aspiring authors, she started IDAhope Writers where she lives in Idaho, and she teaches as an expert online at WRITE THAT BOOK. Visit her at www.angelaruthstrong.com.

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Jaycee Weaver Author 
Jaycee Weaver is a wife, mother, and substitute teacher living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Jaycee writes contemporary Christian romance with lifelike characters in everyday situations who always get their happy ending. Visit her at www.jayceeweaver.com.

Dear Readers,

Thank you for stopping by the Celebrate Lit blog tour of Once Upon a Christmas. We are so excited to bring you this Christmas collection. All of us had a lot of fun writing it as we delved into the fairy tales of Sleeping Beauty, Mulan, Snow White, Cinderella, and The Little Mermaid.

What we discovered when writing is that in the heart of every girl is the desire to be a princess. Now, I’m not talking about dressing up in a beautiful gown and wearing a crown while twirling around (although I, Toni, admit I would do that in a heartbeat). No, we discovered that in the heart of every girl (sister, mom, daughter, etc) is the desire to be loved and accepted.

Can Talia find someone who can accept all of her, including her health issues? Can Amala find someone who will love her for her and not her money? Can Li find acceptance for who she truly is and not the façade she presents? Will Ella find a familial kind of love? And Gabrielle, can she find a love so powerful that all her dreams will come true?

As the heroines of our stories journey down their path to love and acceptance, they all come to realize a deep-seated truth. They are loved. They are princesses. They have a love of a King who laid down His life for theirs. A King who is preparing a home for them. A King who sees who they truly are and loves them without hesitation.

As you read these stories, we pray they touch your heart. We pray they entertain you and maybe even make you laugh a time or two. And lastly, we pray the Christmas truths bless you this holiday season.


Andrea, Mikal, Toni, Angela, and Jaycee

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To celebrate their tour, the Once Upon a Christmas authors are giving away the grand prize of a Kindle Fire!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


16 thoughts on “Once Upon a Christmas Review, Guest Post and Giveaway!

  1. “The Best” excuse me while I jump around and squeal. I’m SO over-the-moon happy you enjoyed the collection. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and about the giveaway!

  2. Thank you for being part of the book tour for “Once Upon A Christmas”.

    WOW! So many wonderful authors between the covers of one book. Love Christmas and there is nothing better than curling up with a great Christmas book and one with so many different stories – again I say WOW!

    Can’t wait for the opportunity to read it.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, Kay!! <3 Christmas is tied with Easter (or maybe a *very* close second) for my favourite holiday! I hope you enjoy this collection when you have the chance to read it! <3

  3. Argh! My reply yesterday never posted. Oh well. THANK YOU for your beautifully written review! You absolutely made my day! I mean, THE BEST?! Woohoo! Can’t get a higher compliment than that. Yay!

  4. I love Christmas collections! I’m already planning ahead for a December full of Christmas novels!

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