Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Christmas Promise by Tamera Lynn Kraft

During colonial times, John and Anna settle in an Ohio village to become Moravian missionaries to the Lenape. When John is called away to help at another settlement two days before Christmas, he promises he’ll be back by Christmas Day. When he doesn’t show up, Anna works hard to not fear the worst while she provides her children with a traditional Moravian Christmas. Through it all, she discovers a Christmas promise that will give her the peace she craves.

Book Excerpt

December 23, 1773, Schoenbrunn Village, Ohio
Anna Brunner kneaded dough while she tried not to notice it was almost dusk. Her husband still wasn’t home. She wiped her hands on her apron and glanced out the six-pane window. The last glint of sunlight blazed the horizon gleaming on the dirt path. No trace of him.
After scooping some sugar, she worked it into the dough and strove to reflect on the Christmas Eve Lovefeast and all the work she had ahead. She’d been honored with the mission of making the sweet buns and would be one of the dieners serving the meal at their newly built church.
It did no good to fret about what was going on at the meeting down the road. She’d find out soon enough. She released her anxiety on the dough as she squeezed her fingers through and pounded it into shape.
After living in this village for over a year, celebrating the yuletide with all the fanfare it deserved would make up for everything.


About Tamara

Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction because there are so many stories in history. Soldier’s Heart  and A Christmas Promise are her first published works. Tamera has recently celebrated her thirty-fourth anniversary with her loving husband, Rick. She has two grown and married children and two grandchildren.

Tamera has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She is also a writer and has curriculum published including Kid Konnection 5: Kids Entering the Presence of God published by Pathway Press. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

To connect with Tamara:
Word Sharpeners Blog: http://tameralynnkraft.com

To purchase her book:

Tamera Lynn Kraft is giving away a copy of A Christmas Promise. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


Mary / Touch of Heaven said...

I LOVE historicaql Christmas stories! Thanks for offering this giveaway.
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Wendy Newcomb said...

This sounds like another great Christmas book, thank you for hosting this giveaway.


HomePlace Gatherings said...

Love a good Christmas story and even better that it's set in the old days!

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Jackie McNutt said...

thanks for sharing more of the story of A Christmas Promise.
Would love to read this.

apple blossom said...

love Christmas books thanks for the chance to win

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Melanie Backus said...

Thank you for what you do.

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sm said...

Christmas fiction is one of my favorites! A Moravian Christmas sounds delicious! Love to win your book. sharon, ca wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Tamera Lynn Kraft said...

Thanks for having me on the Barn Door Book Loft. I enjoyed it.

Anonymous said...

Hello to Tamera and Sandra. I am anxious to read about these Lenape and Missionaries. Never heard about the Moravians. Should be interesting. Please out me in the drawing for this book. Thanks!
MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

Lane Hill House said...

Historical fiction is my very favorite genre. I would love to win A Christmas Promise. Thank you. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

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