Saturday, September 26, 2009

Book Tour: The Great Christmas Bowl

Warning...this post may make you long for the Christmas season and spark memories of family gatherings...

Marianne Wallace never expected that her passion (er obsession) for planning the greatest family Christmas AND cheering on her son's football team towards a state championship would ultimately go down in infamy as "The Great Christmas Bowl."

In just 157 words, Susan May Warren has crafted a sweet, humorous story filled with holiday planning, football and of course, trout in her newest release "The Great Christmas Bowl."

Trout and Christmas toghether in one book? Keep reading to find out more....

It was a hot and muggy summer day when I sat down to read The Great Christmas Bowl. Let's face it, at that point in life, Christmas was the farthest holiday from my thoughts.

Quickly I was drawn into a story filled to the brim with humor and a family's love for each other.

I loved the idea of a mother, willing to do anything for her son - including dressing up in an unflattering trout mascot costume "for the good of the team."

I also empathized with Marianne's desire to make everyone "happy" and not say no - especially when it came to planning the Christmas tea at church.

I think, woven among the humor, Warren has crafted a few "life" lessons for readers. Life isn't perfect. You can't make everyone happy all of the time.

Marianne tries to be perfect - a perfect mother, hostess and volunteer. She doesn't like saying no or disappointing people - especially the ones she deeply cares about..

As she tries to do more and more, her life starts to unravel.

Through her exploits - and an unexpected twist at the end - Marianne discovers the true meaning of the holidays and Christmas. The ultimate truth.

I thoroughly enjoyed this simple book. But fair warning...if you pick up this book, you may not want to stop reading until you reach page 157 - it's very addicting.

A Bit More About the Great Christmas Bowl
Marianne Wallace is focused on two things this holiday season: planning the greatest family Christmas ever and cheering on her youngest son’s team in their bid for the state championship.

Disaster strikes when the team loses their mascot-the Trout. Is it going too far to ask her to don the costume?

So what if her husband has also volunteered her to organize the church Christmas tea.

When football playoffs start ramping up, the Christmas tea starts falling apart. Then, one by one her children tell her they can’t come home for Christmas.

As life starts to unravel, will Marianne remember the true meaning of the holidays?

About Susan May Warren

Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning author of twenty-four novels with Tyndale, Barbour and Steeple Hill.

A four-time Christy award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Book of the Year.

Her larger than life characters and layered plots have won her acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. A seasoned women’s events and retreats speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences
around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!.

She is also the founder of, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice.

Susan makes her home in northern Minnesota, where she is busy cheering on her two sons in football, and her daughter in local theater productions (and desperately missing her college-age son!) A full listing of her
titles, reviews and awards can be found at:

Before You Go....
Ready to jump into the "bowl" and check it out? Click here to purchase the book 

The Great Christmas Bowl website features a note from the author, fun updates from Big Lake Gazette, info on how to host your own Great Christmas Bowl Tea to benefit a local ministry or charity and a fun Recipe Exchange contest!

It's a Contest: Be a part of the Great Christmas Bowl recipe exchange! Susan loves getting recipes from friends, and sharing the delicious cookies, soups, breads and other fun fixings that go with celebrating
the Christmas season. More than that, she loves the crazy stories about favorite Christmases – serious, touching, funny…whatever. Find the recipe contest here:

Will you share your story and recipe with Susan and the readers of the Great Christmas Bowl? She will post your story and recipe on the FRONT PAGE of the Great Christmas Bowl website, and send you a link when it goes up so you can tell all your friends. Then, at the Great Christmas Bowl party (December 5th, 10am, online! Details TBA) she’ll make the entire cookbook available for download!

For every recipe/story you submit (up to 3), you will be entered in a drawing to receive one of SMW’s collections (Noble Legacy, Team Hope, Heirs of Anton, Deep Haven Series, Josey series, or THE ADVANCED COPY of Sons of Thunder – Susie’s brand new epic World War 2 novel, due out
in January 2010!)

Pst...enabling here to read more about one of Warren's newest heroine, PJ Sugar.

Go – run, get your recipe, then come back here and click on the link below to share your Christmas memories!

One last thing....
Want to see what other readers thought about the "Great Christmas Bowl?" Visit the blog tour for additional details.

As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Litfuse Publicity Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 2 post on Nov. 05, 2009. Thanks again.


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