Monday, December 12, 2011

"Santa Wore Cowboy Boots" Story and Giveaway

Several years ago my story "Santa Wore Cowboy Boots" was published in A Cup of Comfort for Christmas (Adams Media). The story is about the Christmas my husband, children, and I spent in Southern Arizona -- and the lesson my nine-year-old son Erik taught me about the real meaning of Christmas.

Earlier this year I gave permission for the story to be used as a handout at our parish Advent Candelight Service, which occurred two weeks ago.

The finished product is lovely. It's a full-page booklet printed on both sides on pink-tinted paper.

After the service I called the Parish Office to see if I could get some extra copies, and they graciously made extras for me. I'm going to include some copies in Christmas cards but am keeping a few to give away.

So, to celebrate the season of Christmas and as a special remembrance to my son, I'm giving away a few copies of the one-page booklet with the story "Santa Wore Cowboy Boots" on my blog.

To win a copy of the one-page booklet:
* Become a follower and leave a comment between now and Friday, December 16
* OR - if you already are a follower, just leave a comment
* I will announce the names of the winners one week from today, on Monday, December 19, at which time I will request mailing addresses for the winners.
* Winners must have mailing addresses in the USA, or if military service or family members overseas, must have APO addresses.

To be clear, I'm not giving away copies of the Cup of Comfort for Christmas book, but I am giving away copies of the one-sheet, double-sided booklet of the "Santa Wore Cowboy Boots" story that is in the book.

Good luck!


  1. Please put my name in to win your Santa Story since I have never read that one. I have just finished The Bottle Tree in Voices. Wonderful work, Donna! Did you have any special inspiration for this story or how did you come up with the idea? I love the idea of a bottle tree...would make mine all cobalt blue if I had one.

  2. I would love to read your story! We lived in Sierra Vista, AZ for 2 1/2 years and LOVED it. If it had been any closer to families we would be there still.

  3. Donna, please enter my name. I would be honored to read your story.

  4. I too would be honored to read your story, since you are so talented and so elusive when it comes to your writing.

    Please put my name in the pot.

  5. Hi Claudia,
    Thanks for your kind words about "Grandma's Bottle Tree" in Voices. I have been fascinated with bottle trees since I saw one years ago then did research about them. In the back of my mind I wanted to write a story featuring a bottle tree, and my story evolved from that. Cobalt blue is supposed to have special powers when used on bottle trees, plus that color looks stunning.

    And I got your name down for the Christmas story.

    Hi Sally,
    Sierra Vista is where the story takes place. We were there right before going to Germany.

    Hi Linda,
    Got you down. Thanks!

    Hi Sioux,
    Got your name down, too. You are so kind. I'm blushing as I type.


  6. Hi Sioux,
    I just caught the elusive comment. I don't mean to be that way, but when it comes to public readings I really am uncomfortable, especially if it's a story that's close to my heart. It's something I need to work on. At one critique group one gentleman told me not to "hide my light under a basket" and another told me to "take my gloves off." So, I'm working on it.

  7. I'd love to read your story. We spent SEVEN Christmases in Arizona (Scottsdale) and I have to say I didn't much love it there. Too different for a New England girl. Santa Fe has been more comfortable, because we have pine trees and get winter.

  8. Well...I've never been to Arizona, but I have a pair of cowboy boots. Count me in! I'd love to read it.

  9. Put me in, it sounds like a wonderful story!

  10. Hi Melissa,
    It does take awhile to get used to the climate when you're used to four seasons.

    Hi Val,
    I've never had a pair of cowboy boots, but I've always wanted one.

    Hi Janet,



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