A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY HOME by Kathi Macias (Book Tour & FREE Giveaway)


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How did you come up with the idea for A Christmas Journey Home?

I knew I wanted to do a Christmas book—the first of what would become an annual event that my publisher and I were discussing—and I also knew that despite the lighter tone required in a Christmas book (as opposed to the darker themes of the persecuted Church and human trafficking, which I’ve been writing about), I had to stick to my “brand” as closely as possible: hence, an “issues-related” Christmas novel, dealing with the issues related to illegal immigration.

What was your favorite scene to write in A Christmas Journey Home?

I loved writing this entire book, and the characters are delightful (except the villains, of course!), so I loved almost all the scenes. But I think I liked the scenes with Isabella’s old abuelo best, as the grandfather reminded me of my own grandpa and even my dad, both of whom I loved dearly. I love incorporating at least one elderly saint in each of my books, and in this one I decided on a man since most of the other books have had women as the elderly, praying characters. I also brought in a little boy because children can add such a delightful element to any story, and six-year-old Davey certainly does that in A Christmas Journey Home.

What was the most difficult scene, and why?

The toughest scene had to be when Francisco and Isabella thought they were finally on the verge of being able to get away from the migrant camp and find a small home of their own, where their baby could be born in relative comfort and safety. If you’ve read the book, you know that isn’t at all what happens. But this heartbreaking scene had to take place to bring the story to its miraculous conclusion.

What is there about you, apart from writing, that many people don’t know?

First, my “road name” is “Easy Writer” because my husband and I were Harley riders for many years. (We’ve traded the bike in on a 2005 Corvette, so I’m still “Easy Writer” but in comfort now!) Also, I served on staff at a large Southern California church for several years, training small group leaders and doing biblical counseling, among other things.

Who are some of your favorite writers, and are you an avid reader?

Absolutely I’m an avid reader! I have always loved books/reading/words and been fascinated by them. When I ran out of books as I child, I started writing my own. (Voila! Look what came of that!) As for favorite writers, that’s tough, but here are just a few: Brock and Bodie Thoene, Francine Rivers, Patti Lacy, Athol Dickson, Jim Rubart, and Alan Paton, who wrote my favorite all-time fiction book, Cry the Beloved Country. That book changed my life and inspired my novel set in South Africa in 1989, No Greater Love. I also enjoy reading Brennan Manning, Jennifer Kennedy Dean, Oswald Chambers, and Max Lucado for nonfiction.

What’s on the horizon for you now, so far as future book projects?

I am currently finishing up the final book of the three-installment Freedom series (Deliver Me From Evil, Special Delivery, and The Deliverer). Then I will jump into my Christmas 2012 novel (working title is A Home For Christmas) and a novel called Last Chance for Justice, which is part of the multi-author Bloomfield Series with another publisher. After that I hope to get going on a new fiction series, which is still in the discussion/planning stages with my publisher and agent. So life is busy, but most contracts coming my way seem to be fiction right now. I am also keeping busy with very occasional editing projects and some speaking/teaching around the country.

Where can we find out more about you, The Freedom Series, and keep up with your to-be-released books? 

Please feel free to visit my website at www.KathiMacias.com.

——————– ABOUT KATHI MACIAS ——————–

Kathi Macias, Author & Speaker

Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored nearly 30 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences. She won the prestigious 2008 member of the year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) at the annual Golden Scrolls award banquet. Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al, where the two of them spend their free time riding their Harley.

“I can vividly remember the first time I heard Kathi Macias speak at a women’s event. Her calming spirit lit up the room. Her natural grace and passion for the Word of God was so powerful that it has stuck with me over many years. Kathi is very devoted to all the work that she does, whether it be speaking, writing or teaching, and that devotion manifests itself in all her pursuits.” ~ Robin Farmer, Camarillo, California

 

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32 comments

  1. CONGRATULATIONS … the following have been selected to receive a FREE copy of A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY:

    Dorothy
    KarenK

    Please check your email ladies for information on how to receive your book.

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  2. Linda St Myers · ·

    Would love to win this and read while home recouperating from surgery…It will help get into the holiday spirit…Thank you Kathie for all your beautiful writings.
    Blessings
    Linda St Myers

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  3. Reading the description makes me want to read this book. I enjoy reading new author’s books, and I think I would enjoy this one as well.

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  4. Lynette Ager · ·

    This certainly looks intriguing! I have never read anything by Kathi and would love the opportunity to read one. I love Christmas and stories which have significance and meaning. I can’t wait!

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  5. thanks for the opportunity to read kathi’s novel 🙂

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  6. Nancye Davis · ·

    Kathi is such an amazing author! Her books are always wonderful and I have no doubt that this book will be wonderful as well. I would love to win a copy! Thanks for the chance!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  7. oh I love reading its just the best!!!! christmas is wonderful isn’t it I love it and love heartwarming christian books!!!!! would love to win this! would be such a blessing keep up the good work I thank God for placing people with such a beautiful gift in our world, bringing joy and insight to so many keep writing God bless you richly!

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  8. Kathi, i really, really want to win this book, and read your other books, too. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  9. Linda Kish · ·

    I love Christmas books.

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  10. mizroady · ·

    Thank you for entering me! This sounds like a very different Christmas fiction. I can’t wait to read it!

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  11. A Christmas Journey Home is on my list of books that I must read. I love how Kathi writes. Her books are intense and very thought provoking. Many times I’m still thinking of her books months after I have read them. Kathi addresses issues that others won’t touch!
    I would love to win a copy!

    Blessings!

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  12. Sounds like a great Christmas read.
    Ann
    cozyintexas@yahoo.com

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  13. Mary Tanner · ·

    I would love an opportunity to read this book.

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  14. I am a new widow whose husband passed on Christmas Eve. I think this story may just be what I need this year as I face the holiday season alone!

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  15. I purchase a new Christmas novel/novella each year. I would love to win this one and add it to my collection!

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  16. Katarzyna Pociecha · ·

    Christmas was always a special time – time for joy and peace in our hearts. But to get there is not always so easy. Forgiveness takes courage! It is a journey we have to take…
    I would love to read Kathi’s story – to learn about how others found their path to home.

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  17. Bobbie Wiseman · ·

    I love to read books with a theme about Christmas. It is good that this one is out early and will be available for gifts around the holiday, too. Blessings to you for writing it!

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  18. Seeing all these Christmas books really gives me the warm fuzzies!! Looking forward to reading yours. 🙂

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  19. Kathi is an amazing author! I would love to read her Christmas story.

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  20. Bruce Jakeway · ·

    I expect I would enjoy reading this book. It sounds like an intriguing storyline.

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  21. Would love to read your book. Hard to believe that Christmas is so close already.

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  22. Kathi you know I am such an amazing Fan! To own A Christmas Journey Home would warm my heart and those I share it with!.
    Thank you for doing what you do with all the love you put into every novel!

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  23. An intriguing title and cover, Kathy. I’d love to read it. Count me in for a free copy.

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  24. I know Kathi is a great writer so I know this book will not dissapoint. Would enjoy reading it.

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  25. I don’t think there could be a more a timely topic! I pray the books sells and blesses many. – Donna

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  26. Opal Dailey · ·

    The cover makes me feel good and I am sure the story will follow suit. We love you Kathi.
    May your sales be record breaking. We pray for “Good Success”.

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  27. sounds like an interesting book which I would love to read – winning it would be sweet too

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  28. Looks interesting and I pray for it’s success…

    Blessings

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  29. Looking forward to reading this one – would love to win it. 🙂
    Marcia

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  30. Lisa Nelson · ·

    Please enter me! I enjoy reading Christmas books!!
    Thank you!

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  31. I would so love to win this book but if I do not I will buy it regardless 🙂

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  32. Thanks so much for the post, Karen. Blessings to you and your readers!

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