Christian Fiction

A STAR WILL RISE. A MOSAIC CHRISTMAS COLLECTION.

Hi bookish friend!

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. And here is one collection I’d love for you to get. Below you’d meet the authors and like I know you would love the book.

Christmas should be a time of wonder and expectation, but what if tragedy, illness, family secrets, or betrayal strip away every belief in what the future holds? And in a good and loving God?When circumstances beyond their control dramatically alter their lives, can broken, betrayed, and disillusioned people rediscover their faith and come to see that God’s plans are far better for them than the ones they had imagined for themselves?

MEET THE AUTHORS.


Regina Rudd Merrick is a multi-published writer, church musician, wife, mother, former librarian, lover of all things beachy and chocolate, and grateful follower of Jesus Christ. Married to her husband of 35-plus years, she is the mother of two grown daughters, and the keeper of a 100-year-old house where she lives in the small town of Marion, KY. Connect with Regina on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or on her Website, Pinterest
Mosaic Collection: https://www.mosaiccollectionbooks.com/
Scrivenings Press, LLC: https://scriveningspress.com/

1. Some of us know you, others don’t, endear us to yourself? I am a wife of 37 years, a mother of a 31-year-old and a 25-year old (and that does NOT seem possible! They should  still be babies!), a former school librarian, and a former public librarian. I left my library job to pursue writing full-time, and to be available for my aging parents. I love the beach, I love chocolate, and I love reading the kind of books I write!

2. You’ve been writing for how many years? What was the hardest book for you to write and why? My first book was published in 2017, but I’ve been writing since about 2009. I’ve been blessed to sit under some great writing teachers, including a multi-published author, publisher, and literary agent who just happened to move to our small town and start holding writing workshops! The hardest book for me to write was probably the third book in my Southern Breeze Series, Carolina Grace. I wanted to wrap up the series, but I also wanted to include a character who was a non-believer. That was a first for me, and made it more difficult, because I don’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t at least BELIEVE in God. My editor still says that it’s the best of the three books in the series, and that makes me very happy!

3. Tell us a little about life where you live? What is the favorite part of your day? I live in a little town called Marion, Kentucky. It’s the seat of government for our county (in some states counties are a big deal, in some not – in KY it is!). I actually grew up about 60 miles from here, but have lived here for nearly thirty years. The population of Marion is around 3,000, and we’re about an hour from a town of any size. In our town, people are friendly, and our church is a very important part of my life. I’m a pianist, so I play keyboard and for our Praise Band. Covid-19 restrictions have changed worship somewhat – we’ve had to move to our gym facility so we can spread chairs out, and we were online-only for a few months. But the praise band never stopped! We appeared on the facebook live or youtube streams every week, and I’m happy we were able to do that. My favorite part of the day is the middle of the day! There’s still time to get things done, but you know you’re almost ready to slow down and enjoy time with the family.

4. How was the name of the collection “A Star Will Rise” inspired? We struggled with a title. We were going for a theme of “expectations,” so we had several contenders – and then someone came up with “A Star Will Rise!” I love it. Talk about expectations – the promise of a Savior. What better gift to celebrate!

5. Tell us about your story in the collection and what you hope your readers will go home with? My story is called “The Twelve Days of Mandy Reno.” As you can guess, Mandy is part of the “Reno” family in the “RenoVations” series. She’s the youngest cousin, and because of COVID-19, she’s stuck at home finishing law school virtually, and she’s not happy about it. Her parents, on a mission trip to Brazil, are stuck there because of the quarantine, and that’s another nail in the coffin of Christmas 2020! She has a friend, though, that wants to help her celebrate Christmas, so he comes up with his take on “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” but with gifts specifically for Mandy! I hope the takeaway will be that even when things look bleak, and our expectations seem to be dashed, God has even more for us than we can imagine! I hope everyone enjoys this fun story!

6. What is your favorite Christmas tradition? My favorite Christmas tradition is making candy! My girls always wanted me to make my mom’s recipe for chocolate fudge to give as gifts to their teachers, and for them, the season starts with the first batch of “Five-Pound Fudge!” Yes, you can gain five pounds just thinking about it! LOL!

Angela D. Meyer writes fiction that showcases God’s ability to redeem and restore the brokenness in our lives. She is the author of This Side of Yesterday, The Jukebox Cafe (A part of Hope is Born: A Mosaic Christmas Anthology), Returning to Christmas (A part of A Star Will Rise: A Mosaic Christmas Anthology ll) and the Applewood Hill series. Angela is a member of American Christian Fiction Authors and has served on the leadership team of her local writers’ group, Wordsowers. Angela currently lives in NE with her husband. They have two children, both of whom they homeschooled and graduated. Lucy, a green eyed, orange tabby, who loves popcorn rounds out their family. Angela enjoys sunrises and sunsets, the ocean when she gets a chance to visit, and hopes to ride in a hot air balloon someday.
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1. Some of us know you, others don’t, endear us to yourself?

In addition to being an author, I’m a wife of 29 years and mom to 2 kids whom we homeschooled, although my husband and I have recently become empty nesters if you don’t count our cat. I enjoy connecting with friends and family, reading, playing games or watching good action/adventure or suspense shows with my husband and teaching the Bible.  

2. You’ve been writing for how many years? What was the hardest book for you to write and why? 

I started writing about 44 years ago when I was in junior high. The hardest book for me to write was This Side of Yesterday, because there was a bit of mystery involved and I had to be sure I wrote about the clues in the right order without giving things away. 

3. Tell us a little about life where you live? What is the favorite part of your day?

I live in Omaha, Nebraska, on the Eastern border of our state. Omaha boasts of concerts, baseball, art fairs, great restaurants, a fantastic zoo, museums, and more. A person isn’t lacking options for entertainment. 

My husband and I enjoy staying close to home for relaxation. After a full day of work, we both enjoy chilling with a good show or playing a game of cards together. When we do choose to take advantage of the many offerings in Omaha, it’s typically on the weekend. 

My favorite part of the day is when I can manage to get up earlier than my husband and be alone in the quiet before my mind gets busy. This is the best time for me to spend time with God and settle my mind on Him for the day. 

4. How was the name of the collection “A Star Will Rise” inspired?

First, The Mosaic Collection authors chose the theme of expectation for our anthology. As we brainstormed, a title that alluded to the birth of Christ, the event that was heralded with great expectation, seemed a perfect title for our collection of expectation-filled stories. 

5. Tell us about your story in the collection and what you hope your readers will go home with?

Returning to Christmas is about a young woman, Josie, whose abusive husband is killed in a car accident. When the landlord threatens to collect rent from her by any means necessary, Josie flees with her son to a promised haven in another city. The offer is retracted before she arrives, and she has nowhere to go. Now Josie must find the courage to live a life without fear and return home to the family she left eight years ago.

I hope women will walk away from reading Returning to Christmas with a greater awareness of God’s ability to redeem and restore no matter what the brokenness is in our life. To better know that He is never short on grace and mercy, always patient in our attempts to connect with him.

Sara Davison is the author of three romantic suspense series—The Seven Trilogy, The Night Guardians, and The Rose Tattoo Trilogy. She has been a finalist for ten national writing awards, including Best New Canadian Christian author, a Carol, a Selah, and two Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She is a Word and Cascade Award winner. She currently resides in Ontario, Canada with her husband Michael and their three children. The words on the mug she uses every morning pretty much sum up her life—I just want to sleep, drink coffee, and make stuff up. Get to know Sara better at www.saradavison.org and @sarajdavison

1. Some of us know you, others don’t, endear us to yourself? I’m a follower of Jesus Christ, a Canadian, wife, mom to three almost-grown kids, daughter, sister, reader, writer, and editor. I’ve been married to Michael for almost twenty-five years. Crazy, since I knew the day I met him I would marry him. We dated for ten weeks, were engaged for eleven, and have been happily married ever since. I consider myself an omnivert. I get pumped up by being with people and having fun but I also need times of peace and quiet and being alone. Both recharge and fulfil me. I’m not a big traveller but I do enjoy road trips. My happy place is the happiest place on earth – Disneyworld in Florida, which I have visited seven times, including on my honeymoon. I’m a middle child and therefore a peacemaker who hates conflict and wants everyone to get along. I’m also a recovering people-pleaser and am gradually learning to say no when asked to do things I don’t feel God is leading me to do. 

2. You’ve been writing for how many years? All my life, but seriously for about fifteen years now. I have a vivid memory of walking up and down the aisles of our local library (where I pretty much lived) when I was 8 or 9 years old, running my fingers along the spines of the books and thinking, all these people wrote a book. It can be done. I can do this, so I know the desire was planted within me at a very young age. What was the hardest book for you to write and why? The hardest book for me was likely Driven, the third book in the Night Guardians Series, as it deals with miscarriage and grief. Although I have not personally lost a child, I have close friends and family who have, and I felt the pain of my main characters as they wrestled with their faith and their devastating loss.

3. Tell us a little about life where you live? I live in Canada, in the province of Ontario, about an hour west of Toronto (although in January I’ll be moving about an hour east of the city). It’s pretty much what you hear – very cold with lots of snow in the winter but intense heat in the summer. My favourite seasons are fall and spring because I enjoy more temperate weather. The city I live in is fairly large – almost two hundred thousand people – but the town I am moving to is just nineteen thousand and it’s right on a lake. What is the favorite part of your day? I am definitely a night owl and do not do mornings (at least, not without copious amounts of coffee), so my favourite part of the day is late at night, from 11 pm until about 2 in the morning. The house is quiet, work is done, and I can relax and either write, read, or watch a movie. 

4. How was the name of the collection “A Star Will Rise” inspired? When the pandemic began, I realized the best way for me to combat fear and anxiety was to be much more intentional about carving out time in the morning to spend time reading the Word and praying. Since March, I have read most of the Old Testament, which I love. I always watch for mentions of Jesus in the Old Testament, and I know He can be found on almost every page, but I was still surprised to come across a clear prophecy of his coming in this verse in Numbers, “I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near. A star will come forth from Jacob, and a scepter will arise from Israel.” (Numbers 24:17a, Berean Study Bible). Shortly after I read that we began brainstorming titles for this anthology, and that verse came to mind. Since it perfectly captures the anthology theme of expectation, we decided to use it for the title.
5. Tell us about your story in the collection and what you hope your readers will go home with? My story is called “Sixty Feet to Home”. It’s the story of Jonas Kendall, a major-league pitcher and seminary student, who believes He and God have the perfect plan worked out for his life. When those plans come to a crashing halt, Jonas questions whether God is good or if He even exists. Kind of a problem, since Jonas is the pastor sent to a small church in a small town he’s never heard of to fill the pulpit for the month of December. Could be a long Advent season …

As with all my writing, my hope and prayer is that readers will be reminded of the truth that, no matter what they are going through in life, they are never alone. God is good, He is sovereign, and He has promised to never leave or forsake us. 
6. What is your favorite Christmas tradition? 
My favourite is always Christmas Eve. I love the wonder and expectation of that evening, and the reminder that it represents the night that changed the world forever. My family and I always attend the Christmas Eve service, then go home, have dinner, and sit in the soft glow of the lights from the Christmas tree to watch a movie, usually The Polar Express. While I love everything about Christmas, that’s definitely my favourite part.

Brenda S. Anderson
Brenda S. Anderson writes gritty and authentic, life-affirming fiction. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and is Past-President of the ACFW Minnesota chapter, MN-NICE. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, theater, roller coasters, and baseball, and she loves watching movies with her family. She lives in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area with her husband of 30+ years and one sassy cat. Website
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1. Some of us know you, others don’t, endear us to yourself?
I’m the author of gritty, life-affirming fiction, meaning I love to share stories about how God takes us and all our broken pieces, and molds them into something beautiful! When I’m not writing, I love to read, hike, spend time with my family, watch movies (especially Marvel!), and enjoy God’s  creation.

2. You’ve been writing for how many years? What was the hardest book for you to write and why?
I’ve written all my life, but I didn’t start my first novel until 2005 when our children were in school full time.
The book I’ve had the most difficult time writing is probably every book over this past year. It’s been a challenging year as my husband and I have personally dealt with Alzheimer’s and cancer along with the Covid issues. I’ve had to fight for every word in each book, praying my way through each, and someone they’ve all ended up to be complete stories. That’s totally a God-thing!
3. Tell us a little about life where you live? What is the favorite part of your day?
We’ve just moved to a town about a half hour from the Twin Cities and it’s so much more relaxed! The people are so friendly, the kids polite. At night, nature is the sound coming through our windows.
My favorite part of my day is when I’m done working and can spend the evening with my husband. Lately we’ve been binge-watching Star Trek: Voyager.

4. How was the name of the collection “A Star Will Rise” inspired?
Hmm, it came about via brain-storming. The Mosaic Collection has some authors who are very clever when it comes to titling books. We wanted something that would really represent what Christmas means. 
5. Tell us about your story in the collection and what you hope your readers will go home with?
A Christmas Homecoming is about a couple who’ve been married 50 years and are anticipating celebrating Christmas with their all their children and grandchildren, but something happens that might prevent that. What happens when our expectations aren’t the same as God’s? There is still hope even when our plans do work out as we’d anticipated.
6. What is your favorite Christmas tradition? 
A couple years ago our extended family started a fun new tradition. Each of us fills a pair of fun socks with goodies. At our get-together, someone reads a left-right story–when the story says left, all socks are passed to the left, when the story says right, everyone passes their socks to the right. When the story is complete, you keep the pair of socks you ended up with. When you have a family of nearly 40 people, it becomes a crazy but fun time!

Candace West was born in the Mississippi delta to a young minister and his wife. She grew up in small-town Arkansas and is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello. When she was twelve years old, she wrote her first story, “Following Prairie River.” Since then, she has dreamed of writing Christian fiction.
Over the years, she has published short stories as well as poems in various magazines. Since her teenage years, she has written many church plays. In 2018, she published her first novel Lane Steen. By weaving entertaining, page-turning stories, Candace hopes to share the Gospel and encourage her readers. She currently lives in her beloved Arkansas with her husband Aaron and their son Matthew along with two dogs and three cats. Website Facebook Amazon. Instagram

I’m a country girl, and stories are a part of my lifeblood. Beside a love for reading, my family passed down stories from generations past that inspired my imagination. What inspires me the most in a story is a redemption theme. All of us need redemption by our Savior. The most beautiful stories we’ll ever read are those God writes in our hearts. It’s why I’m a writer. 

I’ve been writing since I was twelve years old. I stumbled on it while I was on a long car trip to Colorado. To pass the time, I started writing a story. My first love was born!

My current work-in-progress, set to be released next summer, is my hardest book to write so far. It’s the third book of the Valley Creek Redemption series. While writing, self-doubt always hinders me, but I find it even harder this time. What if the story flops? What if people aren’t stirred by the message? I talk to my Heavenly Father, and I keep typing. Many times, writing is a scary act of faith.  

I live in the southern part of the United States, in Arkansas. We live far from the big cities, and our lives, though busy, are filled with daily chores and staying outdoors as much as possible. My favorite part of the day is late afternoon when the sun and heat is receding. 

USA Today bestselling author, MARION UECKERMANN’s passion for writing was sparked when she moved to Ireland with her family. Her love of travel has influenced her contemporary inspirational romances set in novel places. Marion and her husband again live in South Africa and are setting their sights on retirement when they can join their family in the beautiful Cape. Website Amazon Twiter Instagram

1.)   Hi there, I’m Marion Ueckermann, although for 25 of my 60 years, I went by the surname Morrison. Kids at school used to call me John Wayne, but the nickname had nothing to do with cowboys and everything to do with the fact that I had the same name as the old western actor … Marion Morrison.

I have two married adult sons, two grandsons (aged 10 and 7) and a one-year-old granddaughter. I LOVE being a grandmother, or Ouma as they call me (which is Afrikaans—one of our 11 official languages—for grandma).

I love traveling and never let a good experience go to waste. You’ll find many of my experiences woven into my stories.

2.)   I started writing nearly twenty years ago. I was first published seven years ago with Pelican Book Group, and I’ve been an indie author for several of those years. At the end of March 2016, I quit my day job and began writing Christian Romance full time.

I can’t really say that any of my books have been particularly hard to write. One book—Recovering Hope— was, however, close to home. The book deals with the subject of depression, something that several members of my family have struggled with. I guess I always worried whether any of them would think I was writing about them.

3.)   I live in the eastern suburbs of Pretoria, the capital city of South Africa, although I was born two African countries north in Zambia. The best part of my day is relaxing at night with hubby after a hard day’s writing. We always curl up on our bed to watch TV, although most times one of us will end up falling asleep in the middle of some program.

4.)   To be honest, I’m not entirely sure. I think Sara Davison came up with the name, but we all found it worked for our stories. I’d even had a shooting star planned for my novelette.

5.)    My story in A Star Will Rise is One Christmas Wish. It is a story of escaping the past and learning to embrace a new start. Maybe even a new love. I hope through this story that readers will learn that whether they have been victims of physical, emotional, or verbal abuse, that they are not alone. That God sees, and he hears, and he will act. It is my prayer that no matter their circumstances, that they will hold on to hope until God comes to their rescue. God will bring beauty from their ashes.

6.)  Every year, I love preparing a scrumptious Christmas Eve dinner and setting a beautiful table (always outside because we have summer Christmasses).  Always on the menu is stuffed roast turkey with cranberry sauce, honey-glazed gammon and cranberry sauce, rice with gravy, roasted potatoes, baked carrots (or sweet baby carrots), peas, and fried cucumber. Another tradition I started in 2014 is making a gingerbread house with my daughter-in-laws. 

1 Tell about self.

Oh dear! Should I do what I did at age 10 before attending summer camp for the first time? Anxious about making friends, I spent hours colouring “Let’s be Friends” all over a sheet of handmade gift wrap. 😊 

Forty years ago today my husband proposed to me beside the lake where we had our first kiss, and I said yes. We have seven children, 6 sons and each one of them has a sister. And we have 9 grandchildren. I work one day per week at a local library and spend the rest of my time home decorating in the 100 year old home we are renovating, writing (my most recent research has been on Nigeria because part of my next novel takes place there), reading, sewing, quilting, flower gardening and phoning my far-flung family.

2. how many years writing. Hardest book to write.

I’ve been writing since college where I studied Communications, but it dwindled during the 25 years I spent raising and home-educating the children. Sometimes I wonder why I didn’t write more in those years and then I visit my daughter, homeschooling her five, and I remember why I didn’t! 😊 

You’d think the most difficult book to write would have been the memoir, Pall of Silence, about the death of our 18-year-old son Paul in 2012. But no, I had been thinking about that one, and living it, and feeling it for five years before the writing, so it flowed easily. The hardest one to write would have to be my first novel, Lifelines. It took the longest because my writing skills were so rusty.

3. life where you live. Favourite part of day

I live in the ranching country of central Alberta, Canada. Today was a lovely warm, sunny day, a bit unusual for November which is usually snow-covered. It’s not unusual to see a cattle drive, complete with cowboys on horseback in our area. We have very little traffic on the road by our home, so it’s a nice place for me to go on my morning walk. No one will hear me enthusiastically reciting the book of Galatians which I’m currently memorizing. 😉

4. inspiration for A Star will Rise.

In Mosaic, we have a few very talented authors who are a fountain of title ideas. They throw them out, we vote on the one we think will best fit our own stories and this year we came up with the theme of Expectation. Of course, Jesus is always at the center and He was the promised Star that would rise!

5. my Christmas story and takeaway

My Christmas story fits in perfectly with the theme of Expectation. My youngest son has Down syndrome and last year, my nephew, a neurosurgeon, sent me a research article about the potential for a treatment for Down syndrome. The possibility turned my expectations for my son’s future (and my own) upside down, opening doors to ideas I’d never considered before and I was not thrilled about all of it. I began to think those writerly “what if” thoughts, put my feelings into my character Anna Fawcett and her son with Down syndrome, Jesse, who appear in each of the previous novels I’ve written, and the story appeared. I hope readers will be encouraged not to fear life’s changes but to put their trust in the Lord.

6. favourite Christmas tradition

I love butter tarts and certain chocolate cookies I make only at Christmas time. I love the quiet moment when we turn on the Christmas tree lights in the early morning dark and read the Christmas story from Luke 2 just before opening gifts. There’s such a mood of anticipation and wonder. Something I don’t like? The memory of my dad, saying after all the gifts were opened, “Well, that’s Christmas, 1967,” or 1972, or whatever year it was. He knew it bothered me that it was all over, and he did it each year to bug me! 😊

PURCHASE

This beautiful book is now available. I do hope you snag your copy soon.

6 thoughts on “A STAR WILL RISE. A MOSAIC CHRISTMAS COLLECTION.

  1. Thank you so much for this lovely post, Ebos! I so enjoyed reading about the other stories – when you’re writing one, you don’t have time to think about anything else! 😘 I pray that your readers will feel God’s love in our words!

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