Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Greetings and a new book from Stephanie Burkhart, plus #giveaway

Author: Stephanie Burkhart
 Book Title: Joseph’s Cradle
 Publisher: 4RV Publishing

Do you have a giveaway? Yes

What is it?  I’ll offer a coffee mug with the cover of the book, magnets, and 1 $5.00 Starbucks gift card.

Who will deliver the prize?  I will.

NOTE:  Be sure to leave your contact information to be considered for this gift from Stephanie.

Tell me a little about your book:

STEPHANIE: Joseph’s Cradle is about discovering your gifts and how you can use them to help others.

Why did you choose to write a story with a Christmas theme?

STEPHANIE:  When children read “Joseph’s Cradle,” I want them to understand that gifts come from the heart.

Do you see special challenges to marketing a book with a seasonal theme?

STEPHANIE: Good question. I don’t really see that with “Joseph’s Cradle,” but I suppose it’s very possible. I know “Christmas in July” sales usually do well, but ultimately, for me, I think it depends on the story. The more you touch readers on an emotional level, the more sales you have year around.

How long before December did you submit to your publisher?

STEPHANIE: I believe I sent Joseph’s Cradle to the publisher in 2012.

How and why did you choose this publisher?

STEPHANIE: I discovered 4RV Publishing in 2010. Vivian is on with me. I’m really impressed with the stories they publish and I’m honored to have my stories in their collection.

What about your book makes it special?

STEPHANIE: What I like about “Joseph’s Cradle” is that it takes a look at the Christmas story from another perspective.

What does Christmas mean to you?

STEPHANIE: It’s a time for family and friends to come together and enjoy each other’s company. The hope of Jesus’s story helps one prepare for the new year.

What is your favorite Christmas or Winter memory?

STEPHANIE: Going sledding as a young girl with my auntie. It’s especially memorable now since I live in Southern California and snow is rare out this way.

What is your favorite stocking stuffer?

STEPHANIE: Anything but coal!

What was your favorite Christmas present?

STEPHANIE: I got engaged on Christmas Eve.

Where can people learn more about you and your work?

STEPHANIE: Here are some links where you can find me on the web.  Penny, thanks for having me here today. It’s been a pleasure to visit your blog and share my story with your readers.  







JOSEPH’S CRADLE BLURB: Joseph and his wife, Mary, expect a baby. With all that is happening, including the government requiring a census, Joseph feels a little overwhelmed and a bit left out of the preparations for the baby. Is there something he can do?


  1. Nobody wants coal in their stockings! Sounds like a nice story!

  2. Penny, thank you so much for having me. I'm so sorry I wasn't here sooner, but I had a touch of the stomach flu and I'm just getting over it. Sigh...

    I agree, Cheryl, no one likes coal in their stocking!


  3. Stephanie, Joseph's Cradle sounds like a lovely story to read to children. I can see you reading it to a group of little ones at the library. Merry Christmas!

  4. Merry Christmas, Stephanie and Penny! Wishing both a wonderful New Year and lots of success for your writing!

  5. What a wonderful book. I'm so glad you were able to create a book that would be perfect for kids of all ages!

  6. Thanks everyone for visiting Penny's blog. I put everyone's name in a hat and had my son draw a name. Congrats to Saundra McLemore for winning the giveaway. Please email me at