When Friends Join Forces…Christmas Magic Happens!  from Misty M. Beller

We’re thrilled to have guest Misty M. Beller back in the corral again. Welcome, Misty!

 It’s such an honor to visit with my Petticoats and Pistols family again! 

Do you love Christmas books as much as I do?  

Ever since I was young, Christmas stories have held a special place in my heart. The charm and warmth they exude, coupled with the enchantment of the holiday season, make Christmas books a captivating combination I find irresistible. Can you relate? 

I’m beyond thrilled to share that I’ve joined forces with my good friends and author heroes Jody Hedlund and Lacy Williams to release Christmas Bells and Wedding Vows, a brand new Christmas novella collection featuring marriage of convenience stories! Y’all, I’m over the moon excited about this book!

I’ve long been a HUGE fan of Jody Hedlund and Lacy Williams. I’ve read so many of their books over and over! Joining them for this Christmas novella collection has been a dream come true for so many reasons. And not only are these three marriage of convenience stories set on the Rocky Mountain frontier (my favorite place!), each of these novellas is an exciting extension of the current series we’re each writing. 

Jody’s novella is the finale to her Colorado Cowgirls series. We meet both the hero and heroine of this Christmas story back in book 4. You don’t have to have read Jody’s series to fall in love with them here though! 

Lacy’s novella tells the story of a character from a new mail order bride series she has coming soon. This prelude is a fantastic taste that will have you swooning as you eagerly await the rest of the books! 

My own contribution features Two Stones, the Coulter family’s best friend from the Brothers of Sapphire Mountain Ranch series. I love having the chance to tell his story, even though he’s not ‘officially’ one of the brothers.  

If you’ve read any of these series—or if you just love Christmas books like I do!—you’ll definitely want to read the novellas in Christmas Bells and Wedding Vows. It’s our collective holiday gift to you, the readers—intertwining familiar settings and characters with the joy and love that the festive season brings. We hope these tales bring you the same warmth and joy we’ve felt while penning them.  

To whet your appetite for Christmas Bells and Wedding Vows, I’m excited to give away a signed paperback of my book Healing the Mountain Man’s Heart!

This is book 1 in my Brothers of Sapphire Ranch series, and the book where we first meet Two Stones (whose stories is in this Christmas collection)! 

To be entered for the giveaway,

I’d love to know your favorite Christmas reading tradition!

Do you like to reread old Christmas favorites? Or do you binge read all the great new Christmas stories?

Leave a comment below to enter.



I write romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

My husband and children are the loves of my life, keeping me both grounded and crazy, sane and out of my mind.

I was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so my Southern roots run deep. Growing up, my family was close, and we continue to keep that priority today. My husband and 5 kiddos now add another dimension to my life, keeping me both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in my heart to combine my love for Christian fiction and the simpler farm life, writing historical novels that display His abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of my characters.

Writing is my passion, and my family—both immediate and extended—is the foundation that holds me secure in my dream.

Learn more about Misty on her website: https://mistymbeller.com/

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76 thoughts on “When Friends Join Forces…Christmas Magic Happens!  from Misty M. Beller”

  1. Christmas bells and wedding vows sounds so beautiful! I think it’s going to be such a stunning read! I don’t celebrate christmas, but around that time I love to read winter stories. Anything fantasy, or magical set during winter <3

    • Yes! Isn’t there something wonderful about curling up with a wonderful winter book and a blanket and something warm to drink?

    • I don’t know if I’ve read that one before, but it sounds like a great Christmas read with the family! 🙂

  2. Thank you for the preorder! It looks great! Our favorite Christmas reading tradition is reading the Christmas story from Luke on Christmas Eve. We usually also read a little story called Christmas Oranges and share orange segments while we read!
    As far as reading new or well loved Christmas stories, I do a bit of both! There are a few that I read every year, but I also enjoy reading new books! It seems like there’s never enough time to read them all!

    • I love that tradition, Ami! I’ll have to look up Christmas Oranges. And I agree, there’s never enough time to read everything I want to! It’s fun to try though. 🙂

    • You’re so right, Rhonda! Christmas stories can definitely be read all year long. Such a great reminder of God’s gift at Christmas!

  3. Good morning and welcome Misty.
    Christmas is such a magical time of year. I love to read sweet Christmas stories of cowboys, but I also love to read a Christmas story about our Savior Jesus. I’ve read Karen Kingsbury’s book Family of Jesus& Friends of Jesus. Very very wonderful.

  4. Misty I LOVE Christmas books I’ve actually been reading already. I could read Christmas year round ! I do read a lot of Cowboy Christmas books, there is just something about a cowboy and Christmas that makes the book for me.

    • Yes, Rose! I love to read a variety of Christmas books, but there’s just something special about cowboy Christmas stories. 🙂

    • Oh, that’s definitely a great classic, Jess! We read it a few times through the Christmas season too. 🙂

  5. I always read the Christmas Story by Carol Heyerdahl to the children,grands, and greats. We discuss when the wise men really showed up and what Christmas means.

    • Me too! They’re such a great reminder of the Christmas season (and the reason for Christmas!) when the rest of the year gets busy. 🙂

  6. Good morning! Welcome back to P&P. I do not reread books, there are just too many excellent new books or just books I’ve yet to read.

    I’d love the opportunity to read your new book. A giveaway is a great way to find a new author to add to my go to authors list.

    • Thanks, Stephanie! You’re right that there are SO many excellent books, you can have a fulltime supply without ever rereading!

    • I look forward to reading Two Stones story as well as the other two. My favorite Christmas read is Shanna Hatfield’s Capturing Christmas. There is a scene in the book where the main characters dance to The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing and every time I watch White Christmas I think of Kash and Celia.

  7. I have done both that is reread a favorite or any new books that cross my path. It doesn’t really matter what time of the year it is, but I do read more Christmas books in the fall and winter.

    • I so agree! Fall and winter feel like the right time for Christmas books, but a great story is perfect for any time of year. 🙂

  8. I love Christmas books and I’m always eager to find some new titles but there’s one that I try to read every year. I discovered The Christmas Jars the first year that it was published and fell in love with Jason F. Wright’s story of love, kindness, and forgiveness. I’m looking forward to reading Christmas Bells and Wedding Vows!

  9. Misty – I ran across this collection a couple weeks ago, and I immediately put it on my wish list. You ladies are superstars, and I can’t wait to read these stories! I love reading Christmas novellas during the holiday. Short reads for a busy season yet filled with the Christmas spirit to put me in a holiday mood. I typically read new stories each year and have so much fun in the fall deciding which books I’ll add to my Christmas TBR pile. 🙂

    • Thanks, Karen! I completely agree that novellas are the perfect length for Christmas. I hope you love these stories! 🙂

  10. Hey Misty! And welcome again! I usually find new ones to read during the season. These Novellas sound good. I enjoy your books. Mountain men is a nice get-away from the cowboy. I like that the terrain is different. And they have different challenges to face. I’ve also enjoyed Lacy Williams’s books too. Best wishes to the three of you! And congrats on Healing a Mountain Man’s Heart belong a best seller!

  11. I read Christmas books year round, but I do like reading new ones close to Christmas. I really don’t re-read Christmas ones every year, I just don’t have time to re-read favorites, with so many new ones!

  12. I don’t have a Christmas reading tradition but I do love to discover new books and if the story resonates with me then I buy the book. Most times I start through the library and it really pulls me in then I buy my own copy. Terri Blackstock’s Catching Christmas was one of those, the grandmother reminded me a lot of my mom.

    • I LOVE that book, Naomi! Someone recommended it to me and it’s one of my favorite Christmas novellas now. You mentioning it makes me want to read it again this year. 🙂

  13. I love reading Christmas stories. I like the novellas. I rarely reread a book but I always read the birth of Jesus. Thank you for a chance to win your book.

  14. I love lots about Christmas, but mostly the Christmas movies, with the fanciful and childish ones my most favorite. We do not spend time with family during the holidays due to distance. So, it is very quiet in our house so I play Christmas music and watch the aforesaid movies. I will binge on the Hallmark station for a bit but they become too much sometime, unless it is filmed in one of my favorite spots. I read whatever I can get my hands from Lacy Williams and also believe she is quite a gifted author and super at short stories. Your Christmas book written with her and Jodi Hedlund looks to be very delightful and I look forward to it.

    • Christmas movies! They’re another special tradition at Christmas. 🙂 I completely agree about Lacy’s books. Praying you love this collection!

  15. Love stories of marriage of convenience. My grandfather on my mom’s side had three marriages that were marriage of convenience. His first wife died when my A. Ruth was 6 months old. There were also 3 older boys. He then married my mom’s mom. She had my uncle and a year later my mom. She passed away when my mom was 6 weeks old. He had to put all of the children in an orphanage. When a couple wanted to adopt my mom, one of the workers at the orphanage agreed to marry him so he could keep the family together. They added one more child my aunt. They were married over 50 years before she passed away. He married once more but he put it this way. She is the icing on my cake.

    • What a story, Barbara!!! That’s amazing. It really makes me want to put it in a book. 🙂 Your grandfather sounds like a special man!

  16. Welcome today. Christmas Belles…. sounds so exciting. I love to read new to me Christmas stories as well as some old favorites: An American Tail a Steven Spielberg Presentation of a Don Bluth Film / The Polar Express / Mary Did You Know? by Mark Lowry and The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere
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  17. I love reading and Christmas books are always special. I love reading the new novels and of course I always read the bible for the no room at the inn
    birth of Jesus and the

  18. Welcome, Misty! We always love having you. I love Christmas books. They fill my heart with so much warmth and love. I’ve written a few and would be pleased if you’d try my novella Hope’s Angel about accepting others who are a bit different. It’s on Amazon. Best of luck with your awesome release with those two superstars as Karen said. Enjoy your visit.

    • Oo, that sounds wonderful, Linda! I’m going to look for it now. 🙂 Thank you so much for always making me feel like family here on the blog. 🙂 Hugs and blessings!

  19. Our family’s Christmas reading tradition is to read the story of Jesus’ birth from the Bible before we open gifts. My family did that when I was a little girl, we always did it when our two kiddos were little, & we still do it now that our kiddos are grown (one married) & out of the house.

    As far as my personal Christmas reading traditions, I guess I’d have to say I do a little bit of both… rereading favorites & catching a few new ones every year. I love Christmas & always enjoy a good Christmas story!

  20. I don’t have a Christmas reading tradition, per se, but I do like to read at least one Christmas-themed story to help me welcome and enjoy the season. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your book.

    • I’m amazed at how many wonderful new Christmas stories are out this year! You’re in for some great reading. 🙂

  21. I love reading Christmas stories all year round! There are so many why limit it to just the Christmas season. It is also possible that I will re read them too! I mean why not when they are so good!

  22. I love all things Christmas! The books with Christmas themes, take up several shelves in the house, and I believe, almost 2,000 titles in my E reader and E library! I read Christmas books all year long. I love reading about all the Christmas Magic that is written about, and how hard hearts become new and tender. Of course, the very first book i read, is the Bible, and the first Christmas. It is the first “heart changer” and it sets me up for all the rest of the stories.

    • Nanci, your message made me grin from the first sentence! You sound like a person I would LOVE to be friends with! (and not just so I can borrow from your library!). You’ve completely captured the wonderfulness of Christmas stories. 🙂

  23. I will read Christmas stories all year long because I enjoy them so much. However, I choose one special book each year and save it to read during December.

    • I love that tradition, Roxanne! I love reading Christmas stories all year too, but it’s also wonderful to have something to anticipate at Christmastime. 🙂

  24. Hello Misty as I love to read I love reading new and old Christmas books! Have a Blessed weekend Your book sounds amazing!

  25. Hi, Misty, I like to read both new and older stories. Old favorites always remind me of dear friends and new ones bring exciting and different perspectives and experiences. Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. I read aloud from Luke 2 on Christmas Eve. I do not have a set time to read Christmas books. I could grab one anytime of year. Thank you for being here and sharing. God bless you.

  27. I actually do a little of both. I have a couple of shelves of Christmas books, mostly anthologies, that are keepers. I reread as many as I can each year. It is getting harder every year because so many new books come out and many will find room on those shelves. It sounds like Christmas Bells And Wedding Vows is a good candidate to find a spot on the shelves.

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