A Louisiana Christmas to Remember Release Day! Giveaway, virtual party & more

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A Louisiana Christmas to Remember


Novella Collection

I am so thrilled that it’s RELEASE DAY today for my debut novella from Barbour Publishing as part of “A Louisiana Christmas to Remember.” Hooray!!
And we’re hosting a week-long virtual Facebook celebration with a giveaway & more! (More details below.)
What a privilege and honor to be published in this wonderful three-novella collection with the very talented Lenora Worth and Betsy St. Amant. We had the best time brainstorming and writing these stories set in our home state. We hope you enjoy spending time with Mattie, Jolene, Adale, and Granny Eloise! Happy reading!

About the Book

Three heartwarming, interconnected stories of faith, love, and restoration
A Rare Snowfall Leads to a Christmas to Remember Three heartwarming, interconnected stories of faith, love, and restoration, brought to you by three Louisiana-native authors. 
Will a rare snowy Louisiana Christmas bring restoration and hope to the hometown and hearts of three women from the town’s founding family?
In A Louisiana Snow by Morgan Tarpley Smith, meet Mattie: A passionate visionary who learns to forgive and finds love in unexpected places…
In Restoring Christmas by Betsy St. Amant, meet Jolene: An artist and prodigal daughter who discovers love exists in the very place she once called home…
In A Christmas Reunion by Lenora Worth, meet Adale: A beautiful widow who finally dares to love again…
And don’t forget Granny, whose feisty spirit, blunt dialogue, and quirky ways play an important and endearing role.

The Virtual Release Party

We’re throwing a week-long virtual release party in our Facebook group featuring multiple giveaways, guest authors, recipes, group discussions & more! It starts TODAY! We’d love to have you join us! (Click the button below to join our Facebook group)

The Grand Giveaway

To celebrate the release of “A Louisiana Christmas to Remember” we’re hosting a Grand Giveaway!

ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE winner will win the following: a $25 Amazon gift card, a paperback copy of “A Louisiana Christmas to Remember” & a Christmas decoration inspired by a scene in the book.

Enter the giveaway below through Rafflecopter below. (We apologize, but the giveaway is for U.S. residents only.) The winner will be drawn at random by Rafflecopter on Saturday, September 8 and be notified as soon as possible.

Thank you for entering our giveaway & helping us celebrate our release!!

What are your favorite parts of Christmas–traditions, songs, decorations, food, gatherings, etc.?



  1. Melissa Nagler

    I’m so excited I pre-ordered and my copy will be here September 11.

    • Linda May

      My favorite traditions are decorating, baking cookies with my grandsons, going to The Chicago Botanical Gardens Christmas Lights Festival. Thanks for you amazing generosity.

  2. Perrianne Askew

    I think food is my most favorite tradition, I cook a traditional Thanksgiving feast on Christmas day….yep, turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce (homemade) and all of the trimmings. (Someone else does the Thanksgiving meal for our family). This allows me to cook things the way I like them.

    • Morgan Tarpley Smith

      Ooh yes love the food! Good choice. I’m getting hungry just reading your comment. 🙂 lol

  3. Donna Irvin

    I love all the traditional church hymns, and then Christmas music on the radio, old CD,’s albums!
    It would not be truthful to forget to mention all the food, the ham my sister makes and the pumpkin pie and pecan pie I make! 😋

  4. Megan Schaulis

    We’ve been creating new traditions now that we have our own family and live in a new state. One new favorite is a mini trip just us (me, husband, daughter).

    • Morgan Tarpley Smith

      Aww I love that new tradition! My husband, son and I like to take mini trips too. Sometimes in lieu of birthday or anniversary presents, etc. The memories are priceless.

  5. Jennifer Smith

    I love our stockings, the way we open gifts, the advent calendars all the month of December, and my grandson’s favorite: homemade gingerbread boys!

    • Morgan Tarpley Smith

      Love all those things! And making cookies with your grandson is certainly priceless. 🙂

  6. Roxanne C.

    I have loved Christmas music since I was a child, and I have collected many Christmas albums over the years. I play Christmas music starting the day after Thanksgiving until Three Kings Day, January 6.

    • Morgan Tarpley Smith

      Love this! I’m sure you have quite an amazing collection. 🙂

  7. Adik Miftakhur

    I love everything about Christmas, from food, the festives and the fact that I could gather with my big family. that’s the most anticioated thing to do

    • Morgan Tarpley Smith

      I agree! I just love the season in general and all the hope, love and joy it can bring.

  8. Sol Draper

    There are so many wonderful and joyful aspects to Christmas! I am looking forward to celebrating the season with family and friends and cozying up to read a good book or two 😉

  9. Paula Shreckhise

    My favorite part of Christmas celebrations are the ones that honor Christ. Like the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.

    • Morgan Tarpley Smith

      Yes, I love those celebrations too. I love going to the live nativity that a local church does and the candlelight Christmas Eve service.

  10. Sherall Cornwell

    We usually watch “A Muppet Christmas Carol” in august. We didn’t this year. So sad! It is the best retelling of “A Christmas Carol” I’ve ever seen!

    • Morgan Tarpley Smith

      You should watch it in September then! 🙂 What a fun tradition.

  11. Jeanna Massman

    We love hosting a gathering of family and friends on Christmas Eve.

    • Morgan Tarpley Smith

      That’s awesome! Our family gets together on Christmas Eve too.

  12. Kerri Norrod

    I enjoy the Christmas music, baking, and shopping for gifts. I also love spending time with my family!

  13. Marion

    I enjoy our family traditions and hearing from family and friends that we haven’t heard from throughout the year.

  14. Debra Pruss

    I am so excited about this book. Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you.

  15. Courtney

    My favorite things about the Christmas season are decorating the tree, the extra acts of kindness that seem to come through from everyone, and spending time with family.

  16. Shannan

    The older I get the more family members are passing away. Christmas is going to be tough this year. However my favorite things are baking my Christmas cookies for my family and friends who absolutely love them. And the Christmas music.. the hymns and the songs on the Christian radio stations. We are hoping my parents will be coming for Christmas too ❤️

  17. Sherry Brown

    I love revisiting my Christmas ornaments year after year. Brings me so my memories. One of my favorite parts of Christmas.

  18. Melanie McCall

    This Louisiana native enjoys hearing her husband read The Cajun Night Before Christmas! But also, giving presents, reminiscing through my ornament list – when, where, and from whom we received it… but ultimately attending Christmas Eve service at church!

  19. Trixi O.

    Spending the day with loved ones eating a good meal, opening presents and watching Christmas movies together!

  20. Gloria Ashley

    Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year amd I love everything about it. My favorite tradition is putting our tree up. I do it the same way my mom did and it takes me back to memories of her and some of the good from my childhood. It brings pure joy to my heart in seeing my children the way I feel my momma saw my siblings and I. Their eyes just light up and sparkle right along with the lights on the tree amd we reminisce over the ornaments we’ve collected through the years.

  21. Connie Porter Saunders

    I love decorating with some of my favorite treasures, continuing my mom’s tradition of baking jam cakes for Christmas, and attending the Christmas program at our church.

  22. Andrea Conner

    Favorite part of Christmas is spending time with family looking at the neighborhood Christmas lights and displays

  23. Joy Burke

    I love just being with my kids since it is just us, and they are growing up way too fast.


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