Over the River and Through the Woods by Mindful Writers Retreat Series book tour #giveaway ends 12/8 WW

My Review: What could be better than a book full of diverse and enchanting stories to get one into the Christmas spirit? This book will definitely find your Christmas spirit even if it’s buried deep within. Below are two stories from the book that will leave you wanting to read more. This book is full of short stories, and poems from 21 authors. There is even a recipe for Black and White Cheesecake Bars. This book would make a great gift for someone who loves the holidays and all that the holidays mean. Written by: Debbie S. I received this book in exchange for a review.

A holiday pastiche from the authors of Mindful Writers Retreat, sure to light your festive candles! From a Thanksgiving snow storm that mends old feuds… to the family misunderstandings that fuel new ones… a quirky elf and some romantic stardust will get you ready to go Over the River and Through the Woods on a journey through time! Proceeds benefit Ligonier Camp & Conference Center Home of the Mindful Writers Retreats, Ligonier, PA

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Book Excerpts



A GIFT by Lori M. Jones


Also available in the Mindful Writers Retreat Series… Into the Woods is the title and theme for this assortment of short stories, poems, essays, music, and one walking meditation. Each piece is unique in tone and genre and the result is that the collection captures the fascinating, frightening, fun, healing, and fantastical wonder of time spent in the woods. The twenty-six contributors who attend Mindful Writers Retreats in the mountains of Ligonier, Pennsylvania, are donating one hundred percent of the proceeds to support the research and work of The Children’s Heart Foundation.

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Mindful Writers Retreat Authors Many of the writers who contributed to the anthology. The retreats happen at Ligonier camp and conference center in Ligonier, PA. Twenty-one Mindful Writers Retreat Authors contributed to OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS. The group consists of bestsellers, award-winners, first-time authors, seasoned veterans, poets, memoirists, essayists, musicians, journalists, novelists, and short story writers who are traditionally, self and hybrid published. At Mindful Writers Retreats the labels don’t create a hierarchy, but instead reveal the richness of those who attend. Every single writer contributes to the magic and the fun that results from meditation, walking in the woods, and hour upon hour of mindful writing. “Thanksgiving Traveler” – Janet McClintock “Solstice” – Eileen Enwright Hodgetts “Magic Sleigh Bed” – Michele Savaunah Zirkle “Tidings of Comfort and Joyce” – Kimberly Kurth Gray “The Bridge on the River Obi-Wan” – Ramona DeFelice Long “Reminiscing on the Nostalgia of Happier Times” – Amy Morley “Christmas Pearl” – Demi Stevens “Once Upon a Life Well Spent” – Hilary Hauck “The Christmas Tree” – Kathleen Shoop “Tink” – Abigail Drake “Limited Time Offer” – Phil Giunta “Cranberry River” – Lorraine Donohue Bonzelet “The Christmas Angel” – MaryAlice Meli “A Gift” – Lori M. Jones “Stars of Peace” – N.J. Hammer “Fathers and Daughters” – Jennifer Diamond “The Day the Magic Died” – James Robinson, Jr. “Shaping Christmas” – Denise Weaver “Buon Natale” – Cara Reinard “First Nativity” – Larry Schardt “’Twas a Hard Day’s Night and Another Auld Lang Syne” – Sherren Elias Pensiero Many of the writers who contributed to the anthology. The retreats happen at Ligonier camp and conference center in Ligonier, PA.

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  1. Irene W | | Reply

    Sounds like a good book to read…

  2. Carole D | | Reply

    It puts me in the Christmas spirit!

  3. Rose | | Reply

    This sounds like a wonderful book written by some amazing authors. I wrote poetry for many years and administrated a writing group. I am always happy to support fellow writers. I will have to order a copy. Thank you for introducing me to Over the River and Through the Woods.

  4. kathleen shoop | | Reply

    Thank you so very much for reading and reviewing! So glad you liked it!

    • kissygluvvym | | Reply

      I truly loved it! It left me wanting to read more.

  5. wendy hutton | | Reply

    reading christmas stories reminds me of my childhood

  6. Anna Johnson | | Reply

    Amanda’s Fall is a unique children’s book and has a much needed message.
    This should have been ouf yeas ago!
    Parents need to know about it
    I wouldn’t have if not for your insightful and knowledgeable review on this fun blog!

  7. Anna Johnson | | Reply

    I also caught your review of of Over the River and Through the Woods. A nice collection that will appeal to many. Who doesn’t enjoy a recipe with a quick glance at a poem to bring them in further to a short story or two to be in the spirit?
    Again, I wouldn’t know about this book if not for your review and blog! Nice work! Thank you

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