Monday, December 6, 2021

The Living Christmas Tree by Kristin Sponaugle - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway


Join Us for This Tour from November 26 to December 17

Book Details:

Book Title The Living Christmas Tree by Kristin Sponaugle
Category:  Children's Fiction (ages 3 to 7), 38 pages
Genre:  Children's Book
Publisher:  Mascot
Release date:   September 2021
Formats Available for Review: print-hardback USA, e-book (PDF)
Tour dates: November 26 to December 17
Content Rating:  G.  Suitable for everyone.

***** 2021 Family Choice Award Winner *****

Book Description:

During the day, the Miller family’s Christmas tree stands tall in their living room, sparkling with lights and ornaments. Little does the family know that their Christmas tree is anything but ordinary. Each evening, the magic of Christmas brings their tree to life—much to the delight of Hannah and William Miller. Follow along as Hannah and William experience the magic of Christmas in a whole new way.

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My Review
The Living Christmas Tree is a delightfully magical children's book about a special Christmas tree and the ornaments that adorn it. Each holiday season, when the tree goes up, the ornaments come to life. They spend the year hibernating, but once they're on the tree, the magic makes them come alive. The ornaments enjoy racing up and down the tree, singing Christmas carols, and telling stories. But what happens when, one night, one of the children wakes and spies them moving about on the tree? 
I thought this was such a cute, fun book. It's got wonderful illustrations and an easy-to-read story, and young readers will love how festive and enchanting it is. 
A must-read for children for the holidays. 
5 stars!

Guest Post
Getting Started: An Unusual Path to Becoming an Author

            I have dreamed of being an author since I was a child. The only problem was that I actually didn’t like my English or writing classes in school! I distinctly remember sitting in my tenth-grade writing class, beyond frustrated with the writing prompt we were given. My next class was Honors English, which I equally loathed. It just so happened that our guidance counselor was there to talk with us about how we should start thinking about what we would want to major in if we went to college. After hearing a classmate ask questions about going to medical school, I promptly decided that if she could go to medical school, then I could too! That day, I went to the guidance counselor’s office and immediately dropped my writing course and picked up anatomy and physiology instead.

            It was quite the spontaneous decision to completely switch the trajectory of my future, but it paid off. I ended up loving the medical sciences and graduated with my masters from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where I studied to be a Physician Assistant. I practiced clinically as a Physician Assistant for over eight years and thoroughly enjoyed it, but the desire to be a published author still lingered in the back of my mind.

            One day, while sitting in my living room, an idea came to me for a storyline for a children’s book. The idea truly just popped into my head. I wrote it down and ended up submitting it to a few publishers. To my complete surprise, my book, The Princess Puppy, was picked up by Mascot Books! Fast forward a few months later, and I was tutoring a local high school student before Christmas break, when out of nowhere it hit me that I had a great idea for another children’s book! When I was little, I would often pretend that the ornaments would come to life on my family’s Christmas tree and have all sorts of adventures. I jotted my childhood memories down, and the story that became The Living Christmas Tree was born and was published about two years later.

            Life is full of twists and turns, but I am so glad that I could accomplish my lifelong dream of becoming a published author. It’s a lot of work to write, edit, and publish a book, but it’s so worth it to see your ideas come to life on paper and have the joy of sharing them with others. I encourage any aspiring author to keep writing and reading! The more you write and read, the more inspiration you gain, and you never know when an idea may come to life for you!


Meet the Author:

Kristin Sponaugle was born in Butler, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Duquesne University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in health sciences and her master’s degree in physician assistant studies. Kristin had always dreamed of becoming an author, and made that dream a reality with her two published children’s books, The Princess Puppy and The Living Christmas Tree. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cross-stitching, and playing with her Maltese dog, Rosie. Kristin lives with her husband, daughter, and Rosie, and resides wherever the Air Force sends them.

Connect with the Author: website ~ facebook ~ instagram
Tour Schedule:

Nov 26 – Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 26 - The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Nov 29 - Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 29 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 29 - Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Nov 29 - My Bookish Bliss - book review / giveaway
Nov 30 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 30 - Triquetra Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 1 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / spotlight
Dec 1 - Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Dec 2 – @twilight_reader – book review
Dec 2 - The Phantom Paragrapher – book review / giveaway
Dec 3 - Rockin' Book Reviews - book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 3 – Books for Books – book review
Dec 6 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 6 – Kam's Place – book review
Dec 7 - icefairy's Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Dec 8 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Dec 8 – fundinmental – book review / giveaway
Dec 9 – All Booked Up Reviews – Instagram – book review
Dec 9 - Older & Smarter? – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 10 – Sandra's Book Club – book review / giveaway
Dec 13 – Bigreadersite – book review / giveaway
Dec 14 – Captive Dreams Window – book review
Dec 14 - She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 15 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
Dec 15 - The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 16 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Dec 16 - I'm Into Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 17 – Cover To Cover Café – book review

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