Friday, October 4, 2019

Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway Once Upon a Christmas by Andrea Boyd, Mikal Dawn, Toni Shiloh, Angela Ruth Strong, and Jaycee Weaver

About the Book

Book: Once Upon A Christmas

Author: Andrea Boyd, Mikal Dawn, Toni Shiloh, Angela Ruth Strong, Jaycee Weaver

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: October 1, 2019

Embrace the magic of the Christmas season with these contemporary twists on timeless tales.

Upon a Dream — A rare sleeping disorder keeps Talia from performing, but when Philip recognizes her gift, he’ll do whatever it takes to see her onstage.

Claim My Heart — Li Na and Colin Wen face off in a Mulan-esque courtroom battle where the real win might be losing their hearts.

A Snow White Christmas — Sheltered heiress Amala White flees her conniving stepmother’s plans and finds refuge with a handsome orchard owner and his seven quirky uncles.

Christmas Ella — Reality TV meets Cinderella story when a location director is swept off her feet by a rising star.

A Splash of Love — Las Vegas glitz meets Land of Enchantment culture in A Splash of Love, a modern twist on the Little Mermaid.

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About the Authors

Andrea Boyd Author–

Each of Andrea Boyd’s series represents a different genre but all fall into the category of romance. All offer an element of her own brand of humor. And all are a tribute to God. Besides writing, she loves spending time with her family, quilting, going to car shows, and driving around in her 1968 Barracuda convertible. Andrea lives with her husband, Tommy, and at least a couple of cats in York County, SC. Visit her at

Mikal Dawn Author

Mikal Dawn is an inspirational romance author, wedding enthusiast, and military (retired) wife. When she isn’t writing about faith, fun, and forever, she is obsessively scouring Pinterest (with coffee in hand!) for wedding ideas for her characters.

Mikal lives in Oklahoma with her husband and two of their three children. Visit her at

Toni Shiloh Author

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. Visit her at

Angela Ruth Strong Author

 Angela Ruth Strong sold her first Christian romance novel in 2009 then quit writing romance when her husband left her. Ten years later, God has shown her the true meaning of love, and there’s nothing else she’d rather write about. Her books have since earned TOP PICK in Romantic Times, been optioned for film, won the Cascade Award, and been Amazon bestsellers. She also writes non-fiction for SpiritLed Woman. To help aspiring authors, she started IDAhope Writers where she lives in Idaho, and she teaches as an expert online at WRITE THAT BOOK. Visit her at

Jaycee Weaver Author

Jaycee Weaver is a wife, mother, and substitute teacher living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Jaycee writes contemporary Christian romance with lifelike characters in everyday situations who always get their happy ending. Visit her at 

More from the Authors

Dear Readers,

Thank you for stopping by the Celebrate Lit blog tour of Once Upon a Christmas. We are so excited to bring you this Christmas collection. All of us had a lot of fun writing it as we delved into the fairy tales of Sleeping Beauty, Mulan, Snow White, Cinderella, and The Little Mermaid.

What we discovered when writing is that in the heart of every girl is the desire to be a princess. Now, I’m not talking about dressing up in a beautiful gown and wearing a crown while twirling around (although I, Toni, admit I would do that in a heartbeat). No, we discovered that in the heart of every girl (sister, mom, daughter, etc) is the desire to be loved and accepted.

Can Talia find someone who can accept all of her, including her health issues? Can Amala find someone who will love her for her and not her money? Can Li find acceptance for who she truly is and not the façade she presents? Will Ella find a familial kind of love? And Gabrielle, can she find a love so powerful that all her dreams will come true?

As the heroines of our stories journey down their path to love and acceptance, they all come to realize a deep-seated truth. They are loved. They are princesses. They have a love of a King who laid down His life for theirs. A King who is preparing a home for them. A King who sees who they truly are and loves them without hesitation.

As you read these stories, we pray they touch your heart. We pray they entertain you and maybe even make you laugh a time or two. And lastly, we pray the Christmas truths bless you this holiday season.


Andrea, Mikal, Toni, Angela, and Jaycee

Blog Stops

Back Porch Reads , October 2
Activating Faith, October 2
Genesis 5020, October 3
Among the Reads, October 4
Quiet Quilter, October 6
Stories By Gina , October 7
Batya’s Bits, October 7
Cordially Barbara, October 7
Melissa Henderson, October 8
Connect In Fiction, October 8
A Diva’s Heart , October 9
A Reader’s Brain, October 10
Maureen’s Musings, October 10
Remembrancy, October 11
She Lives to Read, October 12
Texas Book-aholic, October 15
janicesbookreviews, October 15


To celebrate their tour, the Once Upon a Christmas authors are giving away the grand prize of a Kindle Fire!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

My Thoughts:

5 Stars!

What a fabulous collection of contemporary fairytale retellings all set during Christmas! 

Upon a Dream by Andrea Boyd

This was my first time reading one of Andrea's books and it definitely will not be my last! This story was so fun and absolutely delightful. Sleeping Beauty is one of my favorite fairytales and this was a super intriguing and wonderfully unique take on the classic story! I loved every minute! I was absolutely fascinated by the theater aspect of the story! I loved Phillip and Talia, and her aunts were a total hoot! Highly recommended. 
(5 Stars!)

Claim My Heart by Mikal Dawn

What an incredibly fun and enchanting story! I must confess that I have never seen Mulan, so this is the only novella in the collection that I was not familiar with its original fairytale, but that did not in any way hinder my enjoyment of the story! Li Na and Colin were such awesome characters! I couldn't stop smiling while I read this novella, and I loved everything about it! Highly recommended. I cannot wait to go back and read Mikal's novel, Count Me In! (And I totally plan to watch Mulan soon!)
(5 Stars!)

A Snow White Christmas by Toni Shiloh

Ahh, this story! *blissful sigh* It's absolutely phenomenal! There isn't a single thing about Amala and Marcus's story that I didn't absolutely love! I felt like I completely melted into this storyworld, and I did not want to leave when it was over, in fact I'm already itching to reread it! This novella made me so happy, and I had the biggest grin on my face when I turned the final page! Love, love, LOVED IT! A Snow White Christmas is not to be missed! Highly recommended.
(5 Stars!)

Christmas Ella by Angela Ruth Strong 

Such a super fun and original take on Cinderella! I loved Ella and Paxton, they made such a great couple, and Paxton is totally swoon-worthy! This story was so much fun to read, that I didn't want it to end! This is only the second book by this author that I've read, but I absolutely love her writing style and author voice, and cannot wait to read more of her books! Christmas Ella is an awesome read that I so enjoyed! Highly recommended! 
(5 Stars!)

A Splash of Love by Jaycee Weaver

Absolutely fantastic! I truly loved all the novellas in this collection, but A Splash of Love is tied with A Snow White Christmas for my favorite of the collection! 
I'm pretty sure this is the first Little Mermaid retelling I've ever read, I was so excited to read it, and it had me totally spellbound from page one! I loved this story SO MUCH! Brie and Derek were such fabulous characters, and it was an absolute joy to watch their romance develop! This story completely swept me away, and I totally felt like I armchair traveled to Las Vegas, and Albuquerque right alongside the characters! I also totally loved that this story is splendidly written in alternating first person POV, as first person POV is one of my favorite things! I couldn't stop reading this story and absolutely loved every minute of it! Highly recommended! 
(5 Stars!)

I received an ebook copy of this book from the publisher which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.


  1. I'm so happy you loved the collection! Thank you for sharing your review and being a part of the blog tour!

  2. Ohmygoodness, what a BEAUTIFUL review of our stories!! Thank you so much!! And thank you for being part of this blog tour!! <3

  3. Oh my goodness! I'm so very honored by your incredible review. Thank you for being part of the blog tour with us!

  4. I guess I should have read Mikal's post before I posted mine. HA HA! Great minds think so very alike. LOL!

  5. I'm glad I didn't disappoint a fellow fan of Sleeping Beauty! Thanks for the wonderful review!

  6. Wonderful review! Thank you for being part of the tour.