Grumpy the Gator

In Grumpy the Gator, a group of children playing encounter a grumpy alligator. The story teaches children to always keep a safe distance from animals in the wild, and to find an adult if they see an alligator.

Grumpy the Gator

Its Always A Story With The Hendersons

Once Upon A Christmas novella

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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My Review

What a great way to retell some classic tales. Each author brings a unique telling of a specific story. Read this book and you will want to read other stories by these authors. I enjoyed reading each story. I received a complimentary copy of the book. No review was required.

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. Vist 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

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, October 2

Back Porch Reads , October 2

Activating Faith, October 2

A Baker’s Perspective, October 3

Genesis 5020, October 3

Among the Reads, October 4

Just Your Average reviews, October 4

Through the Fire Blogs, October 5

Adventures of a Travelers Wife , October 5

Quiet Quilter, October 6

Blogging With Carol , 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

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 9

A Diva’s Heart , October 9

A Reader’s Brain, October 10

Maureen’s Musings, October 10

Hebrews 12 Endurance, October 10

Remembrancy, October 11

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, October 11

For Him and My Family, October 12

She Lives to Read, October 12

Inklings and notions , October 13

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, October 13

Blossoms and Blessings, October 13

Simple Harvest Reads, October 14

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 14

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.

  • Jill Weatherholt
    Posted at 07:32h, 08 October Reply

    Sounds like a great collection. Thanks for sharing, Melissa!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 12:32h, 08 October Reply

      Hello Jill. I enjoyed reading each story. 🙂 Have a blessed day!

    • Mikal
      Posted at 13:11h, 08 October Reply

      Thank you so much, Jill!

  • Cathe Swanson
    Posted at 12:46h, 08 October Reply

    Such a creative collection!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 12:48h, 08 October Reply

      The authors are very creative. They give us interesting twists and turns to each story. Have a blessed day! 🙂

  • Mikal
    Posted at 13:11h, 08 October Reply

    Thank you so much for being part of this blog tour, Melissa!!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 13:14h, 08 October Reply

      You are very welcome! Glad to share about these stories and the authors. 🙂 Have a blessed day!

  • Andrea Boyd
    Posted at 14:02h, 08 October Reply


    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 14:07h, 08 October Reply


  • Bettie G
    Posted at 14:40h, 08 October Reply

    Sounds like a great Holiday read!!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 15:03h, 08 October Reply

      Yes, a great read. I think this collection would make a great Christmas gift. 🙂 Have a blessed day!

  • Lynn J Simpson
    Posted at 14:59h, 08 October Reply

    The stories all sound creative and intriguing! And happy to meet some new authors!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 15:04h, 08 October Reply

      These stories are all special. The authors are special, too. Each one has a unique way of sharing stories. Have a blessed day Lynn. 🙂

  • Toni
    Posted at 16:38h, 08 October Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing, Melissa!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 16:59h, 08 October Reply

      Toni, you are very welcome. I enjoyed reading all the stories. 🙂 Have a blessed week!

  • me
    Posted at 17:19h, 09 October Reply

    I love Christmas collections! I’m already planning for my month of Christmas books in December.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 17:26h, 09 October Reply

      Wonderful! I love Christmas collections, too. Hope you enjoy reading these stories. Have a blessed week!

  • carylkane
    Posted at 22:03h, 09 October Reply

    This collections sounds delightful! Thank you for sharing.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 22:25h, 09 October Reply

      Hope you get a chance to read these stories. 🙂 Have a blessed week!

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