Author Tamara Passey – Christmas Countdown Blitz, Day 10 @TamaraPassey

Tamara Passey was born and raised in Massachusetts around a large family, one that has served as inspiration for most of her writing. She was named Arizona Young Mother of the Year in 2013 and contributes marriage and family articles to FamilyShare.com. She loves most creative endeavors and when she isn’t writing or re-writing, you can find her baking or cross-stitching or walking–though not all at the same time. She lives with her husband and three children in Arizona. Other titles by Tamara include The Christmas Tree Keeper: A Novel, and Mothering through the Whirlwind, a short memoir.
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Four seasons. That’s how long Angela Donovan hoped to know Mark Shafer before they married. But less than a year later, she still fears that she’s repeating the mistake of a failed relationship. 
 
As Christmas approaches, she senses Mark’s plans for a proposal, and wonders if she can learn to trust again. Mark has learned all there is to know about the Shafer miracle trees—or so he thinks. 
 
Papa reveals secrets about the trees’ matchmaking power just as a highway expansion threatens to destroy the family legacy. Mark is determined to save the farm, and the promise of love stirring in the branches of the Shafer miracle trees. Heartwarming and engaging, 
The Tree Keeper’s Promise captures the warmth and wonder of the holiday season.
Q & A with the Author
Describe yourself in 50 words or less
I can write a novel, but ask me to describe myself, and I get writer’s block. I’ve lived as many years in the southwest as I have in the northeast. Both places are dear to me. Also, I love to be creative for the joy it brings.  
What do you love most in the world? 
My family.
What do you fear most? 
Scorpions.
What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
Finishing my degree. What am I doing to reach it? Deciding my major.
What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done? 
Motherhood (and still doing it).
Now that we’ve gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it’s yours. What’s your story?
Once upon a time there was a little girl who wanted to write books so she could share stories with her friends. But every time she would visit the library, or read a great book, she would get the idea that she wasn’t smart enough to write her own. Until she was grown and became a mom and was taking care of her daughter who had been sick for several days—during a sleepless night, she had an idea—miracle Christmas trees. She was so excited about the story, she didn’t stop to doubt herself. And The Christmas Tree Keeper was born!
 
 
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Author Tamara Passey – Christmas Countdown Blitz, Day 9 @TamaraPassey

Tamara Passey was born and raised in Massachusetts around a large family, one that has served as inspiration for most of her writing. She was named Arizona Young Mother of the Year in 2013 and contributes marriage and family articles to FamilyShare.com. She loves most creative endeavors and when she isn’t writing or re-writing, you can find her baking or cross-stitching or walking–though not all at the same time. She lives with her husband and three children in Arizona. Other titles by Tamara include The Christmas Tree Keeper: A Novel, and Mothering through the Whirlwind, a short memoir.
Connect with the Author here: 
~ Blog ~ Website
Though Angela Donovan is out of work and needs money for rent, she yearns for her eight-year-old daughter to have a carefree holiday.
The last thing she wants is the pressure of her daughter expecting a miracle.
But when they pick out a Christmas tree at a cozy Massachusetts tree farm that’s exactly what happens when they learn the trees might be miracle trees.
Mark Shafer is soon to be the new keeper of the Christmas trees when he inherits the family farm. He’d like to run it with a family of his own, but his girlfriend wants nothing to do with farm life. He makes plans to sell so he can propose to his girlfriend and pursue a career in music. Then he meets an unforgettable customer and her daughter, and an  anonymous gift compels them to learn the truth about the trees.

With a buyer willing to pay top dollar for the land, Mark has the fate of the trees in his hand. Will he be able to see what and who is most important? And will Angela give the miracle of love a chance?”
Top Ten List: 
  1. Born in Stoughton–Massachusetts, pronounced Stow-ten, basically not like it looks.
  2. Grew up in Brockton, Massachusetts, home of Rocky Marciano, the boxer. Other than our hometown, he and I don’t have anything else in common. I’m a writer, not a fighter.
  3. I took sailing lessons on the Charles River one summer.
  4. I loved riding my bike, exploring streams, and playing at the park near my house.
  5. I learned to bake bread when I was 36 and found out I’m pretty good at it.
  6. I worked as janitor in college, my hours were 3 to 6 in the morning. I learned how much goes on in the world while most people are sleeping. And the importance of warm socks.
  7. In 2013, I was named Arizona Young Mother of the Year. I attended a convention in NYC and had to give a speech. I was very humbled and also terrified, I burned my forehead with my curling iron and have the scar to help me remember the lovely honor.
  8. I cross-stitch. I think it’s a lost art.
  9. I won a poetry contest in high-school, which may have given me too much encouragement.
  10. I love life even when it is hard.
 
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