Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway: Silent Days, Holy Night by Phyllis Clark Nichols

Silent Days Holy Night blog tour

Let's all get in the mood for Christmas with this blog tour and giveaway for Silent Days, Holy Night by Phyllis Clark Nichols, hosted by JustRead Tours.


silent days, holy night Title: Silent Days, Holy Night  
Author: Phyllis Clark Nichols  
Publisher: Gilead Publishing  
Release Date: October 30, 2018  
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction/Christmas  

The sounds of Christmases past echo through a silent house...  

Everyone in town knows Emerald Crest, the green granite mansion atop the highest hill: the legendary, lavish Christmas festivities that used to light up the nights— and the silence that followed when the parties abruptly stopped many years ago. And everyone has heard whispers about the reclusive, mysterious master of the manor, Henry Lafferty the Second . . .

When eleven-year-old Julia Russell steps into the great house for the first time and meets Mr. Lafferty, the entire course of her life is altered. She meets a man who is nothing at all like the rumors she’s heard from neighbors and classmates. He’s kind and extraordinarily talented—he also happens to be deaf and uses a wheelchair. And when she overhears a secret about him, Julia decides it’s time for the town to bring Christmas back to Emerald Crest—an act that will change them all forever.

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H hung up. I looked at the clock. 6:38. I ran to the garage. “Dad, H just called.” I forgot I wasn’t supposed to call him that. “You must go, and you have to get there fast. He used all capital letters.”

“What? Julia, slow down.” Dad came down the attic stairs.

“It’s another broken window, and Mr. Lafferty wants you to come right now.”

“How do you know this?” Dad shuffled the rest of the bins out of the pathway to the mudroom. “Oh, yes, the TTY. I forgot.”

“He just called. He said Mr. Hornsby was chasing two guys. He watched them from the window.”

“Two. One is vandalism. Two? That’s trouble.” Dad looked at Mom. “Could you get me the key to the mansion? It’s in my top right-hand desk drawer, and it’s labeled.” Then he looked at Jackson. “Son, get your heavy jacket. You’re going with me.”

“Yes, sir. I’ll get the big flashlight from the gun closet. You want me to get my gun?” “No. Don’t need to shoot anybody over a broken window. Just the light, and let’s get going.” Dad looked at me. “Did Mr. Lafferty say anything else?”

“No, sir, just to get there as soon as you can.” I followed Dad inside.

“I’m getting my jacket too.”

“No, you’re not. You’re staying here with your mom.” Dad grabbed his heavy coat and gloves.

“But Mr. Lafferty’s my friend, and Jackson doesn’t even know him. I can make him feel okay. And besides, you can’t even communicate with him.”

“Not happening, Julia. You’ll be more help here talking to him on the TTY. Come on, Jackson.”

Mom returned with the key. Dad and Jackson were in the truck and out of the garage in less than three minutes.   



Phyllis Clark Nichols’s character-driven Southern fiction explores profound human questions using the imagined residents of small town communities you just know you’ve visited before. With a strong faith and a love for nature, art, music, and ordinary people, she tells redemptive tales of loss and recovery, estrangement and connection, longing and fulfillment . . . often through surprisingly serendipitous events.

Phyllis grew up in the deep shade of magnolia trees in South Georgia. Born during a hurricane, she is no stranger to the winds of change: In addition to her life as a novelist, Phyllis is a seminary graduate, concert pianist, and cofounder of a national cable network with health- and disability-related programming. Regardless of the role she’s playing, Phyllis brings creativity and compelling storytelling.

She frequently appears at conventions, conferences, civic groups, and churches, performing half-hour musical monologues that express her faith, joy, and thoughts about life—all with the homespun humor and gentility of a true Southern woman.

Phyllis currently serves on several nonprofit boards. She lives in the Texas Hill Country with her portrait-artist husband.  

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silent days, holy night giveaway


(1) winner will receive (US only):
  • a print copy of Silent Days, Holy Night by Phyllis Clark Nichols
  • a print copy of Sleigh Bells Ring by various authors
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