Thursday, October 13, 2011

CSS Blog Tour A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY HOME with author, Kathi Macias & Book Giveaway

Hi Kathi great to have you here today!

How did you come up with the idea for A Christmas Journey Home?

I knew I wanted to do a Christmas book—the first of what would become an annual event that my publisher and I were discussing—and I also knew that despite the lighter tone required in a Christmas book (as opposed to the darker themes of the persecuted Church and human trafficking, which I’ve been writing about), I had to stick to my “brand” as closely as possible: hence, an “issues-related” Christmas novel, dealing with the issues related to illegal immigration.

What was your favorite scene to write in A Christmas Journey Home?

I loved writing this entire book, and the characters are delightful (except the villains, of course!), so I loved almost all the scenes. But I think I liked the scenes with Isabella’s old abuelo best, as the grandfather reminded me of my own grandpa and even my dad, both of whom I loved dearly. I love incorporating at least one elderly saint in each of my books, and in this one I decided on a man since most of the other books have had women as the elderly, praying characters. I also brought in a little boy because children can add such a delightful element to any story, and six-year-old Davey certainly does that in A Christmas Journey Home.

What was the most difficult scene, and why?

The toughest scene had to be when Francisco and Isabella thought they were finally on the verge of being able to get away from the migrant camp and find a small home of their own, where their baby could be born in relative comfort and safety. If you’ve read the book, you know that isn’t at all what happens. But this heartbreaking scene had to take place to bring the story to its miraculous conclusion.

What is there about you, apart from writing, that many people don’t know?

First, my “road name” is “Easy Writer” because my husband and I were Harley riders for many years. (We’ve traded the bike in on a 2005 Corvette, so I’m still “Easy Writer” but in comfort now!) Also, I served on staff at a large Southern California church for several years, training small group leaders and doing biblical counseling, among other things.

Who are some of your favorite writers, and are you an avid reader?

Absolutely I’m an avid reader! I have always loved books/reading/words and been fascinated by them. When I ran out of books as I child, I started writing my own. (Voila! Look what came of that!) As for favorite writers, that’s tough, but here are just a few: Brock and Bodie Thoene, Francine Rivers, Patti Lacy, Athol Dickson, Jim Rubart, and Alan Paton, who wrote my favorite all-time fiction book, Cry the Beloved Country. That book changed my life and inspired my novel set in South Africa in 1989, No Greater Love. I also enjoy reading Brennan Manning, Jennifer Kennedy Dean, Oswald Chambers, and Max Lucado for nonfiction.

What’s on the horizon for you now, so far as future book projects?

I am currently finishing up the final book of the three-installment Freedom series (Deliver Me From Evil, Special Delivery, and The Deliverer). Then I will jump into my Christmas 2012 novel (working title is A Home For Christmas) and a novel called Last Chance for Justice, which is part of the multi-author Bloomfield Series with another publisher. After that I hope to get going on a new fiction series, which is still in the discussion/planning stages with my publisher and agent. So life is busy, but most contracts coming my way seem to be fiction right now. I am also keeping busy with very occasional editing projects and some speaking/teaching around the country.

Where can we find out more about you, The Freedom Series, and keep up with your to-be-released books?

Please feel free to visit my website at

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What an eye opening story. Isabella and Francisco leave Mexico to get away from the violence, after her family is murdered. All she has left is her Grandfather, he helps them financially to leave.

The other main characters are Miriam, her Mom Carolyn, and her six year old son Davy. During the past year they have lost David, a boarder guard, and Miriam blames all illegals for the death of her husband.

Isabella is seven months pregnant, and her husband is very worried about her. All he needs is a job and he can find a home for her and the new baby.

Throughout all the terror you find a strong faith in God, constant prayers are being said. The trials for this about to be born baby are many, and at times you wonder if he will survive.

What a wonderful, although very sad at times, story. This is not a warm touchy-feely story, you will need tissues nearby!

I have a brand new copy of this Awesome book!
1. Be a member of my GFC
2. Answer this question...if your spouse had been murdered by an illegal would you be able to show compasion to another one?
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Giveaway will end on October 31st! Winner posted on November 1st!
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I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for posting the author’s interview on my blog. This blog tour is managed by Christian Speakers Services (


  1. I am a Follower of your blog.
    I dont think I would be able to show compasion to another illegal without the help of the Holy Spirit. With God all things are possible, but in my own strenght I dont think I could do it.
    Always looking for good Christmas books to review!

  2. wow...that's a tough question to answer. I don't know.

    thanks for the opportunity to read kathi's novel.

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  3. hi ! Am over from blogaholic - via your post on foll/foll/foll...your newest follower..interesting book I must can find me at

  4. I'm now a follower.

    It would be a hard question to answer. I've heard so many times people say, "If it were me, I'd do such and such." and then when their turn comes, they don't do it after all. At this moment I'd say it would be hard but I shouldn't hold something against another illegal for what one did to me or mine.
    cepjwms (at) wb4me (dot) com

  5. Following you back. Thanks for stopping by Horseshoes.

  6. Wow Kathi, your novel sounds great! I don't know if it would be easy to show compassion like that.

  7. Sounds like a good book. Honestly, "illegal" is an attribute I think of when I meet someone - it's not something that necessarily stands out like the color of skin, etc. Maybe there is an accent, but I know many legal aliens and naturalized citizens with accents. The topic does sound fascinating.

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

  8. Thanks for the great review of A Christmas JOurney Home. Many blessings to you and your readers/followers!

  9. I could only do it through God, not in my own power. Beautiful review. Can't wait to get it.

  10. Please include me in your giveaway. I am a follower.

  11. I would hope that I could forgive an illegal for killing my spouse. I would hope that I could be strong enough to forgive anyone. After all that is what we are supposed to do. Thanks

  12. I could only do it through Christ who gives me strength. I am a follower of your blog. Love Christmas books and this one sounds great.

  13. The answer to your question is No. But I am a true believer In God...and I know he is our ever lasting hope for life ever after. I was touched by the review of the up-coming book 'A Christmas Journey Home' by Kathi Macias....can't wait to read it......hope to win a copy of the book

  14. Longtime follower in GFC!
    Thanks for a chance to win this fantabulous giveaway!

  15. Though it would not be easy, with the help of the Divine Surgeon, Jesus, I would be able to heal and meet another illegal with an open mind.
    Thanks for a chance to win this fantabulous giveaway!

  16. follow on GFC

  17. I really dont know if I could show compassion after that...

  18. tweeted!/FrugalWahms/status/131175370866171904


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