Books Make Great Gifts

My whole family are avid readers, and we often gift each other with books, especially at this holiday season. It’s an extra bonus when we can get an autographed book, and the ones I have reside on a special shelf in my bookcase. When I moved, almost two years ago now, I had to downsize from four large bookcases to two small ones, so I had to sell a lot of my books, but I kept the signed ones.

I read a lot of mysteries, but I also really enjoy some women’s novels. One of my favorite authors, Kristy Woodson Harvey, recently sent a newsletter with a couple of her holiday picks: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, Educated by Tara Westover, The Small Crimes of Tiffany Templeton by Richard Fifield, and Unwrapping the Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp.

I’ve read Educated – it’s great – and I plan to check out the other books as I appreciate Kristy’s recommendations.

Kristy also mentioned her books, as well. We authors would be remiss if we didn’t give our titles a brief mention, just in case. πŸ™‚

Anyway, this image of her books all bundled up for giving caught my attention.

Photo via Porter Co. Book Shoppe
Photo via Porter Co. Book Shoppe

When I saw it, I realized I’ve read every one of her books and reviewed them here on my blog. We are not family. She doesn’t slip me a little payment in the mail. πŸ™‚ I just do it because I like to pay it forward and her books are worth touting. They feature strong women who face life challenges with great courage and charm, and I enjoy the visits to the Carolina coast where I can vicariously enjoy a day at the beach.

So, you might want to consider getting one or two, or the whole bundle of these terrific books. Between now and December 19, Kristy will be happy to send signed book plates, bookmarks, a KWH book light and a coozie (while supplies last!). Contact her at

Here is a link where you can find purchase options for all of Kristy’s books.

Another book bundle that readers might enjoy is this one I picked up at Bouchercon in October.

No. You can’t have my copies, but copies are available at all retail bookstores, including small independent stores.

You can find all of Timothy Hallinan’s books here.

Purchase options for Pretty Things, which is coming in April 2020. I was lucky to snag an ARC at the convention.

Purchase options for Bring her Home

Purchase options for Never Tell

And now a mention of a few of my books. Some of your friends and family might enjoy Evelyn Evolving, A Story of Real Life, which is an accounting of my mother’s challenging life. It’s historical from about 1923 to 1945.

For those who prefer mysteries, you might want to consider the critically-acclaimed Seasons Mystery Series, or the historical mystery, Boxes For Beds. Doubletake is a stand-alone mystery,and all the books feature strong women in the lead roles. You can find a list of all my books, as well as buy links for a variety of retail outlets on my BOOK PAGE

Like Kristy, I’ll be happy to send signed bookplates and a nice bookmark. Just contact me before December 19.

For a special treat, you can gift copies of my Christmas short stories to friends and family who have Kindles. These are both feel-good stories that capture the magic and excitement of Christmas.

The Gift – “Ralph has been like a grizzly bear in a dark cave for too long, and Stacey gets a wild idea to buy him a puppy for Christmas. Maybe that will make him smile. But that plan gets detoured when she meets a homeless man who has much more to be depressed about than Ralph.”

The Last Dollar – “A feel-good holiday short story that can be enjoyed year round. There is something especially magical about the Holiday Season. Find out how the magic touches Kate and her family in this story of giving and receiving.”

That’s all for me folks. I’m off to do some shopping myself. I have book-lovers on my holiday gift list.

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