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Books Make Great Gifts

Posted by mcm0704 on December 6, 2019 |

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 Kristy@kristywoodsonharvey.com

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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Those New-Fangled Car Engines

Posted by mcm0704 on December 4, 2019 |

Slim Randles is back as today’s Wednesday’s Guest, and he’s introducing us to another one of the guys that hang out at the Mule-Barn Truck Stop. What an interesting group of men, and I suspect they are not all made-up characters. But no matter, they’re always fun to share space at the counter and have […]

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Black Friday Shopping?

Posted by mcm0704 on November 29, 2019 |

Happy day after Thanksgiving everyone. Are you as stuffed as the turkey was and lounging in front of the television, not venturing out to the stores this Black Friday? I’m not stuffed, but I’m still not going out. I’ll be sharing time with my daughter-in-law putting up her Christmas tree. Then later going to my […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by mcm0704 on November 28, 2019 |

Slim Randles is here again as today’s Wednesday’s Guest, bringing us another distorted history lesson from good ol’ Windy. You just never know what he’s going to come up with, but it always brings achuckle or two. Before turning the space over to Slim and Windy, I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I […]

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Book Review: Stories We Never Told by Sonja Yoerg

Posted by mcm0704 on November 24, 2019 |

Stories We Never Told Sonja Yoerg File Size: 3144 KB Print Length: 332 pages Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (May 1, 2020) Publication Date: May 1, 2020 Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC Language: English ASIN: B07WCP61XL BOOK BLURB: A suspenseful novel of love, secrets, and obsession Psychology professor Jackie Strelitz thinks sheโ€™s over Harlan Crispin, […]

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Your Friendly Driving Instructor

Posted by mcm0704 on November 22, 2019 |

I have a surprise guest on the blog today. Nona is just bursting to offer a continuing education course to drivers and begged me to let her do the class here. Look at that face. How could I refuse?ย  Okay my fellow travelers on the great highway. Not the Great Highway of Life, although we […]

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Friends Just Want to Have Fun

Posted by mcm0704 on November 20, 2019 |

Slim Randles is here as today’s Wednesday’s Guest, bringing us another visit down at the Mule Barn Truck Stop. The thing about good friends is, well, you can have fun with them while funnin’ with them. These friends know how to do that in spades. Grab a piece of pie to have with your drink […]

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All About Books

Posted by mcm0704 on November 18, 2019 |

Good Monday morning. Today the blog will primarily be about books and a great contest. I’ll share some danish as we read along… We writers know the tough work of the business really starts after the hard work of crafting a novel ends and we have to start the marketing. It would be so much […]

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Another Conspiracy Theory

Posted by mcm0704 on November 13, 2019 |

Slim Randles is here as today’s Wednesday’s Guest with a fun story from Steve, one of the regulars down at the Mule Barn Truck Stop. When you have coffee with the guys, there’s no telling what stories you’ll run into. I’m always glad that Slim offers them here for our enjoyment. So grab a cup […]

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What Do We Owe Veterans?

Posted by mcm0704 on November 11, 2019 |

Every year on Veterans Day, I’ve always started my blog by taking a moment to say thanks to the members of my family who have served in the military: My husband, my daughter, my son, and my brother. My daughter, Dany, was in the Army and son, David, was in the Marines. They spent many […]

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