Well, you know, right? I have the house done, and we got our tree on Saturday. It’s a beautiful balsam- nicely shaped and full, but not so full it takes up the entire room. Lights are on it and I will get the ornaments done. Many thanks, as usual, to our friends at Lawndale Farm in Tyngsborough MA for another lovely tree.
This is cookie baking week for me. I promised Will I would make him some Star Wars cookies (I have the ships cookie cutter set), and send them to him, so the cutouts will be the first ones done. I am also planning pecan fingers (which are Mexican wedding cakes or snowballs shaped into logs. I may do some balls, too), peanut blossoms, chocolate chip, date bars, and spritz. It will be a busy week, but I do like to bake and I don’t bake sweets very often. I think it will be fun. Although, I am also sure by the end of the week, I will be baked-out for a while!
Christmas this year will be a bit less hectic, although it looks like we will be able to actually have Christmas on Christmas. Working around schedules is making holidays a bit more fluid now. We will miss our daughter, son-in-law, and grandkids in England, although I am sure we will find time to do a video call in there somewhere. This internet is a wonderful thing sometimes, yes?
And just a quick note that this will be the last week of blog posts until the New Year arrives. I’m going to take Christmas week off and just enjoy life for a few days. I hope your holidays, whatever you celebrate, are joyful, happy, merry, and bright, and your new year starts off on a high note.
Also, keep in mind that my books are all going on sale at Smashwords starting on Christmas Day and running until New Year’s Day. Many will be free, and others at half off. Nothing like some new reading material for the New Year!
Available now and on sale at Smashwords from December 25, 2017 to January 1, 2018:
After five years away, Kaili is coming home for the ceremony to install her sister as head of the family business. When an old rivalry threatens the family, Kaili and her partner need to use all their skills to save the sisters’ lives. Half off at Smashwords from 12/25/17 through 1/1/18 Learn more here
A collection of six short fantasy stories set in varied worlds of magic and mayhem. Half off at Smashwords from 12/25/17 through 1/1/18 Learn more here.
A short novelette set in a dystopian Earth after the final environmental collapse. Sam is a genetically engineered chameleon who may hold the key to mankind’s survival. Free at Smashwords from 12/25/17 through 1/1/18Learn more here.
In a world reeling under the effects of severe climate change, food shortages are common, and arable farmland is scarce. Unscupulous distributors like Beni Oligowma take advantage of the shortages for their own gain. When a promising new technology for growing food even under the harsh conditions is unveiled, grocery store owner Frank is determined to see that everyone is able to benefit from the results, not just the Benis of the world.
Feed My People is a short story, set in a dystopian science fiction world, and is free. Learn more here
Demon hunters Johnny and Cerise travel to the small town of Carroll Fork where they find a demon-possessed thrift store, a sweet old lady who is more than she seems, and an army of underworld inhabitants. Can Johnny and his trusty yo-yo save the town from a devil of a problem?
Five and Daemon, the Yo-Yo Files #1, is a short novelette in an urban fantasy setting, with elements of the supernatural and humor. Free at Smashwords from 12/25/17 through 1/1/18 Learn more here
Things have been quiet. No demonic possessions, no otherworldly intrusions, nothing. And then Lucifer shows up in Johnny’s living room, claiming that two archangels are missing, and something is definitely not right in the heavenly- and other- realms. Saying he has nothing to do with it- this time- he asks Johnny and Cerise to help him find out what’s happening, and who is behind the disappearances. While they are trying to do just that, Lucifer is devilnapped by a larger-than-life serpent. He manages to get a clue to Johnny before he disappears. Johnny and Cerise are left to puzzle out the disappearances and try to find the missing angels. Oh, and stop what could mean the ultimate destruction of pretty much everything.
Snake’s Alive, the Yo-Yo Files #2 is an urban fantasy novelette with elements of the supernatural and humor. Free at Smashwords from 12/25/17 through 1/1/18 Learn more here.