The Christmas Village

When Jamie Reynolds comes to his grandparents’ Vermont home for Christmas, he just wants things to go back to the way they were before his dad disappeared. Time and again he is drawn to Grandma’s miniature Christmas village, where he imagines that life is perfect.

Christmas VillageLate one night, the village comes to life before Jamie’s eyes, and his fantasy of escaping into it becomes very real indeed. He discovers that the village is called Canterbury, where the year is 1932. Jamie becomes fast friends with Kelly and Christopher Pennysworth, and is taken in by Ida, who runs the local boarding house. But he also makes a dangerous enemy of the mysterious and menacing Jim Gordon, whose return to town is nothing but trouble.

As Jamie desperately races against time to find his way back home, he is suddenly faced with a terrifying choice: to go ahead with his plan to leave, or to stay and help his friends, at the risk of never going home again. The Christmas Village is an adventure the whole family will love, filled with suspense, secrets and surprises to the very last page.

The Christmas Village is available at Amazon in Kindle edition or hard copy. Enjoy the suspense as town hero, Jamie Reynolds finds his way through his own life challenges by helping others.

Christmas VillageMuch of this review is was taken from the Amazon book description.

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Adventures of Samba

Samba is a whale. He’s an Orca, and just for fun, he sometimes likes to go by the name, “ThrillerWhale!”

He just loves to lay on his back on the surface of the Sea, his eyes closed, soaking up the sun, kicking his fins, rolling over to blow and breathe, then rolling onto his back again, just reee-laxing.

Samba says this is the best way to reminisce…and whales have incredible memories so there’s lots to reminisce about! In fact, you probably already know this, Whales are the Record Keepers of all life in our Galaxy throughout eternity!

Mmmmm. Floating. Dreaming. Feels so luxurious. Samba re-membered his life before water, before swimming. It was his big journey, a once in a lifetime adventure.

A huge cluster of stars and planets appeared in his dream. They were filled with amazing beings who loved the Earth, humans and all who live here. Samba has always been great friends with the faeries and other Earthly elementals, even when he was a Starling high in the sky, and especially now that he’s a Whale swimming the wide open Seas.

Somehow, the sea was a lot like the sky.

He remembered his first really grand wish. During his baby Star years, Samba was gazing around the Galaxy and wished upon the bigger Stars for a visit to Earth one day. Suddenly, before he could blink even once in surprise, Samba’s little Star body started to jiggle and quake.

All the tethers between his aura and his Star Friends began to let go all around him. Even the strands that linked him to the planets were getting loose. And smack in the middle of all the links, his connection to the Sirius Sun broke free and he began faaaaalling from the sky!

By now you’ve probably guessed, that was the night Samba’s journey to Earth began.

And more to come as Samba the Great Orca from Heaven continues to dream.

Spider Brains: A Love Story

This guy is hanging on my wall this morning. His legs, as you can see, are bright green and his body looks like a halloween goblin!

He must have arrived just in the nick of time and in honor of Susan Wingate’s new young adult release, “Spider Brains.”

I’d just finished reading her post about the blog tour when this strange looking arachnoid appeared! Today Susan is featured at Cocktails and Books, an online book review and book club blog.

What an interesting way to promote a book these days. In fact, if you are a writer, you might want to look into this type of marketing at Pump Up Your Book, a virtual book publicity service. You can also get a schedule for the rest of Susan’s blog tour there.

I haven’t yet read “Spider Brains,” though I have read Susan’s 2011 adult release, “Drowning,” which won national fiction awards…in fact, it seems as though all her books win awards. She’s pretty funny too…you might just want to follow the comedy of her life (click on blog at the top of her home page) and the writing challenges she posts of Facebook.

Check it out..as far as I can tell, all Susan’s books are available on Kindle and other electronic devices….and she’s really interested in other writers’ success and evolution.

A golden quality, among all her other good stuff!

Meanwhile, I think I’ll try to find a way to put the green-legged monster outside. He’ll be happier there.