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Tuesday, November 1, 2022

It's Beginning to Read a Lot Like Christmas 2022!

Hello Dear Readers and Friends!

It's that time of year again when I start doing blog posts exclusively with books that have Thanksgiving and/or Christmas themes. The authors who I will be showcasing this year have book genres ranging from children's stories, to sweet romance, mystery, suspense, and I'm even throwing in a bit of tongue-in-cheek "puny" satire. Each post will feature favorite Christmas traditions, some writing advice, and updates on the author's books. There might even be a few giveaways along the way, so I hope you'll continue following along with me through Christmas.

How did you come up with the idea for your Christmas book? Could you give a short synopsis on the book?
I have written numerous Christmas themed stories for children in the past, but this time I wanted to write one that would make adults laugh as well. Here's a short blurb… Santa has always tried to be good and kind, but now he's being he's being attacked by the media and government agencies for mistreating his reindeer, causing environmental harm, and being an international spy.

Can Santa be saved? Or will he become just a distant memory who lives in retirement at the North Pole? (Spoiler: Of course Santa can be saved if it's up to the kids.)It was fun to write and put together the images for the story. It will be available on Amazon on Friday

What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?
Where to begin? I love decorating the house for Christmas. We have three trees. The first one is a 3 foot  size at the entry that changes its theme monthly. Larger trees is in our family room then features old versions of musical instruments to celebrate my husband who is a musician. the other one that's in our bedroom is ornaments we've collected over the years in our travels. We also love driving around looking at Christmas lights and seeing the various Christmas celebrations at our church.

What  books do you have coming out next?

My next Christmas I hope to have my time travel romance ready to go. Earlier in the year, I will be publishing a few more of my children's books.

What’s the best writing tip you’ve learned or been given you’d like to share?
Be persistent. Don't give up. Beware of “impostor syndrome” where you think you're not worthy to write. That happens to every author  one time or on another, but you can't let it get you down.

And treat it like a business, if you're not writing or marketing your books, you're not working. 

What do you know now about writing and publishing you wish you had learned sooner?
Statistics show that agents and traditional publishers only accept 10% to 15% of the submissions they receive. That means you've got a very strong chance of being rejected. You can keep submitting and waiting. Or you can learn about indie publishing and work at it like a business.

Any last words or tips?
Take a look at my other Christmas themed book, The First Noel: Digging Deeper Into Christ's Birth. It's a Christmas Devotional and study guide. Delve into Christ's birth story through historical references, Bible scripture, hymns, poems, and discover what's real and what's myth. 
This guide takes you through the original Christmas story in 25 days. Each day begins with a scripture reading, shows an early hymn that highlights the scripture, adds notes on the reading, discussion questions to ponder, and provides links to historical details for further study. BUY THE BOOK & SUPPORT A CAUSE: ALL royalties will go to a prison ministry. The details are on my Amazon page.

If you'd like to learn more about my books for children and adults you can find them through my Amazon author page at  Right now I'm featuring one of my children's picture book stories, A Special Scrapbook Memory, in eBook format for 99 cents.

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