Okay gang, the big day is drawing near and you still want to get a few more gifts but don’t know what to buy, or don’t want to go out into the stores which have already pulled down half of their displays and are lining up Spring stuff. What to do, what to do… how about giving someone a good book to read on their Kindle? It’s fast, easy, and you can have it delivered on Christmas Day and know it will arrive on time…
Didn’t know you could do this? Neither did I for the longest time. I only found out a couple of years ago when we released “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home”. I found myself rewarding some of our beta-readers with a free copy of the finished product in whatever form they wished (trade paperback, Kindle, PDF). Most requested a signed trade paperback, but a couple…
My newest Christmas story Tomte is now available on Amazon for pre-order!
It’s a very short pre-order period, mostly because I’ve never done one before, so I needed to figure out how they work. But the official release date is on Saturday, December 1st.
RYAN ANDERSON has known something was wrong since he was a teenager. He’s been tormented by a sense of emptiness and loss—but what did he lose? He has no idea. Then a mysterious man appears, calling himself Tomte, a Swedish word Ryan remembers hearing from his grandmother in his childhood.
It means “Christmas elf.”
With the help of his older brother and his nine-year-old niece, Ryan begins a journey to discover what happened fifteen years ago, when he disappeared during a winter storm and didn’t reappear until spring. Not only has he forgotten those months, he’s forgotten the faithful dog who failed to come…
Nicholas Rossis has delved into his archives and come up with a quiz of a different kind.. There are a number of story boards below that relate to a particular Christmas Story.. There are no prizes but you can show off if you like in the comments to let us know how many you got… and you can give yourself a pat on the back…Over to Nicholas and Season’s Greetings!
I managed to get four right (dreadful)… Both Nicholas and I would love to hear how many you managed to get..
Mix the softened butter until creamy, then add all ingredients slowly, one after the other and mix in between. At the end add the flour. The dough will become thick and heavy. Knead it until all flour is part of the dough. Work quickly before butter starts melting.
Cool the dough for about 60 minutes.
Then roll out dough until it’s about 1/4 inch thick and cut out cookies in preferred forms, spread out on the prepared buttered baking tray(s) (not too close, they’ll grow a bit in the oven).
Mix yolks and cream and glaze the cookies before baking them in the middle of the oven at 350 degrees for about 13 – 15 minutes until they’re golden.
Take them off the tray immediately to cool them down.
(Trick: If you wait until they’re completely cooled down and keep them in an airtight tin can, you will be able to keep them tasty and enjoyable for a long time.)
Time to get the party started. I have already received some terrific Christmas posts including The Twelve Days of Christmas from Thom Hickey and some short stories and recipes.
I would like you to look back to your December posts for the years you have been blogging and find one or two posts that you can share with a new audience.. mine…. Apart from being shared here and on my social media it is an opportunity to promote your books, art, photography, poetry and your blog with all the links included to enable people to buy your work and come over and enjoy your current posts. All the posts will be copyrighted to you.
The posts should be at least a year old. Here are some of the content I am looking for – just a note on photographs it saves me time if there are not too many.. so…
My friend, writer Micki Peluso, author of ‘And The Whippoorwill Sang’, published a blog post about Christmas. I find it interesting, informative and educational. And of course it does match the current time spirit.
Have a peek. I’m sure you’ll find it just as great as I do.
This is a reflection of the Christmases of today as compared with the past. Christmas; Past and Present
T’ was the night before Christmas and all through the Mall, last minute
shoppers scurried from store to store; short on patience and with little
evidence of the holiday spirit of love. The only ones smiling were the store owners and the costumed Santa, who gets paid to be jolly.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of talking dolls, video games, bicycles and other expensive toys, danced in their heads. Mama in her kerchief and I in my cap had just settled down to tackle the mountain of Christmas bills, which was larger than …