Gifting E-Books…

If you would like to send your ebook as a gift. Allan Krummenacker knows how it works. Thank you very much for sharing this information, Allan!

Musings Of Two Creative Minds

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…

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Tomte is now available for pre-order!

Jamie Fessenden’s TOMTE is now available for pre-order. Read the blurb and excerpt. That book seems really interesting. And I’m going to read it!

Jamie Fessenden's Blog

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…

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Smorgasbord Christmas Posts from Your Archives – Merry Christmas and Season’s Greeings from Nicholas Rossis

Check out Sally Cronin’s ‘Smorgasbord’ Christmas blog post by Nicholas Rossis and enjoy an entertaining article. Well done, Nicholas!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

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!

Season Greetings | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books#UnplagChallenge | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

I managed to get four right (dreadful)… Both Nicholas and I would love to hear how many you managed to get..

©Nicholas Rossis 2015.

Nicholas has been watching Christmas videos with his baby daughter and has chosen this one for all of you who are young at heart out there.

I have selected Runaway Smile by Nicholas to feature as being a book that would brighten anyone’s Christmas.

About Runaway Smile

Where do smiles come from? And where can you…

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Christmas Cookie Recipe – Mini-Milano-Cookies

Ingredients

1 or several baking tray(s)

2 oz. extra butter to grease the tray

 

Dough:

8 oz. unsalted butter, softened

8 oz. fine sugar

2 TBS Bourbon-vanilla extract

2 eggs

2 egg yolks

1 dash of salt

Zest of one lemon

1 lb. All purpose flour

 

Glaze:

2 egg yolks

1 TBS cream

Preparation

grease the tray with plenty of butter

preheat oven 350 degrees F

Dough:

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).

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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.

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(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.)

 

 

 


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Smorgasbord Christmas Posts from Your Archives – Share your Christmas Past

Let’s Christmas party folks! Sally Cronin needs your ‘old’ Christmas posts.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

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…

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Is Christmas Really Magical?

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Christmas time is magic time

that’s what people say,

do I feel less a victim

and much less like a prey?

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There are days I’m just as sad

as I have lately been,

feeling much like losing.

On others like I may win?

**

Is it what it’s called

“The Christmas spirit’s sense”

that makes me more relaxed

spares me from being tense.

**

My feelings are in ups and downs

nothing steady, it is true

one day I’m cheerful

the next day I am blue.

**

Sometimes when I see stars

hear the Christmas sound

I find myself at peace

my feet strong on the ground.

**

Seldom and still it is there

rare and strong, the need to cope

a feeling that is nagging

the feeling, that’s called “hope”…

*****

(Copyright, Aurora Jean Alexander, December 2016)

Christmas: Past and Present

lastscanMy 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 …

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