Sunday, July 27, 2014

Merry Christmas in July!

Merry Christmas in July! Even The Salvation Army recognizes our celebration (smile!). During the week, when I was walking along Chestnut street in busy Center City Philadelphia, The Salvation Army had Christmas Elves with kettles and bells on several corners.

The last of our awesome Christmas books today! I'm sure you have your own to share. We'd love to hear what's on your list...

Have a great week...and, Merry Christmas!

History of Christmas Past by Suzi Love

History of Christmases Past is Book 1 in the Historical Events Collection by Australian romance author Suzi Love.

The book is an historical and pictorial collection of information about the traditions of Christmas through the centuries, including the religious aspects, decorations, games, food and plays. The large collection of historical images ranges from paintings to etchings and postcards. The book covers the eras of history since the beginning of Christmas celebrations and through to the Victorian era. It demonstrates the different ways Christmas is celebrated in countries around the world and looks at things like Yule logs, Christmas Carols and decorations, and the exchanging of cards and gifts.  


Twinkle Lights by Vicki Batman

A do-gooder and a reformed high school delinquent turned lawyer join forces and overcome many interesting obstacles to run a Christmas tree store benefiting the children's hospital.


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Sunday, July 20, 2014

...Thinking Christmas...

Since the weather forecast calls for 94 degrees here in Philly by mid-week, I thought I'd share a photo of snowflakes to get us into the winter and Christmas moods.

Today, we have two more great Christmas reads! If you have any favorites to add, please feel free to comment and share. Have a great week!

The Christmas Con by Jill James

The Christmas Con is a short Christmas story playing with the Robin Hood legend.

Robin Cappington has many sins to atone for. She spent ten years working with her dad, Little John as a jewel thief. After a job gone wrong, John now sits in prison and Robin and crew have gone legit with a security business. Feeling the need to right a few wrongs, Robin uses her gang and her skills to steal from the thieves and give back to the owners.

The Christmas Rose necklace is worth half a million dollars. Robin wants to get it back for the owner, Mrs. Willa Scarlett. There is only one catch; it sits in the vault of a notorious gang leader and the only person who can help her break in and retrieve it is Ian Marr, the man who broke her heart and got her father sent to prison.

Robin Cappington is sure that Ian Marr is the last thing she needs in her life, but the fates and Santa have a different idea of just what Robin needs for Christmas


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The Ring that Binds by Linda Carroll-Bradd

1886 Aspen, Colorado—Widow Celina Innes struggles to run her dress shop and hopes to provide a wonderful Christmas for her 4-year-old daughter, Keena. Mikel Toussaint has watched her efforts from his general store across the street, offering help whenever he can. Illness strikes Keena and the two bond as they tend the child. Can their connection be sustained once the crisis is over?

                                                                                  ("Snow" and "Decorated House" photos c/o

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Christmas in July...

Welcome to my second week of "Christmas in July!" Over the July 4th holiday, despite the heat and humidity, I was definitely thinking Christmas and looking at some Christmas books.

Do you have any favorites that you'd like to add to the list? If so, please feel free to comment and share. 

Have a great week, Everyone!

A Siberian Werewolf Christmas by Caryn Moya Block

Margaret Brady knows she must be out of her mind to go to Siberia for Christmas. But her intuition won’t let her turn down an invitation from her best friend, Violet Volkov.  When she meets the good looking, Vyacheslar Putyatinov , she knows just what she wants for Christmas.

Vyacheslar “Slava” Putyatinov thinks any human woman coming to the Siberian Lycan village will be trouble. But one unmated could be a disaster. When he is put in charge of the American siren, he finds trouble can lead to desire.


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A Christmas Miracle by Sandy Loyd

An uplifting Christmas novelette to warm the heart on a cold holiday season…or any season...

Megan Jenkins isn’t looking forward to Christmas. The holidays will forevermore remind her of what she had and lost. Her husband, and love of her life, died a few days after Christmas the year before, leaving her a young widow with a father-less son to raise. During the course of this Christmas Eve, Megan experiences her own Christmas Miracle as she learns the true meaning of giving with the help of Kevin Murdock, a long-time friend who’s always been there for her.

A Christmas Miracle is based on a true story—a Christmas Eve adventure that had to be immortalized in this short story so it would never be forgotten. The circumstances and names have been changed. Any similarity to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental and not intended by the author.


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                                        (“holiday bells” photos c/o

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Christmas in July (ho!ho!ho!)

I love the Christmas season…the anticipation of children, the lights and decorations on the houses in our South Philly Streets…

I also love to read Christmas books, and I read them all year long…

Since July brings us halfway to the Holiday season, and my Mom insists that looking at snow on book covers brings some relief from summer heat, I’ve decided to feature some Christmas books for the next four weeks. Like me, you may find a new read for your “TBR List.” If you have any of your own favorites that you would like to share, please feel free to leave a comment.

Enjoy, and have a great week!

Perfect Strangers by Morgan K. Wyatt

Cinda isn’t ready to become a glorious butterfly.  She’s still in the caterpillar stage with her generous curves.  All she really wants is for a man to appreciate who she is.  The way Jack did when they met at the airport. They shared a romantic day as they both waited for their flights. He kissed her goodbye and tucked his card in her suit pocket with instructions to call. It figures she’d lose his card. Luck never dealt her a romantic winning hand, but it’s time to reshuffle the cards.

Six months fantasizing about Jack was enough. Raven determines not only to help her friend to become the butterfly she is, but also to give her friend a gift she’ll never forget.  Cinda voices her doubts about attending the masquerade ball. Raven reveals that Santa left her special gift at the ball. Her job is to retrieve it.


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The Great Fruitcake Bake-off  by Vicki Batman

To defend her five wins, Samantha Greene, has to find a new entry for The Great Fruitcake Bake-off and teams up with new neighbor, Dixon Roberts, only what they discover is baking a award-winning entry can be complicated, bad guys are plotting to take the crown, and ultimately, first prize isn't just about a ribbon.


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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Happy Birthday, America!

Friday is July 4th, and here in the United States, we'll celebrate our birthday as a nation. As with any "birthday party," celebrate, enjoy, be safe...and don't forget to take a moment and remember our military men and women serving our country, especially overseas. They're protecting us, and making it possible for us to celebrate America’s independence!

Happy July 4th!

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Oldies but Goodies in Children's Books...

Last week I went into my local bookstore to purchase books for a neighborhood child who was graduating Kindergarten and moving on to First Grade. While there were several recent releases by more contemporary authors that caught my eye, I kept wandering back to the display of authors that I had read as a child (more years ago than I want to recall). I ended up purchasing several Dr. Seuss books including The Places You'll Go.  The book's theme is crossing life's bridge and moving on to the next challenge.

After I'd spent almost an hour looking through books, my sister said to me, "Oh, I knew you were going to end up with Dr. Seuss." I just couldn't help myself as the messages in all of his book are timeless.

Thumbing through The Places You'll Go, and remembering how I continued to be drawn back to the Dr. Seuss display, made me think about characters and books written long ago, yet the sentiments, interest, themes, and teaching values will always remain.

Here are some of my favorites...Please feel free to share yours.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Yes, the caterpillar’s diet is inaccurate, but its food choices are appealing to children while teaching them numbers, the days of the week, and how a little nothing can evolve into a beautiful something.

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

A sweet, simple, and detailed day in the life of a child traveling through his neighborhood after a snowfall. 

Make Way for The Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

A mother prepares for and tends to her babies…

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson

Be the person (or bull) you want to be, and not what others tell you to be.

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Miline, illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard

Friends are what makes the world (or in this case, woods) go round.  

Have a great week, Everyone!

                                        photo,The Very Hungry Caterpillar c/o
                                       photo, The Snowy Day c/o
                                      photo, Ducklings c/o Ladyheart and
                                      photo, Bull c/o Ali110 and
                                     photo, Winnie the Pooh c/o

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

My very best wishes to all the "dads" out there for a Happy Father's Day!


                                                                                             photo c/o Natureworks and