Earlier in the week I was in my local CVS (the store keeps a well-stacked paperback section, by the way). While putting paper towels in my cart, I sneezed...three times in a row. From the next aisle over, I heard two voices, a man and a woman, say "Bless you." I called out "Thank you," and we all went about our business. While walking home, I thought about the simple gesture on the part of that gentleman and lady, and small tokens of kindness.
Unexpected acts of kindness are so obsolete anymore. Have you seen any lately, or been giving or receiving end of one? If so, please feel free to share...
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
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!
Christmas Con by Jill James
Christmas Con is a short Christmas story playing with the Robin Hood legend.
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
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?
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.
An uplifting Christmas novelette to
warm the heart on a cold holiday season…or any season...
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.