It’s the holiday season, with the whoop-de-do and hickory dock and don’t forget to hang up your books! Wait, what? Yes, you heard me right. Books! This year, local authors are being featured in a “We Care” Christmas display at the Markland Mall in Kokomo Indiana.
And it seems this author has received an early Christmas present. Look closely. Do you see it? A little to the left. There. Do you see it now? I think it is. It could be . . . Yes, it’s my book! The Quest for the Holy Something or Other is officially a Christmas tree ornament! And here I thought toilet paper was a better use for it;)
My author friend, Teresa Robison’s book, The Secrets of Heavenly is also featured in this display, in the bookcase. Cool beans!
Honestly, I knew this “surprise” was coming, because the woman putting together the tree came by my booth during an author event and informed me of her intent when she purchased my book. Of course I gave her my blessing. Who would pass up free marketing? Plus, the book is part of a neat display that promotes local authors and literacy to my community. And best of all, it will find a place on the bookshelf of a local book lover once the auction is over.
I, for one, am now in the holiday mood! After work, I think I’ll purchase a peppermint flavored coffee from Starbucks and go Christmas shopping . . . or maybe I’ll just gift everyone a copy of my new book, The Wizard’s Gambit. The gift that keeps on giving . . . and being re-gifted . . .
But seriously, books make wonderful gifts for both children and adults. Might I suggest a few titles?
Plucked right from the tree of knowledge:
The Secrets of Heavenly, by Teresa Robinson: A historical novel set in the time period just prior to the American Civil War on a rice plantation in South Carolina. It’s a dramatic story of the relationships between three of the Plantation Master’s children and a young house slave named Willa. Of the three relationships, one blossoms into a sisterhood, another a forbidden interracial affair, and the third a dangerous and dark obsession. The book deals dramatically with the complications of family allegiance, the loss of childhood innocence, and themes of betrayal and deception.
Teresa Robison’s novel is a wonderful read for lovers of historical fiction and historical romance alike, although it certainly does not read like a love novel. The story is fictional, but the characters are as real as though recorded in a real journal from that era. The story is full of sorrow and joy, is horrifying, yet uplifting, a must-read for anyone seeking a work with heart.
The Quest for the Holy Something or Other, by yours truly: Enter the Realm of Camelot, home of famous legends: King Arthur, Sir Lancelot, and Merlin—but this isn’t their story. Meet Pig, a humble gong farmer who dreams of the glories of Camelot. Her dreams become reality–or so she thinks–when she becomes Sir Kay’s page. What starts off as a joke soon becomes the adventure of Pig’s life when Merlin sends the knights on a quest for the Holy Gift Box–er–Bread Basket–whatever it is! On their quest, they face many knight-worthy, and some not-so-knight-worthy, foes: an insane pond dweller, several greedy salespeople, and an overzealous cache seeker, all the while fighting against time, mostly each other, and the most infamous villain of all—change. The Quest for the Holy Something or Other is a fresh and funny take on a well-known legend, with engaging characters, some rather good jokes, and something that starts with S, but it isn’t important.
A must-read for anyone who enjoys comedic fantasy and Arthurian parodies.
Okay, that’s enough shameless self-promotion. Wait, one more! Here’s a picture of Dr. Who, who by the way, strongly and wholeheartedly endorses this product and/or service.
Alright, that’s enough. I’m done. It’s all done. No more shameless self-promotion, but seriously buy a book for Christmas!
And while you’re at it, have a happy happy happy happy holiday Season! Happy holidays!