Prehistoric Teeth in Warrant for Damnation

Welcome to day 5 of the October Frights Blog Hop. I’ve got an action packed excerpt from chapter 2 of Warrant for Damnation, book 2 in The Courier series. This book releases mid to late November. I hope you enjoy the read. Anyone who leaves a comment today gets a free copy of Warrant for Damnation in either paper or eBook. If you’d like to read book 1, It’s the last day to get Call … Read more

Heart Stopping Terror Around Every Corner

When we think about terror, the most horrific things come to mind like terrorists, natural disasters and plane crashes. But there are a number of things that happen in our everyday lives that set our hearts a pounding out of control. Typically, these are little things that come back to haunt us every time we encounter them, and it’s almost embarrassing to admit that we fear these things. Let’s start the October Frights Blog Hop … Read more

‘Tis the Season for Frightful Fun

Fall is my favorite time of year, and October is probably my favorite month because it’s so unpredictable in Colorado. The volatile weather can vary as much as 50 degrees in a single day, with snow in the morning and warm sunshine in the afternoon. And how can you not love natures changing colors just before a harsh period of sleep and death. Then there’s Halloween, my favorite holiday. For us horror writers, it’s also … Read more

Book Review: New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story by April Halprin Wayland

This week’s book review is New Year at the Pier by April Halprin Wayland. Here’s what it’s about: Izzy’s favorite part of Rosh Hashanah is Tashlich, a joyous ceremony in which people apologize for the mistakes they made in the previous year and thus clean the slate as the new year begins. But there is one mistake on Izzy’s “I’m sorry” list that he’s finding especially hard to say out loud.Humor, touching moments between family … Read more

Book Review: Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O’Connor

Today’s holiday book review is Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O’Connor. Here’s what it’s about: Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles—and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree. She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and has been waiting for Christmas to … Read more

Book Review: Merry Christmas, Curious George by Margret Rey

Today’s holiday book review is Merry Christmas, Curious George by Margret Rey. Here’s what it’s about: It’s Christmastime! And irrepressible, excitable Curious George has just the spirit for it. He can’t wait to help his best friend, The Man with the Yellow Hat, pick out their holiday tree. At the tree farm, however, amid all the excitement of finding the perfect specimen, George gets carried away, as usual—atop his favorite tree! Hiding in the tree’s … Read more

Book Review: Harold at the North Pole by Crockett Johnson

Today’s holiday book review is Harold at the North Pole by Crockett Johnson. Here’s what it’s about: It’s Christmas Eve, and Harold needs a Christmas tree. So, with purple crayon in hand, he sets off to get one. Before long he finds himself at the North Pole, where a snowbound Santa Claus needs his help. It’s up to the ever-resourceful Harold to draw up a plan and save Christmas! Yes, Harold to the rescue in … Read more

Book Review: Christmas In Mouseland by Katharine Holabird

Today’s holiday book review is Christmas In Mouseland by Katharine Holabird. Here’s what it’s about: Angelina auditions for the role of Cinderella Mouse for a special Christmas dance performance, but she gets the part of the Wicked Stepmouse instead. Angelina tries her best to convince Miss Lilly and the show’s director that she deserves the part of Cinderella, but she has no luck. Will Angelina stay with the show? Loved this story and the illustrations. … Read more

Book Review: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

Today’s holiday book review is How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss. Here’s what it’s about: “The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season! / Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.” Dr. Seuss’s small-hearted Grinch ranks right up there with Scrooge when it comes to the crankiest, scowling holiday grumps of all time. For 53 years, the Grinch has lived in a cave on the side of a mountain, … Read more

A Very Special Ugly Christmas Sweater

My son was on the lookout for an ugly Christmas sweater to wear to work today. Unfortunately, it’s been another year of not finding them plentiful in stores. This surprises me considering a report I watched on the news about how popular they’ve become along with the ugly Christmas sweater parties. So I told him I’d make him a sweater if he drew up the design. Since it was a bit too late to knit … Read more

Book Review: Holly Jolly Jimmy by Adam Beechen

Today’s holiday book review is Holly Jolly Jimmy by Adam Beechen. Here’s what it’s about: It’s Christmas Eve in Retroville, but Jimmy Neutron is not in a jolly mood. The boy genius is on a mission — to convince his friends Carl and Sheen that there is no Santa Claus. To do that, however, they have to take a trip to the North Pole. when they get there, Jimmy and his friends discover a winter … Read more

Book Review: Ernest’s Special Christmas by Laura T. Barnes

Today’s holiday book review is Ernest’s Special Christmas by Laura T. Barnes. Here’s what it’s about: In this charming barnyard tale, Ernest, a tiny, loveable donkey, and his farmyard friends demonstrate the power of love and selflessness–the true gifts of the holiday season. When Ernest discovers his friend Chester is missing on Christmas Eve, he must enlist his friends, large and small, to work together in order to rescue their friend. Through love and determination, … Read more

Book Review: The Worst Twelve Days of Christmas by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Today’s holiday book review is The Worst Twelve Days of Christmas by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. Here’s what it’s about: In this spirited reworking of the classic song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” Joy has to deal with her first Christmas with a new baby brother—and nothing could be worse. He drools on the ornaments and ruins the presents, he eats all the cookies and smashes the snowmen, and he’s on the verge of taking over the … Read more

Book Review: Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien

Today’s holiday book review is Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R Tolkien. Here’s what it’s about: Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R. Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in a strange, spidery handwriting and a beautiful colored drawing or some sketches. The letters were from Father Christmas. They told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole: how the reindeer got loose and scattered presents … Read more

Book Review: Clifford’s Christmas by Norman Bridwell

Today’s holiday book review is Clifford’s Christmas by Norman Bridwell. Here’s what it’s about: Join the big, red dog as he and Emily Elizabeth celebrate the season together. Clifford loves making snowmen, playing ice hockey, and helping out with the tree. But on Christmas Eve, when Santa accidentally drops his bag of toys into Clifford’s water bowl, the dog’s good heart and Santa’s magic make it the best Christmas ever! This is a funny story … Read more

Book Review: Madeline’s Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans

Today’s holiday book review is Madeline’s Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans. Here’s what it’s about: Children can celebrate a Parisian Christmas with Madeline, Pepito and all their friends. Not much of a description. In this Madeline tale she meets a magician and buys rugs for everyone. The rugs become magical and get all the girls home for Christmas. This tale is rated high, but I didn’t care for it as much. Some of the sentences were … Read more

Book Review: Little Santa by Jon Agee

Today’s holiday book review is Little Santa by Jon Agee. Here’s what it’s about: Ever wonder what Santa was like as a child? Award-winning author/illustrator Jon Agee brings us the funny, playful answer in this Christmas picture book destined to become a classic. Little Santa loves the North Pole. The rest of his family? Not so much. So, when they decide to move to Florida, Santa is miserable. Lucky for him, a blizzard foils their … Read more

Book Review: What’s Coming for Christmas? by Kate Banks

Today’s holiday book review is What’s Coming for Christmas? by Kate Banks. Here’s what it’s about: You can see it in the way the snowman’s eyes sparkle. Hear it in the voices of carolers echoing in the streets, and in the sounds of children trimming the tree. You can feel it in the warm fire dancing in the hearth. Meanwhile, the mother hen hushes her chicks, the pigs’ little tails curl in excitement, and the … Read more

How to: Christmas Present Wall Hanging

I’ve had the idea for this Christmas wall hanging on my mind for three years now. I even cut the cardboard to make it a couple years ago. Well, it finally got made this year and now hangs in our living room. So incredibly easy to make and you probably even have the supplies laying around your house. Kids, make sure you do this one with a parent. Cutting the cardboard can be a little … Read more