Blue Christmas & Christmas Bliss

I want to quickly mention a book series by Mary Kay Andrews I’ve fallen in love with this holiday season. I happened upon this series while searching for positive and uplifting holiday reads. I read Blue Christmas first and enjoyed it so much I had to get Christmas Bliss, which I’m still reading and am enjoying just as much. The main character, Weezie Foley, is a strong female character, and her best friend Bebe has … Read more

Favorite Book of the Month: A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

I’m starting a new feature. At the end of every month I’ll post a review about my favorite read. I’m posting a little early due to the holiday. In December my favorite read was A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote. Here’s what it’s about: Taking its place next to Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood on the Modern Library bookshelf is this new and original edition of Capote’s most famous short stories: “A Christmas … 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: Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien

This week’s holiday spotlight is a review or 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 … Read more

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. Here’s what you need: 1 Old Cardboard Box Holiday Themed Scrapbook Paper (or use gift wrapping) Gift … Read more

Favorite Book of the Month: Angels at the Table by Debbie Macomber

My favorite read in November was Angels at the Table by Debbie Macomber. Here’s what it’s about: Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy know that an angel’s work is never done, especially during a time as wondrous as New Year’s Eve. With an apprentice angel, Will, under their wings, they descend upon Times Square in New York City eager to join in the festivities. And when Will spies two lonely strangers in the crowd, he decides midnight … Read more

Holiday Entertaining

Leave a comment here about your own holiday traditions and everyone wins a free copy of The Courier, Episode 1, Call for Obstruction. This week we’re sharing our holiday entertaining traditions in the Vamplit Blog. It’s all about family when it comes to entertaining at our house. The biggie is a New Years brunch that we host. Lots and lots of food and festivities. And, we have a topic for New Years over in the … Read more

Week 3 & 4 Holiday Horror Movie Marathon

Apologies to all for missing last week’s holiday horror movie post. I’ve been laid up sick and considering the time of year, really want to enjoy the season without an illness. So, this week you get a double dose of movie reviews from me. What did I watch? Not much but a few really good one. Night Train Murders is set around the Christmas holiday, but is more a variation of Wes Craven’s, Last House … Read more

Christmas Decorations

Leave a comment here about your own holiday traditions and everyone wins a free copy of The Courier, Episode 1, Call for Obstruction. We celebrate Christmas, so our house is filled with the traditional decorations. One of my favorite things to do is clutter the fireplace with Christmassy junk. To the right is a picture I captured of one of our dogs, Howie, beside the fireplace. There are usually doggie chews up where he’s looking, … Read more

Yummy Grandma’s Cookies

Leave a comment here about your own holiday traditions and everyone wins a free copy of The Courier, Episode 1, Call for Obstruction. This week we’re sharing holiday recipe for Monday’s holiday traditions over at the Vamplit Blog. Here’s one of my favorite cookie recipes, but not because of the taste since they are loaded with gluten, and I can’t eat the stuff. No, I love this recipe because it was written on paper by … Read more

Week 2 Holiday Horror Movie Marathon

It’s week 2 of the holiday horror movies reviews and I managed to watch three movies this week, one of which was a Thanksgiving movie. Don’t forget to leave a comment on the current week’s Holiday Horror Movie Marathon post over on the Vamplit blog to enter a weekly drawing to win a free Vamplit novel of your choice. Winners announced following Tuesday. T.K. Millin suggested Thankskilling and I’m so glad. It was such a … Read more

Thanksgiving Change

We’re talking Thanksgiving traditions this week over at the Vamplit Blog. When you think of traditions, you think of constants, but my family traditions have done nothing but change over the years. The first twenty years of my life had been split between both my mother’s and father’s family, a very traditional dinner on both sides. Then I entered the Air Force and spent my first Thanksgiving with people I’d only known for a few … Read more

Week 1 Holiday Horror Movie Marathon

Welcome to week 1 of the holiday horror movies reviews. Unfortunately I only have one for you this week. Getting all the other events in place over on the Vamplit Blog, plus finishing up the edits for The Courier are proving time consuming. In fact, there are still two movies waiting for me in the mailbox. At least I’ll have two for you next week. Anyways, here’s the review, which is not actually a horror … Read more

Too Many Toys

Every Monday in my publisher, Vamplit’s blog we authors and contributors are sharing links to our fondest memories and holiday traditions in our own blogs. This week we are sharing holiday memories. I plan to share as many days as I can in short post. Please leave a comment about your own memories here or on the Vamplit Blog. I’ll be drawing from the comments on both blogs for one or more of the blog … Read more

Holiday Season Horror Movie Marathon List

I’m at it again, this time watching holiday season themed horror movies. I won’t be watching a movie a day thought, instead my intent is to watch as many movies as I can between now and the first of next year. Oh, and my movie selection is not the worst of the worst this time. For this marathon I’ve searched the Internet for lists of Christmas and New Years horror movies and the master list … Read more