Some Interesting Books

The holiday season is probably the best time for all book lovers. There are so many new releases available, especially books that go with the season’s flavor, waiting to be discovered. Many are by seasoned authors and many others are by first time indie authors like me.

I personally love this time because I can bundle myself on the couch or the bed, grab a cup of coffee and read some good books . I  was looking for something different and found these eBooks that seemed interesting and wanted to share these with you.

These are not necessarily free, at least not at the time I was writing this post. But I thought maybe you would want to check them out yourself. There are so many to choose from and I am still trying to shortlist the one that I want to read.

 

Holiday Season in Melbourne by Melbourne Writers’ Social Group. $1.29 from Smashwords.com
The Melbourne Writers’ Social Group brings you a collection of short stories about Melbourne in December—a time for sun, surf, celebration, decoration, family gatherings, and reflection. Whether you enjoy the funny, fantastic, romantic, horrific, surreal, or sublime, at least one of these short stories is certain to entertain as you discover and explore Australia’s City of Literature.

The Christmas Waltz by Connie Keenan. $0.99 from Smashwords.com
Thirty years have passed since music teacher June Sheppard’s fiance died in the war. Yet on a snowy day in 1962, while conducting the school choir at a Christmas concert in the park, she sees Paul Everett again–just a face in the crowd. Not one to believe in ghosts, she’s nonetheless haunted by dreams of long ago and a love that has never been forgotten by her…or Paul.

 

The Purloined Boy: The Weirdling Cycle, Book 1 by Mortimus Clay. $1.99 from Smashwords.com
The Purloined Boy, the multiple-award winning book by Mortimus Clay, is a work of fantasy literature for young adults. It could be described as R. L. Stine meets Plato. It begins with the question, Where do all those children on the milk cartons go? It provides the answer through the eyes of one of those children, a boy named Trevor Upjohn, the purloined boy.

 

A Christmas Card for Wayne by Terry Lee Weekly. $3.99 from Smashwords.com
In Iraq, a soldier is desperately tired of the hazard and hardships of the occupation. Unexpectedly, he escapes to the American frontier in 1876 where he finds … hazard and hardships. Will the tender love of a good woman and the urgent need to exercise his leadership and military training cure his psychological problems? Would you like to read and find out?

 

The Land of the Living: Christmas Stories by Chuck Allen.  Free from Smashwords.com
A collection of five flash-fiction stories based on a theme of Christmas songs. Story titles: Silent Night, The Little Drummer Boy, Jingle Bells, White Christmas and O Christmas Tree.

 

 

Will share more, if I find some promising ones. Happy Reading! 🙂

December is here, finally.

December is here, finally.

For me, this is the best month of the year. Not that I particularly love the fact that it’s cold all the time but I do love to snuggle under a blanket, all wrapped up — reading a book and enjoying a good hot cup of coffee. Also, I can eat all I want and hide my expanding waistline under layers of clothes. Fingers-crossed on it not showing on my face though. 🙂

December is best because it’s also the month of birthdays and anniversaries in the family,  so lots of parties to look forward to.  And of course, it’s Christmas. I have a huge, extended family; what with all the uncles, aunts, cousins, and their kids coming together, Christmas is usually a grand affair in my family. We get to all dress up and go for the midnight mass on Christmas eve, coming home to a late night of cake and coffee. It’s important for me because I get to share it with the people I love and care about.

On the party side, preparations have already started – well, at least for the rum cakes. Most of the dry fruits have been cleaned, cut (by me and mom this year) and soaked in rum.  Still have to cut some cherries, hopefully in the next two days I would be able to get it done and then add it to the rest of the stuff. We will then be set for the baking day. We’ve been able to book the 20th at the bakery so it’s gonna be one hectic day for all of us. Getting all the pieces home, safe and sound is a more difficult task.

But it’s all worth the effort. Stepping into the room with all that cake, is just heavenly. Very mouth-watering and the smell keeps me up all night. As kids, my sister and I used to try to sneak in to break off small pieces from the cakes to eat, without letting my parents catch us. Today, I am more concerned in making it all last till all of it has been distributed amongst friends and relatives — an age-old tradition here.

With all the other work I had planned to do, it’s going to be a busy month. There are many things that have yet to be done – cleaning the house is on top of my mother’s list and I can see myself  being dragged around in getting it done.

Anyway, what are your plans for these holidays ? Spending it with family or working on a pending project?

What’s your dream Christmas like? I’ve always wished for a white one.. maybe I’ll get to experience it some day 🙂

Take care everyone. Keep Smiling!!!! 🙂