Sunday, December 23, 2018

TwasThe Night Before Christmas For Book Lovers

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with No comments

I hope you make some wonderful memories this week.  Here's a Christmas poem for you. Blessings.

 Twas The Night.

                                                  by Susan J Berger

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,

Each creature was reading. Yes, even the mouse.

In a nest made of cotton that used to line pills,

he read Mouseman Saves Christmas and shivered with thrills.


 Miss Padpaws turned pages of  Elf off A Shelf 

And purred as she read it aloud to herself.

Bad Dog, on the hearth, was devouring a book.

He'd chewed up five chapters and turned them to gook.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

reading books, with the covers pulled over their heads.

Mamá was engrossed in her latest romance.

I nodded o'er Dickens and fell into trance.

Not one of us heard jingle bells on the roof.

No prancing and pawing of each tiny hoof.

Santa slid down the chimney and only Bad Dog, 

looked up and woofed softly at the man on the log.


"Good Bad Dog," said Santa, and opened his pack.

He pulled out a bushel of books from his sack.

Picture books, YA, some Midgrades for Simon,

Thrillers, romances and even Neil Gaiman.

Geronimo Stilton, he gave to the mouse.

A copy of Archie, he left for the louse

He patted Miss Padpaws and handed her Cats.

For Bad Dog, a cake book that tasted like Brats

 He filled every stocking with poems and prose.

Then ate all the cookies; brushed crumbs from his clothes.


On Prancer! On Dancer!"  Sleigh bells jingled bright.

"Happy Reading to All and to All a Good Night".

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A Christmas Suggestion

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 1 comment

I waited too late to start this post. An hour ago I got a call that got the part I auditioned for on VEEP (yes!!) and I have to be on the set at 7:00 AM and the set is at least an hour away in morning traffic. Hence quick post.
Three Christmas reads: Two of these are short storie collections. This time of year I want my Christmas cheer and rarely have much time to get it.

For  the Mystery Lover, Sleighbells and Sleuthing
 A COZY MYSTERY HOLIDAY NOVELLA COLLECTION WITH ALL PROCEEDS GOING TO SAVING ANIMALS! Get comfy this holiday season with a cup of tea or cocoa, and while you’re enjoying a delightful seasonal cozy mystery, you’ll be helping rescue animals with Good Fortune Farm Refuge, a NO KILL animal refuge located in Alabama.
You’ll love these sixteen cozy mystery stories, many from Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Amazon best-selling authors! Murder, mystery, magic, and mayhem don’t stop just because it’s the holiday season!
All profits from this collection go to Good Fortune Farm Refuge.
Each author is a member of the Sleuthing Women author collective, a select group of women mystery authors who have joined together to connect with our readers through a Facebook group called Sleuthing Women—Read. Sleuth. Solve. Repeat. Check us out on Facebook.
Stories come from both traditionally and independently published authors Stephanie Damore, Ava Mallory, Clare Kauter, Larissa Reinhart, Loraine J. Hudson, Mona Marple, Morgana Best, Ritter Ames, Sam Cheever, S.E. Babin, Tara Meyers, Tricia L. Sanders, Carolyn Ridder Aspenson, Jenna St. James, K.E. O’Connor, and Laina Turner.

For The Dog Lover

Bark The Herald Angels Sing

With Christmas and a family wedding fast approaching, there’s happy chaos in the air at Waterford Farm. However, not everyone in the Kilcannon clan is caught up in the magic of the moment. Matriarch, octogenarian, and beloved blogger Gramma Finnie hears the clock of her long life ticking far too fast, while her great-granddaughter, teenager Pru, feels squeezed out of planning her mother’s nuptials.

But when this unlikely duo is tasked with the project of producing the “Somethings” for the wedding – and only have Christmas Eve to get the job done – Gramma Finnie and Pru have a purpose and a plan. They set off to find the perfect old, new, borrowed, and blue treasures, but it doesn’t take long for things to spin out of control faster than Gramma’s Toyota in a snowstorm. Detoured by a stray border collie, thwarted by nature and an elf parade, and trapped by a rifle-toting mountain man, it will take more than the power of the Kilcannon clan to save these two from a Christmas catastrophe. It will take the luck of the Irish, a love story from long ago, and a whole lot of help from the angels to make this holiday merry and bright.

For the Romance lover
Holiday Ever After

Baby, it’s cold outside! Come snuggle up with Holiday Ever After, a collection of 15 stories filled with love and passion sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

Get tangled up with a Regency tavern wench, your own Mr. Scrooge, or the ghosts of Christmases past and present. Open your home and your heart to visitors from far away. Is your secret Santa a Navy SEAL, a handsome jock, or an artist? Perhaps you’d like to ring in the holidays with that office party hottie, the sexy exchange student next door, or a Vegas stripper? Whether you like your holiday treats sweet or spicy, there’s something for everyone in Holiday Ever After.

Featuring stories by the Los Angeles Romance Authors (LARA), Holiday Ever After will keep you warm on a chilly winter’s night.
 five dollar Amazon gift card to whoever gives me my next favorite Christmas Story, Currently, after A Christmas Carol, it's 

Rest You Merry: A Professor Peter Shandy Mystery (The Peter Shandy Mysteries Book 1) 

by Charlotte MacLeod


A very funny mystery, I love funny. And heartwarming. Leave your suggestion in the comment section.


More Later. Off to bed.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

THE FRAME-UP Glorious Nerdy Mystery/Suspense Romance #Giveaway

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 2 comments
By day she writes comic books. By night she lives them.
I fell in love with The Frame-Up (The Golden Arrow Mysteries Book 1) at first paragraph. I love the voice and the content. It's a tribute to comic book culture and to all things nerdy. The voice is sassy, sweet and vulnerable. And I "got" almost every reference which made me fell good about my nerdy knowledge. It's also an excellent mystery and a charming romance. 
I know. That's a lot of praise. But I really loved it. And I have a copy to give away. (Because I got two. Otherwise I wouldn;t part with it.)
The Frame-Up came out December 1st and it's already got 316 reviews.
Here are some of the editorial ones:
“[A] stellar first novel…Molin’s clever humor enhances the inventive plot. Readers will eagerly await the sequel.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[A] hard-boiled mystery starring a spunky amateur sleuth. Fans of fandom will devour this fun, smart mystery debut with a classic rom-com mismatched romance.” —Booklist
“Meghan Scott Molin’s The Frame-Up is a celebration of nerd culture, superheroes, and mystery, with the perfect dash of romance and lust…The Frame-Up is not to be missed.” —Teenreads
“A murder mystery romp through the comics world that kept me guessing to the last page. Recommended!” —Faith Hunter, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock series
.About the author:
Meghan comes to writing by way of a Masters in Architecture, a minor in Opera, a professional career as a barn manager, and three years crash course as a mother. She currently resides in Colorado with her fellow zookeeper (husband), son, two horses, cat, and corgi. She is an avid lover of everything nerdy from Wars to Trek, Hobbits, Who, and beyond. When she's not writing, she's cooking, dreaming of travel, coveting more corgis, and listening to audiobooks while hanging out at the barn. 
If I captured your interest please go to Amazon and read the beginning. 
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