Happy Book Birthday to THE PURRFECT CHRISTMAS (2016), a heartwarming Christmas story that’s got it all: humor, ghosts, and pets teaming up to save a widow’s Christmas! It’s a hopeful and happy holiday story that makes an easy last-minute digital stocking stuffer, especially for young readers.
To celebrate, I decided to redo the cover. Less grunge, more spooky, I think!
If you’re in an introspective mood and like a little edge to your fantasy, you’ll enjoy this short story.
(Also there are chickens.)
Happy third book birthday to science-fantasy epic Steel City, Veiled Kingdom!
Normally when I release books, I don’t care much about the date of release. But I finished SCVK early enough that I could plan a specific date. So I made sure the book shared its birthday with the lead character, Jerimin. So happy birthday to him, too!
You’ll see Jer again soon when I Kickstart SCVK’s sequel, THE GUESTS OF CROOKED NECK later this year. Stick around…! Or in the meantime, prepare by grabbing the first book!
Today’s book birthday belongs to Midwinter Magic: Three Original Christmas Fairy Tales. This book, finished in 2018, was dedicated to my middle-school English teacher, Mrs. Hodson, who unexpectedly went to Heaven earlier this year. “Her” book turns 4 today, so I’d like to take a moment to remember a supportive teacher and wonderful woman.
Back when I was in school, she seemed legitimately eager to read the next adventure I submitted to her as part of our English creative writing assignments, and that stuck with me. She also joked that she wanted me to dedicate a book to her someday (this, even though I had no plans at the time to become a writer; it was just something I did for fun as a kid). Even though I lost touch with her, I never forgot that wish. So when I finally decided to become a writer, many MANY years later, I kept on the alert for a book I dedicate to her. I had to pick a story that felt right.
In 2018, I finished Midwinter Magic and thought its heartwarming fairytale charm would be a good fit for her. So I dedicated the book to her, not knowing if she’d ever see it.
The Lord blessed us both when we bumped into each other at a local Kneaders restaurant in December 2021, five years after starting my writing career. I was able to show her the book I’d dedicated to her, and we were able to have a little email chat. Even at the time, it felt like a miracle (so many years had passed, and I live in a BIG city), but now, it feels like an especially tender mercy from the Lord.
If you’re the praying type, I ask today you send a prayer up for Mr. Hodson and the other family members going through their first Christmas season without her.
Thank you for your time.
My freaky story The Girlfriend Who Wasn’t from Delaware turns four today. My uncle (now in Heaven) really liked this story, especially the main character, Ray!
(If you’ve read it, leave me a comment and tell me what you’d put on the cover! I want to change it up!)
Eerie ASMR-inspired horror story Chrystine’s Sleep Solution turns ONE today. Whoa! I’m really proud of this story–and not just ‘cuz it made it onto the front page of a neat Books2Read promo. I just think it’s spooky. 😯!
Happy book birthday to A Gingersnap Cat Christmas, my answer to Highway to Heaven (but with more talking animals). Released back in 2018, Gingersnap was the first paperback I ever produced!