The Printed Page.
Here is what I won/received/purchased over the past week!
A banner ad worth $25.00 from Creations By Kendra from Bitten by Books' My Bloody Vampire month long event! I'm hoping I can have this banner designed as a header for my new Christmas blog!
Bookin' with Bingo (thanks again Karen!)
Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced to stand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials and the superstitious tyranny that led to the torture and imprisonment of more than 200 people accused of witchcraft. This is the story of Martha's courageous defiance and ultimate death, as told by the daughter who survived.
Kathleen Kent is a tenth generation descendent of Martha Carrier. She paints a haunting portrait, not just of Puritan New England, but also of one family's deep and abiding love in the face of fear and persecution.
Celticlady's Ramblings (thanks again Kathleeen!)
Every Sookie Stackhouse short story ever written - in one special volume - from the New York Times bestselling author.
New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris has re-imagined the supernatural world with her 'spunky' (Tampa Tribune) Southern Vampire novels starring telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse. Now, for the first time, here is every Sookie Stackhouse short story ever written - together in one volume.
Stories include 'Fairy Dust,' 'One Word Answer,' 'Dracula Night,' 'Lucky,' and 'Giftwrap.'
In the Mail:
Enchanted by Josephine
Arthur, now king of england with a young family, has two enemies who threaten him: Winifred, his vindictive first wife, who is determined to use the fledgling Christian church to ensure succession for her own son; and Morgause, priestess of the Mother and malevolent Queen of the North. To complicate matters, tragedy strikes just when Arthur needs Gwenhwyfar most, putting their passionate relationship on precarious ground. It promises to take all of Arthur's strength, courage, and cunning to secure his birthright and the confidence of his queen.
Tragedy befalls the Carter family following an eventful visit from a Russian prince and a scandalous blackmail letter. The murder of Wally Carter generates a bewildering mystery - how does one shoot a man crossing a narrow bridge without being near the murder weapon when it is fired? The superlatively analytical Inspector Hemingway reveals his unnerving talent for solving a fiendish problem.
When Evan Darling realizes that his children have become so focused on gifts that they've completely lost sight of the true meaning of Christmas, he knows he has to do something to help them see the wonder of it all. As a blizzard rages, Evan sits the family down and tells them the extraordinary tale of a young boy's magical experience during another blizzard long ago. When that boy was ten years old, he, too, thought Christmas traditions were pointless and dumb. The only thing he liked was the music. But when a magical snow globe opened his eyes to the magic of Christmas and the perils of greed, he found himself waging a dramatic battle to save Christmas for all time. It's time for Evan's children to learn the story of that brave young boy and to discoverthe mystery of his identity, for it is the story that inspires Evan himself to hold Christmas so close to his heart.
Enhanced by original music and Christmas favorites performed by Mannheim Steamroller, this magical story provides the gift of a moving, uplifting Christmas experience to families everywhere. (from Amazon)
Creative Questions to Illuminate the Holidays
Following their previous success (The Conversation Piece) Bret Nicholaus and Paul Lowrie suggest 300 Christmas-themed questions designed to bring any gathering back to the core purposes of the holiday: love, reflection, and merriment. The Christmas Conversation Piece is based on the belief that the right questions can spark understanding, humor, and connection between friends and loved ones. Try them out when entertaining, mingling at the office Christmas party, or simply having dinner with your family. Here's a sample: "What is your favorite Christmas scent?"; "What's your all-time biggest Christmas shopping disaster?"; "What is the most unusual Christmas tradition you ever heard of?"; "What has been the greatest blessing in your life since last Christmas?" (from Amazon)
Can you believe it? I didn't buy anything! I feel the withdrawals coming on...LOL!
So, what did you get?
**All synopses from Fantastic Fiction unless otherwise noted.