On this, the sixth day of our annual Holiday Book Giveaway Extravaganza, HBE will be offering a copy of the new Season of Magic anthology. For your chance to win, simply email HBE at HartfordBooksExaminer@aol.com by no later than 11:59 p.m. EST this evening (12/21/14) and include “Giveaway” in the subject line. One recipient will be selected at random.
Today, Hartford Books Examiner offers season’s greetings to the authors of Season of Magic.
Season of Magic (The Painted Lady Press) is a new holiday anthology featuring contributions from Marian Lanouette (writing as Merry Holly), Bobbi Lerman, Cara Marsi, Gerri Brousseau and Vicki Lerman. The collection was published earlier this year and is available in digital and print editions. The authors generously donated a portion of early proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
From the publisher:
Hopes and wishes. And holiday kisses…the Season of Magic.
Wrap yourself in the holiday spirit with five romantic stories filled with fun and forever after.
Noel by Merry Holly
Dumped and lonely, is it possible to find love at the local mall? Noelle thinks not, but a chance encounter with Chase Clayborne while Christmas shopping has her rethinking her rigid set of rules, as sparks flare between them.
A Cinderella Christmas by Cara Marsi
Jessica Gallo no longer believed in fairy tales or happy endings. And she certainly didn’t believe she’d find her Prince Charming at Saks Fifth Avenue. Her Fairy Godmother thought differently.
Matchmaker by Bobbi Lerman
With Chanukah around the corner, is there enough magic left for a matchmaker to bring Molly’s cynical heart back to life.
Holiday Disaster by Vicki Batman
The week before Christmas and all is in disarray when a librarian experiences horrible plumbing issues and a Mr. Maintenance Man who isn’t nearly as jolly as Santa Clause. This Christmas is a disaster.
Yuletide Bride by Gerri Brousseau
The Dowager Duchess’s decree that her grandson must marry before Twelfth Night or relinquish his title and fortune sends him into a tail spin. Without any prospects and with only two weeks until Christmas will Stuart Nelson find himself destitute or will he find The Yuletide Bride.
Now, the authors offer advice on how to make some bookish magic of your own this holiday season …
1) Given that the holidays are upon us, can you recall being gifted a book (or books) that made a lasting impression on you? If so, please share …
Merry: One Christmas Santa brought me the whole set of the Clara Barton series. Needless to say after reading them I wanted to be a nurse. LOL, I’m a writer and an accountant.
Bobbi: There have been so many over the years. When I was thirteen it was the book my mom gave me on my 13th birthday; Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl. This story took me out of my safe, insular world and made me a journal keeper going on for almost fifty years now. The Source, by James Michner, gave me a lifelong passion for history. The Bride by Julie Garwood, I fell in love with the romance genre through reading this story. My list of beloved books began much earlier and has never ended.
Cara: As a teen, I loved the girls’ series, Judy Bolton Mysteries. I collected them all, but somehow years later realized I’d lost one. I may have lent it out to someone who didn’t return it. My sister lived across the country at the time. I told her I was missing a book. This was before the internet. She scoured used book stores in her area and found the book. She sent it to be for Christmas that year. I’m still touched.
Gerri: The very first book I ever received for Christmas was “Twas The Night Before Christmas.” I was only a child and the book held the magic of the season for me, as it still does today. The joy for me this year is that we are now reading it to my 2-year old Granddaughter. Sharing our love of reading with her and knowing it will last throughout her life is where the real magic is.
Vicki: This is so funny because when I shop for books for my family, I have to toss in one or two for me! Recently, I bought some biographies for my husband and added three books by Jojo Moyes. I am in love with her work. There’s a lot of elements that tie together well and she has really pulled in great research.
I’m always very happy to have had several short stories published at Christmastime. And since I write romantic comedy, I love to see people reading them and having a good laugh.
There aren’t really any books that I’ve been giving that had a lasting impression. I’ve had people lend me books and say “read this.” And they are usually right. Outlander. One for the Money. An Emilie Loring romance. Martha Grimes and Elizabeth George mysteries. The Happy Hollister, Trixie Belden, and Nancy Drew mysteries.
One year, I asked for Handsome to give me all of Dick Francis’ books in hardback. He did. I’m eternally happy.
2) What advice or recommendations would you give to those who are looking to share a book with others?
Merry: Reading is a very personal experience. I say find out what a person loves to read and find a book that will thrill them. To give the joy of reading to a child find that special book in what they love whether it be a truck book or princess book—it will keep them reading.
Bobbi: Love the book you recommend or want to share. Your passion for the story will be infectious.
Cara: Buy a new copy of the book and lend it out, but keep your copy. Someone borrowed my copy of Sweet, Savage Love by Rosemary Rogers and never returned it. By that time, it was out of print, but I managed to find a used one. I don’t lend books any more.
Gerri: I would say if you know that a friend or family member wants a particular book, you can’t go wrong in getting it. Knowing what a particular person enjoys reading is helpful. I really love giving books as gifts, especially for youngsters. If you don’t know your reader’s preference, a B&N or Amazon gift card works great.
Vicki: Like any gift, I believe you can’t randomly pick anything off the shelves for someone. You have to know the person and their likes and dislikes. My men read a lot of nonfiction. They like bios, cars, etc. My daughter in law likes fiction and we talk books; so I know her taste.
My mother in law reads romance but prefers not to have sexy ones. Same goes for many of my friends. My mother doesn’t mind a little. She likes contemporary romance over historical.
So I keep their taste in mind and select specifically for them.
With thanks to Merry Holly, Bobbi Lerman, Cara Marsi, Gerri Brousseau and Vicki Lerman for their generosity of time and thought.
Don’t forget: For your chance to win a copy of Season of Magic, simply email HBE at HartfordBooksExaminer@aol.com by no later than 11:59 p.m. EST this evening (12/21/14) and include “Giveaway” in the subject line.