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christmas-2014

Merry Christmas from Literary Inklings

This is my favorite time of year and Christmas is my favorite holiday in part becase the season radiates the sentiment of comfort and joy; my bookworm self couldn’t ask for much more than that. In case you’re traveling this year and are in need of a nice holiday read, a festive film, or some cheery Christmas music (or perhaps just because I’m kind of a holly-jolly-aholic) I’ve put together a little glimpse at my Christmastime must-haves, from books to films to music. Because sometimes you just need a little Christmas, right this very minute. (You’re welcome.) the books… Can you tell I love my Debbie Macomber holiday stories? It’s just not the holidays without her. And A Wallflower Christmas is an annual reread for me. Swoon! Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber | Call Me Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber | The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber | Starry Night by Debbie Macomber |

20 E-Books Under $0.99 for Your Holiday Weekend

If you’ll be needing some fiction to help you through your holiday travels this weekend, here’s a roundup of Christmas-themed e-books all 99 cents and under (a few are freebies!). I’m including Nook and Kindle links alike; a few are full-length novels, I think, as well as some anthologies, but most are either novellas or short stories. I’m reading Katharine Ashe’s Kisses, She Wrote right now, which is lovely! All I Want for Christmas by Ros Clarke Nook | Kindle Christmas Crumble by M.C. Beaton Nook | Kindle A Grosvenor Square Christmas by Anna Campbell, Shana Galen, Vanessa Kelly & Kate Noble Nook (free!) | Kindle (free!) A Christmas Tragedy (Miss Marple) and The Naughty Donkey by Agatha Christie A Christmas Tragedy – Nook | Kindle The Naughty Donkey – Nook | Kindle Twelve Days of Christmas by Trisha Ashley Nook | Kindle Christmas Cookie Chronicles by Lori Wilde Book 1: Carrie – Nook | Kindle Book 2: Raylene – Nook | Kindle Book 3: Christine – Nook | Kindle Book 4: Grace – Nook …

Review: Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes by Joanne DeMaio

Vera Sterling is reeling from the loss of her job as a journalist in the city when she returns to her small Connecticut hometown of Addison for her sister’s wedding. Jolted by her unsteady new circumstances, Vera finds herself making a decision to take a chance and do something truly unexpected: namely, purchasing an old Colonial home complete with a neglected barn. Once the famed and beloved Christmas Barn of her youth, the old timber building is run down and the house is in need of a host of repairs; but Vera finds encouragement when she stumbles across a treasure hidden in the barn, left behind by the Christmas Barn’s proprietor with the wish of hope that can only come from one special holiday. As she begins to chip away at her new life, Vera gets reacquainted with the town nestled into Addison Cove, particularly handsome hardware store owner Derek Cooper whose history of tragic loss brings the town together every year to remember a young girl lost at Christmas. But when Derek’s yearly tribute …

Review: Christmas Lights by Christine Pisera Naman

During the holidays we all become susceptible to the vexation that comes with the rush of the season. From the pressure of finding the perfect gift to the anxiety over gaining unwanted weight, countless nagging irritations try to work their way into our lives. But the season, when experienced with true and devoted holiday spirit, can be a magical time, and once in a while all we need is a friendly reminder to count our blessings. Christine Pisera Naman’s debut novel, Christmas Lights, serves as just that sort of reminder to step back and enjoy the blessings of the holidays. Through eight vignettes the novel tells the stories of seven different women and how their personal struggles lead to triumphs with the help of a little holiday spirit. Katherine faces the mortality of life as she visits her aging husband; Julianna experiences the heart throbs of teenage love; Adrianna discovers her inner-strength against the fragility of her marriage; Cassandra overcomes her greatest heartbreak; Victoria finds love in the most unexpected of places; Alexandra comes to …

A Novel Holiday: The Literary Christmas Tree

Congratulations to tinatre for winning the You Tell Your Dog First giveaway! You should have an e-mail from me in your inbox, and we’ll get your copy off to you soon! I’ve been seeing plenty of holiday inspiration around the internet and one thing that’s caught my eye on several occasions is the Christmas-tree-made-of-books trend. (Yes, really, it’s a trend!) Pictures get shared around the web and sources become a bit muddled so I tried to do a bit of digging and figure out where this concept came from. I went all the way back to 2006, believe it or not. This being the only time books will revert back to their original forms, the trees started out in libraries, made from old National Union Catalogs that were no longer being used. Thus, no books were harmed in the making of these trees. Right, then. So here’s a timeline… ( source ) What seems to be the original was created in 2006 at (I believe it was) the Aalborg University Library. ( source ) In …

Review: Trading Christmas by Debbie Macomber

For me it’s simply not the holidays without a Debbie Macomber novel. I picked up this particular book in light of the new Hallmark Channel adaptation and I thought I’d share my thoughts. Trading Christmas houses two of Debbie Macomber’s holiday stories – the titular novel, originally published as When Christmas Comes in 2004, and her 1991 novel, The Forgetful Bride. It’s also worth noting that this is the same set that makes up her 2005 book, Home for the Holidays. Trading Christmas tells the story of Emily Springer, Charles Brewster, Faith Kerrigan and Ray Brewster – friends, brothers, strangers, and…house traders. Desperate to be with her daughter for the holidays, Emily seeks any opportunity that will allow her to stay in Boston – and Harvard professor Charles is desperate to escape to a place void of Yuletide cheer where he can write and grouse in peace. Ray, Charles’ brother, chances upon Emily while Faith, Emily’s friend, finds Charles the curmudgeon when she attempts to surprise a lonely Emily for Christmas. There’s match-making and mix-ups …

Festive Fictions: Holiday Book Reviews

After finishing NaNoWriMo a week early (yay!) I decided that it was high time to dive into a few holiday novels. I read three darling festive fictions over the holiday weekend and thought I’d share my opinions on them with you. I’ve also got a few other recommendations that I read last year and plan to dig out again for a reread if I have time before the holidays are over… Call Me Mrs. MiracleDebbie MacomberThis Christmas, Emily Merkle (call her Mrs. Miracle!) is working in the toy department at Finley’s, the last family-owned department store in New York City. And her boss is none other than…Jake Finley, the owner’s son. For Jake, holiday memories of brightly wrapped gifts, decorated trees and family were destroyed in a Christmas Eve tragedy years before. Now Christmas means just one thing to him—and to his father. Profit. Because they need a Christmas miracle to keep the business afloat. Holly Larson needs a miracle, too. She wants to give her eight-year-old nephew, Gabe, the holiday he deserves. Holly’s widowed …