Book Promo ~ Santa Claus Worldwide

A History of St.  Nicholas and
Other Midwinter Gift-Bringers

Finally: Proof of Santa’s Existence and His Impact on Our World

The 200-year legacy of the American Santa Claus as we know him is meticulously documented and explained in author Tom Jerman’s fascinating new book, Santa Claus Worldwide: A History of St. Nicholas and Other Holiday Gift-Bringers.
 

Readers will be surprised to learn Santa’s true origin story (hint: it wasn’t in Clement C. Moore’s popular poem, “The Night Before Christmas”), plus they’ll be treated to a deep dive into the backstories of other midwinter gift-givers from all over the globe. Jerman’s exhaustive research is evident in his detailed descriptions, and he masterfully showcases the rich diversity among the characters while also pointing out shared traits.
 

Santa Claus Worldwide is the first legitimate history of Santa Claus in more than a decade, and the first history in more than 100 years to provide a comprehensive look at the Yuletide gift-givers throughout the world.  

Readers will discover:

• How midwinter gift-givers developed over thousands of years;

• The difference between Catholic followers of St. Nicholas and Protestant followers of the secular “terror men” in Europe following the Reformation;

• Historical examples of midwinter gift-givers who were female, Black, rich, gay, atheist and communist;

• When and how a New York printer named William Gilley created the “American Santa Claus” in an 1821 booklet, The Children’s Friend;

• How a wealthy New York professor, Clement C. Moore, bought a copy of The Children’s Friend and, in 1822, wrote “The Night Before Christmas;” and

• How The Children’s Friend disappeared from history until it was rediscovered in 1953. 

Ultimately, Santa Claus Worldwide proves, conclusively, the existence of Santa and his impact on our world.

“Santa indisputably exists as the symbol of Christmas, and Christmas represents our most noble virtues,” Jerman says. “Symbols are real, and they can be very powerful.”

About the Author

Tom A. Jerman, a resident of Asheville, N.C., has bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and journalism and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Utah. Employed as a copy editor with The Salt Lake Tribune between 1974-78, he went on to practice labor and employment law for 35 years. In 2015, he took early retirement to pursue his desire to write something more interesting and enduring than legal treatises.

A serious collector, Jerman has amassed some 4,500 Santa figurines and ornaments, and thousands of antique postcards printed between 1900 and 1910. The enormous diversity of figures — temporal, geographic, historical, size, attire, date of gift-giving, mode of travel — prompted him to write Santa Claus Worldwide, the first volume of a planned trilogy. 

For more information, please visit http://acollectionofsantas.com, or follow the author on Twitter at @tomajerman

Santa Claus Worldwide: A History of St.  Nicholas
and Other Midwinter Gift-Bringers
Publisher: McFarland & Co.
ISBN-10: ‎1476680930
ISBN-13: ‎978-1476680934
Available from
Amazon.com, BN.com
and other online retailers 

Book Promo ~ The Christmas Shop

A Stand-Alone Christmas Novella

Cynthia Owens

Maeve Brennan has lost everything she holds dear: her husband, her three children, and finally her home.

Micheál Lynch has one dream: bringing Christmas back to his three young children. He’ll do anything to achieve that dream, even if it means risking his own life.

Can some tiny Christmas angels unite these two lonely souls and bring them a real Christmas…and love?

an excerpt

About the Author:
Cynthia Owens enjoyed a previous career as a reporter/editor for a small chain of community newspapers before returning to her first love, romantic fiction. Her stories usually include an Irish setting, hero or heroine, and sometimes all three.

Cynthia’s books:

The Claddagh Series: Historical Romance Set in Ireland and Beyond

The Wild Geese Series: The Irish Heroes Return

The Christmas Shop
a stand-alone Christmas novella
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07KHQLLQJ
Kindle Edition/Amazon

Book Promo ~ The Christmas Unicorn

The greatest gifts aren’t always
found under a Christmas tree.

Believing herself abandoned by her fiancé in the wilds of Northern Wales, actress Babbie Crispen and her wheelchair-bound son struggle to find shelter on a frigid night before Christmas.

A strange man the locals call the Wicked Scot finds them near death on a snow-covered hillside. He brings them to his castle, a place of both terrifying and wonderful magic so powerful it changes all their lives.

Elf says: What’s it all about?

 I have a confession to make: I adore the story of The Christmas Unicorn.
It’s based on a tale my father told us every year on Christmas Eve. He swears it’s true.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I’ve been an actress, a journalist, a communications specialist, and the worst mathematician the insurance industry ever experienced. Fortunately, now I’m a dedicated kitten mom (Please subscribe to my very infrequent newsletter, The Writer’s Cat, for more information on them.), and the author of “Regency romance with a Gothic twist.”
For more information, go to http://www.elfahearn.com/

The Christmas Unicorn

Champagne Book Group
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09LY5NKPH
available on Amazon KINDLE

Book Promo ~ ABOVE THE RAIN

 Past, Present, and Future Collide on a Breathtaking Journey

by Víctor del Árbol
translated by
Lisa Dillman


   In ABOVE THE RAIN (Other Press Paperback Original), Victor del Árbol weaves two seemingly disparate narratives: a late-in-life road trip across Europe, and a woman’s fight for survival in Sweden’s criminal underbelly. He draws readers into his complex, gritty world, unspooling threads of the past and present to reconstruct the history of violence that links all of them. More than just a work of suspense, ABOVE THE RAIN examines the nature of evil, asking how those who act from within the depths of human cruelty justify themselves, and what motivates the few who are willing to fight them. I wanted to be sure you’ve had a chance to consider it for Spring or Summer reads.
           
        Sweden: Yasmina, the daughter of Moroccan immigrants, is beholden to Sture, a powerful drug trafficker. She’s ordered to seduce the Deputy Commissioner, an older man who’s investigating a series of grisly murders. Trapped between increasing pressure from Sture, and life at home with her authoritarian, abusive grandfather, Yasmina plots her escape. 

          In their nursing home in Cadiz, Helena and Miguel form an unlikely friendship, both bored with the monotonous days. Helena is still haunted by the man who destroyed her family sixty years ago. Miguel, living with the ghosts of his father and his wife, is terrified that his mind is failing him. Rejecting the notion that it’s ‘too late’ for anything to change, the pair depart for the journey of their lives to finally face their dark pasts, and soon learn how much they’re willing to risk to find answers.

Del Árbol challenges us to question what justice looks like, and the destruction that can come from seeking it. And in its unflinching portrayal of aging and disease, ABOVE THE RAIN is a searing indictment against a world that views the elderly as a burden, and of a society that puts expiration dates on people’s relevance or potential. 

THE AUTHOR

Víctor del Árbol was born in Barcelona in 1968 and was an officer of the Catalan police force from 1992 to 2012. As the recipient of the Nadal Prize, the Tiflos Prize, and as the first Spanish author to win the Prix du Polar Européen, he has distinguished himself as a prominent voice in Spanish literature.

 Del Árbol’s books have garnered wide praise: A Million Drops (2018) was a Washington Post (“a dizzying multigenerational drama”) and CrimeReads pick of the year, and an Amazon Best of the Month selection; Breathing Through the Wound (2020) was a New York Times Globetrotting Selection, and a “Best of the Year Pick” from CrimeReads and PopMatters

THE TRANSLATOR

Lisa Dillman teaches in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She has translated a number of Spanish and Latin American writers. Some of her recent translations include Rain Over MadridAugust, October; and Death of a Horse, by Andrés Barba, and Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera.

REVIEWS

Above the Rain is an exceptional novel about the present’s inability to deny the past, a clear-eyed examination of the cultural clashes in modern Europe. It’s also a novel about love, the different kinds thereof and how they offer their own various sorts of healing and redemption.” —Scott Phillips, author of The Ice Harvest and That Left Turn at Albuquerque

With its large cast of characters, shifting timeline and multiple perspectives, this is a work of deep complexity. But del Arbol, a gifted storyteller, keeps the pages turning even as he probes the dark, compromised souls of his characters — and the fractured families they come from.” —CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Lloyd Sachs

ABOVE THE RAIN

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Other Press
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1635429951
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1635429954

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Book Promo ~ Cup-Tied

Cup-Tied: Kingsbury Town Football Club Romance Series Book 3

Cup-Tied: Kingsbury Town Football Club Romance Series Book 3 by [Marina Reznor]

Dylan Rhea’s life is a mess, and it just keeps getting worse. He retired from Kingsbury Town Football Club in disgrace, his girlfriend threw him out, and now he’s running his father’s non-league football club into the ground. He’s a miserable failure and it doesn’t seem that things will ever turn around.

Until Penny Adams arrives on his doorstep with a strange request.

Penny doesn’t want to be in north London with a pick-axe in her duffle bag and only enough money to last four days. But she has a job to do, and she wants to get it over with as soon as possible. Because then she can go back to Indiana and get her life back on track.

By a miracle, Dylan lets her dig. And as Penny keeps digging, remarkable things begin happening. Dylan’s team starts winning, and against all odds, keeps winning. Is this the invisible hand of a long-dead queen, or just a series of extraordinary coincidences?

But there are powerful forces who don’t want Dylan to keep winning, and they want Penny out of the way as well.

How long will Dylan and Penny’s luck hold out?

About the Author

Marina Reznor lives with her rugby-player husband and their two Labradors in Birmingham, Alabama. She became interested in English Premier League football (or soccer as she occasionally slips up saying) when American television began broadcasting matches and she realized there were almost no commercials.

Keep in touch with Marina. Join her charming, interesting, and very infrequent newsletter. She doesn’t share and she doesn’t spam. Sign up on her website, https://www.marinareznor.com, and join her on Twitter and Instagram, @MarinaReznorMarina

An Amazon Review  ~ 5 Stars!!!!!

I immediately fell in love with Penny Adams, a fun, smart, tough as nails heroine who hears a voice telling her to find the dead queen Boudica. Traveling to England, she convinces washed up footballer and now manager of a failing football team, Dylan Rhea, to allow her to dig up his parking lot. And then mysterious things happen: she finds bits of pottery and the team begins to win! Throw in some hilarious side characters (Biscuit, a kid who has a Rain Man ability to spout accurate football facts, the opera loving Scott and Jeff who run the local Kebob shop, and the so-called “experts” who try to defame Penny on “Fraud Wars) and I guarantee you will laugh out loud. But it also hits on some socially relevant issues, such as addiction and mental illness, specifically, schizophrenia. The amount of research that went into this book is fantastic. The author knows her history and makes it fun! Having always been interested in archaeology , I found her explanation of how a dig is done fascinating. This is Book 3 but can be read as a stand alone… but I invite you to read the others which are equally as good! I’m now officially in a book slump looking for something as unique as this book. (and be sure to read the Author’s notes at the end for a look at her inspiration for this one of a kind book!)

Cup-Tied

is available

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Book Promo ~ Schoolbooks & Sorcery

An Anthology of Inclusive YA Urban Fantasy

In this enchanting collection of young adult tales, 20 authors explore the overlap of the mundane and the fantastical, with LGBTQ protagonists juggling the pressures of school and the wonder of magic in its many forms. From entrance tests to final exams, casting spells to breaking curses, these teens seek to claim their place in the world. In these pages, you’ll find gay and lesbian, bisexual and asexual, trans and nonbinary characters, all experiencing sexy, strange, wicked, wonderful, romantic adventures. They deal with bad roommates and bullies, first loves and new friends, all while crafting and inhabiting their ideal identities. Featuring authors such as Seanan McGuire, Cheryl Rainfield, Cecilia Tan, E.C. Myers, Rajan Khanna, and many more. Step inside and experience Schoolbooks & Sorcery

I snagged a few pinches of herbs from the apothecary cabinet in the kitchen and ground them into a paste. The bruised leaves let out their oils, and the air filled with a sweet, green, medicinal smell. Just a small magic, friend-to-bees magic, and it didn’t look like magic unless you knew.” ~ From “The Delicate Work of Bees” by Emily Horner

What is the centaur philosophy of magic?”
Clementine cleared her throat, cheeks flushing pink, and said, “That if it were easy, everyone would do it, and that means it must be hard
.” ~ From “Finals” by Seanan McGuire

“A big message to queer and trans youth in the 2000s was ‘it gets better,’ but in YA publishing there’s still a struggle for representation of LGBTQ protagonists–and a big-name author promoting transphobia certainly hasn’t helped,” said Circlet imprint editor Cecilia Tan. “Putting the ‘magic school’ trope together with queer teen angst was a natural: in fact it’s my catnip.”

The innovative publisher, Riverdale Avenue Books just published Schoolbooks & Sorcery: a New Anthology of Inclusive YA Urban Fantasy edited by Michael M. Jones.

About Michael M. Jones

Michael M. Jones lives in southwest Virginia with too many books, just enough cats, and a wife who’s been with him every step of the way. His stories have appeared in venues such as Hexagon, Metastellar, Mad Scientist Journal and Enchanted Conversation. He also edited Scheherazade’s Facade: Fantastical Tales of Gender Bending, Cross-Dressin, and Transformation. For more, visit him on Twitter at Oneminutemonkey  or at www.michaelmjones.com

Schoolbooks & Sorcery

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Book Promo ~ VIBRANT

Stop thinking of your own well-being as something that’s beyond your control.

Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson, aka “The VibrantDoc”, is a survivor and an advocate for safety who would love to share her personal story to help others.

Dr. Stacie married the wrong person and found herself in a dangerous, severe abusive situation. She spent seven years basically locked away with no voice, no freedom, and no hope. She narrowly escaped with her life and knows firsthand the devastation and destruction that comes from abuse.
 
When she was finally able to escape, she became an advocate for others being abused and works tirelessly to share the importance of ensuring you are surrounded by healthy, supportive, and nonabusive friendships and relationships. Safety and connection are critical aspects of our overall health – without it, things like exercise and diet won’t move the needle. 

Ultimately, Dr. Stacie was able to reclaim her voice and live a healthy, constructive, and vibrant life. She is now a recognized leader in functional medicine focused on integrative, regenerative, anti-aging, and natural medicine modalities. She’s the author of the new self-care book Vibrant: A Groundbreaking Program to Get Energized, Reverse Aging, and Glow.

About The VibrantDoc 

Dr. Stephenson has dedicated her life’s work to helping people create vibrant health from within to prevent chronic disease and recover from illness naturally. In addition to her functional medicine and anti-aging board certifications, she is a Certified Nutrition Specialist® and Doctor of Chiropractic. Dr. Stephenson is the Founder and CEO of health and wellness media venture, VibrantDoc, and serves as the Chair of Functional Medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America®. She is also a board member for the American Nutritional Association, has partnered in a joint “Healthy Communities” venture with the American Heart Association, and is the Vice Chair of Gateway for Cancer Research, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding breakthrough cancer research and early-stage clinical trials.

Vibrant: A Groundbreaking Program
to Get Energized, Own Your Health, and Glow

Publisher ‏ : ‎ BenBella Books
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1950665828
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1950665822

Available from
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Book Promo ~ Miserable Holiday Stories

Hilarious short stories for anyone
who hates the holidays!

by Alex Bernstein

Whether your family’s favorite holiday dish is a brisket, glazed ham or Cajun catfish, it’s virtually a given that it will be seasoned with the universal flavor of December: misery.

From the sharply satirical mind of award-winning author and humorist Alex Bernstein comes Miserable Holiday Stories (20 Festive Failures That Are Worse Than Yours), a collection of quirky tales that feature Jewish Elvis impersonators, a kidnapped Santa Claus, confused parents, horrific holiday traffic, unbreakable toys and the ever-heroic Bicycle Boys.

Providing the yin to the Hallmark Channel’s yang, Miserable Holiday Stories delivers hefty doses of seasonal satire presented in the form of 20 short stories you can read while the babka is baking or anytime you need a respite from manufactured holiday merriment.

Tales include:

• “Blue Christmas”

• “Coloring Books”

• “The Unbreakable Toy”

• “The Smoking Lounge”

• “Brownie Mix” (A Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award finalist)

• “The #$@!# Bicycle Boys Save Christmas, Again!” (Also released as a single on Amazon)

• And many more!

Sure, Christmas and Hanukkah are supposed to be full of laughter, generosity and quality time with friends and family. But everyone knows the truth: the holidays are stressful at best and downright depressing at worst. Miserable Holiday Stories offers tongue-in-cheek escapism in the form of offbeat, thought-provoking tales, that just might prompt you to appreciate something about your own holiday experiences.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alex Bernstein is the award-winning author of the Miserableseries of books (Miserable Adventure Stories, Miserable Holiday StoriesMiserable Love Stories) and Plrknib. His work has appeared at McSweeney’s, NewPopLit, The Big Jewel, The American Bystander, Yankee Pot Roast, Swink, Litro, Back Hair Advocate, Corvus, BluePrintReview, Hobo Pancakes, Gi60, The Rumpus, The Legendary, MonkeyBicycle and PopImage, among numerous others.

He is a staff writer on the new Discovery Kids cartoon The Dog & Pony Show. An occasional stand-up comic, Bernstein performed extensively in his youth and frequently over the past several years. His book Plrknib is a memoir about being the youngest comedian in Cincinnati in 1980.

For more information, please visit http://www.alexbernstein.net, or follow the author on Facebook (AlexBernstein_author), Twitter (alexbernstein_author) or Instagram (alexbernstein_author).

Miserable Holiday Stories (20 Festive Failures That Are Worse Than Yours)

Publisher: Racehorse (a division of Skyhorse Publishing)
ISBN-10: ‎1631585819
ISBN-13: ‎978-1631585814
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Book Promo ~ Chicken Little the Sky Isn’t Falling

Chicken Little the Sky Isn’t Falling

Chicken Little the Sky Isn't Falling: Raising Resilient Adolescents in the New Age of Anxiety by [Erica Komisar]

Raising Resilient Adolescents in the New Age of Anxiety

Being a teenager in today’s “age of anxiety” is scary. Being a parent of a teenager is even scarier. Zoomers may seem more together, more confident and more independent than prior generations, but in fact, they are more anxious, lonely and emotionally fragile, and less resilient to stress, says psychoanalyst, clinical social worker and parenting expert Erica Komisar.

“We are asking children to handle more — more stress, more stimulation, more pressure, more choices and more decisions — without giving them a secure foundation of support, emotional security, and real and meaningful connections,” says Komisar.

Her important new book, Chicken Little the Sky Isn’t Falling: Raising Resilient Adolescents in the New Age of Anxiety, is a comprehensive guide filled with compassionate and practical advice to help parents guide, educate and connect with their children on a range of current topics, including gender and sexual identity, anxiety and depression, disordered eating, ADHD, vaping, social media and bullying, to name a few. 

Chicken Little also contains valuable insights intended to help readers prevent, recognize and address mental health disorders, as well as help their teens navigate academic and social pressures, social media and technology usage, increased social isolation and family pressures. With Komisar’s guidance and support, parents will learn how to be beacons of hope and change, as well as how to raise emotionally healthy, resilient adolescents.

Erica Komisar, LCSW, is a clinical social worker, psychoanalyst and parent guidance expert who has been in private practice in New York City for over 30 years. As a psychological consultant, she brings parenting workshops to schools, clinics, corporations and childcare settings. She is also a contributing editor to the Institute for Family Studies. She is a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal, The New York Daily News, The Washington Post and The Huffington Post.
Erica lives in New York City with her husband and is the mother of three adolescent children.

Visit her website at: www.komisar.com.

Chicken Little, the Sky Isn’t Falling: Raising Resilient Adolescents in the New Age of Anxiety
Publisher: HCI Books
Release Date: November 2, 2021
ISBN-10:  0757324002
ISBN-13: 9780757324000
Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Available for pre-order from
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release date: Nov 2, 2021

Book Promo ~ Bee Scared

The Seed of Environmentalism

by Richard Faith
Worker Scout Bee finds that the honey bee's hives are closed. 
This is a mystery that causes the Queen Bee to be greatly concerned. 
Using music and calling on Auntie Bee isn't enough to solve the problem. 
Doc Turtle even becomes concerned. This story is fun 
but at the same time important for the future of our planet. 
What will happen if we don't find the answer to 
the disappearing Honey Bees? 
Enjoy reading another Old Doc Turtle adventure series and see if you can think of any ways we can help Auntie Bee save the Honey Bees.

Your Majesty,” said the Scout Bee to the Queen of the Bees, “The Honeybees are in trouble. They are disappearing in great numbers!”

What will the queen do? Who will she turn to? How will she keep her hive safe from harm? Without bees there will be no fruit, no vegetables and no flowers.

Bee Scared, an Old Doc Turtle adventure from author Richard Faith, follows the Queen and her community of family and friends as they try to find a solution to this scary problem. They use music. They call on Auntie Bee. Even Old Doc Turtle becomes concerned! Can your young reader think of any ways to help Auntie Bee save the honeybees?

This delightful children’s tale delivers a simple lesson about the challenges of climate change and global warming — and the impact on nature’s tiniest but mightiest of creatures — in a way that young audiences can understand. Bee Scared can help you open a dialogue with the curious young people in your life about the importance of conservationism and protecting the future of our planet.

Author Richard Faith is passionate about raising awareness regarding the impacts of global warming and climate change. He is also the author of the science fiction series, Megamerse, which features a superhero who fights for Mother Earth. Megamerse has been turned into a screenplay and talks are ongoing with a movie studio. Faith’s other book titles include “I Can Barely See” Said Mandy ManateeBarkley & SilviaCrocodilly Lilly: Not so Toothy A Grin and The Owl that Said What.

Faith is also the executive director of Mother Nature Festival Live Incorporated (http://mothernaturefestival.live), a 501(c)3 nonprofit that works to educate, inform and inspire everyone to get involved in helping Mother Nature

Bee Scared

Publisher: Jongleur Publishing
ISBN-13: ‎ 979-8652428013
Available from Amazon.com