Monday, December 5, 2016

Holiday Gift Suggestions from Jack!

Good Morning Everyone,
I'm just waiting for Roger to come sing.  He is still learning  some new (to him) seasonal songs and I've almost given up on "Grandma got Runover by a Raindeer," though he's real good on "Jingle Bells."

Meanwhile I thought I'd mention some favorite Books of mine that might make some good Christmas gifts for people on your list. They are all series books, but every story stands alone, so it won't matter if they haven't read the others....

All are available at Amazon in both paper and Kindle. Other e-book formats are available at Smashwords.

ACup of Joy
by Anna Dynowski

    This is Book six in the "Harmony Villiage" series (that some people call the "Cupid Cat" series), and it does have the greatest Siamese Kitty in Literature, folks. Me? I'm still waiting for Arline to write a book about me.  You don't have to read the whole series to enjoy this one, but "warning" -- you'll want to! Take it from me,  Jack.

Life is great for Kasia Jacubek. She’s smart. She’s sassy. And she’s the sole owner of her restaurant. Well, sort of. She does have a silent partner. But the faceless man appears uninterested in taking a hands-on approach to their shared inheritance, content with accepting his share of the profits she mails to the lawyer.

Everything is going great, until…he shows up unexpectedly to take over the culinary reins. Why does he look familiar? And why does her heart take a leap of joy?

Take heed! Guard your heart!

Sharpening his matchmaking claws, Cupid Cat has his own ideas on the matter of the heart: he intends to make sure the restaurant’s silent partner isn’t so silent with her.

A Ghost Meets an Angel
by Elizabeth Eagan-Cox

   This a book from the "Shannon Delaney Paranormal Mystery Series," and, according to my friend Elizabeth, this one is the favorite one of all her readers. All your friends will enjoy it. Jack...

Gavin turned to me and queried, “This isn’t the first time you’ve seen ghosts, is it?” …

   And so begins Shannon Delaney’s assignment to write publicity for the Spotted Coyote. As the right spot for Grub, Spirits and Conjuring, it’s an entertainment venue that’s a re-invention of an Old-West Saloon in California’s historic mountain town of Julian. The Spotted Coyote is more than what Shannon bargained for when she discovers the century-old murder of little Sarah Morghan. Sarah’s ghost will not be denied, leaving Shannon no choice but to pursue haunting clues that pair jumping rope rhymes with rare books, treasure lore with a ghostly angel and an uncanny connection to the Scottish paranormal author, Robert Louis Stevenson. Assisting Shannon is Francisco Zavala, Alex Blackthorne and Shannon’s very own spectral guide; phantom magician from the 1800s, Eric Blackthorne.

First Waltz
by Terry L. White

   This one is from one of my favorite authors, Terry L. White.  How could I not love her. I was born under her bed. This is a story inspired by her mom and dad, and that is their picture she put on the cover, All her Chesapeake Heritage novels are stand alones, too. Whether they like Historicals or more modern stories, any of your friends would enjoy a quick trip to the shores of Chesapeake Bay.

Terry L. White’s First Waltz is a compelling portrait of a marriage, filled with interesting characters and a page-turning story.

"Starting in the days of World War II in the Eastern Shore town of Cambridge, at the dance when Sally, a pretty young nursing student, means Henry, a handsome soldier from Upstate New York, first meet, the story progresses through their lives and their love, their families and their children. There are trials and tribulations; life is after all, what happens when you’re making other plans.

"The story never falters, and keeps the reader turning the pages to see what will happen next. What renders this tale especially charming is Ms. White’s eye for time and place, and the mise-enscene of another time and another era in American history. Weaving details of that era skillfully into the fabric of the novel, the War and post-war periods and the small town life of ordinary people in Maryland and New York become characters in the story, so real you can taste the cooking and see the homes and places. This is a great read."

–Helen Chappell, Baltimore Sun columnist and author of the Hollis Ball and Sam Wescott Ghost Series, Oysterback Tales, A Whole World of Trouble and Looking for Midnight.

Dead Duck
by Helen Chappell

   And here's one from Helen Chappell, who gets fan mail addressed to "Famous Writer" in Trappe, Md. Back when Arline was a newspaper reporter, Helen worked for  the same chain, but in another town. Also back when she lived in the big city, she wrote for a soap-opera that should remain nameless.  Both come into play as Helen tells one of the coolest and funniest ghost stories around.  Jack...

Small-town reporter Hollis Ball is back, this time covering the "Decoy Jamboree." She's still smouldering over the light sentence Judge Fish gave a wife-murderer. Then someone bashes Fish on the head with an antique decoy. Hollis is pretty sure it's not suspect #1, an old school friend and Soap Opera Queen. So naturally she decides to solve the murder herself, with the help of her ex-husband of course, the charming and ghostly, Sam.

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