Christmas is two weeks away. Have you finished your shopping yet? If not let me suggest a few items for you.
For the preteen book lovers on your list ...
Barrie Summy's just released -- I So Don't Do Mysteries. Barrie is a frequent visitor to this blog and a My Town Monday participant so I encourage all of you to buy multiple copies of her book to give out this year. Here's a description ...
SO HERE I am spending spring break in California with my best friend, Junie. Our chaperon is a teenager, like us. And soon I’ll get to hang out with the coolest, cutest boy in the Southwest. Life is so good.
Except I should tell you that I’m not actually in San Diego for fun. Even though I’m a normal person who likes normal stuff—friends, clothes, the mall—I’m supposed to be solving a mystery, one that involves a rhino heist and a crazy chef. And I have to do it because my supercop mom is counting on me. Did I mention she’s a ghost? A ghost who can make
contact with only one person. Me, Sherry Holmes Baldwin. My mom is flunking out of the Academy of Spirits, and if I don’t help her, she’ll be banished to an afterlife for ghost failures.
But . . . I so don’t do mysteries.
Fellow Amarilloan, Kimberly Willis Holt also has a preteen series of Piper Reed books that any young reader would love to discover under the tree.
As a matter of fact Kimberly has many fine books available that both boys and girls can read and enjoy. Look for her name and the selectionavailable at a bookstore near you. Many of her novels will apeal to readers of all ages. And she is a National Book Award winner for the fabulous novel, When Zachary Beaver Came to Town.
Danette Haworth's Violet Raines Almost got Struck by Lightening is another great preteen book that I first mentioned her on this blog a few months ago. Here is a link to that post if you want my complete review.
Here are some selections for adult readers.
For the fantasy lover on your list you can't go wrong with Charles Gramlich's Talera series.
For thrillers and suspense, check out Mark Terry's books here.
For romance in a variety of sub-genres pick up one of Erica Orloff's many available titles. See the list here.
If you have a cowboy on your list pick up one of Terry Burn's inspirational westerns.
If for some ridiculous reason someone on your list claims to be a non reader tell them to straighten up and fly right and then shop at these places.
Debra from over at My Skilled Hands is one of the donors to the Cups of Kindness, a benefit of the Canton-Akron area food bank. Artisans have donated a variety of pieces which are for sale here. The items would make great gifts for yourself or someone else. And be sure to order the world famous Little Blue Santa from Debra. She sells out a lot of years so it may be too late to get yours before this year's big day, but you can certainly pre-order for' 09.
Speaking of art, stop by Lana Gramlich's site and look through her many fabulous paintings which are priced very reasonable for original artwork of such fine caliber.
I'll be back later to night or tomorrow morn with another post. Until then, happy shopping.