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Writing, Reading, and Rural Life With a Border Collie

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What’s YOURS?

Scrooge?  The Grinch?  George Bailey and Old Man Potter?  A Virginia family awaiting their Daddy’s Christmas Eve homecoming during the Depression? What are the holidays without stories?  What’s YOURS?

Submissions for this year’s Holiday Story Showcase are open!  Here are the rules:

– Each submission must be your original work.  Please include at the top of your submission (email only): 1) Your name; 2) A word count; 3) “Holiday Story Showcase” in the subject line, followed by your title.

– Length: between 300 and 1,500 words.

– Any genre. Stories may be inspirational, fiction, non-fiction, or humorous.  Just make sure they’re G-rated.  (I reserve the right to reject any submission, for any reason.)

– I’m looking for clean, uplifting, family-friendly stories that have been thoroughly proof-read.

– First-person narratives are preferred, but not mandatory.

– Stories can be on any winter holiday.

– You may submit more than one story.

– No remuneration, but you may include links to your web site and/or blog.  Winner and runners-up will be shared in my next newsletter.

Submit here.  Feel free to include appropriate photos.

And keep an eye out for my holiday-themed short story, Man in the Corner.  More later!

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The Little Candle…

My long-time friend, fellow author and pastor Cheryl Kincaid has a new book out, The Little Candle That Was Frightened of the Dark. I’m giving Cheryl and her book some visibility here because I think you’d either enjoy it yourself or know someone who would.  Maybe both.  Here’s the scoop:

The Little Candle is a family Advent Devotion that is prefaced by a children’s story about a baptismal candle who sits in shadowy place by a great Advent wreath in a church sanctuary. The candle trembles in the dark until he hears the Advent story told by each of the candles around the wreath. Each of the Advent candles represent the lessons of Advent and tries to comfort the baptismal candle by re-telling these lessons in the Nativity. 

The story culminates with an Advent family devotion which walks family members through the lessons of Advent. The Little Candle is written for children between the ages of three and six, but can be enjoyed by all ages.

Oh, and if you haven’t had a chance to grab a copy of my Thanksgiving-themed micro-memoir, Isabella’s Torch, download it FREE today!

Available in paperback and on Kindle.

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To Thank You…

How did it get to be November already?  Weren’t we ringing in the New Year just last week?

The older I get, the faster time flies.  That’s one reason I decided to write  Isabella’s Torch: A Thanksgiving Memoir

We set aside a time for thanks and reflection in just a few days.  In between the feasting, football and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, may I make a suggestion?  Sit down with your family.  Hold hands.  Count your blessings.  Hug your kids.  Thank the One who’s the Source of every good and perfect gift.

The fourth Thursday in November is a time for thanks.  To thank you, my loyal reader, I’m offering a FREE download of my latest ebook, Isabella’s Torch: A Thanksgiving Memoir.   It’s brief and centers around family, hearth and home.  You can read it during halftime.

Oh, and do me a favor?  If you enjoy Isabella’s Torch, how ’bout taking a minute or two to post a review at Smashwords?  I’d be thankful!

Just click for a free download.  Happy Thanksgiving and God bless!