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1 Day to Christmas, Guest Post by Martin Crosbie

This is the twelfth of the 2015 Twelve Blogs of Christmas, each of which has featured a post by a difference author. Thank you for following, and happy holidays, whatever your traditions!


Last year on the night after Christmas, even though it had been an exceptionally busy day, I drove a carload of family members around the streets of our town. For two and a half hours we drove up and down roads searching out the brightest, most illuminating lights on people’s houses and lawns. My eighty-six-year-old passenger in the back seat, wrapped in a blanket and clutching a mug of hot chocolate, smiled the whole time and asked me to pull over and look at every light on every street. Two days later we took her into hospital and three weeks after that we lost her.

Doreen Clark was diagnosed with cancer when she was thirty years old. It was a form of cancer that took ninety-five percent of its victims. She beat it. In the following fifty-six years she lost a kidney, suffered heart failure, lost the ability to walk without a walker and overcame it all. She beat everything that was thrown at her. Some people are resilient, she was more than that. She was unbreakable. Read more on Martin Crosbie’s website…


 

In a press release, Amazon called Martin Crosbie one of their success stories of 2012. His self-publishing journey has been chronicled in Publisher’s Weekly, Forbes Online, and Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper. He’s the author of six books including the Kindle Scout winner The Dead List: A John Drake Mystery.

Martin was born in the Highlands of Scotland and currently makes his home just outside Vancouver, on the west coast of Canada.

To learn more about his writing, visit his website or follow him on Facebook.

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2 Days to Christmas, Guest Post by Cate Pedersen

This is the eleventh of the 2015 Twelve Blogs of Christmas, each of which will feature a post by a difference author every day until the 24th. Check back daily to meet a wide array of authors, and happy holidays, whatever your traditions!


My Christmas Mystery Man

There is certain magic I experience right at midnight on Christmas Eve. The entire world seems to pause and the air is different somehow. I relax completely, despite the recent whirlwind of activity over the past few days and the maelstrom which is to come Christmas morning and continue until New Year. My spine tingles with anticipation as the hour and minute hands join; I almost want to cheer, “It’s here, it’s here!” I look forward to it every year. I cannot recall ever going to bed earlier than midnight on that auspicious night— especially as a child, waiting up for sounds of bells and scraping hooves on the roof.

When my son and daughter were young, it was the same performance each Christmas Eve; I knew my cues perfectly and waited until I heard regular breathing through my daughter’s bedroom door. Read more on Cate Pedersen’s website…


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Cate Pedersen is the author of Miruna’s Heart, the first of the Sister Spirit series, as well as a contributor to the anthologies It’s Really 10 Months: Special Delivery  and (upcoming) Adventures in Potty Training. She is also a freelance writer, editor, and social media manager.

To learn more about her writing, visit her website or follow her on Facebook.

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3 Days to Christmas, Guest Post by Jordan Buchanan

This is the tenth of the 2015 Twelve Blogs of Christmas, each of which will feature a post by a difference author every day until the 24th. Check back daily to meet a wide array of authors, and happy holidays, whatever your traditions!


Happy holidays to all and a huge thank you to Martin Crosbie for inviting me to be part of the 12 Blogs of Christmas. It’s quite an honor for me, a fledgling author, to be included in such accomplished company, and I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to share a tale of my Christmas past.

At an office holiday party a few years ago, I decided to forego the ubiquitous Santa hat and donned a fur-trimmed tiara instead. One of my co-workers dubbed me the “Queen of Christmas”, but I’m merely a pretender to the throne, a princess at best. The title was always owned by my mother who reigned over our family Christmas party like a benevolent dictator. She did all the decorating, the cooking, the cleaning—everything necessary for us to eat, drink and be merry. She provided the playground; we came to play. Read more on Jordan Buchanan’s website…


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Jordan Buchanan was born and spent most of her life in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Now residing in northern Michigan, she enjoys reading, writing, and watching hockey, as well as time with her husband and three Lab mixes. She is the author of the short story collection 4Play and is currently working on two new novels, For Love or Money and Xander’s Garden.

To learn more about her writing, visit her website or follow her on Facebook.

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4 Days to Christmas, Guest Post by Heather Haley

This is the nineth of the 2015 Twelve Blogs of Christmas, each of which will feature a post by a difference author every day until the 24th. Check back daily to meet a wide array of authors, and happy holidays, whatever your traditions!


Before hate. In spite of war. A few years back I was fortunate to visit the Yucatan, now referred to as the Mayan Riviera. An anthropology buff, I was thrilled to tour the ruins of Tulum and Chichen Itza . It was Christmas and I was astonished by the degree of Maryolotry, the inspiration for this poem from my collection Three Blocks West of Wonderland.

First Came Mary

Enchanted morning swim, matrix of turquoise
lagoon. Silver palometas, yellow damselfish
caress my legs. Casa Ocio walls whitewashed
in cactus milk. Coconuts on the lawn. …Read the poem on Heather Haley’s website.


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Heather Haley is a poet, author, and media artist who works across disciplines, genres, and media. Her writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including the Antigonish Review, Geist, and The Verse Map of Vancouver. Ms. Haley was an editor for the LA Weekly and publisher of the Edgewise Cafe. She is the author of the poetry collections Sideways and Three Blocks West of Wonderland, and debut novel The Town Slut’s Daughter.

To learn more about her writing, visit her website or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or Amazon.

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5 Days to Christmas, Guest Post by Laurie Boris

This is the eight of the 2015 Twelve Blogs of Christmas, each of which will feature a post by a difference author every day until the 24th. Check back daily to meet a wide array of authors, and happy holidays, whatever your traditions!


How Mrs. Claus Got Her Groove Back

Emma Claus looked from the crackling log in the fireplace to the cheerful cards on the mantel and the string of twinkling lights she’d woven among them. But the yuletide trappings still left her cold. She’d tried everything to awaken her Christmas spirit: hitting the Black Friday sales online, reading letters from the children, baking tray after tray of cookies. Even the sappiest of holiday movies failed to lift her mood. Even the ones with Colin Firth.

Just to make sure she’d given Hollywood a fair shake, she clicked the remote to the Hallmark Channel, which was showing the same snowed-in romance brewing at the same over-decorated country inn. Emma merely clucked her tongue. “Fools,” she said. “Do those innkeepers ever sleep? All that work! Cooking and cleaning! Sweeping up pine needles, drizzling everything with tinsel just so, tending the fires in every room and dusting twice a day from all the ash…what kind of life is that?”  Read more on Laurie Boris’s website…


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Laurie Boris is a freelance writer and copy editor. At one time, she was a magician’s assistant, although she was very bad at it. She has been writing fiction for over twenty-five years and is the award-winning author of six novels including her latest, A Sudden Gust of Gravity. When not hanging out with the universe of imaginary people in her head, she enjoys baseball, reading, and avoiding housework.

To learn more about her writing, visit her website or follow her on Facebook.

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