Weather Report, December 5

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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED BOOKS, “SHIFTING BORDERS,” BY JESSIE KWAK, “WHAT YOU ARE NOW ENJOYING,” BY SARAH GERKENSMEYER, “JUGGLING KITTENS,” BY MATT COLEMAN, “THE THUNDERING,” BY MEGAN DAVIDSON AND “BLUE COYOTE MOTEL,” BY DIANNE HARMAN, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST, OR BY CLICKING ON THE AUTHOR’S NAME ON OUR “AUTHOR” PAGE.

Five reasons why books make excellent Christmas gifts:

They provide very specific gift options. No matter what a person on your guest list might be into, you can find a book somewhere that will appeal to them.

You don’t need to know that person’s size.

Since most books lack peculiar angles or contours, they are easy to wrap — or, to fit into a stocking.

Unlike a sweater or a video game, you can give a book that has been autographed by its creator.

It takes awhile to read most books (other than comic books, perhaps), and that means your recipient will keep thinking of you beyond the holiday.

To help you along that path, I have updated our “Books by Subject” list to include all 235 Snowflakes in a Blizzard titles. You can view that list by clicking “Books by Subject” on our Author page, then go to the name of any writer on that page to view the Snowflakes post of any book that may interest you. It’s one-stop shopping.

At the end of this post, I will include a few special holiday deals from Snowflakes authors.


UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, DEC. 6-12.

“ADVANCE MAN,” BY STEVEN JACQUES.

The recent election notwithstanding, a lot of us never get our fill of politics. And what makes Steven Jacques’ book  so refreshing is that he’s not just a pundit or a journalist — he actually did the things he’s writing about (well, most of them, anyway). This is politics behind the mirror, a look at how those mass rallies that seemingly rise up spontaneously  are actually organized.

“RUNNING IN SILENCE,” BY RACHAEL STEIL.

Rachael Steil clocked in as an All-American collegiate runner; she became a girl clawing for a comeback on a 30-bananas-a-day diet. This year-long struggle with raw food ended when she realized she had to find her self-respect beyond her identity as a successful runner on a perfect diet. Running in Silence opens the door on the secret world of eating disorders. It provides vital insights for those who don’t suffer from this disease and an honest and harrowing personal story for those who do. Steil challenges the stigma of eating disorders, looks past appearance, and dives into the heart of obsession.

“THE TELL-TALE TREASURE,” BY DIANE SAWYER.

When Rosie Renard, owner of Rosie’s Treasures, a second-hand shop in St. Petersburg, Florida, explores the contents of an ordinary footlocker she bought at an estate sale, she discovers items belonging to Ivy Chen, a world-renowned musician. Miss Chen went missing from St. Petersburg more than three years ago after performing with the Florida Orchestra, mesmerizing audiences with her exotic instrument, the erhu. Every lead was followed, but no arrests were made and the case turned cold. Rosie reports her discovery to the police and the cold-case detectives in charge of the case race to Rosie’s shop. Wasting no time, they track down new leads that point to a kidnapping, re-examine everything, and re-interview everyone from the original investigation. Rosie’s discovery heats up the cold case, but time is running out. Can ivy still be alive? If word leaks out that new evidence has surfaced and that Rosie is responsible, the kidnapper might kill Ivy, cover his tracks, and come after Rosie. The clock is ticking. Every second counts.

“HANK: A STORYTELLER’S STORY,” BY RICK BURNHAM.

Jennifer Johnson McCarthy has a stubborn streak a mile wide, and it puts into motion a series of events that will change her life forever. A spat with her husband on the beach in Destin, Florida. A near drowning. And a chance encounter with Hank—a mysterious old man with a story to tell. What is it about Hank’s stories and the town he calls home that fascinate her so? And why is it that her husband and grandmother are determined she should not hear the old man’s tales? With her marriage falling apart and everyone second-guessing her every move, Jennifer has a choice to make. Return to her overbearing husband and resume a life of privilege or start anew. The future awaits. But so does the past.

“METAMORPHOSIS,” BY ISABELLA MacLEOD.

Metamorphosis delves into the rather unusual life of Miranda MacLeod, who has had a touch of the supernatural surrounding her since childhood. Miranda was leading a relatively normal life in an upper middle-class neighborhood as a mother, wife, and nurse. When her marriage begins to disintegrate, she becomes romantically involved with a mysterious American who recently moved from California. This man specialized in Information Technology at a high-end software company. She is drawn to this man like no one else before. Her world is then turned upside down, and she is thrown into total turmoil. She begins to experience terrifying physical transformations throughout her body. These experiences tear her apart physically, psychologically, and emotionally, reaching to the very core of her being. Everything unravels — er marriage, career, love, and self — as she battles to keep her own sanity and hold her family together.

She moves through surreal experiences that are right out of the twilight zone. Miranda also begins to explore her own reawakened sexuality during all this chaos, by looking for love in all the wrong places. Her search for a cure also takes her alone halfway around the world. The more Miranda searches for the truth, the further down the rabbit hole she goes.


CHRISTMAS DEALS

Kate Sebeny’s publisher, Kellan Publishing, is offering her “The Last Best Thing” (Snowflakes, Feb. 2) for $1.50 during December. Go bto kellanpublishing.com/book-picks.

From Kate Kort, author of “Glass”: “I’ll definitely do a book deal: $12 for a signed copy (includes postage) throughout December.”

Cecile Pineda’s publisher, Wings Press, is offering her “Apology for a Whale” (a recent Snowflakes feature) at $10.00 and “The Love Queen of the Amazon,” a frothy, sexy spoof of magic realism, for only $5.00.Fans can go to Wingspess.com. Each book page features the special offer price.

Apology to a Whale:

http://wingspress.com/book.cfm?book_ID=199

The Love Queen of the Amazon

http://www.wingspress.com/book.cfm?book_ID=56.

John Mendel (“Heinini”) writes: “I am willing to offer my 20 of my books at $10 ($5.00 off price). I can’t afford free shipping though.”

Jerry Stubblefield, author of “Homunculus,” says: “I have set up a “BUY” button on the home page of my website, jerrystubblefield.com, and will be shipping the books myself so that I can sign them if the buyer would like me to.  There’s an option they choose between signed or unsigned.  I’m also shipping FREE until December 25.”

From Elizabeth Moore: “I still have 8-10 paperback copies of my book (“The Truth and the Life”) on hand and would be happy to offer it at a special price for the holidays ($12, normally 14.99), or to offer a free copy in exchange for an honest review on Amazon, Goodreads or elsewhere.”

I’m offering signed copies of “The Kudzu Kid” for $10, including postage. E-mail me at writersbridge@hotmail.com.

Chris Gerrib’s “The Mars Run” hasn’t been featured on Snowflakes yet, but you can find it on Amazon.So he’s prepared to throw in a special – “$10 for a signed copy. For US residents, free shipping via media mail.  Overseas, shipping at actual cost.  Email me at cgerrib@comcast.net and pay via Paypal.

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