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Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Dream House is out today

 As part of a group of books (15 to be exact), I am publishing Dream House today. The series is called Chasing Serendipity (you can find all the books here) and the common premise of the stories is that they al take place on New Year's Eve and all recount the beginning of a love story. 

My story turned out to be something of a sequel to my story "Fake Out" although it's totally stand alone. I'm looking forward to reading the other stories in the series. I fell in love with a couple of my new characters--which is a problem I have as a writer. I'm much more character-driven than I am plot driven, so my stories often read like episodes in a long-running television show that keeps adding new characters to keep things fresh.

I love my Pacific Northwest town of Silver Birch and wish I could live there for real instead of just in my mind, although I do tend to like sunnier weather.

Monday, December 27, 2021

Seeking a Plus One by Tabitha Bree

 

Seeking a Plus One by Tabitha Bree


We meet our heroine Alexis in the middle of a job review from hell and she is instantly relatable. And that’s even before she has to deal with the entitled coworker who spends his days writing features and playing ping pong with one of his bros while she’s toiling in the obit department of their online newspaper and proofing ads on the side for barely minimum wage. She’s worked at the paper for seven years, working her way up from intern but because he’s the son of the owner…he walked right into a cushy, high paying job. She hates Robbie Marshall. And when she realizes, as she writing up an obit for a woman who lived a rich full life, that she’s jealous of her. It’s a new low, she thinks, even for a Monday. Then she gets the bad news about her beloved dog Wilson.

This is an enemies-to-lovers book and it’s pretty satisfying. It’s both cozy and steamy (without being clinical) and it touches on some serious issues, like catastrophic medical debt and the hard choices people who are underpaid and underemployed have to make. 

As a pet owner who has faced similar experiences at the vet, I don’t quite buy that the doctor wouldn’t do the life-saving surgery before being paid in full—my vets have always worked with me—but we like where Alexis’ priorities are. 

This short read is enjoyable and breezy. And the story continues! You can buy it here.





Friday, December 24, 2021

A Visit From St. Nicholas...Day Twenty-four

 I always thought that this poem by Clement Moore was actually called "The Night Before Christmas" but officially, it is "A Visit From St. Nicholas." It was published anonymously in 1823 (how mind-boggling is it that 1823 was bearly 200 years ago?) and claimed by Moore in 1837. Moore is a family name on my maternal side and I've always wondered if I might be related to the poet. Probably not, becuase he was born in New York City and none of my relatives ever left Virginia until my father went away to war in 1941.

This poem is an absolute classic and I have friends who collect the variously illustrated versions, of which there are many. Here's one.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Letters From Father Christmas...Day Twenty-three

 J.R.R. Tolkien, creator of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, was a fond father, and this is a collection of the notes he wrote to his children on Christmas. Here's the blurb:

Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R.Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in strange spidery handwriting and a beautiful coloured drawing or some sketches. The letters were from Father Christmas.

They told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole: how all the reindeer got loose and scattered presents all over the place; how the accident-prone Polar Bear climbed the North Pole and fell through the roof of Father Christmas’s house into the dining-room; how he broke the Moon into four pieces and made the Man in it fall into the back garden; how there were wars with the troublesome horde of goblins who lived in the caves beneath the house!

Sometimes the Polar Bear would scrawl a note, and sometimes Ilbereth the Elf would write in his elegant flowing script, adding yet more life and humour to the stories. No reader, young or old, can fail to be charmed by the inventiveness and ‘authenticity’ of Tolkien’s Letters from Father Christmas.

You can purchase this book in all the formats here. I love this cover...

Katherine Moore is now a USA Today bestselling author!!!!


 We interrupt this Advent calendar for some spectacular personal news. My Christmas collection, Secret Santa, made the USA Today bestseller list. (They take the 150 top sellers for the week a book is first published. One week, that's all you get to make the list een if you later show up on it. It's that first week that means everything. We came in at #144 and could not be prouder.) 

I'm particularly pleased because this was my fourth try. My previous "list runs" have been with my pseudonym Kat Parrish. I write UF, Sci Fi, PNR, and genres in between under that name, Horror and mystery and nonfiction under my real name. 

I love love love Urban fiction, but lately I've been drawn to romance and to Paranormal Women's Fiction and to all things cozy. I used to write dark, noir-ish things as a way of dealing with the sheer L.A.ness of living in Los Angeles. For a long time after my little sister died, I poured my grief in there too. I was just so sad.

But once I started writing cozy, especially the Silver Birch stories, I found I could escape into a kinder, gentler world of my own making. And I liked it there. And also, my sales improved. So going forward, there will be more books from Katherine Moore and fewer from Kat Parrish. 


Wednesday, December 22, 2021

A Christmas Story...Day Twenty-two

 I actually read a couple of these pieces before the movie based on them came out. The leg lamp that the "Old Man" was so proud of is one of my favorite bits. And Peter Billingsley was a dead ringer for my little brother, so that always made me smile too.

Do yourself a favor and grab this collection of gentle, hilarious stories. You can buy it here.

Here's the blurb:

A beloved, bestselling classic of humorous and nostalgic Americana—the book that inspired the equally classic Yuletide film and the live musical on Fox.

The holiday film A Christmas Story, first released in 1983, has become a bona fide Christmas perennial, gaining in stature and fame with each succeeding year. Its affectionate, wacky, and wryly realistic portrayal of an American family’s typical Christmas joys and travails in small-town Depression-era Indiana has entered our imagination and our hearts with a force equal to It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street.

This edition of A Christmas Story gathers together in one hilarious volume the gems of autobiographical humor that Jean Shepherd drew upon to create this enduring film. Here is young Ralphie Parker’s shocking discovery that his decoder ring is really a device to promote Ovaltine; his mother and father’s pitched battle over the fate of a lascivious leg lamp; the unleashed and unnerving savagery of Ralphie’s duel in the show with the odious bullies Scut Farkas and Grover Dill; and, most crucially, Ralphie’s unstoppable campaign to get Santa—or anyone else—to give him a Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle. Who cares that the whole adult world is telling him, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid”?

The pieces that comprise A Christmas Story, previously published in the larger collections In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash and Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories, coalesce in a magical fashion to become an irresistible piece of Americana, quite the equal of the film in its ability to warm the heart and tickle the funny bone.

Polar Expres...Day Twenty-one

 

Not sure what happened to my beautiful post from yesterday, but it was about the lovely picture book Polar Express, written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. I love the illustrations. Made into a movie, and the inspiration for many, many Christmas train-ride excursions.

Here's the blurb:Van Allsburg also wrote Jumanji. You can get the book on Kindle for just a skosh under $10 or the hardcover (go for the hardcover) for a little less than $12. You can buy it here.