This is the best Christmas story I have read in MANY Years and I thought you would like a second look at it right before the holidays. THE CHRISTMAS VILLAGE by Melissa Ann Goodwin!

I can't say enough about this Christmas story.  Here is my review of it, again and author, Melissa Ann Goodwin's note on this wonderful holiday story! Enjoy!  ~ JD

The Christmas Village 
by Melissa Ann Goodwin 

      Young teen, Jamie Reynolds’ father does an illegal business deal which turns Jamie’s world into turmoil. Ashamed to face his so called friends and gossiping neighbors, Jamie and his mother need to get away and head for comforting surroundings of his grandparent’s home for what they hope is a peaceful Christmas.
Grandma’s decorations for Christmas include a miniature village from 1932 and Jamie’s mother tells him the story about the village and it’s earlier time and place.
        He wishes he could go and live in this truly enchanted time where no one knew his problem.
       Late one night he hears the voice of a young girl and finds the two children in the village scene in trouble on its miniature pond. Jamie quickly moves to save these tiny characters who have amazingly come to life and he finds himself physically drawn right into the small village of Canterbury. Jamie has a remarkable adventure, but it’s not long before his wishes to be back in his own time with his mother and grandparents.
Melissa Ann Goodwin 
THE CHRISTMAS  VILLAGE is a story for everyone! It is a well written story which moves and intertwines through the character’s history together. This story is destine to become a Christmas classic and will make a wonderful Christmas movie.



Melissa Ann Goodwin has written many stories, poems and articles for children's magazines, and her non-fiction work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers. For more about Melissa Ann Goodwin visit: 


That's  The Christmas Village by Melissa Ann Goodwin, In A Nut Shell!    ~J.D. Holiday


READ The Story's Notes by the Author:

The Christmas Village by Melissa Ann Goodwin

The idea for my book, The Christmas Village, came – not surprisingly – from my own miniature Christmas village. I actually never intended to have one of those villages. It started with one piece – a little lighthouse that I had for several years. Then I thought it would be nice to have a couple more pieces, say three, so I got a church and a pretty little New England cottage. Well, you know how it goes, the next thing I knew I was on ebay bidding like crazy! My village isn’t that big – perhaps 10 pieces or so, and it’s a mishmash from different collections. But it’s still very pretty.

One night I was staring at the village, thinking how perfect and pretty it looked all lit up in the dark. And I started to wonder: Who lives in that little cottage over by the covered bridge? And who lives in the big house up on the hill? What song is the church choir singing? I wonder what they are having for supper in the boardinghouse tonight ….

And so it began. Then came the idea of a boy who was sad for some reason as yet unknown – looking at the village and wishing he could escape into it. All I knew at the start was that there would be this sad boy, who thought it would a Perfect Place, where things never changed and bad things never happened. He would make a wish to live there, and somehow, his wish would come true.

But what actually happens in the book is far different from what I was thinking at the start. Along the way, characters arrived and events emerged that were total surprises. For me, that’s the joy and excitement of writing – the miracle, really. You think you know where you’re going, or maybe you have no idea! Then suddenly, it all takes off. Writing The Christmas Village was a roller coaster adventure for me, and that’s how the story came out too. One of the things that delights me most is when people say they expected it to just be a nice Christmas story, but it turns out to be a jolly good adventure with lots of suspense and surprises. I am working on a sequel, and my hope is to complete it next year. I want to take my time with it, because I want it to live up to the first!

Bio: I am a storyteller. I grew up in Andover, Massachusetts, where I spent a happy and carefree childhood reading books and living in my own imagination. It was just a matter of time before the adventures in my head would spill out onto the written page! I want my stories to transport you to new places, make you laugh and cry, take you on rollercoaster adventures, and surprise you with their twists and turns. By the end, I want you to feel as though my characters are good friends to whom you don't want to say goodbye, and that the worlds I've created are places in which you wish you could stay forever. I hope you will enjoy reading The Christmas Village.











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Triple special this week on It's Story Time, Gather Round: Margot Finke's Mama Grizzly Bear, Bunni and the Pastry Shoppe by Paisley Hansen & The Spy Game by JD Holiday on BTR's World of Ink Network



Join authors JD Holiday & Christy Condoleo on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 10AM est, 9AM cst, 8AM mst & 7AM pst, for a Triple special treat with 3 picture books: Margot Finke's Mama Grizzly Bear ~ Spend an exciting year with a mama grizzly bear and her cubs. Follow her hunting, then hibernating in winter and the birth of her cubs. Spring finds them learning lessons from Mama on how to survive. They have only one enemy – man and his gun. A rhyming tale for all ages.



Author Paisley Hansen's 
Chubbi Bunni and the Pastry Shoppe ~ An old woman and her pet rabbit who open a pastry shoppe. But when the townspeople eat too many sweets and suffer the consequences, it's up to Chubbi Bunni to save the day by sharing the lessons he learned and teaching them that you can have too much of a good thing.
Buy it at:   http://www.amazon.com/Chubbi-Bunni-Pastry-Shoppe-ebook/dp/B009F12CTM




 & The Spy Game by JD Holiday ~ Eddie would love to have a puppy to play with. A puppy would pull on a rope. Catch a ball and lick your face. But his Uncle brings Eddie an older dog named about a famous spy. What can you do with an old dog? It probably couldn't learn new tricks, and the only thing this dog did was stare. It's what they find to do together that makes them the best of friends! The Spy Game is available for Kindle Devices at: http://www.amazon.com/The-Spy-Game-ebook/dp/B009EGBY1K/ref=pd_rhf_se_p_t_1
 JD Holiday's site: http://www.thebookgarden.net  All stories read on the show are copyrighted by the authors. The show has permission from the authors to read their books and display pictures from it.
 Christy Condoleo: http://eppyscreations.com

GPS WITH BENEFITS ~ a funny short film script about a GPS with a mind of 'her' own ~ by Vanessa Morgan


GPS WITH BENEFITS, on Kindle November 1st, a funny short film script about a GPS with a mind of 'her' own. The film based on the script will be shot in 2013.


Thank you for having me on your blog today. I'm truly honored to be here with all of you!

How many people do you know that make jokes about their GPS device or even talk to it?
Nearly everyone, right?

GPS devices know where you are and how fast you are driving. Who says that, in the near future, they won't be able to know you look at and what you say.
These thoughts form the basis of my new release, GPS WITH BENEFITS, in which a womanizer purchases a new GPS device, not knowing that it has a mind of 'her' own.
"The inspiration for GPS WITH BENEFITS came to me when I was in the car with a friend," Vanessa says. "We made jokes about the GPS device and imagined what it would be like if the GPS was actually aware of what the driver was thinking. I immediately knew that these ideas could be turned into a hilarious story."
I won't reveal more, but GPS WITH BENEFITS has some twists and turns that you won't see coming and that will have you laughing out loud.

Your turn... What's the weirdest or funniest thing a GPS has ever done to you?

By the way, if you leave a comment on this post, you'll automatically be entered to win an Amazon Gift Card of $25.

About the author:
Vanessa Morgan is known as the 'female version of Stephen King'. Her screenplays, A GOOD MAN and GPS WITH BENEFITS, are currently being turned into movies. She is also the author of the books Drowned Sorrow, A Good Man and THE STRANGERS OUTSIDE. If she's not working on her latest supernatural thriller, you can find her reading, watching horror movies, blogging, digging through flea markets or indulging in her unhealthy obsession to her cat. She writes in English, Dutch and French.



About her latest release, GPS WITH BENEFITS


In GPS WITH BENEFITS, a womanizer purchases a new GPS device, not knowing it's one with a mind of 'her' own.


GPS WITH BENEFITS is available NOW at Amazon.com:AMAZON.COM
http://www.amazon.com/GPS-With-Benefits-ebook/dp/B009YIZXHY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1351582404&sr=1-1&keywords=vanessa+morgan+gps+with+benefits

And Amazon.uk:
AMAZON.CO.UK
http://www.amazon.co.uk/GPS-With-Benefits-ebook/dp/B009YIZXHY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1351582678&sr=1-1

Places you can cyberstalk Vanessa Morgan
Official blog: http://vanessa-morgan.blogspot.com
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/vanessamorgan

My latest children's picture book: THE SPY GAME


The Spy Game
Eddie would love to have a puppy to play with.  A puppy would pull on a rope. Catch a ball and lick your face. But his Uncle brings Eddie an older dog named about a famous spy.
What can you do with an old dog? It probably couldn't learn new tricks, and the only thing this dog did was stare.  It's what they find to do together that makes them the best of friends!

It's Never Too Late by Marsha Casper Cook: In A Nut Shell!

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IT’S  NEVER TOO LATE

  A screenplay by Marsha Casper Cook

Noah is miserable.  Noah runs a party planning business called Party Time left to him by his father. His mother, Rosalind Meyers, would do anything and go to any length, even coming to town in bad weather to get him married. After all, his mother believes that’s what will bring him true happiness.
The bright spot in his life is being a part-time coach of a Special Olympics team of pre-teen boys hoping to play basketball like everyone else.  They look to Noah to help them fulfill that.
Noah’s only salvation is the person who understands him most and fixes everything for him is his office administrator and jacqueline of all trades, Annie.
When the school Noah coaches at is threatened with closure, his mother comes to town, and a mysterious man joins the staff at Party Time, Annie begins to manage more than Noah’s personal life.
It’s only a matter of time with  the perfect woman is right there beside Noah that a budding romance takes shape.
Marsha Casper Cook is a talented author and storyteller. Written as a screenplay, It’s Never Too Late is witty, charming and an enjoyable read. You can imagine yourself backstage and watching the performance, seeing the characters come alive. I can’t wait to see is It’s Never Too Late on the ‘big' screen.
~Author J.D. Holiday

Marsha Casper Cook is also the author of six published books and 11 feature-length screenplays. Her screenplay 
co- authored by Craig Clyde is optioned at this time. Her published works include “LOVE CHANGES,” a romantic novel about a family in crisis, and “Sala, More Than a Survivor,” a non-fiction biography about being a teenager and surviving the Holocaust. She has also written four books for young children, Snack AttackThe Magical Leaping Lizard Potion, the poetry collection The Busy Bus & No Clues No Shoes. 
She is also the host of A Good Story Is A Good Story on Blog Talk Radio for the World of Ink Network which she is co-founder.


Pell Shade and The Mysterious Paper written by Christy Condoleo: IN A NUT SHELL!

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Pell Shade and The Mysterious Paper written by Christy Condoleo
~Reviewed by JD Holiday 6-28-12


~ The socially awkward Pell Shade liked nothing more than staying in her darken room nursing her allergies, asthma, reading, and longing for a pet she could not have. Her Aunt Syne is about to change all that. She knew just the place to find the prefect gift for Pell. 
The mysterious Rare Finds Shoppe is overstuffed with odd treasures like a large rock from the road less traveled and other weird things that are only sold to the right person.  It’s guarded by trolls and mischievous spirits and all patrons are welcomed by their own musical bird chimes. And to add to it, is its strange guardian, Gampi Raido who knew just what Aunt Syne was looking for before she did.
When Pell’s Aunt Syne brings her the thick stack of colored paper it looks like nothing more than a boring gift! It isn’t long before she learns that with the right book, one that tells more than you read in it, and some special words she has an extraordinary present no ordinary child should play with.
It’s not long before a man known as Awl Blott comes for Pell’s gift that he said is his and the unbelievable happens. With the questionable aid of a rude and infuriating boy, and his vulnerable sister, who has a fear of water yet pledges to help Pell as a spellbinding adventure begins.
Christy Condoleo
For young teens, Pell Shade And The Mysterious Paper is a clever and imaginative tale. Along with Pell’s mystery the story is charming and a fascinating read for most everyone. Christy Condoleo’s next installment will be eagerly awaited!                                    

That's  Pell Shade And The Mysterious Paper by Christy Condoleo: IN A NUT SHELL!   
 ~JD Holiday

Christy Condoleo's site: http://www.eppyscreations.com/
Christy Condoleo is the author of 7 books:  her first book, Gasgeil's Bravery -- a 32 page children's picture book and two time winner of American Author's Association's Silver Quill Award, The Spirit Feather, The One Sock Princess, Something Greater Than Fear, Tyme’s Hope and Fragments of the Key, Eala's Misfit.

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Down to 2 and half pictures to go before I start putting THE SPY GAME into book form! :D

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~JD Holiday

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Review of LEFTOVERS by Arthur Wooten, In A Nut Shell!

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LEFTOVERS, A Novel
LEFTOVERS is anything but leftovers! From beginning to end it has a neatly skilled and clever plot twist. You certainly don’t need to have lived in 1950s America to enjoy this novel.  The settings and mores are all there for you to see in this well-written story about life as it was back then.
Arthur Wooten
No matter what decades you’ve live through you might have experience some of what Vivian has. Through a mix of drama and comedy you see Vivian, a sweet and kind person, rise above all that threatens to keep her down including marital problems and a heartless mother, come to realize she needs to do what she needs to do to control her own life and make it what she wants it to be.
We all know someone like her or have been where she has been, and like all of us, Vivian needs a good friend or two for support. She finds no better friends than the brother and sister duo of Stew and Babs. Babs is always ahead of the game and willing to share her knowledge with her childhood friend.  While Stew just might be the right guy for Vivian. At first I didn’t think Stew was the right guy, but slowly, long before Vivian knew, I came to see that he was a perfect one for her.
Having read other stories by this author I have to say again Arthur Wooten knows storytelling.


Arthur Wooten is a critically acclaimed novelist and playwright.  His novels include Birthday Pie, and On Picking Fruit, and Fruit Cocktail and WISE Bear William: A New Beginning, a children’s book. (reviewed by JD Holiday)


LEFTOVERS can be bought at Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Leftovers-A-Novel-Arthur-Wooten/dp/0985052929/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1332801337&sr=8-1

Arthur Wooten's site:  http://www.arthurwooten.com/
And at:  http://bostonbookbums.com/2011/06/08/arthur-qa-arthur-wooten/  



THAT'S  LEFTOVERS by Arthur Wooten: IN A NUT SHELL!

                                                                                                  ~JD Holiday

Latest Painting for the book I'm working on: The Spy Game

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Review of The Christmas Village: In A NUT SHELL!

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The Christmas Village 
by Melissa Ann Goodwin 


      Young teen, Jamie Reynolds’ father does an illegal business deal which turns Jamie’s world into turmoil. Ashamed to face his so called friends and gossiping neighbors, Jamie and his mother need to get away and head for comforting surroundings of his grandparent’s home for what they hope is a peaceful Christmas.
Grandma’s decorations for Christmas include a miniature village from 1932 and Jamie’s mother tells him the story about the village and it’s earlier time and place.
        He wishes he could go and live in this truly enchanted time where no one knew his problem.
       Late one night he hears the voice of a young girl and finds the two children in the village scene in trouble on its miniature pond. Jamie quickly moves to save these tiny characters who have amazingly come to life and he finds himself physically drawn right into the small village of Canterbury. Jamie has a remarkable adventure, but it’s not long before his wishes to be back in his own time with his mother and grandparents.
Melissa Ann Goodwin 
The Christmas Village is a story for everyone! It is a well written story which moves and intertwines through the character’s history together. This story is destine to become a Christmas classic and will make a wonderful Christmas movie.



Melissa Ann Goodwin has written many stories, poems and articles for children's magazines, and her non-fiction work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers. For more about Melissa Ann Goodwin visit: 


That's  The Christmas Village by Melissa Ann Goodwin, In A Nut Shell!


                                                                            ~J.D. Holiday

Review of UGLY TO START WITH by John Michael Cummings, In A NUT SHELL!


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UGLY TO START WITH tells the story of a teenage boy, Jason Stevens whose life is anything but comfortable. His family is not well-off, not unlike many of the people around them in Harbors Ferry. Jason is sometimes treated unfairly by those around him. His mother is kind and guiding, but his father is eccentric and callous towards Jason.  
The author has made Jason a vivid character. You see his curiosity lead him into new and even foreign experiences where he stays for the excitement. He learns the hard truths from the imperfections of others about life itself. He is smart enough to realize he is not much better than his abusers when he does to them or others what was done to him. I enjoyed this book immensely, yet cringed at Jason’s sometimes harsh reality.  At other times it was like being there with him through my own upbringing. By the end I felt sure that Jason would find his way in life.  
I love short stories and writing them myself.  I enjoy the challenge of compacting all that is needed to tell one. Through this collection of short stories, John Michael Cummings has a well written and memorable novel.
This book is not for everyone because of some risky subjects. A good read for adults.


John Michael Cummings is an American short story writer and novelist. Read more at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Michael_Cummings
Buy the book at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Ugly-Start-John-Michael-Cummings/dp/193597808X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1328897614&sr=1-1

THAT's  UGLY TO START WITH IN A Nut Shell!


                                                               ~JD Holiday

Review of WISE Bear William: A New Beginning! written by Arthur Wooten, In A NUT SHELL!

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Wise Bear William is the captain of the attic where worn out toys wait for children to come for them. The Campbell’s have an old family tradition. For generations, their children come to the attic to choose one toy to love. When the children grow up the toys are sent back to the attic. 


  When the toys hear the children coming, Rag Doll Rose, Bean Bag Bunny and Calico Kitty depend on Wise Bear William to get them ready. The captain would use everything in the attic to mend them and tell them all he knows about what makes a child love a toy. They have one chance to be a child’s best friend. But there is one thing that they can’t do anything about: not everyone will be picked. The toys begin to get ready replacing missing eyes, propping up droopy ears and mending all rips and tears. 


Wise Bear William’s words of wisdom that it’s what is on the inside that counts, and everyone is special ring true for not only the toys but for the book’s readers as well. This is a sweet, charming and humorous story!

WISE Bear William: A New Beginning! is well written and the illustrations are vivid and beautiful. It’s an entertaining story for its readers of all ages that includes a lesson about compassion, remembering promises and helping others and it’s what is on the inside the matters the most. You will laugh and cry with these lovable characters. I read it with my six year-old, grandson and I had tears in my eyes too!

Arthur Wooten is no novice at storytelling being a critically acclaimed novelist and playwright.  His novels include Birthday Pie, and On Picking Fruit, and Fruit Cocktail. The wonderful pictures are by award-winning designer and illustrator, Bud Santora.
WISE Bear William: A New Beginning! can be Bought at:
http://www.amazon.com/Wise-Bear-William-New-Beginning/dp/0983563160 


http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/wise-bear-william-a-new-beginning?keyword=wise+bear+william+a+new+beginning&store=allproducts 

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For more on Arthur Wooten: http://www.arthurwooten.com/
And at:
http://bostonbookbums.com/2011/06/08/arthur-qa-arthur-wooten/ 


For More on Bud Santora:

http://budsantora.carbonmade.com/ 
And at:
http://www.coroflot.com/bud/Illustrations 

That's WISE BEAR WILLIAM: A NEW BEGINNING! In A Net Shell!
                                                                                                     ~J.D. Holiday

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