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Over the holidays, we continued our nomad existence with continuous travel. Three states in less than two weeks kept us going.

As did the people we went to see.

Our first stop took us to visit Favorite Grandsons 3, 4 and 5. Number 3 just turned 4, while his twin brothers just passed the 6 weeks mark. Decorating cookies and feeding babies were highlights of that trip.

Next stop: my mother, sister and niece. The last leg of the trip took us to Favorite Grandsons 1 and 2, both now college students. Needless to say, our agenda with them was slightly different than with their cousins.

Want Free Books?

I know you’ve all had the chance to read my short story The Cruel Gift. If for some reason you haven’t, here’s a link that can get you a free copy.

But even if you have read it, you still might want to click on the link. There are 29 other stories and books (and even a few 5 and 6 volume book sets) that you can get for free this month.

You’ll find there’s something for everyone. Romance, fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and even some non-fiction.

Shut up and Read

Have you heard of GoodReads’ Shut and Read group? This is a group that reviews books that were donated by the author. That’s right, if you are one of the first 20 or 25 people to claim a copy, you get to read the book for free.

My own Flight of the Spark was one of the selections this week. If you’d like to join Shut up and Read, go to, search for Shut and Read and sign up. You’ll get email notices about the latest book up for review.

It’s a great way to get free books. All you need to do is write a short review giving your honest opinion. Then post it on GoodReads, Amazon and wherever else you’d like.

And have I mentioned that reviews are great way to help authors get the word out about their books and are greatly appreciated?

What I’ve Been Reading

Survive, the final book of the Atlantis Grail series is out. I’ve never anticipated a book more.

And like all things greatly longed for, the reality can be a little bit of  a let down.

It’s clear the author rushed to get it out. There are some little errors and inconsistencies a bit of editing could have fixed. But Survive ended the series in a few surprising ways, some disappointing, others very satisfying. Still, no other writer can pull me into a character’s head like Vera Nazarian. She makes me believe her world is real. And make me want to spend more time there with the characters she made me care so intensely about.

What great reads have you discovered this month? Let me know in the comments.

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