…you’ll get a sneak peek at my secret, holiday-themed side project in your inbox next weekend!
The first snow is a magical thing. Hope descends in little tufts of down, the angels shaking out their wings. The world, crazy and disjointed and loud, becomes uniform and white and silent. A dream. A snow globe. A child’s toy. Life is innocent. Pure. Surreal.
The first snow is always when the dream comes…
to read the rest in your inbox next weekend!
For me, the winter holidays has always meant the telling of stories. Old favorites were revisited and new ones discovered–including and especially the stories I was writing myself.
Winter is my favorite time to write. When the world around me is dark except the one light illuminating my page, the stories feel so much more real.
This is also the time of year for revisiting favorite traditions. So, of course, I’m bringing back our tradition of putting my books on the best sale of the year: 30% off all paperbacks and 20% off the boxed set, Black Friday through Cyber Monday. If you’d like to introduce someone to the stories you’ve fallen in love with, this is the best opportunity to do it.
And because this time of year is all about discovering stories new and old, I’d like to do something really special. If you buy any product off my website during the Black Friday sale, I’ll send you the first chapter from my secret, holiday-themed side project!
Yes, I’m going to let you have a peek! But only if you click and shop!
So if you’re looking to share a story with someone this holiday season–and have a sneak peek at a brand new one yourself–now’s the time to do it.
The holidays are fully upon us. I’m so excited to be spending time with family and cooking up my Nana’s stuffing recipe. Also, my dog Angel gets to play with her “cousin” (a Black Lab) non-stop, so she’s very happy for the holidays!
If you love paper, have no fear. Next weekend, from Black Friday through Cyber Monday (Nov. 26 – 29), I’m dropping my paperbacks to 30% off. That is THE weekend to get autographed books for your friends and family. Don’t worry, I’ll send an email to remind you!
And if you just can’t wait for Mailboat V, don’t forget that I’m releasing the chapters AS I WRITE THEM over on my Patreon page. For as little as one dollar per release, you can read up to three chapters per weekend. This weekend, my Patrons get to find out how Roland fared after the events at his house at the end of Book IV. We also get to see how Bud’s reacting to his latest encounter with The Man Upstairs, and how that causes giant ripples for Bailey. This weekend, I’m also including book club questions for us to answer in the comments!
Remember, all of those benefits are exclusive to my Patreon supporters, so head over now!
I understand that #ShopSmall is important to y’all! Guess what–me, too! So I decided to throw together a list of some of my favorite small businesses. I know these establishments personally, so you know they come with my stamp of approval.
All of these businesses can ship within the United States or otherwise get their product or service into your hands, wherever you are! Oh, except the one at the end that involves kittens… and puppies… You’ll see.
From my hometown of Mandan, North Dakota, Nancy serves up some amazing jams, jellies, pickles, and other canned goods! Message her via Facebook to see what she has in stock. She will ship to your door!
If the guys behind Ten Seven Acres in North Dakota aren’t living the dream, I don’t know who is. Alpacas, horses, ducks–I lose track of all the animals they keep. If you’re the crafty sort, check out their all-natural alpaca yarns. Don’t know a knitting needle from a crochet hook? That’s okay! They also carry socks, hats, and rugs already-made!
This girl be so artsy! I mean, literally–if you meet her in person, she’s like a walking art piece. If you like creative, edgy stuff, check out her work. Her art is displayed in local Minnesota galleries all the time.
If your taste runs more traditional, then visit my friend Carrie Lewis from Kansas. Specializing in portraits of horses (be they celebrated race horses or your horse!) she paints with a level of detail that absolutely stuns. Check out her artwork for sale or see if she’s currently taking commissions.
Fear not, bookworms! I haven’t forgotten that we’re all readers here. These authors from Indiana will keep you guessing what will happen next. If you need a new read to keep you breathless, check out Don and Stephanie Prichard’s (completed!) Christian suspense trilogy. A romantic cruise goes mass murder-levels of wrong, and Marine Corps reservist Jake Chalmers ends up washed ashore on a desert isle. One of the co-authors, Don, was himself a Marine, and his knowledge of survival skills definitely shows. And Steph? She’s the best not-my-actual-grandma a girl could have.
Christian fiction not your style? Fear not: My circle of writerly friends covers all territory–sometimes literally. From Egypt to Siberia to Montana, where has Adrian Ashwah not lived? And if you want a riveting (yes, riveting) literary novel that takes an excruciatingly honest look at all major religions, then check out his book. You will be fascinated by both the dystopian world–strange and familiar at the same time–and the brave heroine, a girl named Audria.
Does a pet shelter count as a small business? Why not. I thought I’d include it anyway, just because CDHS is so important to me. Guys, I live in Montana now, but I still donate to my shelter back home in Mandan, North Dakota. Their motto is “Doing Great Things for Pets and People,” and I can testify that it’s true. They gave me my first dog (my beloved Molly, RIP), one of my first volunteering experiences, and one of my first jobs. They also helped rescue my life out of the dumpster the way they rescue any stray creature they run across. So if you’re in North Dakota and looking for a cat or dog–or if you’re just looking for a worthy cause to donate to–CDHS is worth your time.
Umm… I guess I may as well include me? If you couldn’t tell by the inordinate number of North Dakota businesses in this roundup, I’m originally from the that place with all the wind and snow. Nowdays, I live in Montana, which I’m finding far more amenable to human habitation–which means life here is far less exciting. I’m the author of the Mailboat Suspense Series, a story about a girl in foster care who only wants a home of her own. Instead, she finds a body at the end of a pier…
And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this collection of some of my favorite small businesses. And I hope you find one you’d like to support! I have to say, it really warms my heart to look over my eclectic collection of friends and all the amazing things they do. I hope you’ll fall in love with them, too!