“So This is Christmas” and “Ruby Grace” Excellent gift ideas!

I’ve mentioned in the past that I am an avid reader.  I’ve been reading damn near every day since at least the 4th grade, and maybe even before.  Getting a book for my birthday or Christmas was the perfect gift.  What else could you get, for the price of a movie, that gives you many many hours of fun.

Nowadays, I carry my iPad or my Kindle everywhere I go, and I read whenever I get the chance.  I usually have 2 or 3 books going at anyone time.

When asked for gift ideas for people, one of the first things I think of is a book!  Those who can write and get a book published are to be admired.  Which is why I am excited to do this post.  Two of my friends, Jim Devitt, and Renee Hazen, have each just published a book that would be perfect for the holidays!

I am lucky enough to have read them both and I can share them with you!

I will start with Jim’s book, for no other reason than I have known him longer.  He has just published      “So This is Christmas”  in Kindle format, the paperback will be available very soon.

imageI’d like to also point out that the cover you see here was done by his very talented wife Meli!

The story revolves around Tony (GREAT name for a character) who has lost the Christmas spirit. This causes a the house to be unsettled and tense at the time it should be happy and joyous. This disturbance in the “force” brings the ornaments on the tree to life to make things right!

And here is where I truly enjoyed the book. Jim could easily have fallen back on the customary “Lets all help Tony, we are silly sappy ornaments and no real personality” shtick. Not Jim. Think now, if you were an ornament and hadn’t moved in years (or ever) what would you do?

Yep, skiing ornaments were carving down the tree, there was singing and dancing, and merriment by all! Santas were bickering over who was the real Santa. This was the crew that Elmsworth, the oldest ornament on the tree, had to whip into shape and try and save Christmas.

I won’t go into any more details, as I don’t want to ruin the read, except for this, I was very impressed with Jim’s tree. He was able to add ornaments that reflected his love for baseball as well as modern video games. PLUS, and I think this is key, Elmsworth had to spend time convincing his team what to do before they could complete their mission. These were little people, with personalities and fears, not just Christmas clones.

This would be an excellent book to read to the kids as Christmas gets closer, or to put in the stocking of the Tweens in your family.

And, if you ever get the chance to spend quality time with Jim’s Christmas tree, take it. If there is any place that magic might happen, it will be there!

This is one I would order now, and start reading with your kids.  Maybe around the newly decorated Christmas tree!

Now I said I have TWO book for this post, the second would be an EXCELLENT stocking suffer for a little girl.  Renee Hazen is not only the author but the illustrator of her kid books.  She has outdone herself this time, with “Ruby Grace


Renee and I work together, and have been friends for a long time.  I have all her books, but this one is special.  She out did herself this time. In each and every book so far, you can feel the love she puts into a book, and this is no different. It’s a magical, mystical experience with an angel that enters the world for a short time and then goes off to brighten someone else’s life.

Her first three books were more boy oriented (though I firmly believe girls would like them too) but this one is much more for the little ladies who love sparkling dresses and rides on hummingbirds.

Her drawings have gotten even better (and I love the ones before) and once again this is a perfect book for any little one to have read to her, or for the beginning readers to read to their siblings. I’d select this as an excellent stocking stuffer!  (No batteries required!)

The colors are amazing, the story uplifting, and its a book little girls will reread for years.

You can get view a sample of her books by going to Bunnymanbooks.com

Folks, neither of these two have asked me to review the books, let alone write an  entire blog post for them.  I get nothing in return financially, and in fact, bought both my books.  That being said, if I didn’t truly enjoy them and think they were worthwhile I would NOT be doing this.  I am confident that you will be happy with both of these!

Enjoy, and if you get one or the other, or both, let me know what you think!

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