Christmas Time Giving

Tiger Tales books has partnered with the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of this special gift set is being donated. Please pass on the gift of giving to your child and the children in need by purchasing this set.

 

Visit Kristi’s Book Nook for a chance to win this wonderful gift set. There is also a link to purchase the book.

 

 

The gift of giving is the best gift of all. With this wonderful story and gift set you can teach your children to be kind and think of those who are less fortunate than they are. The spirit of Christmas is in all of us.

The Proposal by Elysabeth Eldering

Title: The Proposal

Author: Elysabeth Eldering

Having a birthday on April Fools Day can make a fun time for celebration an agonizing day each year. Stella has this dread of her special day thanks to her mother. Stella remembers going to school with purple hair because her mother put purple die in her shampoo. Tonight is really special to Stella. It’s her 25th birthday. Her boyfriend Henry, who she has been with 5 years is taking her out for a romantic dinner. Unfortunately her mothers shenanigans have turned a simple romantic dinner with Henry into a night Stella won’t soon forget.

Elysabeth’s wonderfully humor filled story will have readers riding along the characters roller coaster of emotion. Its great to read a short story that doesn’t feel like a short story. I love the characters and wanted to learn more about them.

Ms. Eldering is the award-winning author of the Junior Geography Detective Squad (JGDS), 50-state, mystery, trivia series.

She entered her first writing contest on a dare and took a shared second place on the story (“Train of Clues”) that gave her an idea for a state-related series, where each state is the mystery.  Elysabeth has since entered several other contests, taking third in another Armchair Interviews contest with her story “The Proposal” (an April Fool’s Day story), first place in Echelon Press’s Fast and Frigid contest with her story “The Tulip Kiss”, and runner up in another Echelon Press’s contest (Fast and Fantasy) with her story “Butterfly Halves.” Her story, “Bride-and-Seek,” was selected for the SC Writers’ Workshop anthology, The Petigru Review.

Ms. Eldering makes her home in upper state South Carolina. She has three children, two teenagers and one grown, who keep her on her toes. When not working on her stories, she can be found at homeschooling conferences and other events selling her books. Elysabeth is a member of the national Sisters in Crime organization as well as the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

Elysabeth Eldering 

Author of FINALLY HOME, a YA paranormal mystery

THE PROPOSAL (An April Fools Day story), a humorous romantic ebook

THE TULIP KISS, a paranormal romance ebook

BRIDE-AND-SEEK, a paranormal romance ebook (coming soon)

BUTTERFLY HALVES, a YA fantasy ebook (coming soon)
http://elysabethsstories.blogspot.com/

Ma America, The Travelin’ Maven
Author of the Junior Geography Detective Squad (JGDS), 50-state, mystery, trivia series and TRAIN OF CLUES, a mystery destination story and the predecessor to the state series
WHERE WILL THE ADVENTURE TAKE YOU NEXT?

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Happy Holidays!

Special Holidays
We’re thinking of you this time of year,
Wishing you happiness, joy, and cheer.
May all your days be warm and bright,
And your nights enhanced by holiday light.
Enjoy your delectable holiday foods,
As parties and gifts create holiday moods.
Favorite people play a meaningful part,
While treasured rituals warm your heart.
You are special to us in many ways,
So we wish you Happy Holidays!
By Joanna Fuchs

A Plan For The New Year

Writers hand with pen

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It is the beginning of the year and all of us attempt to make a list, even if it is a mental list, of new years resolutions. Generally the list consists of things we will or will not do in the new year. And many of us never seem to make it past the first 90 days of the year. Our list becomes gone or forgotten. So, what is the answer to keeping up with the resolutions we set for ourselves? Do we take on too much and then become overwhelmed with it? Is it just that our list is too generalized and the items don’t really mean anything to us? I have a few suggestions to help you keep and stay in step with your new years resolutions. It worked for me. I spent the last year testing each step.

The first thing that you should consider is really thinking about the current year as a whole. Start thinking about the new year in October. Start to think about the list of resolutions you made but didn’t follow. From that you are kicking yourself wishing that you had stuck with it. Where would you be now if you had.

Secondly, make the list. Be reasonable with the list. Only list the things you know you absolutely have to start and do in the new year. This list needs to include things that you know if you don’t follow through the consequences will definitely affect you and/or your family. For example, if your doctor tells you that you must quite smoking. Guess what, do it! There are plenty of programs that are offered for free. Ask your doctor about them. There are support groups so you don’t have to do it alone. There are products and coupons that can be obtained.

Thirdly, do the research. Make sure that any help you might need to achieve your goal is readily available. For example, if you want to start a business go to the library, use the internet, visit your local small business administration center. Gather information so that you know what is expected to reach the goal on your list of resolutions. Don’t forget that family and friends can be a really good resources of information. You never know who they might know.

Once you’ve made you’ve made your list discuss it with your loved ones. Saying it out loud and letting them know that you are serious makes it real. It can be perceived as a little bit more pressure and a nudge to get you acting on your list or it can be looked upon as you have your own personal support group. Whatever the case, these 3 tips will get you really considering taking on the new year in a positive and proactive manner. Good luck!

Writers – Start Planning For Next Year Now

nanowrimo, day 15 goal

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It is the beginning of the year and all of us attempt to make a list, even if it is a mental list, of new years resolutions. Generally the list consists of things we will or will not do in the new year. And many of us never seem to make it past the first 90 days of the year. Our list becomes gone or forgotten. So, what is the answer to keeping up with the resolutions we set for ourselves? Do we take on too much and then become overwhelmed with it? Is it just that our list is too generalized and the items don’t really mean anything to us? I have a few suggestions to help you keep and stay in step with your new years resolutions. It worked for me. I spent the last year testing each step.

 The first thing that you should consider is really thinking about the current year as a whole. Start thinking about the new year in October. Start to think about the list of resolutions you made but didn’t follow. From that you are kicking yourself wishing that you had stuck with it. Where would you be now if you had.

 Secondly, make the list. Be reasonable with the list. Only list the things you know you absolutely have to start and do in the new year. This list needs to include things that you know if you don’t follow through the consequences will definitely affect you and/or your family. For example, if your doctor tells you that you must quite smoking. Guess what, do it! There are plenty of programs that are offered for free. Ask your doctor about them. There are support groups so you don’t have to do it alone. There are products and coupons that can be obtained.

 Thirdly, do the research. Make sure that any help you might need to achieve your goal is readily available. For example, if you want to start a business go to the library, use the internet, visit your local small business administration center. Gather information so that you know what is expected to reach the goal on your list of resolutions. Don’t forget that family and friends can be a really good resources of information. You never know who they might know.

 Once you’ve made you’ve made your list discuss it with your loved ones. Saying it out loud and letting them know that you are serious makes it real. It can be perceived as a little bit more pressure and a nudge to get you acting on your list or it can be looked upon as you have your own personal support group. Whatever the case, these 3 tips will get you really considering taking on the new year in a positive and proactive manner. Good luck!