Amazon is now offering special deals on The Demons Among Us. Each day it's different. Today the paperback and hardcover are on sale. I have no idea how they calculate pricing, but I still receive the same amount no matter what the price. If you're looking for a Christmas gift, you might be able to save a few bucks.
If you've already read The Demons Among Us and liked it, please leave a quick positive review on Amazon and Goodreads to boost the book's ranking. One sentence is fine.
Many thanks to Gail Tomlinson, co-owner of Whole Being Cafe in Flowery Branch, for hosting a book signing for me last month. It was so much fun to speak with her clients as they waited on their coffee orders. Several old friends also dropped in to grab some autographed copies. I'm still offering personalized autographed copies through my website at a discount. You may pay by Venmo, PayPal, Zelle, credit card, or check.
Mom has some new digs
Please know how much I appreciate your continued prayers since Mom suffered a stroke Oct. 10 and moved in with us. She's doing much better. While we've enjoyed our time together, she prefers her independence, so we moved her to Charter Senior Living last week.
If you'd like to drop her a card, please send it to: Sara Kirkpatrick, 4450 Old Hamilton Mill Rd., Apt. 180, Buford, GA 30518.
Goodreads Choice Awards
Each year Goodreads polls its readers in 17 categories to determine their most-loved stories. In 2021 more than 4.7 MILLION readers cast their votes. Following are the results from my six favorite genres. Log on to Goodreads for the full results. BEST FICTION Beautiful World, Where Are You? by Sally Rooney BEST MYSTERY & THRILLER The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
BEST HISTORICAL FICTION Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid BEST YOUNG ADULT FICTION Fire Keepers Daughter by Angeline Boulley
BEST YOUNG ADULT FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo
BEST MIDDLE GRADE & CHILDREN'S Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan
Stay on top of word and phrase trends
I highly recommend you follow the Grammarly blog. Its writers are dedicated to teaching the proper use of the English language in a way that's fun and easy to understand. Each year they analyze word trends. Following are the 12 words and sayings they identified with 2021. You'll find the explanations here.
Vaxxed . Variant . Languishing . Hybrid Work . The Great Resignation . NFT (non-fungible token) . Cheugy . It's the ____ for me . Understood the assignment . Red flag . Bones day / No bones day . Writing's not that easy
I'd love to send you one of my short stories as a gift for subscribing to my blog. Simply complete the short form on my homepage (scroll down to the footer), and I'll email you a PDF of The Snake Slinger, a prequel to The Demons Among Us.
Fill your home with scents of the season
It takes only a few minutes to create this traditional Southern Living recipe. I've done it on the stovetop and in a slow cooker for all-day simmering. 4 cups of water 2 tbsp ground nutmeg 2 tbsp allspice 2 tbsp ground cloves 1 lemon, sliced 1 orange, sliced 2 sprigs of rosemary 1 cup of cranberries
If using a medium saucepan, cover and bring all ingredients to a boil. Remove top and reduce to a simmer. Add more water as needed. If using a slow cooker, add 2 extra cups of water. Simmer on low uncovered as long as you wish.
May God bless you and your family this Christmas season!