Seriously, I feel really blessed.
I’ve got a husband who makes me breakfast, lunch and dinner. Best yet, he makes me laugh. (And not because the food is so bad!)
I’ve got two great kids who are now beyond the eye-rolling stage, and into appreciating their parental units.
I’ve got friends who know that, with a phone call or a text, we can touch each other’s hearts, even if we can’t always be at each others’ sides.
So, do I really need anything for Christmas? Okay, yeah, I guess I could ask Santa for something important, like world peace, or an environment that is human-proof, or the end of cancer. But I don’t think it’s fair to expect some jolly old elf to resolve all the world’s ills.
Instead, I’ll ask all you wonderful readers to play Secret Santa to me. Here’s what you can do for me–and every other author out there:
Gift #1. This holiday season, buy books for others.
Your local bookstore has been your friend for so long, maybe all your life. Remembering your nearest and dearest with a book they’ll be sure to enjoy shows a thoughtfulness: that you know and care about what interests them. Better yet share one of your favorite authors with a friend (COUGH!–That would be Josie Brown–COUGH!). Another person who will love you for it: the bookseller, whose sole purpose it to put a smile on your face, not just during the holidays, but 365 days of the year.
Gift #2: Treat Santa’s Helper (a.k.a, yourself) to a book, too.
The best way to de-stress during the holidaze is to sit for an hour or two with a good book, in front of a roaring fire, perhaps with a cup of hot cocoa. (My own personal fave: Trader Joe’s Peppermint Hot Chocolate. To. Die For…)
Gift #3: If you like the writing voice of an author, buy a copy of something else that author has written.
As my kids tell me, this is what’s called “doin’ a solid”–in this case, for a favorite author. Every sale is appreciated, as every book is a labor of love for those who create them.
Now, my gift for you:
One of my favorite scenes from my latest book, Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives, takes place during the holiday season, at a pot luck. Just by reading the excerpt here, you can enter my “Secret Santa” Contest, in which one lucky reader will win a $50 gift card to the bookstore of their choice.
Have a very merry holiday!
–Josie Brown, author
Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives [Simon & Schuster, In bookstores now!]
The Baby Planner [Simon & Schuster/Gallery, in stores April 5, 2011]
Josie’s next book, THE BABY PLANNER, will be in bookstores on April 5, 2011.
Katie Johnson may make her living consulting with new moms on the latest greatest baby gadgets no parent should be without, or which mommy meet-ups are the most socially desirable, or whether melon truly is the new black, but the success of her marriage to her husband, Alex, depends on controlling her own urges toward motherhood.
He’s adamant that they stay childless. Sure, Katie understands that he’s upset over the fact that his out-of-town ex-wife rarely lets him see their ten-year-old son, Peter. But living vicariously through her anxious clients and her twin sisters’ precocious children only makes Katie resent his stance more deeply.
While helping a new client—Seth Harris, a high tech entrepreneur who must raise Sadie, his newborn daughter, as a single parent after the tragic death of his wife in childbirth—maneuver the bittersweet journey from mourning husband and reticent father to loving dad, Katie realizes that life, love, and families are precious gifts . . . ones that can’t always be planned.