Today I'm joining Elaine Kaye to celebrate her newest picture book, Sleigh Ride with a tale about my favorite holiday memory. (It can be about any winter holiday, but since I grew up celebrating Christmas, that's all I have to pull from.)
One memory about Christmas I have that I wouldn't say is a favorite memory, but it is one that makes me laugh. Every year, my siblings and I would get a call from Santa. He'd ask us what we wanted and would chat with us. As you can imagine, that was super exciting. Until we got older and wiser and figured out who was really calling. I remember getting the call and realizing it was my grandpa calling. Which I pointed out. When "Santa" disputed me, I insisted. No, this was Papa. I recognized his voice.
I have to wonder what went through my grandpa's (and parents) mind. Was he sad this innocent tradition was over since I was the youngest in the family? Compared to my siblings, was I faster or slower on figuring it out? I don't recall my siblings saying anything about Papa pretending to be Santa, so I figure Mom and Dad must have told them not to tell me. Unless I was the first to figure it out among my siblings. Maybe one day, I'll ask my parents those questions.
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New Picture Book Release from Elaine Kaye:
On Christmas Eve, Gregory and Sammy get a special visitor—Santa Claus! Santa brings them on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure around the world and to the North Pole. Bundle up and come along for the ride!
General Age Range - Kids 4-8 (Story Picture Book)
Book Links: Amazon / B&N / Kobo / Smashwords / Goodreads
Plus, a freebie!
About the Author
Elaine Kaye is the author of A Gregory Green Adventure series. She created Gregory Green after her son, who loved her homemade pea soup.
Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher's assistant in elementary schools. She currently lives in Florida, but has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home.
Find her online: Website / Goodreads / Amazon / Instagram / Facebook
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GUEST POST BY ELLE CARDY
As a kid, I was not a strong or fast reader. It didn’t help that I wasn’t a fan of the books I was supposed to study at school. How to kill of love of reading: force someone to read boring books and write long-winded essays about them. When I was about twelve, I was introduced to The Hobbit. Oh. My. Gosh! Now this was a story! That year I devoured Lord of the Rings and continued to sink my hooks into any fantasy I could find. I felt like my whole world had opened. I’d at last found where I belonged. This was when the seed was first planted that maybe I too could create a whole new world for readers to enjoy.
After lots of starts and stops, lots of learning the craft of writing, lots of wrestling with fears and doubts, Wielder’s Prize was born. It’s exactly the kind of story I love to read—adventure, magic, action, twists. It’s about Jasmine who has always lived aboard a ship on the high seas.
Snatched from the only home she’s ever known, Jasmine is forced to work as a crew member of a different ship. To survive, she must dodge her captor who has a personal vendetta against her, outsmart a fearsome magic wielder who has taken a dangerous interest in her, and get back to her ship. Somehow.
Just when she thinks things couldn’t get worse, she learns she too is a wielder—an untrained wielder who is a threat to everyone on board if she can’t control her magic. And she’s not the only out-of-control wielder on the high seas. The secret of that wielder could shatter everything Jasmine thought she knew.
Time and hope is running out. At any cost, she must get back to her ship and discover the truth behind all the secrets before everything is lost.
Today is launch day!! The ebook and paperback are now available on Amazon https://amzn.to/2kaZKSV!
A tense adventure that will keep you guessing with all of its wicked twists and turns. – Alex J. Cavanaugh, best-selling author
Jasmine is one of the most fully realized fantasy characters I've read in a long, long time.—Tyrean Martinson, author of Champion in the Darkness
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elle Cardy is the pen name of Lynda R Young. She is an author, editor, game developer, 3D artist, graphic designer, photographer, gamer etc. Wielder’s Prize is her debut young adult fantasy adventure. Having lived in Sydney most of her life, she is now living in Brisbane with her sweetheart of a husband.
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