Friday, December 19, 2014

Perfect Presents for the Holidays by Jacqueline Seewald

The holidays are a great time to gift friends, family or yourself with books to read. With people going on vacation, sitting at beaches, pools and on cruise ships, or ski resorts, many individuals enjoy relaxing with a good book. And there certainly are a lot of them being published!  You can find books to suit every age and taste whether fiction or nonfiction.

Just published and appropriate for holiday reading is a nonfiction book entitled: Miracles of Kindness; True Tales of Kindness in a Modern World. The website is: far available at the iTunes Store. 
My most recent reads are fiction books I haven’t yet reviewed for Amazon or Goodreads.  Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child (my husband’s choice), Before We Kiss by Susan Mallery (which I chose to read for myself) and for both of us as we drive currently listening to the audio of Any Other Name by Craig Johnson. On my to read list: John Grisham’s Gray Mountain as well as JoAnne’s Myer’s Flagitious: A Four Story Anthology (recently mailed to me by the author). I’ll also be reading Joseph Rigo’s new novella Going Dutch.

I’m going to recommend my own most recent books to readers and hope you’ll forgive the commercial message. I do think these books make “perfect presents” for a variety of readers.

The fourth Kim Reynolds mystery THE BAD WIFE (and yes, she is very, very bad!) was published by Perfect Crime Books. It is available both in print and e-book editions.
(Endorsed by Sara Paretsky, the previous novels in this series received excellent reviews. Harlequin Worldwide Mystery paperbacks which followed the hardcover and large print editions are now sold out.) The ebook edition of THE BAD WIFE is reasonably priced.

My Regency romance novel TEA LEAVES AND TAROT CARDS received a lovely blurb endorsement from Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick which appears on the cover of that novel, published both as a hardcover from Five Star/Gale and in large print from Thorndike Press. Mary Balogh also read this novel and offered helpful editorial suggestions prior to publication. SteameReads has published this novel in a newly edited edition in all e-book formats.

I won SteameReads “Some Like It Hot” romance novel writing contest with my sensual Georgian Highlands historical THE CHEVALIER. That novel was  published and is also available in all e-book formats.

My “clean read” YA novel THE DEVIL AND DANNA WEBSTER was also recently published as an e-book in all formats by Astraea Press. This YA novel is a good reading experience for mothers and daughters to share. It’s not just for teens. Although a romance as well as a coming-of-age novel, the main theme is about family values. A good choice for the holidays.

DEATH LEGACY is now available in a new e-book edition at Amazon, Kobo, Apple, or Google from The Novel Fox. This romantic mystery suspense thriller received excellent reviews in hardcover and large print editions from Publishers Weekly and Booklist among others. The Harlequin Worldwide Mystery paperback edition sold out in just a few months.

Finally, I will mention my book of short stories, BEYOND THE BO TREE, published as an e-book by Authentic Press:
which offers some of my best diverse stories for reader enjoyment inexpensively.

Okay, now here’s your opportunity to share the books you think will make for good holiday reading this winter. Feel free to mention books you’ve recently published if you’re an author, books you have on your wish list or recently read and enjoyed as a reader. Don’t be shy! Comments/suggestions are welcome here. Let’s share.


Patricia Gligor's Writers Forum said...

There's no doubt about it. Books make wonderful Christmas gifts for readers of all ages.
I hope you have a safe and happy holiday season!

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Pat,

Thanks for commenting. Readers, check out Pat's mystery novels! A fine series.

Betty Gordon said...

I recommend ALL your books, Jacquie. They are wonderful reads.
Thanks for the opportunity to insert our own book for the holidays..."The Magic of Christmas" - a collection of sort stories - on Amazon/ebook version Also available in print.
Jacquie, I still reread "Tarot..." in my mind. A wonderful novel.

Jacqueline Seewald said...


Thank you for your kind praise! It is much appreciated. Congrats on your Christmas short story collection--a perfect read for the holidays!

D'Ann said...

They all look wonderful! MY TBR list grows and grows!

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Thanks for dropping by, D'Ann!
I know you've written quite a few contemporary Western romances.

Nancy Means Wright said...

Congratulations on your many well earned successes, Jacquie. You've done fabulously well--and worked hard, too, in a time that is difficult for writers.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Thanks, Mary. Actually, these are hard times for writers. And I send out much more work than is accepted. For those why try and feel they fail, try not to be discouraged. If publication is what you want, continue to pursue it. It will happen with continued effort.

Anita Page said...

Jacquie, I love to receive books as well as give them. Thanks for the opportunity to list recommendations.

For short story lovers, Family Matters, Fresh Slices and Deadly Debut--three anthologies by members of the New York/Tri-State Chapter of Sisters in Crime--will be available at B&N,Amazon and Kobo at bargain prices beginning Christmas Eve. E-books, of course, make a great last minute present

Wishing everyone a happy holiday and a peaceful New Year.

Susan Coryell said...

Jacqui: So true--I plan to read on our long flight to Hawaii in January. As always, I am awed by your productivity and professionalism. Merry Christmas!

Linda Joy Singleton said...

Great post!

Books are amazing gifts. I gave one to a critique partner that I would recommend for adults and teens, and this book was fascinating and surprising and mysterious: LEAVING TIME by Jodi Picoult. Amazing book.

If you like dogs and reading picture books to kids, my first picture book came out this year, SNOW DOG, SAND DOG -- the artist did such a wonderful job. And I'm proud of my first picture book.

Happy reading!!

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Anita and Linda,

Thank you both for your recommendations!


Have a great trip to Hawaii! Hope all the books you read on the way are enjoyable.

Helen Henderson said...

Safe journey to all who travel this holiday season. Besides the books recommended above, including Jackie's works which I've read several of, for a fantasy packed with action and romance, I've been giving out copies of Hatchlings Curse the second book of the Dragshi Chronicles. And full disclosure, it is my holiday release.

jrlindermuth said...

No better gift than a book. Merry Christmas, Jacquie.

Jacqueline Seewald said...


Congrats on the new fantasy novel. I enjoyed the first Dragshi novel in your series as you know.


Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy holidays to you as well!

Mary F. Schoenecker Writes said...

Quite an accomplishment, Jacquie. Kudos for your continued success.I am presently reading Gray Mountain and liking it, but then,I like all legal/ lawyer stories. Have a wonderful Christmas.

Conda Douglas said...

As a reader of a couple of your great tales, Jacquie, let me say that any one of your titles would be welcome under my tree!

And this Christmas season, I have a book bundle out of my tween fantasy series, The Mall Fairies. Read the first and second novel, plus a short story, all for $1.99! Thanks!

Here's the link:

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Mary,

So you're another Grisham fan! I'm also a fan of Connelly's Lincoln Lawyer mysteries.

Hi, Conda,

I enjoyed reading the first of your Mall Fairies series. Great stuff for tweens!

Patricia Stoltey said...

I have The Bad Wife on my Kindle and plan to read it soon. Right now I'm trying a bit of fantasy with Song of the Beast by Carol Berg (a winner of the Colorado Book Award). It hooked me right at the beginning and makes me think I should read more fantasy than I do now.

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