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The Tale of K.L. Kranes and Her Strange Holiday Tree of Books

It all began with a bookish dream. K.L. Kranes, writer, book-lover, author of The Travelers (and its soon-to-be-released sequel The Gateway), and creator of unrealistic home improvement schemes, wanted to do one thing during the holiday season--create a holiday tree... Continue Reading →

Post-Holiday Recovery Books…I Need to Read to Return to Normalcy

Don't get me wrong. I enjoy the holiday season. But by December 26, I am feeling a full-on holiday hangover and need a cure...

What Happens When You Mix a Writer’s Imagination With Holiday Decorating? Unicorns and Poor Engineering (aka, Bookmas Tree 3.0)!

Can a girl who loves to make Christmas trees out of books use cemetery flower holders, chicken wire and duct tape as the base of a wonderful "bookmas tree"?? Uh, no. But she'll have fun trying!

Behold Bookmas Tree 2017! Bigger, Better, Bookmas-ier

What do you get when you cross Leslie Knope's wedding dress, with a whole bunch of books and a Christmas tree? [Hint: It's pink and part mannequin.]

Top 10 Tuesday: Best Moments of the Holiday Season

So, it's now 10 days into 2017. (10 already? Time goes so fast!) I'm back to my relatively regimented schedule of working, writing, laundry, cleaning, etc, basically, all the stuff of a peaceful daily life. Once we (the proverbial "we") get back in our routines after a vacation or big event, I think we can start to forget all the great memories we've made. They get buried under all the new things we're doing, like an old photograph that gets lost in the bottom of a box for years or maybe forever. So, before I forget them all, I want to document my top 10 best moments of the 2016 vacation holiday season (in no particular order)!

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Eve: Kranes Family Cookie Party Edition

'Twas the day before Christmas
And the house was a mess
But it was no big deal
Because the cookie party was a success

Walking in a Winter Wonderland of Lights

When I was in NYC, I got caught right between Rockefeller Center Saks 5th Ave just when their holiday light show started. I was in a hurry and in no mood for a light show. But, I had no choice because of the clogged streets to stop and watch. And, you know what? It was super cool. And, it made me want to see more. So when we get home to Northern Virginia, I was really happy to my parents got us tickets to the Meadowlark Park Winter Walk of Light.

Crazy in NYC: Traveling with The Travelers Day 1!

The Travelers took a little tour of New York City along with the dance company my daughter is a part of (C4 Dance Company) yesterday. (I luckily got to come with them!) The Travelers also had a little pal. (Jane Bennet from Pride and Prejudice Zombies.) She shares the same last name as the main characters in my book (Dagny Bennet and her family). She's also a sassy girl from a fantasy book with connections to the past, like my book. Plus, I have a recent obsession with POP figurines. So she seemed like a great side kick for our little trip through the city.

It all began Sunday night...

Get into the Holiday Spirit: 10 Ways to “Read” A Christmas Carol

First, I love holiday stories and movies - White Christmas,Elf, to name a few. One I've always had an affinity for is A Christmas Carol. It's a story that lends itself to telling and retelling in so many ways. I mean how many times have you seen a TV show do A Christmas Carol episode? I'd guess more than you can count. Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, the message of reflection and compassion is universal. Therefore, I think the versatile styling of the Christmas classic deserves it's own blog post.

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