Children's Books Christmas Reading

December 15. Issue #148

“Let us come alive to the splendor that is all around us and see the beauty in ordinary things.” Thomas Merton

Hello, and welcome to my monthly journal, where I share five points of interest with you. This month is mostly about holiday sales. E-books and a cover reveal for my book Samba on a Snowy Day, translated into French, my ear candy, and more.

1. The featured photo is the new cover for Samba par une Journée Enneigée Cover design and illustrations by Joshua Miller, translated to French by Pascaline Le Bras. I am hopeful that the book will be published at the end of December. Perhaps it will be part of a boxing day sale.

2. My collection of e-books is available as part of the Smashwords 2022 End of Year Sale! 25% off the regular price. Find your next favorite book this month at and follow @smashwords for more promos like this! #SmashwordsEOYSale #ebook #sale #books2read #indiebooks.

3. My promotion Children’s Books For Christmas Gifts is still happening and ends December 24th, so hurry over to the site and pick up my e-book Samba on a Snowy Day, on sale. There are some great children’s books available, so stock up.

The Kindness Kangaroo Library featured Samba on a Snowy Day during a recent cold and snowy day; gather around and listen to the story as told by author Sandra Wilson. 

4. I have done lots of writing this month, book designs and layout and generally speaking, spending time in front of my computer screen. Listening to great music has helped me stay focused.

Thanks to Kenny Werner, I heard about an album by Toots Thielemans, a chromatic harmonica master, entitled The Brazil Project. This is a live performance from Umbria Jazz Festival. The album features many fantastic Brazilian musicians.

5. Speaking of Kenny Werner, someone who played with Toots on many occasions, I recently attended an online master class with him. A fantastic class and the motivation for me to buy his book Effortless Mastery.

I am just getting into it, and I’m enjoying the messages and stories that relate to the mastery of anything you set your intention to.

All my books are available at your favorite bookstores; support local bookstores and authors with your online purchases. Make sure you get out and about this winter. Visit a bookstore or the library and pick up some books. If you’re looking for a great early reader chapter book, get my book Scratchy the Squirrel: A Time for Friends. Or one of my picture books, Samba on a Snowy Day or  Samba in Brazil.

Happy holidays! Stay safe, stay well, stay strong and keep going.

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Newsletter 18

Newsletter 18

Hello all!

Some things that interested me this week, and I hope will be of interest to you too.

Here are my five items, links or suggestions that should get you some inspiration and information.

  1. Christmas week, a busy time of the year and this week, Christmas day falls on a Wednesday. How early can you get out to the fish market to get your fresh seafood? We went to the market a couple of days early, a drive out to Oak Ridges, a town just north of our town of Thornhill and one of the best fish markets around, Off The Hook Fish Market.  A great name as well don’t you think? Our family tradition is to have a meatless Christmas evening dinner, that includes a variety of seafood. This year, dinner consisted of salmon, scallops, mussels and shrimp along with homemade fettuccine and tomato sauce. To gather with family and to celebrate, to give thanks and to show gratitude, while respecting tradition, that’s what Christmas is all about for me.  
  2. I found this cool site “Let’s Talk Karate” and it gave me some great ideas for adding some new and exciting things to do in my Karate classes.  
  3. Christmas

    Christmas Celebrations

    and holiday traditions. The old and the new, the things that may become a tradition, such as getting together with new families, in-laws and grandchildren. This was the first Christmas that Nina and I went to our daughters house for Christmas dinner. It was the first time our daughter prepared the Christmas dinner – everything turned out fantastic and we all had a great time celebrating Christmas. 

  4. What about having a newly published book – what’s the deal with that? And what do you next? Starting to promote Samba on a Snowy Day and letting the whole World know I wrote a book. Sure it’s a children’s book, but I hope it’s one that parents will like to read to their children. Let me know if you want me to read Samba on a Snowy Day to your group of children, I am ready for the book tour, JK and SK classrooms around the World – or at least the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) here I come.
  5. What’s next?  How do you find creativity? Well, what about getting out, seeing and experiencing new things. The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto has what appears to be a fantastic free event, running from December 27th to the 29th – Light up the Dark and to warm up after watching this event, the good folks at Ago Khan are inviting people inside the museum for free.  And for the seven things you may have wanted to know about the Aga Khan but were afraid to ask I found this article in the Hamilton Spectator about the Aga Khan.  

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