Monday, December 8, 2014

Holiday Flash Fiction

Happy Holidays by JosDCreations
Used by permission from JosDCreations

The Ad

by IE Castellano

“Baubles bringing you down?  Has your jingle lost its jangle?  Bows have you in knots?  Is cheer a challenge?  Milk and cookies souring on the mantle?  Are you finding that giving the perfect gift has left you listless?

“Yes, with frosty days and icicle growing nights, a new bird is here to stay.  Silver bells ring on street corners and in front of shops.  Toys fill the stores.  Candy canes hang from branches.  Holly wreaths decorate doors.  Mistletoe dangles where all can see.  Nutcrackers guard everything sweet.

“Yet sometimes, rosy cheeks fail to glow.  Eggnog misses the mark.  Garland falls off the railings.  Jack Frost nips the nose a tiny too hard.

“Do not fret!  When standing in lines for hours ceases to delight, it’s easy to keep your stockings hanging with care.

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“Enjoy roasting chestnuts again!  Dance with sugarplums!  Build gingerbread castles!  Drive your sled down the silver lane!

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“Holiday Joy side effects include making snowmen, singing carols, drinking hot chocolate, and rocking around the tree.  See your doctor if these symptoms persist beyond January sixth.”

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Book Fair Appearance


     Who?  Me and about 20 other authors

     Where?  Norwin Public Library in Irwin, PA  (Caruthers Lane off of Route 30)

     When?  Saturday, December 13th

     Time?  Noon to 3 pm

     Books?  Yes


Title Page with pen--Where Pirates Go to Die by IE Castellano
My latest all ready to sign
I’ll be signing all my titles:  Where Pirates Go to Die, Tricentennial, The World In-between, Bow of the Moon, and Secrets of the Sages

Come say hi!  I’ll be sitting at the Laurel Highlands Publishing table with fellow author, Thomas Beck (who will, incidentally, be signing his cozy mysteries).

Tom’s new release (just out on the 4th) is entitled: The Tommy Two Shoes Mysteries: Entangled.  Lots of intrigue, some head cracking, and a touch of romance splattered on those pages.  I am looking forward to reading the third book of his series next year.

In the neighborhood?  Stop by.  Books make great gifts (if I do say so myself).  With roughly 20 authors and many genres from which to choose, someone could find presents a plenty for that grab bag or secret santa or loved one or friend or enemy (who I am to judge?).

When you come, I’m the short haired brunette in the ultra high heels.  See you there!