Showing posts with label Christmas gifts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas gifts. Show all posts

Dec 23, 2021

Are You in Panic Mode Yet?



 It's two days until Christmas. You have someone to buy for. Maybe you forgot. Maybe that person is difficult to buy for. Maybe you feel like the trite gift card is just too...trite for this person. You're desperate.

How about a book?

No, it probably won't arrive before Christmas, but you could present the description and cover art, creating anticipation for that 'something nice' that will arrive later, when things have calmed down a little.

Each book is a personal choice, but there are so many to choose from, so many great hours of enjoyment to come.

And if it happens to be one of mine, well, you'll make another person happy. Bonus!

Find all my books (and Maggie's too) 

https://www.amazon.com/Peg-Herring/e/B002JK5FKY

https://books2read.com/pegherring/


Nov 28, 2016

Free Books and All That

I'm kind of bad at selling things (which is odd because my dad was a used car salesman. He wasn't the stereotypical one, though, and worked hard to find the best car for the money for each customer.)
Anyway, even with years of watching people sell things to other people, I can't make myself tell readers that my books are amazing and will change their lives. Nor can I follow the advice of one writer I met who said, "When people come up to your table at a signing, shove the book at them so they have to take it into their hands. They'll be embarrassed to put it down, so they'll buy it."
Really? I'd be embarrassed to be that pushy.

So here's the deal. It's the holiday season and people are looking for gifts. If you know a mystery reader, you might consider giving one of my books. I've listed below the first in each series, and I'm giving the Kindle versions away over the next month on Amazon. I won't hide my motive: if a person reads one book, this author hopes it will lead to buying the next and the next.

You win. I win. I like it that way.

First Sleuth Sisters Mystery (four so far, another on the way) is free TODAY/TOMORROW on Amazon. (Nov. 28-29) It's called, oddly enough, THE SLEUTH SISTERS. (Written as Maggie Pill).
Link to Amazon

The first Dead Detective Mystery (4 total) is THE DEAD DETECTIVE AGENCY. Link to Amazon

The first Loser Mystery (3 total) is KILLING SILENCE  Link to Amazon.

The first Simon & Elizabeth Mystery is HER HIGHNESS' FIRST MURDER. Link to Amazon

All my books are available in print and e-book. Most are available in audio. Of course I have stand-alone mysteries too. You can find out more about them here on my site, at Amazon, or you can ask any bookstore to order them for you through their regular distributor.
 


Dec 5, 2015

30 Days of Christmas Day 11: Faye Remembers Christmas



Faye
I remember Christmas. I’d start thinking in late September about what each person in my family would like for a gift. Barb was always the easiest to buy for, because…books. She didn’t much care what kind as long as it was something she could learn from. And she could learn from mystery novels about motives and justice, from classics about life and integrity, or from Bill Bryson about just about anything. She honestly didn’t care what she was reading, as long as she was reading.
Retta wasn’t hard to buy for either, but for a different reason. She told you what she wanted, in detail, with directions and a price range. Sometimes it was written down, just to be sure.
That left Mom and Dad, who always said they didn’t want anything. That’s such an unsatisfactory answer to “What would you like for Christmas?” but it’s what we always got. Dad was funny because for some strange reason, the man who never shopped would go out late in November and buy himself new underwear, socks, and undershirts. He wore the same suit to church every Sunday and had a farmer’s disgust for things like bathrobes and bedroom slippers. Apparently real men get completely dressed before they leave their bedrooms in the morning and stay that way until bedtime. For Dad then, there wasn’t much to buy except new, bright-white handkerchiefs.
And Mom? What do you buy for the woman who spends her life making everyone else’s life easier? It seemed unfair to buy household goods or aprons. Mom shared any gift that could be shared, so chocolates or fancy teas was, if not wasted, at least not personal enough in my view. My favorite gift to her was a pair of earrings that thrilled her with their beauty. I was so pleased to see her wear them that first time that I didn’t notice until years later that she never wore them a second time. When she died, I found them tucked in a corner of her jewelry box, and as an adult, I saw how cheap and gaudy they were. I understood then that Mom would never have chosen them, but she'd kept them anyway. They mattered because I’d bought them for her and her alone, and she knew they were given with love.

Nov 30, 2015

30 Days of Christmas--Day 6*-The Perfect Gift


Many of us start looking for the perfect gift around this time. (If you're one of those people who's had your shopping done since July 12th, I still love you.) There are lots of ways to go about finding things to make those around us happy, but I've been thinking of something you might not have considered.

Why not give people the right to be different from you?

Consider if you will how much stress--family, community, national, and international--would disappear if we didn't insist on being right.

Football fans call rival teams terrible names, and their fans must be stupid if they cheer for them.

Men and women make nasty jokes about the other gender's supposed weaknesses.

Kids take note of the differences between them and conclude Not Like Me means bad. I don't think they come to that belief on their own.

Internet philosophers speculate on the oddness--and therefore the wrongness--of this person or that group.

People of different cultures are lumped into one category and labeled as wrong without the slightest attempt to understand that their system works for them, and besides, individuals within the culture aren't exactly alike any more than we are. (I never go commando when I go clubbing--oh, wait--I never go clubbing. Still, that's the view some around the world have of Americans.)

And politicians? Their view has to be correct because, well, it's us against them. So vote for me and I'll put all those wrong people in their place.

What if for Christmas we gave everyone the right to think and act differently from what we as individuals call normal, as long as they aren't harming others?

What if for Christmas we didn't judge? I think I read somewhere God's supposed to take care of that.


BONUS: Because you made it this far into my philosophical rant, I'm posting a recipe to try:



Pecan Bark



1 cup unsalted butter (I used salted and it worked fine)

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar




1 cup chopped pecans




24 graham cracker squares




 




Preheat over to 350 degrees.  Line a 10x15 inch cookie sheet with foil and lightly grease the foil.




Place crackers on the sheet in one layer.  Sprinkle pecans evenly over the top and set aside.




Melt butter in a small saucepan.  Add brown sugar and stir until mixture boils.  Boil for one minute.




Pour mixture evenly over crackers & pecans.  Bake for ten minutes.  Remove from oven and immediately place hot cookie sheet in the freezer.  After 1 hour, remove and break back into pieces.  Needs no refrigeration.  
 






*In case you're wondering, I'm taking Sundays off, so there's no Day 5




Dec 19, 2014

Pecan Pie Bars

Just what they sound like--great for parties

Crust:
1/2 c. oleo
1/2 c. shortening
1 c. brown sugar
2 c. flour
Mix well and press into 9x13" pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes

Topping:
Mix
5 eggs
1 c. syrup (I use light but recipe says you can use light or dark)
3/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. pecans, broken

Pour mixture over crust and bake at 275 degrees for about 50 min. Cut into bars.

Dec 16, 2014

Brownie Pudding

              
                                        This one always makes me feel like I can do magic!

Brownie batter
1 c. flour
3/4 c. sugar
2 tbsp. cocoa
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. milk
2 tbsp. oil
1 tsp. vanilla

Pudding
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. cocoa
1 3/4 c. hot water

Mix together first 5 ingredients. Add milk, oil, and vanilla (I add 1/2 c. walnuts here). Stir well and put into greased 8x8 baking pan. (Batter is thick; I flatten it a little with a spatula.)
Combine brown sugar and cocoa in a bowl. Pour hot water in and stir until liquified. Pour over the brownie batter. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.

When done, the brownies are on top and below them is rich, dark pudding. Scoop out a serving, turn it upside down in a bowl, and add ice cream or whipped cream, and you've got a major treat that was easy to make!

Dec 11, 2014

Caramels

I only make these once a year because the cooking part takes so darned long. Still, they're wonderful little bits of heaven, and they cost a fraction of what you'll pay in a candy store.

2 c. sugar
Dash salt
2 c. white corn syrup
1/2 stick butter
2 c. condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Boil sugar, salt and corn syrup to 245 degrees. Add butter & milk (don't let it stop boiling).
Cook to 242 degrees, stirring constantly (this is the part that takes forever, but it you aren't careful it will scorch on the bottom and you'll have lumps of yukky stuff.)
Add vanilla.
Pour into 9-inch square pan and cool. Cut into squares and wrap in waxed paper.

Dec 6, 2014

Gifting Headaches & a Possible Solution




Something I don't like about Christmas is the pressure to find the perfect gift for everyone. No one I know needs another sweater, scarf, or relaxing foot massager. If they did, they'd go buy it. What do I buy that my loved one will actually like, so I don't get that glazed look that says "This is going in a closet and never coming out again"?

Shopping for readers is a little easier, because they're always looking for a good book.  If a book is a great gift, why not 3 books? Where else can you buy someone hours of entertainment for such a reasonable price?
With a little diligent searching, I found sturdy boxes that can serve as both mailers and gift wrap, so here's the deal:

3 Historical Mysteries for $53.00 (Left side of pic above)
   Her Highness' First Murder
   Poison, Your Grace
   The Lady Flirts with Death
The Simon & Elizabeth series is critically acclaimed and comes in beautiful hardcovers with dust jackets. The fourth book will be out in June of 2015, just in time for your reader to be ready for another Tudor era adventure!

3 Loser Mysteries (complete set) for $33.00 (Right side)
   Killing Silence
   Killing Memories
   Killing Despair  
Loser's story (in trade paperback) unfolds in 3 books that trace her return to a (somewhat) normal life after months spent living on the streets of Richmond, Virginia. As Loser solves crimes for others, readers learn why she's homeless. In the end we cheer her on as she faces her demons and solves the crime at the heart of her own tragedy.


Each book in the set will be signed, and if you want a personal inscription, just say so and give an idea of what you'd like. For example: Merry Christmas, Uncle Jack, Love Millie. 
Payment may be Paypal or by check.
Price includes shipping; please tell me which series you choose and include the address where you'd like them sent.
Email address is below where it says Contact Peg. Please don't delay: time is short! 


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