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mercoledì, dicembre 13, 2017

Colors of Christmas Two Contemporaries Stories Celebrate the Hope of Christmas by Olivia Newport

Colors of Christmas Two Contemporaries Stories Celebrate the Hope of Christmas by Olivia Newport have been written specifically for people in sufferance.

I can tell you I felt a lot this book because it's a series of years we live at various levels robust sadness in our family during this period of the year because of little or big problems and or/loss.

Questions are many and Christmas' meaning is the born of a new baby, new life, but Christmas was and remain also a feast of Light, of vision, of redemption.
If just an example like Ebenezer Scrooge can become true, Christmas is a miracle for the hearts and souls of people.

It's a feast against the obscurantism of our feelings, our sentiments, it's a feast that wants to give and wants to spread the best of us, our joy, our enthusiasm for future in the moment of the year in which there is the most profound lack of light in the real sense of the word and where the shadows of darkness, figuratively could attack us with more simplicity.

It's a feast for children and families. Children because of course being Little Jesus Christ the Star of the festivity it is felt a special sentiment for babies and children.

But, it's undoubtedly a feast for families. All reunited. In their functionalities and dysfuncionalities.

Sure, it's not said that in this moment of the year we won't receive sufferance or grief, pain and tears. How can we metabolize pain when is it too much? How can we find comfort?

The author speaks for everyone. People with a loss in the family, dad, mother, sibling, a friend, people without job, people in sufferance for a divorce, a break-up.

These two stories are very intelligent and beauty.

I focused my attention in Christmas in Gold and being a reporter, who started this job interviewing people in pain during the last Second World War Conflict it was wonderful reading Astrid's story.

Astrid is in his 80s and falls injuring various bones. Her son doesn't live close to her and so he thinks it's arrived the moment for her mom of spending her final years in an apartment and structure for elderly people.
Astrid is sad to leave her house, her normality for this new reality and apartment although she discovers pretty soon a new world and routine made by physiotherapists, and new friends. The time the one close to Christmas.
Astrid slowly slowly remembers the time during the Second World War spent in Germany, her devotion for her parents and her papa, the decision of becoming catholic, the trip to the USA. It's also a culinary story this one, German food one of the most beloved and appreciated of the USA.
At the same time this tale tells also the story of Carly, her little son and her ex boyfriend a real stalker. But maybe thanks to Astrid and her optimism the future of this girl won't remain obscure for too much time!


I loved so badly to read this book, as always another great one by Barbour.

Highly suggested for sure for everyone!

I thank NetGalley and Barbour for this eBook.


Anna Maria Polidori


Christmas in Kilts: the writers confess their Christmas to our readers!

Sometimes I guess we are all very curious to understand how our favorite writers, movie-stars or singers spend their Christmas' season. What they do, their traditions, their special holiday.
Christmas is the taste of our family.

In this Q&A (I thank St.Martin's Press for this material) we will discover much more about the writers of Christmas in Kilts   published by St.Martin's Press.

So, enjoy their answers!


Terri Brisbin

When do the holidays official start for you?
Thanksgiving!
What's your favorite thing about the holidays?
Family! And now watching the grandkids celebrating!
Are there any holiday traditions you do every year without fail?
Our traditions have changed a bit as my sons married and grandkids began arriving. The one thing we still do is gather to decorate the Christmas tree at our house.
What's your favorite holiday movie?
Christmas Vacation and Elf   
Do you have a favorite holiday book?
I just love reading holiday romance anthologies!
What's your all-time favorite holiday song?
A Christmas Wrapping by the Waitresses
What's your favorite activity during fall or winter?
I love walking in my neighborhood after a new snow.
What's your favorite gift you've ever received or given?
My favorite gift was when I arranged a surprise family trip to Disney World for Christmas! It was hard but I succeed!
Do you have any items on your wish list this year?
None yet but there will be!
Any resolutions or goals for next year?
It's been a really difficult 2017 so my resolution for 2018 is to make sure my loved ones know they are...loved.


Lecia Cornwall

When do the holidays official start for you?
We officially call it Christmas the day of the Toronto Santa Claus Parade, which is in late November. We watch the parade on TV, have our first toast of eggnog, and enjoy the season's first batch of Very Special Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies. Then on the closest Saturday to December 13--that's my husband's birthday--we go out as a family to get our Christmas tree (we still have a real tree) and put it up. 
What's your favorite thing about the holidays?
Family and food.
Are there any holiday traditions you do every year without fail?
Christmas baking is a huge tradition for us. I make Very Special Christmas Chocolate Chip cookies, Quiche for Christmas breakfast, and Kulach (Ukrainian Christmas bread).
What's your favorite holiday movie?
Hard Question! The Bishop's Wife, perhaps, though Love Actually, White Christmas, and Polar Express are very close seconds (or thirds and fourths).
Do you have a favorite holiday book?
I have a small collection of Christmas books that my mother used to put out as decorations every year. When I was little, I loved the one about old fashioned Victorian Christmases, and I adored the gorgeous illustrations in a children's book called Once In Royal David's City. My mother also had a book of poetry and stories called 1000 Beautiful Things, which includes a story called The Other Wise Man by Henry Van Dyke. I'm not sure if it's the memory of my mother reading that story to me or the story itself I loved, but I still have the battered book, and treasure it.
What's your all-time favorite holiday song?
Another tough question! "Merry Christmas, Darling" by The Carpenters,
"J-I-N-G-L-E Bells" by Frank Sinatra, and anything from Loreena McKennitt's album To Drive The Cold Winter Away.
What's your favorite activity during fall or winter?
I love planning for the holidays, and being outdoors, that includes walking with my dog through the fall colours along the Bow River, baking and cooking for Thanksgiving (in mid-October in Canada), decorating the front porch for Halloween, raking leaves and putting the garden to bed for the winter, and stringing up the outdoor Christmas lights on one of the last nice fall weekends before it gets too cold (we don't turn them on until December 1, which was one of my father's rules). My now-grown kids still make ice luminaria for Christmas and New Year's Eve whenever it's cold enough outside to freeze a bucket of water (Try this, readers, they're gorgeous, and a little bit of Christmas magic in the dark. Fill a bucket with water. It freezes overnight, but the centre of the ice block stays liquid. Take the ice block out of the bucket, chip a hole in the top, pour out the water, and set the luminaria outside with a tea light candle inside).
What's your favorite gift you've ever received or given?
When I was first married, my in-laws gave us airline tickets so we could fly to Calgary to spend Christmas together as a family. Christmas with my own family growing up was usually very stressful, but my in-laws filled Christmas with love, laughter, warmth, and fun. Although my children are grown (aged 23 and 26), I've been fortunate enough to have them home for Christmas every year, and to me that's the best Christmas gift of all. 
Do you have any items on your wish list this year?
New books are always welcome or maybe just an extra shelf for my massive (and ever growing) to-be-read pile! There's also the traditional Miss America answer to this question--a wish for world peace--but doesn't it just seem more important than ever this year?
Any resolutions or goals for next year?
I always set goals in categories: personal, career, home/family, and new things I want to try. I'm usually good about achieving the career and family goals, but not so good at the personal or new ones. I already know that next year will be full of huge new challenges and opportunities for me, so at the moment my goal is to find my way through whatever comes with as much grace and balance as possible.




Bronwen Evans

When do the holidays official start for you?
Mid December
What's your favorite thing about the holidays?
Guilt free reading and being with my family. Even an author needs down time.
Are there any holiday traditions you do every year without fail?
Besides putting up my Christmas tree? I always make a pavlova with kiwi fruit for our Christmas day dessert. Remember it's summer in New Zealand.
What's your favorite holiday movie?
I have three - Love Actually (one of my favourite movies of all time) and Die Hard and Lethal Weapon. I love action movies.
Do you have a favorite holiday book?
No, but I will say one Christmas a friend kept telling me to read JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood as I had never read it. So I decided to read book 1. Well, over the Christmas break I read all 12 in a row!
What's your all-time favorite holiday song?
Mary's Boy Child by Boney M
What's your favorite activity during fall or winter?
Well, it's summer in New Zealand at Christmas, and I love simply getting out my Kindle, pulling up my lounger, and lying by my pool reading a great romance book.
What's your favorite gift you've ever received or given?
I love giving, who doesn't. So I usually give anonymous gifts to my friends children. I knew one child was saving for a present but would be short, so I sent him a card with money in it from Santa. Seeing his joy was priceless. My most memorable gift was when I was 7 and I got my first puppy. I'll never forget seeing his little nose poking over the edge of the box and hearing his little barks.
Do you have any items on your wish list this year?
Not really. I have a book wish list and at least everyone knows I'm easy to buy for.
Any resolutions or goals for next year?
I haven't thought about it yet, but I usually just wish for my family to be happy and healthy.




May McGoldrick

When do the holidays official start for you?
The holiday season has no start or end in our house. We are a multi-cultural and multi-denominational family. One holiday hands off the fun to the next...and the next...and the next...And then we start again! Our full name is 'May Your Holidays be Endless McGoldrick'! (You can call us 'Festive' for short.)
What's your favorite thing about the holidays?
Family get-togethers
Are there any holiday traditions you do every year without fail?
Before Christmas, we have a 'Gingerbread House Night.' I always think simple...graham crackers, candies, some frosting for the roof of a quaint little cottage. My competitive and mildly cutthroat family members, however, build the Golden Gate Bridge, the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, the White House...
What's your favorite holiday movie?
Love, Actually
Do you have a favorite holiday book?
The Night Before Christmas
What's your all-time favorite holiday song?
Christmas is All Around You (Bill Nighy via The Troggs)
What's your favorite activity during fall or winter?
Pick your own peaches. Pick your own apples. Pick your own pumpkin. Cut your own Christmas tree. And reading.
What's your favorite gift you've ever received or given?
For all the years our sons were young, we hid Christmas gifts all over the house. Assembly and wrapping took place after the boys were asleep on Christmas Eve. I remember the year when I used the last bit of wrapping paper while congratulating myself on my precision and planning. What I didn't know was that Jim had yet to wrap my gifts.
The next day, we all lined up on the stairs and then raced down to see what Santa left for everyone. The most charming gift was sitting under the tree. A large black trash bag containing Nikoo's gifts...tied up with a bow.
Do you have any items on your wish list this year?
A cottage on the beach in Southern California. Jim says, "Keep writing."
Any resolutions or goals for next year?
Smile every day.
Write every day.
Make others happy.










































Christmas in Kilts by Terri Brisbain, Lecia Cornwall, Brownwen Evans, Lavinia Kent, May McGoldrick

Christmas in Kilts   by Terri Brisbain, Lecia Cornwall, Brownwen Evans, Lavinia Kent, May McGoldrick is a book containing a bunch of wonderful romantic tales! written by great authors. I know you will fall in love for all these romantic story.

The book presents A Highlander's  Hope by Terri Brisbin, then A Highland Christmas Wager by Lecia Cornwall, continuing with
A Scot For Christmas by Bronwen Evans, and ending with two other fabulous tales: Leftover Mistletoe by Lavinia Kent and Sweet Home Highland Christmas by May McGoldrick.
All these tales are historicals, so if you also love to mix romance and history, in particular in a fairy land like Scotland is, this book is for you!

I thank NetGalley and St.Martin's Press for this ebook!

Anna Maria Polidori



lunedì, dicembre 11, 2017

You are Chosen Inspiration to Reassure your Soul by Darlene Sala

Sometimes in life you are not chosen. Work, sport, partners, you are put aside, and it seems that there is always someone better than you.
The author talks of her past in the local sport team of the school and I smiled. Like her I was chosen at the end not being into sport a lot.

In this book, You are Chosen Inspiration to Reassure your Soul by Darlene Sala by Barbour, you will understand that you are not alone, and that God has chosen you from the first moment of your existence, when you were just still a little egg penetrated by a sperm in the belly of a girl and you started to become a creature of God.
You had to be here and just for this reason your existence deserves all the best.

If sometimes this society can't appreciate everyone God surely appreciate the gifts He donated to you, all your potentialities and He is close to you in every second of your existence, also when you think that He is distant and distracted.

Many example of common men and women about God's Touch in their existence.

Another wonderful book by Barbour for reflecting about God's Word and its impact in our existence.

I thank NetGalley and Barbour for this ebook!

Anna Maria Polidori

3-Minute Devotions for the Workplace 180 Inspiring Readings by Pamela L. McQuade

3-Minute Devotions for the Workplace 180 Inspiring Readings
by Pamela L. McQuade   by Barbour Publishing is an inspiring religious book written for reflecting about work in a religious way, in a daily basis. You can bring this book at work, and when there is a moment of relax, you can enjoy to read some of this devotionals like also you can do that once returned home or before you leave your house for going to work, for trying to stay focused on a certain matter, problem that maybe that days is interesting you.

We know the complexity of work in our times and the sadness of a precarious job. When we work the ability of developing a good collaboration with all our colleagues. This book is for you but also for whoever you will want to share it with.
Work has a great sacrality and read under God's Word is stunningly beauty and intense.

You will be refreshed and comforted once you will read these devotionals, plenty of new  hope for the present and the future.

I thank NetGalley and Barbour for this beautiful eBook!


Anna Maria Polidori

venerdì, dicembre 08, 2017

Recluse Millionaire, Reluctant Bride by Sun Chara

The beauty of Sun Chara's books is the happiness that you breath reading them and the enthusiasm they spread, because there is a constant vein of optimism.
Love,a mix of attraction, sex, friendship and complicity will win against all adversities.

These stories are very good, positive sexy, mostly dreaming and in grade to capture the attention of romantic readers for a moment of relax.

Sun Chara's latest book released today Recluse Millionaire, Reluctant Bride tells the story of a fascinating millionaire, a recluse millionaire, Stan Rogers, who is forced to meeting again her old sexy and exotic  love Stella Ryan because of a legal problem: the custody of his son.
Of course between them there is still electricity, and they are who knows? maybe still in love. Sure Stella remembers her past with him, but she also knows her feelings for this man.

What will happen between them during the following days? I can't tell you all the story, but this book won't present any sad and unhappy end be sure of it! So if you want to read a sexy, romantic novel, this book is for you.

I can tell you I am affectionate to Sun because one of my first authors interviewed years ago.
She is a Harper Impulse writer and the book launched her career as a writer was Manhattan Millionaire's Cinderella.
She also appeared on stage and movies in  How the Other Half Loves, General Hospital, and McGee and Me.

Wishing happy reading to everyone! I thank NetGalley and Harper-Impulse for this eBook.







Anna Maria Polidori

Santa's Countdown to Christmas 24 Days of Stories A Storytelling Twist on the Timeless Advent Tradition by Kim Thompson Illustrated by Elodie Duhameau

Santa's Countdown to Christmas 24 Days of Stories A Storytelling Twist on the Timeless Advent Tradition by Kim Thompson Illustrated by Elodie Duhameau is a charming, beautiful book for children with 24 little tales starting on Dec first, for discovering what happens to the North Pole during the days of the so-called human Advent, our Christian Season of preparation to the arrival of little Jesus Christ. In particular taken in consideration the days from Dec 1st to the 24th.

Also the North Pole during this season, it's in ferment because this one the busiest moment of the year. Everyone from Santa to his elves to the rest of Santa's "staff" work for the creation of another beautiful Christmas for all the children of this world.

You will discover Santa busy while receiving and reading e-mails and letters with gifts-requests and falling in love for kids' drawing (PS: don't forget to send to Santa beautiful drawings, he seems to appreciate them so badly!), how presents and gifts are created with great cure.
You will understand Santa can't resist at some sweet chocolate cookies, but also that for Dec 24th everything must be ready for the most amazing trip of all the time and... space, because Santa in one night will bring to all the good children of the world some gifts.
It's a magical gift this one.

A so tender, beautiful book, it will warm your children's heart and these cold winter-days of waiting 'till at the arrival of  HO HO HO Santa Claus! on Christmas' Eve.

Highly suggested to all the children of this world!

I thank NetGalley for this ebook!



Anna Maria Polidori