Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas "Picks" and Kid's Books Holiday Blog Hop

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When I was young, my sister and I would begin to watch for the Sears and Roebuck and Montgomery Wards Christmas catalogs to arrive in the mail -- yes, I am that old, and yes, most folks referred to it as Monkey Wards, but we didn't.  To us, those catalogs meant serious business.  For my sister and me, and even our mom, getting those catalogs in the mail gave us an excuse to plop down on the sofa in the den (preferably with a fire in the fireplace and a cup of cocoa on the coffee table), and "pick."



That's right.  Mom, the page-turner, would be in the middle with the catalog on her lap as we girls, sitting on either side, would stab our forefingers at a particular item on each page.  Of course it was a race to see who could pick the best item first.  No one could pick the same thing. 

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Mostly, the afternoon dissolved into giggles and dares--especially in the underwear sections--and after we were finished, we would get out the ball point pens and circle the things we really wanted.  It was great fun.  And needless to say, it sparked many conversations around the dinner table, to which my stepfather, Bull, would often say: "You girls are just silly."  Hmmm, so we are.  But what fun we had.

Reading together is another treasured memory from my childhood.  I think that's why I tend to write Middle Grade fiction more than any other.

This week, from December 7th to December 10th, join me for a Kid's Books Holiday blog hop.  My ebook, The Phantom Pilot, is FREE to borrow in the Kindle Select Program on Amazon.  And if you like it, maybe you will want to check out the sequel, The Phantom Student--I will be giving away a signed paperback copy to one of the commenter's on this blog during the blog hop.  


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Grand Prize Giveaway!

As part of the Kid's Books Holiday Blog Hop we are also giving away a $30 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner. To enter, just leave a comment on this blog along with your email address and you will be in the running to win. You can enter on all of the blogs – that will give you multiple chances to win!

The Giveaway starts 12/7/12 and ends 12/10/12 at midnight. The winner will be notified on the afternoon of 12/11/12.
 Good luck!
  


Click here to visit the other blogs ~ you are bound to find a gift for someone on your list!



Afterthought: Happy Birthday, Mom.  You're always in our hearts.



22 comments:

  1. Ann - Love this post! I used to do this when I was little too - couldn't wait to look at all the toys in the catalog. As for Montgomery Wards - I was actually a "Wendy Ward Pacesetter Model" for the store in my teens. (This really ages me!) They had their own modeling program and we'd do the buyer's shows, mall fashion shows, etc.
    Have a great blog hop!

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    1. Deanna, that is awesome. I probably "picked" you at some point. LOL

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  2. Aww, my sisters and I loved poring over the Sears and Ward's catalogs, too, making our "wish list." :)I want to be entered to win your book! (Yea, the gift card would be nice, but your autograph would mean more.) So here's my "public" email: khuthjones@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks so much "twin." We have so much in common, we could be sisters!

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  3. My daughter actually read the Phantom Pilot, loved it and is now on The Phantom Student - great job Ann - she's not a huge reader and she absolutely loves these books - as an 11 year old, I think she relates to Stevie!

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    1. So happy to hear that ~ thrilled, actually! Thanks for sharing. I hope you guys visit the other blogs and find some more books to read (or perhaps to WIN)!

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  4. Ann, thanks for the invite though Goodreads. My first grandchild won't be here til next March however I have several young nieces and nephews that love to read. They can use their Amazon gift cards for your books, I'll definitely mention them to the kids.

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    1. Sounds great, Michael. You will also be entered in the giveaways. Thanks for stopping by! (And congrats on the upcoming grandchild ... I have a whole passel and they really do change your world!)

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  5. Nice post :) For me, it was the JCPenney catalog. I loved sifting through it and picking out what I wanted to put on my Hanukkah list. Thanks for the wonderful memory!

    Andrea
    andipandi10@msn.com

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    1. I love that, Andrea! Thanks for sharing (and good luck in the drawings).

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  6. Thanks for the invite Ann! Great post. Unfortunately, where I was born (Zimbabwe), we didn't have catalogues, so my family never did this. It sounds like is was great fun.

    lynnsbookreviews2@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Lynn. I would love to hear about some of your holiday memories!

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  7. Oh, how I loved that Sears holiday catalogue!
    This is such a great blog hop, and am so glad I was incluced!

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    1. It is a great hop! Thanks for stopping by, Jinx!

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  8. I remember flipping through the Sear's catalog as a child with my brother lying on the floor at my grandparents house!
    robertachorn(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Those were the days! Thanks for stopping by. =)

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  9. Some great memories, of the times spent pouring through the pages...wishing...and dreaming. Thanks for the memories! (And the giveaway).
    :o)
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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    1. And thanks for stopping by... you are entered!

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  10. WE loved the Sears wish book too! and the S & H greenstamps catalog as that's how mom got many of our gifts. Rhonda
    rhonda_nash_hall@comcast.net

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    1. Oh my gosh, yes! I got my daughter's crib with S&H Greenstamps. 40 books. I had relatives from all over sending them to me to get her a crib. Great times!

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  11. Ha, I'm not a child anymore but I still sometimes check out some catalogs and pick a favorite item on every page :)

    swordlily_girl[at]yahoo[dot]com

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