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Vanessa Davis Griggs --- author of eight novels, including GOODNESS AND MERCY --- can still remember the very first books she'd owned as a child. While they weren't spectacular pieces of literature, she explains below just how much they meant to her then, and what they still represent for her today.
This afternoon, Kat Martin details how a stirring romance novel gifted to her years ago helped shape the kind of fiction she writes, and directly influenced her latest holiday-themed novel, THE CHRISTMAS CLOCK. Over the years, I’ve received dozens of books as holiday gifts: coffee table books, self-help books, non-fiction, and novels that strictly entertain.
Truman Capote's heartbreaking short story, "A Christmas Memory," is a perennial favorite around this time of year, and Jill McCorkle --- author of GOING AWAY SHOES --- explains why she's given countless copies as holiday presents over the years.
Mary Burton --- whose latest thriller, DYING SCREAM, hits stores tomorrow --- describes the simplest gifts that conjure fond memories of Christmases past.
Marie Bostwick --- co-author of SNOW ANGELS, featured in
Today's guest blogger is Kaitlin O'Riley, author of DESIRE IN HER EYES.
Newt Gingrich, who recently co-authored TO TRY MEN’S SOULS: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom, details his nearly impossible Christmas wish for a literary rarity in a story that ends in a true holiday fashion
Suzan Colón, author of CHERRIES IN WINTER, thinks back to the special relationship she shared with her grandfather, and the parallels between her own life and that of Johanna Spyri's titular character, HEIDI.
Oftentimes, as adults, we revisit the books we've read as children and come away with an entirely new understanding of old, familiar stories.
Today's guest blogger is Celia Rivenbark, a humor columnist and the author of five essay collections including STOP DRESSING YOUR SIX YEAR OLD LIKE A SKANK, WE'RE JUST LIKE YOU, ONLY PRETTIER,