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Friday, December 6, 2013

Twas the Late Night of Christmas by Ann Whitford Paul + GIVEAWAY!

Hi guys!
Welcome back to the holly jolliest place to be this holiday reading season….Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers. 

Okay, so the reading material isn’t ALWAYS Christmas oriented this month, but there are definitely smatterings of it throughout December and today’s featured title takes the cake, surveys the mess left behind and cleans it all up for a humorous delight perfect for readers of the older teen and adult set.  It’s a Picture Book (no lie!) that will have you laughing it up like Old St Nick as you nod in agreement and wish for a visit all your own.  Curious?  You should be…but I won’t leave you waiting under the bookish mistletoe any longer.  Today’s ebook of choice is…

Ann Whitford Paul
Illustrated by
Nancy Hayashi
eFrog Press

This is the story of what happens AFTER all the presents are opened, the food has been eaten and the family has run fresh out of jolly.  It tells the tale (*cough* the TRUTH *cough*) of a day well celebrated and the fallout experienced due to tuckered out kids, overstressed parents, and basically St. Nick run amuck with the happiness and joy but forgetful of who has to clean up the mess left behind.  Yep, that’s right!  Dear old Mom (or insert other parental/guardian figure here…even yourself!).   Though she’s been part and party to the fun, she’s the sole soul left behind in its wake to make things look right once again.  Yay Mom?  No worries though…St. Nick has a Missus as well and far be it from her to let the woman of the house, the exhausted-depleted-hot-cocoa-needing woman of the house do all the work by her lonesome.  Quick!  Someone grab some holiday themed super hero or rather HEROINE music because THE lady in red is coming to the rescue!

If you couldn’t tell from the title, hadn’t grasped it from the description, or couldn’t fathom it from the cover, this is a humorous ride through Christmas Day…night.  If you don’t find a bit of your own household in this new holiday tale, you’re either on a first name basis with Mrs. Claus already (go you!) or will be woefully wishing she pay you a visit this December the 25th…yet, again.  I know I am.  *ahem*  With witty rhymes, the author takes us for a new spin on the classic poem/story that usually foretells of the night BEFORE the holiday with humor and once again truth (which is often times the most funny) abounding.  Combine all of this with the fun illustrations and you have a tale that visually appeals to all ages but really speaks to the heart of the woman of the house regardless of age.

In conclusion, I would heartily recommend it to readers round the world as I do believe most can relate to this Mom’s plight and Mrs. Claus’ assistance in some fashion.  Try adding it to your holiday reading rotation and you may get more returns than an appreciation (though that’s always welcome)…you may get a few more helping hands!  ^_^  Ebook for review courtesy of Tricia at Ollie Media.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title as well as their full catalog, be sure to stop by their site, friend them on Facebook, or follow along on Twitter.  To learn more about the author behind this work as well as the title itself, seek thee out the official website of Ms. Ann Whitford Paul as well as that of Mrs. Saint Nick herself.  This title was released in both ebook and tree book formats this past November, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or online retailer of your choosing.  Speaking of which…

…how would YOU LIKE A CHANCE TO WIN a hardcopy of this endearing, enchanting, exactly-on-par-with-reality-and-yet-oh-so-cute-and-funny book?  WHOA whoa whoa there; rein in those horses, or rather reindeer.  I knew you’d be game but my goodness!  Did you sneak one too many of Santa’s cookies?  *wink*  Anywho…for a chance to win this FABULOUS title, courtesy of the great folks at Ollie Media and eFrog Press...

in the comments below! 

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, the Winter solstice, or something else altogether, there are traditions that are brought out of the proverbial holiday closet this time of year.  Share your favorite, whether it be wacky or classic, or if you’re drawing a blank or perhaps creating new traditions, share a favorite memory of holidays past for YOUR CHANCE TO WIN a hardcopy for your reading pleasure!  Who knows?  Maybe it will become part of a NEW holiday tradition for you and yours.

Until next time…GOOD LUCK…and happy reading!


Felicity Grace Terry said...

You don't mention if this is open internationally so I'm keeping my fingers crossed it is.

Every year I receive a box of Christmas crackers off my husband and like a big kid I itch to pull one the minute he brings them home but I'm not allowed to do so until Christmas Eve.

Just as Twas The Night Before Christmas is also a Christmas Eve tradition I'd love a copy of this to start another tradition.

Good look everyone.

Gina said...

Tracy: Checking into it Tracy. I wouldn't rule it out though. ^_^ Thanks for sharing your tradition...and way to go on the self control! LOL. Not sure I'd have it.

Gina said...

Attn all readers! THE CONTEST IS INTERNATIONAL! ONE WINNER. US WINNER WINS TREE COPY; INTL WINS ECOPY. Thanks to our sponser...and good luck everyone!

Tales of Whimsy said...

Count me in. :)

We started a new tradition of going to the Christmas tree farm this year to pick a tree. I loveeeed it.

Unknown said...

My holiday tradition is family Christmas dinner on Christmas Day followed by a full day of Christmas movies.

blew415 said...

We trim our trees after Thanksgiving dinner. We have 3 themed trees and rotate the themes each yr. This year it is hello kitto, lego, and harry potter!

Unknown said...

One of our traditions is to make a birthday cake for Jesus.

Patricia Wojnar Crowley said...

Our tradition is that all the kids get new pajamas on Christmas eve!

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