Every year, it seems as if the Christmas gift list gets longer and longer, but the Christmas budget doesn't grow to match. So each year, we try to come up with a creative way to give everyone on our list gifts without breaking the bank. Last year, the year our son was born, I found $1 Christmas journals, bought 5 rolls of double-sided tape and ordered multiple copies of all of his cutest photos from birth. A few hours of taping and voila personalized photo albums for the entire family.
But, we didn't want to repeat ourselves this year so we had to find another option. We came up with three.
1) Personalized short stories. (Courtesy of my mother-in-law who provided a list of elements she wanted included in the story.)
2) Personalized poems. (I expanded on idea #1 since my step-father-in-law loves poems. Hope he's not reading this since it will ruin the surprise. But, even if he is, he has no idea what the poem is about.)
3) Bargain books. Hubby and I love to dig through the clearance bins at our local bookstores to see what treasures we can find for under $5. I also search online and have received half of my orders already. Christmas shopping 50% done!
E-books are a great gift as well. Below are the blurbs for my two short stories available through The Wild Rose Press for $2.
His Ship, Her Fantasy:
Ellie Woods is in love…with a ship. When an argument with the ship results in a bump on the head, she finds herself in the strong arms of Alastair. But, who is he, and where did he come from?
Alastair has loved Ellie from afar for years, but duty has kept him from revealing himself to her. When a grave threat reveals his true identity, he hopes that Ellie will choose reality over fantasy.
His Hope, Her Salvation
Promised in marriage to an abusive oaf, Judith resolves to find out if there can be passion without love. Snatches of conversation overheard at the local inn lead her to a mysterious American merchant who might be able to satisfy her carnal curiosity and capture her heart.
Donovan, a Guardian Hunter, is on the trail of a rogue Elysian in Georgian England. As the son of the First Hunter, he long ago gave up hope of finding his heart's mate. When Judith appears in his study, his inner beast and his heart demand he answer her plea for help.
Will their passion answer their hearts' pleas, or will it wither under the threat of reality?