Showing posts from December, 2013

Yuletide 2013

Thank you for spending time with me this year. I truly appreciate all of you and look forward to a 2014 filled with discussing great books, new takes on the classics, and many other bibliophilic adventures. Who knows, maybe the new year will herald the return of Editing for Grammarphobes???
I'm going to take the next two weeks off to spend time with my family. Hope you enjoy all of the celebrations of the season. See you in January!
Wishing you fun, laughter, inspiration, and a touch of magic both now and throughout the new year. 
Happy Holidays, my friends.

Catherine's Christmas in Maine


As Christmas draws near, I thought I would share an excerpt from my second novel, Until My Soul Gets It Right, which follows farm girl Catherine Elbert as she bounces from coast to coast in search of her true self in a story about growing up, making peace with one’s past, and finding a little love along the way.

This chapter is Catherine's first Christmas away from her family's farm in Wisconsin.

Chapter Ten
By Karen Wojcik Berner

This year, Catherine Elbert would be celebrating her first Christmas as a free woman, far away from the farm. Since her only experiences were in Burkesville, Catherine had no idea what normal people did for the holidays. Did Mainers stuff lobsters? She chuckled to herself. She would find out soon enough at Patsy’s house tomorrow.
Fresh Christmas Trees. The lot was almost empty now except for a few half-dead scrawny pines.
“I’ll take the wreath, please.”
“Sure, miss. Merry Christmas to you.”

Classic Lit for the Holiday Season


My series, The Bibliophiles, delves into the lives of suburban classics book club members. In the first two novels, they have discussed such masterpieces as Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, As You Like It, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Tales, and The Scarlet Letter.

Now that the holiday season has rolled around, here are some of my recommendations for Christmas literature sure to inspire.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: This quintessential holiday story is still as relevant today as it was when Dickens wrote it in 1843. Although there are many wonderful screen adaptations, nothing beats reading the novella. Besides, you would miss out on such great prose and gorgeous descriptions as the ones below.

"External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he, no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty.&…

Books and Baubles: Holiday Tales for Your E-Reader

Books make excellent gifts, but I'm sure a bunch of Bibliophiles like you already know that.

They also can get us in the mood for the holiday season. One of my favorite things to do is cozy up in my favorite chair (the one with the best view of the Christmas tree) with a chai latte and a festive story.

So here's something you can do for yourself, a little treat just for you as a reward for all of the running around the holidays can bring.

Friend of the blog Karen Cantwell (author of the Barbara Marr series of cozy mysteries) and I have teamed up once again to pick a group of great stories for the Christmas season on BOOKS AND BAUBLES: HOLIDAY TALES FOR E-READER, all for under $5.

There are gift ideas, movie suggestions, and classic Christmas lit, too.

Two lucky winners will also receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Who couldn't use some extra cash around the holidays? Just click on the giveaway page to enter. Good luck!