Showing posts from December, 2014

Wait, what? It's Almost 2015???


When I started writing this "Favorite Books of 2014" post, I realized I hadn't read very much this year. Granted, I did polish off seven full-sized novels and four short stories, a smattering of entries in anthologies, a novella or two, several monthly magazines, and a god-knows-how-many online news articles.

But still not very many books for a bibliophile.

I had a good reason, though.

I finished writing and editing two novels of my own.

During the writing process, I'm very careful what I read, so it doesn't break my concentration on the novel at hand. It's sort of like method acting. I surround myself with things that keep me in the mood of the piece I am writing, whether they be books, music, or movies. Anything to keep in touch with the muse, right?

So, although my list is small, I truly enjoyed most of what I read in 2014. Here are my top five favorites.

1. Longbourn by Jo Baker.

A Jane Austen "Upstairs, Downstairs"…

Holiday Wishes 2014


When the kids were young, I felt overwhelmed by the holidays. So much to do. So much festivity to host. So much magic to create. Work parties. Family parties. Friend parties. Classroom parties. New Year’s Eve parties.

To mitigate such a schedule required supreme organizational skills, but hey, I wasn’t the editor-in-chief for my personality. I was the organizer-in-chief, and that definitely spilled into my personal life. Some called me “anal,” but I prefer to think of it as “competent.”

In the past, by this time, all the presents were wrapped and under the tree, at least five double batches of cookies had been baked plus fudge and/or chocolate-covered pretzels with assorted holiday sprinkles, the cards were sent, the decorations up, and the kids had seen Santa and took the precious picture upon the jolly one’s lap.

Granted, I don’t think my sons, now ages 15 and 20, would appreciate the Santa shot, but besides that, I have done nothing else on that list …

Monday Mishmash: Chaos in December


Happy Monday! I'm borrowing an idea from my blogger friend and YA/middle-grade author Kelly Hashway this morning. Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind this morning.

1. Pre-orders.A Groovy Kind of Love is now available for pre-order at Amazon, Smashwords, iTunes, and Kobo. The paperbacks are almost ready as well, but as with all best-laid plans, are taking longer than I ever could have thought possible and I'm trying not to obsess about it. Suffice to say, the vein in my neck is growing larger by the day.

2. Holiday shopping. Down with a nasty cold for the last four days, days on which I was supposed to be out gathering gifts for loved ones, I am no where near done. It's okay, though. I have big hopes for this week.

3. Blog Tours. While I was sick, I was able to start work on Groovy's blog tours that will run fro…

I Need a Little Christmas


Now that everything in this house is fixed so far (knocks on wood to avoid further calamity), here are a couple of things I learned from a week that included little to no water usage (needed to get the black stack routed out), a pre-lit tree with only half the lights working, and the heat going out.

1. I love showers. This is why I do not camp.
2. Dishwashers are gifts from the gods.
3. Real Christmas trees are amazingly wonderful.
4. I love showers.
5. Electronic starters for heating units suck and go out occasionally, striking fear in the hearts of many homeowners. The good, old-fashioned pilot light was a much more reliable system.
6. I love showers.

To get in the Christmas spirit, I offer an excerpt from my holiday short story, "A Bibliophile Christmas," on sale on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Smashwords, and Kobo all month for just 99¢.

A Bibliophile Christmas
By Karen Wojcik Berner

“God rest ye merry, gentlemen. Let nothing you dismay……

Cyber Monday vs. Black Friday

I'm blogging over at today on that very issue—Cyber Monday vs. Black Friday.  Here's the link.

Which do you prefer?