Enter to win a copy of Christmas Ghost Stories: A Collection of Winter Tales by Mark Onspaugh!
How about you skip the story and just hand over the treats?
I've met so many interesting people since I started Farmgirl Fare back in 2005. Take my friend Tobey Crockett for example. She's a transformational coach who lives on the "idyllic central coast of California" and offers everything from business coaching and marketing consulting to White Heart Readings using her one of a kind, handmade modern Tarot deck.
Tobey spends a lot of her free time in various Native American and indigenous ceremonies, and during last summer's devastating heat and drought she even asked a shaman friend to do a spiritual investigation and see if a rain ceremony would work for our farm and the surrounding area.
She and I have been e-mailing sporadically for years, but I didn't discover until recently that her husband, Mark Onspaugh, is a writer. He's been nominated for a prestigious Pushcart Prize and is delighted to have been compared to his favorite authors, Ray Bradbury and Stephen King.
Mark's new book, Christmas Ghost Stories: A Collection of Winter Tales, features 16 "sometimes funny, sometimes scary, and occasionally bittersweet stories that can be read alone or sewn together and are perfect for sharing aloud by the fire or cuddling with someone (or something!) toasty on a moonless December night." After just a few pages, I was longing for candlelight, hot cocoa, a cozy quilt, and somebody reading to me.
Christmas Ghost Stories: A Collection of Winter Tales is 186 pages and is available in paperback from amazon for $9.99 (hello, stocking stuffer!), or on Kindle for just $2.99.
Read more and enter to win a copy below. . .
Is this a book for kids? Since my experience with kids is mostly of the four-footed variety, I asked Tobey. She said, "I'd say about 50% of the book is family friendly with about 25% funny stories, four original fairy tales from the shadowy Black Forest, and plenty of romance sprinkled in too. Reading or telling ghost stories in the dark of winter is an ancient tradition and the Victorians apparently told them at Christmas as well.
"There is no gore (some blood in one or two) and even the darkest tales would probably be fine for today's horror knowledgeable tweens and older. But a few are indeed a touch scary or strange in that weirdling sense a la Ray Bradbury—as they should be!"
Would you like to win a paperback copy of Christmas Ghost Stories? To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below telling us something—anything!—about ghost stories or Christmas stories or holiday storytelling traditions. One entry per person, please. You can enter through next Wednesday, December 12th, and I'll pick a random winner.
**You must include your e-mail address in your comment in order to win, otherwise I have no way to get a hold of you.** It won't be used for anything except to contact the winner. To avoid spam bots, you can leave it like this: farmgirlfare AT gmail DOT com. I moderate comments so yours may not show up right away. Sorry, but the book can only be shipped to a U.S. address.
And now if you'll excuse me, I need to get back into the kitchen and finish baking about five kinds of holiday cookies and then start preparing the kitchen garden for some really cold weather. Winter has arrived on the farm!