Monday, November 19, 2012

A Reason to Give Thanks

By Evelyn David

That's the title of a new short story collection we published last week – as well as how I'm feeling at the start of the holiday season.

Hurricane Sandy totally threw off my calendar. I lost a week when we didn't have power (although I did read some great books by candlelight), so it was a total surprise when my daughter started talking about our Thanksgiving menu. Turkey Day already? Didn't we just have the Fourth of July? Hot dogs and hamburgers anyone?

So I had to start from scratch, so to speak. Restock the fridge and try to figure out what to make besides the obvious gobbler, which personally I could do without. I love all the sides, but really don't care that much for turkey. Still, this is a family steeped in tradition, so turkey it is.

Anyway, it's so very easy to get caught up in the minutiae of a holiday. This one likes Brussel sprouts, this one would rather die than eat one – you all know the drill. In the midst of all the prep, it struck me that if I had learned nothing from my week without power (besides needing to buy a generator!), it's that I actually have so very much for which to be thankful, with or without electricity.

I am blessed with a wonderful family, a writing partner who is also my friend, a delightful, supportive literary community – what else do I need (save perhaps chocolate?).

Rhonda and I hope you enjoy our holiday confection, A Reason to Give Thanks. It features two Brianna Sullivan paranormal holiday stories; one Mac Sullivan Christmas mystery; a frothy romance centered around Thanksgiving; and a short-short that will intrigue and maybe haunt you! (Note: collection includes previously published Evelyn David holiday-themed short stories and novellas).

A Reason to Give Thanks includes: Giving Thanks in Lottawatah, Bah, Humbug in Lottawatah, Moonlighting at the Mall, The Fortune Teller's Face, A Reason to Give Thanks, Sneak Peek – Murder Off the Books, Sneak Peek – I Try Not to Drive Past Cemeteries

A Reason to Give Thanks

Most of all, we want to wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Marian and Rhonda, the collective Evelyn David

Sullivan Investigations Mystery
Murder Off the Books Kindle - Nook - Smashwords - Trade Paperback
Murder Takes the Cake Kindle - Trade Paperback (exclusive to Amazon)
Riley Come Home (short story)- Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Moonlighting at the Mall (short story) - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords

Zoned for Murder
Kindle Trade Paperback

Brianna Sullivan Mysteries - e-book series
I Try Not to Drive Past Cemeteries- Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
The Dog Days of Summer in Lottawatah- Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
The Holiday Spirit(s) of Lottawatah- Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Undying Love in Lottawatah- Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
A Haunting in Lottawatah - Kindle (exclusive to Amazon this month)
Lottawatah Twister - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Missing in Lottawatah - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Good Grief in Lottawatah - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Summer Lightning in Lottawatah - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords

The Ghosts of Lottawatah - trade paperback collection of the Brianna e-books
Book 1 - I Try Not to Drive Past Cemeteries (includes the first four Brianna e-books)
Book 2 - A Haunting in Lottawatah (includes the 5th, 6th, and 7th Brianna e-books)

Love Lessons - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords


  1. Thanksgiving did catch us all off guard, didn't it? I'm finished shopping and looking forward to the best day of the year, in my opinion. :-) I am grateful for your friendship and support! Maggie

  2. Thanks Maggie. I'm grateful for your friendship, for sure!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


  3. I'm grateful for the pleasure you bring in your writing and your friendliness on line :) It is a gift to me.

  4. Thank you so much Lil. You have given us such wonderful support -- we are so glad you are part of our community!

    Marian and Rhonda

  5. Marian and Rhonda, thank you. I'm grateful to have had a chance to get to know you here on The Stiletto Gang.

    The reason I've been a bad blog sister and not been ocmmenting on blog entries is that my computer crashed big time. (Let it be known that it was the dog who did it.) I've had no computer access, except for short times during the day at the local library where there's so much demand for the computers that they have to limit any one person's usage severely. My IT consultant son is trying to repair it, and I'm truly thankful to have such a wonderful resource within the family--and also that everything but emails was backed up.

    I will have my blog for Friday, though I may have to email to Rhonda to post since I only have access to some of my emails and may not have the passwords.

    It makes me realize how grateful I am for the modern technology we have--and want it back ASAP!

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  6. Linda, thanks so much for the kind comment. We treasure your friendship and insight.

    Sorry about the computer crash. When we were without power, I realized how much I count on my Internet connection.

    May the repair be swift and easy -- and best wishes for a happy holiday!!

    Marian and Rhonda