Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Thanksgiving Traditions

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What's new with Ashleigh?

First of all, I would like to apologize because odds are, you are receiving this email on the wrong day. Why?

Well, that's going to depend on which newsletter you are receiving. Tuesday, I was unable to send my newsletter because of a minor health scare. (It's okay. I'm fine, or at least getting there. But I was unable to work Monday evening and all day Tuesday. I'm still not feeling 100% right now, but I really wanted to send this newsletter.) Thursday is Thanksgiving and Friday we will be travelling. So, I decided to send all my newsletters today. (Except my Monday one. You guys got me before I starting feeling ill.)

My second apology is for those of you reading my Choose Your Own Path stories. My Monday middle grade one went out no problems because that entire story is already written. I just had to find it on my computer, copy the story, and paste it into my email. The other three stories? Well, as you know, I write those every week based on your votes. However, last week, I just couldn't do it.

It's not that I don't love writing for you all. I really do. It's one of the many things for which I am grateful this Thanksgiving.

However, as you know, my family must come first.

My two oldest children are currently in eighth grade (#2 skipped a grade and is in the same grade as #1). Last year, I asked if they would like to attend "real" school for high school. They continued saying no until about a month ago. As soon as we started looking, we learned that we didn't have much time. Most of the schools they like had application deadlines last week.

So, instead of writing my CYOP stories, I was filling out half a dozen application forms, as well as all the associated financial aid applications.

I'm hoping to have the CYOP stories back by next week. However, now that applications are (mostly) submitted, it's time to focus on Thanksgiving and its traditions.

And I want to know:
What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?

Choose Your Own Path Stories

The Detention Adventure is an interactive young adult story.

Have you been following along? If not, here's a quick recap.

The Detention Adventure

Hartfield Chronicles

Hartford Chronicles

Hartfield Chronicles follows the lives of Melinda, Pat, and their friends as they navigate their way through boarding school life.

Each episode features two stories, one from Melinda's point of view and one from Pat's, along with an excerpt from Melinda's writing journal.

New episodes are published every Wednesday.

How do Pat & Melinda celebrate Thanksgiving?

Free Books

Dreamland Part 1

Dreamland Part 1
The Fabric of Dreams

A world of imagination. A child of prophecy. With evil on the horizon, can he save a wondrous land?

For as long as he can remember, Eric has always had vivid dreams. When the lines start to blur between sleep and reality, he and his parents begin a desperate hunt for answers. But after he slips into a coma, Eric enters an amazing enchanted dimension where he’s forced to fulfil an ancient destiny and defeat a nightmarish enemy.

Discovering he possesses incredible powers, Eric begins a punishing training schedule with an eccentric queen to ready himself for battle against his dangerous foe. Faced with aliens, dinosaurs, and vicious gargoyles, this young hero must master his gift quickly if he’s to defend the realm from a terrible fate.

Can Eric destroy the coming doom and rescue a kingdom of magic?

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Bad Elf and the Krampus

Bad Elf and the Krampus
A Twisted Christmas Tale

A Goth-elf, Jack is not like most other elves at The Pole. He hates the cold. Hates making toys. And he thinks Santa might be just a little bit too stingy with the coal.

Afraid he might belong to a darker side of Christmas, Jack dreams of running away while Santa is out delivering presents. He steals the Naughty List, planning to use it as a map to find his Christmas demon idol, Krampus, who travels the world Christmas Eve to punish all the Naughty Children.

But Jack’s dream sets him on an adventure that turns nightmarish. Using Goth-kids as bait, Jack finally meets his idol and discovers that he is on Krampus’ Naughty List. And Krampus doesn't play nice. At all. As a matter of fact, Krampus is downright evil…attacking Santa and dragging Jack’s kinda-sorta girlfriend, Candi, into the underworld. Can Jack rescue them and the Naughty Children in time to save Christmas?

If he pulls it off, Jack just might get a Christmas surprise bigger than anything he could have ever wished for. But as he would say, this holiday is just…so…extra.

Bad Elf and The Krampus is a humorous Yuletide tale. If you enjoy unlikely heroes, wild rides, and a splash of dark fun, then you’ll love John Rae’s rollicking adventure. Buy Bad Elf and The Krampus today, or you just might end up on Krampus’ Naughty list!

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