Gracie’s Special Reading List
“Gracie’s Special Reading List” shares self-published or independently published books, often by authors who have sites here at WordPress. This is to promote other indie writers who also have something valuable to contribute.

Unlike our other book posts, this one will not have a full review from my chickens because I’m saving it to be their Christmas Eve story. But I did share this description with them from the back of the book:

Emmie the Elf works hard, running errands and sweeping out reindeer stalls, but Santa’s newest helper still finds herself grounded on Christmas Eve. Can Emmie prove she’s capable of higher things in time for next Christmas?

“A Year Before Christmas” by Cathy Cade

Here are their first impressions based on just the small amount of information I’ve given them.

“I am eager to hear this story on Christmas Eve. We did get a sneak peak of the Dedication Page, and we all agreed that Digger is adorable.” Gracie

“Yes, the Dedication Page said Digger wasn’t afraid of Christmas crackers. At first I thought it would be silly to be afraid of crackers. You just eat them, but then I learned that Christmas crackers mean something completely different in England where Digger and the author live.” Bessie

“It sounds like Emmie and I have a lot in common. I can do more than what others think I can do. I was able to sneak a peak inside the book and there was a funny looking guy wearing sunglasses and a hat. You know I’m going to love hearing all about that because I love hats and costumes!” Pearl

“Emmie’s name sounds a lot like mine, so I know I will enjoy this story. The part about cleaning out reindeer stalls sounds icky. Ew! But I’ll bet she still does it in a very lady-like way.” Emily

“There are supposed to be flying things in this story, so I’m really looking forward to learning about them and about faraway places like the North Pole. I also like that this is a story told as a poem. I like poetry. A lot.” Amelia

“A Year Before Christmas” is available through Amazon in the U.S. and  Amazon in the UK and would make a great stocking-stuffer gift.

Cathy is one of several writers in the same writing group named The Whittlesey Wordsmiths, and many have websites. You can find Cathy at “Writing Wrinkles” and her friends Wendy at “Wendy Wordsmith” and Phil at “Fenland Phil’s Blog”. Take some time to visit their writing websites because I think you will enjoy them.

The Whittlesey Wordsmiths have also published other books on Amazon, so you may want to do a search there for “Whittlesey Wordsmiths” to view all of their books.

Just so you know, “My Life With Gracie” isn’t getting anything from sharing any of these books with you. We don’t collect anything if you click the Amazon links here. Some websites work that way, but for us, it’s about supporting independent writers even when it’s not what we write! Best wishes to all of the Whittlesey Wordsmiths!

15 thoughts on “Gracie’s Special Reading List…“A Year Before Christmas” by Cathy Cade

  1. Bless you for that mention.
    Digger was a special dog who was brought up with cats and only wanted to play with them – and the swans on the lake and the birds in the yard. (We knew she only wanted to play with the birds because when one was sick she just sniffed it and barked to let us know). Sadly most cats she met (and birds) didn’t realise this and ran away from her.
    Digger’s friend, Pickle was always frightened of the bangs in crackers and poppers and fireworks, but now she is deaf and they don’t worry her any more.
    I hope your chickens enjoy Emmie’s story; I’m sure they’ll have a great Christmas.

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  2. Emmie really is a very special elf as is the talented young lady, Cathy who wrote her story. Cathy has a book of short stories in the pipeline. Cathy has edited and got our latest book A following Wind print ready for the Wordsmiths.
    Thank you for the links to our blogs it is extremely kind of you and really appreciated. I join Cathy in wishing you and your feathered family a really great Christmas.

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    1. Thanks so much for the mention! One of these years, I may just try making a traditional Christmas Pudding. I was surprised to discover this is not a pudding at all, as we Americans use the word, but it actually a delicious-looking cake!


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