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Sunday
Dec252011

Twas the night before Christmas

Well, technically speaking, it’s 12:15 AM (just peeked at the clock) but I haven’t slept and am in full “Santa Mode.” Where are these elves that people speak of? If you see them, send them my way, as I have to don a headlamp and set up volleyball net in the front yard. In the wind, no less. Wish me luck.

Santa-wise, we’ve gone a little crazy in the realm of music in that we bought the music-playing children all new toys—a synthesizer, a double-neck guitar, and a digital drum kit (Lucas is tired of everyone yelling at him when he’s practicing). Plus we splurged on a PA system and a pair of microphones, for the complete garage band.

Speaking of music, here’s my favorite Christmas carol—The First Noel, arranged ala Pachelbel’s Canon.

Bookwise, it’s been a splendid year. Hotel has spent its second year on the NYT bestseller list, and will soon be available in 32 languages. Whodathunkit? 

As far as the new book it looks like 2013 is the soonest. The aforementioned Whispers of a Thunder God has been shelved in favor of the new book, with the working title, Summer’s Willow Frost. I’m hoping to have the new new book off to my editor come March/April.

And I have more book events in the works: Villanova, Savannah, Battle Creek, Maine, Delaware, and more to come.

Okay, enough of a respite. It’s back to wrapping, assembling, stuffing of stockings, and making sure the turkey isn’t frozen as solid as a curling stone.

Cheers, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah—much love and peace to all.

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Reader Comments (7)

This made me smile. My sweet (late) sister always heard this carol as: The First Noel....Was to FRIGHTEN poor shepherds...
When you think about it...Wouldn't they have been?
Merry Christmas, Jamie. Wishing you all the best in 2012.
December 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohanna Moran
The First Noel is my all time favorite. Great post and great video. Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

- Kevin W.
December 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCalendar Printing
I just finished your book and just had to take a minute to tell you how much I enjoyed it. Loved it, really. I enjoy books with true historical accuracy which honestly opens my eyes to history thats schools and college glossed over. I love the details. Great work. Looking forward to your next book! We've recently moved from Delaware to Oregon. We haven't visited Seattle yet, but know that I'll be trekking my touristy self over to a few of the places mentioned! Thanks for a great read!
January 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
I just finished your book and just had to take a minute to tell you how much I enjoyed it. Loved it, really. I enjoy books with true historical accuracy which honestly opens my eyes to history thats schools and college glossed over. I love the details. Great work. Looking forward to your next book! We've recently moved from Delaware to Oregon. We haven't visited Seattle yet, but know that I'll be trekking my touristy self over to a few of the places mentioned! Thanks for a great read!
January 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
I enjoyed "Hotel" tremendously. One of my favorite reads of 2010/11?? I grew up in Spokane during WW 2. I often wondered if a family I knew when I was in the first grade (1937/38) at Hayford WA, (a 1 room 8-grade school) had spent time in the camps. They had a truck farm. My brother said no, only the coastal Japanese were involved in the relocation. I cann't believe the government didn't relocate these people as the Galena Army Supply Depot and the Geiger Field Air Force Base (now Spokane International Airport) were built west of downtown Spokane at that time. Regardless, what a shameful part of our history. Am looking forward to your next book, hopefully this year. Thanks again for a wonderful book....Would love to see it as a movie!!
February 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterP.A. Lindberg
I just finished your book and just had to take a minute to tell you how much I liked it. Loved it, really. I like books with true historical accuracy that honestly opened my eyes to the history Thats schools and colleges are glossed over. I love the details. Great work. Looking forward to your next book! We recently moved from Delaware to Oregon. We have not visited Seattle yet, but I know I will be trekking over to tourism itself a paar of these places! Thanks for a great read!

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February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Parker
Jamie,

Your book "Hotel" has stayed with me like no other. It is one of the best books I've read in a long time. Henry and Keiko's story is haunting and clued me into a shameful time in American history. I could not put the book down and loved the ending. It was so good I mailed the book to my cousin and she called a short while later telling me how much she loved it too. I can't wait for your next books!
March 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris

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