Give back this Christmas ... host your own Christmas Bowl Tea!
Do Something Different This Holiday!
If I had my way, I'd just write books for charity. (Seriously, maybe after I get the kids through college!). I feel so blessed to use my love for writing to encourage people to see God's grace in their lives. Like Eric Liddell - I feel the pleasure of God when I write.
But I'd like to give back. So...
Here's my idea.
Let's use the GCB to reach out to our community.
PJ's back ... and it's Double Trouble!
With one solved case under her belt, PJ Sugar is ready to dive into her career as a private investigator. Or at least a PI's assistant until she can prove herself to Jeremy Kane, her new boss. Suddenly PJ's seeing crime everywhere. But is it just in her head, or can she trust her instincts? When she takes on her first official case-house-sitting for a witness in protective custody-Jeremy assures her there's no danger involved. But it soon becomes clear that there is someone after the witness . . . and now they're after PJ, too.
Recently a friend of mine turned in his Blackberry. Just...went cold turkey - no more checking the email while standing in line for coffee, or updating his Facebook status while ordering lunch. No more checking the news online to see if the world is still functioning...you know, all those little things that have taken over my life with the advent of my cool new phone. Why, I asked (because, at the time, I thought...hello? Be OUT OF TOUCH with my Facebook friends? Never!)
Not long after, I was at my youngest son's football game. Now, in my defense, they were LOSING about 34 to zip, 3rd quarter. So....I snuck my phone from my pocket and, yes, checked my email. "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?" my middle son yelled, as if I'd just stood up and cheered for the opposing team. "You'd better not check your email when I'm playing!"
Oops. "Never, " I said and dropped the phone back into my pocket. But well the truth is....
I'm a multi-multi-tasker. I admit buying into the idea that I can do four things at once. Talk on the phone, check my email, write a book and possibly clean the bathroom. (or cook dinner).
It's taken a few years, some burned rice, half-finished (and sent emails) and possibly weird sentences in a novel to realize, that, um....nope. I can't do it. Or at least....well.
I read an article lately about Uni-tasking (as opposed to multi-tasking) in Real Simple magazine.Great premise. The idea is...cutting out the OTHER things I am doing...and just being focused and present in ONE thing at a time.
Like, in my phone calls. How about just sitting on the sofa and talking to my friends?
Like, in my email - how about NOT surfing the internet on my other screen, and just answering my mail...thoughtfully. In complete sentences.
Like, when I am at a football game - NOT checking my email (although I'm giving myself permission to Tweet during halftime!)
Present. Focused. Uni-tasking.
I'm actually finishing conversations. (as opposed to walking abruptly from the room with a thought...and having my family think I've lost my mind). Enjoying my phone calls.
Watching every single play in the football game.
We won, by the way, last Friday night. 27-10. My son made a number of amazing tackles. I didn't tweet about it once.
And the world kept on turning anyway.
Here's a picture of us - He's the grubby one. I'm the Michelin tires girl.
Thanks to everyone who is getting the word out about The Great Christmas Bowl. My oldest son (home from college this weekend!) read it and said it was his favorite of all my books. (He He.) Keep reading for a fun promotion we're doing - share the Bowl with a friend! And don't forget to stop by and SHARE YOUR RECIPEin the Great Christmas Bowl Recipe Exchange!
Thank you for reading (for uni-tasking on this newsletter!) and for your support!
Be Part of The Great Christmas Bowl Exchange!
***NEW! Enter to win a YUMMY soup and cookie basket from Harry & David AND an advanced copy of my new WWII book, Sons of Thunder by joining the recipe exchange!! Send us your favorite Christmas recipe and a cool story - we'll publish it on The Great Christmas Bowl Website! At the end of the contest we'll be turning entire 'cookbook' into a downloadable pdf!
Go - run, get your recipe, then come back here and click on the link below to share your Christmas memories!
RECIPE EXCHANGE - SUBMIT NOW!
About the Book:
Christmas is a magical season.
Except for this year.
Marianne Wallace loves the holidays. From dressing the tree to her traditional Christmas dinner, it's all about creating memories for her family. But when her children begin to leave home-and their traditions-behind, she has one last chance to create a holiday they'll never forget.
Unfortunately, she's soon in over her head, and one impulsive decision leads to a string of events that will change the way her family-even her small Minnesota town-sees the Christmas season.
Heartwarming and hilarious, The Great Christmas Bowl is a story about family, traditions, and rediscovering the real magic of Christmas.
What readers are saying!
Oh, ha, ha. Ha, ha, hee... giggle, giggle, snortle. (In case you can't tell, I'm rolling here.) Rule of thumb, if a book makes me snortle, it's a keeper.
~Tina at O Joy of My Life
Lori at Laurel's Reflections
This is a short, but powerful book. I was traveling and read the whole book while sitting on an airplane. I have to admit I received some strange looks when I was laughing out loud, but the of the book had this mother of teenagers sitting there with tears staining the books pages. The Great Christmas Bowl touched me on so many levels!
~Lori at Laurel's Reflections
This truly was a joy to read. I could relate to Marianne so well, and I hope I can eventually manage the transition to an empty nest as well as she does. I wish I had several copies of this book to give away to friends and family ... and blog readers! I might loan my copy to my Mom, but I'm not ready to let go of it ... I look forward to reading it again and again. This is my favorite fiction book for adults that I've read this year!
~April at Busy Hands, Busy Minds, Busy Feet
Give the gift of humor!!!
Want to introduce a friend to Susan May Warren books (and hand them the perfect Christmas present this year *g*)?
Email my assistant Amy the name and address of a friend you'd like to give The Great Christmas Bowl to and I'll sign it, and then ship it to them. Hurry - this offer is only valid for the first 50 people who respond!
**offer expires 11/1/09 (books will be mailed by 11/15/09)
Overheard on the SMW Book Vine
Reader Mail: Jim Rubart
Hey Susan - here you are on the table at Barnes and Noble in Seattle!
got this pic of The Great Christmas Bowl from my friend Jim Rubart,
whose book ROOMS comes out in the spring. Thanks for the love, Jim!
Pick up your own copy of The Great Christmas Bowl here or anywhere else books are sold.