Christmas Karma – How did Santa Cactus get on this book’s cover?

I described in my previous post the first time I saw a saguaro cactus in a Santa hat. The cool shades came later.


In my humorous novel Christmas Karma, Willa Nawicki gets a series of surprise visits from friends and family – just a week before the holiday and when she’s totally not ready to talk to anyone, much less clean her house. Her only decoration is a puny saguaro cactus in a pot on her front porch, which somebody topped off with a Santa hat.

So why not let Willa’s story lighten your mood as a break from your holiday tasks?

During the holidays, buy the Kindle or EPUB for 99 cents. Gift the paperback or download the Audible book to your phone.

Wishing you a light heart this holiday season.

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Christmas Karma – A naked Santa?

Does this saguaro cactus look like Santa Claus to you? It didn’t to me until I spent a Christmas in Phoenix.

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I lived in Detroit at the time, and I’d always spent the holidays in places where it snowed in December. But one year I had to take a business trip to Arizona to support a senior management conference in Scottsdale. (I think the location had something to do with the big shots wanting to play golf.)

My plane arrived late at night. I didn’t get a good look at the desert landscaping of the hotel grounds until the next morning. When I emerged from my room rubbing my sleepy eyes, straight in front of me was a saguaro cactus wearing a Santa hat. I rubbed my eyes again! I guess to people in that part of the world, a saguaro does look like Santa.

In my humorous novel Christmas Karma, Willa Nawicki gets a series of surprise visits from friends and family – just a week before the holiday and when she’s totally not ready to talk to anyone, much less clean her house. The only decoration on her front porch is a scraggly little potted saguaro in a Santa hat.

So why not let Willa’s story lighten your mood as a break from your holiday tasks?

During the holidays, buy the Kindle or EPUB for 99 cents. Gift the paperback or download the Audible book to your phone.

Wishing you a light heart this holiday season.

Amazon (Paperback, Kindle, Audible)

Barnes & Noble (Paperback, Nook/EPUB)

 

Christmas Karma – Find love in an appliance store?

Willa’s daughter Bobbi did. Then she wonders whether he’s a keeper.

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Since her younger brother Jonathan died, Bobbi has been in an emotional tailspin. Recently out of rehab, she miraculously found a job as a sales clerk at Hopewell’s Appliance. She hooks up with schlumpy proprietor Buzz, who is not quite divorced yet.

In my humorous novel Christmas Karma, Willa Nawicki gets a series of surprise visits from friends and family – just a week before the holiday and when she’s totally not ready to talk to anyone, much less clean her house. Her first surprise visitor is Bobbi. Willa hadn’t been returning her daughter’s calls.

So why not let Willa’s story lighten your mood as a break from your holiday tasks?

During the holidays, buy the Kindle or EPUB for 99 cents. Gift the paperback or download the Audible book to your phone.

Wishing you a light heart this holiday season.

Amazon (Paperback, Kindle, Audible)

Barnes & Noble (Paperback, Nook/EPUB)

 

Christmas Karma – This is Willa’s house

It’s a Craftsman house much like this, but imagine its curb appeal somewhat less impressive. Willa isn’t in the mood to get it ready for Christmas.

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Willa hasn’t been motivated lately to keep the place up. It’s not on the wrong side of the tracks, but it’s not next to a mansion, either. It’s the house Willa grew up in. She and her hubby Norm paid off the mortgage, and her mother continued to live with them after her dad took off for destinations unknown. She’s sure it’s her house – until he shows up!

In my humorous novel Christmas Karma, Willa Nawicki gets a series of surprise visits from friends and family – just a week before the holiday and when she’s totally not ready to talk to anyone, much less clean her house.

So why not let Willa’s story lighten your mood as a break from your holiday tasks?

During the holidays, buy the Kindle or EPUB for 99 cents. Gift the paperback or download the Audible book to your phone.

Wishing you lightness of heart this holiday season.

Amazon (Paperback, Kindle, Audible)

Barnes & Noble (Paperback, Nook/EPUB)

 

Christmas Karma – Are you expecting friends?

What about the ones who just drop by? It’s that time of year to open your heart, but maybe your living room isn’t quite ready?

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They’re always so cheerful – because they had time to get ready!

In my humorous novel Christmas Karma, Willa Nawicki gets a series of surprise visits from friends and family – just a week before the holiday and when she’s totally not ready to talk to anyone, much less clean her house. Most surprising of all is when her crusty father shows up. He’s been gone for years!

So why not let Willa’s story lighten your mood as a break from your holiday tasks?

During the holidays, buy the Kindle or EPUB for 99 cents. Gift the paperback or download the Audible book to your phone.

Wishing you a light heart this holiday season!

Amazon (Paperback, Kindle, Audible)

Barnes & Noble (Paperback, Nook/EPUB)

 

Christmas Karma – Do you have a guardian angel?

Angel by Francesco Bartolozzi

Do you think you have a guardian angel? Or perhaps you call her / him / it your spirit guide? Etheric double? Sage self?

This one bears a strong resemblance to my local reference librarian as she points the way to a shelf in the upper stacks.

I don’t think an angel can get you a better airline booking. Maybe the determination to find yourself something better?

In the opening chapter of my humorous novel Christmas Karma, Willa Nawicki’s guardian angel explains why Willa isn’t at all ready to cope with the holiday – and that an angel can’t clean her house or decorate a tree.

So why not let Willa’s story lighten your mood as a break from your holiday tasks?

Buy the Kindle or EPUB for 99 cents. Gift the paperback or download the Audible book to your phone.

Wishing you a light heart this season!

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CKQ10 – Is this what Willa saw?

Christmas Karma Question #10

She didn’t need a new eyeglass prescription. Her eyes were wet with tears.

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Somehow, her house got decorated, the gifts wrapped, the cards addressed, and the dinner cooked. Her guardian angel didn’t do it. Willa did, after she decided it was up to her and no one else to make her house a home again.

In my humorous novel Christmas Karma, Willa Nawicki gets a series of surprise visits from friends and family – just a week before the holiday and when she’s totally not ready to talk to anyone, much less clean her house.

So why not let Willa’s story lighten your mood as a break from your holiday tasks?

During the holidays, buy the Kindle or EPUB for 99 cents. Gift the paperback or download the Audible book to your phone.

Amazon (Paperback, Kindle, Audible)

Barnes & Noble (Paperback, Nook/EPUB)

 

CKQ9 – What gift does Willa want most?

Christmas Karma Question #9

Hint: It’s not under the tree.

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She wishes she’d said a few more things to her mother. She yearns to see her son again, but she’s pretty sure that can’t happen. If she could find a way to push her father out of her house, she would. He says it’s still his and he wants to sell it.

In my humorous novel Christmas Karma, Willa Nawicki gets a series of surprise visits from friends and family – just a week before the holiday and when she’s totally not ready to talk to anyone, much less clean her house.

So why not let Willa’s story lighten your mood as a break from your holiday tasks?

During the holidays, buy the Kindle or EPUB for 99 cents. Gift the paperback or download the Audible book to your phone.

Amazon (Paperback, Kindle, Audible)

Barnes & Noble (Paperback, Nook/EPUB)

 

CKQ8 – Who should’ve been in that empty chair at the holiday table?

Christmas Karma Question #8

In Willa’s family, it could have been any of several people. Then some of them show up.

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It’s the place set for Elijah during Passover – an open-hearted invitation to the unexpected guest who is nevertheless expected.

In my humorous novel Christmas Karma, Willa Nawicki gets a series of surprise visits from friends and family – just a week before the holiday and when she’s totally not ready to talk to anyone, much less clean her house. She begins to wonder whether the people who show up are bringing her messages – or are they players in some kind of life review for her?

So why not let Willa’s story lighten your mood as a break from your holiday tasks?

During the holidays, buy the Kindle or EPUB for 99 cents. Gift the paperback or download the Audible book to your phone.

Amazon (Paperback, Kindle, Audible)

Barnes & Noble (Paperback, Nook/EPUB)

 

CKQ7 – Why is this kid always hanging around?

Christmas Karma Question #7

He’s either a junior guardian angel or an annoying little putz.

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Leroy lives across the street. Willa watches him sometimes when his mother is away. He likes to watch TV and play with Willa’s aging dog Rufus. He’s not a bother, except when he asks embarrassing questions.

In my humorous novel Christmas Karma, Willa Nawicki gets a series of surprise visits from friends and family – just a week before the holiday and when she’s totally not ready to talk to anyone, much less clean her house. She doesn’t have time for Leroy now, but she doesn’t have much of a choice.

So why not let Willa’s story lighten your mood as a break from your holiday tasks?

During the holidays, buy the Kindle or EPUB for 99 cents. Gift the paperback or download the Audible book to your phone.

Amazon (Paperback, Kindle, Audible)

Barnes & Noble (Paperback, Nook/EPUB)