Mike’s Updates: Tidings of Great Joy

Hello Ebenezer, Clarence, Clark, and Buddy the Elf,

Even with the widespread impacts from global warming, assuming you believe in such wildly speculative concepts as scientific fact, there is a noticeable chill in the air as we draw ever closer to the end of yet another year. And if the change in weather hasn’t tipped you off, stroll down the aisles of your favorite grocery store and you’ll encounter pumpkin spice seasoning in everything from coffee, to doughnuts, to breakfast cereal, to craft beer, to triple-ply toilet paper, to synthetic motor oil. Wander into the sporting goods store next door and you can get pumpkin spice sneakers. I wish I were making that up but it’s absolutely true. Here is the disturbing proof. What’s next, pumpkin spice jock straps? Forget I said that. I have it on good authority that it’s already in development. Point is, whether you’re prepared or not, the holiday season is practically upon us.

I don’t want to get political here but I can certainly understand where it might be more difficult than usual to get into an appropriately festive frame of mind. That’s okay. I’m here to help. In my last Mike’s Updates newsletter, I mentioned that I, in collaboration with a few other authors, had written a Christmas story. I promised more information to follow so here you go. It’s called Candy Canes: A Story of Joy, Revenge, and Christmas and the description is as follows:

       For Joy, things couldn’t have been going much better. She was already living her dream as the lead guitarist in a rock and roll band when a mysterious, twinkle-eyed, rosy-cheeked stranger came along and swept her off her feet. She believed she’d found her one true love, and that’s when she suddenly ran afoul of some small yet surprisingly fierce and overzealous adversaries. Instead of a magical trip to the North Pole, Joy suffered a disfiguring injury and her whole life was turned upside-down. She could no longer play guitar, and the intense but fleeting spark of romance had definitely been extinguished. She retreated, disillusioned and brokenhearted. Years later, armed with some candy canes and a burning desire to settle the score, Joy returned to the scene of the crimes and began her quest for retribution. It looked like things might be going badly for her again, but a timely visit and a dose of Christmas spirit help to save the day.

The story was co-written by William Todd, EM Kaplan, JD Kaplan, and yours truly.. Our original plan was to make it available as a free download but it turns out Amazon is not a public service. They don’t really do free because it means they wouldn’t get a cut. Therefore, there’s a modest price of $.99 (we couldn’t make it any lower) and all proceeds will be donated to Toys for Tots. This is an Amazon exclusive and in Kindle format only. “Candy Canes: A Story of Joy, Revenge, and Christmas” will be released on Friday, November 9th and you can pre-order your copy now. Happy Holidays! If you’ll please excuse me now, I hate to rush off but I need to go buy my pumpkin spice driveway sealant before it’s all gone.

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