Winter Blogfest: Wendi Zwaduk

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The Holidays Mean…the Book Sale?

When I think of the start of the holidays, I think of the Book Sale. I do. Our local Friends of the Library group holds our annual book sale the weekend before Thanksgiving, so that’s my wind-up to the holidays. It makes the coming holiday of Thanksgiving seem like, boom, it’s there. Really.

What does it take to have a book sale? Lots of patience and set up time. You need the books, sure, but you need a lot of help to set up and places to put the books, plus patience to get everything done. This year our group has 30,000 items to put on the tables. Really.

There’s the coordination to get the books to the gym to sell them, setting them all out, putting the tables out, getting the signs up…it can get a little manic and very overwhelming.

But all this chaos also means the week we tear down is Thanksgiving. There’s no fretting time. This is why planning is key. We have a Thanksgiving dinner for our family, but I don’t have time to get the stuff around the week of the event. Nope. I have to make sure I’ve rounded up the various ingredients at least two weeks before or I won’t have time/remember to get anything. Trust me, I’ve forgotten a lot.

There was the year I bought not one, but two cans of sweetened condensed milk, knowing full well I needed to get evaporated. I know it sounds like a silly problem, but pumpkin pie just doesn’t work with the wrong milk.

So it’s that time of year again. The book sale is set up, we’re waiting on the first sale day, my Thanksgiving dinner items are all tucked away in the pantry or fridge and I can sort of breathe. Sort of. I’ll be happy when the sale is over and I can relax.

What about you? What are some of your traditions or lead-ups to the holidays? Do you do anything that’s not quite on the beaten path?

Are second chances possible? They can be in North Bend.

Alex West left North Bend behind and became the famous author RR Taylor. He’s happy with his jet-setting lifestyle, until a book signing brings him to North Bend. Surrounded by the beauty of the small town and the closeness of the community, he starts to rethink his reasons for leaving. Seeing his high-school flame, Molly Adams, brings all the old feelings back into focus. He wants to make her Christmas bright and win her heart, too.

Can he convince her to believe in the magic of Christmas and their second chance, or is the blossoming romance destined to melt with the holiday snow?

Wendi Zwaduk is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009. Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to BDSM and LGBTQ themes. No matter what the length, her works are always hot, but with a lot of heart. She enjoys giving her characters a second chance at love, no matter what the form. She’s been the runner up in the Kink Category at Love Romances Café as well as nominated at the LRC for best contemporary, best ménage and best anthology. Her books have made it to the bestseller lists on and the former AllRomance Ebooks. She also writes under the name of Megan Slayer.

When she’s not writing, she spends time with her husband and son as well as three dogs and three cats. She enjoys art, music and racing, but football is her sport of choice.

You can find out more about Wendi on her website or on her blog. You can also find her on Instagram, Bookbub and Amazon.

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  1. Debra Guyette says

    We have moved and are establishing new traditions. I have two grandsons so every year they each get to pick an ornament for our tree. ONe is 4 and the other 8 months

  2. like decorating together

  3. Mary Tatarian says

    The week-end after Thanksgiving our island community celebrates with a fish fry and auction all proceeds going to a local charity. We know Christmas is not far away.The next week-end is a boat parade. We get excited each year and love to attend both events.

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