Sunday, December 10, 2017

Susanna Leonard Hill's 7th Annual Holiday Contest!!!

My brain had just barely returned to normal after the Halloweensie contest when the 7th Annual Holiday Contest was announced. I began brainstorming idea's and came up with nothing. After several glasses of eggnog and brandy, I came up with this story which is loosely based on actual events. I hope you enjoy it.

Santa in the Side Pocket245 words

Ah…Christmas Eve. The longest day in any present-loving kid’s life. One more obstacle to hurdle before Santa arrives with gifts.

My family went to my uncle’s house for Christmas Eve. The evening consisted of playing with cousins, dinner and the highlight of the evening: opening a few gifts.

I was greeted by the usual kaleidoscope of M & M’s. I grabbed a large handful and walked into the living room where I discovered a new piece of furniture… a pool table.

My cousins and I played pool all night long. I had so much fun that I wished I asked Santa for a pool table instead of LEGOs.

On the drive home, a bright streak in the sky caught my eye. SANTA!

“Can you bring me a pool table please, Santa?”

“I don’t think Santa will have time to fly all the way back up to the North Pole to get you a pool table, honey,” my mom responded.

I went to bed a little disheartened.

The morning sun hit my face and I sprang into gift opening mode.

I rounded the corner into the living room and…


I ran smack into a kid-sized pool table.

“Thanks Santa!” I shouted. I unwrapped my other gifts so quickly that I had no idea what I received.

I played pool all day long until it was time for bed.

The next day, I woke up and played with LEGOs. I never touched the pool table again.

Thanks for reading. Check out the other great entries here.

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Vivian Kirkfield's Perfect Picture Book Friday

I'm honored to have The Bath of Least Resistance featured on Vivian Kirkfields Perfect Picture Book Friday. I'm so honored that I'm giving away a copy. Just leave a comment on her blog to be eligible to win.

Friday, November 17, 2017

And the winner's are....

Congratulations to the winner's in Susanna Leonard Hill's Halloweensie Contest! My story wasn't one of the top 15. But I did get an honorable mention for Great Kid Appeal. The results are posted here.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Time to vote...

...for your favorite story in Susanna Leonard Hill's 7th Annual Halloweensie contest. As always, there are many great stories to choose from.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Goodreads giveaway stats

My Goodreads giveaway for 3 copies of The Bath of Least Resistance ended early Sunday morning after running for a week. 1286 people entered and 461 of them marked it as to-read. Congratulations to the winners. The books will be in the mail Wednesday this week.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The 7th Annual Halloweensie Contest

It's that time of year again... time for pumpkin lattes! But the thing I look forward to the most this time of year is Susanna Leonard Hill's Halloweensie contest. This is the 7th year for the contest and my 3rd time entering.  

The Contest: write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (children here defined as 12 and under) (title not included in the 100 words), using the words candy cornmonster, and shadow. (Candy corn will be counted as 1 word.)  

I got out my thinking cap, added dust and cobwebs, and came up with the following story. I hope you enjoy it. 

Killer Candy Corn Costume
80 words
(78 with candy corn as 1 word) 

King sized pillow case? Check! 
Flash Light? Check! 
Monster costume? Check! 
I’m all set to trick or treat! 
First block done. I’m a little hungry. I’d better eat some candy. 
My whole pillow case is filled with candy corns. My favorite! I could eat them all day long. 
What’s this large shadow looming over me? 
Oh a candy corn costume. 
“Nice costume kid. That’s my favorite candy.” 
Oh cool! The mouth opens really wide. 
“Humans, my favorite candy. BURP!”

Check out the other great entries into the contest here

Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 23, 2017

The Bath of Least Resistance Goodreads Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Bath of Least Resistance by Gregory E. Bray

The Bath of Least Resistance

by Gregory E. Bray

Giveaway ends October 28, 2017.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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