Posts Tagged ‘The Present by Toni Sheridan’

Christmas in July

July 10, 2013

I’m very excited to say that I’ve finished the second draft of LITTLE DRUMMER BOY and have sent it to my first readers. I loved getting to know Jane (Candy’s sister in THE PRESENT) better, and hope, in a few months, readers will too.

It’s a bit surreal to write Christmas stories in the warm months. On Sunday I spent the afternoon on the beach, then came home and wrote a snowy December evening scene. Fortunately I live in a place where extreme weather is the norm, so although the day didn’t lend weather inspiration, cup of coffee in hand, snuggled away in my office, the sun blocked from view by a wall of cedar trees, I easily recalled wintry days (so much so, I had to grab a sweater!).  🙂

It’s also surreal to me how the ways my characters grow and change affect me, personally. I’d have thought, if anything, I’d have a few things to teach young Jane, but as she works through feelings of inadequacy after an accident leaves her physically unable to do all the things she loves to do and, unwittingly, based her identity on, I was challenged. I too sometimes worry more about my outer actions, productivity, and the face I present to the world than on what condition my heart and my spirit are in.

Like Jane, I’ll be working on that (probably, forever)!

I hope you’re having a wonderful summer—and if, like me, you’re in the mood for a little Christmas in July, check out THE PRESENT. I think it’s an enjoyable story any time of the year, and it will give you a bit of an introduction to LITTLE DRUMMER BOY’S leading lady, Jane.



The Present has arrived!

November 22, 2012

Okay, I lied by accident . . . I thought THE PRESENT wouldn’t hit the presses ’til December 19th, but it’s actually ready now. Yay! It can be purchased from Amazon here, for Nook here, or directly from Pelican Books’ website here. If you need ePub choose the latter, and disregard the small print near the purchase link that says it’s not available until December 1st because it just isn’t true! 😀

I’d love to hear from you if you read THE PRESENT, and I hope you enjoy it! And if you feel moved to review the story and rate it on either Amazon or Pelican Books (it may be available on Smashwords later, too), I’d love that too – very much.  I’m not asking for friendly five’s, however, unless they’re honest. Please say how you really feel about the story, er . . . unless you really hate it, lol.

Happy pre-Christmas reading! Hopefully THE PRESENT will be a fun part of your holiday season.

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