Books make great gifts!
If you’re anything like me, when someone asks what you want for Christmas, you fall into a black hole swirling with images of all the things you already have. Is there really anything that, added to that current clutter, would make your life better? The answer is, probably not.
But books are a whole other deal. Books are small and don’t take up much space. (EBooks don’t take up any.) Books don’t spoil. They don’t require assembly. Whether in your usual go-to genres or something completely different, a book is the prefect gift for all occasions.
Oh, so many!!
But where to start? Do you choose by the genre? The star-rating and reviews? The price? The popularity? The cover? I hope I can help you there.
I read mostly cozy mysteries or sci-fantasy fiction, but here are a few books I’ve read lately and loved:
The Joe Grey Series, by Shirley Rousseau Murphy. “When Joe Grey finds through some strange, inexplicable phenomenon, he now has the ability to speak and understand human language, what choice does he have but become a feline detective?”
The English Cottage Garden Mysteries, by H.Y. Hanna. “She never expected to inherit an English cottage garden, complete with romantic climbing roses, scented herbs, a bossy, talkative ginger cat… and a dead body!” Hanna’s other series are fun too!
The Charlie MacCready Mysteries, by James M. McCracken. This YA series about a boy who was left at his grandparents’ home in the middle of the night when he was two, then ten years later, sent to Saint Michael’s Abbey & Home for Boys by his uncle is sweet, intriguing, and a friendly, clean read.
Sea Scope, by Debbie De Louise. “When past and present collide, Sarah must face truths about her family, and what happened that summer day by the lighthouse. But will she survive to tell the tale?” De Louise has many other titles to choose from including cozies, mysteries, romance, and cat poetry!
If you haven’t read it yet, Dune, by Frank Herbert, and even if you have…
Self-promo starts here…
Then there are my books. I’ve listed them here with a brief tag line. Happy browsing!
For cozy mystery fans, the Crazy Cat Lady series, 8 books featuring Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip. Pick your favorite. Each has a different theme, and books need not be read in order.
Cats’ Eyes: Look what the cat dragged in! When Lynley’s old kitty Fluffo discovers a stolen uncut diamond, Lynley finds herself accused of murdering the thieves.
Copy Cats: Lynley exposes a breed cat counterfeiting ring and becomes the target of a serial killer who murders with a grisly, cat-like claw.
Cat’s Paw: Two suspicious deaths at an elite art retreat send Lynley running back to Portland, but murder follows in her wake.
Cat Call: Lynley takes over as cat handler for a TV pilot only to find the show is hexed and murder is waiting in the wings.
Cat Café: A body is discovered on the floor of the cat café, and all the black cats are missing!
Cosmic Cat: When a superhero cosplayer falls to his death at a comic con, Lynley is left holding the bag— and a cat!
Cat Conundrum: A locked room. A dead man. The cat is the only witness, and he isn’t talking.
Adventure Cat: A stolen artifact, an elfin recluse, a handsome feline archaeologist, and one very special cat…
For something with a bit of Christmas spirit, Cat Noel, a Crazy Cat Lady Christmas novella. Lynley finds a new meaning of Christmas when a Wiccan’s familiar is catnapped, and Lynley becomes her only hope.
Like some paranormal with your cozy? A ghost cat and a cold case murder turn a septuagenarian’s beach house dream into a nightmare in Ghost Cat of Ocean Cove.
For the not-so-cozy mystery fan, Placid River Runs Deep, a stand-alone mystery: When Ember MacKay learns she has a life-threatening illness, she flees to the old Placid River cabin, but instead of solace, she finds mayhem, murder and a revenge plot that has waited a generation to unfold.
For your favorite fantasy fan, Cat Summer, a cat sci-fantasy novel where Sentient cats save the world from an evil older than history—twice! Or try Cat Winter, where the fate of the universe rests in Slayter’s black, feline paws.
For fans of shorter fiction, Cat’s Cradle, a Crazy Cat Lady short mystery and prequel to Adventure Cat is a winner. The Dream Spinner, a short fantasy about a nursing home cat who guides the residents through their dreams and nightmares, will tickle your imagination.
All my books come in paperback and eBook format. Cats’ Eyes, Cat Café, and Cat Poems Expanded Edition also come in new Hardcover. Cats’ Eyes comes in large print as well.
Want one of my books signed and/or personalized?
You can buy directly from me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with Signed Books in the subject line. $16.00 a book, which includes shipping USPS media mail. (Paperbacks only, US addresses please.)
Did you know you can gift eBooks? You can give most Kindle books available in the Kindle Store as a gift to anyone with an email address. You can send or receive Kindle books as gifts even if you do not own an Amazon device. Recipients can read a Kindle book gift on a supported Amazon device or by downloading the free Kindle reading app.
Meanwhile, whether you celebrate holiday giving or merely celebrate life, enjoy your time here on Earth. Be kind, pet cats, and take care of yourself.