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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Yuletide Greetings and Tiny Treasures


Happy Yule, Happy Chanukah, and Merry Christmas! I can’t believe another year is coming to an end. Thank you all for spending at least part of it with me. I appreciate my friends, fans, and readers more than I can say, and I wish you all a wonderful holiday, no matter how you celebrate.

I will be hosting my yearly Yule dinner party on the 21st for Blue Moon Circle, family, and friends. I look forward to it all year long. And now I have something else to celebrate too—the release of a new short collection of short-short stories set in the world of the Baba Yagas and the Riders!

 


This project wasn’t something I had planned on doing, but I was chatting with one of my author friends a few months ago and that conversation made me think of a few little short-short stories I had posted over the years at the Literary Escapism blog as part of the promotion for the fabulous Coastal Magic Convention. I knew that most people hadn’t ever had a chance to read them.

Then I was talking about them to Crystal Sarakas, who sometimes acts as my virtual assistant, and she said, “I know you’re in the middle of your crazy busy season, and I almost hate to even suggest this, but would you consider writing a new story to add to these?” (Then she ducked.) It really was crazy, but I loved the idea. And when I said, “What about a Chudo-Yudo story?” she jumped up and down and squeeed. Then we went looking for the perfect cover, and I found the one above, by cover artist Lindsay Tiry, and it inspired the story of the same name as the collection title. Three of the stories are centered around Yule, so this seemed like the perfect time to put this tiny collection out as a gift to my faithful readers. Consider it my thank you to your sticking with me and the Baba Yagas for all this time.

The book is out in digital format as of today, and will be available in paperback (a small one, called a chapbook—it will be pretty skinny!) as soon as we can get it set up. I hope you enjoy these little treasures, especially the new one.

Find the book here: https://amzn.to/2Ma5DKT

Of course, because I’m me, I’m doing a big giveaway to celebrate the mini-collection’s release. It includes a Kindle Fire 7 tablet, a signed copy of the last novella (Dangerously Driven), and a stuffed dragon in honor of the new Chudo-Yudo story. Check it out!





While you’re checking things out, you might want to swing by my Etsy store, if you still need some (really) last minute gifts for the reader or witchy type on your list (or for yourself). I’ve got signed books, my gemstone jewelry, and some magical gift sets, among other things. https://www.etsy.com/shop/deborahblake







 Thank you again for taking this journey with me…my peeps are the best.

Wishing you all a blessed Winter Solstice and a happy New Year. May the year to come be filled with joy.

Blessings,
Deborah

P.S. Diana has settled in really well, and sends her love, along with the rest of the Wild Bunch.


To enter the contest, just fill out this Rafflecopter form. As always, no purchase is necessary (although of course I'd love it if you bought the new mini-book).


67 comments:

  1. Visited Patreon page. What a great giveaway, thank you for the chance. MERRY YULE :)

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  2. Can never say enough good about the fact that Deborah keeps writing these amazing Baba Yaga books, I just can not seem to get enough!

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    1. I'm so glad you like them! This make actually be the last. We'll see.

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  3. Wonderful way to celebrate! Please don't forget to let us know when the chapbook becomes available. I spend my workdays reading a screen and want a real book in my hands after that.

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    1. It shouldn't be more than a couple of days. I'll announce on Twitter and Facebook, but you can just keep checking back.

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  4. Visited your PAtreon page. Maybe next year I can support you. I hate picking a favorite.

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  5. no fav
    visited Patreon

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  6. Still a Happy Patron! Koshka is my favorite chudo-yudo but I'll only whisper it in his ear.

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  7. Still a happy Pateron of yours and I like all the characters. :-) Have a blessed Yule and holiday season.

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  8. I'm so delighted for this series of short shorts! I love Koshka and your Etsy store.

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  9. Cannot wait to read the new collection! Congrats and happy Yule! P.S. Visited the Patreon page :)

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  10. Really lovely, definitely spreading joy with the lovely books. I visited the patreon.

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  12. I visited Patreon. Merry Christmas!

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  13. I visited your Patreon page. And Koshka is my favorite!

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    1. My cat Koshka (who might be a dragon in disguise) says thank you!

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  14. I don't have a fav, as I haven't read these yet!

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  15. currently dont have a favorite one

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  16. I visited Patreon page. Merry Christmas

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  17. I don't have a fave.

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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  18. Visited your patreon page, I think that cat deserves a story of it's own! As for favorite dragon short story, I'm a new reader so I have a limited basis of comparison. I will come back and tell you when I've read more than one of the stories!

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  19. I don't have a favorite but I would like to check them out!

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  20. I visited your page. Nice! Don't have a favorite dragon but it is an interesting thought! Maybe I will soon.

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  21. I am new to these stories but I think I WILL BE A FAN SO FAR.

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  22. Anxiously waiting to get this book when I get my SS check on the 24th - can't wait .loving all the baba yaga books so far

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  23. I bought Tiny Treasures. Looking forward to reading it! Happy Holidays!

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  24. This series is new to me, but you have attracted my interest.

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  25. Omg!! I have had that same dragon beanie baby for about 20 years!!

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  26. I’m new so I don’t have a fav yet. It all looks great. I also love the two cats pictured.

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  27. I don't have a favourite one. Looks great!

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  28. I havent had a chance to read this yet, so i dont have a favourite one yet. but looks great

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  29. I visited Patreon and don't have a favorite.

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  30. Such a great website! thank you for the giveaway!

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  31. I visited - https://www.patreon.com/deborahblake

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  32. I do not have a favorite one. First time hearing about this author.

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  33. This sounds like such a fun mini series! I love all dragons and don't think I could pick a favorite one.

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  34. I visited https://www.patreon.com/deborahblake

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  35. I'm a new follower and don't have a favorite yet.

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  36. Sorry, I've never heard of Chudo-Yudo dragons, but I would love to have an e-reader to try using e-books.

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  37. I shared on LinkedIn / https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6615626884292112384/

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  38. I shared on Facebook / https://www.facebook.com/audrey.stewart.140/posts/2599114006842663

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  39. I visited / https://www.patreon.com/deborahblake / I also have a black cat named Benny Poppin. He's my heart.

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    1. Thank you for sharing the Patreon link! I’ve been searching for it. :)

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  40. I love all the Wickedly books. Wickedly Unraveled is my favorite.

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  41. I shared on Pinterest / https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/535506211944628352/

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  42. I don't have a favorite one...yet! I can't wait to read this.

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  43. Happy Yule! I am so happy that Diana settled in with the facility.

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  44. I love seeing your daily life and that of the kitties. Thank you so much for being wonderful you.

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  45. My daughter would love the wee dragon. ��
    Visited and commented.

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  46. I visited your patreon. I wish I was owned by kitties. I hope you can get a new contract too!

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