Books Spread Holiday Cheer
(and they're easy to wrap)
We all know that we're in difficult times right now. Many people are struggling to make ends meet, and according to Noted Financial Analysts the economy is headed straight into the seventh circle of hell (of course these are the same analysts responsible for said crisis, but who's keeping track). And with the holiday season around the corner, every penny matters. Your budget is stretched tight as it is, but you still want to give your loved ones something that will make them smile. Thankfully, there is a very simple solution.
Books are the perfect holiday present. A brand new spiffy hardcover will likely run you between $20-$25, and you can pick up an author's entire backlist for less than the price of one cheesy tie or terrible sweater that will never be worn. Not only that, but books are literally the gift that keeps on giving.
If you buy a non-fiction book, you'll give the reader knowledge. Entertainment. A glimpse into history, or possibly the future. You'll give them something to talk about long after the last page is turned. Does a sweater do that? I think not.
If you introduce a loved one to a novelist, you could be giving a lifetime of reading enjoyment in one small package. There's no better feeling than hearing someone say they loved an author's most recent novel, knowing you were the one who set them up on that blind date. Then you can let them know they're indebted to you for life--just like a real relationship!
If you have a younger family member, a niece, nephew, or grandchild, give them the gift of reading. They'll have plenty of time for Playstation and Xbox, so don't worry, their hand-eye coordination is well taken care of. Give them something that will nourish their mind. Even the most jaded teenager (and I was one) will lose themselves in a fascinating book.
Of course, I'd be thrilled if you considered giving my books as gifts. You can buy the entire Henry Parker series, THE MARK, THE GUILTY and THE STOLEN, for less than $24. That's well over 1,000 pages of suspense for the price of just two movie tickets. And I guarantee you'll have a lot more fun curled up in your favorite chair with a Henry Parker novel than listening to cell phones chirp while unsticking your feet from the butter-covered floor of your local multiplex.
Even if you don't buy one of my books, there are thousands out there that your loved ones (and even people you have to get gifts for anyway) will undoubtedly enjoy. Just spend a few moments browsing your local bookseller, and you're sure to find one if not many, many more books that fit the bill. Please take a moment to visit your local bookseller and spend a few of your hard-earned dollars on a few books. The publishing industry has been hit hard lately, and a lot of people who are passionate about books will undoubtedly feel the pinch. By giving the gift of a great read, you'll make someone's holiday season brighter without making your wallet much lighter. (slogan copyright Jason Pinter, 2008)
Please visit one of these fine bookselling establishments or the local bookstore near you: