Christmas Shopping Is Upon Us

With Thanksgiving coming up next week and the “official” opening of the holiday season, let me suggest that the Public Safety Writers Association’s new anthology “Felons, Flames & Ambulance Rides” would make a terrific gift for those on your list who love to read.

Felons, Flames and Ambulance RidesThis book is written by 37 published authors, all members of PSWA, who have contributed one or more chapters to the 56 contained in this anthology.  All of us are personally connected in some way to either law enforcement, fire departments or other public safety personnel (such as EMTs) and most of the stories are written about those subjects.  Some of them will require a tissue to wipe away a tear or two, while others will provoke happiness and laughter and still others may leave you simply sitting there with mouth agape.  The stories are both true, fictional or fiction based on fact, but in my humble opinion, there’s not a bad chapter in this entire book.

Another feature that I like about an anthology is that since each chapter is a new story, if you take it to bed before you are sleepy, it’s so easy to simply read one chapter (or a few) and then put it down when you feel it’s time to turn out the lights.  In today’s busy world, that’s a real plus.  I love short chapters for that very reason and our editor, Marilyn Olsen,  limited us to just 1500 words per chapter in this case.

I’m proud to be a contributing author to this book with two chapters in different categories called “Memoriam” and “Loved to Death”, both about law enforcement.  I am also the author of another Oak Tree Press published book called “We Are Different Now”.  You can read more about both of these books by clicking on the “about” button at the top of this page.  Both books are available in both trade paperback and Kindle versions at  “We Are Different Now” is also available as a trade paperback at, or can be ordered or purchased at any Barnes & Noble store.

May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a fun and easy Christmas shopping experience.


About jtzortman

Author of "WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW" - A Grandparent's Journey Through Grief, first place award winning novel "FOOTPRINTS IN THE FROST" and award-winning novel "SNOW ANGEL". Contributing author to anthologies "Felons, Flames & Ambulance Rides", "American Blue", "Recipes by the Book: Oak Tree Authors Cook" and "The Centennial Book of The National Society of Daughters of the Union 1861-1865". Numerous articles, poems and short stories published since 1990. Charter Member of the Public Safety Writers Association and member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Winner of ten writing awards. I live in a quaint Colorado mountain tourist town with my husband and Siamese cat. When deeps snows blanket the terrain and spectacular views from my windows, it becomes the perfect spot in which to write.
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2 Responses to Christmas Shopping Is Upon Us

  1. Linda says:

    I am one of those rather ‘new’ relatives/friends and I have been honored to get to know you and to read your book. It is a blessing to anyone who reads it, and especially those dealing with grief. Thank you, Jackie.


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