It’s a bit startling to realize the holidays are actually upon us already. I’ve decided it is the magical season. If I’m really mindful, I can find good things happening all around me.

Detective Max Richards Book 2

For example, for the second time in about a month, Barnes & Noble has featured my novel SNOW ANGEL in their ads. How cool is that? If you want to check it out, here is the link: . I’ve never had them feature one of my books in their ads before, so to have it happen twice in a month is such a wonderful surprise. Of course, if you want the Kindle, it’s available at

And speaking of surprises, yesterday I received a phone call from a dear high school classmate of mine back in Cincinnati. She’d been cleaning out stuff and dropped a book. Out popped an unsealed and unread letter that I’d written to her in 2008. She called to apologize for not having answered it. We laughed over the fact it was ten years ago and I don’t even remember writing it. We managed to chat for over an hour and it was so much fun to remember way back when we were hanging around with our little bunch of girlfriends and remembering the sometimes crazy, but always fun things we used to do. Unfortunately, we have lost many of the gals we ran around with. Big school with many small groups of tight buddies.

Then, out of the blue, an author friend of mine sent me a wonderful story that may require having some tissues handy. It will appear on my blog at Christmas time. This friend is not only a retired Long Island NY police officer, he is a grief counselor and the very first author to read my first book’s manuscript for WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW, A Grandparent’s Journey Through Grief. It sold like hot cakes when it first came out and still sells “as needed”. We bonded right then and there and have remained good friends for the last eight years. I love his article and can’t wait to share it with you. But just like Christmas gifts, you have to wait a little while.

WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW is not yet available as a second edition, but you can buy the first edition trade paperback directly from me.

My other book is only available in the second edition as a Kindle on at the present, but will eventually also be out as a second edition paperback. Meantime, the Kindle is at . First edition paperbacks can also be obtained directly from me, however.

Don’t forget that books make a wonderful Christmas gift. Personally, I have not yet begun Christmas shopping and haven’t a clue as to where to start. Books do happen to be high on my list of gifts to give, however. They never fail to please.





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", and the first of three novellas in her The Drifter Series called JAKE - Whiskey, Water & Wildfire. 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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  1. Nancy LiPetri says:

    I agree that books make the best gifts. I like to give them as hardcover, paperback and e editions, whatever my recipients prefer. And I love to receive them, too. It’s easy to look at someone’s want-to-read list on Goodreads or Pinterest for gift ideas :). Also, can’t wait to read your NY friend’s article.

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  2. jtzortman says:

    Nancy – I hadn’t thought to look at someone’s want-to-read list for Christmas gift books. Thanks for the tip.


  3. Great idea, Nancy. I’ll try that, too!

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