Monday, December 5, 2011

Where is home for the holidays?

    by PJ Schnyder

     I have family scattered across the globe. My mother is caring for my grandmother in Thailand. My father and his wife are tucked away in New Jersey. My little sister is in Massachussetts with her husband in Montreal, Canada.
     My godfather is with his partner in Florida. And I have uncles and aunts everywhere from upstate New York to England to Thailand and back again.
     And my little brother is serving our country overseas as his beautiful new wife spends the holidays with her family in Colorado missing him.
     They say home is where the heart is and mine is in every one of those places.
And so I wish you and yours a warm and happy holidays full of love and loved ones.

To celebrate I'd like to offer an ecopy of Evie's Gift, my steampunk holiday story, along with a tote bag of holiday goodies including a signed cover flat for Evie's Gift, fine teas, and rock candy swizzel sticks to keep you warm as you read. ;)
     Leave me a comment and share where your heart is for the holidays. (Open to International entries)

Evie's Gift

Stubborn Evie is reluctant to play the roll of a proper lady by English standards, but she has little choice. Traveling to London for her first season, she faces the threat of an enemy submarine bent on destroying the airship carrying her across the ocean. Once she steps forward to help, her knowledge is questioned by the captain, placing her special gift in danger.

As a woman whose passion pushes her toward engineering and mechanical designs, her curious nature risks exposing her uncanny talents. Will this Christmas season allow her to keep her secrets? Or will her gift be revealed too soon?

You can purchase Evie’s Gift in eBook format at the following locations:

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  1. Where's my heart? Mostly in Florida with the family, partly in England with the rest of the family and a little bit in heaven (or hell - not sure where my parents would have ended up) with those who can't be with us.
    Happy holidays!

  2. Good Monday PJ, My heart is where ever my Daughter and me are together. This year, it is at my home for Christmas. Looking forward to our time together. <3 Lady Dee...a.k.a Debbie Murphy

  3. My heart is kind of all over the place, mostly with my immediate family. But I'm also thinking of all the folks who can't be with their family this year, like our troops.

    I look forward in reading Evie's Gift; I love steampunk novels.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  4. My heart is pretty much one and a half hours away. All of our family live about that far from us.

  5. PJ, here's hoping you get to see some of those relatives this holiday, and your brother is safe.

    My heart will be with me this holiday (husband, kids, mom and sis here), but a piece will always be in WI at my Gram's house. Best holiday memories--and best mashed potatoes--ever.

  6. Pieces of my heart are spread all over the country with my relatives who I can't be with during the holidays.

    rockchick531 at gmail dot com

  7. I've got far flung relatives with little pieces of my heart as well.

    There's my sister in California, a brother in Nebraska, another brother in Wisconsin & a third brother in Texas. I've got Aunts/Uncles/Cousins in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, California, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Arizona & Colorado. Luckily I've got lots of family & friends right here in Michigan that I will be spending the holidays with, so I won't be lonely.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at

  8. I have family all over as well. Texas, Florida, Hawaii, Connecticut, Missouri and Georgia.


  9. Most of my family is right here in the same area. Except my sister who is in another Province with her husband and 3 kids.
    Happy holidays

  10. Mine is mostly here in Milwaukee with a little bit in Meridian, MS. I am lucky I don't have to travel the globe to see family.

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

  11. My heart, this season, is not only with my family here, but with my brother and his wife in Connecticut and cousins and aunts and uncles in Massachusetts. I miss all those not with me! Thankfully, I got to see some back in September. The first time since 2007.

    I'm trying really hard this Christmas season to NOT be depressed. Hard thing. Lost both my parents not long before, tho years ago. Since then, it has been hard for me. Trying, tho! Already have my tree up and decorated. Earliest YET!

    Merry Christmas, sugar. And to all of yours your missing as well as those at home.

    Stacy Wilson

    dragn_lady at yahoo dot com

  12. My family is all close by but even then it doesn't always work to see each other for the holidays. I think it's more important having moments year round where you're together.

    Thanks for being here today and for the awesome giveaway!

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  13. My heart is not only with my family and friends but with our Armed Forces families. Those whose family members are overseas and those who are stateside but can't make it home.
    Merry Christmas to all.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  14. My family has almost disappeared from this earth. No mother or father, aunts or uncles. However, I anticipate a heart-filled holiday with the visit of my son and grandson from his post as a Foreign Service Officer at the American Embassy in Jakarta. My daughter and her family will make five more. My youngest son who is still with my husband and me is a given. My home and heart will both be filled for the holidays.

  15. My immediate family lives within close proximity to me (in sunny Phoenix!)...parents, brothers and sisters. One brother lives in TX, but he always comes down for the holidays. Lots of other aunts and uncles and cousins that I haven't seen in years live in Mexico. Missing them a lot.


  16. My heart will be in Florida, which is where the hubs, kids and I will be taking off for after the rest of the madness. Can't wait to surprise the kids with the trip :)

  17. I know what it's like to have family strewn all over. Friends become family don't they? To you and your family far and wide, happy holidays!

  18. I'm so lucky to have my family close by (I think!) Would that the in-laws were a little farther away, but what can you do. We never have to travel very far for Christmas, but one of my favorite activities is spending the night at my mom and her husband's house on Christmas Eve to bake and exchange gifts. It's always fun.

  19. So sorry that your family is scattered like that. I am lucky that most of my family (with the exception of some cousins) live pretty close by. All my immediate family live in the same state, close enough to travel to within an hour or two.
    Hope you are able to have a good holiday season.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  20. Thank you to everyone and I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.

    Congrats to Michelle Bledsoe on winning the ecopy of Evie's Gift, my steampunk holiday story, along with a tote bag of holiday goodies including a signed cover flat for Evie's Gift, fine teas, and rock candy swizzel sticks.

    I'll be sending you an email shortly. :D