I’ve got another fantastic, Jill Jess cover to unveil! “Naughty & Nice: My True-Life Adventure with Santa Claus” is the second installment in my serialized memoir. In this “chapter” I tell the story of Christmas as a kid in 1970’s Wisconsin, of my frequent falls from Santa’s Nice List to the Naughty one, and of my annual obsession with catching the One, True St. Nick in my living room on Christmas Eve. Here’s the cover:
The book releases December 1, 2014. I’ll be utilizing Amazon’s prerelease program for the first time. As soon as It’s live, I’ll post an announcement, and you’ll be able to place your advance order. Amazon will deliver the book automatically on the first.
Here’s the blurb:
Every child adores Santa Claus. Every child dreams of catching Santa in front of their Christmas tree on Christmas Eve, watching him work his magic, and maybe even taking a ride in that famous sleigh.
John Phythyon was not every child.
While every kid dreams of meeting Kris Kringle, John was obsessed. Every year on Thanksgiving Day, he would begin planning mad schemes to catch Santa Claus in the act, determined he would at last meet that jolly, old elf in person. And on December 24, 1977, this annual ritual would finally pay off.
In this laugh-out-loud mini-memoir, John tells the story of Christmas as a Midwestern kid in the 1970’s. He recounts his adventures surviving Wisconsin winters, battling with his brother over who got to look at the Sears Wish Book, of how, despite his best efforts, he kept slipping off Santa’s Nice List and onto the Naughty one, and of his burning desire to meet the One, True Santa Claus in action. If you liked Jean Shepherd’s A Christmas Story, you’ll love this quick, hilarious read about a child who took meeting Santa way too far. Funny, charming, and sentimental, “Naughty & Nice: My True-Life Adventure with Santa Claus” is a perfect holiday treat that conjures up the spirit of Christmases past.