Ronald Kidd - December 2018

Free Books and a Holiday Memory

Here’s a holiday contest for you. I’ve teamed up with fifteen terrific authors to give away a collection of Kids & Middle Grade Fiction to two lucky winners, plus a brand new eReader to the Grand Prize winner. In addition, you'll receive a collection of free reads just for entering. 

You can win my new novel Lord of the Mountain, as well as books from authors such as Rachel Lynn Solomon, Dustin Stevens, Pembroke Sinclair, and several others. Enter the giveaway by clicking here. 

Good luck and enjoy!

Our Candy Cane Lane

When I was a kid, my family moved to Los Angeles, where we settled into what seemed to be a normal neighborhood. (I'm the one on the right.) But as the holidays approached, we learned the truth. Our neighborhood was famous. 

Beginning in December, cars drove slowly up and down the streets, headlights dimmed, taking in a Disneyland of decorations. House after house was covered with lights. Front yards were crowded with Santas, elves, and reindeer. Christmas carols boomed out over loudspeakers.

Each street in the neighborhood had a theme: Candy Cane Lane was the most famous, but you could also cruise Carolers’ Way and Avenue of the Bells. Our street, Oakdale Avenue, was Candelight Lane, and some neighbors came by to present us with a big electric candle to set up in our yard.   

Most people would have accepted the candle passively, but my dad was not most people. He loved holiday parties, cards, and decorations, and he was determined to dream up something unique for our house. He sat at the dining table and began sketching. By the time he got up, he was ready to go.  

Our house had a big picture window from floor to ceiling in the front room. My dad, using a black crayon, transferred his sketch to the window and color-coded the original sketch. Then he bought some tempera paints, and the whole family—my mom and dad, brother Russ, sister Carol, and me—began painting. 

When we finished, my dad set up a bright light inside and trained it on the window. We went out front, and presto! We had a stained glass window showing the star, shepherds, wise men, manger, and holy family. 

Today Candy Cane Lane is bigger and brighter than ever. But I like to think that, years ago, all the lights and candles were outshone in our window by Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and my dad’s unbounded imagination.

Now Available

  • Lord of the Mountain
    The “big bang” of country music in 1927 at Bristol, Tennessee.
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  • Room of Shadows
    Edgar Allan Poe returns and gets the glorious death he deserved.
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