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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Festival of Books! December 20 - December 28th

Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights

I've always been fascinated by the menorah.  According to Jewish tradition, the yearly lighting of candles commemorates the miracle when a single night's portion of ritual oil kept the Temple lit for eight full nights.  (The ninth, central candle is used to light the others.)  I love the idea of lighting the candles not just to provide household light -- personal appreciation -- but to share the miracle with the whole world.

Of course, there have been times and places in Jewish history when lighting the menorah could be dangerous, even deadly. Even the dreidel, that seemingly innocuous spinning top, comes from a time when studying the Torah (the Hebrew Bible) had to be hidden. When the Greeks outlawed such study, young men gathered secretly to learn the tenets of their faith. If observed by Greek soldiers, the scholars would take out their dreidels -- spinning tops -- and play with them. The soldiers would assume the men were gambling and move along.

Festival of Books

For the next eight nights, I've joined with several other indie authors to bring you a selection of great indie offerings.  I'm also offering a Paranormal Gift Basket and gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. All you have to do is either purchase a copy of Death Wish: Book I (The Vamp Saga) OR tell me what holiday lights -- the menorah, the Christmas tree, or something else -- means to you personally.  Each comment will give you an entry into the drawing, which will take place on 12/29.  The winner will be chosen by random.org. 

You can also check out several great indie authors:

Jonathan Gould
Stephanie Abbott

Justin Dennis
Lisa Grace
Craig Hansen
Larry Kahn
Emily Ward

Last but not least, fill out the form to be eligible for the Grand Prize Drawing (Click on the Festival of Lights symbol right across from this blog post to do that)!

1 comment:

Denise Z said...

I love holiday lights! To me they are peaceful and always make me smile. Sometimes, especially when my son was younger, we will drive around the neighborhoods just to look at the awesomeness. The world is so crazy that sometimes we need a little twinkling joy. Thank you for participating in this fun holiday hop and sharing the joy.