So every year, I do a holiday gift guide, talking about books, movies, and more that I’m planning to give to folks on my shopping list or ask for myself. Note: you can get most of these items at a variety of retailers, not just the ones that I’ve linked to.
Enjoy and happy holiday shopping!
The awesome Tony Mauro has once again published his annual When Darkness Falls calendar. Tony is the cover artist for my Elemental Assassin series (and many other fantasy book series), and if you look at the graphic above, you will see that the cover art for The Spider is featured in the calendar. Gin is looking sharp, as usual.
Here are some of the other authors and books featured in the calendar:
Tony was nice enough to offer a calendar for giveaway here on my blog. To enter, use the form below. The giveaway is open to those 18 and older, U.S. only.
And now, on to the rest of the holiday gift guide.
This is the first book in Hallinan’s series about Junior Bender, a Los Angeles thief who becomes a sort of private investigator for other thieves. This would be good for folks who like books about crooks or mysteries with a darker, noir feel to them. I might buy this for my dad, and see if he likes the series too.
This is the latest book in Child’s long-running series about ex-military police officer Jack Reacher and his adventures as he travels around the country. My dad really enjoys this series, and so do I. Perfect for the action-adventure fan on your shopping list.
I hosted Danielle on my blog earlier this year, and I enjoyed this book. If you have a young adult epic fantasy reader on your list, you might want to check out this story about an aspiring opera singer who gets kidnapped and taken to a cursed kingdom. The book has a sort of Beauty and the Beast vibe — but with trolls.
For the last couple of years, I’ve noticed that Harlequin usually puts out a historical western romance holiday anthology. I picked this one up for my mom, who loves westerns. This anthology features stories by Jenna Kernan, Kathryn Albright, and Lynna Banning.
An oldie, but goodie and a fun holiday album, especially if the cold weather and holiday stress already has you dreaming of a tropical escape.
A holiday album that is rocking and poignant at the same time. Christmas / Sarajevo 12/24 is one of my favorite holiday songs.
Every year, The Killers release a holiday song with the proceeds going to charity. This is one of my favorites and just a fun, goofy song.
This holiday album came out last year, but I really enjoyed it. Clarkson has a lovely voice.
TV AND MOVIES
I’m thinking about splurging and getting this for myself. Yeah, it’s expensive, and the episodes are probably dated (and more than a little cheesy). But I remember watching the re-runs when I was younger and enjoying them. It looks like there is a cheaper DVD version if you don’t want the Blu-ray and all the collectibles.
I have fond memories of watching this show when I was younger, and I re-watched the entire series over the summer. Yeah, it’s another show that’s a little dated and cheesy, but I enjoyed the trip down memory lane. Someone on your shopping list might too.
Oh, how I love me some Stonebridge and Scott. If you like action-adventure shows, you definitely need to check out this series, which follows a couple of elite soldiers as they try to stop terrorist attacks and more.
Famous Key Lime Bundt Cake from We Take the Cake: My mom has already asked for this for Christmas. We’ve gotten the cake in the past, and it is really good.
Redbubble: If you need a T-shirt, sweatshirt, phone case, poster, or something else with a superhero, movie, or more on it, check out this site.
Superhero Stuff: If you have a superhero fan on your list, you should check out this site, which has tons of, you guessed it, superhero stuff. Over the summer, I bought a Black Widow shirt for me and a Deadpool one for Wheezley, and I’ll probably order some more stuff for the holidays.
And that’s a wrap. What books, movies, and more are you guys planning on giving or asking for this holiday season?