Dec. 6, 2013
JUST FOR CHRISTMAS!
Merry Christmas, readers! Just for an extra treat, over the next few days and/or weeks, some Helping Hands Press authors will be dropping by, maybe just to wish you a Merry Christmas, maybe to fill you in on their latest published works or soon-to-be-published works, maybe just to chat a little.
We’re going to start today with a greeting from Patti Souder, the director of the Montrose Christian Writers Conference, Montrose, PA, held every fourth week in July. This year, the conference will celebrate its 25th anniversary. Patti has written, co-authored, or contributed to 14 published books and has written and directed numerous plays and musicals. One of her special delights is creating tightly scripted drama sketches that bring Bible characters to life by using rhyme, rhythm, irony, and humor. The sketches touch people from many different cultures and generations and can be used effectively as dramatic readings or performances for small groups, marriage weekends, youth activities, and special programs as well as in worship settings. The drama sketches can be found at www.AlphaStarDrama.com.
Patti also enjoys speaking at conferences and banquets and singing with church and choral groups. She earned an MA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University and an RN from the Geisinger Medical Center School of Nursing and was active as a nurse for over twenty years. She is married to Larry Souder, President of the Montrose Broadcasting Corporation, with whom she co-hosts a daily radio program. Larry and Patti have three children and six grandchildren, all of whom are joy-bringers. Her latest published work is a short story in MARSHA HUBLER’S HEART-WARMING CHRISTMAS STORIES collection. The same story will also be featured in MARSHA HUBLER’S HEART-WARMING HORSE STORIES. Patti’s story is published on Amazon and Barnes and Noble as an e-story for just .99. Whether you’re a Christmas admirer or a horse lover, check out:
HOBBY HORSE FAITH
A Short Story by
(for Marsha Hubler’s Heart-Warming Christmas Stories)
George Roe’s elation over finally securing a full-time job after being out of work for months is punctured by the revelation that his five-year-old son Douglas has pneumonia.
In the pre-antibiotic days of 1911, George and his wife, Nellie, face two crises. Will Douglas survive? And if he does, how can they even begin to afford the only gift he wants for Christmas, a hobby horse he fell in love with at Wanamaker’s.
If Douglas does pull through, how can his parents ease the disappointment he’ll experience if that hobby horse isn’t under the tree?