2012 Holiday Bazaar

November 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm , by Alyce Wilson

Welcome to the 2012 Holiday Bazaar! I did something like this on my personal blog a few years ago, and it went fairly well. You are welcome to participate and list your books, games, crafts, and other handmade gifts, as long as you follow the rules below.


1) If you aren’t already following me, either follow my Twitter account (@alycewilson), or “like” my Facebook author’s page, or friend my personal blog on LiveJournal, or subscribe to this blog by typing your e-mail into the “subscribe” box on the right-hand sidebar.

2) Begin the comment by giving your real name and/or screen name and telling me how you’re connected to me (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, etc.). This is one of the ways I’m screening out spammers and will also help other visitors to connect to you. Feel free to list your home page in this section.

3) Give a brief description of what it is that you’re selling, i.e. book, hand-made crafts, artwork, CD, photography, etc. In order to qualify for the bazaar, it must be something you have a direct connection to. You can promote your friend’s book, if you like, but be certain to mention your connection.

4) Include one or, at most, two links to the place where your gifts can be bought. If you have an Etsy store, it’s best to include the link to the entire store than to link to multiple items. If your items are all in different locations, it would be best for you to create one blog post that has all the links, and then link to that post. That’s because my spam detection programming automatically flags posts with too many links.

5) Promote this post so that other people can shop, join and share! I’ve created a TinyURL you can use: http://tinyurl.com/cyonxb6

And that’s it! If you have any questions or if you think your post has accidentally been culled by the spam filters, e-mail me. I’ll post a sample comment below.

In other news, this is the final week (ending the close of Monday, December 3) of the America’s Next Author contest. I’m trying to at least break into the Top 10 this week, and hopefully grab the judges’ attention to be a possible Wild Card. I’m guaranteed a spot in the semifinals if I place 1st this week. Please read and vote for my story: http://www.ebookmall.com/author/alyce-wilson

The vote totals were zeroed out for the beginning of Round 8, so even if you already voted, please stop in and vote again. Voting for me is NOT a condition of being included in the Holiday Bazaar! In fact, I won’t even know whether or not you voted for me unless you tell me.


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21 Comments so far

by Alyce Wilson

On November 20, 2012 at 1:53 pm


CONNECTION TO ALYCE: I am Alyce! I’m also following myself with my secondary Twitter feed, @WildVioletMag

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: In my collection of essays and columns, “The Art of Life,” I ponder everything from Marilyn Monroe’s dress size to giant cow statues to dog aesthetics. I explore the humor, beauty and depth of my life experiences. Also available at the same location are my self-published poetry book and a couple other books.

LINK: http://www.alycewilson.com/books/

COMMENTS: Feel free to share anything from deep thoughts to silly quotes to special instructions in this final space. Splunge!

by Torontonanny

On November 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm

NAME/SCREENNAME: Elizabeth Hawksworth/Torontonanny

CONNECTION TO ALYCE: Alyce and I met during the 2011-2012 season of The Real LJ Idol. I loved her honest writing and we ended up going out of the competition as the Top 5th and 6th, so we made it pretty far!

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: My poetry and essay anthology, “Break for Beauty”, explores 10 years of my life as a writer. It included poetry and essays that fall into four different themes, and explores different writing styles throughout the book.

LINK: http://www.amazon.com/Break-Beauty-Elizabeth-Hawksworth/dp/148025682X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1353439252&sr=1-1

COMMENTS: You can find both the paperback and Kindle editions at that link. Poetry is a passion of mine – what’s your passion?

by Ann Stolinsky

On November 20, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Name/Screenname: Ann Stolinsky/Gontza Games

Connection to Alyce: Writers Coffeehouse

Brief Description: I own a small independent board and card game company, Gontza Games. I have three games that are perfect for holiday presents. The games are: MINDFIELD, The Game of United States Military Trivia, designed for college age and above; Pass the Grogger!, designed for ages four thru ten; and Christmas Cards, a children’s card game for ages four thru ten. My website is http://www.gontzagames.com. My games are all proudly Made in the USA.

Comments: Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your 2012 Holiday Bazaar!

by Ninette Swann

On November 20, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Name: Ninette Swann, @ninetteswann
Connection: LJ Idol
Description: I write romance novels, and they’re not nearly as bad as the ones I edit, so, hey! Buy them for your family and torture them, right?

Hit and Stay: http://www.amazon.com/Hit-and-Stay-ebook/dp/B0089MMZUO/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1353473228&sr=1-2

Body Combat: http://www.amazon.com/Body-Combat-ebook/dp/B009KBTPPG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1353473281&sr=1-1

Comments: Hey, thanks for doing this!

by Chris Redding

On November 21, 2012 at 10:03 am

Name: Chris Redding
Connection: Facebook and Writer’s Coffeehouse
Description: Thriller novels
Incendiary http://tinyurl.com/8davpke
Blonde Demolition: http://tinyurl.com/7olwvhs

Thanks for doing this.

by Merry Jones

On November 21, 2012 at 11:53 am

I’m connected to Alyce via Twitter.

Two new books this winter: WINTER BREAK, the third Harper Jennings thriller, and THE TROUBLE WITH CHARLIE, a new suspense novel. Both are available via Amazon.

LINKS: http://www.amazon.com/Winter-Break-Merry-Jones/dp/0727882201

by Nicole Zoltack

On November 21, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Name: Nicole Zoltack
Connection: Twitter and Writer’s Coffeehouse
Description: Fantasy Romance Novels
Link: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=nicole+zoltack

by K. A. Laity

On November 25, 2012 at 8:29 pm

K. A. Laity (@katelaity on Twitter)
Connections: Wild Violet (2 or 3 times, FB & Twitter

All Purpose Writer: http://www.kalaity.com
No kidding: you like a genre, I write in it. I’d highlight my non-fiction magic collection ROOK CHANT and my latest novel OWL STRETCHING that’s ah…hard to describe. Consider it “Shamans vs Aliens”!

I love this idea and I think I may do the same for tomorrow on my blog.

by Stacy

On November 26, 2012 at 9:16 am

I’ve been an intermittent associate editor.

Flatwater Press is a charitable organization created to promote and support the work of Nebraska authors. The Flatwater Press Classics Library is a collection of reasonably-priced high-quality paperback editions of timeless works of literature. Your purchase of these books will further our efforts greatly.

If you’ve purchased contemporary paperback editions of works in the public domain, you’ve probably noticed how crappy they are. I actually began Flatwater Press two years ago because readers and authors deserve better. Flatwater Press editions are ~not~ printed directly from scans of old copies; each is completely reset, carefully edited and meticulously proofread. And each Flatwater Press paperback has its own visually appealing cover design. As a gift, any one of them is sure to make a lasting impression.

Disclaimer: Although Flatwater Press is a charitable organization, these books are priced at fair market value, as defined by the Internal Revenue Service; therefore, your purchase of them is ~not~ tax deductible.

by Stacy

On November 26, 2012 at 9:37 am

I’ve been an intermittent associate editor.

The Bohemian Girl and other stories.

Here are truly funny stories of people in pain, where the pain is not hidden or laughed at – an impressive balancing act that Stephens executes with intriguing sensitivity that avoids sentimentality. Her writing is nothing less than brilliant.
-Kimberly Todd Wade (Amazon Verified Purchase)

Again and again Stacy Stephens returns to the themes of transsexual identity, Roman Catholicism, and outsiders living in an insular Nebraska environment. Ms. Stephens has a good command of language; her word choice is sometimes quirky, but often just what is needed to bring the scenes and characters to life. While many of the stories in this collection are entertaining and informative or even shocking, “Why Had Coronado Never Gone Back to Spain?” stands out as a nearly perfect example of what a short story should be.
-Kate Jonez (Rec’d a review copy)

The Nothing That Is and other stories.

Opening this book of short stories is like opening a velvet box filled with bright gems, sparkling, calling to you to pick them up one by one and watch them shine in the light. The voices in these stories are real and earthy, conversational. Some stories are dramatic with powerful endings, while others are short vignettes, almost, with a more quiet power. Most deal with non-hetero themes and characters, and it is striking how Ms. Stephens’s powerful and beautiful language shows that the languages of love and lust come in many forms. I highly recommend this if you are looking for intriguing literary short fiction that will draw you in.
-Blood of Winter (Amazon Verified Purchase)

I really enjoyed going on adventures with this author. You are taken back to another time and immersed in the loves and losses the rich characters face. Stacy has a way of setting the scene, and even though the each passage may only be a few pages long, you feel you know the characters whole life story when thru.
-Ande (Amazon Verified Purchase)

by Laura Shamas

On November 26, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Name: Laura Shamas
Hi! I follow you on Twitter.
My new book POP MYTHOLOGY: COLLECTED ESSAYS has 23 essays about the connections between myth and modern life (Non-Fiction). 17 are previously published, plus 6 new ones.

by Elizabeth Barrette

On December 2, 2012 at 6:50 pm

I’m Elizabeth Barrette, or Ysabetwordsmith on many online services. You invited here from Facebook and we’re friends on LiveJournal. I’ve added your Holiday Bazaar to the links in my Winterfaire.

The Wordsmith’s Forge flutters with blue and white streamers glittering with tinsel and snowflakes. From inside comes the sound of words being forged. A sign out front says…

Ebook editions of Prismatica: Science Fiction Poetry Spanning the Spectrum or From Nature’s Patient Hands: A Collection of Poetry are $7. Hardcopy edition of Prismatica is $12 plus shipping.

Scrapbooked Poetry: $5-10 per page
Archival paper, stickers, punches, embellishments; suitable for framing or placing in a scrapbook.

Custom-written Poetry: $10 and up (usually about twice the noncustom price)
Commission a unique poem; many topics and forms available. Ask for details.

Other Writing & Editing Services: variable, just ask.

Inside the booth is a magical album displaying previously composed poems:
and examples of scrapbooked poems:

I take check and PayPal (there’s a button on my LiveJournal profile page). If you have another method in mind, let me know and we’ll discuss possibilities.

by Mike Wise

On December 3, 2012 at 6:54 pm

I’m Mike Wise, we are friends on Facebook.
I’m in a band called In Repair and we just released our first CD. You can buy copies at http://inrepair.bandcamp.com There are T-shirts available too. Our music is best described as Alternative Rock. If you like Foo Fighters, Thrice, Pearl Jam and others of that sound there is a good chance you’ll dig us.

by Kevin Saito

On December 3, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Hi! I’m Kevin (aka java_fiend on LJ) and we know each other through LJ and also LJ IdoL!

I’m currently promoting my first book… “From the Edge of Darkness”, put out by Fey Publishing. It’s a collection of 13 dark, gruesome and terrifying tales. Perfect for the holidays, no?

You can take a look at some excerpts and find out a little more about me on my website at:


You can also “like” my FB author page at:


“From the Edge of Darkness” is available on Amazon as well as Barnes & Noble… ordering links can be found on my website!

Thank you for hosting the Holiday Bazaar, Alyce!!!

by Valerie Michele Oliver

On December 4, 2012 at 9:29 am

NAME: I’m Valerie Michele.

CONNECTION TO ALYCE: You and I are connected via my Facebook page (The Healing Artist Studio) and her Twitter account.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: In the spirit of the holiday and “paying it forward” (like Alyce is doing here), I’m offering you a gift: a free, copy of my short story entitled “Gifts” that part of a book featuring my poetry and short stories. I’m a healing artist, writer, screenwriter, producer, and partner in a film production company.

LINK: http://healingartiststudio.blogspot.com

COMMENTS: Simply use the link to get to my blog, and you’ll see a post for the story that features some reviews. Feel free to leave a review in the comments section of the post!

by a pink dreamer

On December 5, 2012 at 10:07 am

hi!!! i’m already a follower on your fb page!!!
i’m eleni from greece! i’m a self taught artist and i love mixed media art!
i make paintings,dolls,art jewelry,art boxes and many many art things!!!
please take a look at my etsy shop:

by a pink dreamer

On December 5, 2012 at 10:11 am


On December 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Hello Alyce we recently met on Twitter – I am @guernseyevacuee and I have just published my first history book ‘GUERNSEY EVACUEES: THE FORGOTTEN EVACUEES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR’. I have been interviewing Guernsey evacuees who came to England during WW2 since 2008, and am still interviewing them! Their story had never been told in detail before, which amazed and shocked me in 2008 – hence my research and my book!

The link to the book is: http://guernseyevacuees.wordpress.com/evacuation/

Great to meet you.

by Diony George

On December 7, 2012 at 12:47 am

Hi Alyce, we met on Facebook and liked each other’s pages. I am an author of women’s fiction and inspirational nonfiction. visit my website to learn more or purchase my books!
or amazon at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=diony+george

by Himadri

On December 7, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Hello Alyce. Thank you for inviting me:)) I am following u on twitter and on FB. I have a page called My Zen Mode and u left the invitation there.
I am an artist and I am selling my artworks on Etsy. http://www.etsy.com/shop/MyZenMode

by Amy Barone

On December 12, 2012 at 12:14 am

Alyce, thank you for the opportunity. You published several of my poems in Wild Violet and I read at the 10th Anniversary celebration. This is a link to the publisher of my chapbook, “Views from the Driveway.” My poems in the book were inspired by living in Italy for five years, growing up in PA, nature and music.

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