’Tis the Season



It’s that time of year when the hustle and bustle of the holidays fills your heart with dread and anticipation… Did I say dread? Yep. The dread of what to get some of those people on your Christmas List.


If that significant other or friends or relatives gave you a Wish List, you’re lucky. But a lot of us are left panicking at the last moment about what to give somebody on our gift list.


Might I give you a suggestion?


How about a book?


The Writers-in-Residence ladies have a few new books out this year, but I’m not going to limit this pitch to just our tomes (even though they are listed at the end of this article). There are a lot of other books available. Of course, I recommend the classics. But some good books are from new writers. Some are the next book in a favorite series that you might have enjoyed and now might want to share with friends.


But there is another reason for me mentioning BOOKS. People aren’t reading as much anymore. WHY? Some schools think the classics are passe and sometimes their reading list leaves a lot to be desired. Here in the Los Angeles area, many of my favorite bookstores have closed. Amazon might have taken away customers, but those stores were a great place to browse and they will be missed. After all, it’s hard to browse through the “shelves” at Amazon. But you can get a book in a day or two delivered to your door. That’s nice. Or the Kindle version is available instantly. But why aren’t people, adults and children, reading as much anymore?


No imagination.


Movies with car chases and explosions don’t stimulate the imagination. They just drag you along for the ride. The viewer doesn’t bring anything to the party, as it were. As for video games, maybe you get to blow things up or destroy another dozen zombies or a peasant village, but when the game is finished you can start again and do roughly the same thing over and over and over. Boring. These games without a story or characters behind them actually go nowhere.



That brings me back to BOOKS. They can take you places. They introduce you to new worlds and exciting people. They stimulate your imagination to, dare I say it… dream about things. They can help kids set goals in life. They can help adults get their lives in order in case they are going through a rough patch. Or they can just entertain. Nothing wrong with that.


Let me introduce you to a little fellow who turns up in a particular Christmas book that I can highly recommend. His name is Orville. He starts out as an egg left under the seat of Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve. The egg was left by a wizard with a note saying: Take care of this egg. DO NOT EAT. When the egg hatches, Orville, who happens to be a dragon, has come into the world on a mission. Orville is a special dragon. You see, he is what lights the fire of imagination under people when they READ.


Young Orville learns a few lessons as he is growing up. He learns the value of the information in books and also about what the world would be like if there were no books… What a horrible thought.


This is why we here at The Writers-in-Residence introduce you to new books, both ours and others, just to stimulate your imagination. If you are a parent or have children on your gift giving list, think about giving them a book this year. Something to light that fire under those growing minds before they forget how to dream. And maybe your friends might like something to sooth them during trying times or spur them on when they need a little push in the right direction.


It’s the imagination that created every invention, opened frontiers, and let people realize there are others in this world who matter, too. Books stimulate the imagination. READ ON.


Have a very Happy Holiday, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah.


These are a few of our most recent books.

Autumn-Gold, SFB cover photoFBRTMMFront300dpi1200pixFrontCoverOnly300dpi (002)An Almost Perfect MurderHollywood Then and NowBad to the BonePetal in the Wind III

Second Chance Book CoverEvery Castle Needs a Dragon


Author: gbpool

A former private detective and once a reporter for a small weekly newspaper, Gayle Bartos-Pool (writing as G.B. Pool) writes three detective series: the Gin Caulfield P.I. series (Media Justice, Hedge Bet & Damning Evidence), The Johnny Casino Casebook Series, and the Chance McCoy detective series. She also penned a series of spy novels, The SPYGAME Trilogy: The Odd Man, Dry Bones, and Star Power. She has a collection of short stories in From Light To DARK, as well as novels: Eddie Buick’s Last Case, Enchanted: The Ring, The Rose, and The Rapier, The Santa Claus Singer, and three delightful holiday storied, Bearnard’s Christmas, The Santa Claus Machine, and Every Castle Needs a Dragon. Also published: CAVERNS, Only in Hollywood, and Closer. She is the former Speakers Bureau Director for Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles and also a member of Mystery Writers of America and The Woman’s Club of Hollywood. She teaches writing classes: “Anatomy of a Short Story,” (The Anatomy of a Short Story Workbook and So You Want to be a Writer are available.) “How To Write Convincing Dialogue” and “Writing a Killer Opening Line” in sunny Southern California. Website: www.gbpool.com.

8 thoughts on “’Tis the Season”

  1. Yes, “Read On!” What a wonderful post. And perfect to get us in “the mood.” Personally can’t imagine a life without reading. Have a 98 year old cousin who is doing quite well, but one of her main complaints (even over not driving anymore!) is her dwindling eyesight and not being able to read. I’ve tried introducing her to Audiobooks, but that hasn’t worked out, yet!

    And “Yes” again, count myself lucky, on more than one front, but being able to read and write, and living in period in time when I can is a huge blessing.

    Thank you for a wonderful inspiring holiday-reading post!


    1. One of my Kindles will read back the books I have downloaded. It might be a mechanical voice, but it is pretty good. Maybe your aunt would like that option. Or maybe a care-giver could read to her. Books do add so much.


  2. What a terrific post, and I could not agree with you more! Books have been a vital part of my life since I first learned to read, and I believe my love of books sparked my imagination and fueled my desire to become a writer. My bookshelves are full of old friends and new ones, and there is nothing comparable to the thrill of opening a new book and diving into whatever world the author has created. I don’t always love that world, but most of the time I willingly go on the journey and am all the better for it. Thanks for spreading the word. PS – Bless Orville; he has a mighty task ahead of him.

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    1. It is up to readers as well as writers to promote reading. The knowledge and entertainment factors are immeasurable. Light that fire.


  3. What a timely message, GB. Who amongst us can argue with the joy of entering the world of a novel and taking a journey through its pages, or reading non-fiction and seeing the world in a new way. I I have a bag of presents to give to my family tomorrow and wouldn’t you know it – a few are books. Great post.

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    1. I still have some of my books from childhood. And I give books to my grand-nieces and nephews. They stimulate the imagination. And books last forever.


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