Posts Categorized: Christmas

Small Business Saturday Nov. 26

Remember to visit your favorite independent bookstore on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday (Nov. 25 -26). My favorite is This Old Book in Grayslake, Illinois. Visit Friday for 25% off of all books, maps, and artwork. On Saturday they’re giving away two totes filled with specially selected books: one for children and one for adults. Visit their website at

While you might expect to find books for sale at a hair salon, Edison the Christmas Elf and the Imperfect Perfect Toy as well as Vanished! will be available at Dianna’s Salon & Spa (310 West Rollins, Round Lake, Illinois) as they celebrate Small Business Saturday. Visit Dianna’s website:

New Edison the Christmas Elf Video

Lights! Camera! Action! Edison the Christmas Elf and the Imperfect Perfect Toy is now a movie! Well, not exactly, but it is a YouTube video complete with narration, music, and sound effects. So break out the popcorn, sit back, and enjoy the video of the book.

The video is best-viewed full screen. Likes & comments are more than welcome. Please share with family and friends.

Hardcover, paperback, and Kindle editions of Edison the Christmas Elf and the Imperfect Perfect Toy are available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble online ( For information on personalized copies visit the book page of this website or send an email to

Authors at the Market

Starting Wednesday, June 1, This Old Book will host Authors at the Market during the Grayslake Farmers Market from 3 – 6 pm. A different local author will appear each Wednesday in front of This Old Book at 138 Center Street. I’ll be there June 1 with copies of Edison the Christmas Elf and the Imperfect Perfect Toy (it’s never too early to start shopping for Christmas). I’ll also have free copies of the first chapters of my next book, Vanished!, scheduled for publication late this summer.

Author-signed Copies of Edison Available

An estimated 40% of American consumers have already started Christmas shopping, but there’s no need to panic if you haven’t started. There is still time to buy a hardcover edition of Edison the Christmas Elf and the Imperfect Perfect Toy.


Edison is about an elf who dreams of making the perfect Christmas toy. He’s full of imaginative ideas, but they’re often disastrous! Every year Santa Claus waits for Edison to reveal his new idea, and every year Santa worries: just what enormous, tremendous, monstrous problem will Edison’s new toy cause next?


The book costs $18 (free shipping) from me ($19.95 on Amazon). I’ll be happy to sign and add a personal message to your copy. Just send me an email at Limited (numbered) editions are also available for $22.

Christmas Dog Biscuit Recipe

Christmas is near and while it’s a time for family and friends, it’s also a time to remember the family dog. So here’s a recipe for dog biscuits guaranteed to delight your four-footed friend.

Dog Biscuit Recipe (from D. Barchus)


4 Cups whole-wheat flour

2 Cups quick-cooking oats

2 & ½ Cups warm water

½ Cup natural peanut butter

Baking instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine all ingredients

On a lightly floured surface, knead dough until it is firm. If the dough is too sticky, add warm water 1 tablespoon at a time

Roll dough to ¼ inch thickness and cut with a cookie cutter of your choice; transfer to cookie sheet

Bake for 40 minutes

Turn off heat and let biscuits stand in oven until hard (about 1 to 2 hours)