The Christmas Carriage: Alice Jane-Marie Massa

Please welcome Alice Jane-Marie Massa author of The Christmas Carriage

Alice Jane-Marie Massa will be awarding a $20.00 Panera Gift Card (US only) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

The Christmas Carriage

The Christmas Carriage and Other Writings of the Holiday Season

by Alice Jane-Marie Massa

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GENRE:  Collection of short stories, memoirs, essays, and poetry

 

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BLURB:

 

​To celebrate holiday reading, author Alice Jane-Marie Massa invites you to join her on a snowy, imaginary carriage ride featuring her holiday memoirs, short stories, essays, and poetry from her book, THE CHRISTMAS CARRIAGE AND OTHER WRITINGS OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON.

​Spanning from Thanksgiving through the new year, this collection includes her remembrances of Hoosier holidays in the 1950s and 1960s.  “The Christmas Carriage” (set in Milwaukee) and “The Puppies of New Year’s Eve,” along with stories about a military family, two holiday weddings, and a homeless person will warm your heart this winter.  From “Zoe’s Christmas Eve” to “Snow Dancers,” Alice’s poetry provides merry and memorable reading for both adults and children.

​With a beautifully festive cover, this book is one you will want to wrap as a holiday gift, as well as a book that you will want to keep beside your chair while you settle into the sparkle and joy of this holiday season.

​For additional information about ordering this 101-page book in either print, electronic, audio, or braille versions, please visit the author’s web page:
http://www.dldbooks.com/alicemassa/

​Alice also invites you to visit her weekly blog:
http://alice13wordwalk.wordpress.com
 

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The Christmas Carriage

 

EXCERPT:

 

For at least three decades, Mrs. Nevando’s Christmas wish was to have a carriage ride through the city on Christmas Eve. She never mentioned this wish to her husband: the idea seemed all too frivolous. Twelve years ago, when she sat beside his hospital bed, Mrs. Nevando dozed periodically and dreamed of a Christmas carriage ride. Each of the past twelve Christmases that she endured with the memories of her deceased, beloved husband, the 74-year-old woman still entertained the thought of a carriage ride, but then routinely dismissed the notion. “An old woman riding in a carriage alone on Christmas Eve! What would people think?” she often found herself wondering aloud–well, in an audible whisper.

 

In mid-December, Mrs. Nevando was in her usual mode of declining all holiday invitations although she was not receiving as many as she had in earlier years. One son was somewhere in Europe, and the other son was on the East Coast. Of course, they knew their mother was a Midwestern girl–old girl–who did not care to join the masses at airports during any holiday season. After she wrote e-mails to both sons and a few other family members, Mrs. Nevando found herself exploring the website for the city carriage rides. Although she read that carriage rides were available on Christmas Eve, the cost was too expensive for her taste. Nevertheless, she reasoned that one carriage ride was certainly way less money than an airline ticket to Italy or even to Boston.

 

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Although Alice Jane-Marie Massa has lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for over 25 years, growing up in the rural Indiana town of Blanford (with a population of approximately 400) influenced the subject matter and style of her writing. After earning master’s degrees from Indiana State University and Western Michigan University, Alice, still a Hoosier at heart, taught for 25 years, including 14 years of teaching writing and public speaking at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Having retired from teaching English and grading stacks of student papers, she now focuses on her own writing.

 

Alice invites you to visit her blog

http://alice13wordwalk.wordpress.com

where, since January of 2013, she has posted weekly her poetry, essays, memoirs, or short stories. Her writings on Wordwalk frequently focus on her Indiana hometown of Blanford, her four guide dogs, her Italian ancestors, and writing. Additionally, some of her writing pieces have been published in Indiana Voice Journal, Magnets and Ladders, Dialogue, Newsreel, and The ACB Braille Forum, as well as in the anthology Behind Our Eyes: A Second Look.

Away from her desk, Alice enjoys reading, container gardening, and the television program Jeopardy. Since March 21, 1990, Alice’s guide dogs have added sparkle, spirit, and independence to her life. Currently, most of all, she is grateful for her long walks with her fourth Leader Dog, Willow (a black Labrador), who is following very well in the amazing pawprints of Alice’s beloved first three Leader Dogs—Keller (a Golden Retriever), Heather (a Yellow Labrador), and Zoe (a Black Lab/Golden Retriever mix).

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE:

 

Alice Jane-Marie Massa will be awarding a $20.00 Panera Gift Card (US only) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f2509

 

18 responses to “The Christmas Carriage: Alice Jane-Marie Massa”

  1. Lisa Brown says:

    congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  2. Good Morning, Christine–Many thanks for hosting the first day of my Blurb Blitz Tour! I hope that the variety of pieces in my book will be appealing to all of your blog readers.
    More later–Alice Jane-Marie Massa

  3. Good Morning, Christine–Many thanks for hosting the first day of my Blurb Blitz Tour! I hope that the variety of pieces in my book will be appealing to all of your blog readers.
    More later–Alice Jane-Marie Massa

  4. Bea LaRocca says:

    What a wonderful idea for a holiday book! I’ve always wanted to take a snowy carriage ride but have never had the chance! Congrats on the book and the tour and thanks so much for the excerpt and Giveaway!

    • Hello, Bea–Thanks for the nice comment! I hope you enjoy the imaginary carriage ride by reading the title short story “The Christmas Carriage.” The horse-drawn carriage on the cover of my book frequently goes by my townhouse.
      Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays!
      Alice

  5. achristay@aol.com says:

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  6. Rita Wray says:

    I liked the excerpt, thank you.

  7. bn100 says:

    interesting

  8. Victoria says:

    Sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. Dale Wilken says:

    I loved the excerpt thank you.

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