Friday, December 21, 2012

Gerald Costlow shares is his Christmas in Korea

THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED. GERALD DECIDED TO PLAY SANTA AND GIVE EVERYONE A COPY OF CRAZY JACK WHO HAD COMMENTED. SO MERRY CHRISTMAS! If you forgot to leave your email, contact me with the info and I'll pass it along to Gerald. Have a safe and happy holiday!!

KAREN: I'm thrilled to have fantasy author, Gerald Costlow here today to share his sweet and amusing story of his Christmas in Korea. You're sure to have a chuckle. He also has a sneak peek at his new release: Crazy Jack. I had a chance to review this story and I just loved it and I'm sure you will, too. 

***CONTEST: Gerald is giving away one digital copy of Crazy Jack to one lucky winner! Read on and see how you may be that winner. You don't want to miss adding this tale to your Christmas stocking!

A Christmas in Korea by Gerald Costlow

The year was 1989.  I was a young, single airman stationed in Korea with Christmas approaching.  It was not my first Christmas spent far away from family but that didn’t make it any less lonely.  It’s times like that where the distance away from home really hits hard.

My mother, bless her heart, always sent me regular care packages.  To understand the rest, you have to understand that this was before the internet and even phone calls home were few and far between.  Adding to the confusion, Mom’s idea of what the rest of the world was like is formed by television shows and movies.  To her, France consists of Paris from a 1960 romantic movie complete with sidewalk bistros.  If she ever showed up in London, she’d expect the city to be buried in smog just like the Sherlock Holmes movies.

And mother saw Korea depicted during 1950s wartime from the MASH series on television.  I love the Korean people and they had done a fantastic job of rebuilding in the thirty years or so since the war.  On top of that, the American bases had great facilities including our own stores where every comfort of home could be acquired.  But no matter how often I wrote home to Mom explaining how I wasn’t deprived of basic necessities, I could not convince her of that.

This made her care packages an experience.  Back to 1989.  That Christmas I received an especially large, heavy box.  I pulled out of the box two jars of peanut butter, a canned ham, a can opener just in case, and three shoeboxes full of home-made cookies and candies and cakes.  For non-edible gifts I received new gloves, new socks, thermal underwear (it always seems to be winter in the MASH episodes) and to top it all off, a half dozen bars of deodorant soap.  It was everything a loving mother could think of that her baby boy might need in that scary, foreign land.

There is one big problem with this assortment: the deodorant soap.  Packed along with home-made goodies with nothing but a thin cardboard box between them, for the week it took to get there?  Yep, every cookie and chocolate covered cherry tasted like I was biting into a bar of soap.  That’s Mom for you.

And I still ate every last bit of cookie and cake, of course.  Did you know, sometimes love tastes like deodorant soap?

***CONTEST: I will give out an ebook copy of Crazy Jack to a random poster who answers the question: Have you or someone you know ever been separated from the people you love at Christmas?
About the Author:

Gerald Costlow lives in Michigan along with his wife and a houseful of dogs and other assorted critters.  His short stories have been published in various anthologies and his debut novel, The Weaving, was released in 2010 to great reviews. 

About the book: 
I’m proud to present Crazy Jack, the first book-length story in the Appalachia supernatural romance series.

This time we are introduced to Crazy Jack, a local character who is…well, crazy. He hears voices in his head that he claims are animal spirits that can even take over his body. He’s in love with Elizabeth, a young Sherritt witch living way back on the ridge, struggling to make ends meet while trying to raise her orphaned nephew. She loves him in return, but has real doubts about the wisdom of marrying someone like Jack.

Then Crazy Jack is accused of murder and becomes a hunted man, both by the sheriff who wants him in jail and the murdered man’s kin who just want him dead. Elizabeth believes he is innocent and must call upon the powers of her Sherritt blood and get help from her own kin before the mountain erupts into a clan feud. And of course, Crazy Jack is not going to take being framed for murder lying down.

To learn more about the author and the Appalachia romance series, visit Once Upon a Word Author Page or visit his personal blog at The Weaving


Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Gerald,

Thanks so much for sharing your story. Made me smile. Gotta love our moms!

katsrus said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my goodness I cannot imagine eating something that taste like deodorant soap. I remember soap when I was a kid and it did not taste good. LOL. Really enjoyed your story about your care package. Really great book cover. This also sounds like a wonderful story. Will have to add to my reading to see how it turns out.
Sue B

bn100 said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for sharing. Yes, about being separated at Christmas.


rojo13864 said... Best Blogger Tips

Yes, and it was heart breaking. Thank you for this contest! Merry Christmas and Blessings to you and yours.

Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Gerald,

Crazy Jack sounds like an interesting read. This is part of series? How many books?

Loved your story about Christmas in Korea, too. Soap treats--yuck. lol

cathynickol at verizon dot net

Katrina Gillian said... Best Blogger Tips

How did you manage to eat something that tasted like soap? lol Great story.

Crazy Jack sounds interesting. Like the cover.

desitheblonde said... Best Blogger Tips

yes all 10 plus are in ohio and i do nt see them in 10 year or more and then we found out we have new uncle and then new brother younger than my baby brother i am blogger and reader two

Gerald Costlow said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Cathy and everyone.
This is the first book-length tale in the series, but the series began with two shorter stories in Victory anthologies, now available as 99 cent stories. Those introduced the world and characters. This will be followed next spring with the second in the series, tentatively titled Deputy Hillbilly.

Sarah J. McNeal said... Best Blogger Tips

Ohmagosh, that sounds like something my mother would do. She would send Funny Face Koolaid when I lived in Harnett Hall (a dorm) in Washington, DC because the water tasted bad. She forgot that cookies are delicate and might need a little cushioning--but the crumbs were delicious.
I have Crazy Jack. I know it's going to be a great story when I finally get to it in my ever mounting pile of books.
I enjoyed your blog. Mothers, they can be a trip.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you everyone for coming by and saying hi. Gerald has decided to send everyone a copy of Crazy Jack! So very nice. Enjoy!

There are a few here that did not leave an email address. If you would like a copy of Crazy Jack sent to you, please email me at kmnbooks @ yahoo . com (no spaces) and I'll forward the info the Gerald.

Thanks again and enjoy your Holiday Season!!