Saturday, December 22, 2012

12 days of Christmas Guests day 11: Ann Swann

Please join me and the beautiful Ann Swann for a Christmas memory on my 12 days of Christmas Guests!  Ann is the author of the book All for Love, released by 5 Prince Publishing.  

Christmas Picks
Ann Swann

         When I was young, my sister and I would begin to watch for the Sears and Roebuck and Montgomery Wards Christmas catalogs to arrive in the mail -- yes, I am that old, and yes, most folks referred to it as Monkey Wards, but we didn't.  To us, those catalogs meant serious business.  For my sister and me, and even our mom, getting those catalogs in the mail gave us an excuse to plop down on the sofa in the den (preferably with a fire in the fireplace and a cup of cocoa on the coffee table), and "pick."
         That's right.  Mom, the page-turner, would be in the middle with the catalog on her lap as we girls, sitting on either side, would stab our forefingers at a particular item on each page.  Of course it was a race to see which one of us could “pick” the best item first.  
         Usually, the afternoon would dissolve into giggles and dares—especially in the underwear section—and after we were finished, we would get out the ballpoint pens and circle the things we really wanted.  It was great fun.  And needless to say, it sparked many conversations around the dinner table, to which my stepfather, Bull, would often say: "You girls are just silly."  
         Hmmm, so we are.  But what simple, silly, fun we had, “picking” our Christmas list each year.

Ann lives in West Texas with her handsome hubby and three rescue pets.  All For Love is Ann’s first romance novel.  She is the author of the Young Adult books: The Phantom Series.  Book One is The Phantom Pilot, Book Two is The Phantom Student, and she is hard at work on Book Three, The Phantom of Crybaby Bridge.  Ann has also published short fiction in the anthologies Timeless (paranormal love stories) and Campfire Tales (spooky stories for the young at heart).



  1. Memories from the 'good old days'. Aren't they wonderful, Ann?
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  2. Oh, Ann! You've brought back memories that I hadn't thought of for years. I'm wishing you and yours a very special Christmas.

    1. Sandy,
      Thank you for stopping in on my 12 days of Christmas Guests! we would like to send you a free ebook copy of Ann's book! Please email me with your contact/email information and I will send you the code to redeem your prize. info(at)bernadettemarie(dot)com