Right Here At Christmas

Written by Don Reid on December 14th, 2014 Posted in General

I get notices from my publisher all the time about special promotions that are happening with the books and they ask me to pass this information on to you. I always hesitate because I feel like some kind of snake oil salesman pushing my own stuff. Then I hear from so many of you who ask about the books so I will try to bring the twain together in an honest and humble manner.

David C Cook, the publishing company, has announced a promotion that includes O Little Town. The eBook will be free on December 15 and 16 – this Monday and Tuesday. Then it will be on special for $2.99 through January 4, 2015.
One Lane Bridge eBook will go on sale for $1.99 from December 15 to January 5, 2015.

So if you didn’t get it for Christmas, you can get it for yourself after-the-fact.

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And speaking of books! My son, Langdon, who is one half of the singing duo WILSON FAIRCHILD, also writes a human interest column which the Staunton News Leader publishes bi-weekly. He covers just any subject on his mind from childhood memories to current events to patriotism to raising kids. It’s always funny, touching and relatable and all of that simply adds up to good writing.

Well, he has just published a book of 52 of those musings called Wink @ Life. And here is where I am going to go all snake oil on you for sure. You can buy this book at www.WinkAtLife.com. The column is very popular around our area and the book is just an absolute joy. But then you expected me to say that. So get one for yourself and see if I’m not right!

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Now for the shocker of the year. I thought you might find this as funny and as awakening as I did.

I got a request a couple of weeks ago from Billboard Magazine, the keeper of all music data for the world of music. It has been called the Bible of the music industry and it is used and respected by everyone who has ever had a career in releasing music of any kind and any field. It publishes weekly charts of the top 100 for rock, country, rap and anything else you can think of.
They asked if I would do an interview with them. I agreed as I assumed they wanted to do a story on the fact that the STATLER BROTHERS were atop the charts again after 12 years of retirement with the video of our last show, Farewell Concert. Wrong! They acknowledged that and congratulated us on that, but the reason for the interview was a commemoration of something that brought a smile to my face and a chill up my back. They wanted to do a story in celebration of Flowers on the Wall being 50 years old come 2015!

After laughing at the thought and gathering my senses, I said, sure, I can tell you all about it. And, yes, it was in late 1965 when that first hit of ours first went on the country and pop charts and I remembered all those young and exciting feelings the four of us enjoyed together. It was a fun time and I loved reliving it. You can check out Chuck Dauphin’s column at http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-615

It’s time to finish up some of that last minute Christmas shopping, so here I go.
Merry Christmas to all of you and may God bless each one of you in a very special way.

DSR – 12/14/14

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