Merry Chrissy and the After Christmas Awakenings #RevealWeek: Introducing Silver Bells

After quite a magical adventure in "Merry Christmas and the Naughty or Nice Truth", 9-year old Chrissy Deigh is completely heartbroken that the most magical day of the year will be 1 year away once again. Christmas Day may be over, but Chrissy's story is just getting started.

There are 4 brand new characters in the second installment of Chrissy's Christmas Adventure. Today, I will introduce Silver Bells. You can see my other characters reveals in the blog archive.

 Must've made a bad first impression.

Must've made a bad first impression.

Silver Bells is a worker from the "Wish Fulfillment" (a department that answers letters to Santa and fulfills the wishes of kids 1-92) division of North Pole Incorporated. Compared to the "red" collar Toyland (a department that sets up and delivers toys direct to Santa's sleigh), Silver's white collar line of work involves answering letters...lots and LOTS of letters from kids all over the world. With only a few years of experience under his belt, the young man straight outta of Harvard is enlisted by new C. E. O. Missy "Mistletoe Toel to a brand new and challenging task: To be the chaperone for Chrissy Deigh, the first ambassador of North Pole Incorporated.

 "Ambassador" or glorified "Babysitter"?

"Ambassador" or glorified "Babysitter"?

Author's Notes

 One of the first sketches of Silver.

One of the first sketches of Silver.

Silver is a very laid back, yet worry wart of a character. He is always at odds with both of his bosses; Both the C. E. O. who is somewhat cold and dismissive over his advice and Chrissy who often has her way around with her little antics. An avid video gamer, he is never away from his portable gaming console. Perhaps video games are the only thing that keeps him sane from his demanding job. Despite that, he is a very talented writer and his letter to a very important child will be a major factor in the story. This is a character to watch out for.

"Merry Chrissy and the After Christmas Awakenings" is a middle grade novel for ages 9 and up. It will be available for purchase December 2016. Go to merrychrissy.com or follow my social media for the latest updates.

Merry Chrissy and the After Christmas Awakenings #RevealWeek: Introducing Partridge Pear

After quite a magical adventure in "Merry Christmas and the Naughty or Nice Truth", 9-year old Chrissy Deigh is completely heartbroken that the most magical day of the year will be 1 year away once again. Christmas Day may be over, but Chrissy's story is just getting started.

There are 4 brand new characters in the second installment of the Merry Chrissy series. Today, I will introduce Partridge Pear. You can see my other characters reveals in the blog archive.

 Partridge showing off his bling to Chrissy.

Partridge showing off his bling to Chrissy.

 

Partridge Pear is a character that is very much determined to be a successful businessman and dissatisfied with the taste of failure. Following in the footsteps of his father who helped modernize the North Pole as "North Pole City", Partridge controls a vast business empire that's exclusively involved with the "Merry Metropolis". His magical power company founded by his father keeps the city running and from freezing to death at the same time with a shield of magic surrounding the city limits. His consumer electronics division however is lagging behind a hip and plucky upstart. 

 Flying in the darkness.

Flying in the darkness.

Partridge's trump card to steal attention (and business) away from his competition is a revolutionary product that allows people to use Christmas Magic in daylight. (Christmas magic in the world of "Merry Chrissy" can only be used at night.) Thanks to some connections, Partridge enlists the help of none other than Chrissy Deigh to push and promote the wearable magical bracelet.

Author's Notes

 One of the first sketches of Partridge.

One of the first sketches of Partridge.

Partridge is a graying man in his 60's who's accomplished a lot in his life. He inherited a business from his father that is doing well, but not well enough to his standards. He realizes that the extraordinary popularity of Chrissy in the North could lead to something bigger. He harnesses the excitement about this magical Christmas girl just to promote his brand new product which is rather exploitive I might add. You may think he's a "Steve Jobs" type of person, but I consider him more of a "Steve Ballimer" type of person...without the angry outbursts laced with curse words and jumping up and down like a monkey.

"Merry Chrissy and the After Christmas Awakenings" is a middle grade novel for ages 9 and up. It will be available for purchase December 2016. Go to merrychrissy.com or follow my social media for the latest updates.

Merry Chrissy's "Unwrapping Date".

Today is a kinda bittersweet moment for me. This project started more than 1 year ago when it was a NaNoWriMo project that was simply an outline with not much direction. I made up characters on the spot and winged it at times, but I eventually crossed the finish line with diligence. Still, I had a lot of work to do after the first rough draft was finished. I knew it was a mess and I kept making it the best I could. Now 63,000 words, 87 illustrations (took 6 months alone) and 5 revisions later, I'm putting on the finishing touches to my first, real novel. Much like Chrissy's story, there were many bumps in the road into making this book a reality. Luckily, I pulled through and poured in many days and nights, sometimes missing out on social events to get this project finished on time. After all, it's a Christmas novel and it needs to be out for the holiday.

So, you might wonder, when can you get your hands on this book?

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