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Day 2 of 25 Days of Christmas Fun!

Welcome back to SMJ’s 25 day Christmas Countdown!

Okay, IMG_20151110_021056so I’m taking a break with some more hot cocoa because of technical difficulties at my mom’s getting things going. I know, it was a little misleading yesterday with me talking about Sandra going away for Thanksgiving. Sorry about that. I’m getting confused about where I am at any given time right now. Anyway, my cousin, Lil Sock sent me some pictures of him decorating Sandra’s house, so I thought I would share those with you. Fair warning though, he gets a little crazy sometimes.IMG_0968

Here’s Lil Sock taking a break after setting up the village in Sandra’s front window. If you look closely you you can see the lady from the quilt shop he’s sitting next to is handing out cookies. I wouldn’t put it past him to try and snatch one. Lil Sock has a real sweet tooth.

After theLSandSanta village (and his pilfered treat) he moved onto the step-case. I’ll admit, I’m a little jealous of this one. He got to ride in a big sled AND visit Santa’s workshop AND Santa. I want to meet the big guy too.  I may be older than Lil Sock, but I still believe in Santa. Don’t you? You better or you’ll get coal in your stocking. I don’t know about you, but I do not want coal. Hmm, I guess I better put visit Santa on my list so my mom doesn’t forget to take me.


I’m sure Lil Sock drove Sandra crazy while she was decorating. Check out this picture and you’ll understand why. See the gingerbread men ornament? Look closely. Yep, that’s Lil Sock monkeying around. The kid never takes anything seriously. I guess I can understand, though. It is Christmas time and it’s so much fun playing with all the different decorations!


Since it’s been pretty cold here in Colorado, Sandra hasn’t wanted to go out and play much. Actually, there’s not a lot of snow to play in anyway. That didn’t stop Sock. He still found a way to play with snowmen, snow-women, and snow kids! Leave it to my little cousin to know how to make a cold day fun. This kid rarely stops.


Case in point, look to the right. If you look at the right hand side of the picture, behind the reindeer, you’ll see a stocking on the floor. Yep, that’s right. Lil Sock was supposed to be hanging the stockings, but he got distracted by the reindeer’s bells. That’s his story anyway. Oh, and there’s another reindeer (who’s not in this pic) that sings “Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer,” so, they were probably all having a grand time dancing and singing.

Well, folks, I’ve got to take a break and get some lunch. Just looking at Lil Sock’s pictures wears me out. Kids have all the energy. Sheesh, wish I was young enough to take a nap and not get teased. Oh well, I guess we all have to grow up a little, but never so much we stop believing. Right?

Later, we’ll join Lil Sock as he decorates the tree. I can see it now. Lights tangled, decorations every which way. But hey, he’s having fun.

Do YOU still believe in Santa? What do you want him to bring you for Christmas this year? Leave a comment below and tell me. I’ll send a special note to Santa to remind him for you.


Sock Munkee Jr’s 25 Days ’til Christmas

SMJ counts down to Christmas with 25 Days of Fun, Festivities, and Treats!


Hi everyone, Sock Munkee Junior here to welcome you to my 25 day Christmas Countdown. Well, 24 at this point. Sandra went away for Thanksgiving and forgot to post my entry yesterday after she got back. I forgave her, though because that’s what friends do. Also, you don’t have to tell me that Tom Turkey isn’t part of the Christmas countdown, but he was so darned cute I told him I would put him in the blog. The poor guy only gets one day out of the entire year that everybody likes him, so I thought he deserved a little extra love this year.

Now, on with the countdown!

I’m thrilled you stopped by. I am so excited about this event that I’ve been bouncing off the walls for days. Sandra keeps giving me the evil eye because I can’t sit still for more than a few minutes. So, let’s get started!IMG_0946

Today started out awesome. I mean, how can hot cocoa with marshmallows and peanut butter graham crackers for breakfast be bad? Am I right? Yeah, I know I’m right.  Did you notice the mug? Yep, I used one of Sandra’s favorite mugs because she’s been dreaming of escaping to Florida to get warm. Don’t worry. She’s got so many stories playing through her head right now she can’t possibly take another vacation.

After breakfast I helped Sandra do some cleaning and laundry. She went to visit family in Ohio for Thanksgiving. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to get in some points on the ‘good’ side of Santa’s list by helping her out. Besides, the house had to be cleaned up for decorating anyway. Once she put away the cleaning supplies I begged her to take me out to get a tree. Unfortunately, she said we have an artificial one. She explained that in Colorado it’s so dry that the trees tend to lose their needles too fast and by Christmas they’re bare. I didn’t want a naked tree for Santa to put presents under, so I agreed to the artificial one. We still had to let it
stand over night because it was wrapped so tight when they put it away the branches need time to settle in place. I admit, I’m a little bummed, but waiting is better than having a poorly decorated tree. Yeah! Tree decorating time! I can’t wait. Sandra usually puts her tree up Thanksgiving weekend, but since they were traveling we had to wait. I hope to see you tomorrow. It should be great fun stringing lights and hanging ornaments.

Oh, before I go I want to tell you about a special sale Sandra is a part of during the first week of December. She belongs to a group called tAllianceAnnivBannerhe Alliance of Self-published Authors and December marks their One-year Anniversary and they want to celebrate with you! To do that, they have put a
of books on their Alliance Bookshelf for FREE! Yep, you read that right, FREE! So click their Anniversary Banner and download some great books between December 1st and December 7th!

Do you have your tree up yet? Did you put it up at Thanksgiving? Inquiring Sock Munkees want to know so leave a comment below!

Because of Sandra’s late return, I’ll post day 2 of the countdown later today so stay tuned.

Have a grSock Monkee Jr Cheering on Syreat morning!


PS – Did you see the Orange win last Friday? Sandra was attending a fund-raiser, but mom and I watched. Go Orange!

Munkeeing Around

Hi eIMG_0696veryone!

I know, it has been a long time since any of us from the Munkee family have visited Sandra‘s blog. She’s been busy writing and speaking and going to conventions, yada, yada. You know the drill, but I finally talked her into a vacation and figured it was a good time to visit with you. Oh, she’s still writing and promoting. She does take a few minutes here and there to play, so I’m taking advantage.

We started our vacation in Key Largo. We’d planned to do some scuba diving at Molasses Reef, but the seas were too high both days we were there so they weren’t going out. Scuba is still a possibility in a couple of days in Fort Pierce, but we’ll see about that later. Anyway, instead of diving we went to the pool at the hotel (that’s me on my lounge chair working on my tan).  After the pool, we got cleaned up and went to Snook’s. They have the Hawaiian tradition of sounding a horn at sunset that’s really cool. Click the pick to check out their new website.

AnywIMG_1235ay, we went to the bar for happy hour (okay, I started early at the pool with my spiked punch) and tried a new drink called the Moscow Mule. It’s made with ginger beer, vodka, and lime juice, served in a metal mug. The bartender said that is an important part because it tastes better in the metal because of the ginger. I don’t know if that’s true, but it sure tasted good to me!


Sock Munkee Jr. is catching up before the next release!

Are you excited about the upcoming release, Sock?

Are you all caught up with the series? No? well, why not take this weekend to catch up so you know all the players who may appear in the next book. Not sure which books are in the series. Let’s see….

What was the first book in the Colorado Skies Series?


That’s right, Sock! It was Dream Stalker. If you click on the picture of Sock Munkee Jr. holding a copy of Dream Stalker, you’ll see the YouTube video for it. Dream Stalker is available at these fine retailers:

SmashwordsCreateSpace - An Amazon CompanyDream Stalker - Sandra S. Kerns

Rose Cover

Okay, we’ve got the 1st book in the series. The 2nd is Rose of Steele.  This is a must read as at least one of the characters from Rose makes an appearance in The Butterfly Connection. No, I’m not going to tell you which one. You’ll have to figure that one out on your own. Of course, I have the handy links for you to purchase right here:      Smashwords        CreateSpace - An Amazon CompanyRose of Steele - Sandra S. Kerns


Okay, Sock, I gave you that one. Do you remember the 3rd book in the series?

009That’s right, Sock, it’s Callaghan’s Conundrum!  

I ‘ve heard you have a conundrum of your own. Can you tell us about it?

Oh, I see, you’re trying to figure out how to read all the stories before the new one comes out. Well, I see some late nights reading in front of the fireplace in your future. Just don’t tell your mom I said you could stay up that late. Here are the links to pick up Callaghan’s Conundrum.    Smashwords  CreateSpace - An Amazon Company    Callaghan's Conundrum - Sandra S. Kerns



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Don’t forget, you can pre-order The Butterfly Connection so you can start reading it before anyone else on November 12th! That way you’ll be ready for the contest I’ll be posting on release day. So be sure and check back for a chance to win an autographed copy of The Butterfly Connection and other prizes.

Until we post again,

Happy Reading everyone!

SMJ Wants YOU to Read

SMJ Chilling at Home.jpgSock Munkee Jr, checking in with all my blog and Facebook friends. I’ve been having a lot of fun this summer. I hope you have too, and I promise there will be more summer pictures of my adventures posted soon.

But first,

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we need to get some important business out of the way. See, I even have a tie on, so this is important. Pay attention.


I’m sure you’ve heard my aunt’s next book is coming out soon. I do mean soon, it will be available on September 3rd, though you can pre-order it now by clicking one of the links below. Here’s a picture of me holding the proof copy. Cool cover, huh?

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  As you may know … I am an avid reader.  I’ve read all of my aunt’s books. Like Callaghan’sConundrum. You could pick it up and read it while you wait for A Daring Proposal to pop-up on your e-reader next week. You won’t be disappointed.


Sam Callaghan planned a quiet holiday weekend with his son. Then he got a call from his partner about a sniper at a local mall. You know what they say about the best made plans, yep, they usually get blown out of the water. See what happens to Sam and the rest of the characters in Callaghan’s Conundrum on a holiday weekend in Colorado.

I really want to encourage you to pick up a book, even if it isn’t one of my aunt’s, and get lost in a good story. There’s nothing like it. Until my next post . . .

Happy Reading everyone!                                                                                                                                                                                           SMJ



Sock Munkee Jr. Celebrates with Sandra S. Kerns


I tell you what, Sock Munkee Jr. is a real sweetheart. Even though he is a little miffed that I didn’t take him to the Death by Chocolate party in Atlanta, he still brought the balloons over for my sister. His, “Congratulations on reaching 10,000 in book sales, Sandra,” is still ringing in my ears. Look at that picture. Isn’t he just the cutest little guy you ever saw?

I promise, when I finish the pre-publication work for my next release, A Daring Proposal, I will start posting his adventures since he moved in with Joy and Pete. You won’t believe how much this guy gets around.

Until then, I plan on using the balloons for inspiration to get my work done so I can sell another 10,000. Thanks again, SMJ. You’re the best!

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