It’s the Little Things that Bring Comfort and Joy – Giveaway

Karin Kallmaker Book News, Comfort and Joy, Maybe Next Time 70 Comments


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As 2021 comes to an end, having been both and neither better and worse than 2020, I find myself greatly heartened by the little things.

A Short Visit to Paradise

My wife and I are back from spending a week in Hawaii. It didn’t matter that the weather was predicted to be stormy, or that we had to take extra steps to prove our vaccination status, or masks were required in all public indoor spaces. We were going to experience all of that at home, so why not experience it in Hawaii?   

Because…Hawaii. All taken on the Big Island, my favorite island, which is why I set Maybe Next Time there. The Place of Refuge is especially beloved. Like Canyon de Chelley in Arizona, it’s a place where the past seems very close.

Even in Paradise

On our second day there, we went on a farm-to-bar tour of an organic cocoa grower. I saw cocoa pods still on the tree! Did you know that every seed in a cocoa pod is individually pollenated by no-see-ums, a.k.a. cocoa midges?

As I admired the pods walking through ankle deep, raindrop covered grass, the mosquitoes and midges found me. Even after liberal application of two kinds of bug repellent they continued to nibble. I ended up with about 30 bites in all. My wife had zero. I’m not exaggerating when I say the bitey flying bugs pick me out of a crowd every time.

Today is the first day since then (10 days later) that I haven’t needed to quell the burning desire to scratch the bites with sticky anti-itch cream and extra doses of antihistamine that have left me feeling a beat behind the tempo of reality.

And for that I am filled with joy.

Giveaway!

For Milla in Comfort and Joy, she is euphoric over an unrationed hot shower, and a thoughtful, gentle, and congenial conversation with a woman she’s just met. These small comforts lead to a surprising and wholly unexpected joy.

This week, leading up to the anniversary of Milla’s first encounter with Tyna in a cemetery on Christmas Eve, I’m giving away six downloads of the ebook and audio recording bundle. Just because I think the story is all about the simple comforts and resonant joy that comes from kindness, gratitude, and having a heart open to possibilities.

cover Comfort and Joy bundle

Entering is easy.

Share some comfort and joy with others by commenting here. What gives you comfort these days? Where do you find joy?

Thanks for visiting and sharing some holiday bliss. It’s a time of year when I count my blessings, and all of you are among them.

A note about the mechanics – three winners each on Wednesday and Thursday morning will be randomly chosen from the comments on this blog and email entries (email address is available in my latest newsletter) in their entirety. That means a person who comments on Tuesday but doesn’t win will have a chance to win again on Wednesday. So earlier is better, but it won’t be too late until 12:01am Pacific time on Thursday the 23rd. Sometimes comments are automatically held for moderation for a few hours, so don’t worry if it doesn’t appear immediately.

Copyrighted material. Photographs by Karin Kallmaker.

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    Thank you all for participating in this giveaway! There were the comments you see here, plus another 15 entries by email – wow!

    The winners of the final three bundles of Comfort and Joy audio/ebook are:

    Patricia House
    (from email)

    Maritza
    (novels, short stories, poetry, and songs)

    Jamie
    (sound of California surf)

    Scroll down a few more posts to see the list of the first three winners.

    All winners: you’ll receive instructions on how to claim your download. Please check the email (and its spam folder) that you used to comment or is associated with your store account. Congratulations! I hope Milla’s story brings you joy.

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  2. Comfort – time with family and friends
    Joy – novels, short stories, poetry, and songs in all their formats hard copy and electronic

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  3. Spending time with my family and hosting them at the event venue I now own. I lived out of state for many years, so I’m enjoying being back home close to my family. (and books – books bring me lots of joy!)

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    The winners of the first three bundles of Comfort and Joy audio/ebook are:

    Julee Sims
    (cats and chocolate)

    Bonnie
    (joy is being uninterrupted while I read)

    Alicia
    (sipping a cup of cranberry tea)

    and one additional copy to

    Barbara H
    (for invaluable assistance in identifying the commenting bug and sending screenshots)

    Tomorrow night the final three winners will be selected. All of the people who have already commented will be entered in that drawing as well.

    All winners: you’ll receive instructions on how to claim your download. Please check the email (and its spam folder) that you used to comment or is associated with your store account. Congratulations! I hope Milla’s story brings you joy.

    1. Comfort and joy is coziness in front of a fire, cuddling with my fur babies, being lulled by ocean waves on the California coast, the smell of rain amongst the trees. It’s always the little things that bring me thee most comfort and joy 💜

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  5. Back in the late 1980s, my mother and I sent audiotape letters to each other. I dug them out after she passed away and miraculously they still play. Hearing her voice and her encouraging words on those tapes brings me comfort.
    Walking along any body of water or in rain brings me joy.

  6. Comfort is hot cocoa and a book. Joy is my favorite opera, sunny day, spending time with friends, a good snowstorm. There is so much joy in the world.

    1. There is so much joy in the world. We need only look for it.

      Opera at the movie theaters looks great next year. (My wife is the buff, not me, and she’s excited about it.)

  7. Love the Hawaii pics! Thanks for the chance to win the bundle. The comfort & joy of this week has been time with the ones I love and we are all in good health.
    Merry Christmas To Yall from TN!

  8. Looking forward to spending some time with wife and daughter these holidays. Relaxing in the air conditioning or by the pool. It has been a long year and we are so looking forward to some down time. May you all enjoy the comfort and joy with friends and family this Christmas and thank you Karin, you were my first and still favourite, lesbian author. The chocolate scene in Making up for lost time, still makes me smile.

  9. Since the temperature has dropped significantly where I live, my greatest comfort right now is my heating pad to warm me up until the furnace kicks in! This Christmas season I got great joy out of joining a facebook group in my city that organized gift buying for seniors/others who reside in care homes and otherwise may not receive a gift for Christmas. This was my first year taking part, and I will definitely do it again next year!

  10. Comfort is curling up with a great book, joy is being uninterrupted while I read it!! Happy and safe holidays to you!

  11. The sound of my 15 year old daughter singing brings me great joy. She had a tough 20 months and is now starting to sing all the time. I missed it.

  12. I am snug and warm at home with my fireplace on and my sweet dachshund beside me, looking through my FB and emails. Fort our 25th anniversary this coming April, we are planning a trip to Hawaii, depending on the pandemic. In the meantime, I am enjoying your photos.

  13. Reading givesme greatcomfort. Friends, chocolate, and coffee, too. My daughter brings me tremendous joy.

  14. How lovely to see you and Hawaii. COVID prevented our plans to celebrate our 20th anniversary but we’ll get there eventually. Thanks for the heads up re:bugs. Miss you and the Shoes. Joules

    1. Hi Joules! I hope you get to Hawaii, there’s no place like it. And yes all that warmth and water means things that nibble. I forgive some of them now because they make cocoa.

  15. Was joyful to hear about and see your Hawaii photos! Hope you and your family have a wonderful and joyful X’mas however you celebrate the holidays 😊

  16. At this moment (living in the moment), comfort in all things cranberry. So, sipping a cup of cranberry tea with the comfort of a warm, snoring pug on my lap as I plot my next read.

    1. Nature is a big joy to me, whether it’s the birds feeding in the garden, special trees, sunsets, sunrises or finding a beautiful fungi. They all (and others) bring joy to my life.
      Comfort is a cup of tea (maybe a biccie too), good tunes, lil madam kipping on my lap (or my pillow) 😻, roaring fire or a good book (re read or new).

  17. Comfort and joy? Good food, good music and a good time with my wife. That will do! Happy holidays to you and yours, and thanks for sharing your Hawaii with us. Seems like you timed your trip well, too.

  18. Today is the first day since then (10 days later) that I haven’t needed to quell the burning desire to scratch the bites with sticky anti-itch cream and extra doses of antihistamine that have left me feeling a beat behind the tempo of reality.
    This brings you joy.

  19. Actually, your beautiful photos are giving me joy, especially since we’ve been having unusually cloudy days here in the Florida Panhandle. As for comfort, having my cat on my lap as I’m reading does that.

  20. Aloha! I am so glad to hear your visit to our beautiful island was wonderful! The photos were lovely.

    My joy this year is seeing more women in positions of power and influence throughout the country and i find comfort in knowing that I come from a state that people are able to openly able to be who they are without fear or explanation regardless of race, age or sexual orientation.

    My hope is that the rest of the country will catch up!

          1. I find comfort in a warm shower! May sound crazy but myself and my wife are full time Vanlifers. We packed our lives into a van and decided to travel the States, back in May! We have made it through 8 States so far. I handmade our Van/Home, after having ZERO experience and we find joy in the sunrise and sunset every day. Taking photos of everything along the way and laughing about all of our adventures, life is 👍

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