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HELP THE ELF: I Found Santa’s Missing Nice List!

Hi everyone! As you may remember, a few weeks ago PETE the Elf had a touch too much Eggnog at the Holiday Christmas Party and as he stumbled home, he lost Santa's NICE LIST.

The North Wind scattered the papers to all four corners of the world, and The Bookshelf Muse put out a call to help find them in order to SAVE CHRISTMAS.

Ever since I read about it, I've been on the lookout. And then today, EUREKA!

Yes that's right...I found part of Santa's missing NICE LIST. There it was, fluttering in the wind, half caught under the corner of my welcome mat. And shock of all shocks, I recognized the name, and I bet you will too.

Here it is below:


NAME: Casey McCormick

LOCATION: Literary Rambles



OBSERVATIONS: Casey is the best blog partner and has become a great friend. First, she satisfied my secret wish to be her blog partner. Then she gave me the most detailed instructions ever on how to blog because I had NO clue how to do it. She's always given me great advice as I find my way in blogging and am now starting to search for agents. And over the two years we've been blogging together, I've got to know Casey. She's so knowledgeable, creative, a dedicated mom, and a great friend.

And these agent spotlights she does for us all is such a great service. I so appreciate all the time she spends researching the agents and then updating the spotlights. It's SO much work and so many people benefit from it.


RECOMMENDATION:     a) Coal                   b) Gift

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Because poor Pete is dashing all over the place trying to hunt down the rest of Santa's missing Nice List, I decided to take care of this one myself. Casey, I feel so blessed to know you! Enjoy the Amazon gift card I sent to your inbox and have a wonderful Christmas!
Photo credit:
assorted gold baubles (christmasstockimages.com) / CC BY 3.0

This is my last post until January 7th. I'll offline as of Saturday when I start my trip to China with my daughter. I hope you all have HAPPY, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Thank you all for being such great blog friends and followers. I SO appreciate you all.

 How about you, Readers? Is there someone you'd like to say Happy Holidays to, or tell them how much they mean to you? JOIN US! There's plenty of days left until Christmas, and sometimes a kind word can lift people up in a way that they really need. It's as easy as sending a free ecard or email note, posting on a Facebook wall or sending out a tweet. So go ahead and spread some kindness and cheer!

Here's what's coming up in January. I have an awesome month planned for you.

On January 7th, I interview debut author Ellen Oh and give away an ARC of PROPHECY, her new fantasy set in a Korean-like world. I so loved this book and am excited to share it right after I return from that part of the world. 

The following Monday I'm interviewing Maya, a 5th grader and our follower Kristin Lenz's daughter, for my ASK THE EXPERT series. I'm also giving away an ARC of SHADES OF EARTH by Beth Revis. This is a fantastic end to the Across the Universe series and my favorite book in the series. It's amazing.

Friday that week I'm doing a Dreaming of Books Book Giveaway Hop. I'll have a fantastic list of popular books for you to choose from.  These book hops are really popular so I'm going to try to do a few more of them next year.

And I also have interviews set with Marie Lu with a giveaway of PRODIGY, the second book in her awesome LEGEND series, Leigh Moore with a giveaway of ROUGE, a historical romance set in New Orleans,  and with Michael Pierce with a giveaway of PROVEX CITY, a urban fantasy with contemporary issues.

And don't forget our Tuesday Tips and Casey's Thursday agent spotlights.

Hope to see you on January 7th!


Anonymous said...

CONGRATS to Casey for being on Santa's nice list!

Natalie, I hope you and your daughter have a wonderful time in China!

Andrea Mack said...

Yay, Casey!

Natalie, wishing you an amazing trip! What a wonderful experience to enjoy with your daughter.

Angela Brown said...

Casey is an excellent choice. Her agent spotlights are priceless. Seriously! :-)

You have a wonderful time on your trip to China. I look forward to your return and more great times here with Literary Rambles.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Natalie :-)

Al Diaz said...

congratulations to Casey for being in the nice list. Merry Christmas :)

Donna K. Weaver said...

Awww . . . good choice! Merry Christmas.

Christina Lee said...

YAY for Casey!!! Happy holidays to the both of you! xo

Old Kitty said...

Awwwww lovely to see Casey on the Nice List!! Yay!! Take care

LTM said...

I used Casey's profiles so much when I was agent hunting. They are fantastic as is she! Great choice, Natalie! And have an amazing time in China! See you next year~ :o) <3

S.A. Larsenッ said...

Casey is amazing! She's one of the first writing peeps I met online, and she was so nice to this newbie.

mshatch said...

Casey is awesome and so is this blog! I can't even tell you how helpful it's been to me. Glad you found this missing part of Santa's list :)

Angela said...

Way to go Casey! I love the agent spotlights too.

Happy Holidays.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Casey is a sweetheart (so are you Natalie). Have a great trip to China.

Matthew MacNish said...

Aw! Great choice! We miss Casey.

Angela Ackerman said...

Thank you so much for getting involved, Natalie! I love that you chose Casey, and thank you because you are right--she works so hard to provide such an amazing service to all writers through her Agent research! Both of you are so generous with your time and put so much into this blog--thank you so much!

Have a great trip to China! Ahh, I cant wait to hear all about it! And thank you for helping to save Pete's bacon this year!

Happy holidays to both you and Casey!


Kristin Lenz said...

Happy Holidays to both of you, enjoy your vacation, and see you in the new year!

Steve MC said...

What a great tribute. Casey would definitely make my list, too.

But to be honest, I think she might be 2% naughty. At least when in the presence of chocolate. :-)

Have an awesome time in China!

Casey McCormick said...

Oh my goodness, Natalie. What an incredibly sweet surprise to come on today and find this post. If anyone deserves to be on the nice list, it's you. You've exceeded my expectations for a blog partner in so many ways and have not only helped keep Literary Rambles alive and kicking while I've struggled but made it so much better by selflessly sharing amazing authors and their books with everyone. You're amazing, and I hope you have an incredible time in China with Anna Li. You deserve it!

Gwen Gardner said...

What a great blogfest and tribute to Casey. She was really, really good!

The upcoming year looks like it's already off to a good start. Lots of stuff going on - can't wait for Ask the Expert!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Natalie and Casey!

Casey McCormick said...

Thank you for the kind words, everyone. I haven't been the greatest blogger or agent profiler in the last couple years. With the new year coming up, I've got that fresh-start feeling and will try to be more present in 2013. I miss you guys. <3

Laura Pauling said...

Wonderful choice! We've all benefited from casey's hard work!

I can't wait to hear about your trip to China. What a special time with your daughter. Enjoy and take lots of pictures!

Stina said...

Have an awesome trip, Natalie.

I'm always amazed how great Casey's agent spotlights are. Great choice, Natalie, for ensuring she's on Santa's nice list.

MeganC said...

Both of you are so helpful to the writing community. I have to say that I have really felt the genuine regard that you have for your readers. You guys both deserve a wonderful holiday vacation. Natalie, have a wonderful and safe trip to China. You're both on the nice list if you ask me!

Ann Finkelstein said...

The nice list is well deserved. Three cheers for Casey. I'm looking forward to the January posts.

Beth said...

Casey is awesome - and so are you, Natalie! Best wishes and safe travels on your trip to China.

Martina Boone said...

Hi Natalie!

Casey and the blog here are both wonderful, but your drive, friendliness, and general goodness are a huge reason for the blog's continued growth and success. So happy that the two of you found each other!

Hugs and much happiness. Have a wonderful trip!


The Pen and Ink Blogspot said...

Of course Casey is on the nice list, and so are you, Natalie. Happy Holidays to you both.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Awww, Casey was a great person to do. She is amazing! I hope both of you have a safe and happy Christmas.

Joanne R. Fritz said...

That was very sweet. And you belong on that nice list too, Natalie, for being such a great blogging friend. Enjoy your trip to China. That's so exciting!

Candace said...

What a sweet post! I sent out quite a few gifts to bloggers but I wish I could send more, its so fun!
Have a great trip to China, I hope you'll let us know how it goes and share pictures!

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Lydia Kang said...

!% naughty? LOL, I'd like to see that!

Have a great holiday you two, and a great new year!

Anonymous said...

You both are on the nice list!!! I love following your blog and it's really helpful! I'm sort on the young side of writing so all this information and advice has proved invaluable! Finding this blog this year is one of the highlights of 2012 for me!

Christina Farley said...

Casey IS the best. What a great post. So many fantastic things you two have lined up for the new year. Happy New Year!*throws confetti*