As we move into this season of gratitude, I want to share a list of books for which I am eternally grateful.

#1 The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

This collection of poetic essays was given to me when I was 16-years old, and I am so glad for it. These poems and the philosophies expressed in them shaped me as a person, and that is no exaggeration.

Since receiving my first copy, I have purchased over 100 copies and have given them as gifts, left them in public places (pre-COVID), and handed the immediately to the cashier upon purchasing.

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#2 Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

Someone I dated years ago gave me this book as a way of kind of explaining who they were. What a wonderful gift to be given. This book is about people who live life to the fullest - people who dare to actually live and not just let the time pass.

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#3 The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh

This is another book that I've purchased over and over again for friends, strangers, students and teachers. This is a simple, down-to-earth, practical guide for those seeking to be more mindful in their lives. I read it regularly and continually find benefit.

B.A. Burgess

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Check out A Christmas Rideshare by Lily Dae to get in the holiday spirit!

Pilgrim Fowl Press just released the first-ever volume of holiday-themed short stories tomorrow. This collection highlights Halloween with a trio of tales that will spook you to your core.

For my contribution, I have stepped away from my children’s story genre to give you a tale of dating gone wrong, in XX, Leona. Inspired by the Celtic sluagh (pronounced SLOO-AH) and online dating, this story might have you thinking twice before going on that blind date. The sluagh are evil spirits who collect souls. They often travel by shadows or flocks of ravens. In my story, they team up with another Celtic evildoer, the leannan sidhe, Leona. Leona is an evil muse who preys on creative types. She can magically provide inspiration, but at what cost?

B.A. Burgess shows us that you should always be careful what you wish for in Robocall. We all hate those automated annoyances. But what if you got one that let you make your wildest dreams come true?

Tony Gruenwald’s story follows the characters from his book that released with Pilgrim Fowl Press earlier this year. Tony and the kids have to face off against child-craving hags with magical powers in The Sister Sigil. As with most evil witchy types, they don’t know what they’re in for, especially when you mess with an aspiring sidewalk chalk artist.

This Chills Collection is available starting tomorrow exclusively on Pilgrim Fowl Press’ website. Thank you so much for supporting us and letting us imagine you a story. We team up again next month to bring you some Thanksgiving-inspired tales.

Chills Collection Vol. 1 is available NOW on Amazon Kindle & is a part of KINDLE UNLIMITED!


Annette Williams McCann

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I just finished reading The Magicians by Lev Grossman for the second time.

The book is nothing like I remember it.

If you watched the television adaptation on SyFy, you probably have a clear picture of what Penny looks like and sounds like in your mind. Most likely, you have strong feelings about Q and Eliot -- #bestfictionalcharactercoupleever

When I revisited these characters in their home base (the book), I surprised at how much I had forgotten about their original depictions.

Penny, for example, has a mohawk and is a punk (fashion-wise). And, Q and Eliot (book version) do not get romantically entangled.

So, which is better? TV or book?

Honestly, in this case, I can't say one is better than the other. They are two very different pieces of entertainment and are equally good.

Have you read The Magicians? How was watch it? What did you think?