Category Archives: The Night Before the Night Before Christmas

3 weeks until Xmas Eve!


Hard to believe, but there are only three weeks before Christmas Eve.

I confess: I like Christmas Eve better than Christmas Day. There’s something about the magicalness of anticipation: gifts wrapped waiting to reveal what’s inside, the tree sparkling at night with lights and ornaments with presents stacked at its base. And by the time Christmas Eve comes along, whatever you didn’t get done for Christmas, you may as well just resign to the fact that you missed the deadline and enjoy the evening – with a cup of spiked eggnog.

For those of you who are still trying to get Christmas done – and have the habit of putting things off until the last minute – have I got a book for you. The Night Before the Night Before Christmas is a children’s picture book, but it appeals to all ages. It’s about a family who’s rocket-sledding into the holiday while Mom has the flu. All appears to be total chaos until the family realizes what’s most important about Christmas.

Holiday Humor

Holiday Humor

Here’s a fun read for after the Christmas chaos where the overwhelmed mom is saved by Mrs. St. Nick.


To make you feel better, even Santa is under pressure at Christmas! How would you like to find out that you missed a whole city of kids and had to work your elves overtime to make toys? That’s what happens when Santa learns of the merchildren in The Legend of Christmas Island.

Kindle edition

We all start off the season with a Norman Rockwell or Martha Stewart image of how we’d like Christmas to turn out. But let’s get real and enjoy the holidays however we can with a sense of humor.

Holiday Book Signings


Signing my books at Jax Outdoor

I’ve got a bunch of book signings lined up for this holiday season, so if you’re looking for personalized gifts for your kids, friends, or to donate to your school or library, please stop by and I’d be happy to sign my books.

I have to tell you about this one signing I’m most looking forward to. Each year a local realtor gives her clients’ children a gift, and this year she is giving each one a copy of The Night Before the Night Before Christmas. I will be attending her Christmas party and doing a private reading for 50 to 100 children in her home (how fun!), then Santa will give each child a book and I will sign it especially for them. Can you image being a kid and getting such a special gift? I want to publicly thank Janell for understanding the joy a book brings to children and inviting me to be part of her holiday event, and supporting a local artist and independent bookstore.

December Book Signings:

Saturday, Dec. 3, 1:00, Presentation on An Eye for Color: The Story of Josef Albers, Barnes & Noble on S. College in Ft. Collins during their Educators Day

Thursday, Dec. 8, 4:00-6:30, Barnes & Noble at Centerra Shopping Center in Loveland

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 4:00-7:00, Barnes & Noble at Centerra Shopping Center in Loveland

If you cannot attend any of these signings, but still would like an autographed book, I know Old Firehouse Books at 232 Walnut St. in Old Town has copies on hand (or could order them for you) and I’d be happy to sign them. (My books are also available through this site. Just click on Books above to call the titles up.)

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me throughout my career and shared their stories of how my books touched their children’s and students’ lives.

Merry Night Before the Night Before Christmas!

Today is the Night Before the Night Before Christmas, a special day for me. A day when you tell yourself, there’s no chance I’ll finish everything before Christmas! So it’s a day of letting go and enjoying whatever Christmas goodness you’ve already created.
I want to wish you good cheer and a peaceful Christmas Eve. And may all your Christmases be bright!
Photo taken at Old Firehouse Books in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Fan E-mail


I just wanted to share this email I received because this is what’s still wonderful about writing when you get a manuscript rejected at the acquisitions meeting, then find out another publishing house that’s been wanting one of your stories gets closed down.

Hi Natasha!

Last night I purchased your book The Night Before The Night Before Christmas for my six year old son. As we settled down to read it for our bedtime story, we quickly found ourselves laughing out loud and loving this story. This book will definitely become a Christmas tradition in our family – in fact, I’m going to take to my brother’s house at Christmas and share it with my nieces, too! My aunt works at a bookstore and I’ll be heading out for a big stack of your books on her next shift!

Thanks so much and keep writing!

Thanks, MS! I will. In fact, a new story is brewing.

Breakfast with Marti


I read an article about a romance novelist who served as the maid of honor at a fan’s wedding. So when a fan emailed me that she was going to be passing through Fort Collins, and could we meet for breakfast, I said yes! Marti Hinckley had contacted me years ago when she was in a teaching program. She had picked me for her author presentation. She sent photos of the chimney she made for The Night Before the Night Before Christmas book, and it was really neat. (Marti got an A+!)

Now Marti is a teacher for a grade 1/2 combo class in Idaho, and uses my books to help teach writing to her students. So it was a pleasure to meet her and her four children at Denny’s, and hear how someone on the “front line” actually uses my books. She’s a wonderful person, and a brave one too, for taking a chance and asking a stranger to breakfast. (I guess I was brave, too.)

Thanks, Marti, and good luck with your new students!

Book Signing at Barnes & Noble


Just returned from Chico, California where I did a book signing for The Night Before the Night Before Christmas and my new book, The Night Before New Year’s. Lori Williams, a second-grade teacher, drove 50 miles to come meet me, thanks, Lori! Her students will be reading Jalapeno Bagels this spring so she wanted to surprise them with a photo of the author.