Thursday, December 20, 2012


Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

Here we are, just a few days away from Christmas, and, boy, have you screwed the pooch. You've done some shopping, but not all of it, or maybe you haven't even started.

The thought of fighting your way through the stores this weekend is more than you can bear. You don't have time anyway. Christmas caroling in the neighborhood is Friday night, followed by an Open House at the Bentternderfer's. Saturday night is the company holiday party. Sunday night the kids will be in the Christmas pageant at church. Little Katie will play an angel, and Matthew is a shepherd.

To top it all off, you need to finish a project before Monday, so you have to work all day Saturday, and then on Sunday after church.

Well, you've come to the right place. Mama Junebug can solve all your gift buying problems.

Have you heard of Amazon Prime? Go to to join Amazon prime and for a small additional fee, you can have your items delivered in two days. So break out the laptop and get busy ordering. You don't have to hit the stores at all.

My primary recommendation for the adults in your life is the memoir Homeless In Hawaii. That's right: Give them all the same book and tell them you did it so they can have a book club.

And now here's a special Junebug tip. I'll give you some comments to make about the book so everyone will be impressed with your knowledge.

Here goes nothin': In Homeless In Hawaii, EC Stilson uses a journey-quest motif to develop the theme of a young girl's successful coming of age.

Elisa, a mere 17 years old, runs away from Utah with Cade, a young man she barely knows. They take off on a literal journey to Hawaii, while figuratively seeking adulthood. Elisa and Cade have frightening and fun adventures in Hawaii. Sometimes Elisa's naivete gets her in a little trouble, but she can be awfully cute, too.

To succeed on the journey to adulthood, Elisa must learn that although some people are evil, or are not as nice as she thought they were, most people are still good. Most importantly, she learns that Cade may disappoint her at times, but he's worthy of her love.

Stilson tells her story in her usual pleasant, chatty style that makes me feel as if I've gotten to sit down with a good friend who tells me all sorts of fascinating stories about her life.

When Elisa and Cade were homeless in Hawaii, they supported themselves by playing the violin and the guitar to earn tips. Watch and listen and you'll know why they were successful:

Now go to to buy the book, or order the ebook at

Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug


  1. I love Amazon Prime! And sweet Elisa writes the best stories. Great review Mama Janeola Junebug.

  2. I have--& LOVE--all of Elisa's books!!

  3. I want to be in a book club! Gonna check it out!


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