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Sean E. Jacobs, 6th Generation German Descendant in Texas, Offers His First Eight Kindle Edition Novels for FREE in Celebration of the Christmas Season


I thought it was time to visit my Blog site as I am getting in the Christmas spirit…the German spirit, that is. My tenth novel, written under my pen name of Sidney St. James is scheduled for release on December 12th. It is called The Flaming Blue Sword. It is not a creative nonfiction novel, but the first paranormal romance in my Storm Lord Trilogy Series.

To celebrate this joyous time of the year, and the fact that I have reached a milestone with my tenth novel, I am offering eight of the Kindle edition novels for FREE at Amazon.com beginning on December 12th and continuing to December 16th.

Oh, by the way, my first novel has a scene in it talking about how the Strauss Family brought one of the first artificial Christmas trees to Texas in 1845. It was made of turkey feathers dyed green, wound onto wire branches, and mounted on wooden bases.

They were widely accepted in the 1800’s in Texas. But, if one were to follow the area in the far northeast where German settlers brought their artificial trees, places like Boston and Philadelphia, they were denounced as sacrilegious and pagan by some of the Protestant groups in that part of the country.

German families would decorate the trees with popcorn chains, paper flowers, paper chains and decorated cookies, candy and nuts.

In a magazine found during the writing of ADVERSITY – Face to Face, an article once suggested a 12-foot tall tree have 400 wax candles to adequately light the tree. At the Lutheran Church in Frelsburg, Texas, there were elders who stood by with wet sponges on long sticks ready to extinguish the candles as they burned down low on Christmas Eve.

Watch for future blogs on German traditions at Christmas!

Happy Holidays and be sure to take advantage of this once a year special from Sean E. Jacobs for five days only. The following Kindle e-books are FREE from Amazon.com:

ADVERSITY Face to Face

THE YELLOW ROSEThe Runaway Scrape

FAITH Seventy Times Seven

SAM BASS and His Horse Marines

THE LINCOLN ASSASSINATION BOOK 1 in the 150th Anniversary Series of the Lincoln Assassination

PURSUIT AND CAPTURE OF JOHN WILKES BOOTHBOOK 2 in the 150th Anniversary Series of the Lincoln Assassination

THE TRIAL OF LEWIS THORNTON POWELLBOOK 3 in the 150th Anniversary Series of the Lincoln Assassination

KNIGHTS OF THE GOLDEN CIRCLE BOOK 7 in the 150th Anniversary Series of the Lincoln Assassination

Books 4, 5 & 6 are scheduled for release in 2016.

Be sure to share this post with friends and family during this joyous time of year, a time for giving and receiving. And, be sure to order my pre-release of The Flaming Blue Sword, a paranormal romance.

Happy Holidays…and, more to come on German traditions in the 1800’s during Christmas. Next, we can thank the Germans for Kris Kringle!


Importance of Family

It’s early in the morning and I am still feeling the heat from 100 degrees in an all-day garage sale. Yesterday I sat with a fan blowing hot air on me trying to survive the terrible Texas heat.  I gazed over at my wife’s cousin, sitting next to my daughter, fanning herself and my thoughts could not help but turn to just how important our families are.  My mind escapes and thoughts of my daughter and granddaughter in Loganville, Georgia are reflected in my mind. My other daughter also sits with us and tries to survive the heat. My mind continues to reel with thoughts of my brothers and their families, too, as one celebrates his birthday today.

All of my novels deal, in some way or the other, with “Family!”  What is family? To many people it is that special feeling, to some a strong bond, to others that fulfilling relationship and to others, the entire life. My mind is always spinning, active with thoughts of what my next novel will be about. Another family saga? Simply put, family exists and is made up of people who look after us, through thick or thin. Family plays that significant role in our lives by providing the upbringing we receive and teaches us the lessons in life that will never be learned from a text book.

In all of the writings of the Faith Chronicles, it has been important to know and understand the meaning and significance of a family and how crucial of a role it plays in developing the family saga storylines portrayed in ADVERSITY – Face to Face, THE YELLOW ROSE – The Runaway Scrape, and FAITH- Seventy Times Seven.

If you really think about it, our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles imbibe in us the true values of family…patience, care, understanding and commitment. These values differentiate each of us from the rest.

I will leave you with a family remark that puts a big grin on my face yesterday. My wife looked at me during the garage sale and said, “The way you talk and walk reminds me of your father.” What a great compliment I found this to be. We are the product of our parents, who during their lives are the creation of their respective parents. Be it our day-to-day actions in life or the way we talk or the way we walk, are the customs we have embedded in our lives from our family members and our ancestors.