Read It Forward

“After A Dog Named Christmas was released, and made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, more than a few people agreed with me that holiday fostering could be done,” writes Greg Kincaid, author of A Christmas Home. “Primarily, they were people that loved dogs, or at least hated to see them suffer, and were willing to take a chance on saying yes to a different approach. Four years later, with the help of Petfinder.com, Random House, and Hallmark, Foster A Lonely Pet for the Holidays has moved from the pages of this little book and into over three thousand shelters that have chosen to say yes. The lives of tens of thousands of dogs and cats have been improved and, in most cases, literally saved. For the last several years, the animal shelter in my home town has sat virtually empty on Christmas Day. It’s a happy stillness.”

“One of my most cherished Thanksgivings occurred on a year when none of my traditional family was present,” shares Sarah McCoy, author of The Baker’s Daughter. “Some might think that a tragedy and others a blessing . . . . I’d recently moved to El Paso, Texas – two thousand miles from all of my beloved kin in the Virginia/DC Metro area. My husband had to work Thanksgiving eve, so we couldn’t fly home to be with everyone. In lieu of scampering about the kitchen baking with my mom, aunts and grandma, I sought out a meal-delivery program in my new community. I went in with the intent of working at a soup kitchen, aiding the less fortunate and needy, but when I saw that my local firehouse was on the list of meal requesters, I stopped.”

Meet the Saturday Night Widows: ringleader Becky, an unsentimental journalist who lost her husband to cancer; Tara, a polished mother of two, whose husband died in the throes of alcoholism after she filed for divorce; Denise, a widow of just five months, now struggling to get by; Marcia, a hard-driving corporate lawyer; Dawn, an alluring self-made entrepreneur whose husband was killed in a sporting accident, leaving two small children behind; and Lesley, a housewife who returned home one day to find that her husband had committed suicide. The women meet once a month, and over the course of a year, they strike out on ever more far-flung adventures, learning to live past the worst thing they thought could happen.

The Mochimochis from Mochimochi Land took over Crown Publishing. They infiltrated the Random House building, stormed the 6th floor and captured Crown’s publisher. The battle was documented by both sides on Twitter using the hashtag #MochimochisAttack. Follow the entire Mochimochi-Crown publishing battle! It’s terrifying, it’s adorable, it’s really happening! Not sure what mochimochi are? A mochimochi can be anything, from fearsome baby gators to pigs with beehive hairdos, from the toe-nibbling monster slippers to an assortment of itty-bitty hamsters, micro mountains, and human beans complete with comb-overs! Super-Scary Mochimochi here, and they’re taking over, just in time for Halloween.

To celebrate Halloween, we asked some of our favorite authors to tell us what terrifies them. Here’s what Taylor Stevens – author of The Informationist and The Innocent – told us. (Like her thrillers, Taylor’s list is sharp and smart.) What terrifies you, RIFers? Leave a comment!

To celebrate Halloween, we asked some of our favorite authors to tell us what terrifies them. Here’s what Shani Boianjiu – author of The People of Forever Are Not Afraid – told us. (Like her novel, Shani’s list is funny and panic-inducing at the same time.) What terrifies you, RIFers? Leave a comment!