Monday, December 29, 2014

A New Years Gift for You!

HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: With apologies and appreciation to Clement Moore...and maybe Dr. Seuss. Here's this year’s Jungle Red Holiday Greeting!  

'Twas the night before Christmas
And all through this site
Not a blogger was working
Not even to write.

Our books are all saved on our cloud files with care
In hopes that bestseller lists soon would be there.
Our new novels were nestled all snug in their beds
While visions of royalties danced in our heads.

The Jungle Red sisters, five east and two west
Had just settled our brains for a well-deserved rest.

When in magazine 'views--There arose such a clatter
We opened the things to see what was the matter!

On the magazine pages we found Julia and Lucy!
With  “Trimmings” and “Evil Days” getting praise oh-so-juicy.

Hallie’s “Night Night” is coming! Let’s have a cheer!
Hank’s “Truth” was anointed a BEST of the Year!

Debs’ Gemma and James are in book now—sixteen?
And Rhys is completely our multi-book Queen.

And what to our wondering eyes should appear
Another run of “Her Majesty’s”? Susan's nailed her career!
But what makes us the happiest—keeps every day new?
We knew in a moment—it’s our blogging crew!

You listen, you chatter, you join in the game
We cheer you, we love you, we call you by name!

Thanks, Thelma! Thanks Edith! Thanks darling Joan E!
Both Karens, and Lesa, and our Michele D.

Hail Ramona, and Kathy, Tiger and Clare
We hope Brenda and DebRo will always be there

Here’s to Reine, and to Triss, and to Mary (there’s two)
To Jack, Mark and Lisa—good tidings to you!

Same for Karen (in O), and Gram Cootie as well,
And dear Mary Garrett--the stories she’ll tell!

To Pat, and to Marianne, and Keenan (she’s new!)
To PK and Ellen—we always thank you!

Kaye Barley, we love you, and love to Don, too.
(We know that Wimsey’s a breakthrough for you!)
Our guest bloggers were stellar:
Fairstein and Fay
The Bains and the Todds came to brighten our day!

To Delia, and Kristopher (king of the LIST!)
To Rodrigo, our genius--consider you're kissed.

Hail to Rosemary Harris, and Jan Brogan, too--
Hail “Anonymous” also--love hearing from you!

And hail to Miss Edna, we all raise a toast
You brought us all happiness—we miss you the most.

We had memories, recipes, tales of our youth
We’ve had jokes, and disasters, and telling the truth.
To the top of the lists! To the top of them all!
We’re revising, and writing, and sharing our call!

As dry words before our reviser’s pen fly
When they meet with cliché, and we fix them (we try):

We’re almost at New Years, and our thoughts go to you
May you write perfect books, may your wishes come true!

May you waste not a word, may you write fresh and new
And fill all your stories with mysteries and clues

And remember: on days that things don’t turn out right
And you wonder if this was a fraud and a fright

You have sisters on line—there are sev’n of us here!
And each one is wishing you all-the-year cheer.

And we all say—we love you! ‘Fore you click from our site--
Happy Holidays to All
—and long may you Write!

HANK: Happiest of holidays, dear Reds! And I do have present for you-- an author copy of TRUTH BE TOLD! Just say hi (or whatever you like) in the comments--and you are entered to win! 


  1. What a perfect presentation of the accomplishments of our favorite Jungle Red authors! I am in awe . . . .

    Here's hoping the new year brings all the Reds and "blogging crew" all the best in the new year . . . .

  2. Aw, I love your annual poem, Hank, and it's always a treat to be included. You have formed a very special community here. May the Reds have a truly spectacular new year, and I look forward to seeing all of you in person at one meeting or another!

  3. Aww...I agree, it's incredible here! SO funny how this blog has evolved. We do talk about everything, and you never know what you'll find. And according to our stats, we've had...
    ALMOST 2.5 MILLION views!


  4. I just love this poem every season.

    Reminds me of all the things I cherish about the Jungle Reds blog - each and every reason.

    Thanks, everyone, for another great year.

    There is no doubt I will always hold you dear.

    Onward to 2015, we sail.

    Together there is no way any of us can fail!

  5. WOW! Thanks to all of you for another terrific year of blogging and writing all those "must read" books.

    Happy New Year!


  6. Awww - I love this! And love all of you too.

    Home late last night after a few days with Donald's family and this is a sweet "welcome home." I am so proud to be a small part of this group, I can't even begin to tell you

  7. 2.5 million!! Wow. That is impressive.

    Thanks for the poem, Hank. As usual, you've managed to include everyone in your blessings, and I so appreciate that.

    Happy New Year to the front page gals, and my fellow back page denizens. Wishing you all a joyous, healthy, and prosperous 2015.

  8. I'm not going to try to rhyme anything - I'll leave that to the pros. So I'll just say I love this poem and it's such an honor to be included.

    2014 was a blast! Wishing all the Reds the very best in 2015.

  9. Happy New Year Reds. Thanks for the intros to new writers and all the chances to win new books.

  10. Your annual poems are always delightful, Hank! (And how sweet that you include the names of the visitors to your blog!)

    Happy Writing and Reading to all for 2015!

  11. So lovely of you! Impossible to include ALL the names..I have a plan for Valentines Day, though...

    SO what are you all doing this week?

    I FINISHED my short story! I am so proud of myself. Now on to revisions of the revisions... And getting out my holiday cards. :-)

  12. Hank, I nearly fell off my chair when I read this! On behalf of everyone here, I dub you the Jungle Red Writers Poet Laureate (a lifetime appointment!)

  13. I love the creativity here ... and the care. Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

  14. Well, ya made me laugh while ill. :-)

  15. Hank, you have touched my heart and blown me away with your creativity and warm thoughts! I love this Reds community so much with its writers, bloggers, commentators, and featured guests. Reading this blog is the first thing I do on the computer each day, like eating my dessert first. Thank you all for giving me a wonderful place to land each day where I learn, laugh, and linger on every word.

  16. This is great, Hank! And thanks for including me . . . awww. Nice to recognize so many names and check off all your books from my TBR. I found you all because BN had one of Deb's books on e-sale. Read that and had to read them all, checked out her website for more and found link to Jungle Red - now it's like having my morning coffee with friends!

  17. Aw, thank you, Hank, and thank you for including Miss Edna. I appreciate the support from the Reds and the Jungle Red friends this past year...... Here's to a great 2015!

  18. Wow! What a great poem. Loved it, and my hat is off to you because I could never do that in a million years.

    (Already have the book, so feel free to pick someone else.)

  19. Great poem for a great year. It's wonderful to discover new books and authors in this blog. Keep up the stellar work everyone!

  20. Marvelously done!
    My father was a master a doggerel.

  21. Julia, I agree, she's our JRW poet laureate for life. Thanks Hank! (though you don't get "A" for following directions, which was to choose best post from past year--ALREADY WRITTEN:)

    Thanks to every single one of you who read the blog and contribute so much every day. We love you guys! xoxo

  22. I slid into this blog sideways, finding it somehow when searching for new books to read. Like most things that come your way when you aren't looking, it's been a joy and a pleasure visiting with all the great writers of Jungle Red and the wonderful community of readers who stop by to chat. So many new books! So many new friends--that's how it feels!

    Thanks, Hank! Thanks to all!

  23. How does she DO that? Hank, you are amazing. I so love this. Love that Juicy rhymes with Lucy.

    Sharing the sentiment, even if I cannot write rhyme worth a dime. XXX to all!!

  24. I just found this blog this year and have loved every post on it. Truly a joy to read the thoughts of such a wonderful group of writers, guest writers and readers; no snide remarks or put-downs, just clearly considered and thoughtful support - friends.
    I've found new favourite authors with new favourite series.

    Thank you.

  25. FChurch, you frustrated me! I could NOT find a rhyme for FChurch. Besmirch? Can we think of one for next year? :-)

    Thank you, Yvonne, that is a fascinating (and lovely) insight.

  26. Delightful! Wonderfully creative hijacking. Mr Moore would be proud. Exactly the right note to start off the last week of the old year and the first of the new.

  27. Hank, you are a real genius at building "community"!!! Have you ever thought about running for the big white house at 1600????? We'd all vote for you! Thelma in Manhattan

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  29. This poem is truly divine. I am so grateful for the Reds and my fellow Redettes for making me smile and inspiring me throughout the year. Happy (Productive, Successful) New Year to you all!

  30. I zip through your books one after another,
    Trying for patience --
    Don't want to be a bother.
    But can't you write faster?
    Your fans are awaiting!
    We love you dear ladies
    And all you're creating!

    Happy New Year!

  31. Alas, there don't seem to be very many "Church" rhymes . . . "search" perhaps?

  32. Denise Ann! Fabulous!! xoxo

    Thelma,..i fear you have sipped too much egg nog..xoxoo

  33. I usually roll my eyes at such forts but this one hit it out of the park.
    Great job.


  34. Love it, Hank! Happy New Year to the Reds and Reddians -- 'tis indeed a grand community!

  35. Happy New Year to the Reds (especially the Red Poet) and all the crew.

  36. Hank, I love this and all your terrific posts. I hope you and all the Reds have more relaxing time ahead. You all–our sisters online—feel like family to me and, in fact, have filled in on many days when no one else was here for me.

  37. Love the poem.

    Wishing all a Happy New Year,

  38. Congratulations to all Jungle Reds !!!

    you keep us entertained all year and we wait patiently (ha, ha) for your next book to appear !!

    Wishing everyone A Very Happy, Healthy New Year


  39. Hank, maybe Flora would be easier to rhyme--although the only other rhymes I can think of for that are other names--cheers!

  40. Wonderful poem! Thanks so much to ALL the Jungle Reds for the entertainment you provide us all year. May all of you have the happiest of New Years!

  41. OH! Flora is EASY. Cannot wait for next year. (And I had no idea. Wonderful.)

    Mar, so great to see you! And thank you, yes, I am in the midst of revising WHAT YOU SEE. Today I got very excited. :-)


  42. Please enter me for Truth be Told perfect New Years read.

  43. Fabulous Hank !
    JRW's posts light up every day
    JRW's books fill me with delight at every opportunity.

  44. Thank you, Danielle and Rhonda!

    You are all such wonderful friends..

  45. Very witty and timely poem...
    Marilyn Watson

  46. Kim, I love the name "Redettes." That simplifies it when I want to classify those participating on the blog apart from the Jungle Red Writers themselves. The Reds and the Redettes. I like it!

  47. And the winners of TRUTH BE TOLD are:

    Libby Dodd, and Elizabeth! And hey, why not, also Lyn (Jody-David Speer.)

    Email me at h ryan at whdh dot com with your address!

    ANd LOVE to all! See you tomorrow!

  48. What a wonderful Christmas poem! I'm hoping I'll be healthy enough to join SinC again this year. I've missed all the doings so much this year as I've recuperated and fought with meds that are worse than the sickness. I wish you all a very Happy New Year with lots more of your top-notch books and more awards.

  49. Thank you silverlinings1! So glad you are feeling better..xoo

  50. Well done! . . and ode to sisterhood. Hugs all 'round! Happy New Year, all!