The Christmas Message: A Real-Life Story of Letting Go, Intuition and a Wish Fulfilled (Xristopher Bland, ABM Publishing, 2013)–Non-Fiction
Synopsis: Where conscious action and beliefs about unavoidable struggle remain with many as standard operational modes in pursuit of dreams realized, The Christmas Message tells a different story—the true-life tale of a holiday wish fulfilled through intuition and letting go—and speaks to the nature of the universe as something that listens and responds.
The Christmas Message first appeared on Dec. 18, 2013, in the Guelph Mercury newspaper as winner of the Mercury‘s annual holiday story contest.
- “Written with wit and warmth, Bland’s The Christmas Message captures the kick and rhythm of grief, along with the deep knowing that comes from such a place. A sharply pleasurable read.”—Jody Nyasha Warner, author (Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged, Groundwood Books).
- “Bland writes with such raw emotion, one has no choice but to connect with him and his simple desire to be with his mother once again.”—Lisa Marie Brennan (Ruffolo), author (Chronic Heartburn: Managing Acid Reflux and GERD Through Knowledge, Diet and Lifestyle, Firefly Books).
Spamglok: The Complete Proctology (Xristopher Bland, ABM Publishing, 2014)—Humor
Synopsis: Originally written as a three-chapter film treatment in the tradition of mockumentary films like This Is Spinal Tap, The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash and FUBAR, Spamglok: The Complete Proctology chronicles the adventures of fictional Netherlanders Hans Papillio and Leo Kurshev, who unwittingly find themselves fronting the successful rock band Spamglok after a chance encounter with wayward dazzle-coins salesman Emo Dresden. Includes The Glokopedia, a complete compendium of all Spamglok characters, as well as the bonus Band-o-Pedia.