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Twelve Books For Christmas - The Grotto under the Tree

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The book for Day 3, The Grotto Under The Tree by John Theo, has a Christmas theme, with an intriguing take on St Nicholas.

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Can you tell us a bit about your book, John?

The Grotto Under the Tree is rarity in that it is an action adventure Christmas novel. I tried to recapture the character of Santa and bring him back to his origins of Saint Nicholas. This is the first novel I know of that portrays Saint Nicholas as an action hero. In the fantasy story the climactic battle takes place over his ice palace hidden at the North Pole. Saint Nicholas is portrayed more like a Gandalf, Obi Wan Kenobi than a fat plumb jolly guy singing ho ho ho. I guarantee this is unlike any other holiday novel you will read.


A girl with fair skin and curly auburn hair raised her hand from the back row.

"Miss Storm, how do we know our tree is special if we don't see anything strange ever happen?"

Miss Storm smiled. "Sara, in fairy tales as in life, there are times when you are asked to believe in things you may not be able to see."

A moment later, the afternoon bell rang to end the school day. The children rushed toward the closet to gather their coats and scrambled out the door.


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 Meet John

john theo

Author bio

John has numerous published articles on arts, culture and sports figures. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA. During the day John is an adjunct professor at Endicott College in Beverly, MA, where he teaches screenwriting. John has two books published from Clean Reads Press. The Grotto Under the Tree,  a young adult fantasy. Cape Ann, a nautical murder mystery. His third novel, Mission Trip, a dystopian science fiction is due out in early 2016.


I asked John to tell us a bit about himself

 Do you have any favourite family Christmas traditions? If so, what are they?

We go to church on Christmas Eve with the kids who usually perform in the service.

When do you open your Christmas presents?

Usually on Christmas morning.

If you could invite any author living or dead to share your Christmas lunch, who would it be?

Biblical authors, CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien

What book would you like to find in your Christmas stocking?

I want a KJV study bible..


You can find out more about John here:



Thanks for dropping by, John. Merry Christmas!

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