Misha Crews

Love stories about old houses and family secrets.

white house beside body of water

It’s December 1st! This means that the holiday season is officially in full swing, bringing pretty lights, gingerbread lattes, the wonderous faces of children as they peek through store windows… and stress. Oh my gosh, so much stress!

Is it my imagination, or is the calendar suddenly full, while my bank account is suddenly empty? Has the need to fit into pretty clothes doubled, while my waistline has done the same? Is there even more self-induced pressure to post images of an Insta-worthy home, while my already un-grammable house is now cluttered with shipping boxes, shopping bags, and random scraps of tape?

Yikes. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves, don’t we? That’s why I love this quote:

“Is there a place you can go to break away for a little while? If you haven’t yet built your tree house, it’s never too late to start.” – Gina Greenleaf

This is something we all sorely need: a place to break away, a place to relax, a place just to breathe. One of my early resolutions for the new year is to construct a little haven for myself: a nook that is all mine, where work and the world don’t have to take precedence.

Here is an example of one of my cozy nook dreams. (I’ll take her youth and beauty too, while I’m at it!)

woman sitting in a trailer converted to a house on wheels
Cozy nook dreams – I’ll take her youth and beauty while I’m at it! (Photo by Melike Benli on Pexels.com)

Of course, my own nook won’t be quite that glamorous… or quite that mobile. But that’s 2023’s problem. In the meantime, I find that just daydreaming about it is sometimes enough to reduce the stress. And for the occasions when daydreaming doesn’t quite do the trick, we always have chocolate! (And coffee. And reading. And Colin Firth movies.)

Hm. I guess I’ve built myself a little “imagination treehouse” there, haven’t I?

How do you deal with stress during the holiday season? or any season, for that matter?

Wishing you bright days and peaceful nights, my friends!


Hey there, book buddies!

I have a little holiday gift for you: a free e-book from myself and my dear friend Karen Cantwell (USA Today Bestselling author). You can download the e-book from Bookfunnel at this link. You can also get a signed paperback here, or find the paperback on Amazon. Read all about it below. I hope you enjoy it!

Read all about it

’Tis the season for fun and food!

From bestselling authors Karen Cantwell and Misha Crews comes a captivating collection of delicious tales and delightful recipes. Available for a limited time only.

Barbara Marr is seeing a man in her dreams, and it isn’t her husband! Will this strange specter ever tell her what he wants, or will Barbara never sleep again?

When Morgan walks into the holiday party, the first thing she notices is that the other parents haven’t dressed up. Which is too really too bad, since Morgan is wearing a foam pumpkin costume the size of a small car and the shade of, well, a pumpkin. What’s a girl to do?

Spending the holidays alone is nothing new for Marmaduke, seeing as how he’s a ghost. When he meets a little boy in search of a playmate, can Marmi step out of his spiritual comfort zone and make a friendship connection?

It’s New Year’s Day in Angel River, and Goldie is expecting news of her first grandchild. What she gets is the gift of a lifetime.

Treat yourself to these flights of fancy (and more!) in this limited-time anthology. Recipes include Bethany Marr’s Candy Cane Cookies, Miss Maud’s Never-Fail Fudge, Marmaduke’s Browned-Butter Winter Vegetables, and Morgan’s Crowd-Pleasing Punch. There’s something for everyone in this playful and touching holiday treasure.

Happy holidays, and happy reading!


“I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.” – Orhan Pamuk

What book lover doesn’t know this feeling?

The first novel I ever read was Pete’s Dragon, by Jean Bethell. It was a novelization of the 1977 Disney movie, which I’d seen and loved on television the previous year. That book changed my life, because it was like holding that entire movie in my hand, being able to skip ahead to the ending if I chose, or replay my favorite parts as many times as I wanted. I’ve known several life-altering books since then, but nothing will ever replace the specialness and magic of that first novel.

This quote comes from the first line of The New Life: A Novel, by Nobel-Prize winning author Orhan Pamuk, a book which has been on my to-be-read list for quite some time.

What book or books have changed your life, even in a small way? ❤️