Monday, November 19, 2012

Holiday Spirit

Good Morning. How many of you are preparing for Christmas? Society is much different than back in the days. It used to be one holiday at a time. But no, in this Capitalized world, everyone is out to bank the most they can on each holiday, thus Christmas items come out in October. Valentines items come out in December. It's all happening so quick. Well, I guess here too: The running theme in today's listing is Christmas. Get yourself into some holiday spirit!

One Foot in the Grave-A Holiday Short Short Story
From the National Best-Selling Author, a Christmas tale - if Edgar Allen Poe wrote Christmas stories. Love, loss, haunting, and - just maybe - redemption on Christmas Eve! 

Holiday Spice
Romance, and an occasional dose of erotic fun, reign supreme in this special collection of four short stories, all of which are set around the holidays. 

A Thankful Reunion
Jenna travels home to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with her mother, but a chance meeting at the supermarket changes everything…

Annie’s Real Life Romance…
Annie is unlucky in love, to the point that she’s become a virtual shut-in. Drowning her sorrows in romance novels, little does she know that her life is about to take an amazing turn…

Simon’s Letter
A mysterious holiday invitation from a dead man threatens to turn Elizabeth’s life upside down…

Rekindling the Fire
John and Andrea have fallen into a familiar trap that plagues most married couples, theirs is an existence totally devoid of romance. Thankfully, Mother Nature offers them an opportunity for a second chance...

Silver Bells

Every year, the Christmas Carousel in South Howle takes a beating, and every year, Dash Bartholomew tenderly brings it back to life. It’s a job he started fifteen years ago, when Dash became Dasher, one of Santa’s reindeer, and accepted the worn leather harness now hanging on the hooks at the back of the carousel barn. The one with its beautiful, silver bells that once made the most wondrous sound in the world, and now lay quiet.

That is, until Merry, a young, homeless woman wanders in looking for a place out of the cold. Unlike Dash, she can hear the sweet chimes of the bells, proving to him that it’s not the harness that’s broken. As Christmas draws near, Dash finds himself drawn to Merry and her quiet, stubborn pride. However, unable to hear the sleigh bells Dash isn’t sure what Christmas this year will bring, only that the magic in that harness is far less important than the woman he’s come to love. 

BONUS: Also includes the first chapter from What the Heart Haunts, a novella by Sadie Hart (around an extra 2,000 words)!

Christmas Poems and Short Stories (Christmas Treasury)
This is a anthology of Christmas stories, including:

The Burnished Bells of Holiday Cheer - A Christmas Poem

The Tale of the Christmas Angel - One of the short stories is a tale about the mortal life of Sabrina and her gradual transformation into a Christmas Angel based on her kindness and generosity to others. 

One Day Before Christmas - A Christmas Poem

The Ghosts of Christmas Past - Another story is about a Christmas Eve "party" of the past and present. Young Charlie discovers there is more to the old Indiana homestead than he ever knew, and an heirloom candle lights the way. 

The Legend of the Christmas Troll - A story about a Christmas Troll who treats his family and friends poorly and suffers the consequences. 

The Red Christmas Scarf - A plain red scarf given as a gift to a young girl from her grandmother. Although it looks like common gift, it has magical properties woven in its threads.

NEW! The Best Part of Christmas - Originally published as the first place winner of a 1997 newspaper Christmas essay contest, this is the author's true account of the last Christmas that she spent with her mother.

The cover features an actual Christmas oil painting by Patricia Arnold with illustrations by Jessica Arnold.

Sweet, holiday romance short story. A small boy finds what he believes to be a real live Christmas angel and asks his father if they can take her home.

At just under 3700 words, this short story is equivalent to about 14 pages in a regular paperback. It is offered as a sample of the author's work.

Countdown 'Til Christmas

Many of us have adopted Christmas traditions from around the world and don't even realize it. For example, do you place an orange in the toe of your Christmas stocking? Why? This goes back over 1500 years to St. Nicholas, a real person, and the gift he gave to a penniless girl one Christmas Eve.
When you see the word X-Mas in advertising during the holidays, does it upset you? Did you know that to the Greeks the symbol X stood for Christ? Find out more about these traditions and many others by reading this book. The book includes traditions to be followed on an almost daily basis beginning the last Sunday of November. You will learn the tradition associated with that day and will be given ideas on how to celebrate the tradition. This can extend your enjoyment of the holiday season and bring you a greater understanding of the reason why and how we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. 
Did you know that Jingle Bells, one of our favorite Christmas songs, started out as a song for Thanksgiving not Christmas. You will also discover the true meaning behind the words of "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

A Zombie for the Holidays

A father, husband, man named Rex, finds himself in a department store on Christmas Eve. People are fighting and screaming, there is blood and there's darkness. Hiding from the crazy people tearing each other apart, he asks himself a question, 'Will I make it out alive?'

Grandma's Christmas Lessons

Written for an older audience, Grandma's Christmas Lessons touches the hearts of those who struggle with life and believing in the goodness of humanity. These stories give hope and teach valuable life lessons. While touching, they may not be appropriate for a younger audience. For example, "The Music Box" tells the story of an unwed mother who gave birth to her baby on Christmas day and how she gained the courage to give up her baby for adoption. It shows her struggles with finding hope and joy again. It may bring tears, but it brings joy and laughter as well. Its a wonderful story.
"The Legend of the Silver Bell" covers the heartache of a childless couple and how their struggles- and ultimate triumph change a whole village.
"Package Tied Up with a Beau" is a light hearted story of meddling mistakes made by a teenage girl who desperately tries to find a beau for her older sister by Christmas. Some things should simply be left alone.
You'll love "Mail Order Momma." Enough said.
For those who have simply lost hope, "Kristal's Gift" will restore it again- if you follow the lessons Elle teaches her friend Kristal.
Simply stated, "Grandma's Christmas Lessons" was written for those who may have lost the Christmas Spirit and want it restored again.
Read, cry, laugh and have a wonderful Christmas.

An Epiphany Gift for Robin

Arthur and Mariot are among the poorest of the poor serfs in 12th Century England. Some call them chattel, no better than the oxen that plow the baron’s fields. While the Yule log roars in the great castle hearth and the baron and his household feast on Christmas goose, Arthur’s family shivers in the cold. Serfs are not meant to dream or love, but Arthur dares to do both. Twelve days after Christmas, on the gift giving day of Epiphany, Arthur makes a sacrifice that will change the future of one of his family members forever. “An Epiphany Gift for Robin”, by award winning medieval author Joyce DiPastena, is a short story that will touch your heart and warm your soul this Christmas season.

This Christmas

From Author, Ruthe McDonald, comes a heart warming and lovely collection of short stories centered around the Christmas Holiday. Filled with short stories that evoke a spirit of belief in miracles and faith.

Hello My Name is Rose and this is My Christmas Story

Hello My Name is Rose and this is My Christmas Story invites children to count the days to Christmas with Rose. Every day she has something different planned to celebrate Christmas. Includes 26 illustrations by first time authors Jessica and Lisa Arnold, this is a fun story for kids written by kids!

Christmas in High Heels (High Heels Mysteries)

Fashion designer turned amateur sleuth Maddie Springer can’t wait to spend the holidays with her boyfriend, LAPD Detective Jack Ramirez. It’s their first Christmas together, and Maddie wants it to be perfect. But between her zany family and wacky friends, Maddie’s having a hard time finding alone time with her man. But come Christmas morning, this is one holiday she’ll be sure remember… naughty or nice! 

This is a 4,200 word Holiday ***SHORT STORY ***

Seasons Readings - A Collection of Holiday Themed Short Stories

A collection of holiday themed short stories from talented authors who write in the genres of romance, mystery, thriller and fantasy.

-Home for Christmas by Lia Fairchild (Approx. 7,000 words)
-Christmas Without You by Mel Comley (Approx. 1,300 words)
-Legacy of Sandy Klausse by Valerie Maarten (Approx. 7,000 words)
-Jade Elephant Libby Fischer Hellmann (Approx. 3,500 words)
-Eleanor’s Christmas Surprise by Tania Tirraoro (Approx. 3,200 words)
-Christmas Rainbows by Melissa A. Smith (Approx. 1,300 words)
-A Basketball, A Storm Drain and a Choo-Choo Train by Sue Owen (Approx. 8,500 words)
-Silver Bells by Cactus Rose (Approx. 2,600 words)
-Kate and The Irishman by Mary Pat Hyland (Approx. 5,000 words)

All I Want for Christmas is You (Contemporary Holiday Romance) (Fate with a Helping Hand)

Sometimes fate needs a little hand...

Santa Claus is going to have a rough season... Lauren Alexander is raising her daughter alone. Abandoned by her family for her decision to keep her daughter Kristen, she has done a pretty good job for the last six years. Or she thought she had. That's why she is crushed when little Kristen gives up her wish for a toy or goodie and instead asks Santa for a present for her mother. She wants Santa to bring a Daddy. Delivering Daddies isn't Santa's bag. 

But this Santa has a plan... 

Kyle Preston knows what it is like to be abandoned too. Luckily he found the support of loving adoptive parents and has turned himself into one of the most successful Real Estate developers in town. 

Building a house is easy. Building someone's trust is a whole other story. But with a little helping hand, a little Christmas magic can make all the difference in the world.

The Lola Cruz Christmas Story, A Prequel (Lola Cruz Mysteries)

The Lola Cruz Christmas Story is a short, holiday prequel to Living the Vida Lola. Lola is summoned by a woman from her past and becomes part of her own Christmas story as she leads Margo Callaghan to safety.

Songs of Lesser Voices-A Holiday Short Short Story

Remember those kids who never made it into chorus? The ones who weren't in Glee? What happens to them when everyone goes caroling on Christmas Eve? 

Food Fight-A Holiday Short Short Story

When a young couple's first Christmas dinner doesn't go exactly as planned, trouble ensues. The first fight is always the most important! 

A Present for Christmas

Faced with a choice, David has to decide what matters the most. Home…or the heart. After completing an assignment in Alaska, he’s about to head home, but he realizes he might be leaving behind his heart—Cris, the woman he fell in love with. Now he has to make a choice. Return home to everything he knows, or take a chance on love. 

**This work is available for free on a number of platforms.

Grandma's Christmas Stories

This collection of Christmas stories embodies all of the qualities that you look for in good Christmas tales. Believing, Helping, Sacrificing, Loving, Listening, Giving and Caring. Each story in its own way, touches the heart and opens it to the fulness of the Christmas Spirit. If you ever lose heart and feel like no one cares, read one or all of these choice stories and believe once again in the kindness and goodness of humanity. These stories have been loved by "children" of all ages. You will love them too and make them part of your Christmas traditions.

Christmas Beyond the Box

The holidays mean many things to many people. "Christmas Beyond the Box" takes that notion a little farther, and provides some enchanting looks at the season from some very interesting perspectives. Suitable for all ages, there's sure to be a tale worth re-telling in this collection for many Christmases to come.

Beginning with a race of holiday sprites who can't stand the limelight and ending with an eccentric billionaire who only sees his family the day *after* Christmas, this collection provides enough laughs, sighs, and insights to satisfy the most discriminating tastes.

Don't miss it!

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