Christmas isn’t always “Jingle Bells” and “Ho, ho, ho.” In these Twelve Tales of Christmas, even Santa has to deal with unexpected German Shepherds and reindeer who suddenly want to learn the tango. A dryad works feverishly with a teenage boy to save her tree, now in a stand in his living room, and everyone begs Death to hold off for just one more day.
And nobody knows what to do with the fire-breathing dragon. He’s not going on the Christmas card list anytime soon.
Come enter worlds of beauty and dread. Join a house hob as he raises his cup of eggnog high, and enjoy yuletide yarns delicious enough to tempt even St. Nick.
Twelve Tales is finally out! This one very nearly didn’t make it. *note to self: finish all future seasonal books well ahead of time*
But it is done and published and all that, and I’m really proud of it. It’s longer than Dragon Hoard–35k to DH’s 22k–but it’s still novella length, so it should be a reasonably quick read, which is what people seem to want out of Christmas books. That’s understandable; it’s a busy time.
So Twelve Tales offers you twelve mini-vacations, most of which are fantasy, with three of the stories being straight contemporaries.
And this brings me to my next point: I’d love help getting the word out, or nobody may ever know about it.
Six of the stories are flash, so they lend themselves to blogging, if anyone would like to blog a quick Christmas story. If you’re wondering what’s available, I have the following:
- The Gift: a mostly internal story about a forgotten older woman and an act of faerie kindness.
- Holiday Movie: a romance that focuses on finding a little holiday spirit by refusing to give up on it.
- Kelly’s Christmas: Santa runs into an unexpected German Shepherd and gives her a surprising gift.
- Trip to Tahoe: unfinished business can transcend even death (a Christmas ghost story).
- Christmas Tango: Donio the reindeer is fed up with snow–and considering ditching Santa for the beaches at Rio.
- Snowflake: Madelynn is ashamed that she’s afraid to talk to her grandma now, as if cancer were something she could catch. But somehow, she has to make it through her grandmother’s last Christmas.
And of course I need reviews, although I well know the size of everyone’s TBR stacks.
Which brings me to price. I tried to make Twelve Tales free everywhere. I tried so hard. And I sort of succeeded, but I don’t have any more time to work through the red tape.
Twelve Tales is free on Smashwords here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/761587. It’s available there as mobi, epub, and PDF, so you can download there to put it on your Kindle.
Amazon is still insisting on listing it at $.99 (https://www.amazon.com/Twelve-Tales-Christmas-Contemporary-Brighten-ebook/dp/B0784FSL94/), and they will continue to do so until Smashwords approves my book for widespread distribution. Then I’ll have a Barnes and Noble link to wave at Amazon. Apparently Smashwords by itself leaves them unimpressed.
So peek inside for a little Christmas cheer when the season starts to wear on you, or to get in the holiday spirit. 🙂