Christmas Treasures book set

Here is a group of Christmas themed books and stories to enjoy over the festive season by a talented group of authors.

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Through time and space, Christmas remains a holiday filled with the spirit of giving, good cheer and love.

Angela Gray – An Unexpected Christmas
Award Winning Author C. Forrest Lundin – Christmas Changes
E.M. Denning – Snow Angel
Award Winning Author Holly Barbo – A Magic Yule
Jess Mountifield – Santa’s Little Space Pirate
Maxine Murphy – The Best Christmas He’ll Never Remember
Best Selling Author Julie Elizabeth Powell – Yule Spirits
Marc Sanderson – Christmas Eve
S.P. West – Kickstart My Heart
Sean Gallatin – Best Selling, Award Winning Author Cherime MacFarlane – The Perfect Present
Suzy Stewart Dubot – The Christmas Ball

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Beyond Time Trilogy By Holly Barbo

I have for you three wonderful short stories by my friend Holly Barbo.  They are great reads and I recommend them for christmas time.  I have added buy links, the first two can be bought in ebook.  The third is only in the trilogy paperback at this time.

 

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A paranormal short story set in Scotland, with cultural heritage at its heart.

Summer in Scotland, and Mari is working on an archaeological dig of a Viking burial ship during Beltane, a time of the year when the veil shrouding the spirit world thins.

What could possibly go wrong?

A Beltane Gift is a contemporary story with historical elements and a wee bit of the paranormal. It won first prize in the PGP Short Story Competition in August 2015. It is also available as part of the anthologies Change of Tides and Tendrils.

This short story has planted roots in Holly’s imagination. It’s possible it will be continued in other books.

A Quick Read book is a short story available as a single small book. In both ebook and paper format, it is a perfect small gift or for escaping to another place and reality when you only have a tiny block of spare time.

 

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Mari is asked to investigate a bog body and accompanying items. Her crew is off for the holidays when Mari is contacted by an acquaintance in the world of science to do a preliminary study. She meets with the man after agreeing to the proposal. Intrigued by the finds, she wants to know more. Out in the camper something stirs up Quinna’s anger which Mari discovers when she returns to the motor home with the items in hand. What has the large cat up in arms? Someone is far more interested in the archeological treasures than they should be. Two security guards are to help keep Mari and the treasure safe. At home, she begins delving into the enigma which dropped into her lap. In her private barn, Mari works to reveal the secrets of the beautiful little bell. A winter snow storm pins both Mari and Quinna down in what should be her private sanctuary. Are they under siege? Will the treasure be lost to those seeking to steal it? Mari will need to use her wits and Quinna her teeth to keep safe as snow piles up and closes Scotland’s country roads.

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Christmas Promotion – Deadly Crystal:A Crystal Snowflake By Holly Barbo

Today’s promotion is for Deadly Crystal:A Crystal Snowflake by my friend Holly Barbo.  It’s a lovely story and well worth a read.

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A cyber-thriller short story

When Chayse’s friend is murdered before he can get protective custody, she and her department in Homeland Security are thrust into a race to stop a destructive cyber worm from wiping out all bank and stock market records during the Christmas break. The good news is there is an inoculating code which will stop the worm. The bad news is it is hidden in a special crystal concealed in the sculpted walls of a beautiful ice hotel in the Lapland region of Sweden, and the terrorists are searching for it too. As the snow flurries of November become frozen December, each side rush to find the crystal… with entirely different goals.

Will the Christmas holiday bring destruction for western financial systems?

 

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Vortexes By Holly Barbo

My friend Holly Barbo has a new book out.  Vortexes is a Dystopian urban fantasy.  I look forward to reading it soon.

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A Dystopian Urban Fantasy: Desperate times have come to Emma Maya Ando’s country. A totalitarian regime with no tolerance for deviation has marginalized thousands. Neither physical exceptionality nor freedom of thought has a place. All is conformity. But Maya doesn’t conform, and time is running out on her ability to conceal her condition. Can Maya find a cure before she is swept up in a purge… or will she take her secret to the grave?

Key words and hashtags:

 # oppressivedystopianregime, #cleanteenread, #spacewormholetravel, 

#authoritariangovernment, #strongwoman, #yalit, #fighter

About the author:

Holly’s world is shaped by her love of family (which includes an adorable rescue kitty who has stolen her heart), the beauty of  nature and an irrepressible curiosity that frequently has her turning over rocks and questioning what she finds. This sometimes sends the reader down a rabbit hole into an alternate view of the world than what they expected. Holly’s mind can be an interesting place.

In all her work, Holly weaves alternative worlds with threads from today.

 

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New Cover Reveal – A Beltane Gift By Holly Barbo

Today I have a new cover reveal for you,  A Beltane Gift by my friend Holly Barbo.  I have read this story and it’s awesome.

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Summer in Scotland, and Mari is working on an archaeological dig of a Viking burial ship during Beltane, a time of the year when the veil shrouding the spirit world thins.

What could possibly go wrong?

A Beltane Gift is a contemporary story with historical elements and a wee bit of the paranormal. It won first prize in the PGP Short Story Competition in August 2015. It is also available as part of the anthologies Change of Tides and Tendrils.

This short story has planted roots in Holly’s imagination. It’s possible it will be continued in other books.

A Quick Read book is a short story available as a single small book. In both ebook and paper format, it is a perfect small gift or for escaping to another place and reality when you only have a tiny block of spare time.

 

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December/Christmas Promotion – Treasured Legacy By Holly Barbo

Today’s promotion is for Treasured Legacy, a quick read Book Six, by my friend Holly Barbo.

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A contemporary suspense steeped in history

With dwindling time, Leone uses the last of her strength to share important family history with her only living relative: her grandson David. Despite her final request to not sell the family heirlooms, David and Anne look into it because of their desperate need for money. But the pieces have secrets and the young couple finds themselves in unexpected danger.

 

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When David arrived home, he slipped his computer bag off his shoulder and coming up behind his wife, he gave her a hug. “Dinner smells good honey! How was your day?”

She turned around in his arms, returning the hug, but held on, unwilling to separate.

He leaned back and tilted her chin up, studying her face. “What happened today at the museum? Is this about the three pieces Grandma Leone told us about?”

She nodded mutely then ducked her head under his chin and breathed his scent deeply. Pulling out of his arms, she put the dishes on the small kitchen table and poured two glasses of wine. “Dinner is ready. While you wash up, I’ll lock the door and pull the curtains for the night. There is much to tell you.”

He gave her a baffled glance as he went to the sink to do as she requested. “And the wine?”

“Well, it was either that or whiskey and I thought that would dull the senses too much.”

He eased into his chair as he contemplated her words. Taking a swallow of wine, he reached across the table. “Okay. Take a bite first. You look pale.”

 

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December/Christmas Promotion – A Crystal Snowflake By Holly Barbo

Today’s promotion is for A Crystal Snowflake, a thrilling story by my friend Holly Barbo.  We also have an excerpt for a taste of what is to come.

 

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A cyber-thriller short story

When Chayse’s friend is murdered before he can get protective custody, she and her department in Homeland Security are thrust into a race to stop a destructive cyber worm from wiping out all bank and stock market records during the Christmas break. The good news is there is an inoculating code which will stop the worm. The bad news is it is hidden in a special crystal concealed in the sculpted walls of a beautiful ice hotel in the Lapland region of Sweden, and the terrorists are searching for it too. As the snow flurries of November become frozen December, each side rush to find the crystal… with entirely different goals.

Will the Christmas holiday bring destruction for western financial systems?

 

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He smiled when he heard her voice and responded by saying, “I’m on my way and no one is following me. Just in case, I sent instructions to our safe place. Don’t worry about retrieving the envelope unless I don’t get there by morning. Okay. Gotta go. I’ll be at your door for breakfast with your favorite croissants. Have the coffee brewed.”

Orion laughed at the response. “Okay. I need to concentrate on driving in this stuff. See you soon, Chayse. Bye.”

Beyond the stop sign, the road sloped to a picturesque country bridge, one of many that dotted the New England states. He had to admit it was beautiful in the snowfall but with the driving conditions worsening, he focused on how the car responded to his small adjustments in steering. In the weak light, he didn’t notice the watcher standing in the shelter of some trees on the far side of the road. The muffled figure took a box out of his pocket, pointed it at the car and pushed a button. The loud sibilant schwuff of the slush hitting the car’s undercarriage drowned out the pop.

Without any warning, Orion’s power steering quit. Working to compensate on the slick road, he fought to correct the fish-tailing motion of the car. “Shit!” He tapped the brakes and was horrified as his foot went all the way to the floor.

Fighting the wheel and the momentum of the old Chevy on the slippery surface became his entire focus…and he was losing. He tried gearing down and applying the emergency brake, but the car went into a spin and he caught a glimpse of the bridge railing coming up too fast. “Shit!” The car broke through the wooden barrier and sailed into the darkness over the side.

 

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