A collection of short stories with a winter/holiday theme. Fifteen different stories by 15 different authors: Bobbye Terry, Pinkie Paranya, Nana Prah, Jennifer Moss, Dawn Chandler, Jennifer Gibson, Shannon Kennedy, Robert Boris Riskin, Cathrina Constantine, Aneta Cruz, Bev Irwin, E. A. Aymar, Carole Avila, Alyssa Lyons, and Lynda Kaye Frazier
BLURBS FOR THE STORIES ARE LISTED BELOW.
GOING TO THE DOGS
Win the bid for a dog and get a man—what a deal, especially when the man is a reputable bachelor who will take you on a dinner date. But Win Benson wonders if her luck has gone to the dogs when her mystery date is shot by an unidentified assailant. Can she help find the shooter and salvage the date? It was time for her to sniff out the clues and take a bite out of crime.
IT’S THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS
Mark was a romantic, Alex an idealist, but their brand new marriage seemed all the better for it. Until the unthinkable happened. Alex decided she could cook their first Christmas dinner, all by herself. She would invite guests and family, even though she was just learning to cook and had never used an oven. She thought she would surprise them all, but the surprise turns out to be on her—and boy, is it a doozy.
Rantha has been in love with Craig since college, but he only sees her as a friend. In order to not risk losing their close friendship, she adores him only in her heart, until he invites her to his company’s legendary Christmas party as his fake fiancé to help him get promoted. Could their play kisses under the mistletoe turn into something real?
It’s a few weeks before Christmas and a young teen, Aisha Wright, gets caught in the urban crossfire. Chicago homicide detective Ryan Doherty and his partner, Matt Di Santo, won’t take a holiday until the case is solved. As Ryan works to find Aisha’s killer, he also has two more puzzles to solve: who jacked his classic ’66 Mustang and what he could possibly get his new millionaire girlfriend for Christmas…
For a twelve year old boy, having a great and powerful knight for a parent should be the greatest thing in his life. It should garner him respect and admiration. If it was his father. Stress and aggravation darkened Evan’s childhood and he laid it all at his mother’s feet. With the upcoming Christmas tournament looming dangerously in front of him, Evan was lost in doubts. His mother was participating and for her sake he hoped she would win. For his san-ity he prayed she would lose.
It was a beautiful day in the country with freshly fallen snow and a fragrant hot cup of coffee warming my hands, what could possibly go wrong?
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
Stewart Falls, Washington is where Nikki Tiernan longs to go. She’s tired of being bounced around her dad’s family, since he’s remarried and her mom is still overseas with the U.S. Army. All Nikki has to do is buy a bus ticket—or so she thinks. But when a mysterious stranger claims the seat next to her, Nikki begins to fear her ad-venture may not go as planned.
FOLD ME, HANG ME
Robert Boris Riskin
Sandy loved her job as manager of the Lady Jane boutique, but sometimes customers could be very frustrating—especially during the holidays. “Fold Me, Hang Me” gives you an inside look at the sometimes hilarious moments of Christmas shopping.
The formidable Wisconsin winter of 1892 stifles Matthew’s Christmas spirit and dims their anticipation of their new baby. After the early arrival of the infant, Thea contracts a life-threatening fever. As Matthew rides out into the blizzard to find the doctor, their young son, Daniel takes his post as man of the house with two very specific directives: protect his newborn sister and keep Momma alive until help arrives.
Never underestimate a procrastinator’s creativity when the eleventh hour is about to strike.
CLIVE IN THE WELL
Emma Jean wants a nice Christmas dinner but is Clive going to spoil it again? Or will Fate intervene—with a little help from Emma Jean?
E. A. Aymar
It’s Christmas Eve in Baltimore and a contract killer nicknamed Switch has a job to do: before the night is over, she is going to kill a man. But tonight’s job takes an unexpected turn, and forces Switch to confront something she never has—can she continue this life? Unfortunately, the answer to that question is taken out of her hands…
CHRISTMAS AFTER ALL
With her parents off on a second honeymoon and her best friend in Hawaii, Eydie is dreading spending the holidays alone. Her busybody neighbor invites her over for Christmas Eve, yet Eydie tries gracefully to refuse. She really doesn’t want to be caught in the middle as her neighbor’s husband meets his long-lost daughter for the first time. But the daughter comes with a surprise—one that Eydie hasn’t counted on at all.
LIGHT ONE CANDLE
Holidays are best enjoyed with family. And this year, Jordan rediscovers that joy with her new husband and three foster children.
THE CHRISTMAS CONTRACT
Lynda Kaye Frazier
Until three years ago Christmas was Tina Mercer’s favorite time of year. Then Max Kingston destroyed her happiness when he broke her heart and walked out of her life, on Christmas Eve. She left the only home she knew that night and never needed to go back—until now, when her promotion depends on her getting the Max, CEO of Markstons Toys, to sign a new contract. Can she hide the pain and bury her true feelings to secure the signature she needs to obtain her new position? Or will Max’s addendum to the contract change her future—and her dream?