ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS — E.M. Denning
When Nash discovers that his co-worker, Aubrey, is about to spend Christmas alone, he invites her to spend the holiday with him and his family. The arrangement is mutually beneficial; she gets a real holiday, and Nash, a buffer from his mother’s relentless match-making. When Nash introduces Aubrey to his parents, she does more than provide him with a buffer. She provides him with a girlfriend—herself. Nash is surprised but he figures it’s only for a few days. Once Christmas is over and they’re back home, they can break up and everything will go back to normal. At least that's the plan. Will they be able to pull it off?
|FROZEN HEART — Ella Medler
Quiet and listless, the glass heart sat hidden under layers of unremarkable clutter, its secret safe. The human hands had touched it often through the strata of debris, but until now, had never uncovered it fully. At last, the yellow duster cut through the grime, and the heart began to shift. It would most likely have frozen over again, up on its high shelf, if the cat’s careless pouncing hadn’t made if fall into a box full of tinsel. This is how the history of time and place began to change – with the story of the frozen heart.
|TREASURED LEGACY — Holly Barbo
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.
|TAKING CHANCES — Regina Morris
Heartwarming, sweet romantic short story about a soldier wounded in battle who finds love where he least expects it. Amputee Corporal Tommy Johnson is rehabbing in a VA hospital near his small hometown in Texas and hiding from everyone, but a nice surprise of events helps him to have his happily ever after.
|SOPHIE'S WISH — Michele E. Gwynn
A child of destiny, Sophie Fairchild’s origins were a mystery to her parents, Nanette and Charles. Unable to conceive on their own, Nanette had prayed to God every day at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Montmartre located on the Rue du Chevalier-de-Barre in Paris that He would bless her and her husband with a child. Found on their doorstep one winter morning tucked away in a wicker basket, surrounded by two fat cats and several doves, Sophie was the answer to their prayers. Five years later, the Fairchild’s find themselves once again wondering from where and whom Sophie came.
After bringing home countless animals from stray cats to injured birds, she has now befriended a homeless girl with no family of her own. Dogged by tragedy, the young girl experiences heartbreaking loss. Stalked by darkness, she enters the Basilica seeking change to buy bread, but ‘borrowing’ from the donation box turns disastrous. Sophie watches as a child with sticky fingers runs out of the church as if the very devil himself was in hot pursuit. Concerned, she takes off after her, finding her hiding in a dark alley. Still, Sophie knows she has nothing to fear, and once again, she brings home a homeless stray determined to help, unaware that darkness follows. With Christmas fast approaching, Sophie seeks a way to give her new friend, Cecilia, a very special gift…with the help of an angel or three. But will she be safe from the prophesy that her kind act has put into play?
|KNOWING JACK — Julie Elizabeth Powell
Twelve-year-old Jack knows they shouldn’t go, but is unable to persuade his parents not to take the planned trip to the Lake District, England. Something was going to happen, but what? The weird feelings he had were always so fuzzy and they didn’t always make sense. Maybe it was just because he’d have to spend time with his pampered cousin, Rosie? Anyway, it was nearly Christmas and what could go wrong with just staying in some cabin in the woods? He was being stupid…all he had to do was ignore the way his belly churned and his head pounded. He might be wrong after all. This mystery adventure tale will drag you into the depths of an icy landscape where you may be afraid to breathe.
|ONE SMALL VOICE — TJ Chapman
While on a much-needed vacation, Sophie discovers that it's not easy to leave work behind... and that this time, she doesn't really mind. An endearing tale of trust, growth and love... all because of one special little girl and one little word.
|WHILE YOU WERE ASLEEP — M. B. Feeney
When Jared Keating is admitted into hospital after being beaten up and left for dead, his family and friends wait for him to wake up. In the hopes he can hear them, they all spend a little time with him, recalling memories of good times with him, letting him know that they can’t live without him in their lives.
Anger and sadness overwhelm them when they come face to face with the reason Jared is in a coma, but they soon understand that no one is to blame other than his ruthless attackers.
Will he wake up? Will he still be ‘Jared’ if he does?
|CHRISTMAS DOWN UNDER — S.M. Phillips|
|THE SLAVE WHO'D NEVER BEEN KISSED — Jess Mountifield
Dylan's crew is coming together and he's adjusting to his role as their Ship Captain, but he's still a few hands down from a full compliment. He knows he needs more recruits and to encourage his current members to bond, but can he stoop so low as to buy slaves? And how will his crew respond if he does?
Ever since her parents died, life has been tough for Auraylia, and she knows it won't be long before she's sold into a rich man's harem. Can she persuade a United Federations Captain that she is worth buying and fulfil her dream of going into space?
|WISHING UPON A CHRISTMAS STAR — Kendra Hale
For Saskia and Neil Kingswell, their five children and partners, and numerous grandchildren, the Christmas season has always been the happiest time of the year. The season of family, love, harmony, and wedding anniversaries. When what should have been yet another joyous Christmas is cruelly shattered by the spiteful incitement of their son-in-law, Frank Booker, the whole family falls apart. All except Frank struggle to come to terms with what happened.
The family’s guiding light is the constant reminder of the love they share. And thus, they cautiously and slowly commence to rebuild destroyed bridges, and forgive each other and themselves, too. While the family slowly reunites, the dreadful secret which Marjory, Frank’s wife, had been forced to suffer for years, comes to light. And she, too, together with her children, starts the process of healing, and rebirth.
As another Christmas season dawns, the family brimming with hope and love, gathers at Oak-on-the-Hill, the Kingswell family home… to discover that their fondest dreams were granted when they wished upon a Christmas star.
|WINTER'S SPARK — Marty Wilcox
From the heartbreaking tragedy that claimed her husband to the stunning news she’s pregnant, Mary Shelley tries to put her broken life back together and prepare for the new life she carries inside her. It all goes well on her New England farm until a brutal nor’easter hits the area.
Dreams of her husband and something unknown plague her sleep until the storm sends her a stranger who appears mysteriously just as she needs him.
Is Brent Novak her savior or is there something else brewing in the storm? Only time and the spring thaw will tell.
|HOPE IN WINTER — Suzy Stewart Dubot
Disfigured veteran from the Napoleonic Wars, Duncan MacGregor is luckier than most ex-soldiers. He works as an estate manager for an absentee owner - except, owner and family aren’t going to be absentee any longer. Christmas is coming and so are they! What will it take to thaw a cold heart?
|ABOUT THREE AUTHORS: WHOEVER SAID LOVE WAS EASY — Patti Roberts
"WHOEVER SAID LOVE WAS EASY?" Not Becky Jensen!
BECKY JENSEN'S FACEBOOK STATUS UPDATE: I hate cancer! I hate my cheating boyfriend! I hate my best friend! I Hate Christmas!
When Becky’s mother died on Christmas Eve a year ago, Becky stopped believing in Christmas.
When Becky’s father remarried four weeks ago, Becky stopped believing in family.
An hour ago, when Becky caught her boyfriend kissing her best friend, Becky stopped believing in love.
Heartbroken, Becky makes a wish that changes her life forever… The very next day, she is boarding a plane at Heathrow airport and flying halfway across the world to interview three authors. The authors, all friends since their twenties, are now in their fifties.
Not only does Becky learn about the lives of these three incredible women, she also learns a lot about herself.
Becky also discovers that all families have their secrets, and hers is no exception.
|CHRISTMAS PAST — Julie Elizabeth Powell
What was Christmas? How did it start? And why was it now banned? Why had the Elders decided it would only cause trouble, that its roots were based on something that only caused wars...those that had destroyed the Old Earth?
Some disagree, and maybe can change things before it’s too late for humankind.
Or maybe it’s already too late.