Holiday Heartwarmers: An Anthology of Short Stories Giveaway!
November 13, 2016
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- Kindle Edition of "Holiday Heartwarmers" - Amazon Kindle Fire in the color of your choice! -$40 Amazon Gift Card (this amount will increase as we get donations) - Ebook copy of "Thames Valley Tales" by Tim Walker - Ebook copies of "Just A Man" and Just A Woman" by Shannon Youngblood
Holiday Heartwarmers: An Anthology of Short Stories
Stories From The Heart
Immerse yourself in this eclectic collection of short stories featuring authors from around the world. Travel to different places with them as they enjoy an unexpected journey back home to reunite with family and take a chartered flight to the North Pole. Shiver with the cold and anxiety as their loved ones get stranded in a snow storm in Alaska or share the amazement of gazing at the spectacular views during a hike to Machu Picchu. Explore the Indian subcontinent by train, share an unforgettable vacation in Cyprus or
venture into Afghanistan in the midst of war.
Holidays are a time of sharing and can take many forms. These stories explore the issues of family dynamics, reflections on life, and finding the true meaning of love and acceptance. They also show that sometimes, it is just as important to let go of old feelings and old memories. This collection of short stories is sure to warm your heart and light the spirit of Christmas.
The Christmas Spirit by Joanie Pariera
In this epistolary short-story, a sad, wandering spirit thinks he’s found happiness again when he finds himself in love with a to-be engaged woman.
Christmas Cinderella by M.M. Chabot
EVE One day changed my life. I thought my dreams were over. One night gave me something to live for. Something I thought I lost.
JACE I was perfectly okay with my life, until that night. Now, I have to find my Cinderella, the one that got away. Modern Day Cinderella Novella, with an HEA
A White Christmas by Sunanda J. Chatterjee
Successful lawyer Melissa, stay-at-home-mom Jessica, and Chef Dominic have not visited home for Christmas since their father died two years ago. But when their elderly mother invites them home for the holidays and shares her plan to sell the house, the three siblings plan a surprise for her. Little do they know their mother has a surprise of her own.
Meet the White family for their unexpected Christmas reunion.
Chasing Time by C.L. Cannon
Carly and Micha are best friends. They have been since the sixth grade when Micha moved to the sleepy southern town of Corwin, Tennessee. For most of their teenage lives, they spent their time trying to get out. When they finally manage to do so, first love, betrayal, asinine exes and a heart-rending loss puts their bond to the test. Will a trip back to Corwin for Christmas be just the shove they need to confront their past and make a better future?
Times of Gifting by Taki Drake
This story is a tale of a trip with friends that combines exploration and the dynamics of friendship with the impact of unexpected events in the fabric of our lives. The surprises, both good and bad, that occur to the travelers bring emotions alive and show how even disasters can produce gifts that warm your heart and let your soul heal.
El Dorado by Tim Walker
Finding peace at Christmas is not easy for recently divorced Peter, a middle-aged man facing cancer surgery and the prospect of being edged out of his job. With the date for his life-or-death operation set for the New Year, he arranges a bucket list trip in search of spiritual calm in the mystical cloud city of the Incas in Peru – Machu Pichu. Juggling what may be his final work assignment with the prospect of upsetting his teenage daughter over festive arrangements, he must chart a course to finding the inner peace he yearns for ahead of his surgery.
Twisted Memory Blurb by Christine Jayne Vann
When Eva's brother is driven out of the family home, her life becomes shaped around the void that he left. Can she trust her childhood memories and accept herself?
The Journey Within by Neha Gupta
'The Journey Within' is a story about a woman named Melissa who has become despondent with her life. Though there is no obvious reason for her frozen emotions, she is unable to feel any happiness inside or around her. And then she receives a mysterious mail that changes her entire outlook.
Sometimes we need a fresh and an objective perspective on our lives and relationships. And this story is just about that- Rediscovering oneself. Read the story as it takes you on a remarkable journey not only to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus but also to the centre of Melissa’s heart.
Letters from Carmen by Sunanda J. Chatterjee
Sixteen-year-old Mia’s world is shattered when she finds out her mother’s cancer has recurred. Ever since her father died on Christmas six years ago, the holiday hasn't been the same. To make matters worse, Mia will have to live with an aunt she didn’t know existed. Why should Mia read her aunt’s letters when she’s never come to visit? Aunt Carmen had been ‘in trouble’ and is in and out of rehab. How can Mia trust someone who cannot take care of herself?
A Christmas Awakening by Joanie Pariera
Based on Actual Events -
Traveling during Christmas a free thinker forms unlikely friendships that force her to reconsider her agnosticism.
Lonely Ness by Hall & Beaulieu
A dedicated toymaker, unable to find his wife, summons a desperate private investigator to his compound in the far north to help with
the search. It doesn't take long for the investigator to learn that these aren't normal people, and this isn't a normal case.
Sam's Place by J Naomi Ay
Maddie wasn’t certain how her life had swung so disastrously off course. Mark, on the other hand, knew exactly why he was so messed up, but was powerless to fix it. That was until a stranger arrived to take them both for a ride to a place they never imagined they could be.
A Little bit of Kindness by D.H. Gibbs
Mali has always been an advocate for kindness and when a chance encounter leads her to help a cute stranger, she jumps right in. Soon they become fast friends, but all is not what it seems with Quin. In fact, Mali is beginning to think he’s too good to be true. Will she find out the truth about him before it’s too late? Or will she fall for the charming stranger with the shady side.
Homesteader's Christmas Disaster by Cherime MacFarlane
An avalanche trapped their husbands. In rural Alaska, Christmas will be bleak for the women who must keep the homesteads going.
Puppy Love by Shannon Youngblood
Melissa is a hard working teacher who spends all of her time volunteering at an animal shelter. Noah is a rugged, and rowdy mechanic, with a love for cars. When their two worlds collide on a snowy, and dreary, Black Friday, will Melissa lose her heart to the enchanting, Southern cowboy, or will it just be another case of Puppy Love.
About the Authors:
Sunanda J. Chatterjee- Author, blogger, and ex-Indian Air Force physician Sunanda J.
Chatterjee is a practicing pathologist in Los Angeles. She loves extraordinary love stories and heartwarming tales of duty and passion. Her short stories have appeared in short-story.net and induswomanwriting.com. She is the author of novels Shadowed Promise, Fighting for Tara, The Vision, and upcoming novel The Blue House in Bishop.In her free time, she paints, reads, sings, and binge-watches TV crime dramas.
Joanie Pariera- “Joanie Pariera (Pen Name), has apparently been thinking about writing fiction since the time she learned to say the word ‘pencil’. Since then she’s equipped herself with two Masters’ Degrees. Having travelled extensively, she has self-assimilated the cultural nuances of various unsuspecting anthropological groups and stealthily continues to put down her impressions in her writing.
M.M. Chabot- M.M. Chabot is a Canadian author, who resides in Ontario. She is a small town girl who works in the Justice Studies field when not editing or writing. In her spare time, she is either binge watching TV shows or reading copious amounts of books. Connect with her:
C.L. Cannon- My name is Courtney Cannon, writing under the name C.L. Cannon. I’m a
mother of two incredible little boys and the wife of a wonderful man who treats me far better than I deserve. I have always had a strong passion for reading. I wrote my first manuscript when I was nine, and I haven’t stopped since. I have an overwhelming love for anything and everything British! And you’ll often find me mimicking accents. For my day job, I edit books, design covers, make book trailers, and do voice work. In my free time, I write. You can expect book one of my paranormal fantasy series Forget Me Not, in early 2017.
My short story “Chasing Time” which is included in the Holiday Heartwarmers anthology came to me via the lovely Adam Levine as I watched the “Sugar” music video. It’s all about crashing weddings. The sisterly dynamic is closely based on me and my own little sister, who is basically my best friend. The events are completely fabricated, but the bond between Dani and Carly is 100% real. I’ve never had a best guy friend, but I find the subject fascinating. A male/female friendship will play a significant role in Forget Me Not as well.
Kat Lind-I am Kat Lind, the proud possessor of 4 dogs, two cats, 14K books, 5K ebooks and two personalities. I have written non-fiction for decades in a variety of technical and academic venues, teaching classes, and developing my professional life. Recently, I started to write fiction under the pen name of Taki Drake. Taki is an old childhood nickname of mine and it is tied in my mind with a freer and more creative aspect of myself. So now I can sit down to write and ask myself, “Who am I today?” I am continuing to write non-fiction, with technical books and cookbooks scheduled for multiple publication dates this upcoming year, but my journey into fiction is an exciting and scary venture for me. I have stories in both Inanna’s Circle Game anthologies, and those stories will be standalone publications in the next month. The third Inanna’s anthology is scheduled for January and I will be writing for that one also. My goal as a writer is to let my readers immerse themselves in my vision, to travel to the worlds of my mind and to experience my creations. I hope you will travel with me because shared journeys are far more fun. And never boring.
Tim Walker- Tim is an independent author based near Windsor in Berkshire, UK. He
recently self-published his first novel, a post-Brexit thriller, set ten years in the future when President Trump has built his wall. He is currently writing an historical fiction novel set in England in the post-Roman years between AD410-500, A Light in the Dark Ages.The River Thames was the inspiration for his first book, a book of short stories, Thames Valley Tales, from which a revised version of the story in this volume is taken. This collection of fifteen contemporary stories combines modern themes with the rich history and legend associated with towns and places along the Thames Valley. Two short stories, Murder at Henley Regatta, and Runnymede Rebellion, were recently selected for inclusion in anthologies of emerging writers. Twitter: @timwalker1666
Christine Jayne Vann- Christine Jayne Vann was born in the Outer Hebrides and is a multi-genre author. Christine lives in Oxfordshire with her family, dog, hedgehog and various squirrels. She works as a web developer and also enjoys geocaching.
Neha Gupta- Neha Gupta is a medical writer, blogger and a social entrepreneur. She is the
founder of BuzzingBooks, a successful children’s online book rental service in India. She has been featured for her work in reputed media including TimesOfIndia, SmartIndianWomen and Sheroes. She has also been awarded for her social enterprise in the pan India “Small Business Local Buzz” program initiated by Intuit Inc.
She is a passionate traveller and writes blog posts for travel sites. VaporizingThoughts is her personal blog where she pens down her philosophical impressions on life.
Hall & Beaulieu- Hall & Beaulieu are an author team from Fort Worth, Texas. Aaron Hall works as a Communications Manager in local government and Steve Beaulieu is a Pastor. The two are putting the final touches on their debut novel and have been published in multiple short story anthologies. You can keep up with all the latest news about them as well as enjoy their multiple weekly flash fiction challenges by visiting www.hallandbeaulieu.com
J. Naomi Ay-Naomi lives in the north Olympic Peninsula and is mom to 3 and a Pomeranian. She has always been a fan of historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction and is known for having waited in line for seven hours for the opening of both the original Star Wars and Star Trek films. Having been an accountant for more than twenty-five years, Naomi is now turning her attention full time to continuing The Two Moons of Rehnor series and the Firesetter series as dreaming of fictional people is far more interesting than reconciling ledgers.
D.H. Gibbs- With an active imagination and a love of art D.H. Gibbs has chosen to combine her talents by writing and illustrating books. She weaves tales for both New and Young Adults and plans to publish more soon. D.H. Gibbs hails from the Caribbean where in her free time she reads, paints and travel when she can. For more on her upcoming work visit her FACEBOOK, WEBSITE or tweet to @dhgibbsauthor
Cherime MacFarlane- Meet Award-Winning, Best-Selling Alaskan Author Cherime MacFarlane. A prolific multi-genre author, she has a broad range of interests that reflect her been there-done that life. Romance, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, all sorts of characters and plots evolve from a vivid imagination.
Shannon Youngblood- Shannon Youngblood is a thirty something, foul mouthed, erotic
romance suspense writer, who loves telling a story full of broken pieces, and broken people. There is no subject too graphic or too taboo to grace the pages of her stories. She believes that life is not always Happily Ever After's and flowers, and sometimes her stories might reflect that. (OH NO, Shannon You CAN’T DO A Non-HEA!!) She lives with her hot ass husband and her adorable two dachshund pups. She loves hearing from her equally foul mouthed fans, so hit her up on her social media sites!