Joy reunites authors Angela Amman, Mandy Dawson, and Cameron D. Garriepy for a trio of Christmas love stories shining a spotlight on the joy hiding behind life’s complications.
Trusting Starlight, by Mandy Dawson
Bouchons’ head chef Carlos and waitress Sami navigate a simmering attraction threatening to boil over. Doing her best to juggle three kids, a clueless ex-husband, and a second chance at an education, Sami isn’t ready for a relationship – especially with her much younger best friend – but she can’t ignore the way she feels when he’s near. With a nudge from a Christmas angel, Carlos decides to put his heart on the line and hope he can help his friend trust in love again.
Airport Christmas, by Angela Amman
As if solo holiday travel wasn’t lonely enough, Margot is blindsided by divorce papers moments before her return trip to an apartment that hasn’t felt like home in too long. A grounded flight, a flirtatious stranger, and a generous airport bartender provide distraction from Margot’s travel-weary life until she and her wayward husband collide en route. Forced to face the hopes and fears they’ve hidden from one another for years, can Margot and Vance take one last chance on their love?
The Soloist, by Cameron D. Garriepy
Talia Benson has the voice of an angel and a past full of secrets, but when she takes a short order cook’s position in a new town with the Christmas season hard on her heels, she’s hoping to keep a low profile. Pastor Reilly Hunt has his hands full preparing for Christmas services: the choir soloist is called out of town, the baby Jesus has gone missing, and his searches all lead back to Talia and her teenaged son. Talia is tempted by the earnest reverend’s dimpled smile and reluctantly charmed by her quirky new community, but her secrets threaten to disrupt the uneasy peace.
One touch will break an ancient curse…
Helen Browning’s hands safeguard mothers and guide babies into the world. From the ashes of a painful childhood loss, she’s built a career nurturing new families.
One touch will awaken the passion of a lifetime…
A lifelong obsession with an ancient statue–the stone figure of a man, imploring, anguished, and beautiful–draws Helen far from home to see it in person. Compelled by irresistible need, she reaches out, over the velvet ropes, to lay hands on the stone.
One touch will change the fate of the world…
Helen’s single rebellious act throws her into the center of a violent clash between warring factions of an ancient and powerful race. By her side, the one man who can tip the balance of power in favor of Light.
One touch will jeopardize the future…
She’s awoken the one man who sets her soul on fire, but can she bear the cost of their forever?
“… Let your heart be light.
Next year all our troubles will be out of sight.”
– Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane
Explore the promise of the Christmas season with authors Angela Amman, Mandy Dawson, and Cameron D. Garriepy in three short, sweet holiday romances.
Upon A Midnight Clear, by Angela Amman:
Julia’s high profile divorce left her financially free to do anything she wanted, except fulfill the dreams she lost in an accident a decade before. Something stronger than a whim draws her to a storefront in the nearly forgotten town of Warden’s Bluff, New York, where visions of tiny dancers practicing their pliés under her careful instruction promise to fill that void.
Julia doesn’t deal in tomorrows, but Josh, who keeps crossing her path as Christmas settles over Warden’s Bluff, is the kind of man who just might change her mind… if she’s willing to take a chance on next year.
Star of Wonder, by Cameron D. Garriepy:
Ivy Brennan, former therapist, astronomy enthusiast, and self-declared goat lady is carving out a fresh start for herself in the woods outside Thornton, Vermont. Christmas is coming, but Ivy is more concerned with missing goats and approaching meteor showers.
Sterling West is crashing with his uncle at the family Christmas tree farm since his ex-fiancée sold their apartment out from under him. He’s bagging trees and picking up freelance web design jobs while he figures out what to do next, and where the best stargazing is.
Ivy’s sister, Sterling’s uncle, four goats, and the Geminid meteor shower conspire to bring Sterling and Ivy together as the holiday approaches, but connections neither Ivy nor Sterling are aware of tangle like last-year’s Christmas lights, threatening to trip up their newfound attraction.
The Rarest Gift, by Mandy Dawson
For restaurateurs Sabrina and Mark, dissolving their marriage was simpler than dissolving Buttons’ – the dream Sabrina thought they were building together – but nothing about their separate-but-together existence is easy anymore.
An unlikely angel arrives in Mark’s life while he flirts with culinary self-sabotage. Sabrina explores drastic measures to save the floundering restaurant. Both of them find themselves reflecting on the bitterness that drove them apart, and the sweetness beneath it until a family emergency forces the pair to reevaluate the flavor of partnership, dreams, and love that won’t quit.
A force beyond reason and the laws of nature, love draws us together in many ways. In Metaphysical Gravity, four authors explore the essence of love, from practical to magical.
“In Her Hands,” by Angela Amman, explores the moment in which a woman weighs the choice between expectations and the lasting passion she craves.
A shy librarian offers her beautiful best friend a shot at the English teacher she secretly desires, in Mandy Dawson’s “Home.” But what if beauty isn’t all he needs in a lover?
Cameron D. Garriepy’s eponymous “Valentine” is a young woman whose fairytale is sidetracked by a trickster loose in the streets of New Orleans.
In “Elephants in the Atmosphere” by Kameko Murakami, a young woman in extraordinary circumstances finds love in an unexpected place and against all odds. Is a happy ending even possible?
“Ain’t nothing in the dark that ain’t there in the light…”
Stories of darkness and light — physical… otherworldly… and in the human spirit. From dangerous to romantic to chilling, Echoes of Darkness showcases seven absorbing tales and an unforgettable cast of characters.
In Kate Shrewsday’s To Hear the Dead Proclaim, a trans-Atlantic air traveler comforts her seat mate with a sympathetic ear. His story allows her into the mind of a genius, but some conversations are best left unspoken.
In Flutters, Angela Amman takes us into the steamy Savannah heat, where the last surviving daughter in a family of women with extraordinary powers struggles to maintain her mother’s legacy at all costs.
Helen has lived her life obsessed with a statue, going so far as to travel the world for a glimpse of it in person. The consequences of her trip reveal an ancient curse and leave Helen’s life forever changed in Mandy Dawson’s Awakening.
Previously published as a stand-alone short, Cameron D. Garriepy’s Requiring of Care follows Lucy Montgomery to an unusual job interview. The would-be nanny is pulled into the world of Violet, a little girl who holds fragments of a haunting story.
Bad Deal, an excerpt from Andra Watkins’ forthcoming debut novel To Live Forever, introduces us to an unusual little girl named Emmaline Cagney. Emmaline longs to fly from the dark side of her mother’s affections, but what strangers lurk in the shadows?
From Kameko Murakami: A terrible accident robbed Danaë of her life, but not by killing her. Instead she is cursed, invisible to the world, with one exception: the dying. When her path crosses that of the one living man who knows she’s there, Danaë must decide if she is to remain Unseen. [Previously published.]
“Ain’t nothing in the dark that ain’t there in the light, Edie.” Nyctophobic Eden Summerhill has nowhere to go but the lonely family farmhouse she’s inherited, but the darkness is waiting there for her in Love Apples by Elizabeth Yon.