Today is day 20 of my #24daysofxmas feature, and I am reviewing Enchanting Yuletide, an Anthology of 6 stories.
The book was published by Pipe & Thimble Publishing (@Pipe_n_Thimble) on the 15th November 2017
About the book
Six stories of the holiday season, guaranteed to put you in a festive mood. So, grab your hot chocolate and snuggle up to experience the season as you’ve never done before. After all, tis the Season for Magic!
I was approached by someone from the publishers who had seen my feature and thought this book might be of interest to me to appear in the feature as well.
It is an anthology of 6 stories, all with a Christmas theme. The stories are Seasons by Jena Baxter, Deep Winter Fire by CK Brewer Tempus Fugit by Guy DOnovan, Hand-Me-Downs by Barbara Lieberman, The Memory Tree by Ellie Lieberman and Solstice Magic by Raven Williams.
All 6 of these books were brilliant reads, and made me feel all Christmassy, which is perfect as there are now only 5 days left until the big day.
Unusually for an anthology there are no weak stories in this group, although Seasons took a bit of time to get into as it is not your normal Christmas book. In fact if you are looking for a book of Christmas feel-good chick-lit books with romance and everyone getting their happily ever after then this not the book for you. If however you are looking for weird and fantasy Christmas books with a twist then I can definitely recommend these fabulous books.
I think reading these has been a blessing as I have read so many traditional Christmas books that I definitely needed a change, and these stories came to me at just the right time.
I won’t give anything away about the books, just a short synopsis about my favourite one so you can choose which story to read first, or you can do what I did and start at the beginning and work your way through them all.
Seasons is starts off with two beings watching a person grow up quickly not knowing who he really is and what he is destined to do, but something happens which shouldn’t and one of the beings has to ask his brothers for help to fix everything.
This was my favourite story once I got into it and I especially liked the way it jumped from each person’s point of view at the start of each chapter.
Deep Winter Fire is a nice Fantasy book revolving around the Winter time and is a nice easy read, whereas Tempus Fugit is more science Fiction and has a darker tale.
Another story I quite liked was Hand-Me-Downs as it was a heart warming story about a woman and her daughter who, no matter how little they have, are surrounded by people who love them and look after them and make their Christmas magical one.
The Memory Tree is all about the people we have lost are longer around over Christmas, and finally Solstice Magic is another fantasy story, set within a brilliantly created world.
Overall these are fantastic stories, where the plots develop fast and keep you engaged throughout.
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About the Authors
Living in Northern California with her husband, Jena enjoys soapmaking, her pets, and writer’s conferences. She also reads for a screenwriting contest on an annual basis.
CK Brewer- C. K. Brewer is a native Montanan living in Washington State with her husband and three profoundly gifted children – who also are extremely advanced readers. She noted when her eldest was entering third grade a full year younger than the rest of her classmates, that the stories her daughter could comprehend easily were wholly unacceptable in terms of content. By the time her third child began displaying the same capability with his reading, C. K. was frustrated by the lack of entertaining books with acceptable content for advanced readers.
Taking matters into her own hands, C. K., with the help of her three children, began writing a fantasy series that is set in a world based on the map her eldest drew and filled with creatures imagined by her two sons. As it has been a labor of love, it has been a long process in which C. K. hopes to see come to fruition in March of 2018 with the publication of the first book of the Royal Velanian Series, DragonStar. C. K. has, at this time one novella which is a history of Velania story that is included in the Enchanting Yuletide Anthology.
Institutionalized by a child’s view of the military, I went and joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1984 and was pretty much stuck with it until 1988. After that, I decided animation was the life for me.
Following graduation from art school in 1993, My new bride (now my old bride)and I relocated to Los Angeles, where we quickly came to understand why so many people shoot at each other while simply trying to drive to work.
In the toon biz, I worked on both television and feature films as an animator and storyboard artist/designer for Marvel Films, Hanna-Barbera, DiC, Saban Entertainment, Sony Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, and Warner Bros Feature Animation, amongst others.
When the traditional animation business largely dried up in the early 2000’s, I thought it best to “choose” to get out rather than just complaining about being “thrown out of it” by the warm-blooded corporate types who shipped all the jobs overseas.
Needing to continue my wasteful and selfish habits of eating and sleeping under a roof (to say nothing of my wife’s similarly selfish needs), I began working for the U.S. Government.
I now live in North Dakota for the second time in my life with my wife and daughter. While I continue to work for the government, I dream of the day when my hobby of writing might someday supplant that gubmint check I’ve been cashing for the last 12 years.
When Raven is not writing, she is creating art in the form of jewelry pieces that tie into her stories, fractal designs, and abstract paintings. She is also a caregiver for a disabled family member and two cats. She physically resides in the Northwest Florida Panhandle, but mentally spends most of her time in her Mystic Realms. Will you join her?