#24daysofxmas Day 20 Enchanting Yuletide Anthology by various authors @Pipe_n_Thimble

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

Product Details

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!

My Review

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.

To purchase the book click on the links below.

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

About the Authors

Jena Baxter-  A prolific writer, Jena Baxter creates characters with depth and stories filled with action, emotion, and a little bit of romance. She loves building fantastical worlds and cultures.
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.

Guy Donovan-  I grew up in the Air Force. After my father got out of that bunch in 1971, we traveled all over North Dakota and Minnesota, going job to job, town to town. Picture Bill Bixby at the end of the old ’70s Hulk TV show with a wife and two kids tagging along and you’re not far off.
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.
Barbara Lieberman-  Barbara Lieberman is a writer whose books are about the power of words, the power of love, and the consequences of the choices we make. A New Jersey native, Barbara moved to beautiful Southern California to start over. The proud mother of two amazing young adults and partner in Pipe & Thimble Bookstore and Publishing Company, Barbara is also an avid gardener, a life-long (and long-suffering) Phillies fan, a voracious reader, an editor/formatter, and an inspirational speaker.
Ellie Lieberman- A New Jersey transplant, Ellie Lieberman lives now in sunny Southern California. She works with the fairies on her handmade business, Acorn Tops, when not writing or illustrating. An avid reader with a bedroom that looks like a mini library, Ellie is a lover of all things purple, basset hound, squirrel, and milk chocolate, with a slight fried rice obsession. In addition, she is co-proprietor of Pipe and Thimble Publishing and its bookstore.
Raven Williams- A prolific writer, Raven began her career in 2010, first with a blog, next with non-fiction, then finally moving to fiction in 2014, when she began Elven-Jumper, the first book in the Realm Jumper Chronicles. Now, she has twelve stories published in that epic fantasy series with more planned, as well as two stories in a new series, Raven’s Twisted Classics, and a standalone paranormal story, Witch Hunters’ Society.
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?
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4 thoughts on “#24daysofxmas Day 20 Enchanting Yuletide Anthology by various authors @Pipe_n_Thimble

  1. Jena Baxter would like to thank you as well. She has not been able to get her comment to go through, so she asked us to be sure and thank you for her.

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