Season’s Readings: Christmas-Themed Stories

Ciao, amici! The year is winding down, and I haven’t even baked a single cookie yet. I’m so behind!

That’s probably why I haven’t mentioned these offerings yet. If you haven’t read them and you’re not running behind (like I am), you might want to check them out. The good news is, they’re quick reads. One’s a steamy standalone novella, one’s a short spinoff of the Cathedral Lake Series, and one’s an anthology with many contributors, so you can devour any of them fast. Even better? The novella and spinoff are only 99ยข each and the anthology is free, so they’re all absolute bargains.


Bright Lights and Candle Glow is an anthology with holiday-themed stories from eight different authors. I think you’ll find these aren’t your usual Christmas stories. I won’t tell you what my story was about, but I will say it’s a departure from my current “kill everyone” philosophy (which is probably a good thing for a Christmas anthology). I will tell you it made quite a few people chuckle. I hope you give it and all the other stories a try. Bright Lights and Candle Glow is free and available at several retailers.


When We Finally Kiss Goodnight is a standalone steamy (please note the stress on the word steamy) novella. I wrote it back when I was still a romance author, but it’s not part of any of my existing series, so the characters are all new. It’s set in Pittsburgh (I’m sure you’re not surprised) with a segue to Gettysburg, where I manage to work in some interesting lore. Fans of my Astral Conspiracy Series will appreciate the historical research and the twist involved, but that’s really a subplot. The driving force of the novella is the love story between Chloe and Britt. If you’re looking for heat that’s not from your fireplace, this one might be for you. 99ยข at several retailers.


Footprints in the Snow is a short spinoff of the Cathedral Lake Series. It follows fan-favorite character Ben and may someday lead into a full-length novel of his own. If you’re a fan of the series and are wondering what happened to him after the events of the first book came to light, you might want to check out this story. It’s a fast read, is 99ยข, and is available at several retailers.


That about covers my holiday selections. I think there’s a little something for anyone’s preferences, and I know they’re all budget-friendly. I hope you found something to your liking and consider giving one or more of them a try.

But what I really hope is that your holiday preparations are well in hand and that you find your days to be stress-free and peaceful. This time of year can be so challenging for many of us, and 2020 more difficult than most. Take care of yourselves. That’s my fondest wish for all of you.

I hope to be back next week with a final wind-down for the year, but we all know how time can get away from us (away from me, especially). In case I don’t make it (but I will), happy holidays! Saluti!

48 thoughts on “Season’s Readings: Christmas-Themed Stories

  1. Looks like a great selection to me, Staci, and as you said, you can’t beat those prices. Especially FREE. (What have you got to lose, Folks?) I love anthologies, too, so that one really grabbed my attention. Sharing these deals everywhere! ๐Ÿ™‚ And best wishes for lots of new eyes on your work! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Every year I plan to be caught up so I can enjoy the season at a more relaxed pace. And every year it’s an epic fail. I hadn’t planned on baking any cookies – because I’d just eat them – but hubby wants to make some this weekend. Enjoy the time with your kids!

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    • I’m like you. Best laid plans…

      I really want to bake this year (and I love to bake) but I haven’t done it yet. But I actually need to try at least a few recipes because my daughter is now gluten free and she’s getting married this coming spring. I’d like to try some of her favorite recipes now with GF flour to see what kind of tweaks need to be made to the recipes so I can bake for her wedding and she can safely enjoy at least a few of her favorites at her reception. (How’s that for a run-on sentence from the editor?)

      I need a time-turner.

      I hope you get around to it this weekend!

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