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Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Anthology
The beloved Victorian Christmas ghost storytelling tradition continues to thrive in modern day, and this multi-genre anthology of short stories is proof. Cuddle up next to a crackling fire with some holiday music playing softly in the background, and lose yourself in eight amazing Christmas stories by a gang of super-talented, cross-genre authors. Not only are they heartwarming, but they incorporate mystery, science fiction, romance and ghosts! A few tend to be more animated than others, but each one is special, and guaranteed to jingle someone’s bells.
In Dean Wesley Smith’s time travel tale, “A Ghost of Time,” Sherri revisits the Edwards mansion in 1898, joined by some friends who are the most famous time travelers in history. She meets Carson, the handsome ghost haunting the mansion. Will he convince her that the best Christmas decoration is having true love at your side, even if he is over 100 years her senior? In “Toasted,” by Mary Jo Putney, healer Dr. Simon Harlowe meets a fellow Guardian, Rebecca Malmainm while taking a break in New York City. Rebecca, a rare hunter, visits him as a ghost refusing to follow the Light until children are saved from a demonic Santa residing at a specialty toy shop. Are Simon and Rebecca’s magical powers strong enough to destroy the negative forces? (FICTION RIVER, Oct., 280 pp., $15.99)
Reviewed By: Jaime A. Geraldi
Publisher: FICTION RIVER
Published: October 2013