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They say time heals all wounds.
Sometimes it doesn’t.
After seeing her young family killed by a propane tanker explosion, the rest of Kristen’s life seems more like a life sentence. Trying to escape the memories, she finds herself in a remote Idaho resort town where no one knows her story.
Her co-workers think she’s intriguing. Her neighbors think she’s crazy. She thinks she’s hopeless. Then she meets Joe.
Jaclyn M. Hawkes grew up in Utah with 6 sisters, 4 brothers and a large number of pets. She got a bachelor’s degree, had a career, and traveled extensively before settling down to her life’s work of being the mother of four magnificent and sometimes challenging children. She loves shellfish, the out of doors, the youth, and hearing her children laugh.
She and her fine husband, their family, and their sometimes very large pets, now live in a mountain valley in northern Utah, where it smells like heaven and kids still move sprinkler pipe. Jaclyn is the author of 11 novels. You can read more about them at www.jaclynmhawkes.com.
Seventeen-year-old Antonio Pulido has never known a time when the langbuan didn’t roam the streets every Ghost Moon Night, killing anyone in their path. He works hard to protect his family and the girl he loves from the deadly attacks, but he wants them stopped once and for all.
It falls on Antonio to save his village, but time is running out. The next Ghost Moon Night is nearly here and Antonio knows this is his last chance to destroy the undead and end their reign of terror—or die trying.
Jewel Allen: For the first decade and a half of her life, Jewel Allen lived in the Philippines. When she was 15, her mom got sent to Utah State University for a summer training and brought Jewel along. At 16, Jewel began attending USU, where she roomed with her mom. Jewel switched her major from business to English because she thought reading novels was a lot more fun than taking Econ classes.
Jewel is an award-winning journalist, author and ghostwriter who grew up in the tropics (Manila, Philippines) and now lives in the desert (Utah, USA). She owns a memoir publishing company, Treasured Stories, where she helps her clients preserve their life stories and photos into beautiful archival books.
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When you’re the new kid at school, you know things are going to suck; but when you’re the new kid and a vampire, it bites.
Unlike most kids, Scarlet Small’s problems go far beyond just trying to fit in. She would settle for a normal life, but being a 12-year-old vampire for an entire century is a real pain in the neck. Plus, her appetite for security guards, house pets, and tomato juice is out of control.
At her new school, Scarlet not only has a strange skeleton-girl as a classmate, but a smelly werewolf is intent on revealing her secret. When Scarlet meets Granny—who fills her with cookies, goodies, and treats, and seems to understand her more than anyone—she’s sure things will finally be different. But with a fork-stabbing incident, a cherry pie massacre, and a town full of crazy people, Scarlet’s positive she’ll never live to see another undead day.
Amie & Bethanie Borst are a mother and daughter writing team. Cinderskella is their debut novel, the first in the Scarily Ever After series published by Jolly Fish Press. They love writing beautifully sweet Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction with a dark twist.
Amie (the mom) loves pink, unicorns, and glitter. Twelve year old Bethanie plays the piano and could beat Katniss Everdeen in an archery competition!
Six historical romance novellas, all centered around the Christmas season.
FAIRY CHRISTMAS by Lucinda Brant
As a ward of the Earl of Salt Hendon and his countess, Kitty wants for nothing, not even the affections of Mr. Tom Allenby. But when Kitty stumbles across a letter written by Lady Caroline that reveals how Mr. Allenby would be ruined should he marry the likes of Kitty, she realizes she has been fooling herself all along.
A CHRISTMAS PROMISE by Sarah M. Eden Sean Kirkpatrick finds himself in a muddy field, stuck, lost, running out of time—and about to lose his job before he can prove himself capable of finishing his first assignment. When Maeve Butler arrives on the scene, Sean isn’t sure if she’s intent on rescuing him or bent on torturing him with her fiery wit and lovely dark eyes.
TWELVE MONTHS by Heather B. Moore
Lucien Baxter’s best and most incorrigible friend, Will, dies unexpectedly, leaving behind his new bride and unborn child the week before Christmas. Will’s last request is that Lucien watch over Cora, not just as a benefactor, but as a husband. When Lucien does his duty and proposes to Cora, he’s turned down flat. But over the course of the next few days, Lucien discovers that marrying Cora wouldn’t be any sort of duty after all, but a matter of following his heart.
A FEZZIWIG CHRISTMAS by Lu Ann Staheli
Dick Wilkins and his best friend Ebenezer Scrooge have been looking forward to the annual Fezziwig Christmas dance for weeks. Ebenezer is practically engaged to Annabelle Fezziwig, and Dick hopes to start courting her younger sister, Pricilla. But Dick discovers that he’s not the only man vying for her attention. Losing his heart has suddenly become very complicated.
A TASTE OF HOME by Annette Lyon
When Claire Jennings rides the train with William Rhodes, who grew up across the street, memories of Christmases past flood her mind. He may be 21 now, but she can’t forget his torturous teasing from their school years. Then Claire discovers that her home is under quarantine and she’s stuck in town, away from her family. William stays behind with her, and as Christmas Day approaches and her homesickness deepens, she discovers that perhaps he has changed in more ways than one.
MY MODERN GIRL by Becca Wilhite
Margie has landed her dream job as a clerk at Macy’s department store in New York City. She might be new in town, but she’s determined to succeed and prove to Henry that moving to the city was the right decision. As the Christmas season approaches, Margie realizes that being a “modern girl” might not be all she had dreamed of and Henry might have more to offer than she ever imagined.
Can Santa learn a lesson from the Savior? Can a foreign exchange student help you see Christmas a little more clearly? Do things really look better from a distance? And just how many holiday ornaments does one woman need?
Get in the Christmas Spirit with Volume 2 of award-winning stories from LDS Publisher’s 2010 and 2011 Christmas Story Contests!
Authors include: Brenda J. Anderson, Amie Borst, Weston Elliot, Kasey Eyre, Gussie Fick, Angie Lofthouse, Teresa G. Osgood, Brian C. Ricks, Jennifer Ricks, LeeAnn Setzer, Jennifer Carson Shelton, Rob Smales, Janice Sperry, LisaAnn Turner, and Michael Young.
Read more about the stories and the authors at www.checkinittwice.blogspot.com.
What happens when you’re so poor you have to steal your Christmas presents? Or have you ever taken a punch in the face as your Christmas gift to the girl you love? Or saved Christmas while hunting were-weevils?
These award-winning Christmas stories are the best of the best from the 2007—2009 LDS Publisher Christmas Story Contests. From Christmases past, to present to future; from sweet and inspirational to zany and delightful–there’s a story for everyone in this eclectic collection.
Authors include: Roger Bonner, Don Carey, Laura Craner, Joyce diPastena, Sarah M. Eden, L.T. Elliot, Gussie Fick, Melanie Goldmund, M. Gray, Taegan Hutchinson, Angie Lofthouse, Lori Nawyn, Tristi Pinkston, Brian C. Ricks, Sandra Sorenson, Janice Sperry, and Christine Thackeray.
Read more about the stories and the authors at www.stolenchristmasanthology.blogspot.com
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