Love Beneath the Christmas Tree: A Holiday Visit with Jae

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Blurb:

Three short stories that follow the lives of Rachel Lewis, self-confessed Christmas Grump, and Lillian Coleman, the woman who makes her believe in the magic of Christmas again.

***The Christmas Grump***
For Rachel Lewis, a security guard at the mall, the Christmas holiday season is one big headache. She wants nothing to do with the celebration of love, peace, and family harmony. Her disenchantment with the holiday slowly begins to change when she meets seven-year-old Tyler and his mother.

***Kissing Ms. Santa Claus***
Rachel is counting the days until she and Lillian celebrate their first Christmas together as a couple. She is filled with longing for only one thing to make her holiday complete: a long-term commitment from Lillian. She sets out to find the perfect gift that will reflect her love and devotion.

***The Christmas Elf***
After her home state finally recognizes same-sex marriages, Rachel wants to propose to Lillian. Rachel is confident she has it all covered. She plans to take a second job as the mall Santa Claus to earn the money for Lillian’s ring. But luck is not on her side, so Rachel finds herself with bells on her toes, playing a Christmas Elf.

Note: “The Christmas Grump” and “Kissing Ms. Santa Claus” have been previously published in the anthology “Gingerbread Hearts”.

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Guest blog:

Personally, I like Christmas. I mean, what’s not to like? Spending time with family and friends, eating good food, including German holiday classics such as Zimtsterne and Linzertorte, and having some time off to put your feet up and look back at the past year…

But, of course, not everyone feels that way.

Rachel Lewis, the main character in my series of short stories, doesn’t. She’s the proverbial Christmas grump. Her mother died a few months ago, her girlfriend left her and took their fake Christmas tree with her, and the Christmas carols in the shopping center, where she works as a security guard, are driving her crazy. No wonder she doesn’t like Christmas.

That is, until she meets Lillian Coleman and her seven-year-old son, Tyler. Lillian has her own reasons to dread Christmas. This is the first time she’ll have to celebrate Christmas without her late partner, and she’s still paying off medical bills, so she can’t afford the robot that is on Tyler’s wish list.

In “The Christmas Grump,” you can read about what happens when Rachel rediscovers her Christmas spirit and sets out on a mission to make at least one of Tyler’s wishes come true.

The next two stories, “Kissing Ms. Santa Claus” and “The Christmas Elf,” give us glimpses into the lives of our Christmas grump and her loved ones around Christmas one and two years later.

I hope you enjoy the stories in Love Beneath the Christmas Tree and have a merry Christmas!

Many greetings from Germany,

Jae

 

Thank you Jae for visiting the blog today. I am about to hunker down for a spell before going to work and start in on your wonderful holiday collection. I love your work and it an honor to share a publisher with you. Ylva is a special place that brings joy to readers everywhere and I hope you will all share your holidays with us this year.

Jae

Jae grew up amidst the vineyards of southern Germany. She spent her childhood with her nose buried in a book, earning her the nickname “professor.” The writing bug bit her at the age of eleven. For the last six years, she has been writing mostly in English.

She works as a psychologist and likes to spend her time reading, playing board games with friends, spending time with her nieces and nephew, and watching way too many crime shows.

E-Mail: jae_s1978@yahoo.de

Website: http://jae-fiction.com

Blog: http://jae-fiction.com/blog

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JaeAuthor

Ylva: http://www.ylva-publishing.com/

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Beneath-Christmas-Tree-Jae-ebook/dp/B00H4FU3K6/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386355166&sr=1-1&keywords=love+beneath+the+christmas+tree

 

When the Clock Strikes Thirteen Release Day

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When The Clock Strikes Thirteen

Lois Cloarec HartL.T. SmithEmma WeimannJoan ArlingDiane MarinaErzabet BishopR.G. Emanuelle

Themes: Halloween, romance, paranormal, anthology, short stories.

ISBN: 978-3-95533-126-9 (mobi), 978-3-95533-127-6 (epub), 978-3-95533-128-3 (pdf)

Length: approx. 57,000 words

Published: October 2013

List price: $3.99

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Description:

Midnight Messages

Lois Cloarec Hart

Luce Sheppard can’t ignore it any longer. She has to make a decision and time grows short. But refusing to make a decision is a decision, and she retires to bed, prepared to accept the results of her non-decision. That night an unexpected midnight visitor lands on her doorstep. Keira Keller, a distraught teenager, has lost her way home after a disastrous party. Luce steps in to help and in doing so receives answers to questions she didn’t know she’d asked.

Batteries Not Included

L.T. Smith

Alex Stevens is a workaholic and a loner. Nothing and nobody can get past the cool exterior and solitary walls she has painstakingly created.

Until one night in October. One night that makes her step back and reassess what it means to be alive.

 

Lost and Found

Emma Weimann

Laura Sullivan flees to her grandparents’ old cottage to escape the haunting memories of finding her brother in bed with her girlfriend. But even in rural Ireland, tranquility is easier to find than peace–especially when she meets an otherworldly being that leaves her a reminder she didn’t count on.

Chrysalis

Joan Arling

Tara is a nice little girl. Her friends, on the other hand, are… peculiar… A breeze of a story. Or the other way ’round.

 

Sisters of the Moon

Diane Marina

The week before Halloween, Nicole joins her friends on a local ghost tour. In addition to visiting spooky sights and haunted grounds, she meets an enticing woman who makes her spine tingle. Who is the mysterious stranger? And how will the encounter end?

 

Wolf Moon

Erzabet Bishop

Seeking diversion from her job as a bookstore manager, Lindsay goes to a Halloween party at a convention center—and finds much more than she bargained for.

Werewolf Detective Taggert responds to a bomb threat at the convention center. An explosive situation, especially when raw chemistry hits them full force.

Can Lindsay open her heart and accept the fierce love of a red-hot shifter, or will they go their separate ways?

 

Love Bites

R.G. Emanuelle

New Orleans. Vampires. Jodi goes to the former and finds the latter. She feels a mysterious pull that leads her to The Big Easy and to freedom, passion, and the startling revelation of what having too many daiquiris can make her do.

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I am extremely excited to be a part of this anthology! Working with Ylva has been one of the most interactive and best learning experiences of my writing career. Kudos to Day, my wonderful editor. Thanks to Astrid for seeing a gem in the story of a werewolf detective with a penchant for redheads. On October 30th, the Liz McMullen Halloween special will air and you can hear the story read by yours truly, complete with dark and stormy night effects. Some of my fellow authors will also be on the taping, so I hope you will join me!

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The Halloween Special Storytellers are:
– Andi Marquette
– R.g. Emanuelle
– Patty G. Henderson
– Erzabet Bishop
– Diane DeKelb-Rittenhouse
– Diane Marina
– phair
– Barbara Valletto
– Tina Walker