Some people bake cookies at Christmas time. I…bake stories. (It actually works as an analogy, trust me. Read this book to see why.)
I wasn't planning to do any special Christmas story this year, but then I suddenly got inspired. So, here's the second episode in the Beaumont and Beasley Case Files series–Christmas in Talesend!
And it's FREE! All you have to do to get it is sign up for my email list. If you've already done that, I've sent you the book–check your inbox. Don't worry, you won't get spammed. I usually just send out one or two emails per month; three at most. The stories will eventually be released on Kindle, but I'm giving my subscribers first crack at them.
Christmas in Talesend is my first anthology release. Four short stories, all around 3,000 words in length, revolving around the various characters that make up the main cast of B&B post-The Stroke of Eleven. NOTE: If you haven't read Stroke, do that before you read these! They've got major spoilers for Book 3.
Here are synopses of the stories, in case you need more convincing.
The Red Muffler
Walking home with his arms full of Christmas parcels, Gareth the faun stumbles on a lost little girl standing by a lamp-post. Naturally, he invites her in from the cold…but is she really what she appears to be?
Alan the centaur isn't a licensed veterinarian, but he does have plenty of experience with tending for sick animals–both natural and unnatural. However, he may be in over his head when he's kidnapped to assist in a very unusual birth.
The War on Christmas
Crispin Beasley has had a strange, complicated year. He's hoping that Christmas will afford him a break…but a case of mistaken identity on the rooftops of Talesend adds yet another bizarre twist to his crazy life.
Nick, Cordelia, and Malcolm take a brief detour on their way to a Christmas party. At least, it's *supposed* to be brief. An accidental tumble down a chimney changes that. What is the secret of the mysterious being known as Krampus? And who, exactly, is the Christmas Dragon?
These stories are something of a departure from the norm for me–they are not even remotely scary. Shocking, I know. I went for a funny, heartwarming tone with them. I hope you enjoy this little collection!
I’ll be going radio silent for the next couple of days to avoid Doctor Who spoilers until I get a chance to watch the regeneration (*sob*), but I’ll be back later in the week with some more announcements about my schedule for next years. Don’t worry, no postponements or title changes or plot changes this time, I’m just tweaking my release plans a bit.
Merry Christmas, everyone!