Accidentally summoning a Solstice deity.
Dealing with a magically super-annoying HOA.
Visiting a haunted Adirondack inn on Christmas Eve.
What, don't things like this happen to everyone during the holidays?
If not, experience them vicariously! Snuggle before a roaring fire with a beverage of your choice and enjoy these ten tales of winter holiday magic, mystery, and romance.
"Trust Dayle to write a winter holiday story about the solstice and magic. She manages to combine the claustrophobia of a suburban neighborhood with the competitiveness that women sometimes engage in with holiday ritual. Only the holiday ritual here isn't decorating a Christmas tree or singing carols (although there is a discussion of carolers that made me chuckle). Nope. This one is about pagan rituals. The story's wonderful, funny, and a do-not-miss."– Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Hugo-award winning author
"Housewitches, upscale neighborhoods, pagan rituals? What could go wrong?"– Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Hugo-award winning author
The bowl was clear of snow, and a layer of ice covered the surface. The water and the ice on top were so black, they didn't even seem to reflect the moon…
As I watched, a hand pressed flat against the underside of the ice.
I didn't think. I only acted.
I made a fist and punched through the ice. Even through my leather glove I could tell the water was bone-chillingly cold.
Magic works best without barriers. I pulled out, tugged off my glove, and plunged my bare hand into the birdbath.
The hand that met mine not only felt warm, it felt dry….
(From "Good Scrying Gone Bad")