The holiday season goes by so very fast. I always have a dozen books lined up to read, filled with holiday stories to make me smile—or, in some cases, grimace. I do holiday charity runs, look at some of the free holiday events here in Las Vegas (there are many) and spend as much time with friend-family as possible.
By the end, I haven't read as much fiction as I'd like. Sometimes I only have the opportunity to read a novel or two before the year ends, and it's time to move onto other things.
But short stories…there's always time for short stories. And short stories in ebook form are even better. Just last week, I read a holiday story on my phone while standing in an incredibly long line (at Subway; don't judge me). The story made the time pass quicker, and led me to another story while I munched on my lunch.
When we discussed assembling a Good Cheer bundle, filled with holiday goodies, Dean Wesley Smith, who co-curated this bundle with me, suggested holiday short stories, and we all jumped on the chance. Short stories are perfect for the shortest days of the year. They also can distract us for as little as fifteen minutes while we are dealing with one year-end crisis after another.
Every year, I edit a calendar of stories that people can subscribe to in which they get a short story per day throughout the season. WMG Publishing then compiles those stories into an overall volume, as well as three theme volumes. We've included one of the theme volumes in this storybundle. The Winter Holidays features holidays that are not Christmas. I also included my most recent holiday short story collection, Stories For the Cold of Winter. And Dean contributed an offbeat holiday anthology of his own called Jingle My Bells.
We're not the only ones contributing what we've edited. Lyn Worthen has edited a number of holiday anthologies, and she gives us a much needed light one here, something she calls, "at least three parts cheer and several parts magic."
Then Dean and I asked some of our favorite short story writers to contribute collections of their own. Last year, I read Rebecca Cantrell's collection of thriller/suspense holiday tales, Yuletide Thrills, and I knew we had to include it. Robert Jeschonek's Glosser Brothers stories are perfect holiday fare, as is anything that Annie Reed writes.
T. Thorn Coyle always takes their own perspective on the season. They have an amazing ability to bring hope to darkness and, in this case, some magic to the holiday season.
Another writer couple, Kari Kilgore and Jason Adams, combine their talents to bring us Uncommon Holidays, things that are more than a little unexpected. The collection contains two brand new stories. And Ron Collins gives us a full exclusive—a brand new book that you can't get anywhere else.
Lots to read here, in little bits and bites, as you go about your holiday duties and combine them with your end-of-the-year panic. The stories will relax you and find a bit of magic.
And in that spirit, we've included a holiday charity. The Toys For Tots campaign reaches all across the country, and helps underprivileged kids have the best possible holiday. So as you pick up your holiday reading, chip in an extra dollar or two to make sure that someone else has some holiday cheer. – Kristine Kathryn Rusch
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