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Small Gifts: Jewels of the Quill Christmas Anthology
by Jewels Of The Quill

Category: Romance
Description: Six "Jewels of the Quill" authors offer exciting holiday stories--each featuring a gift, possibly small, but straight from the heart! "When Rudolph was Kidnapped" (A Mischief in Moonstone Story) [romantic mystery} by Christine DeSmet. Peter LeBarron finds his lonely existence charmed by the first-grade teacher who comes to his door with homemade chocolate pudding cake as a bribe for getting her reindeer back peaceably. This isn't the type of woman he's used to in his jet-set world. But is she the type of woman he can trust with the secrets of the "North Pole" and his own past?

"A Kiss Under the Mistletoe" [contemporary romance} by Julie Skerven (Dame Peridot): Five days before Christmas, Joanna Barnes finds herself breaking into Nick Maxwell's lakeside cabin to look for clues to her brother's disappearance. The last thing she expects to find is not at all what she bargained for when she meets the man of her dreams. "Deck the Halls" [paranormal suspense} by Cassie Walder (Dame Bloodstone): While she isn't at all in a Christmas mood, Laura Hall can't say that she's sorry to see this miserable year come to a close. In one short July evening, Laura lost her husband, her father-in-law, mother-in-law, as well as her brother-in-law and his wife. If Laura hadn't been several states away, she would have been murdered as well. The police are clueless as to the identity of the murderer. As such, their deaths go unpunished. Running the family business gave Laura a reason to live when all she wanted to do was to curl up in a ball and die from the pain of losing her family. But of all the things she's lost this year, Laura misses her mind the most. Even though she buried her family in the East Cemetery in the family plot, she keeps seeing them. The departed members of the clan are haunting the factory. And they aren't particularly happy. Enter Jack Decker, old friend, psychologist and parapsychologist, college professor, and ghost hunter. The sparks between them are immediate--both angry and romantic. Jack is looking for solid, verifiable proof of ghosts. Laura's his best chance of ever getting that. But Laura values her reputation as a level-headed businesswoman too much to be able to admit to the existence of ghosts. What neither of them expects is that her ghosts would have plans of their own. Christmas or no Christmas, the danger isn't over yet. The murderer is still out there. Will Laura be the next target? Not if Jack can help it.

"Winter Enchantment" [regency romance} by Jane Toombs (Dame Turquoise): The Earl of Malden, cynical and embittered, is not planning to celebrate Christmas at the Hall. He's vowed he has no use for friends, much less love. But when a cat falls into his bedroom through the chimney, a baby is left on his doorstep and a damsel in distress needs rescuing from a blizzard, his vow begins to come unraveled.

"Special Delivery" [ghost story} by Carrie S. Masek (Dame Topaz): An elderly woman's empty life takes an unexpected turn after she accepts a ride from a stranger on Christmas Eve.

"A Home for Christmas" [inspirational contemporary romance} by Karen Wiesner (Dame Amethyst): Craig Stevens is determined to tell Christie of his feelings for her once and for all. But how does a painfully shy man reveal his heart without voicing the words that could lead to rejection?


eBook Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press, 2005
eBookwise Release Date: November 2005

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9 Reader Ratings:
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Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [399 KB]
Words: 93209
Reading time: 266-372 min.


"In a season beset with hectic malls, endless parties, and the need to complete everything before the bell tolls on the 24th, Small Gifts: Jewels of the Quill Christmas Anthology takes a moment and brings readers back to what is important. These versatile stories offer friendship and love for the holiday season. Readers will enjoy this precursor to Christmas, and it is sure to get readers in the mood long before the temperatures start to chill. 4 Angels!"--Amanda, Fallen Angels Review

"Small Gifts is a read you truly don't want to miss. As you unwrap each story, you are filled with the spirit of Christmas and the miracle of true love. Each of these six authors has put their own creative stamp on a group of stories that will quickly become a holiday favorite. Each story is unique and truly a gift to the reader. I highly recommend making Small Gifts part of your holiday reading. 5 Stars!"--Susan, ECataRomance

"Teacher Crystal Hagan is beside herself when she discovers that Rudolph is missing from her Christmas display, but she's soon on the case and discovering it isn't too late for love in DeSmet's 'When Rudolph was Kidnap.' In Masek's very short 'Special Delivery,' elderly Margaret Parkhurst meets St. Nicholas and discovers the joy that comes from helping children. Nick Maxwell is holed up in his Wisconsin cabin working on a top-secret computer program when Joanna Barens interrupts him, thinking he is behind her brother's disappearance. But before long, she's stealing 'A Kiss Under the Mistletoe' in a cute snowbound tale by Skerven. A 'Winter Enchantment' is exactly what the Earl of Malden needs in a delightful Regency from Toombs, which features a pregnant cat, an abandoned baby and a lovely traveler. Walder contributes 'Deck the Halls,' a paranormal suspense starring a Jewish widow who can't seem to get rid of the ghosts of her departed loved ones. Stranded in a blizzard, Craig Stevens must convince Christine Zondervan that he's the man for her in the inspirational 'A Home for Christmas' by Wiesner ... this is a collection with something for every reader. Don't expect sunshine, though, as most of the tales are set in the snowbound north--a perfect setting to read about on fall days."--Karen Sweeny Justice, Romantic Times BOOKclub


CONTENTS

"When Rudolph was Kidnapped" (A Mischief in Moonstone Story) [romantic mystery} by Christine DeSmet (Dame Moonstone): When her pet reindeer, Rudolph, is stolen from the live animal holiday display in her small town on the shores of Lake Superior, first-grade teacher Crystal Hagan has a big problem on her hands. Her students fear that Christmas will be canceled. Ironically, the prime suspect is the old man Henri LeBarron who played Santa long ago before he became a recluse. Crystal marches to his mansion known as the "North Pole" and is shocked to meet Henri's mysterious son, Peter, who acts even more curmudgeonly and secretive than his father. To her even greater shock, he admits to kidnapping Rudolph and he won't give him back.

Peter LeBarron finds his lonely existence charmed by the first-grade teacher who comes to his door with homemade chocolate pudding cake as a bribe for getting her reindeer back peaceably. This isn't the type of woman he's used to in his jet-set world. But is she the type of woman he can trust with the secrets of the "North Pole" and his own past?

"A Kiss Under the Mistletoe" [contemporary romance} by Julie Skerven (Dame Peridot): Five days before Christmas, Joanna Barnes finds herself breaking into Nick Maxwell's lakeside cabin to look for clues to her brother's disappearance. The last thing she expects to find is not at all what she bargained for when she meets the man of her dreams.

"Deck the Halls" [paranormal suspense} by Cassie Walder (Dame Bloodstone): While she isn't at all in a Christmas mood, Laura Hall can't say that she's sorry to see this miserable year come to a close. In one short July evening, Laura lost her husband, her father-in-law, mother-in-law, as well as her brother-in-law and his wife. If Laura hadn't been several states away, she would have been murdered as well. The police are clueless as to the identity of the murderer. As such, their deaths go unpunished.

Running the family business gave Laura a reason to live when all she wanted to do was to curl up in a ball and die from the pain of losing her family. But of all the things she's lost this year, Laura misses her mind the most. Even though she buried her family in the East Cemetery in the family plot, she keeps seeing them. The departed members of the clan are haunting the factory. And they aren't particularly happy.

Enter Jack Decker, old friend, psychologist and parapsychologist, college professor, and ghost hunter. The sparks between them are immediate--both angry and romantic. Jack is looking for solid, verifiable proof of ghosts. Laura's his best chance of ever getting that. But Laura values her reputation as a level-headed businesswoman too much to be able to admit to the existence of ghosts. What neither of them expects is that her ghosts would have plans of their own.

Christmas or no Christmas, the danger isn't over yet. The murderer is still out there. Will Laura be the next target? Not if Jack can help it.

"Winter Enchantment" [regency romance} by Jane Toombs (Dame Turquoise): The Earl of Malden, cynical and embittered, is not planning to celebrate Christmas at the Hall. He's vowed he has no use for friends, much less love. But when a cat falls into his bedroom through the chimney, a baby is left on his doorstep and a damsel in distress needs rescuing from a blizzard, his vow begins to come unraveled.

"Special Delivery" [ghost story} by Carrie S. Masek (Dame Topaz): An elderly woman's empty life takes an unexpected turn after she accepts a ride from a stranger on Christmas Eve.

"A Home for Christmas" [inspirational contemporary romance} by Karen Wiesner (Dame Amethyst): Craig Stevens is determined to tell Christie of his feelings for her once and for all. But how does a painfully shy man reveal his heart without voicing the words that could lead to rejection?

Christie Renata Zondervon grew up in an orphanage and then with a multitude of foster families. All she's ever wanted is a home and a family, especially at Christmas time. When she met Craig's brother, she thought she'd found the man to build that family with, and she was devastated when it didn't work out.

Craig has been there for Christie since the day they met. He's dried her tears, held her hand, listened to her talk about her hopes and fears at any time of day or night. He believes in her even when she doesn't believe in herself. She's never looked at him romantically before ... until he invites her to go to Olympia, Washington to spend Christmas with him and his family. For the first time, Craig begins to show her his heart, and she begins to see him in a whole new light.

Craig has given himself just a few days before Christmas to convince Christie he can be the man of her dreams. Now it's a countdown to win her heart or bust!


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