'Tis the season for stories by the fireside; get into the holiday mood with Anne B. Walsh's fourth collection of Christmas and winter-themed tales, featuring:
Sun and Moon and Stars of Light: Amanda Evans believes she escaped her homeworld six months ago, married to her beloved Dai. Her grandparents say Dai was killed in an explosion eight months ago. Who knows the truth? Only the Aelur players of the starship "Wild Rover", and their answer will leave everyone wondering where story ends and reality begins...
The Christmas Cat: Edwin and Anthea Marlowe tell their children a tale about a little cat who did not know what to give the baby Jesus, but ended up giving the best gifts of all.
The Twelve Signs of Christmas: A series of vignettes depicting moments from the author's childhood Christmases. And yes, everything in them really did happen. More or less.
About the Author
Anne B. Walsh was telling stories about magic and intrigue from the time she could talk, but it took her twenty years to realize she could make a living at it. Her first novel, historical fantasy "A Widow in Waiting", has its origins in a PBS special which changed her life; her second, family-focused fantasy "Homecoming", takes its inspiration from some of her other writing; and her third, soft science fiction "Killdeer", stems from her constant interest in the ways in which the future and the past coincide. Anne lives east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with one roommate (Krystal), two black Labs (Buddy and Brando), and two black cats (Starsky and Hutch). Sadly, their Cane Corso mastiff, Bruce, passed away in mid-August 2013, and their first cats, Poppy and Sesame, who helped inform Anne's first collection of short stories, "Cat Tales", passed out of their lives after an accident on Christmas Day 2013. No one ever said life was fair. Anne's parents and siblings live two hours north of her, otherwise known as just far enough away. She has also been writing Harry Potter fan fiction for more than ten years and is known best in that genre as the creator of the "Dangerverse" alternate universe (which inspired "Homecoming"). Beyond writing fiction, Anne's preoccupations include reading fiction; singing anywhere that will have her, including her church and local galas; theatre, especially musicals; all forms of cooking; and her family and friends. Within writing fiction, her preoccupations are much the same, meaning most of her stories involve loving families, delicious food, and good music. Consider yourself warned. A number of projects continue to need Anne's attention as she writes her original novels. Among these are her ongoing fanfiction works in various fandoms such as Harry Potter and Frozen, and the themed fantasy anthologies she co-authors with her friend and fellow author Elizabeth Conall.