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My Review Selection:
The book I choose was The Sleigh Ride for many reasons. Love the snow, the scene and the horse drawn carriage going over the bridge. And there are MANY stories from MANY authors. I love finding new authors to read.
Sleigh Ride: A Winter Anthology by Malena Lott and others
Wanted to read this particular book because it has a lot of authors I'm not familiar with, except one.
Always find I have time for new authors and their works of words. The kindle version just started right up but I pulled up the contents and ran into Monkey Bread recipe so with Thanksgiving coming up and I'm hostessing it this year I was looking for something quick and easy to make and this is it! Love how there is magic with each sleigh story.
Love the idea of all the recipes from the authors included. Now to the other parts of the book, the stories. Just even the names of the stories a calm has come over my mind and body as I sit back and relax to start reading them all. I hate to read books like this also because I never want them to end...
Monks and Musicians by Samantha Wilde
Rev. Jeff Winsted had sex with his church secretary and told his wife and sleeping daughter on the sleigh ride.
She ousted him out of the house the day after...and she is pregnant.
She works through it with her step mother as the days go by. Jeff has left with Lynn to go to Florida, left his family, job, everything til he thinks about it all...
Noche Buena by Maria Geraci
Maggie Cartwright is the local welcomer from the Chamber of Commerce. She had given Nestor Vegas, a restaurant owner his annual fruitcake and they talk about past Christmases. Her favorite was the empty doll box that was turned into a sleigh.
She talks about going back to TN to stay at her grandfathers cabin in the woods and just relaxing, reading, thinking of what to do with her life...
Her sister comes over and they gossip and she finds out details about Nestor that she didn't know about...
Laughed at the holiday sweaters they must wear. I used to make them for the family, but not holiday themed. Murals sound gorgeous.
Fairy Lights by Jenny Peterson
Allison lives and works in Sweden and her sister is there to visit from Ohio and other parts in the US.
While on a sleigh ride the memory of their brother comes up and she gets off the moving sleigh.
Willow explains why she can't make her mother happy...she never met her brother nor does she know how he died...
She wanted to be the twin to Allison after the brother died and she thought her mother was the one to kill him, til Allison learns the truth..
Love the folklore, just what needed to heal the two together again...
No Place Like Home by Dani Stone
Brian had accepted a job 2 years ago and told Stacie without even asking for her opinion. That was one reason why they broke up.
She confided in her friend Audrey about his phone call that they needed to talk. The women had spent a weekend at Las Vegas mourning her grandmother Jordan passing and the breakup of Brian.
She thinks he might want to get together with her so she goes through the pictures they took as a couple and remembers how comfortable they were.
She also looks at a picture of the sleigh ride her grandparents took together when they were dating.
With the snow just falling her friend picks her up in a sleigh and has yet another surprise for her when they reach the bookstore..There is magic with the sleigh...
The Escape by Megan Barlog
Hans is in charge of the animaltrons at the Stable. A girl with red hair is being chased by many men and he helps hide her. After some time has gone by she appears again and he hides her again and she tells him her story.
Her father is forcing her to marry an old man, as in his age.
He was just finishing welding the steel on the sleigh. it had instruments in it that would make it fly, like an airplane.
Beka's father and her intended want a tracking chip implanted and she runs to the Stable for Hans to help her. He has an idea that involves the sleigh...
She agreed to meet him on Friday night for their escape but soemthing went wrong. She used Morse code to contact him and he took it into his hands to solve the problem, with his sleigh...
Dashing Through the Snow by Maggie Marr
Ella Brighton and her dog Bovis were far from LA, in the snow in Vermont when the dog jumped out the window. She went after him and after not finding him went back to the rental SUV where she had the keys locked inside, with her purse and watch.
A man in a sleigh had her dog as she walked around for a bit...
He was divorced also and they got to talking and laughing ...
Snowflakes and Stones by Malena Lott
Moria was hand delivering the divorce papers to Grayson where he waited in the sleigh, all set with Dancer and Dasher... Her job used to be hot cocoa and Layla would handle the sugar cookies.
She recalls the accident that took their daughter and I loved hearing how the one who was at fault spent their time telling others about it-in hopes nobody else would ever die from it.
Love hearing of all the nature and just pristine setting of the family homestead...
Interview Questions and Answers:
1. how did all the authors come up with the idea of a 'magical' sleigh for their stories? Whose idea was it.
Our fearless leader at Buzz Books, Malena Lott came up with the idea for the anthology to be centered around a sleigh ride. What emerged was this wonderful eclectic mix of authors putting their own spin on how the sleigh would be used. I chose a friendly little sleigh ride with a romantic surprise twist but not all the stories are lovey/mushy. The stories are action-packed, heart breaking and funny. I love that the authors took a simple directive, "include a sleigh," and then managed to go so many different directions.
2. Will the publishers also allow you all to do another for another holiday, say Valentine Day?
Great question. To my knowledge, no, we're not currently planning another holiday themed anthology but you never know. We published three this past year: Prom Dates to Die For, Something Wicked and Sleigh Ride. Maybe we should work up something for an obscure holiday. Maybe, "Hug Your Cat Day" in May or "Boss' Day" in October? :)
3. Have you ever been on a sleigh ride?
I have not. In the winter I get REALLY cold so the idea of riding in a one-horse-open-sleigh is not an activity I would ordinarily seek out. However, I do love to look at Christmas lights and I bet a sleigh ride would be the perfect vehicle to get the best view. Maybe if I bundled up like the younger brother in A Christmas Story I would enjoy it. Just have my little eyes peeking out. Now that sounds fun.
4. What are you most looking forward to this season?
I have two children and a large family. This season I'm most looking forward to getting together, catching up and enjoying the company. When my siblings and I get together (I'm the oldest of five) it tends to be very loud because we all have big laughs and our sense of humor is pretty outlandish. One year my brother hung a piece of cheddar cheese on the tree as an ornament. The next year he hung cheese and summer sausage. Now when he leaves we have to check the tree for hanging appetizers. ;)
5. What other books are you currently working on?
I just finished a novelette called, Next Left. It's a stand-alone e-story. I'm pretty excited because it goes on sale at Amazon and Barnes and Noble on Saturday, December 1, 2012. It's twice as long as my story, No Place Like Home in the Sleigh Ride anthology. It's a romantic comedy about a heartbroken New Yorker who returns to Kansas for the wedding of a long lost childhood friend on New Year's Eve. During the long weekend she has to deal with opinionated bridesmaids, a rental car GPS with a mind of its own and a cranky coffee barista who has an uncanny resemblance to Harry Connick Jr. I'm really proud of this story and still find myself giggling when I read it, even though I've read it about 1,000 times. I think that's a good sign.
Dani is a freelance writer from the great flat state of Kansas. As a stand-up comedian in her own mind, she's a constant source of amusement and embarrassment to her husband of fourteen + years and and their two children. She's also a contributing writer to the entertainment site, Chick Wit and founder of the VOGM Parents Alliance, created after her daughter battled a rare brain disorder.
Dani is the author of No Place Like Home, which appears in the winter anthology Sleigh Ride, as well as her first stand-alone novelette, Next Left. Both are available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Personal blog: www.danistone.net
No Place Like Home - Synopsis
Stacie Jordan is living a contended life as a single woman with a good career. That is, until the day she receives a call from Brian, the man she always thought she would marry, until grief and stubbornness tore them apart. When she finds out Brian wants to reconcile, she seeks advice from her petite animated friend, Audrey who is never at a loss for words. No Place Like Home is a romantic comedy about friendship, second chances and holding out for Mr. Right, even if you think he's gone forever.
And her new novel: Next Left
Synopsis: Fans of chick lit and romantic comedies will enjoy Dani Stone’s debut novelette, Next Left, about a New York City woman who comes home to be a bridesmaid in her former BFF’s wedding in Kansas. Newly dumped and barely making it in the Big Apple after she lost her job, Amanda is both heartsick and homesick. Stopping in at Jitters, a coffee shop/bar, to ask for directions, she meets barista/bartender and Harry Connick Jr. look-alike, Luke, who reminds her what she misses about the Midwest - cowboys. The New Year's Eve nuptials provide plenty of drama, humor and the perfect time to reflect on her journey. Could all the wrong turns her life – and her GPS she calls Jill – lead her to the right place after all?
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