According to Officer Nick Mantino, Nutball Season runs from Halloween to Christmas. This Christmas season, he sees more than his usual number of nutballs.
Like the geezer who thinks he has been cast in Miracle on 34th Street. And Mrs. Billings, who tells everyone she will shoot Santa if he lands on her roof.
Mrs. Billings’ threats scare the local children, so Nick must investigate. What he finds in Prudence Billings’ house scares him too—and makes him wonder if he will join the list of candidates for Nutball of the Year.
“Nutball Season,” by World Fantasy Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
The man who calls himself Matt Sturtz only connects with other human beings at Christmas. He takes a job as a mall Santa, and marvels that no one checks his résumé, or his identification for that matter.
But this year, something goes wrong. Something he will not stand for. Something he must stop. No matter how much it costs him. No matter what goes wrong.
“Rehabilitation,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
Bobberts got his name from his little sister Sarah. He likes her okay. But she can be annoying, like when she wants to make snow angels at the Christmas tree farm.
Bobberts wants to cut the tree himself. He has a knife, but Dad won’t let Bobberts near the trees. Bobberts has to watch Sarah. That’s when Bobberts learns how important knives can be…
“Snow Angels,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
Found lots of great reading in December. Here’s what I really loved.
Christmas: a time of family, tradition, togetherness—until your family shatters. With no grandparents to spoil her daughters, one single mom faces the holiday alone. Her daughters worry that Santa, like Daddy, won’t show up. She worries, too: What if she can’t give them—or herself—the magic of Christmas?
But maybe, just maybe, she’ll find that magic on Christmas morning, under the tree, like all the other gifts of the season.
“Stille Nacht,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
Boz got his job on the colony ship The Beautiful Dreamer because of his skills as a competent introvert. He enjoys spending years completely alone, monitoring the passengers passing the time in cold sleep.
So, when he wakes up one morning to Christmas carols, he gets scared. Very scared. Who has joined him on the ship? And why torture him with Christmas cookies and mugs of hot cocoa?
He needs to find out—and soon.
“Boz,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
She calls herself his luck, but Grif Petrie doesn’t feel particularly lucky. Alone on Christmas Eve, he haunts a casino like he always does.
Then he meets Alli, and even though she tells him she has come to Vegas for someone else, he spends time with her—and wins at craps, which never happens.
Her presence creates a weird lucky magic. And magic always comes with a price.
“Fate,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
Secret Master of Fandom and private detective Spade thought he would be spending Christmas Eve alone—until a strange call from Paladin changes his plans. And just when he thinks the evening can’t get any stranger, a huge blast sends his world into chaos, along with that of Paladin and Casper.
And what the trio learn next might prove even more explosive.
As Rachel decides on a place to spend Christmas Eve, she can’t shake the feeling of being tracked. She knows well how hard they will search for her and Anne-Marie. Rachel knows they will never stop. But Rachel also knows she needs to focus on the plan, and on making sure Anne-Marie knows Santa will still find her wherever they go. Because every child needs […]
I generally post my recommended reading list a month or three after I’ve done the reading. Which means that all of the holiday stories that I read get recommended in January or February. In 2011, I decided to do a compilation of past holiday recommends so that you can get them for the appropriate season.