Monthly Archives: December 2015

A Short for Busy Times

ShorterMany fiction writers begin learning to write through short stories. Some, like myself, never even tried to write a short story because they can actually be much more difficult to write than a longer piece of fiction.

In a full length novel you have time to delve into the plot, time to build suspense, or to make things more complicated. You have the time to reveal your characters slowly, and to show how they learn, grow and develop into better people.

But in a short story, you don’t have that time. You need to show who your characters are in one, maybe two short scenes, and then you only have a few more to show how they change and grow. Or maybe you save that for a revelation at the end, like in the beautiful Christmas story (and one of my all-time favorite short stories), The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. The character growth isn’t even on the page, but only in the a-ha moment in the reader’s head after the story is finished.

With so many writers now taking part in anthologies where many authors’ works are published together, a number of writers who would have only written full-lenth novels, are now forced to write short stories. There is, of course, a trick to it (which I expand upon in this blog post, if you’re interested). I have to admit, I’m one of those writers.

I had never written a short story in my life until I was asked to contribute to an anthology of horror and paranormal stories. It was a challenge that turned me into a writer of short stories. Yes, after writing that first one, In A Beginning, I was hooked!

I now write short stories all the time! I publish a part of one every month in my newsletter, I include them in anthologies, and I recently published a box set of the first two novels of my Merry Men Quartet with a bonus prequel short story showing how the parents of the hero from An Exotic Heir met and fell in love. Early in the new year, I’m going to set my mind to doing the same thing for the parents of the heroine of The Merry Marquis to include in a box set of the second two books of the quartet.

The point is, writing short stories can be challenging and fun. Reading them should give you a complete story, a snapshot of a character and a satisfying read in under an hour or so – depending on how fast you reboxed set 1ad.

With the holidays upon us, and so little time to indulge in quiet reading, a short story is just what you need for a little escape. If you’re interested in slipping away for a little bit, write to me and I’ll send you a free short story, or you can sign up for my newsletter and get one delivered to your inbox every month. And don’t forget to pick up a copy of my box set, which is on sale just for the holidays.

And, finally, I wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year!

Winter Solstice and Twelvetide by Dawn Marie Hamilton

In 2015, the Winter Solstice takes place on December 21st at 11:48 P.M. EST—the shortest day of the year and the longest night of the year.

To many, the Twelve Days of Christmas fall between Christmas and the Epiphany. To others the festival of Yule begins on the eve of the Winter Solstice and continues for twelve nights ending on Twelfth Night—New Year’s Eve.

“During this time of Yule, we honor the beginning of the sun’s return and the breaking of winter. Let the evening’s feasting begin.”

~Lachlan Og, Chief of Clan MacLachlan

Excerpted from Twelvetide: Twelve Nights of Highland Magic,
an Enchanted Highlands novella by Dawn Marie Hamilton

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Twlevetide: Twelve Nights of Highland Magic, one of three novellas in the Enchanted Highlands collection, begins on the eve of the Winter Solstice with the dark moment climaxing just prior to Twelfth Night. Twlevetide—the twelve nights of Yule.

A variety of celebratory diversions were enjoyed by the well-to-do during Yule, and perhaps shared with their people or clan: feasting, storytelling, masking, music, and dance, along with other revelry,

‘Twas also considered a time when supernatural forces roamed freely—when the spirits of the dead returned to earth.

“Every year on the winter solstice the veil between realms thins and then tears and as Twelvetide progresses the breach between the earth and the otherworld allows all manner of supernatural creatures, including the spirits of the dead, like me, to travel through and roam the earth.”

“Aye. During the twelve days, the fiercest of spirits—men, horses, hellhounds—follow their leader on wild hunts, riding the stormy night skies, causing havoc and mayhem.”

~Caelan Innes

Excerpted from Twelvetide: Twelve Nights of Highland Magic,
an Enchanted Highlands novella by Dawn Marie Hamilton

 

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~Dawn Marie

New Release: Enchanted Highlands by Dawn Marie Hamilton, April Holthaus, and Victoria Zak

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Enchanted Highlands Holiday Novella Collection

 

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Three magical holiday love stories…

 

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By Dawn Marie Hamilton

He has twelve nights to gain her love.
She has twelve nights to save his soul.

Fulfilling a childhood promise, Ashley Dumont returns to an ancient Druid garden in the Black Hills of Scotland on the eve of the winter solstice—a time when magic hums and the veil between realms thins and tears, allowing all manner of supernatural creatures through. Will the ghost who claimed to be her destiny still be there?

Caelan Innes awaits her arrival. Unjustly murdered in the sixteenth century, a second chance at life depends on this woman. The Druids grant them the twelve nights of Yule to find love and save Cael’s soul. Will a trip through time and the treachery of enemies make the sacrifice too dear?

 

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Stars and Stones
By April Holthaus

Riley Kincaid was a man who thought he had everything, until fate intervened. While traveling to London; only days before Christmas, a fierce storm blew in forcing Riley to land in Scotland instead. With treacherous winds and snow-covered roads, Riley found refuge at a small bed and breakfast as he waited out the storm. But little did he know that his arrival was not by mere chance.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Once upon a Winter Solstice
By Victoria Zak

What if all moments throughout time existed at once? What if you had a love that stood the test of time? Never faltering, never fading. What if one legend brought both time and love together as one? Once Upon a Winter Solstice is dedicated to those who believe in true love.

Merry Christmas Lycan Style

Lycan Xmas and meI love Christmas! The lights, the presents, but most of all the LOVE. I would love to gift every fan of my books a little something. So here is a Christmas Carol for you, Lycan Style.

12 Days of Christmas Lycan Style

On the First day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: a mating bond attached to my heart.

On the Second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: two twin girls and

On the Third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Three cozy dens.

On the Fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Four Lada-Nivas.

On the Fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Five Asena Blessings.

On the Sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Six pack members mated.

On the Seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Seven young pups playing

On the Eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Eight English pack members

On the Ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Nine cakes of Pryaniki

On the Tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Ten bowls of Kutya

On the Eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Eleven Pork Steaks roasting

On the Twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Twelve Christmas Wishes

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When Lycans and Shadow Walkers meet.

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Book Eleven of the Siberian Volkov Pack Romance Series

Cross-Over to Shadow Walker Series

 

Sergei Sokolov, Siberian Lycan, is surprised when the mating bond snaps into place and connects him to a woman being attacked in Moscow. Knowing he may lose his destined mate sends him running to rescue her.

Lindy Quiet Thunder, Shadow Walker, is investigating strange lapses of lost time in a team of Marines. While taking the unit to Moscow for a little R&R, Lindy is attacked. As she loses consciousness her mind connects to her mate. Who is behind the attack and will her mate find her in time?

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Quotes from my Favorite Christmas stories

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“One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.” – J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“You sure you don’t want me to come over? We could make a snowman in the garden, or one in front of the hotel for the guests’ arrival tomorrow. Or we could build snow forts and have a snowball fight.”- Terry Spear, A Silver Wolf Christmas

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” – Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

“What I mean, is I pictured you in my life surrounded by our children. Please tell me this is possible. Please make this Christmas the best I’ve ever had?” Staff Sergeant Christopher Hawkins) – Nancy Lee Badger, Unwrapping Chris 

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Happy Holidays to all! 

My little boys, years ago

The Badger boys, many years ago, at Stinson Lake, Rumney, NH