This whimsical, heartwarming short story is a sequel to the first three Glimmers novels. It contains spoilers for Glimmers of Thorns.
The last thing Mark Nolan needs is a six-year-old girl in his life. But he soon realizes that he will do everything he can to make her life whole again. His sister's will gives him the instructions: There's no other choice but you. Just start by loving her. The rest will follow.
Maggie Collins doesn't dare believe in love again, after losing her husband of one year. But she does believe in the magic of imagination. As the owner of a toy shop, she lives what she loves. And when she meets Holly Nolan, she sees a little girl in desperate need of a little magic.
Three lonely people. Three lives at the crossroads. Three people who are about to discover that Christmas is the time of year when anything is possible, and when wishes have a way of finding the path home... in Lisa Kleypas's Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor.
Mr. Frost’s love for Christmas is over-the-top and slightly psychotic. And why not? He’s made billions of dollars off the holiday he invented. Or so he claims. Rumor is he’s an elven, but that’s silly. Elven aren’t real. And if they were, they wouldn’t live in South Carolina. They wouldn’t hide in a tower and go to the basement to make…things.
Nonetheless, Sura will work for this odd little recluse. Frost Plantation is where she’ll meet the love of her life. It’s where she’ll finally feel like she belongs somewhere. And it’s where she’ll meet someone fatter, balder and stranger than Mr. Frost. It’s where she’ll meet Jack.
Jack hates Christmas.
INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR
Where did you come up with the idea of writing science fiction for holiday characters?
My nephew mentioned the “secret Santa ninja elves” that visit his school during Christmas, and this spawned the idea of writing a semi-serious sci-fi version of Santa. How the ideas flesh out is a long process. I started keep track of how the story arc of my latest novel evolves, just to remember where it began. It’s all over the place. I love the challenge of bringing a story to light, letting the characters get in my head and telling me where to go. Flury: Journey of a Snowman is the third book in the Claus series. It was originally Frosty the Snowman, but Frosty is copyrighted. It didn’t matter, really. The character was better suited to be something other than Frosty. Flury is a bit more serious.
Are you getting any backlash for rewriting these Christmas legends?
Not at all. In fact, a lot of readers have connected to all the unanswered questions surround them, especially Santa Claus. How does he go around the world in a night? Why is he fat? Why does he live on the North Pole? How do reindeer fly? How does he carry all those presents? All of them answered with the magic wand of science fiction… I mean, the science wand of science fiction. The stories still have the fantasy element, of course. Some leaps of imagination. And also the romance angle. Why? Because all stories have love.
What is your favorite character from the books that you have written?
Socket Greeny is one of my favorites. That science fiction trilogy was my first story. I wrote it in first person and really connected with him. However, Jack Frost is in Claus (Legend of the Fat Man) and Jack (The Tale of Frost) and has become my all-time fave. He’s childish, irreverent and dangerous, but at the same time lovable.
What order should readers purchase the Claus books?
Claus: Legend of the Fat Man is the best start. After that, any order works. They all can be read as standalone novels.
Return to the Glosser
Bros. Department Store for the holiday story of a lifetime.
Step back in time to Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 1975. Shoppers
fill the downtown streets, bustling between the Glosser Bros. and Penn Traffic
department stores...and one little boy runs through the crowd on a mission. Eleven-year-old
Jack wants one thing for Christmas: to find out where his grandfather, Bub,
runs off to every Christmas Eve. The trail leads him on a journey through
Glosser Bros. at its most magical, but the magic takes an unexpected turn when
he discovers Bub's secret. Before the night is over, Jack must take a stand in
the name of Johnstown, a stand that could cost him everything...or bring him
the greatest gift he can imagine.
Don't miss this new Christmas classic by award-winning
writer Robert Jeschonek, a master of unique and unexpected stories that really
pack a punch.
"A great mix of nostalgia and creativity! I found the
ending thought provoking and cleverly done." - Sandy K
"Love it. I grew up in the area and the story brought
back many wonderful memories. Worth a read even if you have never heard of
Johnstown." - Theresa
"I think this book is a good short story and would be
enjoyed by all of the Glosser's. I think it is a quick read and a great story
for the Holidays. It certainly brought back many memories for me." - Myra
"I really enjoyed this book. Brought back a lot of
memories. I used to work at the store and it was really neat going back to
those days. I also enjoyed the twist at the end of the story did not see that
coming." - Debra Mardis
"It was a fun, whimsical read. Really enjoyed it."
- Deborah P. Costlow
"This was a great read for the holidays for natives of
Johnstown! It brought back fond memories of Glosser's and how Downtown
Johnstown once bustled with activity at the most joyous time of the year! The
author reminisces about Johnstown yet adds a refreshing, futuristic plot."
- Stacia 80
"Jeschonek´s stories are delightfully insane, a
pleasure to read…" – Fabio Fernandes, Fantasy
"Robert Jeschonek is a towering talent." – Mike
Resnick, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author
"Robert Jeschonek is the literary love child of Tim
Burton and Neil Gaiman." – Adrian Phoenix, critically acclaimed author of The Maker's Song and Hoodoo series
The ghosts of old miseries are never far behind…
Dumped by her boyfriend on Christmas Eve, Cassie Baruch thought her pain would end when she aimed her car at an ancient beech tree. But when a gorgeous black-winged angel appears and tells her ‘this ain’t no stinking paranormal romance, kid,’ she realizes death hasn’t solved her problems. Can Jeremiel help her exorcise the ghosts of problems past and find a little closure?
Written for anyone who ever wished their problems would just go away, this modern paranormal spin on A Christmas Carol was written to give people hope they can come to grips with the Ghosts of Christmas Miseries Past.
Note: This book is NOT religious fiction.
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