Social media has been full of promotional posts for, and news of, forthcoming or newly-released Christmas books. Some might say (and some have) that it’s far too early for all that, but the truth is, whatever your opinion, festive books are on sale and they’re proving to be very popular.
In a world that can sometimes seem harsh and uncaring, it can be a relief and a joy to settle down with a story set at the time of year when peace and goodwill to all men reign supreme. There’s something very cosy and comforting about Christmas books, and this year, the Write Romantics have a bumper crop on offer. You’ll be hearing more about that in future posts.
But first and foremost, the important news is that, as you can see by the picture above, we have given our anthology, Winter Tales, a fresh look, and we love the gorgeous new cover with the festive robin and the warm, cheerful colours. We released Winter Tales back in November 2014, gathering together stories from generous writing friends, who happily contributed their seasonal tales in aid of two great causes.
Winter Tales was put together for the benefit of The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and The Teenage Cancer Trust – two charities very close to our hearts. At the time, we were ten writers with only one publishing deal between us, and we knew we needed help from our friends! Luckily for us, the writing community is a big, helpful and friendly one, and before long we had contributions from plenty of lovely authors. We raised lots of money for our chosen charities, and we managed to garner some good reviews for the book.
It’s now three years on (I know! Unbelievable!) and, with it being that time of year again, we’ve decided to give Winter Tales a new look and try our best to raise more money for the charities. The new cover has proved very popular, and we had a brilliant weekend of sales, earning our anthology a bestseller flag on Amazon for the very first time. But we need to keep this going, so, in the spirit of Christmas, we’re just giving anyone who hasn’t bought the book a gentle nudge. Winter Tales is just 99p at the moment, and here’s a list of all the stories you can find inside.
Not Just Another Winter’s Tale by Jessica Redland
Reserved by Rhoda Baxter
Seasonal Encounters of the Cafe Kind by Zanna Mackenzie
In All the Wrong Places by Jo Bartlett
Winter Melody by Deirdre Palmer
The Handsome Stranger by Alison May
Loving Mr Perfect by Holly Martin
The Other Side of Christmas by Sharon Booth
The Art of Giving by Sarah Painter
All I Want for Christmas by Jackie Ladbury
The Bookshop of Dreams by Helen Phifer
Muriel’s Christmas Surprise by Jennifer Bohnet
Wherever I’ll Be by Deirdre Palmer
Christmas in July by Helen J Rolfe
A Pistol for Propriety by Alys West
A Tooth for a Tooth by Terri Nixon
It’s a Wonderful Life by Annie Lyons
Something Blue by Linda Huber
Ghosts of Christmas by Sarah Lewis
Meet Me at Midnight by Rachael Thomas
Into My Loving Arms by Lynne Pardoe
An Early Christmas Present by Samantha Tonge
Butterfly Nights by Deirdre Palmer
So, you see, we have some really fabulous authors in there and some fantastic stories for your reading pleasure. We hope you’ll take a chance on this anthology and, if you enjoy it, why not leave a review, or spread the word to friends and family so that we can raise as much money as possible to help everyone affected by cystic fibrosis and cancer, who need and deserve our help. You can buy Winter Tales here.
Thank you! And Merry Christmas. xx