Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas short stories by Trisha Ashley, Katie Fforde & Elly Griffiths

I love reading books about Christmas at this time of year. This year, I have three treats to read in a spare moment with a cup of coffee as three of my favourite contemporary writers have published short stories on a Christmas theme - & two of them are free.

Katie Fforde's story, Staying Away at Christmas, is available as a digital-only story from Amazon. So, you'll need a Kindle or Kindle app to read it. It costs $1.52US & includes the first chapter of her forthcoming book, A French Affair. Miranda is a single mother setting off to spend Christmas in Devon with her two daughters. Miranda is taking stroppy teenager Isa & young Lulu to the holiday cottage they'd loved in summer but will it have the same charm in the middle of winter? When they arrive, they discover that widower Anthony & his two children, Dan & Amy, have also arrived for Christmas thinking that they had booked the cottage.  Anthony is aggressive & prickly & Miranda is anxious enough about Christmas without dealing with these complete strangers. Will Christmas be a disaster or a delight?

Trisha Ashley & Elly Griffiths have given their fans a Christmas present with a free short story available through their websites. Both are PDF documents so you can read them online, print them off or download them to your e-reader (I did this with Calibre).

Trisha's story is called A Christmas Wish & it's available here. A young Chloe Lyon from Trisha's novel Christmas Wishes sees an angel. Trisha also includes some yummy Christmas recipes from her books as well as a few new ones.

Elly's story, Ruth's First Christmas Tree, is available through the Quercus website. Just register here & you'll be sent a link to the story. Ruth is determined that her daughter Kate will have a proper, traditional Christmas, including a Christmas tree. Her plans don't quite work out but thanks to Cathbad & Nelson, Kate & Ruth have a Christmas to remember. I'm looking forward to reading Elly's new novel, A Dying Fall, when it's published early in the New Year.

7 comments:

  1. ... I lost my comment, so here's the rest of it just in case the first part shows up. :) I've never read Trisha Ashley but I have a feeling that if you like her books I will too. The other two authors are favorites of mine so it's nice to have these treats while I'm waiting for the new books. Thanks again and Merry Christmas, Lyn!

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    1. Audrey, if you like Katie Fforde, then I am sure you will like Trisha Ashley. I admit I don't read a lot of romantic fiction, but I really enjoy both these authors.

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    2. Merry Christmas Audrey & Christine! Audrey, I think Christine's right. Trisha Ashley is like Katie Fforde but with recipes. Both write lovely romantic books that are a lovely way to spend an afternoon.

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  2. Thanks for letting us know about those stories! I love Elly Griffiths and I'm looking forward to her new Ruth Galloway book in the new year. I also love Trisha Ashley's Christmas books, I don't think I've ever read Katie Ford so may give her a try:)

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    1. I can't wait for the new Elly Griffiths either Rosie. As I said above, Trisha Ashley's books are similar to Katie Fforde's & I enjoy both so I hope you do too.

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    1. You're welcome! Short stories are perfect for this time of year, aren't they?

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