Whoa, Nelly, has 2020 been an adventure. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for the holiday season to start this year. I really need some of that holiday spirit right now.

And to get us all started, I’m happy to announce the publication of three holiday anthologies to get you started. These books contain stories that first appeared in our WMG Holiday Spectacular 2019 calendar and later in The Holiday Spectacular #1, which contained all 35 stories from that project in one ebook.

Now, for the first time, you can get these stories in anthology form, which includes ebook and paperback editions.

Here are the anthologies and their synopses:

Bloody Christmas

Take stories detailing all the nastiest parts of human behavior, from theft to murder to mayhem, throw in some of the “lesser” darkness that humans can provide during the holidays, and assemble them into one volume—welcome to Bloody Christmas.

These stories, dark and vicious, form the perfect antidote to the holiday season’s sugary sweetness. So, consider this the savory part of the holidays for those whose reading tastes get darker in the darkest part of the year.

As Alfred Hitchcock used to say, read these stories with the lights on—and the doors locked, curtains drawn, and protective gear at hand. One never knows what lurks in the darkness.

“Asking For It” by C.H. Hung
“Some Folks Just Need Killin’” by Lauren Christopher
“A Crafty Affair” by Bonnie Elizabeth
“A Hidden Gift” by Meyari McFarland
“The Perfect Gift” by Robert Cutchin
“Why Don’t You Make Gingerbread?” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“A Killer Party” by Annie Reed
“Wild Nights and New Roads” by Lisa Silverthorne
“Sister Silence Night” by Michael Warren Lucas
“Bobo” by Ron Collins
“Christmas Dessert” by Juliet Nordeen

Joyous Christmas

Joy abounds during the Christmas season. A sense of magic threads through everything, and the spirit of make-believe becomes almost commonplace.

The authors in this anthology capture that joy with stories marked by fun, goofiness, touching sentiment, and even some sweet romance.

This light-hearted holiday book brings smiles and even a giggle or two and ushers in a very joyous holiday season.

“The Magic Cat of the Hidden Springs Inn and Spa” by Kari Kilgore
“A New Home for Christmas” by Annie Reed
“Reindeer Christmas” by Lisa Silverthorne
“The Gift” by Brenda Carr
“The Sugimori Sisters and the Santa Experiment” by Brigid Collins
“Caribou Road” by Joe Cron
“Christmas Newsletters from the Edge” by Robert Jeschonek
“A Grave Kind of Love” by Robert J. McCarter
“Turn The Page” by Michael D. Britton
“Green Girl” by Brenda Carr
“Christmas Eve at Claredon Hall” by Dayle A. Dermatis

Winter Holidays

Winter holidays mean lights, decorations, and delicious food. They bring about a sense of joy and a giving spirit that seems more abundant than at other times of the year.

This anthology holds a Hanukkah story, two stories about the solstice and two about some lesser-known holidays. Two authors made up their own holidays, and three looked at what people who don’t celebrate do during the holiday season.

With so many creative ways to celebrate, this volume will surely lift the spirits.

“Star Shower” by CJ Erick
“Winter Pariah” by Michèle Laframboise
“The Real Housewitches of Calafia County” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“The Year That Went into Extra Innings” by Brigid Collins & Ron Collins
“Christmas, Translated” by C.H. Hung
“A True Family Holiday” by Jason Adams
“The Miracle of the Lights” by Leah R. Cutter
“Everflame Gifts” by Ezekiel James Boston
“The Ten Days of Newtonmas” by Ron Collins
“Operation AngelCam” by Kate Pavelle
“Virginia’s Last Old Christmas Eve” by Kari Kilgore

For links to buy these books starting tomorrow, click here for Bloody Christmas, here for Joyous Christmas, and here for Winter Holidays.

To buy the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2020 calendar, click here.

Or, if you want to get in on the many extras we include for our Kickstarter supporters, wait a few days for the launch of our WMG Holiday Spectacular 2020 Kickstarter to launch. More details on that in next week’s blog.

So much holiday goodness. What are you waiting for?

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer, working mother, and brain tumor survivor.