Today marks the release of the second annual holiday collections. Unlike last year, I decided to edit all 12 of the holiday stories for the 2011 collections. First, I adore holiday novellas and second, I don’t get to edit much anymore, and this was a great opportunity (third, working with me actually seemed to be a draw for some authors. They’re crazy like that!).

You guys, words cannot express (because I’m not an author) the depth of my love for how these 3 collections of 4 stories each came together. The authors were a dream to work with, I loved each and every story, and I’m just kind of…giddy…with how awesome I think the collections are. Here’s all three of the collections (with links to the individual stories as well). Keep reading for info on my giveaway.

We Wish You a Steampunk Christmas

Changed forever after tragedy, a woman must draw strength from her husband’s love. A man learns that love isn’t always what you expect. A thief steals the heart of a vengeful professor. And an American inventor finds love Down Under. Enjoy Victorian Christmas with a clockwork twist in these four steampunk novellas.

Anthology includes:

Crime Wave in a Corset by Stacy Gail

This Winter Heart by PG Forte

Wanted: One Scoundrel by Jenny Schwartz

Far From Broken by JK Coi

Stories also available for purchase separately. 117,000 words


It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…Love!

A man gives the gift of trust and receives a second chance at love in return. A woman helps to heal the wounded heart of a soldier. A couple finds that true love knows no distance. And a young widow learns that there can be two great loves in a lifetime. Love, romance and passion come together in this collection of four seasonal shorts.

Anthology includes:

This Time Next Year by Alison Kent

A Rare Gift by Jaci Burton

It’s Not Christmas Without You by HelenKay Dimon

Mistletoe and Margaritas by Shannon Stacey

Stories also available for purchase separately. 103,000 words


Baby it’s Cold Outside

A man receives the gift of pleasure at the hands of two expert lovers. Boyhood sweethearts get a second chance at romance. Two very proper gentlemen indulge their forbidden desires. And a Christmas tree farmer has an epiphany. It may be cold outside but these four holiday novellas will warm you up.

Anthology includes:

My True Love Gave to Me by Ava March

Winter Knights by Harper Fox

Lone Star by Josh Lanyon

The Christmas Proposition by K.A. Mitchell

Stories also available for purchase separately. 116,000 words

The giveaway…

I have the following prizes up for grabs:

(2) $28 gift vouchers to the Funky Monkey Metalwork Etsy store

(2) $37 gift vouchers to the Simply Willow Etsy store

(1) $15 gift voucher to an online book etailer of your choice

All four of these vouchers are good towards any purchase in their respective Etsy stores.

I’m also giving away

(1) each special, limited edition print copy of each of the 3 holiday collections (Holiday Kisses, A Clockwork Christmas and Men Under the Mistletoe). These print editions are not for sale anywhere, but can only be won from either Carina Press or the collection authors!

You can enter to win up to 3 times. To enter, either tweet or post on Facebook using the hashtag #ajwin (the hashtag is the only way for me to track your entry). Do NOT comment here to enter.

Tweet or FB post, with the #ajwin hashtag, a link to each individual collection on the Carina Press website along with a promotional message for that collection. Yes, I’m using you to do promo. But look…stuff to win!

You get one entry per collection for a total of three entries. This contest is open to everyone over the age of 18, and is open to international participants. Contest closes at 11:59p Eastern December 6th, 2011. Winners will be chosen by random draw on December 7th and notified via Twitter/Facebook. Winners must collect their prizes by December 8th, 5:59p or new winners will be drawn.

Sample tweets/posts (and since you have more room on Facebook, feel free to say a bit more :P) You can tweet/post whatever you like as long as it’s (not rude) got the collection name, the hashtag and a link to the collection on the site!

A Clockwork Christmas, the steampunk holiday anthology is now available from Carina Press. Check it out here: #ajwin

A Clockwork Christmas is a good way to give the steampunk genre a try. Four novellas in one book! #ajwin

Holiday Kisses brings you 4 holiday contemporary novellas that will put you in the holiday spirit! #ajwin

The contemporary novellas of Holiday Kisses bring together four bestselling contemporary authors in 1 book! #ajwin

Take a break from the holiday madness with 4 m/m romance holiday novellas in Men Under the Mistletoe #ajwin

The 4 m/m holiday novellas of Men Under the Mistletoe are a delightful mix of naughty and nice! #ajwin


In addition to trying to win the prizes, I hope you’ll all check out the collections, and the individual novellas. I really believe they’re all fabulous reads and the perfect length for passing the time while you stand in long holiday lines, or just take a break at the end of the day. If you do read them, please let me know what you thought!

(reminder, do not comment here to enter to win. Those comments will be deleted. Thank you!)

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