Reni Kieffer has published her first book at the age of sixteen and never even considered pursuing a conventional job after that. Twenty years later, she's still writing stories but has also discovered a passion for translating other people's work. She's often found having fierce discussions with her characters, who live in their own allotted corners of her mind where they demand attention at the most inconvenient times. When she's not typing, Reni explores the local woods with her fierce guard dog Jasper, and once in a while loses herself in sewing quilts while listening to Finnish rock music. She still owns no website but you can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s often said there’s not enough kindness in the world. The men in this collection want to change that by reaching out a helping hand to a stranger or friend in need. They prove that an act of compassion—no matter how big or how small—can make a difference. From sharing a table in a crowded cafe, to giving of their time and food or letting someone in on a difficult turn, these men prove that kind-heartedness goes a long way. Their good deeds open the doors to many possibilities: lasting friendship, meaningful connections, the chance for love, and much more. Join them on their journeys to make someone’s life a little bit brighter and maybe find romance in the process. It all starts with a random act of kindness.
The Favor of the Kings by Rebecca Long
A Table for Two by Emma Wilson
The Cambion's Servant by Fil Preis
The Jackson by Rob Rosen
Never Waste a Good Left Turn by Tray Ellis
One Cold Night in Prague by H. E. Kollef
Pleased as Punch by Liz Makar
Spin Cycle by Nina Francis
The Blue Umbrella by Lane Swift
Two for Joy by Indra Vaughn
The Healer and the Thief by Jessica Chase
Of Clockwork Marvels by Althea Claire Duffy
The Blue Arrow by Reni Kieffer
Humming a Different Tune by Amy Rae Durreson
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Buone Feste, Felices Fiestas, Frohe Feiertage, Joyeuses Fêtes, Happy Holidays! The end-of-the-year holidays bring celebrations of all kinds, and romance is at an all-time high. Take a trip around the world and enjoy these stories of life, love, and happiness. Your Christmas present to yourself!
Holiday reading fun! Celebrate! is a package of 31 stories that bought individually would sell for a total of $79.69.
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When Jake takes his boyfriend Ian home to celebrate Christmas with his parents in the Finnish woods, Ian, a skeptic by nature who has to deny his preference for guys in front of his own family, is not only worried about the reaction of Jake’s family, but also about the feast itself—and the cold. However, within minutes, Jake’s parents make Ian feel warm, welcome, and at home, and begin to introduce him to their Christmas traditions.
The visit goes smoothly until Jake’s ex-girlfriend barges in and drops a bomb that shatters their peace and harmony—a tiny detail Jake failed to mention to his boyfriend. Angry and hurt, Ian struggles to let go of the past and focus on the blessings surrounding him.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package "Celebrate!".