I wanted to share with everyone the news that my friend Cheryl Pierson has released a new collection, A Hero for Christmas, that includes four of her previously published Christmas-themed short stories. Cheryl has several irons in the fire at any one time- she writes romance novels, traditional westerns, and is a regular contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She is also a freelance editor.
I first met her when she edited a couple of my books for Western Trail Blazer, and have worked closely with her on the Wolf Creek series from Western Fictioneers. Like most guys, I'm not into the really mushy stuff that goes along with the romance story, though I have many friends who write in that genre and there are a lot of crossover fans between romance and westerns. Last year I decided to give Cheryl's story "Homecoming" a look, because it's a Civil War tale, I know what an excellent writer Cheryl is, and I had heard so many good things about it. And as it turned out, not only did I like the story, it is one of my favorite short stories I've read in the last couple of years. It's included in this collection.
Long story short- especially if you're into romance or family-oriented stories, but even if you're not -you should give this Christmas collection a look.
And, of course, I must also mention the two Christmas anthologies my work appears in this season. The first one is called Christmas Campfire Companion, and features my story "Christmas Comes to Freedom Hill," the tale of a group of ex-slaves trying to establish their own town in Kansas after the war. The second is called Six-Guns and Slay Bells: A Creepy Cowboy Christmas, and includes my story "Bitter Mountain" -a heartwarming family tale of murder and zombies. Both volumes also include stories by some of the best western writers working today -and Six-Guns and Slay Bells has a story by the aforementioned Cheryl Pierson, "Keepers of Camelot," that is very, very good.
Any or all of the three books would make a great stocking stuffer for someone on your Christmas list. Each is available in both digital and paperback format.