Please welcome Jennifer Brozek
to The Qwillery writing about Naughty or Nice: A Holiday Anthology
. Note that the first two months of profits from the anthology go to Cystic Fibrosis research. Check out the Table of Contents below. This looks fabulous!
Irreverence in the Holiday Season
With a little bit of nice, a sprinkle of dark, a handful of sexy, and a whole lot of naughty, this adult-oriented anthology is filled with blushes, laughs, and gasps. This is not your average holiday reading. From the story behind Marley's fate, to a little elf who makes the perfect "toy" to the holiday rituals that keep the world going, Naughty or Nice: A Holiday Anthology, keeps the pages turning. Be prepared to be a little bit shocked!
Why on earth would any editor put together an anthology where Santa pits the reindeer against the elves in a bloody televised war? Or accept a story about the gift of a haunted mirror that revealed a past horror? Or a story about a supernatural chimneysweep battling a monster of corruption? Isn’t the holiday season about goodness, family, and light? It’s the celebration of another year well spent. Right?
Perhaps. Perhaps not.
The winter season is a contentious time of the year where tempers flare at unrealistic expectations, depression rears its ugly head at another disappointing year gone, and sadness abounds for those who do not have loved ones to share the darkest time of the year with. Over and over, we are bombarded with images of gift-giving between members of the perfect nuclear family. Frankly, this sucks for those who do not have the time, money, or family to celebrate the holiday season in advertised style. Naughty Or Nice
is an anthology for those people… and for anyone who is tired of the standard picture perfect story. I wanted to put together an anthology that was a little bit nice, a whole lot of dark, with a splash of sexy and the irreverent. Everyone needs a good giggle, gasp, and wince during the winter months to enjoy. It gives you that secret smile that makes people wonder what you’re thinking.
Do you tell them? Maybe not. Let them keep on wondering.
More than that, Naughty Or Nice
was created as a charity anthology for cystic fibrosis research. One of my authors’ son has been afflicted with this terrible disease. He was the one who came up with the idea for the anthology because, as he put it, “Parents of CF kids need to laugh, too.”
As such, we played with the all of the speculative fiction genres (horror, erotica, urban fantasy, sci-fi, fantasy, and apocalyptic) for the holiday season. (Almost) No topic was off-limits. Needless to say, but I’m saying it anyway, this isn’t an anthology for kids or for dear old grandma… unless she has a wicked sense of humor.
As part of the charity effort for Naughty Or Nice
, the anthology is part of Kevin J. Anderson’s Holiday Fantasy StoryBundle
. We want to get this anthology into as many hands as we can. With stories from authors like Peter Clines, Rachel Caine, Jody Lynn Nye, Kevin J. Anderson, and Lucy A. Snyder, we think you are in for quite the treat. Though, be careful. Like a lush Thai chili chocolate, this anthology bites back!
Naughty or Nice: A Holiday Anthology
Evil Girlfriend Media, October 31, 2015
Trade Paperback or eBook, 238 pages
With a little bit of nice, a sprinkle of dark, a handful of sexy, and a whole lot of naughty, this adult-oriented anthology is filled with blushes, laughs, and gasps. This is not your average holiday reading. From the story behind Marley's fate, to a little elf who makes the perfect "toy" to the holiday rituals that keep the world going, Naughty or Nice: A Holiday Anthology, keeps the pages turning.
Be prepared to be a little bit shocked!
NAUGHTY OR NICE: A HOLIDAY ANTHOLOGY
Table of Contents
Foreword by Jennifer Brozek
“Cold Dead Turkey” by Kevin J. Anderson
“Mistletoe” by Jody Lynn Nye
“Coming up the Chimney Tonight” by Josh Vogt
“The Kwanzaa Kid” by Maurice Broaddus
“Letters To Santa (From the Arctic Academy for Gifted Creatures)” by S.G. Browne
“The Longest Night of the Year” by Shannon Page
“Passing the Torch” by M. Todd Gallowglas
“Forged” by Peter Clines
“Sweet Peppermint Blow” by C. Thomas Hand
“Monster Mingle and Kris Kringle” by Jon Del Arroz
“The Wench Who Stole Christmas” by E.S. Magill
“He Knows When You’re Awake” by Cat Rambo
“Spam, the Spooks, and the UPS Bandit” by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
“Santa’s Bloody Reign” by Timothy W. Long and Jonathan Moon
“The Toymaker’s Joy” by Lucy A. Snyder
“By the Light of the Silvery Moon” by Rachel Caine
Jennifer Brozek is a Hugo Award-nominated editor and an award-winning author. She has worked in the publishing industry since 2004. With the number of edited anthologies, novel sales, RPG books, and nonfiction books under her belt, Jennifer is often considered a Renaissance woman, but she prefers to be known as a wordslinger and optimist. Read more about her at www.jenniferbrozek.com
or follow her on Twitter: @JenniferBrozek