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Guest Blog by Jennifer Brozek - Irreverence in the Holiday Season


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!



Guest Blog by Jennifer Brozek - Irreverence in the Holiday Season




Irreverence in the Holiday Season
Jennifer Brozek
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?

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

Guest Blog by Jennifer Brozek - 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!

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





About Jennifer

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.

Review - Stamps, Vamps & Tramps: A Three Little Words Anthology


Stamps, Vamps & Tramps
Series:  A Three Little Words Anthology
Editor:  Shannon Robinson
Publisher:  Evil Girlfriend Media, February 12, 2014
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 263 pages
List Price:  $3.99
ISBN:  9780615970783
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Review - Stamps, Vamps & Tramps: A Three Little Words Anthology
Eternally stamped, Eternally damned…

Grecian prostitutes and blood guzzling birds, pickle-sized vampires who wear their hearts on their sleeves, sexy immortals that fear human greed and memories that become tattoos; Stamps, Vamps & Tramps crosses genres to deliver bone-chilling stories that will keep you up at night.

Sixteen talented authors take you on a journey where stamps aren't always inked, tramps aren't always hookers, and vampires aren't always at the top of the food chain. From the colonnade of ancient Greece to a small town amusement park, from the battlefield to the urban center, this anthology will suck you in to the very end.

Featuring stories by Rachel Caine, Nancy Kilpatrick, Paul Witcover, and Gemma Files, among others.



Doreen’s Thoughts

Stamps, Vamps & Tramps is a Three Little Words anthology – where authors write stories with two or more of the semi-associated words as the basis for the story. It is an interesting concept – taking tattoos, vagabonds, and vampires and coming up with related stories. I liked most of the stories in this anthology.

For example, Rachel Caine starts the book off with her ‘Easy Mark,’ the story about a young girl riding the rails who finds someone who helps people like her and who deals with the people who want to cause trouble. ‘Only Darkness’ by Paul Whitcover had an interesting perspective about art in general and drawing in particular, where something like a vampire tries to have its portrait drawn since it cannot see itself in a mirror. I found its perspective about artists and their ability to create art interesting, along with how an artist might handle losing their ability. ‘Flies in the Ink’ has a young girl vampire who turns out to be a serial killer keeping tattoos as trophies of her murders while a father tries to use her to replace his daughter.

One or two of the stories were almost too short and hokey for me to appreciate. I found ‘Mungo the Vampire’ to be one of those that could have been excluded from the book without any loss. ‘Josephine the Tattoo Queen’ by Joshua Green was almost predictable. Though it was short, Nancy Kilpatrick’s ‘The Hungry Living Dead’ turns the page on vampires making humans to be the real predators. ‘Stabilization’ by Daniels Parseleti viewed madness from the perspective of an institutionalized person. Mary Turzillo’s ‘A Virgin Hand Disarmed’ gives us a very different view of William Shakespeare.

I enjoyed the folksy tone of Gemma Files’ ‘His Face, All Red,’ enough to track down some of her other works. Altogether, this provided a nice taste of new authors and their works for me, which is the best trick for any anthology.


Guest Blog by Jennifer Brozek - Irreverence in the Holiday SeasonReview - Stamps, Vamps & Tramps: A Three Little Words Anthology

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