Book Review: ‘A Christmas Tail’ by E.M. Swift-Hook and Jane Jago

This is a gorgeous children’s story in rhyme that delivers the lesson of Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ in a simple and effective way for children and adults alike. 

EM Swift Hook Jane Jago A Christmas Tail
This is a gorgeous children’s story in rhyme that delivers the lesson of Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ in a simple and effective way for children and adults alike.
The layout and illustrations are charming, and the story is heartwarming.
This would be a great story for families to read together leading up to Christmas.

Silver Acorns

‘A Christmas Tail’ gets a lovely Silver Acorn.

 

‘A Christmas Tail’ is available on Amazon.

Dec 20 ~ Featured Book: ‘Fairytale Christmas: A Fair Folk Saga’.

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 19 is ‘Fairytale Christmas: A Fair Folk Saga’ by Merrie Destefano. 

This is the first installment in the Saga of the Fair Folk, a journey that lasts until the end of time.

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 19 is ‘Fairytale Christmas: A Fair Folk Saga’ by Merrie Destefano.

Merrie DeStefano FairyTale Christmas

 

Three thousand years ago, a war began between the immortals and the mortals. It’s a war that continues to this day…

Before history began, a legendary queen battled a foreign army, braved the death of her husband, and faced betrayal at the hand of someone she trusted. This is the story of Eire, Queen of the Faeries, the Immortal One, and the leader of the Tuatha de Danann.

To this day, her homeland, Ireland, bears her name, and this is the story of the war that drove the Immortal Ones into exile. It’s also the tale of how she found help from an unexpected place, leading her to a love like she had never known before.

Fairytale Christmas is a story that spans thousands of years. It’s also the beginning of all of our fairytales and legends; it’s where mortals and immortals survive because they love one another, proving that love is the greatest gift of all.

This is the first installment in the Saga of the Fair Folk, a journey that lasts until the end of time.

‘Fairytale Christmas’ is available at Amazon.

Dec 19 ~ Featured Book: ‘A Christmas Tail’.

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 19 is ‘A Christmas Tail’ by E.M. Swift-Hook and Jane Jago. 

In this charming story, a mouse teaches a spoilt little girl the true meaning of Christmas.

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 19 is ‘A Christmas Tail’ by E.M. Swift-Hook and Jane Jago. EM Swift Hook Jane Jago A Christmas Tail

In this charming story, a mouse teaches a spoilt little girl the true meaning of Christmas.

Newly released on December 12, it received its first review on December 14: 
“A charming short read, and an ideal gift for Christmas. The words flow in a lovely fashion, and it was enjoyed by both adults and children.” 

‘A Christmas Tail’ is available on Amazon.

Dec 18 ~ Featured Book: ‘Spells and Jingle Bells’ anthology.

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 18 is ‘Spells and Jingle Bells’, an anthology collection of cozy paranormal holiday themed stories by fifteen different authors.

Something for everyone in this budget friendly collection!

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 18 is ‘Spells and Jingle Bells’, an anthology collection of cozy paranormal holiday themed stories by fifteen different authors.Anthology Spells and Jingle Bells

It looks as though there is something for everyone in this collection of holiday themed paranormal stories.

‘Tis the season for sugarplums, gingerbread, and … eye of newt?

Ring in the holiday season with a little sprinkle of magic and mystery. Meet new friends and reunite with old ones as fifteen paranormal mystery authors spread some holiday cheer in this anthology collection of never before published short stories and novellas.

‘Spells and Jingle Bells’ is available on Amazon.

Dec 17 ~ Featured Book: ‘Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat From The Past’ by Paul Cude.

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 17 is ‘Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat From The Past’ by Paul Cude. 

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 17 is ‘Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat From The Past’ by Paul Cude.

Paul Cude Bentwhistle the Dragon A Threat From The Past

Can you be heroic and naive? 
For Peter Bentwhistle, the answer would most certainly have to be YES!
Blissfully unaware of what’s going on around him, for the most part he remains fully focused on blending in and keeping a low profile.
But fate and just plain bad luck have other designs on him.

Not so bad, you might think. Until you discover the TRUTH! Just like his friends, Tank and Richie, he is a…..DRAGON!

Thrust into a life away from the underground dragon domain, disguised in an awkward human form in an effort to guide and protect humanity, all he has to do is stay out of trouble, learn how to play hockey and piece together all the parts of the puzzle continually playing out around him.

With the help of his two young friends, a master mantra maker and a complete dragon stranger with more than a little history attached to him, will Peter manage to thwart the dark, devious scheme long in the planning?

Ever wondered how dragons travel below ground at almost the speed of sound?
Want to know how they use magical mantras to transform their giant bodies into convincing human shapes?

Learn the true story of George and the Dragon, get a dragon-like perspective on human social issues and gain insight into what to do if you encounter a giant spider grinning at you when you’re wearing nothing but your smile.

‘Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat From The Past’ is available on Amazon.

Dec 16 ~ Featured Book: ‘A Very Faerie Christmas: Six Holiday Inspired Novellas’

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 16 is ‘A Very Faerie Christmas: Six Holiday Inspired Novellas’.

This looks like a wonderful holiday collection at a very budget-friendly price

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 16 is ‘A Very Faerie Christmas: Six Holiday Inspired Novellas’ by Meara Platt, Avril Borthiry, Ruth Vincent, Jack Heckel, Michele Lang, and Bishop O’Connell. 

Anthology A Very Faerie Christmas

Join award winning, USA Today and bestselling authors for a journey into the enchanted realm of the Fae with this collection of brand new holiday stories spanning from humorous Regency and tender historical to quirky contemporary and gritty urban tales of faerie magic, human redemption, and the power of love.

Meara Platt – A Mistletoe Kiss: When Lady Imogen Fairchild wishes for a faerie godmother, her Christmas wish goes awry and she finds herself with Beogrin, a handsome Fae warrior, instead. Beogrin is duty bound to serve her and is not in the least happy about it. Neither is Imogen, for she cannot have a hulking, brawny soldier following her around. But will Imogen ever be able to release this Fae warrior from his obligation to her now that he has conquered her heart?

Avril Borthiry – Matthew’s Hope: Set in England’s rural north at the turn of the 20th century, Matthew’s journey from boy to man is plagued with challenges. Yet throughout, he never forgets the little girl who saved his life, the girl no one else could see. Was she real? Or had he imagined her?
As Britain and Europe descend into ‘the war to end all wars’, Matthew must face his greatest challenge of all. It is at his lowest point, his darkest time, that the girl he has never forgotten returns. Her name is Hope. Is she real? Because she is exactly what Matthew needs.

Jack Heckel – The Holly And The Ivy: By most measures, Malcolm has a great life, but nothing seems right, not even his perfect girlfriend. After leaving a party, he encounters the faerie Phaedra, but can her magic help him find true love in time for Christmas? And if so, is he willing to pay the price? A story inspired by the Christmas carol of the same name.

Ruth Vincent – Above Thy Deep And Dreamless Sleep: When the Fairy Queen tries to guilt-trip her changeling daughter, Mab, into returning to fairyland by transforming Mab’s loved ones into mannequins in the New York City Christmas store window displays, Mab must outwit the Fairy Queen’s tricks to save her friends and learn what it truly means to go home for the holidays.

Michele Lang – The Laws Of Magic: When a wicked army of Night Fae invades the small coastal town of New Castle, Connecticut, Ayna Cassidy, human chaos machine, must somehow overcome her painfully tangled past and stop them from ravaging her home. With the help of a magical lawyer, Rowan Royall, Ayna seeks both true love and salvation – but first she must unlock the secret magic hidden deep in her heart.

Bishop O’Connell – The Greatest Gift Of All: Wraith is a spell slinger, able to manipulate reality itself, but she’s been on the streets since losing her parents and her life has never been easy. Through all the darkness, she’s always tried to help the other children living at the fringes of society; the dejected, the ignored, and the forgotten. Now, the Fae court needs her help in finding a solstice child. If Wraith succeeds, the child will become a beacon of hope. If she fails, the child will become a monster, inspiring anger and rage. Wraith has faced all manner of terrors, both mundane and supernatural, and has never backed down from a fight. Can she save this solstice child and bring hope to the hopeless when she’s never had much of that even for herself?

‘A Very Faerie Christmas: Six Holiday Inspired Novellas’ is available at Amazon.

Dec 15 ~ Featured Book: ‘The Queen’s Viper’ by Lesley Donaldson.

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 15 is ‘The Queen’s Viper’ by Lesley Donaldson. 
Readers will love anti-heroine Viper in this grimdark blend of historical and contemporary fantasy in a fairy tale like no other.

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 15 is ‘The Queen’s Viper’ by Lesley Donaldson.

Lesley Donaldson The Queens Viper

Time heals all wounds. Except hers.
Will immortal Viper overcome the power surging within herself even as Queens of Britain try to control her?

To enhance the life-magic of the people she feeds upon, Viper ensures Tudor Princess Elizabeth becomes Queen of England. The villainous immortal also seeks a Crown Jewel that stirs up her repressed memories. Her quest to find her past throws her into the path of malevolent Annys. Annys entraps Viper for centuries. In modern London, Viper inexplicably escapes. She enlists her Foundling, Mouse, to overcome immortal magic and human power as she seeks revenge upon her nemesis and the descendants of the humans who helped Annys, starting with Queen Elizabeth II.

Readers will love anti-heroine Viper in this grimdark blend of historical and contemporary fantasy in a fairy tale like no other.

‘The Queen’s Viper’ is available at Amazon.