Tis the Season for Holiday Stories and This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words



Tis the Season for Holiday Stories

Have you noticed a preponderance of book covers with snow on them?  Maybe with elves or people with red hats or maybe even a stocking or two?  Yes, its that time of the year when all the wonderful holiday stories are releasing from authors and publishers everywhere.  And its not just Christmas stories but stories from other religions as well, from Jewish holidays such as Hanukkah to Yule, the holiday season is spreading warm, love and special meanings to those involved in the celebrations.

Its a time of giving, and joy.  A time of remembrance, and yes, even sorrow for some. It can be magic.  And it can be painful.  Full of stress and overwhelming optimism for the future.  What a bundle of conflicting emotions this season can bring with it, along with the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, when the fear of the dark and loss could be driven back by songs, a yule log and people gathering close together to watch for the rising sun.

What I have always loved most about these stories is the variety.  I never know what to expect from the multitude of stories we get here at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words.  Christmas in Space?  You betcha!  Vampires in love?  Yes indeedy!  Stories of Yule and lost visitors in Greenland, yes, one of my favorites last year by Freddy McKay.  This year is no exception.  I finished a wonderful story about loss and recovery during Hanukkah,  review still coming.   There are comedies, dramas, relationships of all kinds…all wrapped up in love and romance.  Be still my heart!  And those of the rest of the reviewers here at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words.  We love this time of the year!


Be sure to check out all the reviews and holiday tours we have for you all in our schedule below.  Maybe make a list for yourself.  Or given if you love to give books as a gift.  Tis the season after all!




You Can Still Vote and Win!

We also have our on-going vote for our wonderful favorite flash fiction.  A random reader who leaves a comment after voting will be chosen to receive a $10 gift card from Dreamspinner Press.  Here again are the stories and their links:

STRW Flash Fiction Stories and Authors

Master’s Work by Tod Heil  

What Is Left Out By R. R. Angell

Consequences by Andrea Speed

THE SMIRK’S UP By Jenny Tate

Christopher by Ross Common

Magpie King by Leslie Plank

What Weighs Us Down by K.S. Trenten

Sad and Silly Humans by K.S. Trenten

[The authors retain the copyrights to their stories.  Stories may not be reprinted or copied without the express permission of the authors.]

Now here’s our poll.

For all the wonderful stories (there’s one extra), visit our Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Flash Fiction 2016 Page.  For the readers who vote: We will gift a $10 DSP gift card to a reader (randomly chosen) who has voted. so readers please leave a comment once you have voted so we can pick someone as well as a email address.  Vote ends on the Winter Solstice, 12/21 at midnight. The author will get the $25 Amazon gift card.

You can only vote for one story, then press vote.

two holly berry branches

This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words


Sunday, December 11:

  • Tis the Season for Holiday Stories
  • This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • Blog Tour and Giveaway: Cowboys Don’t Come Out by Tara Lain
  • A Stella Advent Calendar Review Day 11: Title Surprise

Monday, December 12:

  • Release Day Blitz for Ibiza on Ice by Gillian St. Kevern
  • In the Spotlight: Ash and Cinders Blogspot by Rodd Clark
  • DSP Author Guest Blog: Grace Kilian Delaney
  • Release Tour & Giveaway: Sue Brown’s Alpha Barman
  • A Melanie Release Day Review: Treasure for Treasure by R Cooper
  • A Barb the Zany Old  Lady Audiobook Review: Snowed In by Teodora Kostova
  • A Jeri Release Day Review: Noble Intentions by Andrew Grey
  • A VVivacious Advent Calendar Review Day 12: Title Surprise

Tuesday, December 13:

  • Release Blitz – Passing Shadows by Anna Butler
  • In the Holiday Spotlight: Holly & Hockey Boots by V.L. Locey (excerpt and giveaway)
  • Dreamspinner Author Guest Blog: Lex Chase on The Unlikely Prospect
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review:Holly & Hockey Boots by V.L. Locey
  • An Ali Audiobook Review: Absinthe of Malice (Sinners #5) by Rhys Ford and Tristan James (Narrator)
  • A MelanieM Advent Calendar Review Day 13: Title Surprise
  • An Alisa Review: 2 Days Later by CM Corett

Wednesday, December 14:

  • Release Blitz & Review Tour – The Road To Frosty Hollow – RJ Scott & Meredith Russell
  • DSP TOUR Ari McKay on Writing in Tandem and Striking Sparks
  • Blog Tour: Kiss & Ride by Teodora Kostova
  • A Stella Review:  Kiss & Ride by Teodora Kostova
  • An Alisa Release Day Review:  His Needs by Kris T. Bethke
  • A Lila Advent Calendar Review Day 14: Title Surprise
  • An Alisa Review: French Kissing Vampires for Beginners by L.M. Brown
  • An Ali Release Day Review: The Road To Frosty Hollow – RJ Scott & Meredith Russell

Thursday, December 15:

  • RIPTIDE TOUR: One Life to Lose by Kris Ripper (giveaway)
  • In the Spotlight: The King and the Criminal by Charlotte Ashe
  • DSP Author Guest Blog Andrew Grey
  • A VVivacious Release Day Review: Thanks a Lot, John LeClair by Johanna Parkhurst
  • A Melanie Release Day Review: Striking Sparks by Ari McKay
  • An Ali Audiobook Review: Sweet Young Thang by Anne Tenino and Nick J. Russo (Narrator)
  • An Alisa Advent Calendar Review Day 15: Title Surprise

Friday, December 16:

  • Dreamspinner Press Author Guest Blog: KC Burn
  • Riptide Publishing Tour: Murder Once Seen by JT Hall (giveaway)
  • A Free Dreamer Release Day Review: Whispers of Old Winds by George Seaton
  • A Lila Release Day Review:  Holiday Weekend by Charley Descoteaux
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Once Upon a Time in the Weird West Anthology
  • A Stella Advent Calendar Review Day 16: Title Surprise
  • An Alisa Review: Night Train to Venice by Carolina Valdez

Saturday, December 17:

  • A Stella Advent Calendar Review Day 17: Title Surprise
  • Cover Reveal and One Day Book Blast: Tarnished Souls by Dev Bentham
  • A MelanieM Advent Calendar Review:The Orpheum Miracle (2016 Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug)
    by Pat Henshaw


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