Friday, November 25, 2011

TLC Book Tour & Review: Merry Christmas Stories

Author: Jeff R. Spalsbury
Title: Merry Christmas Stories
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Publish Date: Sept 10, 2010
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: TLC Book Tours & the publisher
Book Blurb: These 25 short stories for the Christmas season will make you laugh, smile and just feel good about this magical time of year. These delightful stories, written in a variety of genre, all reflect Christmas love, hope and charity. Detective Nick Tracer just wants to get drunk over the holiday season but an eight-year-old girl hires him to find Santa, and it changes his life. A magical Christmas bus enriches the lives of a veteran and his young daughter. The last S-2, an indestructable android, is given the toughest assignment of his long existence. A Christmas ghost discovers the real magic of Christmas, and on a beautiful California Christmas morning, two people in their 80s recall their lives while sitting on a park bench overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A ghost plays matchmaker for his younger brother, and two children do the same thing for their single mother. A best friend turns the tables on his buddy, and a sad poem opens the heart of a lonely poet. A bag lady enjoys the view and receives an unexpected guest. And sometimes being too smart can be a disadvantage, particularly when there is a bronze olive involved. These are just some of the fun and exciting stories in this compilation. There are stories of adventure along with humor, unexpected surprises, romance and poignent moments. These are feel-good stories, to uplift your spirit and to leave you with a smile or a warm feeling. Just the way Christmas should feel.

Review: If a book could be an advent calender, this would be it. There are 25 short stories included that really convey the spirit of Christmas.

The stories in this book will touch your heart. This is literally a book that will make you laugh one minute and cry the next, because each story is totally different.

I really loved all twenty five but Tiny and The Bear stands out as one of my favorites in this collection. It is the story of ghost playing matchmaker for his brother, and to say anymore would spoil the story. It is simply something you have to read.

Jeff really does a great job of bringing the Christmas spirit to life in many different genres, though love really is a central theme in most of the stories. There is definitely a story for everyone here.

I recommend putting this book by your nightstand and reading on story a night until Christmas. It will make you holiday so much nicer, having experienced these stories.

Rating:  5 flowers

Jeff Spalsbury’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, November 21st:  The Road to Here
Tuesday, November 22nd:  Reviews from the Heart
Friday, November 25th:  A Chick Who Reads
Monday, November 28th:  I Am A Reader, Not A Writer - Q&A/giveaway
Wednesday, November 30th:  Cheryl’s Book Nook
Thursday, December 1st:  Life in Review
Friday, December 2nd:  2 Kids and Tired
Monday, December 5th:  Laura’s Reviews
Tuesday, December 6th:  Book Maven’s Blog
Wednesday, December 7th:  My Bookshelf
Thursday, December 8th:  Deb’s Book Bag
Friday, December 9th:  Living Outside the Stacks
Monday, December 12th:  Along the Way
Tuesday, December 13th:  By the Book
Wednesday, December 14th:  Nailing Jello to a Tree
Thursday, December 15th:  Book Reviews by Molly


Anonymous said...

This sounds like a wonderful book for this time of year! Thanks for being on the tour. I'm featuring your review on TLC's Facebook page today.

Nikki - Notes of Life said...

Sounds like a great book and I'm after a Christmas one to read, so this may be the one... Thanks! :)

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