Dazzler Spitfire is an elf on a mission. She has until Christmas to pull herself together, keep her magic, and her life. She heads to Holly, a town devoted to Christmas and home to her best friend. Together, they craft a plan to stay one step ahead of those wanting to bring her in front of the North Pole Review Board for trial.
Todd Dugan knows magic only works for others. His divorce from Dazzler’s cousin proves it. He’s fine tending to the reindeer for the western leg of Santa’s midnight ride. When he agrees to chair the holiday committee in Holly, he’ll prove human technology is just as good as magic.
Neither counts on the Dugan family curse: When a Dugan meets his mate, the lights in Holly will fall dark.
On the eve of Thanksgiving, the town’s mayor demands a demonstration to prove the Christmas decorations are behaving as they should. The tech works until Dazzler shows up, bringing his ex-wife with her. Now the town is determined to reunite Todd and his ex-wife.
But Todd’s thoughts are on Dazzler. A single kiss decides his fate. Dazzler sets out to seduce him. Is he willing to risk their friendship for something more? His heart makes the choice for him. For a brief moment, he has it all—friendship, love, and magic. Then Dazzler loses her magical abilities and gets sick. Worse, in a freak sleigh accident, Dazzler reduces the town’s Christmas displays to ash and cinders.
Jody Burns borrows her brother Peter’s silvery bracelet because it looks good with her outfit. She doesn’t remember it’s the key to another world—until a green-haired girl steps out of nowhere in the mall and asks Jody’s help rescuing her grandmother from a great evil.
Jody ignores Peter’s warning about the land on the other side of the Watcher—until the haunted tree pulls her inside. Suddenly, she’s trapped in a place where no one listens to her. And then her jacket starts sprouting leaves.
Return to the world where horses can be wizards, and trees talk, and an ancient evil is planning to destroy every last living thing.
What do knitters Permelia O’Brien and Betty Fitzandreu have in common besides a love of knitting? Both have been betrayed by their husbands. Permelia moved to town when her husband left her for a much younger woman. Her new apartment is over the town morgue and when she finds Betty’s husband’s hat in the parking lot after Ed Anderson’s body is brought in it quickly becomes clear that Betty’s husband wasn’t just cheating with another woman. He had a whole other family.
Still, that doesn’t explain why someone murdered him, and as Permelia and her new friends dig deeper into the mystery, it becomes clear the killer isn’t finished yet.
All Claudia wants to do is escape the mistakes of the past and start over. But when she answers an ad for a medical officer on a merchant ship in the Fringes, the captain recognizes her and blackmails her into taking the job.
She soon realizes that not only can Captain Bennet not pass up a bargain, but neither will he allow morals to hold him back from climbing the power ladder at the borders of the Dominion. Can Claudia stop the impending exploitation of a newly discovered sentient species all on her own?
Just ask Pola Drach, Independent Eye. In a city founded by refugees from a dying earth long ago, she pursues dark secrets and exposes the shadowy underbelly of society. Who killed the ambitious model? And was that who she really was? Who’s forcing shopkeepers to buy worthless stock, and circulating funny money? Why is the youngest scion of one of the city’s richest families suddenly a target?
Harriet Truman is looking forward to creating happy Christmas memories with her husband James and their new foster son Luke. She and the rest of the Loose Threads are also delighted to see their special quilts displayed throughout the downtown in festive store windows.
But a shocking murder disrupts the joy of the season, and when another body turns up, and then Harriet and Luke only just manage to escape a black-clad attacker, it’s clear all isn’t holly-jolly in Foggy Point.
Ned Cooper had made plenty of enemies with his loud vocal attacks on every religion that wasn’t his, but it didn’t seem to Halvar that was enough to justify a knife in the back. Nevertheless, there he is—dead as one of his own barrels. Then Guardsman Zoltan meets a similar fate, and one with even more suspects given his protection racket on the docks and his constant harassment of the women in the souk.
Are these murders personal, or might they be connected to the muskets the captain of the Belle Fleur was smuggling into Manatas? Was Master Albrecht making gunpowder for those guns? Will Halvar still have a job after his contract expires on New Year’s Day?
The intrepid Dane is once again knee-deep in corpses and on the wrong end of pointed weapons. Can he solve all the mysteries before his term of office ends? And what will he do, stuck in Nova Mundum, if someone doesn’t renew his contract?”