Karen’s Killer Book Bench: CHRISTMAS SHORTS, #Holiday #Short Stories by Leanne Banks ETAL

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Holiday Short Stories


The Authors’ Billboard has a special holiday treat for you this year! Brand new short stories – from the naughty and the nice list – to add fun to your 2019 season and keep your spirits high.

Eighteen of our masters of romance have contributed to this incredible deal for your entertainment this Christmas. Eat goodies, drink hot toddies, read, enjoy, make wishes and… dream.

Christmas Runaway: Mimi Barbour, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author: A teenager, mad at her father, runs into the bush and is saved by Sara’s big white Samoyed.

The Captain’s Christmas Leave: Mona Risk, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author: The wounded captain is resigned for the worst. But his soon-to-be ex-wife has some ideas to cheer him up.

Christmas Games: Stephanie Queen, USA Today bestselling author: He’s got game with an old flame.

Second Chance Christmas: Jen Talty, USA Today bestselling author: Will Angel be able to put the past where it belongs and give Darren a second chance?

Meeting Sam Klaus: Melinda De Ross, USA Today bestselling author: Can two people fall in love after only a few hours spent together?

Stuck On The Naughty List: Joan Reeves, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author: Can the new Police Chief mend Cassie’s broken heart?

A Match Made in Mistletoe: Leanne Banks, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author: Can a scarred attorney and his assistant find love when they’re trapped in an Inn haunted by a romance-happy ghost?

Candy’s Christmas Rescue: Cynthia Cooke, USA Today bestselling author: A broken-down car, a dog on the run, a wedding cake in peril, what else does Candy have to lose other than her heart?

A Christmas Creek Caper: Rachelle Ayala, USA Today bestselling author: Someone’s stealing packages off the Christmas Creek porches. Sheriff Brad Wing is on the case–until he’s caught with his hands up and his pants down.

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fearies: Taylor Lee, USA Today bestselling author: Can the drool-worthy financier persuade her that Christmas dreams can come true?

Peter Elph: Dani Haviland, USA Today bestselling author: A gambler finds a huge surprise in 1886 Tombstone.

Christmas Cupid: Nancy Radke, USA Today bestselling author: Cupid uses all his arrows to help two strangers find romance.

A Love on the Edge: Jennifer St. Giles, USA Today bestselling author: He expected to quickly catch a stalker and send the celebrity heiress on her way, but the case is more complex, and she might not be the wrong woman

Because We’re Snowflakes: Susan Jean Ricci, USA Today bestselling author: When a grad student from across the pond meets the campus librarian, will he teach her the true spirit of Christmas?

A Magical Christmas: Jacquie Biggar, USA Today bestselling author: When a little girl goes missing, it takes faith, love, and the help of a Christmas angel to guide her to safety.

A Chance of Snow: Alyssa Bailey, USA Today bestselling author: Can winter weather, a fall, and an unexpected invitation bring love?

Holiday Pickup By The Sea: Traci Hall, USA Today bestselling author: Harley’s job as a dating service coordinator has left her jaded, when it comes to little white lies. Are Marc’s pickup lines and bumbling attempts at a connection enough for her to lower her guard, and give them both a chance at love?

A Chocolate-Box Christmas: Josie Riviera, USA Today bestselling author: Love is sweeter with a touch of mischief.




It’s coming!  And sometimes I feel like I’m riding a motorized ski board.

Good news.  I, along with other authors from Authors Billboard, can provide with you an array of spicy and sweet short stories to get you through the holiday.  I enjoy a good short story, especially when I feel like I have too much else to do.  What about you?

In my short story, I explore the budding romance between a scarred attorney and his assistant who find love when they’re trapped in an Inn haunted by a romance-happy ghost.  I love a small town-setting especially at Christmas.

My mother, the matriarch of our family, passed away a year and a half ago.  She was our Christmas Queen, so we sure are missing her.  This makes me think about what kind of things inspire me to celebrate Christmas.  Honoring the reason for the season.  Jesus’s birth.  Lights.  I would love “Griswold” lights, but I don’t think my husband is up for that.  So, I’ll enjoy the lights we share.  Baked good and snack mix.  I love to eat special Christmas treats and share them too. Charity.  I love giving to charities during the Christmas season. Tradition and memories.  My mother made a gaudy kissing ball that my sisters and I rotate among our homes.  My mother was also talented with making and painting ceramics, so I’m the happy owner and displayer of a lighted snow hut, Christmas tree and two Santas that she made.

What means Christmas to you?  What inspires you about Christmas?  Share a comment and you can be entered in a drawing receive the e-book  Christmas Shorts.

In the meantime, I wish you every bit of joy and love.



About Author Leanne Banks…

Leanne Banks is a NYT and USA Today bestseller with over seventy books to her credit.  She may be a winner of many writing awards, but she especially loves to hear from her readers.  She lives in Virginia with her family and Pomeranian and loves to travel.


Thanks, Leanne, for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!



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14 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench: CHRISTMAS SHORTS, #Holiday #Short Stories by Leanne Banks ETAL

  1. Sarah Wente says:

    This sounds like a wonderful Christmas gift for someone!

  2. I love Christmas stories. These all sound great!

  3. SAMANTHA says:

    Sounds like my “cup of tea”. Christmas — to me it’s about love and family and comfort — I think of the thought that goes into a gift to someone you care about. I love the homemade gifts. I have bookmarks and drawings and more from my children over the years. I love the feeling of seeing the face of a child as they unwrap a present. I love the warmth of spending time with people I love. And yep, I can get sappy around Christmas.

  4. Kathleen Bylsma says:

    Good heavens! These stories cover all the bases! Happy Christmas!
    Thank you, Karen and Leanne .

  5. Karen Docter says:

    Merry Christmas, Leanne, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer book Bench. I cannot wait to dig into these stories for the holiday! Thanks for sharing all of these wonderful stories with us today.

  6. Thanks for highlighting our set today, Leanne and Karen. I’m so sorry for your loss, Leanne. Griswold lights sound just right <3

  7. Janet Lewis says:

    So sorry for your loss, Leanne. It sounds like you have a lot of wonderful memories, traditions and mementos to help you and your family get thru, not just the upcoming holiday, but each day that you go through without your mom. May the memories of your mom and the love of family help ease a little pain each and every day.

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