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About Kari Kilgore
Kari Kilgore started her first published novel Until Death in Transylvania, Romania, and finished it in Room 217 at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, where a rather famous creepy tale about a hotel sparked into life. That’s just one example of how real world inspiration drives her fiction.
Kari’s first published novel Until Death was included on the Preliminary Ballot for the Bram Stoker Award for Outstanding Achievement in a First Novel in 2016. It was also a finalist for the Golden Stake Award at the Vampire Arts Festival in 2018.
Kari’s short myth The Spider Who Ate the Elephant placed 2nd in fiction in the 2019 Virginia Writers Club Golden Nib contest.
Recent professional short story sales include four to Fiction River anthology magazine, with the first published in the September 2019 issue. Kari also has three stories in a holiday-themed anthology project with Kristine Kathryn Rusch due out over the holidays in 2020.
Kari writes first and figures out the story’s genre later. That’s resulted in fantasy, science fiction, romance, contemporary fiction, and everything in between. She lives at the end of a long dirt road in the middle of the woods with her husband Jason Adams, various house critters, and wildlife they’re better off not knowing more about.
Kari’s novels, novellas, and short stories are available at www.spiralpublishing.net, which also publishes books by Frank Kilgore and Jason Adams. For more information about Kari, upcoming publications, her travels and adventures, and random cool things that catch her attention, visit www.karikilgore.com.
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Enjoy sweets for the sweet romantics, charming ghosts and imps to capture the imagination, and stories both heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.
From Nordic sprites who long for the porridge and butter and sugar from the hands of their human neighbors to a man desperate to be with his dying wife on their own special holiday, the stories in this volume add a bit of warmth to your holiday season.
“The Last Hour of Hogswatch” by Michael Warren Lucas
“The Best Christmas” by Dory Crowe
“Spirit of the Season” by Anthea Lawson
“The Magic of Sharing” by R.W. Wallace
“The Way the Cookie Crumbles” by Angela Penrose
“An Embarrassment of Id’imps” by Ezekiel James Boston
“The Case of the Disappearing Decorations” by Annie Reed
“The Inn, the Black Cat, and Two Halves of the Same Heart” by Kari Kilgore
“Motorcoach Miracles” by Juliet Nordeen
“Magic For a New Year” by Lisa Silverthorne
The best holiday stories delight with heartfelt satisfaction from beginning to end.
Romance forms the core of most of the stories in this volume, and they feature holiday settings from Thanksgiving to New Years, with even some made up holidays in between.
From a young woman trying to wheedle some good-luck collard greens out of the new minister on New Year's Eve to the two young university students adrift in a foreign country for the holidays, each story touches the heart and warms the soul.
A perfect distraction from the hustle and bustle of the holidays!
“Good Luck Greens” by Irette Y. Patterson
“Finding Sanctuary” by Kari Kilgore
“The Journey Home” by Erik Kort
“Pagan Sunrise” by Stefon Mears
“Toast The Stars” by Stephannie Tallent
“Speakeasy to Her Heart” by Stephanie Writt
“Winter’s Perfect Night” by Kelly Shire
“The Slowpokes’ Parade” by Patricia Duffy Novak
“An Unexpected Winter” by Tao Wong
“New Year’s Fortune” by Anthea Lawson
“Andrew and Shichi-Go-San” by Jason A. Adams
“Coming Home” by Chrissy Wissler
Murder, mayhem, and all manner of crimes set during the holiday season give this anthology a bite that serves as a delightful change from the sweetness that often dominates this time of the year.
This volume contains an abundance of thieves, a few murderers, a wannabe murderer, and one or two stories in which the crime lurks on the periphery. With a host of unreliable narrators, a few psychopaths, and one acrobat, who could resist?
From a search for the perfect Christmas tree that turns deadly to a reformed thief who wrestles with the better angels of his nature when temptation arises during the holidays, these marvelous mysteries prove the perfect distraction for even the stormiest winter evening.
“Christmas Chase” by Tonya D. Price
“For The Win” by Stephannie Tallent
“Into the Good Night” by Rob Vagle
“A Different, Better Red” by Michael Warren Lucas
“The Art of Waiting” by Kelly Washington
“Christmas in the Ruins” by Mary Jo Rabe
“The Magi of St. Michael’s” by Annie Reed
“Pungent Justice” by Kari Kilgore
“Targets of Opportunity” by Stefon Mears
“All The Bells and Whistles” by B.A. Paul
“Not A Cozy” by Steven Mohan, Jr.
And with crime comes the people who resolve that chaos.
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Cats distract us. Cats make us think of things outside of ourselves. And cats love to involve themselves in human affairs.
In this omnibus volume of WMG Publishing’s notable series, The Year of the Cat, felines of all stripes pounce and play and stalk through 100 cat stories in genres ranging from light romance to dark crime and everything in between.
Entertaining cats, loving cats, even super-talented and time-traveling cats grace the pages of these twelve volumes edited by bestselling authors Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith.
Enjoy this treasure trove of fantastic cat stories. Perfect for cat-lovers everywhere.
Winter holidays mean lights, decorations, and delicious food. They bring about a sense of joy and a giving spirit that seems more abundant than at other times of the year.
This anthology holds a Hanukkah story, two stories about the solstice and two about some lesser-known holidays. Two authors made up their own holidays, and three looked at what people who don’t celebrate do during the holiday season.
With so many creative ways to celebrate, this volume will surely lift the spirits.
“Star Shower” by CJ Erick
“Winter Pariah” by Michèle Laframboise
“The Real Housewitches of Calafia County” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“The Year That Went into Extra Innings” by Brigid Collins & Ron Collins
“Christmas, Translated” by C.H. Hung
“A True Family Holiday” by Jason Adams
“The Miracle of the Lights” by Leah R. Cutter
“Everflame Gifts” by Ezekiel James Boston
“The Ten Days of Newtonmas” by Ron Collins
“Operation AngelCam” by Kate Pavelle
“Virginia’s Last Old Christmas Eve” by Kari Kilgore
Deb Powers finally gets to work. Helping an old friend with new potential upgrade his life.
This time her cousin brings a case at a B&B in town that threatens the owner’s sanity.
A free stay plus a chance to investigate the bizarre proves too much for Deb to resist.
Will she figure out the trouble before she loses her own sanity in the process?
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I challenged folks to give me a crime story with a one word title that could complete that phrase above.
Many answered, and nearly twenty made the final cut, from coziest fun to darkest noir, always with Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment in the back of their minds.
Historic tales sent in mid-Twentieth Century Los Angeles or Budapest. Modern mysteries from small towns to Appalachia to the big city.
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The authors in this anthology capture that joy with stories marked by fun, goofiness, touching sentiment, and even some sweet romance.
This light-hearted holiday book brings smiles and even a giggle or two and ushers in a very joyous holiday season.
“The Magic Cat of the Hidden Springs Inn and Spa” by Kari Kilgore
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“Reindeer Christmas” by Lisa Silverthorne
“The Gift” by Brenda Carre
“The Sugimori Sisters and the Santa Experiment” by Brigid Collins
“Caribou Road” by Joe Cron
“Christmas Newsletters from the Edge” by Robert Jeschonek
“A Grave Kind of Love” by Robert J. McCarter
“Turn The Page” by Michael D. Britton
“Green Girl” by Brenda Carre
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Passionate Crimes--So Criminal, It's Good.
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On a moon with duels, sorcerers, and magic-driven spaceships, a small-time wizard and helioship pilot teams up with a master duelist to fight the corrupt great families who oppress everyone not of their order.
A mourning bootmaker, a street urchin, and a renegade priest plot to steal magic back from the six kingdoms that hoard it, but such a theft might require that they slay a god.
A dashing young suitor seeks the missing—and dangerously powerful—rowan wand as the price to win the hand of his beloved from her reluctant parents. Given that the most skilled wizards and warlocks in the world have failed at this task, his chances seem slim...
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