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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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A cozy night of reading suits Henry Satterfield just fine as a Christmas Eve blizzard settles in.
He hopes no one shows up at the inn to disrupt his solitude.
Steve Lake fights the snowbound interstate and changing his plans to get home to Tennessee.
The prospect of a warm place for the night eases his disappointment.
Zortea the Magic Cat knows best when romantic sparks fly.
Will Henry and Steve heed Zortea’s sensible advice or miss their chance for happily ever after?
Webster defines "obsession" as an "a persistent disturbing abnormal preoccupation with an often unreasonable idea or feeling."
Obsessions sometimes include a hobby or collection that has gotten out of hand. Other times an obsession can drive a person to invent something new, cure a disease or attempt to right a great wrong. And at other times, obsessing can send a person down a dark and disturbing path.
Obsessions can be healthy; can be born out of love and the desire to protect. They can stem from a need to fix something that is broken or replace something that is missing. But they can also be pervasive and disgusting, unhealthy and bizarre. They can be mild or quaint and eclectic, or they can be all-consuming and life altering.
These authors tackle the subject with all original genre-bending fiction:
- Ezekiel James Boston
- Stephen Couch
- Joe Cron
- Leah Cutter
- Dayle Dermatis
- Robert Jeschonek
- Kari Kilgore
- Michael Kingswood
- Kate Pavelle
- Annie Reed
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch
- Leigh Saunders
- Rebecca M. Senese
- Dean Wesley Smith
- David Stier
- Julie Strauss
Stories curated by Mark Leslie, editor of Campus Chills, North of Infinity II, Tesseracts Sixteen: Parnassus Unbound and multiple volumes in the Fiction River anthology series. Foreword by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
Meet the Bards of Mid-Holiday Madness
A close-knit group of book lovers gathers for a celebration of wintertime storytelling.
Surrounding themselves with the peculiar magic of an enchanting bookstore.
Enjoying the curious limbo between holidays.
EllaJane and Chris delight in telling the tales, not expecting the new story unfolding in their own lives.
From Victorian London to Appalachia, from epic fantasy to romance to found family.
Join Kari Kilgore as she, EllaJane, and Chris discover winter holidays from five wonderful fictional worlds.
Includes five original winter holiday tales from Kari's series worlds: A Timely Bit of the Best Bad Luck, A Meeting of Two Renegade Minds, The Real Gift of the Santa Train, A Current Made of Joy, and Discovering Home.
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
Intriguing characters, surprising situations, and mysterious twists—you'll find it all in this spectacular collection of suspense fiction. Grab your copy today!
Love 'em or hate 'em, they ensure the cogs of a deal mesh together.
By force, if necessary.
Come read about the criminal side of contracts, of what can go right, wrong, or completely off the rails.
Be sure to pick up the former issues of Mystery, Crime, and Mayhem as well.
So Criminal, It's Good.
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.
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.
Here are nine tales of quiet terror where the scourge sneaks up on you, subtle and snug. Let it fill you with cozy dread as you see the different type of monster who might wait in the basement, or your backyard.
Cave Creek, Nevada—Where the Unexpected Meets the Real World
In present day Cave Creek, a powerful and dangerous current flows beneath the town’s peaceful and prosperous surface.
Strange, unexplained events long chased residents out of this former mining town nestled in a hidden canyon north of Las Vegas from the very beginning. The first anthology in this series, Bitter Mountain Moonlight, illustrated that.
But now, portals to other timelines appear and disappear in the desert and rocks around town. Sometimes the portals open only for seconds, other times long enough to threaten lives.
The stories in Open Ended Threat recount the stories of those who slip through from the future or the past and explain how the residents keep the town’s secrets.
“Anniversary” by E.R. Paskey
“An Impossible Desert Flower” by Kari Kilgore
“Art of the Steal” by J.A. Bouma
“My Moment of Weird” by Robert J. McCarter
“Deep Cleaning” by Edward J. Knight
“Abandoned Mine”by Karen Fonville
“Moneyline Secrets” by R.W. Wallace
“Silver Mirage” by Kathryn Kaleigh
“The Run of her Life” by David H. Hendrickson
Joy abounds during the Christmas season. A sense of magic threads through everything, and the spirit of make-believe becomes almost commonplace.
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
“A New Home for Christmas” by Annie Reed
“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
“Christmas Eve at Claredon Hall” by Dayle A. Dermatis
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