Short Stories For Christmas.

Yes I know, it’s only September but I love Christmas and I am getting more excited as it draws nearer. The other great thing about this time of year is the Christmas stories we get treated to. Here are four short christmas giftsstories I am looking forward to reading. They are all due for release on 6th November – just in time for those dark, cold evenings.


Christmas Gifts at the Beach Café by Lucy Diamond.

Lucy’s latest short story is due to be released by Pan on 6th November.

This looks brilliant and I am loving this cover.

With her Cornish Beach Café closed for the winter, Evie Flynn should be looking forward to lazy days and a happy Christmas, with nothing more pressing to think about than when to have her next mince-pie.

But her sister Ruth is coming to stay, in a cloud of heartbreak and bitterness following her marriage breakdown, along with her three unhappy children, and Evie knows she’ll have her work cut out, trying to spread some festive cheer. Then her boyfriend Ed breaks the news that he’s going to spend Christmas in London, for family reasons, and her heart sinks even further.

Add in to the mix a lost dog plus the hotly contested village Christmas bake-off and before long, Evie is feeling the strain. But there are still a few surprises in store for her, that look set to make this Beach Café Christmas the most memorable one yet . .



Footsteps in the Snow & Other Teatime Treats by Trisha Ashley.

This collection of short stories is due to be published by Avon on 6th November.

I have been a fan of Trisha’s for a long time. There is just such a warmth and charm to her novels and they are perfect to snuggle up with on the winter nights that are quickly drawing in.

Footsteps in the Snow is a collection of Trisha’s work brought together for the first time in one single edition.



Christmas with Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher.

billyandmeI fell in love with Billy and Sophie when I read Giovanna’s debut novel and I am very much looking forward to catching up with them. Christmas with Billy and Me is to be released by Penguin on 6th November.

Christmas has come to Rosefont Hill and it’s destined to be a particularly special festive season for Sophie May.

When a smitten stranger emails Sophie to ask her if he can propose to the woman he loves in her little teashop, the romantic in her finds it impossible to refuse. Even though Christmas is her busiest time of year she has her own sweetheart, Hollywood actor Billy Buskin, to lend a helping hand. How could she say no to making someone’s dream come true?

As Sophie and Billy work together to plan the perfect fairytale proposal for this couple, excitement in Rosefont Hill is mounting. Who is this mysterious man? And who is the lucky lady he’s about to get down on one knee for?



Secret Santa by Scarlett Bailey.

secretThis is due for release by Ebury Digital on 6th November. Scarlett Bailey also writes as Rowan Coleman whom I absolutely adore. I can’t wait to read this short story and I am loving this cover.  It’s very Love Actually and very pretty.



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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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