Mistletoe and Mischief
Limited Edition Holiday Collection!Sixteen magical holiday stories from NY Times and USA Today bestsellers and award-winning authors are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. This collection will whisk you from Christmas season in steampunk London to Yule celebrations with the coven to Hanukkah celebrations with a supernatural twist. Battle Krampus, ghosts, vampires, demons, and a hell of an eggnog hangover in this special collection of paranormal, horror, urban fantasy, and steampunk holiday tales.PEPPERMINT AND PENTACLES: A Steampunk Christmas Fairy Tale by Melanie KarsakHELL'S SILVER BELLS by Margo Bond CollinsA HARKER CHRISTMAS by Erin HayesPOINSETTIAS and POLTERGEISTS: A Southern Stones Short by Blaire EdensHEARTLESS IN NEW ORLEANS by Pauline CreedenALL IS BRIGHT by Jayne FuryMISTLETOE AND MONSTERS by Katie HayozTHAT OLD FAMILIAR FEELING by S. K. Gregory'TWAS THE NIGHT by Evan WintersHOLIDAY MAGIC by Carrie L. WellsFESTIVAL OF GASLIGHTS by Bokerah BrumleyTHE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST by Anna AlbergucciDAWN by T.K. BradleyTHE TOWN IN THE MOUNTAIN by AngeliqueΒ Archer & J. MillsEGGNOG & EXORCISM by Deb Christie & Margo Bond CollinsHIGH TIDE HOLIDAY by Ella Malone

Mistletoe and Mischief Details

TitleMistletoe and Mischief
Author
ReleaseNov 14th, 2017
Rating
GenreHoliday, Christmas, Fantasy, Anthologies, Paranormal, Short Stories

Mistletoe and Mischief Review

  • Timothy
    January 1, 1970
    MehIncredibly uneven collection of short stories. A couple were good, but several seemed incomplete. Save your time and find something else.
  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    16 paranormal short stories about Christmas. This was a freebie from Amazon. I haven't heard of any of these authors. Melanie Karsak - 2 stars. Heroine is kind of slow on the uptake. This seems like part of a series, although I had no problem following along. Victorian Steampunk. Characters didn't sound like they were from England. Didn't sound like they were in the 1860s either. Margo Bond Collins - 3 stars. Contemporary paranormal. VERY short. We get the bare bones of a story. Part of a series 16 paranormal short stories about Christmas. This was a freebie from Amazon. I haven't heard of any of these authors. Melanie Karsak - 2 stars. Heroine is kind of slow on the uptake. This seems like part of a series, although I had no problem following along. Victorian Steampunk. Characters didn't sound like they were from England. Didn't sound like they were in the 1860s either. Margo Bond Collins - 3 stars. Contemporary paranormal. VERY short. We get the bare bones of a story. Part of a series, but I was able to read it without a lot of explanation. I would have liked more. Erin Hayes - 2 stars. A short bit from an established series. Not a fan. Blaire Edens - 3 stars. Another short bit from an established series. Liked this one, but too short. Pauline Creeden - 5 stars. - Now this is what I'm talk'in about! Great steam punk story set in New Orleans. Loved it! Jayne Fury - 4 stars. I liked this one too. More fantasy/scifi, not really Christmas. Still, the loss the heroine feels comes across. Katie Hayoz - 4 stars. Another winner! You are a monster killer with a heart. Very good short story. S.K. Gregory - 3 stars. Witches in this one & not much Christmas. Still an ok story with some twists to keep it interesting. Evan Winters - 5 stars. Great Christmas vampire story. Small Kentucky town with resident vampires. Carrie L. Wells - 1 star - 4 pages of WTH is this? Worst story in this collection. Bokerah Brumley - 3 stars. Pretty short magical Jewish do gooders. Anna Albergucci - 3 stars. Very depressing story about a Confederate officer who loses it all one Christmas. T.K. Bradley - 4 stars. Christmas day in post apocalyptic America. Angelique Archer & J. Mills - 3 stars. This started out so good & the ending ruined it. Strange small town in the mountains sacrifices tourists to a monster. Deb Christie & Margo Bonds Collins - 3 stars. OK story about a Wiccan coming into her powers in time for Christmas. Ella Malone - 1 star. Pointless story about mermaids that ends before it even begins. Not sure why this is a Christmas story.
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  • Coco.V
    January 1, 1970
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  • Julian White
    January 1, 1970
    A collection of tales with an end-of-year holiday theme (not all Christmas-related) and I think all female protagonists... Variable in length and quality - the best is probably the first story (and the longest - 25% of the total length) by Melanie Karsak; one or two others are good and certainly terasers for authors I may look out for. A few are barely puffs, introducing a story that is not then completed (or followed through at all).
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  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    If you're looking for a great short story collection, this isn't it. But if you want to go to a nice cocktail party and chitchat with a number of new authors to see who might be interesting or have potential, this is the book for you. The quality is uneven here for sure - some entries are more like brief character sketches or even plot outlines, while others are richer. Some of the short ones will make you want more, while some of the long ones may lead to "never again" - and vice versa. Still, If you're looking for a great short story collection, this isn't it. But if you want to go to a nice cocktail party and chitchat with a number of new authors to see who might be interesting or have potential, this is the book for you. The quality is uneven here for sure - some entries are more like brief character sketches or even plot outlines, while others are richer. Some of the short ones will make you want more, while some of the long ones may lead to "never again" - and vice versa. Still, like any good cocktail party, you can decide who to talk to and when to say, "Excuse me, I think I need another drink now."
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  • Becky Stephens
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this collection of magical holiday tales very much! Though a couple of the stories lacked editing, I did find a few new series/authors, and that made the entire collection worth reading. I'll focus this review on my favorites from this collection.Peppermint and Pentacles by Melanie KarsakI couldn't help falling in love with Clemeny Louvel, aka Little Red, in this steampunk Christmas fairy tale. This tale is short, but filled with action and Christmas cheer.Mistletoe and Monsters by Kat I enjoyed this collection of magical holiday tales very much! Though a couple of the stories lacked editing, I did find a few new series/authors, and that made the entire collection worth reading. I'll focus this review on my favorites from this collection.Peppermint and Pentacles by Melanie KarsakI couldn't help falling in love with Clemeny Louvel, aka Little Red, in this steampunk Christmas fairy tale. This tale is short, but filled with action and Christmas cheer.Mistletoe and Monsters by Katie HayozMelusine Dore wants to be an infamous monster hunter, and her determination is admirable. The twist in this story makes her even more admirable.'Twas the Night by Evan WintersI really enjoyed this tale. Evan told a perfectly short, but action-packed story. I like Sheriff Maggie Dell very much, and I hope Evan plans to write more with this character.Festival of Gaslights by Bokerah BrumleyThis short grabbed my attention immediately. I found myself fascinated with twins Effie and Avi Frank, especially when their gifts are revealed. I would love to read more stories starring these twins. The Ghost of Christmas Past by Anna AlbergucciBy far the most unique story in the collection, I enjoyed it very much. I was on the edge of my seat hoping that it would have a happy ending. The Town in the Mountain by Angelique Archer and J. MillsBecause horror is my favorite genre to read, I think this was my favorite story in the entire collection. It's the perfect short horror story with a bloody good ending. Overall, a great collection with a holiday setting, so it's perfect for those who love monsters, ghosts, vampires, and demons even during the holiday season. Who says I shouldn't enjoy scary stories even though I'm surrounded by twinkling lights and festive sweaters?
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  • Jennifer Prescott
    January 1, 1970
    (1) "Peppermint and Pentacles" by Melanie Karsak Rated 5β˜… Interesting concept, I usually don't like Steampunk, but I'm interested in this series! (2) "Hell's Silver Bells" by Margo Bond Collins Rated 4β˜… I liked this story, interested in reading more by this author in this series. (3) "A Harker Christmas" by Erin Hayes Rated 3β˜… enjoyed this *super short* story, interested in more.... (4) "Poinsettias and Poltergeists" by Blaire Edens Rated 3β˜… prequel story to series, would be interested in this (1) "Peppermint and Pentacles" by Melanie Karsak Rated 5β˜… Interesting concept, I usually don't like Steampunk, but I'm interested in this series! (2) "Hell's Silver Bells" by Margo Bond Collins Rated 4β˜… I liked this story, interested in reading more by this author in this series. (3) "A Harker Christmas" by Erin Hayes Rated 3β˜… enjoyed this *super short* story, interested in more.... (4) "Poinsettias and Poltergeists" by Blaire Edens Rated 3β˜… prequel story to series, would be interested in this series and/or author. (5) "Heartless in New Orleans" by Pauline Creeden Rated 3β˜… very short story, but interesting concept. (6) "All is Bright" by Jayne Fury Rated 4β˜… interesting story. (7) "Mistletoe and Monsters" by Katie Hayoz Rated 4β˜… another interesting concept, steampunk style. "Clockwork Siren series". (8) "That Old Familiar Feeling" by S.K. Gregory Rated 3β˜… interesting. (9) "'Twas the Night" by Evan Winters Rated 3β˜… interesting take on vampires.... (10) "Holiday Magic" by Carrie L. Wells Rated 2β˜… very short story, may be interested in more by this author in the future. (11) "Festival of Gaslights" by Bokerah Brumley Rated 3β˜… sweet short Chanakah story. (12) "The Ghost of Christmas Past" by Anna Albergucci Rated 5β˜… prelude to book coming soon, "Whispers Among the Pines" which features Liam, I'm very interested in reading that! (13) "Dawn" by T.K. Bradley Rated 4β˜… interesting post-apopolyptic storyline, is continued in "Shade", which I'm interested in reading. (14) "The Town in the Mountain" by Angelique Archer & J. Mills Rated 4β˜… very attention grabbing story. Well written and unexpected. (15) "Eggnog and Exorcism" by Deb Christie and Margo Bond Collins Rated 5β˜… super wickedly unique! Definitely want to check out "Vodka & Vengeance: Mixology Magic" series when it comes out! (16) "High Tide Holiday" by Ella Malone Rated 2β˜… too short to get much of a feeling, but may check out author's other works. Rated (all): 4β˜… A good mix of holiday paranormal with a variety of tropes.
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  • Lena Smith
    January 1, 1970
    An entertaining collectionOverall this collection of stories was entertaining. Most of the stories are stand-alone but tie-in to existing or upcoming series. My favorite stories were "Peppermint and Pentacles" and "All is Bright". Peppermint and Pentacles is the first and the longest story in this collection. It is an exciting mystery with romantic elements. The plot was very clever and the characters were interesting and authentic. I also liked that the romance was sweet and not over the top. A An entertaining collectionOverall this collection of stories was entertaining. Most of the stories are stand-alone but tie-in to existing or upcoming series. My favorite stories were "Peppermint and Pentacles" and "All is Bright". Peppermint and Pentacles is the first and the longest story in this collection. It is an exciting mystery with romantic elements. The plot was very clever and the characters were interesting and authentic. I also liked that the romance was sweet and not over the top. All is Bright was emotional and heartbreaking. It introduced me to a world and characters I would love to explore in other works. The rest of the stories were entertaining though not particularly memorable. The main reason I am giving this collection a 4 instead of a five is it ended on a low note. I did not enjoy the last story in the collection. It lacked a sense of completeness, feeling like a scene plucked from a larger work and not a complete story. It was lacking in background information and the plot was weak to non-existent. It also did not like the characters. Overall I would recommend picking up this collection.
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  • Emmy
    January 1, 1970
    Why, oh why did I attempt this anthology? I unsubscribe from newsletters when the plug them. Inapt writers trying to ride on coattails or hope a lot of people want a "steal" for X many stories for $0.99. Even free - as it was today. If I could only recall whose email offered this freebie ... I haven't heard of most of the contributing writer wannabes and I tried several. They were utterly so beneath unimpressive and uninteresting , I started scrolling - just because it was more interesting than Why, oh why did I attempt this anthology? I unsubscribe from newsletters when the plug them. Inapt writers trying to ride on coattails or hope a lot of people want a "steal" for X many stories for $0.99. Even free - as it was today. If I could only recall whose email offered this freebie ... I haven't heard of most of the contributing writer wannabes and I tried several. They were utterly so beneath unimpressive and uninteresting , I started scrolling - just because it was more interesting than the characters and words. I think it bored me so much I started word searching at random, you know, just because, well β€’thatβ€’ was more fun? Obviously unedited and ramblings put together with hopes everyone will download and catapult these people on a best seller list. Smh. It used to be a privilege and ard work to get on that list. These days, anyone can do it. It's a shame and I wouldn't recommend this book. It doesn't even qualify for the one star .... If I had a hard copy, I wouldn't even keep it long enough to start fires in my fireplace through the winter.
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  • Dana
    January 1, 1970
    Cute, light readingThese are easy, light short stories. I would probably give 3 or 4 stars except there were way too many typos and grammatical mistakes. I don't understand how it is that a book can get published with soooo many mistakes. I'm a freelance proofreader, and it's just too easy and cheap to get someone to proof your work before it gets out there for people to read.
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