Christmas carols capture the spirit of Christmas like nothing else, and Carol of the Tales and Other Nightly Noels brings beloved carols to life like never before.
Throw your cares away with the tales from sweet silver bells. Follow the story of the one creature who was stirring on Christmas Eve and feel the redemption of a dying wife’s parting Christmas gift. Experience all this and more in these heartfelt, entertaining tales donated by a team of authors from across the country, teaming together for a good cause.*
Covering twenty-five stories–one for every day through Christmas itself–this anthology is ready to become a new advent tradition for your family!
*All the proceeds from sales of the anthology are donated to charity.
Grant floated through the damp night, wondering about his future. Would he really be able to stand this line of work? In life, he hadn’t been a Grinch by anyone’s standards, but neither had he brimmed with Christmas cheer. After losing his only daughter on Christmas Day so long ago, the magic had gone out of the season completely. He sent the compulsory cards, drank just the required amount of eggnog, and hummed a few bars of Christmas carols when socially expected to.
The house was not hard to spot. Though to mortals, the house would look like a run-down sort of house that would not even qualify as a fixer-upper. To him, it glowed with ghostly spotlights glinting off tinsel and ornaments draped all over the house. The roof glistened with fake snow, and minor key versions of Christmas carols drifted from each frosted window.
Already feeling a ghostly headache coming on, Grant swept down to the front door, which was flanked by light-up reindeer.
Grant approached the front door, wading through piles of convincing fake snow. On the wooden front door stood a huge iron doorknocker with a frosted iron loop. Seeing no point in putting off the inevitable, he reached for the doorknocker to announce his presence.
When his hand was a mere inch away, the doorknocker burst to life, morphing into a caricature of Vince’s face, groaning and howling like a ghoul. Grant shot back, flailing his arms. It wasn’t easy to scare a ghost, but some just had the gift.
The doorknocker’s wails turned into laughs as Grant picked himself up and dusted the snow off his ghostly body. The doorknocker retained the look of a metallic version of Vince’s face. “Haven’t you ever read A Christmas Carol? You really didn’t see that one coming? Oh, this is too good. What a great start to my poltergeist career.”
Grant grunted and jumped forward. His fingers closed around the metal ring, which now hung out of Vince’s nose, and rapped it multiple times against his face.
“Hey!” wailed Vince. “Stop that! Where’s your sense of humor?”
Giving Vince a few additional knocks for good measure, Grant stepped back and waited for whoever or whatever would answer the door. The scraping of metal sounded from within, followed by the unlatching of several deadbolts. The door swung wide with a creek, revealing a dour ghost draped in chains, some of which were attached to metal boxes. The man wore a rumpled, old-fashioned suit, and an expression that did not convey even a spark of Christmas spirit.
“Uh…ho, ho, ho, or whatever you say around here,” Grant said.
The ghost’s expression did not change.
Michael is a graduate of Brigham Young University and Western Governor’s University with degrees in German Teaching, Music, and Instructional Design. He puts his German to good use teaching online German courses for High School students. Though he grew up traveling the world with his military father, he now lives in Utah with his wife, Jen, and his two sons. Michael enjoys acting in community theater, playing and writing music and spending time with his family. He played for several years with the handbell choir Bells on Temple Square and is now a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
He is the author of the novels THE CANTICLE KINGDOM, THE CANTICLE PRELUDE, THE FROZEN GLOBE, PALADIN PAWN, and THE LAST ARCHANGEL. He is also the author of the inspirational pamphlet PORTRAIT OF A MOTHER, a contributor to the anthologies PARABLES FOR TODAY and DARK STARS, the co-author of VOICES IN YOUR BLOOD and the author of several web serials through BigWorldNetwork.com. His most recent works are SING WE NOW OF CHRISTMAS, and CAROL OF THE TALES and ANGELS FROM THEIR REALMS OF STORY, three anthologies of short stories with the proceeds going to charity. He has also had work featured in various online and print magazines such as Bards and Sages Quarterly, Mindflights, Meridian, The New Era, Allegory, and Ensign.
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