Petals in the Stormby Mary Jo


Those of you who have been following me here know that I've had a slow but ongoing program to get more of my stories into audio format.  The main reason is because a fair number of people really like audio books.

They're great for those with commutes, or who want the distraction of stories while gardening or doing housework or other mundane tasks.  They're also a real boon for those with vision problems.  (My mother listened to a lot of audiobooks from the National Library of the Blind in her later years.)


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Novellas: A Little Bit of Christmas!

MaryJoPutney_TheBlackBeastofBelleterre_800By Mary Jo

There have been novella anthologies on many themes and for many holidays, but Christmas novella anthologies blow all the rest out of the water. 

A novella is usually defined as between 20K and 40K words, so it's more than a short story–it's long enough to have character development, a proper romance, and a plot.  Christmas, with warm fuzzies and over the top sentimentality, is perfect for novellas. <G>

Those of us who started out as Regency writers at NAL tend to have written more than our share of Christmas novellas–I certainly have!  I've collected mine into two different collections:  CHRISTMAS REVELS, with five novellas, and CHRISTMAS CANDLES, which has two novellas. 

But today's riff is because I've produced two of the stories from Christmas Revels as standalone e-books: The Christmas Cuckoo has been available as an e-book for several years, and I quite recently produced an audiobook version which is available for a very modest sum. 


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Christmas Revels!

Cat 243 Doverby Mary Jo

"Revel" derives from a Middle English word that means "celebrate," and it always sounds happy to me.  That's why I chose the name Christmas Revels years ago for a print collection of five of my holiday novellas.  All of those stories have been released in different e-versions in recent years, but now, for the first time, I'm collecting those original five back into an e-book version of Christmas Revels.  

MaryJoPutney_ChristmasRevels200The title had been in my mind for years, ever since we visited my sister and her husband in Boston one holiday season, and she took us to the Christmas Revels, a delightful sort of medieval variety show inspired by historic mummer plays.  The performance was held in a theater on the Harvard campus, I think, and was loosely structured around the old tale of Gawain and the Green Knight.  Lots of music, dancing, and hammy comic acting.  

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