Merry Christmas to Man and Beasty and More Sale Items


Merry Christmas to men, beasties and odd creatures.

AND yeah, there’s some sale items, should you need to relax with a good book.  (Which pre-kids, and eventually again, was the totality of my Christmas.)

Witchfinder if 99c for the next couple of the days. (Yes, I’m almost done with a new cover, but not today.)


In Avalon, where the world runs on magic, the king of Britannia appoints a witchfinder to rescue unfortunates with magical power from lands where magic is a capital crime. Or he did. But after the royal princess was kidnapped from her cradle twenty years ago, all travel to other universes has been forbidden, and the position of witchfinder abolished. Seraphim Ainsling, Duke of Darkwater, son of the last witchfinder, breaks the edict. He can’t simply let people die for lack of rescue. His stubborn compassion will bring him trouble and disgrace, turmoil and danger — and maybe, just maybe, the greatest reward of all.

Here Be Dragons also 99c for the next two days.


A collection of short stories by Award Winning Author Sarah A. Hoyt. From dark worlds ruled by vampires, to magical high schools, to future worlds where super-men have as many problems as mere mortals, this collection shows humans embattled, imperiled, in trouble, but never giving up. Angel in Flight is set in Sarah Hoyt’s popular Darkship series.
The collection contains the stories: It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
First Blood, Created He Them, A Grain Of Salt, Shepherds and Wolves,
Blood Ransom,The Price Of Gold,Around the Bend,An Answer From The North,
Heart’s Fire,Whom The Gods Love,Angel In Flight,Dragons as well as an introduction by fantasy writer Cedar Sanderson.

Now go have a merry Christmas.  There will be other sales….

42 thoughts on “Merry Christmas to Man and Beasty and More Sale Items

  1. And for those recalling a post of yesteryearday, amuse yourselves with….

    “[The] Orvan and [the] _______ kept time.”

    You all can speculate on who best fits there and which role they might be best suited for, lamb or ass.

    And for those not inclined to such low speculations, I offer other low humor:

    Stanley came in, stomping his feet harder than necessary to knock the snow off of his boots. “Of all the…” he muttered.

    Roger looked up from his book, “Things not go well tonight?”

    “Not at all.” replied Stanley, “They got it in their heads to put on a living nativity.”

    “That sort of thing,” Roger opined, “is rather to be expected of religious or even semi-religious organizations, you know.”

    “Oh, I know. I have no problem with the idea itself. It’s the casting with which I disagree.” grumbled Stanley, “But it looks as though I might just be stuck with it.”

    Roger paused a moment. “Well, I cannot picture you as Joseph.”

    “Neither can I, but I could deal with that.”

    “And I doubt you’d have any objection to being one of the wise men.”

    “Indeed!” agreed Stanley, “I’d have no problem at all with that.”

    “So, you do not wish to portray a shepherd?”

    “A shepherd… would not present a problem.”

    “What, you’ve been cast as a sheep?”

    “No, not a sheep…” grumped Stanley, “Nor a camel, since you’re about to ask.”

    “That rather limits the possibilities. The conclusion seems inescapable. Remind me, just why do you even deal with these folks? It’s not as if you are all that religious.”

    “The food is excellent. And they know their wines.”

    “So,” concluded Roger, “you go there to eat, to drink, but…”

    “Yes!” snapped Stanley, “But not to be Mary!”

          1. So I am told. $HOUSEMATE doesn’t appreciate my take, which is that having eaten such on New Year’s Day, nothing worse can happen. Similar to starting the day by dining on a live toad/frog – it can only get better from there.

          2. Black-eyed peas and collard greens. Some traditions also require a silver dime at each place setting. If you’re lazy but want collard greens that taste like they were made by somebody’s granny check out Glory Foods. (Mom’s side of the family wasn’t into collard greens. Dad’s was. Straight from the can Glory collard greens taste like what Dad produced from fresh greens after half a day of effort.)

            1. I come from a very traditional Southern family but have an…adversarial relationship with collard greens. At five or six, my grandmother tried to coax me with “If you don’t eat a bite, then you won’t get rich.” “I’ll be POOR.”

              1. Look at collard greens. Then go out and look at a lawn. Se those off flat-leafed weeds? Alright, maybe they aren’t actual collard… but they sure look it. Even *I* draw the line at eating lawn weeds (with a Special Exemption for dandelions… IF they haven’t been ‘treated’ with weedkillers, etc.) I maintain that much of certain cuisine is NOT food, but “stuff we ate because we couldn’t get food.” I’ve described okra as “Recall the slimiest tomato you’ve ever had – now remove the tomato part. That’s okra.”

      1. Please! Do not overlook the most wonderfullest wallaby of them all. With these feet I keep time amazingly (not to be confused with accurately.)

      2. And an aardvark. BUT — that works better with more company.

        All God’s creatures got a place in the choir
        Some sing low and some sing higher,
        Some sing out loud on a telephone wire,
        Some just clap their hands, or paws, or anything they’ve got now

      1. I have no doubt that many (perhaps even some here) would cast me as the ass. But mostly what I’ve been cast as is “out.” As in “Conform of be cast out.’ (Subdivisions) and well, that conform thing has long been problematic. I recall High School “pep assemblies” that were meant to re-enforce some strange school loyalty but all they did was remind me that It CAN Happen Here as they reminded me of 1930’s German newsreels.

  2. Humph, this lady is trying to sell me books but I already have those books.

    She needs to put up books that I haven’t gotten yet. 😈

    Have a Joyous Christmas everybody! 😀

  3. Oh piffle! I’ve already put up the best Christmas videos I could find under yesterday’s post! Be merry anyway.

  4. We talked to BOTH sets of grandparents this morning, an assortment of aunt and uncle types, the table (and othersurfaces) are covered with gifts, we’re surrounded with snacks and I’m attempting to turn my hair unnatural shades.

    Merry Christmas!

  5. Spent the morning watching grandkids open presents.
    So nice to see their thrill and excitement, even when they sorta know what they were getting, some of it was still a surprise.
    We are more blase now, as adults.
    AesopSpouse and I bought the treadmill, shopvac, and outdoor pizza oven together, and left them boxed in the garage, with nary a bow nor ribbon.
    But the tree is up and shining, and it’s time for the traditional nap (or some quiet book reading, courtesy or our gracious hostess) before the next round of festivities tonight.

    Merry Christmas to all and may the joy of the season drive out the despair of the headlines, for just a little while.

  6. Oooh, oooh, Sarah, I really hope that you would like to do more books in the Witchfinder world. That’s my very favorite of your books!

  7. Sarah, Merry Christmas to you and your family! And THANK YOU! for the book sale. I had read the Dyce Dare trio and Witchfinder on KU, and liked them enough to buy them now. (I also just left a review on the latter – I loved it!!) And I picked up your three short story anthologies, and checked Dan’s book out thru KU so he will get a few pennies from me as well.

    Take care! And enjoy the magic of the season!

  8. A wonderous Feast of Stephen/Boxing Day to all! And it’s raining!!!! And thundering, so I for one did not go out to hunt the wren. (Yes, we have wrens out here.)

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