Laurel Fork Press launches its new line with three Christmas stories by award-winning author Susan J. Kroupa.
A hound with an unusual gift, an over-burdened widower with a passion for classical music, and a lonely telemarketer each find a bit of magic on Christmas Eve.
Gabriel & Mr. Death
She saved Gabriel’s life. Now he must take on Mr. Death to save hers.
Gabriel is a coon hound with an unusual gift: he can see Mr. Death. He doesn’t think too hard on it until one Christmas Eve when Mr. Death comes for the person Gabriel loves most. He can’t let that happen. No sir. No way. No matter what a poor hound has to do.
A touching story about a dog’s love and loyalty and the healing power of family.
Walter’s Christmas-Night Musik
Nothing has gone right for Walter Gunther since his wife died. He had to sell his music store to pay her medical bills and take a job at Disks Galore, a big box music store. His manager bullies him and knows nothing about classical music, Walter’s lifelong passion. But when Walter is forced to work late on Christmas Eve, he receives a musical gift beyond his wildest imaginings.
Originally published in the December 1997 issue of Realms of Fantasy, “Walter’s Christmas-Night Musik” was hailed for its “affectionate music expertise and good-natured charm” by Locus reviewer Mark Kelly, who also called it the best story of that issue.
A once in a lifetime offer. . .
Peter doesn’t mind his job as a telemarketer for LockTite Security Systems. Not since Ann left, anyway. At least it fills his days. And he’s good at it. Find the need and fill it–that’s his secret to success. He works hard to keep his world and his heart as safe as a LockTite system. But when he starts getting sales calls from a mysterious woman offering him a “one-time gift of the Christmas spirit,” nothing is safe anymore, especially his heart.