Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop

Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop

Happy Holidays, everyone!

To celebrate the season I’m giving away a copy of WHEN THE HERO COMES HOME, the Forward Book of the Year nominated SF/F anthology edited by Gabrielle Harbowy and Ed Greenwood.

My short story, The Once and Now-ish King is included in the anthology; it is a story about what happens with King Arthur returns in the time of Albion’s greatest need, as the legends say… only the trouble’s on it’s way and he’s still just an infant!

Here is a sneak preview:

The first thing that Arthur Pendragon, the Once and Future (well, Now-ish) King did upon his rebirth into the world at the moment of Albion’s greatest need, was to open his shrivelled red mouth and squall out: “Oh hell, no.

Which startled his Mother quite badly, you’ll understand, as she had just put him to her breast for his first little feeding. She shook her head and glared balefully at the IV needle in the bend of her elbow, ignored her new son’s outburst, and went about her task.

The second thing that Arthur Pendragon, the Once and Now-ish King did upon his rebirth into the world at the moment of Albion’s greatest need, was to consume his body weight in breast milk. After which, he soiled his nappy, burped quite dramatically, and took a wee bit of a nap.

Getting born was hard work, you know.

The next thing that Arthur Pendragon, the Once and Now-ish King, did upon his rebirth was to wake up and ask to where that good for nothing senile git of a wizard had gotten.  Nobody else was in the hospital room with Arthur and his new mother, so he had to repeat it a few times to convince her that she was not, in fact, hearing things.  “Great ancient sorcerer with the beard?”

“What, Dumbledore?” his mother asked, trying to make her eyes the size of regular eyes again, rather than saucers. She wasn’t quite succeeding.  “Or, um, Merlin?”

“Yes, Merlin!” Arthur shrilled, then frowned because his voice hadn’t been that high since, well, since the last time he was a baby.  In a more sedate, and what he hoped was a more kingly tone, he went on to clarify: “Who the hell else would I mean?”

“I, uh, I’m sure I don’t know, dearest,” his mother said, and started to cry.

Arthur felt quite bad about that, because she seemed a nice lady, especially since she had just put up with him in her womb for nine months. He resolved to be a bit gentler with her thereafter.

Comment below to tell me about your favourite hero to enter. Winner will be selected on December 24th.

Check out the other blogs on the hop, and enter the blog hop contest to win a KINDLE FIRE.

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  • Shellie - December 15, 2012

    My favorite hero is actually a heroine. I have many … The stronger the better.

  • Megan Bamford - December 15, 2012

    I love Westly from the Princess Bride.

  • Amy - December 15, 2012

    Wonder Woman is still may favorite Heroine:)
    Happy Holidays!

  • Dee - December 16, 2012

    My favorite hero is Noah.
    Merry Christmas!

  • Cassandra Hicks - December 16, 2012

    My favorite hero of the moment is Bones from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series 🙂
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  • Nancy S - December 17, 2012

    I don’t know, maybe Zena? I must say that excerpt rocks and I cannot wait to read more.

  • April Holgate - December 17, 2012

    My current fav hero is Peeta from the Hunger Games! Very understated and totally in love!
    Happy Happy Holidays! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Judy - December 17, 2012

    My Mom is mine. She has passed on some time now and I’m still learning what a incredible person she was.


  • Dawna Newman - December 17, 2012

    Real life my hero is my dad, he served in Korea and Vietnam and came back safe from both.

    fantasy- Acheron from the Dark Hunter series.


  • Theresa Newbury - December 18, 2012

    Hmm, now I have the song Juke Box Hero playing in my brain!! I would say my Dad. He has been a wonderful father, always giving great advice, hugs and laughter over the years.


  • Carla - December 18, 2012

    My favorite book is hero is probably anyone of Lauren Dane’s from the Brown Siblings books. In real life, I am a Dr King junkie. I can’t even imagine the courage it took knowing that death was waiting if he stood for his cause for equality.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

  • Jeannie Platt - December 20, 2012

    I actually have 3 real life heros #1 My husband Sgt Micheal Baker USMC Vet, #2 my Real Dad SSGt Micheal Platt US Army Vet Retired and #3 My step Dad SSGT David Jennings US Army SF Retired.

    Female Hero hands down She-Ra and Zena

  • Michelle Bledsoe - December 20, 2012

    My aunt is my real life heroine. In fiction it’s got to be Kate Daniels from the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews.
    Merry Christmas.
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  • Judy-Ree - December 20, 2012

    My grandfather is my hero. He was in WW2 and Korea. He worked building boats and had his pilots license. When he retired, him and my grandmother opened a Tropical Fish Store and raised their own fish. He was always patient and ready to listen. He built their house, most of it with his own two hands, and let me help whenever he had a construction project. Him and my grandmother were married for almost 60 years, and were still very much in love till the day he died.

  • bn100 - December 20, 2012

    I like Batman.
    Happy holidays!

  • z - December 20, 2012

    I love all my heros that I read. Especially the Scottish ones.
    seawitchreviews at yahoo dot com

  • Northwoman - December 21, 2012

    Hmm. I like a strong, smart female heroine who is funny. That would be Kate Daniels in the Ilona Andrews urban fantasy series or Mercy Thompson in the Patricia Briggs series.

  • Shadow - December 21, 2012

    I like most heros in the books i read! 😉 Great hop & awesome giveaway! Thank you!! Happy holidays to you all! Best wishes and many blessings!

  • kimberly holgate - December 21, 2012

    scooby doo he always saves the day
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

  • J.M. Frey - December 24, 2012

    Happy holidays everyone! Thank you for participating in the Blog Hop and my blog.

    I used a number randomizer to pick the winner (i.e. I asked my brother to pick a number between one and nineteen) and the person getting the anthology is…

    Theresa Newbury!

    Congrats! I will be emailing you for mailing info.

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