The dark months around the winter solstice are often associated with the merriment and festivities of the yuletide or Christmas time. But those traditions are based in an ancient need to use light chase away the darkness–and what lurks in that darkness. In Cassandra Chandler‘s steamy trilogy, Court of the Yuletide Fae, the author visits three dark winter tales and the popular trend to turn monsters into heroes.
Starting with The Yule Cat the author takes a terrifying Iceland folktale of a child eating monster cat and turns it into a fae/human romance complete with Santa and Christmas cookies. But watch out for the Winter Queen, she’s every bit as scary as the Snow Queen.
The White Stag moves into Celtic traditions where the appearance of the stag is an indicator that the Otherworld is near and capturing it grants wishes. In the dark month of January, the shape-shifting stag is all alpha-male and a divorced woman’s wish come true.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, The Krampus, re-invents the half-goat, half-demon monster that punishes misbehaving children at Christmastime into a grumpy shape-shifting polar bear about to encounter the ultimate ‘sunshine’ heroine.
Christmas Eve has always been filled with extraordinary magic…
Melanie Woods has been waiting by the Christmas tree every year in the hope of seeing the Yule Cat one more time. When he doesn’t appear, she finally decides it is time to let go of her childhood fantasies and replace them with some very adult ones involving the gorgeous owner of an amazing, Christmas-themed bakery.
No one would guess that North Cotter is actually the Lord of the North Wind—more popularly known as the Yule Cat. No one except the child who stole her way into his heart when he was supposed to be taking her to the Yuletide Kingdom to offer as tribute to the Winter Queen. Banished by the Winter Queen when he fails to deliver, North is happy to remain in exile, making pastries that delight palates both mortal and immortal.
North’s solitary life changes when a blue-eyed beauty shows up on the steps of his bakery, having won a Christmas Eve baking lesson. He and Melanie are cooking up some Christmas magic that he hopes will last forever—if the Winter Queen doesn’t put a freeze on them. Will the fires of his and Melanie’s love be enough to melt the frozen heart of the Winter Queen, or will they be forced to spend their eternity together in a land of endless cold?
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