Spec the Halls!

It’s never to early for Christmas, right? (Unless it attempts to encroach on Halloween, in which case, Christmas can go STICK IT.)

But now that it’s almost December, it’s time to start thinking and planning those upcoming holiday festivities…and holiday gifts. Assuming you have money left over after purchasing a pair of earrings from Dixie Dunbar Studio, I have the perfect idea!

I am honored to be a part of an e-anthology this holiday season called SPEC THE HALLS.

Spec The Halls looks at the winter holidays – both real and fictional – from a speculative fiction point of view. Fantasy, horror, and science fiction take turns showing us this time of year from a slightly different point of view.

This year’s anthology includes stories by Kelly Swails, Alethea Kontis, T. Lee Harris, Laura Resnick, Steven Saus, Chanté McCoy, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Kerrie Hughes, Marian Allen, Patrick M. Tracy, Risa Wolf, Jess Hartley, Graham Storrs, Donald J. Bingle, R.T. Kaelin, and Sue Penkivech.

The proceeds of every sale will go to Heifer International. Act quickly – this eBook will only be available for a limited time!

This e-anthology will feature my famous story “The Sands of Mother Christmas.” It’s a gorgeous tale that I encourage reading to your family around the Christmas tree. It makes my mother cry every time.

Order your copy of Spec the Halls now for only $9.99!


Important things to note:

*If you buy the eBook from Alliteration Ink using the “Buy Now” button, more of your purchase money goes to the charity.

*If you’ve donated to Heifer International since 1 November 2011, see this link.
*If you just wish to donate through Alliteration Ink, see this link.

Would you like to tell your own story and WIN CASH MONEY for it? Enter the Spec the Halls spread the word contest! Submitting an entry is as easy as setting out cookies for your favorite gift-giving entity.


1.) Post your story where it is freely accessible – that is, anyone can read it. A blog, website, or freely shared Google Docs file all count.
2.) Include a link back to specthehalls.com and to alliterationink.com. You’ll get extra karma if you point people toward the current anthology.
3.) Send an e-mail to [email protected] with contact information and the address for us to find your work. Also attach an RTF file with your story in standard manuscript format for judging purposes. If your story is dark, disturbing, or the like, please say so in the email.
4.) Do all of these things between 15 July 2011 and 31 December 2011. Stories must stay online at least through 2/2/2012.
5.) Prizes are as follows: USD$100 for first place, USD$50 for second place, and USD$25 for third place. Winners may choose to donate prize money back to charity.
6.) Stories entered in this year’s contest may be invited to participate in next year’s charity anthology.

For more information and FAQs, visit the official contest site –> by clicking here.