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Countdown to Christmas - #16

My Gifts at Christmas (Bewitched And Bewildered)

Published to Amazon on December 29, 2020

Author Alanea Alder

As the holidays approach Caspian has resigned himself to the fact that life in the City of Eternal Night is just one meaningless day after another. When his older brother, Magnus, asks him to greet a scientist working on improving the quality of their blood resources, he is surprised to hear that the man is a shifter. Once they meet he is shocked they are mates. When he looks at what Broderick Monroe is carrying on his hip, his heart melts. In one fateful afternoon, he goes from being Noctem Falls' most eligible bachelor, to a mated man with a baby girl! Broderick Monroe is still reeling from losing his best friend and mother of his child to a senseless carriage accident, when the Prince of the Vampires writes and extends an offer to move him to the Noctem Falls and further fund his research. His only worry his how his toddler Beth will handle living below ground and how the vampire citizens will react to shifters in their city. When they arrive they are welcomed by the Prince's brother and Broderick almost faints when he realizes this god-like man his is mate. He soon realizes that his mate is as beautiful on the inside as he is on the outside. Caspian turns his entire life to suit his and Beth's needs, becoming a model mate and father. What more could he ask Father Christmas for? As Caspian and Broderick carve out a new life together, they both start to suspect that the small accidents Beth has been having on a regular basis may not be exactly normal. Being the only shifters in Noctem Falls seemed daunting at first, but when Beth nearly dies for the fourth time in a week, Broderick realizes that it may take an entire city of super strong and fast vampires to keep his baby girl alive! Father Christmas has his work cut out for him in the City of Eternal Night.

Official published review:

The joy of the holidays

My Gifts at Christmas A time of new beginnings This author continues to amaze me with her ability to bring fresh new situations to her storybook world. I love this little glimpse into the back story of Beth and how she and her father became part of the vampire ruling house. The characters are exactly the way I expected them to be and with each new person introduced to the story it was like greeting an old friend. The reality of Beth’s lack of luck took on an entire new meaning when the author made me wince with each new injury she incurred. This book was everything and more that I had hoped for, and I can’t wait to see where she takes her series next. 5 stars Tis the Season Creating new traditions This was such an awesome little, short story. I know that in the past I would have loved to treat The Elf on the Shelf to the same method of removal as Felix uses. Like all of the books in this series, this one made a smile cross my face and laughter burst from my lips. I hope the author continues to share these shorts with us, they really help to round out the Bewitched and Bewildered daily life experiences. 5 stars

5 stars


Alanea Alder started writing at a very young age, some of her first scribblings are treasured in a keepsake box and written in green marker. She started when she was still in grade school and continued on through college. A Jack of All Trades, Alanea loves to read. Her bookcase is an eclectic mess ranging from Japanese Kanji flashcards to a Microbiology study guide. Her fiction section is just as varied from the whimsical Louisa May Alcott to the steamy scenes of Laurel K Hamilton. Above all else and before she was a writer, she will always be an avid reader. She absolutely loves to hear from her readers so don’t hesitate to reach out via the contact form or on Facebook. Her promise to her readers “If you keep reading, I’ll keep writing!” Author’s Website: Author’s Facebook: Author’s Instagram: Author’s Amazon: Author’s Goodreads: Author’s BookBub:

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