Short Stories 366:362 — “A Big Surprise for Valentine’s Day,” by Jackie Lau

I sometimes think the final books in romance series have an unfair advantage, because by the time you get to them, you're so immersed to the particular author's world building it's like pulling on a warm sweater, and so I often find myself thinking "this was the best one!" when in reality they're all wonderful, … Continue reading Short Stories 366:362 — “A Big Surprise for Valentine’s Day,” by Jackie Lau

Short Stories 366:359 — “Collie Jolly,” by Leigh Landry

Okay, it's probably time for me to just give up on the whole "but really, I'm a Cat Person" and admit two huskies have changed my mind and I am approaching the middle position in the Dog-Cat spectrum of personhood, and roll with it. "Collie Jolly," by Leigh Landry is an excellent example of this … Continue reading Short Stories 366:359 — “Collie Jolly,” by Leigh Landry

Short Stories 366:357 — “American Christmas,” by Adriana Herrera

As is likely a surprise to no one given how often I've mentioned it this month, I freaking love queer re-tellings, and this novella from Adriana Herrera, "American Christmas," is basically a queer re-telling of "The Gift of the Magi" (the characters even discuss it as such) and it's both adorable and over-the-top in effect. … Continue reading Short Stories 366:357 — “American Christmas,” by Adriana Herrera

Short Stories 366:356 — “It’s a Wonderful Wife,” by Camille Pagan

It's probably obvious by now how much I love a retelling, given how I try to write one every year, and so it's likely not a huge surprise that I loved this contemporary and gender-flipped version of "It's a Wonderful Life" from Camilla Pagan, "It's a Wonderful Wife." We meet Bailey George (who runs George … Continue reading Short Stories 366:356 — “It’s a Wonderful Wife,” by Camille Pagan