Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Christmas Short Stories – Winter Solstice In the House of the Phoenix by Audrey Driscoll

December 21st was the Winter Solstice, so I was grateful to see these two short pieces as part of Sally’s Christmas Short Stories feature.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Stories have always played a part in Christmas celebrations and over the next few weeks I would like to share your festive tales… and you can find details of how to participate at the end of the post.

Today author Audrey Driscoll shares two festive excerpts from her action and adventure novel  Book 4 of the Herbert West Series – Hunting the Phoenix.

Winter Solstice In the House of the Phoenix

(An Alchemical Allusion)

Summoned at last, I go, wrapped in my cloak of midnight velvet. I bring gifts for the household, and a gift for the chance-met stranger, honouring the ancient law. For the keeper of the door, a distillation of rainbows in a fiery spirit; for his goodwife, the song of a bird caught in crystal. For the stranger, the warmth of my hearth fire in a vessel of amber. For the alchemist, a book of secret wisdom…

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  1. Sorry off topic.
    Firstly, wishing you both a Happy Christmas from Sheila and myself.
    Secondly: Thanks for the Goodreads review. True Vol.II does beg yet another revision for typos, (curse you cyber-elves) and ‘stuff’. I was guilty of a great deal of enthusiasm piling into this volume, trying to depict aspects from first, second and third person perspectives and the whole confusion which War brings, probably every literary influence encountered managed to elbow in too! Glad you enjoyed it though.
    Vol.III nearly completed, will need revision.
    Annnddd may revise all three before completing Vol IV.
    Thanks again Audrey for all your support it does keeping me clicking away on the laptop.
    All the best for 2020 (a bright new decade….writing wise that is)

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    1. Your enthusiasm for this fictional world and its characters is definitely visible in Vol. II and makes the whole thing work. Good to hear that the story continues!
      Best wishes to you and Sheila for Christmas and the New Year!

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