Layout 1I know it’s Christmas when I see the Lite. I’m referring to Christmas Lites, of course, a gorgeous collection compiled by editor Amy Eye and the fifth anthology in the Christmas Lites series. You can purchase it here.

All Christmas Lites books support the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. This holiday, support a worthwhile charity like NCADV and get some great reading in return.

Original Cover RGB ColorMy story this year is called Love of a Lifetime, and it’s not morbid, horrible or spooky and possibly even warm and fuzzy. I am proud, as always, to be included in this anthology alongside so many great writers, two of which are from the Florida Panhandle—William Gent and Rachel Reese. We often travel the same literary circles and I consider both of them personal friends.

I have so much respect for the included authors. Some of them, like Frank Smith and Anita Stewart, I have known and followed for years. Others, like Ian Jedlica, I met through writer’s groups such as Iron Writer. All of them are wonderful writers, dedicated to their craft and using their words to make the world a better place.

A list of the authors in Christmas Lites V… and a wonderful post by Monica La Porta.

Frank Smith
Ian Jedlica
Rachel Reese
Ja Clement
Tricia Kristufek
Annabelle Kristufek
Douglas Wynne
Monica La Porta
Phil Cantrill
Tiffany Michelle Brown
Stacy Garrett
Sean Pothier
JB Lynn
Anita Stewart
DT Dyllin
Ottilie Weber
Angela Yuriko Smith
JG Faherty
William Gent
Brandon Eye
Vered Ehsani
Alana Lorens

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Ryukyuan-American, award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years in newspapers. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year, she shares Authortunities, a free weekly calendar of author opportunities at

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