Slipper’s Last Breath
For most people Christmas is a time for reflection, a time to share and celebrate with family and friends, but for some it is a time of sadness and quiet desperation. What if your soul mate, best friend and lover is no longer around to share in the season of joy and you are about to lose the last remaining link to a life you once knew and loved. Would you find the strength to survive?
Slipper’s Last Breath is a story about love, companionship and triumph over tragedy. Some might call it a Christmas miracle, but I call it the power of unconditional love.
Author’s Note: The first tale, Slipper’s Last Breath was originally published in a 2014 holiday anthology, but (in my opinion) the cover price of the anthology was overpriced, so I’m not sure if many people purchased the book or read my story. I really believe it’s a wonderful story, so I decided to add it to this book in hopes of sharing it with as many readers as possible.
The Unwrapped Gift
Sometimes the best gifts are the unexpected ones. After enduring the heartbreak of a bad marriage, Beth is in no mood to celebrate the Christmas season. It’s sad enough spending the holidays alone, but watching Spice, her five-year-old Labrador retriever, mope around the house was more than she could bear. A visit to Miller’s tree farm to cheer up her canine companion leads to an unexpected find and the possibility of a new found relationship.
When she least expects it, Beth rediscovers love and the magic of Christmas.
Author’s Note: Although I’ve never had a dog as a pet, I’ve known a few wonderful dogs courtesy of my in-laws. The second tale, The Unwrapped Gift is about a sweet dog named Spice who ends up being the hero of the story in more ways than one.
A Charcoal Christmas
She was born under the loading dock behind Johnson’s Market and lost her mother when she was only five weeks old. One of a litter of six, she and her siblings had to learn to fend for themselves at a young age. The life expectancy of a feral cat is short, but thanks to the generosity of a compassionate store owner, the kittens were well fed and enjoying their lives. Then one day a stranger appears and takes her away from the safety of her kin. Confused and frightened, she is forced to endure an uncaring human and ultimately the forces of nature, in hopes of returning to the ones she loves.
A Charcoal Christmas is a bittersweet tale of survival, hope and loving companionship.
Author’s Note: The third tale, A Charcoal Christmas was a bit of a writing challenge because the story is written from the perspective of young feral cat and her attempt to win the heart of a little boy.
A troubled priest struggling with doubts about his faith and vocation has an unexpected encounter with a stray, weather-beaten black cat. When Father Pedro decides to provide warmth and shelter for the lost creature, he has no idea how this simple act of kindness will impact his life forever.
Author’s Note: The final story, Christmas Mourning is about a troubled priest and his encounter with a stray cat on a cold and desperate winter night.