The Last Door in Tales from the Frozen North: A Winter Anthology

In the Frozen North, there is something about settling into a comfortable chair with a warm beverage and reading a good book.

With a variety of short stories, poems, and a record blizzard, this anthology will appeal to a broad range of readers.

So settle in and enjoy, Tales from the Frozen North.

Amy Scheibe * Barbara Bustamante * Sadie Mendenhall-Cariveau * Rick Bylina * William Bartlett * TJ Fier * Marc de Celle * Tina Holland * Donna R. Wood * Brandi Malarkey * Lyn Stoltenow * Susette Quinn * Alexander Vayle * Wayne McFarland * Jason Bursack * Robin Cain * Chris Stenson * Eileen Tronnes Nelson

The Last Door is a short story in Tales from the Frozen North: A Winter Anthology

Billy rolled over and hit snooze. His dog, Arlo, jumped on the bed, licked his face with reckless abandon, urging him out of bed. He playfully swatted Arlo and rubbed his head. “Enough. I know what time it is.”

Outside the snow swirled into large pillowy drifts. Maybe school would be canceled today?

He gathered his winter gear and proceeded to get dressed as Arlo’s tail waved in anticipation. He gazed at his dog, “I’m hurrying.”

Chris Stenson

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

A little bit of Midwest chill for all readers.

F, Amazon, February 21, 2023

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I enjoyed each and every short story in this book. I could relate to most of them due to my upbringing in the Midwest. Great book!

Lanna Lucky, Amazon, October 28, 2022

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Really Enjoyed the short by Sue Quinn!!!

Rod Manning, Amazon, June 28, 2022

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is a fun introduction to many authors.
These are all stories with cold or snow, each quite different from the others. It starts with terrific humor in “A Cold You Couldn’t Forget”. I loved it! The next story has a dysfunctional family dealing with death. “Universal Tree” is sweet, where the care of a Christmas tree and the anticipation unites friend.

“No Title” is rich in the science and reality of winter. “The cold outside stings exposed skin like tiny ant bites.” “The Island” by William Bartlett has an unexpected twist on mythology. Lovely! “The Hunt” is interesting, with a trans person seeking to escape their fate. There’s a winter poem with great imagery. Then a sweet romance with a bear shifter and a snow-maker fae.

”Hoar Frost” by Brandy Malarkey concerns a girl whose Mom tries to shape her into a proper lady. She learns to be “less and less as she grows older.” “I have learned that ‘whore’ is used to dismiss many who dare to sparkle . . . who do not seek their reflection in other people’s eyes.”

There’s another romance by S Y Quinn, then a tense drama by William R Bartlett: What would you do if you found a bucket of mobster money? Robin Cain writes about American homelessness. These stories are all well written. It’s an impressive variety of stories connected by the cold, an introduction to new authors. Well done!

J.S. Burk, Goodreads, May 29, 2022.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Got this because my cousin Susette Quinn has a story in it. She did great, as did the other writers.

Susan, Amazon, May 9, 2022

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I may seem biased because I am one of the authors, but I am subjective as well. There is amazing talent here in one collection. The genres are diverse, the styles are unique and there truly is something for everyone.

Sadie D. Mendenhall-Cariveau, Amazon, March 20, 2022

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