I got the cover art worked out: a co-worker at the library is good at drawing and so helped me out of this jam. Remind me to pay her commission when she gets back from her Christmas vacation.
Welcome to Florida." It happened for two reasons: 1) I wanted to do a Christmas short story about how we cope in Florida with a snow-less holiday that's supposed to have snow, and 2) a local writers' group Writers 4 All Seasons had a writing challenge of having characters react to a surprise guest visitor from their lives. When that challenge was offered, I realized I had a conflict in that second idea I could use to tell the first idea.
So I made the surprise guest visitor a Santa Claus with a dark agenda. Hopefully, hilarity ensues (I am pimping the story as humor - short story).
I also wanted Trans-Siberian Orchestra to show up as a caroling group so I could riff off the old holiday special tropes of having musical guest stars. I changed the band name within the story (trying to avoid the lawsuit, eh), but you can kinda tell it's them when they show up.
Amazon.com already has it up for sale as a Kindle book for the ereaders.
Barnes & Noble (bn.com) has it up for sale as a Nook book too. Both stores have it selling at $.99 (the lowest price an author can set: as a short story, I shouldn't be charging any higher).
If you have the inclination, own an ereader Kindle or Nook (or have a tablet/laptop with the ereader app), and like humorous stories that are wildly implausible and contain at least three grammatical errors, please do me a favor and consider downloading my tale. If you do, please also leave a review.
Danke, and IO SATURNALIA!