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When you think of Mrs. Claus, do you imagine a quiet North Pole homebody who finds complete fulfillment in baking cookies, petting reindeer and crafting toys alongside elves? How about a magic-wielding ice goddess, or a tough-as-nails Valkyrie? Or maybe an ancient fae of dubious intentions, or a well-meaning witch? Could Mrs. Claus be a cigar-smoking Latina, or a crash-lanWhen you think of Mrs. Claus, do you imagine a quiet North Pole homebody who finds complete fulfillment in baking cookies, petting reindeer and crafting toys alongside elves? How about a magic-wielding ice goddess, or a tough-as-nails Valkyrie? Or maybe an ancient fae of dubious intentions, or a well-meaning witch? Could Mrs. Claus be a cigar-smoking Latina, or a crash-landed alien? Within these pages Mrs. Claus is a hero, a villain, a mother, a spacefarer, a monster hunter, and more. The only thing she decidedly is not, is a sidekick.It’s Mrs. Claus’ turn to shine and she is stepping out of Santa’s shadow and into the spotlight in these fourteen spectacular stories that make her the star! Featuring original short stories by Laura VanArendonk Baugh, C.B. Calsing, DJ Tyrer, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Kristen Lee, Randi Perrin, Michael Leonberger, Andrew Wilson, Ross Van Dusen, MLD Curelas, Maren Matthias, Anne Luebke, Jeff Kuykendall, and Hayley Stone....

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Mrs. Claus: Not the Fairy Tale They Say Reviews

  • TL
    2019-01-23 22:26

    Overall rating 3 stars, individual ratings below.--I was excited for this to download to my Kindle app... short stories with different versions of Mrs Claus? Yes please! With a few exceptions, these stories were mostly just okay (only one I couldn't finish). When the writing was good, the writers rocked it. As for some of the others... the writing wasn't terriblebut in these ones, I connect with the ideas they were going for and I was left feeling underwhelmed.A few were only loosely tied to Mrs. Claus and had me puzzled why they were included. Not annoyed, just curious *shrugs* Some I did enjoy.A few of these I would have loved to see more of, whether in a novella or full length novel. I hope more writers take up pens to write more about different versions of Mrs. Claus, in books and movies :) (The movie Snowdid a good job but I digress) Would recommend still, I had fun (even with the mixed results).. Happy Holidays everyone!Wight Christmas by Laura VanArendonk Baugh 4 stars.. loved the ideas in this one, would love to see more of this world:)I could have appealed to the dark-suited Skeleton King, standing in the back corner of the elevator with another vampire goon, but he was on his phone and I didn’t want to bother him. Also, there’s something to be said for taking care of your own problems, and I didn’t want to appeal for permission to enter the elevator I’d been riding long before this vamp was undead. The Asylum Musicale by C.B. Calsing 3 starsHorror filled me as the woman approached. She seemed to expand, filling my vision. With each step, the specter grew: a maw full of needlelike teeth, sunken cheekbones, reptilian eyes. Her ears were pointed sharply, like a goblin’s in a fairy tale book. Desperately Seeking by Santa DJ Tyrer 2 stars.. too short and a bit boring for meFrom the outside, it didn’t look like anything much, just another of the hills formed from glacial deposits that dotted the utter north. Perhaps, if you caught it at the right time of day, with the sun in the right position, you might see through the glamour that surrounded it and discover that the hill had windows and a door and chimneys, but that still wasn’t the whole truth. The hill held Santa’s workshop, but the workshop was more than just that hummock. In fact, workshop was an understatement: Factory was more like it. Descending deep below the frozen earth, hidden from sight, the grotto was massive. It took the jolly elf that ran things a week to inspect every assembly line of the fifteen levels that composed the complex. Christmas Magic by Jennifer Lee Rossman 2 stars....just "okay".. would have been better as a novella instead.The air tingles with anticipation. Even humans who don’t celebrate Christmas are celebrating the return of joy and hope and something resembling magic.All around the world, they watch the skies for the long-awaited visit of the big man in red, and their excitement is infectious. Even I’m grinning as I stand in the doorway of the workshop, watching the elves load ton after ton of wrapped gifts into the hyperspace sack in the back of the sleigh. Good Morning by Kristen Lee 3.5 stars, would have liked more background but enjoyed this one alot.Eve had always been an early riser. In her old life, this meant awakening in the still, quiet dark, before even the birds dared lift their heads from the warmth beneath their wings. She’d stoke the hearth, set the day’s bread to rise, and feed the dogs. Chores done, she would take her breakfast to the ridge behind her house, shadowed by the most loyal canines, and dangle her feet over the edge as the sun rose. The brilliance of her memory has faded over the years. Centuries later, the colors of the sunrise in her dreams appear dull, tinted blue, blurry around the edges. But in her old life, the first kiss of the sun as it broke the horizon had been more than enough to rouse her from the warmth of her bed into the pre-dawn chill. Moves Like Jagger by Randi Perrin 2.5 stars... bit rushed but interested me enough to finish. Another one that would have been better longer. “Silly me, where are my manners? My name is Rhiannon. You may know me better as Mrs. Claus.” This is definitely one of my friends fucking with me. “Abby, is that you? This isn’t funny.” Abby was the only one he knew capable of pulling off such a convincing accent. She was going to be in an off-Broadway production of Mary Poppins and had been practicing it a lot. He picked up a pencil and banged it against the desk. Tap. Tap. Tap.“No, my dear. This is not your friend Abby. I called you because I think we might be able to mutually benefit each other. I need your help with an unconventional request.”“No, my dear. This is not your friend Abby. I called you because I think we might be able to mutually benefit each other. I need your help with an unconventional request.”Miss ’Lil Toe Head by Michael Leonberger 2.5 starsI kiss Santa in an old Chevy parked under a sputtering orange street light, and beneath the coiling silver beard whiskers, Santa’s actually a girl. True story. Scout’s honor. Unexpected Guests Andrew Wilson 3 stars, Nice little spin on the tale.Elora, Lady of the Winter Twilight, cupped her hand to gather snow as it fell. She gently formed a ball with the flakes, then held the white sphere at eye level. “Is that for me?” Her husband stood an arm’s length away with a smile on his face. His red suit, styled to match current human fashion trends, stood out against the dark blues and grays of their castle home. “Must you make that joke every year?” Elora rolled her eyes and tossed the snowball into the center of the courtyard, where it exploded in a shower of glittering crystals. Sparks flew between the crystalline motes, forming the center of the courtyard, where it exploded in a shower of glittering crystals. The True Story of Christina and Kristopher Kringle Revealed Without Permission by Ross Van Dusen 3 stars.. Not bad, not great... in the middle reallyNo one could remember when the Lovings and their daughter, Christina, moved in. They were just there one day—weren’t they? Had they always been there? Regardless, all his life, as far as he could remember, Kristopher had lived two doors down from Christina—he was almost the boy next door. Shouldering the Burden by M.L.D. Curelas 4 stars, this one was fun ;)Phaedra stood on the deck of the Northern Queen. The salt-heavy air tickled her nose, and she sighed with contentment. It had been a long time since she’d been to Greece, her homeland. She’d accepted the special gift-bearer assignment as an excuse for a visit—and to banish her nightmares. You’d Better Watch Out by Maren Matthias The poor mass of black fur scampering across the white field barely had time to blink before the arrow struck its heart. Slinging the crossbow across her back, Fianna strode forward and retrieved her arrow, wiping the blood on the cloth tied around her thigh. “Blasted niddlers, infecting my precious trees.” “Momma!” She turned to find Dover running toward her as fast as his little legs could carry him. He was a scrawny fellow, the smallest and youngest of her adopted children, but what he lacked in size he made up for in persistence and exuberance. “Papa wants you, he says it’s urgent.” You’d Better Watch Out by Maren Matthias 3 stars“Darling!” he crowed. “I think I’ve finally perfected my sugar cookie recipe! Come, come, have a taste.” “This is the urgent issue you had that couldn’t wait until I’d brought back the tree?” she asked sternly, although she couldn’t deny how adorable her husband was, giddy and completely covered in flour. She never tired of it. Captain Lizzy and the Stranger in the Fog Anne Luebke 2 stars Lizzy stared at the fog and sighed. At least the upper deck was quiet—all the passengers were staying down in the dining area. Lizzy had even authorized the bar to stay open past the normal closing time. This was going to be a long night, but they should still make landing tonight even if the fog didn’t let up. Agatha Sings to the Scorpions by Jeff Kuykendall DNF, Couldn't get into it.Agatha Stewart tightened the red helmet into the ring about her neck and twisted it until the green glow at the lower edge of her vision clicked on. Her breath blasted against the polycarbonate visor, fogging her vision before the cooling system cycled the humidity away. The armed guard let her into the dark airlock, its two doors hissing apart like thick white teeth. Red to Hide the Blood by Hayley Stone Alaska3.5 stars By the time Nick sent for me, it was already too late. The lead deer were gone. Not a trace remained beyond their fancy leather harnesses, chewed damn near to pieces, and frosted over with saliva. As for the survivors, I doubted they’d ever have the nerve to fly again. Blitzen almost strangled himself when I held a hand out to his nose, and it took several elves to calm him long enough for me to cut him free from his tangled harness.

  • Dee Arr
    2019-02-17 23:14

    After a lifetime of images of a woman who didn’t do much but fatten up her husband and herself (must be the plate of cookies I always see her with), it was refreshing to read this Mrs. Claus anthology. Editor Rhonda Parrish performed well, giving readers many different types of females Clauses. These women are not merely takeoffs on the one we have always heard about, but imaginative stories that transform Mrs. Claus into someone else.As with any themed collection of stories, most are entertaining, some are downright awesome, and a couple could have been left out of the book. Ms. Parrish has done well, packaging the book in a manner that I felt started and finished with some of the stronger stories. “Wight Christmas” by Laura VanArendonk Baugh set the bar high for the rest of the anthology, but enough stories reached those heights for me to say that this is definitely a book to tuck away with the rest of the Christmas media. “The Asylum Musicale” is a dark tale, one not usually associated with the season (but I did say there fwere imaginative offerings here and C. B. Calsing does a great job with this one). “Agatha Sings to the Scorpions” by Jeff Kuykendall offers a space-age, sci-fi aspect, and Hayley Stone’s “Red to Hide the Blood” contained bits of humor, horror, and whimsy. There are also some gems throughout the book, such as Randi Perrin’s “Moves Like Jagger.”I can’t finish this review without a positive comment about the incredible cover art, the layout and design credited to Sarena Ulibarri. Without seeing anything else about the book except the cover I immediately decided to read this book. Christmas is a magical time, and the artwork conveys that feeling. Four stars for this creative collection.My thanks to NetGalley and Broad Universe for an advance copy of this book.

  • Sarena Ulibarri
    2019-02-04 23:08

    I'm generally not a big holiday story fan, but these stories were original and fun enough that I loved them. Each story develops a very different version of Mrs. Claus, from a bad-ass ice goddess protecting her dimension to a tough Latina just carrying on the family business. Some of these Mrs. Claus characters are supportive and in love with their Santa Claus, others are in direct conflict with him, or are quietly manipulating him. This anthology is a great exploration of a little-known side of Christmas folklore. My favorites were "Wight Christmas" by Laura VanArendonk Baugh, "Moves Like Jagger" by Randi Perrin, "Unexpected Guests" by Andrew Wilson, and "Red to Hide the Blood" by Hayley Stone.

  • Rhonda
    2019-02-13 20:24

    Publisher's Weekly says, "Parrish (Haunted Hospitals) delivers comfort, joy, and more than a little Christmas spice in this adorable anthology that explores the woman behind the Christmas mythos in various guises, drawing on mythological influences that span the globe."Full review here -->

  • Ann
    2019-02-20 17:23

    What a delightful anthology that blends myth, magic and folklore with a healthy dose of reality. Each story is a good length for the busy holiday season. 14 tales, each with a unique perspective of what Mrs. Claus should be. All fourteen authors are new to me but they all write enjoyable stories. From aliens to witches there are many ideas to make any reader happy. A beautiful cover should make this a standout on the bookstore shelf. Featuring original short stories by Laura VanArendonk Baugh, C.B. Calsing, DJ Tyrer, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Kristen Lee, Randi Perrin, Michael Leonberger, Andrew Wilson, Ross Van Dusen, MLD Curelas, Maren Matthias, Anne Luebke, Jeff Kuykendall, and Hayley Stone.

  • Ray Smith
    2019-02-17 19:11

    I'm to the point where I should just find a way to subscribe to Rhonda Parrish's anthologies and give World Weaver Press money every month. This is not her first anthology that I've read and reviewed, and it almost certainly won't be the last.Like the title says, Mrs. Claus is not your typical Christmas anthology. All of the stories have a female lead (most a strong female lead), and a few make no mention at all of ol' Saint Nick. A couple of the stories felt like the connection to the theme was tenuous at best, but those stories were good enough that they didn't have to have that connection.As always, some of the stories were simply fantastic, and even the worst of the stories were still good. The first story in the book was by far my favorite, and I noticed that, in the stories I liked the best, Mrs. Claus was a total bad-ass.So. Spot reviews on some of the stories. "Wight Christmas" is the above-mentioned favorite tale. Mrs. Claus is a valkyrie? How awesome is that. Even though the Holiday Council has the potential to be formulaic and trite, Laura VanArendonk Baugh handles it very well, and there was nothing I didn't like about the story (except maybe that there should be more of them.)"The Asylum Musicale" suffered greatly from coming right after the opener, but it was still good. More than a little creepy, and one of the above-mentioned tangential connections, but I liked it."Christmas Magic" was rather unexpected, and even more untraditionally-Christmassy than the others. But above average. "Moves Like Jagger - also enjoyable (despite the title), and does a good job of misdirecting the reader (of course, that could be because I wasn't expecting some the main characters to be deceptive and manipulative). "You'd Better Watch Out" - another "Mrs. Claus is a bad-ass" tale...a Mrs. Claus who is more than capable in a James Bond kind of way, and who will totally jack you up if you mess with the kids. "Agatha Sings to the Scorpions" is one where the thematic connection felt forced. The story would have worked just as well without the Christmas connection, but it was a very good science-fiction story nonetheless, and left me wanting to know so much more about the setting."Red to Hide the Blood" - the woman who would become Mrs. Claus as a monster-hunter who keeps Santa's workshop safe...or tries to, anyway. Great story, and again, the setting felt very well fleshed out and so much deeper than what I would expect from a one-shot.Final thought: Another fantastic anthology, one that I fully expect to read several times over the years to come, and well worth what I spent for it.

  • E.A.
    2019-02-10 18:02

    Mrs. Claus: Not the Fairy Tale They Say is an Anthology full of very different stories about the mostly overlooked Mrs Claus. I must say I was impressed with this collection and now I rally what some full length stories about a bad-ass Mrs Claus. I devoured this book like a Christmas turkey. What a perfect read for the holidays, and more so when you are looking for something different then the cheesy hallmark movies that take over TV. Now I will say that I wasn't a fan of all the stories, as with all anthologies you will never like then all, people tasted are just too different, but at the same time you will always find something you love. For me it was that first story. Holy Christmas, I really need that to be a whole series. I loved everything about it, and more. I'm not going to tell you too much, actually I'm not going to tell you anything, because I want you to experience it first hand. My gift to you. Now the overall collection was very well put together, and the writing in each story was well crafted. There is no consistency to the lengths, some are short, some are longer, but they all manage to captured you in draw you in. I didn't fine any spelling errors or grammar mishaps. This collection was well edited and professionally put together. This is well worth your time and money. I highly recommend this unique, edgy, and special anthology. It will put Mrs Claus into a new light, it brings her out of Santa's shadow and makes you truly wonder why she hasn't been more well represented over the years. Men are normally pretty lost without a woman/partner, so why would Santa be any different? Happy Reading -E.A. Walsh

  • Kaitlynn Taylor
    2019-02-16 17:27

    Mrs. Claus: Not The Fairy Tale They Say – Anthology5-star reviewThis Anthology was honestly such an exciting and entertaining read! Each short story is unbelievably creative, some were dark and twisted and others were sweet and filled with love. These stories are nothing like the tales we’ve heard all of our lives. Mrs. Claus is often forgotten or is only pictured one way, well not anymore. Now’s her time to shine in an anthology all about her! Most of these stories are wicked and dark, nothing like you would expect a Mrs. Claus anthology to be, which made it even more enjoyable. These authors have an amazing sense of imagination. Who would have thought that we could have a paranormal version of Mrs. Claus or that she’s the one behind Christmas and not Santa after all? These authors sure did, they have written stories that I will never forget! While each story is incredibly unique there were a few that really stood out to me:Wight Christmas by Laura VanArendonk Baugh a paranormal story where different holidays come together to save Christmas. It was surprisingly funny and full of irony given the dark story. The Asylum Musicale by C.B. Calsing a chilling story about child abduction that was completely frightening and that left me with so many questions.Moves Like Jagger by Randi Perrin a story that’s filled with magic where Mrs. Claus enlists the help of a human, a story that had me laughing out loud. The True Story of Christina and Kristopher Kringle by Ross Van Dusen where we find out that it was Mrs. Claus who we have Christmas to thank for. You’d Better Watch Out by Maren Matthias a story about bravery and love, that touches on a dark topic yet is somehow funny and sweet, a story that I couldn’t get enough of. I’ve only highlighted a few yet each one is memorable. I would certainly recommend this anthology to others. A big thank you to all the authors for providing such an entertaining read!

  • Roxanne Rhoads
    2019-02-17 23:08

    An excellent collection of holiday tales that put Mrs.Claus in the spotlight...finally. She's been an afterthought, a woman in the shadows too long.These wide range of tales blend myth, magic, and folklore then twist them with a new take on the woman behind the man in red. Most of them showcase that she's the one in charge or even that there is no "man", that it was her the entire time.Paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, horror- there's a bit of everything in this fantastic collection.The opening story, "Wight Christmas" really grabbed my attention and set the tone for what to expect and not expect from this collection. Wight features a Valkyrie Mrs Claus that isn't going to let anyone ruin Christmas. Not on her watch.There is no little old lady in an apron sitting on the sidelines in this collection. These women are the ones making sure Christmas happens, they control the magic of the season. Witches, faeries, Valkyrie, aliens, and more. Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without them.And even though some of the stories have dark undertones this book has plenty of holiday joy....with a few twists.If you like your holidays blended with fantastical paranormal and sci-fi elements combined with a touch of dark holiday magic then this book is absolutely perfect for you.

  • Kristina
    2019-01-30 20:14

    NOTE: I was provided with an e-ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Short review: Three and a half stars for the collection overall. A few good stories, with several that might have benefited from one more revision to tighten-up, clarify, and sand off the rough edges.This is a collection of short stories all focused on the character of Mrs. Claus, and specifically interested in subverting the “traditional” ideas of her as helpmeet, cookie baker, hot chocolate providing, second fiddle to the Great Man Santa.First off, this is a very eclectic collection of stories. Each one takes a different angle and there are several different genres or sub-genres represented (thriller, scifi, etc.) and many different tones from comedic to grimdark. But readers should be aware that this volume is missing one of the major genres often associated with Christmas, which is the historical romance. The cover art may make it look like a romance collection, and there are stories with a romantic undertone, but that’s really not th focus.Standouts were: Wight Christmas by Laura VanArendonk Baugh Mrs. Claus, a valkyrie, tracks down a toy shipment saboteur with another member of the Council of Holidays. Some lovely humor in this one, and a strong and vital Mrs. Claus. I’d definitely read more in this vein from the author. The Asylum Musicale by C.B. Calsing Well crafted dark fae horror story. Not really my cup of tea, but definitely one of the best stories in the collection.Christmas Magic by Jennifer Lee Rossman and Agatha Sings to the Scorpions by Jeff Keykendall Two very different science fiction stories that really get at the heart of Christmas. Keykendall's story is more polished and serious, while Rossman's is charming and fun.

  • Maura
    2019-02-01 20:04

    “Most humans are not capable of love in its purest sense—except at Christmas. That is when all the goodwill toward men peeks through.” A quote from “Moves Like Jagger” by Randi PerrinI enjoyed this anthology so so so much. “Mrs. Claus: Not the Fairy Tale They Say” is a fantastic collection of short stories about Mrs. Claus. It has something for everyone; humor, fantasy, sci fi, magic, dark stories of insanity and oh so much more.It was super easy and quick to read, the total book is only about 220 pages and some of the stories I could have read as a full length novel. Two of my favorite stories are:Wight Christmas by Laura VanArendonk Baugh is a story about ALL of the holidays and I smiled really hard when I saw my favorite holiday of all represented. If only “Talk Like a Pirate Day” was celebrated throughout the world, what a fun day that would be.Moves Like Jagger by Randi Perrin had so many great quotes and it was super current in its telling.Honestly, all of the stories are my favorite. Each evoked a different feeling or emotion and in ALL of them, I was on Mrs. Claus’s side!!!! I would rate each individual story with 5 stars so this review would be a 14 X 5 stars = 70 star review.

  • Paula
    2019-01-25 17:18

    I received this book as a Library Thing Early Reviewer.I really liked the idea of stories about Mrs. Claus because, as the anthologist pointed out, we rarely get to see anything of Mrs. Claus other than the happy homemaker baking cookies taking care of Santa and the elves. The stories certainly run the gamut---Mrs. Claus as alien to Valkyrie to villain. Personally, I didn't enjoy Mrs. Claus as villain, but that's just me. Of the 14 stories there was only one that was so truly awful I couldn't find anything redeeming about it. There really aren't many warm, fuzzy moments; in fact, there's a lot of gore, but there are some jewels among the coal.I loved Mrs. Claus as Valkyrie in "Wight Christmas" by Laura VanArendonk Baugh. I enjoyed it so much that I wish there were more stories with this Mrs. Claus and more members of the Council."Desperately Seeking Santa" by DJ Tyrer, "You'd Better Watch Out" by Maren Matthias, and "Shouldering the Burden" by M.L.D. Curelas were highlights for me. I would enjoy reading more stories featuring these Mrs. Clauses.You won't get "the Christmas Spirit" from reading these, but they are fun and well worth the read.

  • Jennifer Lee Rossman
    2019-02-19 19:07

    I'm a contributor to this, but I'm trying not to be biased.This is a really fun book. Mrs. Claus is anything but the frumpy old motherly type in the background. She's determined and scary and funny and sexy...(I could do without the sex in one story, but that's my problem, not the story's.)From a really inventive take on a Council of Holidays to a terrifying fae, from a rock music-filled tale to a badass monster hunter, there's something for everyone.

  • Arlene Arredondo
    2019-02-14 17:25

    A nice collection of stories where the heroine is Mrs. Claus. A fast read with different settings and and plots but with the constant of a strong woman.

  • Wendy
    2019-02-10 00:07

    Reivew originally published on my blog, Musings of a Bookish Kitty: Claus: Not the Fairy Tale They Say edited by Rhonda ParrishWorld Weaver Press, 2017 Fantasy/Science Fiction; 215 pgsSource: E-copy provided by publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.I could not pass up this anthology of short stories when I first came across it. Santa Claus is canon as is his wife, although she always gets the short straw when it comes to most stories about Christmas. In Mrs. Claus: Not the Fairy Tale They Say, readers are treated to fourteen stories featuring Mrs. Claus as you have never seen her before. As with any collection of short stories, some of the stories are stronger than others, but I enjoyed them all overall.There were a few stories I wanted to like more--and I might have had there been just a bit more development. The one that immediately pops into my mind is Randi Perrin's "Moves Like Jagger", in which Mrs. Claus is a witch--and you know how I love stories about witches. I liked the world building and the hint of backstory provided, but, as I said, wish there had been more to flesh it all out for me. I had a similar feeling about "Good Morning" by Kristen Lee, which I was pulled into right away, but felt was too short."Miss 'Lil Toe Head" by Michael Leonberger was likely the most melancholy of the lot. I wasn't quite sure what to make of it, to be honest. Playing Mrs. Claus along with the woman she loves dressed as Santa Claus, the two make money during the holidays by acting like the jolly couple--hired by parents to be "caught" by children in their homes leaving behind presents. It takes a dark turn after that, with a few unexpected twists--medical experiments, a traumatic childhood, and a appearance by the real Miss Claus. Or one of them at least.Among my favorites was "Wight Christmas" by Laura VanArendonk Baugh, her story featuring Mrs. Claus as a Valkyrie investigating the recent destruction of toys and the murder of elves. A mix of humor, well-imagined characters, and an intriguing premise, I was quite taken with this first story in the collection. It got the book off to a solid start. I also really enjoyed "Unexpected Guests" but Andrew Wilson, about a powerful fae version of Mrs. Claus and her human husband. While her husband is away, Elora discovers some unwelcome guests out to steal from her. I do love stories about the fae, and I liked the world building in this one quite a bit. Another really fun one, and perhaps my favorite of all of the stories was "Shouldering the Burden by M.L.D. Curelas, in which our heroine, Phaedra Claus, a bit of a pirate, returning a statue to her home in Greece.There was a definite science fiction and fantasy slant to several of the stories, from aliens to monster hunters, to stories with a more steampunk feel to them. Or even stories with a more traditional feel despite Mrs. Claus being as nontraditional as they come. Mrs. Claus: Not the Fairy Tale They Say was the perfect way to finish up my holiday reading for the time being. A bit of romance, crime fighting, horror, comedy, action, and a whole lot of magic mixed mixed in.

  • Emma
    2019-02-04 20:20

    Mrs. Claus: Not the Fairy Tale They Say Anthology is a wonderful anthology filled with stories about Mrs. Claus that isn’t your typical fairy tale. They are just the opposite in fact. The authors that have come together to write this anthology are some of the best at fairytales and making them the opposite of what they are. Step into a world where what you thought was normal isn’t and you will fall in love with the new twists and turns of every story you read. It’s Mrs. Claus’ turn to shine and she is stepping out of Santa’s shadow and into the spotlight in these fourteen spectacular stories that make her the star! Featuring original short stories by Laura VanArendonk Baugh, C.B. Calsing, DJ Tyrer, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Kristen Lee, Randi Perrin, Michael Leonberger, Andrew Wilson, Ross Van Dusen, MLD Curelas, Maren Matthias, Anne Luebke, Jeff Kuykendall, and Hayley Stone.Wight Christmas by Laura VanArendonk Baugh a paranormal story where different holidays come together to save Christmas. Mrs. Claus is a hero in this story and one that someone shouldn’t cross. When she tries to get on the elevator with Halloween and his bodyguard makes fun of her is straight out hilarious and funny. This novella is surprisingly funny and full of irony given the dark story. But like all Christmas themed stories, it has a jolly end.The Asylum Musicale by C. B. Calsing- This tale is much, much darker. It takes place in an asylum in the 1850’s as a mysterious woman is brought in as a new patient. Lizzie is pregnant, and at times is wary of the newcomer, who gives the name Yessica Klaus. Lizzie is right to be wary. This involves the character of Mrs. Claus, in a way, but not really the spirit. She is called a fairy, and not a nice one. This novella is well wrote and left me with goosebumps and had me checking my windows making sure they were closed tightly.Desperately Seeking Santa by DJ Tyrer - A fun little short story where Mrs. Claus must save the day, and her husband. Santa has been snatched, and Mrs. Claus is the first on the scene. She uses her courage and her determination to get the job done. Mrs. Claus has her very own adventure in Santa’s workshop and saves Christmas by keeping things on schedule for the elves and Santa. This is a hilarious little story that will leave you laughing and congratulating Mrs. Claus for her courage.You’d Better Watch Out by Maren Matthias- Mrs. Claus, Fianna, is very self-sufficient. While she may be married to Father Christmas, she is the Mother, and like many mothers, so must wrangle her husband as well as her children. She sets off on a rescue mission and manages to kick butt while doing it.

  • Liz
    2019-02-20 23:06

    Overall, I would say this was an interesting collection of stories, told from a unique perspective that we don’t usually get to see in the commercialized world of Christmas. It was nice to see a change from the usual alpha male or Santa Claus sweeping in to save the day and falling in love etc. My only complaint would be that this was a bit out there on some of them, like way, way out there, that I had some trouble finishing the short story. Otherwise it was a great concept and I appreciated that. I included a few of the stories that stood out to me the most…The Asylum Musicale by; C.B. Calsing“She wore a burgundy gown trimmed in ivory lace and a wreath of holly was tangled in her long, white locks. Her face, placid in her catatonia, did not betray her age, and her cheeks were rosy. I peered closely. Her ears were pointed at the tips. Odd.”“Do you think she’s the devil?”This was a cute little tale of Yessica Claus, a woman who speaks in tongues, sings like an angel, and can turn porridge into a holiday feast, confusing Lizzie Fields to pieces over what she is. Moves Like Jagger by; Randi Perrin“The North Pole is a state of mind,” Gorbadac replied, with a touch of God-he’s-stupid dripping off his word’s. Ian wanted to kick the little dude to Mordor.“This place, and everything about it, is whatever Rhiannon desires. This year it happens to resemble the Caribbean. Last year was Fiji. The year before that was turn-of-the century Paris. Those who are not enlightened to our ways see ice and snow. It’s a protection spell, to keep up safe.”I particularly liked the spin on this one with the witches and the music. It was short and sweet too. Nice fit to the anthology, not too overdone.Miss’Lil Toe Head by; Michael Leonberger“I kiss Santa in an old Chevy parked under a sputtering orange street light, and beneath the coiling silver beard whiskers, Santa’s actually a girl. True story. Scout’s honor.” That pretty much sums this one up without giving it all away. It was a really neat take on things as well. I thought this one could have even gone a bit longer.

  • Valkyrie Oracle
    2019-02-12 23:01

    This anthology caught my eye because there are just not that many stories about Mrs. Claus out there. I wanted to see how creative people are with her story. I found several of the stories in this collection humorous, a few of them bizarre, and a few of them enticing.Wight Christmas by Laura VanArendonk BaughThere is a war on Christmas and Mrs. Claus is on the trail of the suspects. With some unconventional help of the Skeleton King, they intend to put balance back to the holidays.Christmas Magic by Jennifer Lee RossmanThe North Pole is losing its magic, and Mrs. Claus is helping it along. When she dropped out of the sky on Earth, Nick rescued her, but he didn’t know what she was capable of. When a new ship lands to collect the magic, will Mrs. Claus make the right choice or will she hand it over and doom Earth for good?Unexpected Guests by Andrew WilsonElora, the Lady of the Winter sends Nikolaos through a portal to Earth, as is the custom. While he is away some unexpected people visit the winter realm and create havoc. Will Elora be able to save the kingdom on her own?Agatha Sings to the Scorpions by Jeff KuykendallMr. and Mrs. Claus are elected every few years. During the service of Frank and Agatha Stewart, there was a rebel attack and Frank was killed. Now Agatha must serve as Mrs. Claus, without her husband and partner, bringing Christmas cheer to the scorpion children in the camps. But someone has it out for Agatha too. Will she be able to save Christmas and herself?Red to Hide the Blood by Hayley StoneSomething is killing Nick’s reindeer and Myra is called in to track the beasts. She’s told Nick several times that Alaska isn’t safe now because the recent earthquake has caused an imbalance in nature. She’s told him not to leave the animals unguarded. Myra sets out to kill monsters, but what she discovers is completely unexpected.

  • Lisette Gonzalez
    2019-02-07 21:19

    Mrs. Claus: Not the Fairytale they SayBy: Laura VanArendonk Baugh, C.B. Calsing, DJ Tyrer, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Kristen Lee, Randi Perrin, Michael Leonberger, Andrew Wilson, Ross Van Dusen, MLD Curelas, Maren Matthias, Anne Luebke, Jeff Kuykendall, and Hayley Stone4 StarsMrs. Claus: Not the Fairy Tale They Say by Laura VanArendock, C.B. Calsing, DJ Tyrer, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Kristen Lee, Randi Perrin, Michael Leonberger, Andrew Wilson, Ross Van Dusen, MLD Curelas, Maren Matthias, Anne Luebke, Jeff Kuykendall, Hayley Stone, and edited by Rhonda Parrish, is not your conventional compilation of Mrs. Claus. When you visualize Mrs. Claus, you visualize her as a sweet, old lady baking cookies and making sure Santa and the elves are fed. In this anthology, the authors took a unique approach to Mrs. Claus, she is a bad ass lady that can dish it and handle whatever comes her way. All 14 stories are different and range from comedy to paranormal, story genres for all different reading palates. A few of the stories were a little weird and out of the ordinary for me but overall, enjoyed reading the different ways that Mrs. Claus was portrayed. If your are into Christmas stories, I recommend this anthology to break away from the typical Christmas romance stories. This anthology will make you laugh and also ponder the different scenarios of Mrs. Clause behind he scenes when Santa is busy with the elves.

  • Kelli
    2019-01-23 17:25

    Book Review: Mrs. Claus Not the Fairy Tale they SayAuthors: MultipleEdited By Rhonda ParrishFour StarsIn this Anthology there are 15 different authors with one common theme.....Mrs. Claus. The authors are all writing about Mrs. Claus in the fantasy spectrum. These authors are sharing the love Christmas and the Lady behind the Jolly old St. Nick, Mrs. Claus. If you are a fantasy lover this anthology would be great for you. There are so many different ways that the authors have portrayed Mrs. Claus in the fantasy world. An alien that comes from the stars. The Witch, the magical, even a Valkyre. Just more and more. There are some books that are wistful and then there are the suspenseful and almost horrifying stories. These books will keep you engaged and leave you wanting more. This anthology proves that Mrs. Claus is definately no side kick to the Jolly Guy after all.A Good anthology. This anthology can be ready by most all audiences as it is of the fantasy genre there is only a couple that have a romance nature to them that would require reader discretion. The different authors are Laura VanArendonk Baugh, C.B. Calsing, DJ Tyrer, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Kristen Lee, Randi Perrin, Michael Leonberger, Andrew Wilson, Ross Van Dusen, MLD Curelas, Maren Matthias, Anne Luebke, Jeff Kuykendall, and Hayley Stone.Kelli Harper

  • Ashleigh
    2019-01-22 19:30

    Mrs. Claus: Not the Fairy Tale They Say edited by Rhonda Parrish was a great anthology that really showcased how different our images of a certain lady in red can be when given the freedom to think beyond the fat guy in a red suit. Each of these stories were a unique interpretation of Mrs. Claus, making her into everything from a villain to an alien to even a member of the Valkyrie, and like most anthologies while the majority of the stories were good there were some that just needed a little something more to get them there for me. I personally liked “Desperately Seeking Santa” by DJ Tyrer the best. The way that he portrayed Mrs. Claus as the savior of Christmas in this story was great. I would have liked to have a bit more of a backstory as to the goblins and how they came to be or how they got ahold of Father Christmas but the story was just enough that I really enjoyed it. I do enjoy getting to read anthologies, as they allow you to read several new authors in a single book, and showcases the best work from these authors so that they can get exposure to a whole slew of new readers. After reading this book I have found a new appreciation for Mrs. Claus as a separate person from the entire Christmas idea and let her shine on her own.

  • Jean Martin
    2019-01-26 20:31

    This Anthology was extremely well developed. I really enjoyed every word. It began with a unique tale by Laura Van Arendonk Baugh. Greed, capitalism, and commercialisation are exposed for the war starters they are. But Mrs. Clause still has a few tricks up her sleeve.Good Morning.Lovely tale of reclamation of old love, Good Morning, by Kirsten Lee is a really wonderful tale of courage and change.Miss Lil Toe Head by Michael LeonbergerWow, can this guy wright! His descriptions are so meticulous, so detailed, they are amazing. He brings you right into the action. His characters are full of feeling! I got lost in his story.You'd Better Watch Out by Marin MatthiasShort mystery, great ending. Mrs. C. is a gun-toting detective with a penchant for Orphans.What amazing workers are goodies in this anthology. I really enjoyed reading each and everyone. All of these original and very entertaining tails were wonderful in their own right. I would definitely recommend this anthology to anyone who wanted to read novel and amazing short stories. Each one is about twenty to thirty minutes long. Just enough time for a coffee or lunch break!

  • Jenni Bishop
    2019-01-31 23:08

    Mrs. Claus: Not the Fairy Tale They Say Anthology is a compilation of very short stories from various authors: Wight Christmas by Laura VanArendonk Baugh The Asylum Musicale by C.B. Calsing Desperately Seeking Santa by DJ Tyrer Christmas Magic by Jennifer Lee Rossman Good Morning by Kristen Lee Moves Like Jagger by Randi Perrin Miss 'Lil Toe Head by Michael Leonberger Unexpected Guests by Andrew Wilson The True Story of Christina and Kristopher Kringle by Ross Van Dusen Shouldering the Burden by MLD Curelas You’d Better Watch Out by Maren Matthias Captain Lizzy and the Stranger in the Fog by Anne Luebke Agatha Sings to the Scorpions by Jeff Kuykendall Red to Hide the Blood by Hayley Stone Each story has a different take on Mrs Claus. She is everything that you would never imagine her to be, from a sweet lady we have come to love, to a scary monster and everything in between. It was definitely an interesting read, dark and mysterious, sci fi and thrilling, paranormal and more. If you like a little twisted christmas and eggnog, a little comedy and horror, then this this anthology is for you.

  • Brooke
    2019-02-02 23:24

    I read Mrs. Claus: Not the Fairytale They Say Anthology and I give it a 5/5.This anthology is full of short fun stories about the infamous Mrs. Claus. The interesting thing about this anthology is it shows Mrs. Claus in a completely new light. In the story “The Asylum Musicale” by C. B. Calsing the author writes Mrs. Claus as a fae who comes and steals new born babies leaving in dolls in their place. Another story, “The True Story of Christina and Kristopher Kringle” by Ross Van Dusen, Mrs. Claus is the one who has the magic. She meets Kris Kringle, marries him and helps him create toys with her magic. Another example is when Mrs. Claus is a monster hunter who at the time isn’t married to Santa yet. This portrayal is in the story “Red to Hide the Blood” by Haley Stone. These are just some of the stories that are in this anthology. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the different interesting ways that Mrs. Claus can be portrayed. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys quick reads and loves reading things portrayed in different ways.

  • Sam Clingenpeel
    2019-02-15 21:05

    Mrs. Claus: Not the Fairy Tale They SayAnthology4 StarsMrs. Claus is an assortment of 4-star stories. These stories give a whole new definition of Mrs. Claus. So many great authors such as Laura VanArendok Baugh, C. B. Calsing, DJ Tyrer, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Kristen Lee, Randi Perrin, Michael Leonbarger, Andrew Wilson, Ross Van Dusen, MLD Curelas, Maren Matthias, Anne Luebke, Jeff Kuykendall and Hayley Stone.My favorite was The Asylum Musicale by C.B. Calsing, this story has Mrs. Claus’s as a fairy and she doesn’t feel the holiday spirit. This story takes place in an 1850’s asylum where Lizzie is a new patient. This story was so good and a different take on Mrs. Claus.The next story I really enjoyed was Wight Christmas by Laura VanArendonk Baugh, this is a cool paranormal it is full of fun and dark humor. The other holidays have to work together to save Christmas. These are just two of the stories that are included in the excellent Anthology. The rest of the stories are just as fun, little bit dark and full of humor.

  • Natalie Hanley
    2019-02-05 20:28

    “Mrs Claus – Not the Fairy tale they say” is a collection of stories collated by Rhonda Parrish. The concept behind it was so creative. Take a person/legend that everyone knows – i.e Mrs Claus – and imagine her in different scenarios. The result is a lot of different short stories about Mrs Claus depicting her in many different ways- as good, evil, nice and naughty. It really was a fascinating read. I enjoyed the fact that the stories were all short and I could pick up the book and put it down in the odd ten minutes I had free within my day. Some of the stories I enjoyed more than others but overall it was a lovely distraction and a festive read which kept me entertained. I would recommend this to people who want to have a quick read but don’t have time to delve too deeply into a full novel. From Alien to temptress, this anthology has it all.

  • Angela Hayes
    2019-01-20 23:24

    4 StarsMrs. Claus: Not the Fairy Tale they say is an Anthology of stories all centred around Mrs. Claus. We all know and love the traditional depiction of Santa’s wife. The cheerful, sweet, cookie baking, caregiver from the North Pole. But, what if there was more to Mrs. Claus? What if this image we’ve been given wasn’t accurate? What if there was a whole lot more to her than we’ve been led to believe, or could ever imagine? Well, that’s exactly what this anthology is all about- each author offering their version of Mrs. Claus. This results in a wide variety of stories, tones, moods, feels, and settings. We zip from Valkyrie to Goddess, Fae to Witch- and so much more. We see her as good, evil, a hero, and a villain… and everything in-between.This was an interesting look at Mrs. Claus and everything she is, or could be.Thank you to all the contributing authors!

  • Kristi McChurin
    2019-02-04 17:24

    Who knew that Mrs. Claus was so dimensional and isn’t just the wife of Santa Claus. The authors of Mrs. Claus: Not the Fairy Tale They Say did. These authors capture her in a whole new light and give her some much deserved time center stage.I loved how Mrs. Claus was depicted in more ways than one, dark and twisty in one story and hard working family lady in another. Plus, she is not 100% team Santa in some of the stories. If you are looking to get away from the “normal” holiday stories this anthology is a nice pick. I wish that some of the stores were a bit longer because just when I started getting into the characters it was over.I definitely recommend this book for those who doesn’t have a lot of time to read a whole book, they can just read a story or two at a time. Great read!

  • Katie
    2019-01-25 19:04

    Mrs. Claus: Not the Fairy Tale They SayEdited by Rhonda Parish5 starsI always look forward to the anthologies that are edited by Rhonda Parish! They always contain brilliant short stories that are so well written – Mrs Claus was no exception! It was fabulous collection of short stories. I am starting to recognise many of the authors now that are included in these anthologies and I love that I am able to read more of their work. Each story had its own unique Christmas twist to it. It’s not very often that I like all the stories in an anthology but for this one I did – I will admit I loved some more than others but I thought they were all 4 or 5 star reads! I loved that this was Mrs Claus!! Who needs Santa when Mrs Claus is about!! If you are a fan of anthologies, getting to read new authors and love Christmas themed short stories then I recommend this anthology to you!!

  • Bobbi Wagner
    2019-02-10 23:04

    Mrs. Claus: Not the Fairy Tale They Say is an anthology by ten great authors coming together with their stories about a side of Mrs. Claus we are not use to seeing. Some of these authors are new and some I have read before. There is something for every paranormal story lover in this anthology. These stories will take you on a journey of witches, Valkyries, goblins, goddesses and so much more. Most of these stories are easy flowing and you will be at the end before you realize it. I loved how each story portrayed Mrs. Claus as a hero, the bad girl with attitude. She is a strong character, smart and someone you won't want to mess with. There wasn't a story that I didn't fall in love with Mrs. Claus's character. I highly recommend you read this anthology, I know you will find a favorite story in here like I did.