Written Fireside is a round robin style written, short story feature based on the campfire game where one person starts a story then passes it on to the next person gathered by the fire to continue.

For each story I write part 1, then each participating author (a Fire Writer) adds a part in turn.

Dec 14, 2014

Naughty or Nice? Charlotte's Christmas Aria by Carmel Harrington

This Christmas enjoy how each author creates a unique tale from the same starting sentences written by

Georgia Beyers
the author of 
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Forth in the anthology is 

Carmel Harrington
fellow Harper Impulse author and a
Fire Writer for Written Fireside in 

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First Fight Friday interviews.

The Charlotte's Christmas Aria

Charlotte sat at the bus stop wondering whether she would make the naughty or nice list this year. Last year she had rescued a stray kitten and therefore considered herself most definitely “nice”. This year she had broken Daniel’s heart into a million tiny pieces, so “naughty” seemed to be the only answer. There’d be no Santa Claus coming down her chimney anytime soon. – Georgia Beyers

The rescuing of the kitten, as far as she was concerned , most definitely negated any bad she may have accumulated on her part over the whole ‘DanielGate’issue. If she was standing at the gates of heaven right this minute, there was no doubt that St. Peter would agree. Yes, she’d messed up with Daniel so bad last night, she couldn’t deny that. But she wasn’t a bad person and she had her reasons. Valid reasons. She refused to think about all that right now. Because if she did, she may become undone. She had to remain strong. She had done the right thing.

Her mind drifted back to the day she met Daniel. Had she not risked life and limb to save the kitten, she’d never had met him. She still marvelled that she had ever gotten involved in the whole drama, because she didn’t even like cats. In fact she would go as far as to say that they gave her the hee-bee-gee-bees. The cause of her cat phobia? Blame it on Saturday afternoon cartoons when she was a child. She had gotten rightly traumatised by Tom and Jerry gleefully terrorising each other.

Copyright © Carmel Harrington

Read the rest of Charlotte's Christmas Aria  plus fourteen more short Christmas stories for free right now. 

Carmel's bio:

Carmel Harrington is an Irish author of contemporary fiction, published with Harper Collins. She has won several international awards including Kindle Book of Year and Romantic eBook of Year in 2013, for her debut novel Beyond Grace’s Rainbow, which was a No. 1 eBook bestseller. Her latest novel, The Life You Leftwas published in June 2014 and is already receiving rave reviews and an Irish bestseller. Carmel has been dubbed, ‘The Irish Jodi Picoult!’

She has been interviewed on RTE1’s Today Show, TV3’s IrelandAM and The Morning Show and also in USA on Indiana’s WNDUTV, plus has been a regular guest on radio stations nationally, including BBCRadio1 Ulster, RTERadio1, Newstalk and many regional stations. She has written articles for The Irish Independent, The Daily Mail, The Evening Herald & Woman’s Way.

Carmel lives with her husband Roger and young children Amelia and Nate in a small coastal village in her beloved Wexford, where the idyllic setting is a constant source of inspiration to her. To find out lots more about Carmel, go to www.carmelharrington.com

Carmel is the author of

*Winner of the March 2013 Kindle Book Awards*

*A Bord Gais Book Club Recommended Read*
Beyond Graces Rainbow

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