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 10, 2014

Naughty or Nice? Third Time’s the Charm by AJ Nuest

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

Georgia Beyers
the author of 
can be followed online 

First up is

 AJ Nuest
 fellow Harper Impulse author
and a Fire Writer for Written Fireside 

Check out her Fire Writer Friday 
& First Fight Friday interviews.

Third Time’s the Charm

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

Snow whispered from the blank chalkboard sky to land on her red-and-white striped tights, coating her knees and the curled tips of her green elf boots in flakes of dusty white. She sighed and plucked at her stockings. The little jingle bells tacked to her toes tinkled a cheery song as she tapped the sides of her feet together. Maybe she should have just listened to her mother and kept her big mouth shut. Lord knew she’d had dates with a long string of men that had been nowhere near as comfortable as the platonic, stuck-in-limbo relationship she’d shared with Daniel. If nothing else, biting her tongue would at least have given her a shot at a date for New Year’s Eve. So what if Daniel had gotten jealous over the kiss she’d exchanged with Walter from the mailroom during the employee Christmas party? Wasn’t a reaction from him what she’d been hoping for in the first place? Hadn’t her plan been to get Daniel’s attention and motivate him to make a decision about where they were headed?

Too bad life never worked out the way it did in the movies, and her mistake had rebounded like a swift kick in the pants.
Copyright © AJ Nuest

Read the rest of Third Time's the Charm plus
fourteen more short Christmas stories right now. 

AJ's bio: 
I am a multi-published, award-winning author who lives in the middle of a cornfield in NW Indiana. My loving husband, two beautiful children and a bevy of spoiled pets have agreed to stay and, in exchange for three rations per day and laundry service, tolerate my lunacy. While I spend most days happily ensconced in crafting romance across a multitude of genres, an underground coup has been percolating. The dogs just informed me the cat is secretly vying for dictatorship.

AJ is the author of 

The Golden Key Legacy
A Furious Muse Book 1 - Just released
The Sacrifice Book 2 - releases Dec. 18
The Wizard Rises Book 3 - releases Jan. 29
A Time of Reckoning Book 4 - releases Feb. 26

The Golden Key Chronicles
Available on Amazon

The key would unlock his future, and the safety of his kingdom, but he never imagined the sorceress would unlock his heart...

If you are still in love with the Disney princes of your youth, and wish one would show up in your bedroom late at night, then you will love this breathtaking fantasy romance series!

Follow AJ Nuest online


  1. Thank you sooooo much for hosting me on your fabulous blog, Lori! You're the best EVER!!!! xo


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