Pimping Two Earlier Holiday Novellas

Now that we’re into December, I feel compelled to point out that I wrote two holiday stories last year.  If you haven’t read them, you might consider giving them a go this holiday season!

"The Christmas Wager" by Jamie Fessenden


The Christmas Wager is a Christmas Victorian about a businessman, Andrew Nash, who convinces his best friend, Lord Thomas Barrington, to take him to Barrington Hall for the holidays, even though Thomas has been estranged from his father for years.

It was my first (and so far only) attempt at a Victorian novel and the historical accuracy is a bit dubious (apparently, one does not eat scones for breakfast), but the novella has received a lot of kudos for the romance in the story.  It’s a light, entertaining read.


"The Meaning of Vengeance" by Jamie Fessenden


The Meaning of Vengeance, on the other hand, explores how the Vikings celebrated Yule before Christianity came to Iceland and features the Norse god of sex and fertility, Frey, giving guidance to a young Icelander.  Geirr’s older brother is killed by Ari in a duel, and Geirr himself is injured, when he seeks vengeance.  But rather than kill him, Ari, chooses to nurse Geirr back to health.  Isolated in a remote farmhouse in the middle of a harsh Icelandic winter, the two young men slowly begin to trust one another…and perhaps even fall in love.

Of my published works, this one is the least well-known, though it received good reviews. Personally, I think it suffered from being part of an anthology with a cover that was wonderful and perfectly suited to the anthology, but completely inappropriate to this story.  I really hope more people discover it this Yule and give it a chance.


Filed under Christmas, Romance, Viking

7 responses to “Pimping Two Earlier Holiday Novellas

  1. Tom Fessenden

    I just finished reading “The Christmas Wager” and found it most entertaining. I would put my kindle down for a few minutes and find myself picking it right back up to read more.
    I also just finished “We’re Both Straight, Right?”
    My next one will be “The Dogs Of Cyberwar”.
    Those were the only 3 available from Amazon.
    Looking forward to more books to come.

  2. Hey, Mr. Fessenden! 😉 Glad you liked it. “The Meaning of Vengeance” can be downloaded from Dreamspinner in a .prc format, which I believe is Kindle friendly, though I don’t own a Kindle, so I’m not certain. “The Dogs of Cyberwar” is part of a trilogy, the second part of which I’m working on now.

  3. Tom Fessenden

    I finished The Dogs of Cyberwar and found it interesting and looking forward to part 2.

    Finding Love Through Bigfoot was the first thing I read of yours, and was wishing there was more. That is what made me decide to buy the Kindle, so I could download and read more of your writings.

  4. Oh, good. I wasn’t sure if many people were reading “Bigfoot”. I’m glad you liked it!

  5. John Inman

    Hi, Jamie. Being a new writer with DSP, I’ve been familiarizing myself with some of the writers’ websites. I came to yours and just really, really liked it. I read “Bigfoot” and loved that, too. Gads, you should make it a full -length novel. I’d buy it. Thanks for friending me on FB the other night. I’m terrible with computers, so if I didn’t respond to you then, I apologize. I was pretty swamped, plus I didn’t know what I was doing. 🙂 Just so you know, I’ve put myself on a mission to read all your books. I love your easy style of writing and the way it flows. I also signed up to follow your blog. Take care. John Inman

  6. That’s okay, I don’t generally worry about people responding to friend requests. I’m glad you liked Bigfoot and have some interest in reading more of my stories. I write in a lot of different genres, so some may appeal to you and others may not. I looked up your book and it seems to be selling pretty well! Congratulations!

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