Joy to the Worlds

Mysterious Speculative Fiction for the Holidays

Genre: Speculative Fiction & Mystery
Published: December 2015 by Grey Sun Press
Authors: Raven Oak, Maia Chance, Janine A. Southard, & G. Clemans

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Foreword Reviews 2016 Book of the Year Finalist, #1 Hot New Release in Amazon Sci-Fi Anthologies, Top 100 Bestseller in Amazon Holiday Stories, Listed in Seattle Times as a #1 Bestselling Paperback at regional bookstores

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SYNOPSIS:

From Joy to the Worlds. Copyright © 2015 Maia Chance, Janine A. Southard, Raven Oak, & G. Clemans.

What do you get when you mix mystery and speculative fiction, then toss in the holidays for good measure? A mobster Santa, genetic hanky-panky, Victorian villages, time-travelling detectives, Krampus, eerie bell spirits, and more–this collection of short cross-genre fiction is the perfect counterpoint to traditional holiday reading!

This collection stars four authors, each with their own distinct style. National bestselling mystery author Maia Chance, who is famous for her cozy mysteries, dazzles with humor and folklore. IPPY award-winning science fiction author Janine A. Southard beguiles with unexpected time-travel science. Science fiction & fantasy bestseller Raven Oak offers a look into the gothic past. And for a whole new perspective, debut fiction author and art expert G. Clemans dives into the intersections of creativity and mystery.

Joy to the Worlds brings together eight short works that explore mysteries across time and space. Ranging from dark dystopian worlds to comedic retro-futures, four diverse writers find new ways to combine these disparate worlds into something everyone will enjoy.

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REVIEWS

Eight short stories by four authors glisten with holiday wonder, each one decorated in hues of legend, myth, SF, and quirky, joyful fun.
Publishers Weekly

Joy to the Worlds is a wide-ranging mixture of SF, Fantasy and Horror that made me wish for snowy weather and a good hot drink. [It] reminded me of Connie Willis’s collection Miracle and Other Christmas Stories.
SFFWorld

…an imaginative ride into the ‘what-if’. Drawing from traditional mythology and lore as well as time-travel and science fiction, each author presents a unique perspective on the traditional holiday tale.  4/5 stars
San Francisco Book Review  (Cross posted to Only One More Page)

…brain-bending, strange, and wonderful…perfect for taking your mind off holiday stresses…Grab a copy for yourself, and think about your book-obsessed friends as well.
Fan Girl Nation

…a spunky alternative to traditional holiday fare…If you’re a dystopian at heart, “Joy to the Worlds” may be the remedy for you.
Barbara McMichael, The Kitsap Sun and The Bellingham Herald

…clever and evocative of the mystery and thrill of Christmas by turns creepy and sometimes amusing. Ranging from dark dystopian worlds to comedic retro-futures, four diverse writers find new ways to combine these disparate worlds into something anyone will enjoy.
Amy Brown, Geek Syndicate

The holidays plus spec-fic… yes please! I was tempted to hold off reading this book until closer to Christmas, but I couldn’t do it. I needed this book in my life. And the good news is… Joy to the Worlds did not disappoint! The bad news is, I want more! Way more. This book was unlike any other holiday collection out there, and that’s why I loved it. Is it Christmas yet?
Librarian Nerdette

…good, well-paced and enjoyable anthology of speculative fiction/urban fantasy short stories set around Christmas time. It is an enjoyable read, suits to season for this urban fantasy junkie and all in all something I suggest you pop in your eBook stocking tomorrow! 4 out of 5 stars
Janis Hill of Janis’ Reviews

…a solid collection of fantasy and sci-fi jaunts that will leave you with a strangely satisfying Christmassy feeling. 4 out of 5 stars
The Bookshelf Gargoyle

…engaging collection…this [book] need not be limited to holiday season reading. 4.25 out of 5 stars
Martha’s Bookshelf

…well-written and enjoyable…a great holiday-time read!
Tungsten Hippo

…fantastical, dark and unique…All the stories are a completely different reading experience and will thrill mystery, science fiction, fantasy, and horror fans alike.
I Smell Sheep

Great Holiday Spiced Speculative Fiction…delightful collection. [Ol’ St. Nick]–Think Santa Claus vs the Martians crossed with Firefly and a dash of The Sopranos. [In The Ringers] Raven Oak really managed to turn holiday traditions on their heads.
Conrad Zero

…a fascinating mixture of genres. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries that are heavily influence by science fiction.
 Long & Short Reviews

We get to travel in space, time, and the incredible, from the perspective of four different authors that brings a great degree of freshness to the book. Definitely fun to read while enjoying some hot cocoa around the fireplace.
The Reading Frog

…A good anthology with an interesting premise…a good holiday read. 4 out of 5 stars 
Through Raspberry Colored Glasses

[Joy to the Worlds will] entertain in an unexpected way, giving the reader a slightly askew look at the holiday season. What better way to be introduced to authors you haven’t tried before?
Buried Under Books

The twists and turns will leave you gasping for breath and looking forward to the next cliffhanger. 4 out of 5 stars.
Masquerade Crew Reviews

…Pour some egg nog, snuggle in beside the Christmas tree, and get lost somewhere in the wonderland that is ‘Joy to the Worlds’; just keep an eye out for any rogue Christmas decorations or suspicious crew members first.
What Is That Book About? Review

Pick up Joy to the Worlds for this winter holiday, settle yourself in a comfy armchair with a hot chocolate at hand, and let go of reality. The twists and turns will leave you gasping for breath and looking forward to the next cliffhanger.  4/5 stars
Early Reviewer

…Splendidly eclectic collection of science fiction and fantasy Christmas mystery stories. The tales are brain-bending, strange, and wonderful. This set of short stories is perfect for taking your mind off holiday stresses—or for reading in July…
Jessica Greenlee (Reviewer)

We get to travel in space, time, and the incredible, from the perspective of four different authors that brings a great degree of freshness to the book. Definitely fun to read while enjoying some hot cocoa around the fireplace.
Armando Negron (Reviewer)

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A mobster Santa, genetic hanky-panky, Victorian villages, time-travelling detectives, Krampus, eerie bell spirits, and more–this collection of short cross-genre fiction is the perfect counterpoint to traditional holiday reading!