In the Still Midwinter: a Christmas Anthology

In the Still Midwinter A Christmas anthology by Charlotte Henley Babb

In the Still Midwinter: A Christmas anthology by Charlotte Henley Babb

Five stories of Christmas redemption and revelation–families, strangers, coworkers, and even the dear departed.

  • Queenie’s Christmas– A doll helps a girl and her mom find the spirit of love and giving despite the cold, hard realities of life
  • Cocoa and the Cat– It’s dangerous to bring in a stray–when is it worth the risk?
  • The Brick– Christmas is about surprises, right? Not all surprises are appreciated.
  • Moon Dance– The magic comes just when a person needs it, just in a way that one does not expect
  • In the Still Midwinter– When the lights go out, will it be the worst party ever? Can there be peace on earth?

Being vulnerable helps people find the true spirit of the season despite the hype and expectations. Settle in with a cup of cocoa and enjoy.

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I wrote these stories based on family stories and other experiences around the holidays. It’s a hard time for many people emotionally, but stories can help with that, especially if they don’t hit the Norman Rockwell sweet spot or the overly sentimental Hallmark moment.

I have been able to reconcile with my family to some extent, partly by realizing my own hardened attitudes and by listening to more than the spoken words of messages from others. It takes effort sometimes to receive love when it comes in a form that is not what one prefers, but being open to receive allows communion with the other.

Reliving some of these moments and embellishing them to find a more universal experience than any one person’s perspective has brought me a sense of release.  Please do check them out and if you like them, leave a review. It would be such a blessing to me.

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Pumpkineater: New release by Charlotte Henley Babb

Pumpkineater by Charlotte Henley Babb

Pumpkineater by Charlotte Henley Babb

Pumpkineater by Charlotte Henley Babb

This weekend, Nov. 13-15, 2015, you can get a free copy of Pumpkineater for Kindle right here:

The tales were fun to write, and the thoughts about how Maven mirrors my life (changing the names and locations of course) has been enlightening.
I hope others find it funny, and I look forward to any comments.

Three more adventures from Maven Fairy Godmother have her dealing with kudzu, Giants and a very large pumpkin. She brings her usual channel-the-chaos style to deliver the happily ever after her clients desire.

“Kiss of the Kudzu” begins just after the end of Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil. Maven hasn’t recovered from her first week on the job, but she has her hands full with the wishes of a sentient Palace. This does have a couple of spoilers if you haven’t read the novel. She must get help from an unusual source, and that involves owing favors.

In “Beans,” Maven follows her client up the beanstalk to raid the Giants and steal her way out of abject poverty, but the client finds out there are better ways to solve her problems, and Maven deals with a twist on the story that is outside the box.

In the title story, “Pumpkineater,” Maven meets a kept sorceress and must find a way out for both of them or risk being kept forever. Sometimes glamour is just not enough to heal the pain. Then there are those favors to be repaid…

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I’m still working on the sequel to the novel. The working title of the next novel is That Darn Maven, and I’m happy with the threads of stories I’ve knotted together–The Handless Maiden, The Three Bears, and the Water Nixie.  Maven gets a chance to live on the down low and rediscover her powers.

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New Stories…Writing…Writing…Writing

20 Hours to Charles Twon by Charlotte Henley Babb

20 Hours to Charles Town by Charlotte Henley Babb

I’ve been writing new stories for you, so I’ve not been here on the blog. I’ve gotten some good work done, as I’ve listed below.

The steampunk piece, 20 Hours to Charles Town,  is a finished first draft, waiting on feedback from my beta readers. Elvira, an airship madam, has to deliver all the ambassadors for North America to Charles Town to avoid an international incident after one of them is attacked by one of her women.  If you are into steampunk and would like a preview, in exchange for answering some response questions, email me .  I plan to release this book at AnacroCon in February 2016.

Next I’ve been working on  a sequel to Maven Fairy Godmother, called That Darn Maven, wherein she is transformed into a cat, and must find a way to communicate with the people around her and use her talents to break the spell and return to her human form.  That one is about half finished, but some other stories have been bonking me on the head to be released first.

Pumpkineater by Charlotte Henley Babb

Pumpkineater by Charlotte Henley Babb

These stories are based on Peter Pumpkineater, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle being covered by vines, and Jack and the Beanstalk.  I also have three Christmas stories set in Mundane, and a couple of  children’s stories about dragons.  So I’m working away to keep developing these worlds.

And just today, I was talking to Jerrod, one of my favorite barista at the local B&N, I remembered The Pits of Vell, which developed from the outtakes of the now defunct Port Nowhere.  The characters want me to write them, so I’m staying busy with that. If you want to hear from me about once a month, sign up for the newsletter, over there on the right, and get a free short story, “Red Stilettos.” Maven finds herself in Mundane with a client who refuses to make a wish and no way back to Faery.


If you want to see me in person, Come to CONjuration in Atlanta November 13-15. I’ll be on several panels about Harry Potter, including one about Freudian analysis and another about the Steampunk elements in the books and the movies.

I would so love to meet you and chat about your favorite fandom even if it isn’t mine.  😉


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P.A.W.S. Cover Reveal – Debbie Manber Kupfer

P.A.W.S. by Debbie Manber Kupfer

P.A.W.S. by Debbie Manber Kupfer

Despite all the stories I shared with you,
there is so much I never told you, Miri,
so much you’ll have to
discover for yourself.
Be brave, mein Katzerl.

And now what you’ve all been waiting for. The brand new cover of P.A.W.S. designed by the multi-talented Rachel Bostwick

Preorder now from Amazon

When Miri receives a silver cat charm from her omama on the night before she dies she has no idea that the charm holds a secret, a powerful magic that saved her omama’s life and is about to make Miri’s a whole lot more interesting.

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Architecture Not Interior Decoration

Hemingway: Prose is architecture not interior decoration.

Hemingway: Prose is architecture not interior decoration.


Hemingway: Prose is architecture not interior decoration.

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“They don’t stifle enough of them.” –Flannery O’Connor

"Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them." --Flannery O'Connor

“Everywhere I go, I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them.” –Flannery O’Connor

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Debbie Manber Kupfer, Author of P.A.W.S. Series

PAWS by Debbie Manber Kupfer

PAWS by Debbie Manber Kupfer


When Miri’s grandmother dies, she takes with her the family secret. Miri finds herself alone and abandoned in a St. Louis boarding school. But she is about to discover the secret isn’t dead. Taunted by bullies, Miri is shocked to learn she possesses a secret power. It can save her… but can it save those she loves? After she is befriended by others with the same strange, magical powers, her history comes alive. And with it, Miri’s fate becomes more dangerous. Join Miri on a mysterious and supernatural journey with her new friends, members of an underground St. Louis society known as the Partnership for Animagi, Werewolves, and Shapeshifters, better known as P.A.W.S.


Argentum by Debbie Manber Kupfer

Argentum by Debbie Manber Kupfer


Argentum . . . silver. Magical powers.

The death of Alistair has brought a measure of peace and calm to those at P.A.W.S., but his silver charm remains in Miri’s possession and it seems to almost have a life of its own.

Nightmares and questions torment Miri until the charm mysteriously disappears and Jessamyn seeks help from Quentin, who claims to have repented his past association with Alistair. But can he be trusted?

And what of Jenna, a young girl once held captive by Alistair who carries a terrible secret—a secret that could determine the future of P.A.W.S.

Debbie Manber Kupfer

Debbie Manber Kupfer, author of the P.A.W.S. series

Debbie Manber Kupfer

Debbie Manber Kupfer grew up in London and lived in Israel, before somehow ended up in St. Louis, where she works as a puzzle constructor and writer. She lives with her husband, two children, and a very opinionated feline. She is the author of P.A.W.S and Argentum, and has short stories in several anthologies including Fauxpocalypse, Shades of Fear, Darkly Never After, Sins of the Past, and Heroes & Villains. She believes that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can achieve anything!

Find out more about her at her website:

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